New Midjourney Prompts for Creating Fantasy Maps, Featuring Amazing Images

We’ve come up with a list of fresh Midjourney prompts to create a variety of fun maps for your games. Whether you’re running the game yourself or looking for some new images to bring as a player, we’ve got a list of prompts below with sample images we know you’re going to love.

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Midjourney Prompts for Gaming

The prompts below are great for creating images of maps for your game. I love doing this. It’s a great way to get inspiration for a new area or just let your imagination run wild for a one shot.

For each image below, I list the exact prompt I used below each gallery. For some of them, swapping out different inclusions or ideas may work if you want to personalize the results, but for others you’ll probably just want to keep the prompt pretty close to get a similar output. Feel free to take these images for your own use, too.

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How to Utilize a Grid on Midjourney Images

Midjourney rarely produces a grid properly. When I want to use a grid during battle, I place my plastic, hand-drawn overlay onto the television screen. It’s made from several overhead transparency sheets I cut and taped to size. (Clear packing tape works best for this.) Then I drew one inch squares using a ruler and a permanent marker. It’s nothing fancy, but it works great.

I like that I can take the grid back off when we’re done fighting so that my scenery or NPC image isn’t covered with little squares.

If you want to make your own, the type of plastic I used is linked below for you.

And if you’d like an easier option, pre-made grids also exist. I’ve linked an economical one found on Amazon below for your convenience.

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Midjourney Prompt for a 1980’s Mall Map

a top down tactical battle map of a mall in the 1980s, realistic –ar 3:2

Some of these came out post-apocalyptic, and some came out illustrated instead of realistic, but I thought the overall effect worked pretty well.

Below are a few scene-setting images you could use. Midjourney didn’t quite get the top-down effect correct on these, but they’re still usable.

Midjourney Results for 1980’s Mall Setting Images

a top down tactical battle map of a mall in the 1980s –c 50 –ar 3:2 –stylize 777

There’s no significance to using 777 as the value for the “stylize” command in a Midjourney prompt, as far as I’m aware. It just feels lucky, so I like it. I had fun seeing the variety Midjourney came up with for these.

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Midjourney Prompt for a Japanese Village Map

a tactical battle map of a Japanese village, colorful, realistic –ar 3:2

The AI gave me some attractive images to set a scene as well, though it wasn’t what I asked for within the Midjourney prompt. I put them below for you.

Japanese Village Setting Images

These look a bit like model towns. Still, I like the colors in them.

Additional Midjourney Prompts for a Japanese Village

Asking for a “movie still” is a great way to get a variety of realistic and dramatic images from the results.

a movie still of a Japanese village, colorful, realistic –ar 3:2

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Steampunk Alleyway

I wanted to see if Midjourney would honor a time of year, so I added spring to see what it came up with.

The two different results are below.

Midjourney Prompt for a Steampunk Alleyway in Spring

a tactical battle map of a steampunk alleyway in spring –ar 3:2

It seems to think that even in spring time, a steampunk alley is a pretty dismal place. Manually add in “colorful” or “vibrant,” or even add in specific colors, if you want a more vivid result.

Midjourney Prompt for a Steampunk Alleyway, No Season Specified

a tactical battle map of a steampunk alleyway –ar 3:2

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Midjourney Prompt for a Bowling Alley Map

Midjourney really struggled with bowling alleys. These were the best two that came out.

an illustrated, top down tactical map of a bowling alley –ar 3:2

In many iterations of this, the alleys were placed nonsensically. I found the more specific the prompt for this one, the worse it became. The simple prompt worked best.

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A Sky Battle Map

I had to iterate a lot on this one to get something usable. It created plenty of beautiful images, but I feel that I could only use the first one shown below for a sky battle. The rest make lovely setting images, though.

top down tactical map of a giant cloud during a sunset, with birds flying by –q 2 –ar 3:2

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Midjourney Prompt Results for a Rainbow Dungeon

How about a technicolor dungeon dive? Check these out!

a tactical map of a dungeon lit by rainbow LED lights, cushy furniture –ar 3:2

The newer version of Midjourney does a better job with room layouts than it previously did. Fewer rooms are isolated from the rest of the floor plan, and living areas look more realistic.

Using a secret entrance is an easy workaround for a disconnected room, if it’s a problem.

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Midjourney Prompts for a Green Slime Dungeon

If you’re looking for a more spooky vibe, check out the green lighting in the images below.

a dark, shadowy, slimy dungeon, green and gray palette, tactical map –ar 3:2

The simplest prompts produced the best results for maps again, here. It seemed to confuse the AI when I made more specific requests. Check out a slightly more detail-oriented version of this dungeon below to see what I mean.

Green Dungeon Featuring a Mysterious Figure

a dark, shadowy, slimy man in a dungeon, green and gray palette, tactical map –ar 3:2

While these are usable, I think the simpler prompt gave better results for a tactical battle map. These later images would work better for a theater of the mind, scene-setting image or simply for visual inspiration, in my opinion.

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Midjourney Prompts for a ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Battle

a tactical battlemap of a dark forest in a horror setting, with a dark gray and red palette, in the style of stranger things –ar 3:2

Scenery Images for a ‘Stranger Things’ Horror Setting

Below are some thematic scenery images for you to enjoy as well.

a scene of a dark forest in a horror setting, in the style of stranger things, setting for a game –ar 3:2

While we’re playing, I sometimes like to have a “tabletop” image on our table TV, and this Midjourney prompt produced a couple interesting ones.

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Stranger Things Inspired Character Sheet

If you’re running or playing a game inspired by “Stranger Things,” you might be interested to know that I made a custom 5e compatible character sheet for the occasion. I’ve put an image of it below for you to check out, and linked it in the button that follows. Thanks for looking!

A "Stranger Things" inspired D&D 5th Edition character sheet.
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Closing Thoughts

Using Midjourney prompts to create fantasy maps is a lot of fun, as long as your expectations are in the right place. Having some flexibility on the end result will get you in a much better place with a tool like this than if you’re looking for something specific.

You may find that changing some of the prompts to add in really specific details, like room counts or objects, may just be ignored by the AI. I seem to get the best results when I am more general with the actual request. Then I can make variations or choose an option from that point.

Do you have any Midjourney prompts that have given you great results? I’d love to take a look at them in the comments below.

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