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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?

The following came up during my campaign: The characters got their hands on some Black Dragon eggs. The PCs put out the thought that if they got the eggs to hatch, they could raise the dragons to be ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

I just heard that according to D&D 3rd edition's Draconomicon (for the Greyhawk setting), p. 7: Although a dragon’s front feet are not truly prehensile, a dragon can grasp objects with its ...
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What can I do with Dragon Hatchlings? [closed]

In my current campaign, the PC's have an opportunity to acquire not one but three dragon eggs that are hatching soon. I am talking about: Chances are my party will be able to safely transport at ...
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Roleplaying a Dragon Better

So I'm DMing a very Dragon-Heavy campaign that my friend gave me, but I seem to have trouble roleplaying dragons. I don't want to stop the campaign and find a new one because I'm having difficulty ...
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Is Dungeons & Dragons the origin of “Bahamut” as a dragon?

Bahamut, the platinum dragon god of good, metallic dragons, takes his name from the Bahamut of Arabian mythology, the great fish upon which the earth rests. The similarities between dragons, serpents,...
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Where did the Chromatic/Metallic Dragons come from?

In the AD&D Monster Manual, the Chromatic (evil) and Metallic (good) dragons are introduced. Each color of dragon has a different habitat, personality and breath weapon. (Or two breath weapons, in ...
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Why are Dragons “Always X” alignment?

As per this question and the answers provided therein, Dragons are of the "always X" alignment. Which means... Always: The creature is born with the indicated alignment. The creature may have a ...
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

My party of adventurers have fought two black dragon wyrmlings now, for two different reasons, because of two different modules, maybe the authors from WoTC really dig the Dragon half of the game's ...
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How does a dragon accumulate a hoard? [closed]

It occurred to me that a dragon has no way of actually carrying treasure from wherever he got it from to his actual lair in order to hoard it. Does a dragon eat the treasure then regurgitate it later ...
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What are some resources or tips on dragons as PCs?

Our DM is preparing a new D&D (3.5) campaign in which we all have to play as a (True) dragon. We're all going to play non-evil dragons (we're allowed to pick chromatic ones and change their ...
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Creating an easily-defeatable dragon

For the group I am GMing I am in need of a blue dragon which should be defeatable by a group of six PCs having levels 3-4. The classes of my PCs are barbarian, bard, cleric, fighter, rogue and witch. ...
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Why did the designers make it so chromatic dragons can't shapechange?

In 5e, the Monster Manual states that each kind of Metallic Dragon gains the Change Shape ability by the time it is Ancient or Adult. However, no such ability is ever mentioned for Chromatic Dragons. ...
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What is a Wyrm in D&D?

So I keep seeing things like "The Great Wyrm", "Forest of the Wyrm", "Wyrm aged" and they seem to be all related to Dragons. Is Wyrm just another name for Dragons? Is this a general thing or does it ...
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Can a Dragon really also be Half-Dragon?

I was playing D&D 3.5 when it was pointed out to me that the half-dragon template can be added to any living corporeal creature which includes dragons. That seems really weird — how can a ...
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What can make a dragon familiar suitable for a low-level character?

I would like to allow a level ~5 character to have a dragon as a familiar. (My DM style is a little more flexible.) Other than having a "baby dragon," how would you keep that balanced? I'd also ...
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Any problems playing a dragon PC in a 1st level party?

We are about to play a new campaign and I have been itching to play a dragon with the rules from the Draconomicon. We are starting from the bottom at 1st level characters. Is it OK/balanced/allowed to ...
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How would one create a balanced dragon PC?

I'm running a DnD 5e campaign and had a dragon-born sorcerer with Draconic Bloodline as a sorcerous origin that used the level 9 Wish spell to wish to become a "true dragon." Are there any rules ...
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Would Animal Handling apply when interacting with a young dragon?

From when a dragon hatches from its egg to the end of its life, could a character use Animal Handling to interact favourably with it? If so, when (in terms of life stages of the dragon) would it apply ...
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How do I role-play as a dragon?

I have an NPC in our game that is called a "drake," but in terms familiar to most of you, he would probably be considered to be a dragon. In our game, drakes are classified based on the plane that ...
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Rules for hybrid dragons? (mixed colors)

I run a campaign (Pathfinder mostly, with several house rules) in which I had an idea to incorporate a shadow/red dragon hybrid. It goes well with the story and the entire concept of the setting, but ...
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What happens when I think like a dragon?

In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, there is a unique magic item (which will go unnamed to avoid spoilers) which among other things, says that the character who wears the magic item is able to ...
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Are dragons able to recognize other dragons in humanoid form?

So i'm about to start running a campaign where my group will start out in a city that is led by a king who happens to be a Great Wyrm Gold Dragon in alternate form. I'm playing it with a whole back ...
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Is it possible to block a breath weapon with a shield?

Most of us may have seen similar imagery: How could a player character do as such, with a shield? Anything RAW, and without resorting to spellcasting (if at all possible), would be nice.
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Can a dragon be drowned in its own element?

All dragons have some type of resistance or immunity against certain materials and energy types.(fire, acid, electricity, cold, steel, adamantine). Can we kill a dragon with the related element as a ...
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How do I model a PC being swallowed by a dragon in D&D4e?

I recently read of an attempted dragon-slaying strategy, which involved a magic-user getting swallowed and then summoning Tenser's Floating Disc. Besides all of the other problems with this setup, I'...
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How do you make a dragon player character in D&D 3.5?

Me and a friend were looking at the rules in Draconomicon to make a Dragon PC and we were still baffled four hours later because of the dragon aging and leveling-up processes. Can anyone explain these ...
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Can chromatic dragons potentially learn Change Shape? [duplicate]

As far as I remember, only the Ancient metallic dragons have it listed in the Monster Manual, but could all dragons potentially learn to Change Shape? As a note, this is a homebrew world so I'm aware ...
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Is a green dragon's breath weapon “poison” for the purposes of “advantage on saves against poison”

A green dragon has a breath weapon that deals poison damage. In addition to the MM entry, this is an example given in the PHB Description of Damage types: Poison. Venomous stings and the toxic ...
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Are there dragon stats in any published OWOD or NWOD books?

I play in a World of Darkness game, and I have seen two different powers that allow someone turn into mythic creatures, such as dragons. I have never found stats on a dragon though in any WOD books. ...
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Are there any game systems whose shtick is that the PCs have dragon companions?

I'm aware of the ECL rules for younger dragons in D&D 3.5. I'd like to move away from that system with this, if possible (it is retained as last resort though). Not that it's incompatible here, ...
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Do dragons rest in the air or on the ground?

You're a dragon who has just spent 16 hours straight of dodging tropical thunderstorms and in-flight icing. You really would like a nice nap about now...can you simply "lock your wings" and glide ...
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Does a Dracolich possessing a new corpse reform as its original type or as the corpse's type?

In the 5th Edition Monster Manual, it states the following under the Dracolich Phylacteries section: If a dracolich's physical form is ever destroyed, its spirit returns to the gem as long as the ...
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Half Dragon applied to Elf - is it a half-elf or an elf?

3.5 - the half dragon template which grants the cool shindigs, applied to an elf. Do I get the racial benefits of being the base elf race, or the half-elf race?
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How do the seasons affect a dragon's behavior?

At the end of the last story arc of my campaign, the party managed to get all their tax money back by killing their corrupt lord, only to have it stolen by a young dragon who would be a difficult (but ...
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How do patrons with non-energy breath weapons interact with a Dragon Herald's (Bard Archetype) benefits?

So, the Dragon Herald (Bard;Kobold) archetype has a couple abilities based on the energy type of the dragon the herald chooses as their patron. The wording of the archetype allows for any type of true ...
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Are there any protections for breath weapons beyond saves?

To be more specific, and add context, I started out the process of making a Pathfinder character with three major goals for the character: One, to acquire either a single wish, or possibly three ...
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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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Do Half-Dragons Count as True Dragons?

If the requirements to be a true dragon are have the dragon types and have age categories, then it seems like a half-red dragon human would be a true dragon right?
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Are a Bronze Dragon's breath attacks' cooldowns shared?

A Bronze Dragon has two different breath weapons.A Line of Lightning, and a Repulsion Gas. The breath weapons of Dragons always come with a certain cooldown period, and I was wondering if using one of ...
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Can a player character bathe in the blood of a dragon as described in the MM Half-Dragon template? [closed]

Reading on the Half-Dragon template (MM p. 180), it sounds like a humanoid can bathe in the blood of a dragon and gain: Blindsight Darkvision Resistance to the element the dragon was breathing (i.e. ...
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Does Legendary Resistance allow a Stunned or Paralyzed creature to succeed on a save it would otherwise automatically fail?

Both the Paralyzed and Stunned conditions include the following: a [paralyzed/stunned] creature is incapacitated (see condition) and can't move (or in the case of paralyzed speak) The ...
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Where is the history of Greyhawk deities and dragons written?

I would like to find and read the lore of gods and dragons of Greyhawk — how they were originally created, how they have changed, and so on. I searched a bit but I couldn't find anything. What book ...
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How can a Dragon hold a weapon/shield?

My Bronze Wyrmling familiar has taken the Wyrm of War Sovereign Archetype from Dragons of Eberron, which states that it "becomes proficient with all types of armor and shields, as well as all simple ...
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Why are the Prismatic Dragon's attack bonuses wrong?

The Question I've been fiddling with the Epic Dragon statblocks recently, as they're given on the SRD, and I've found something that bugs me: some of the calculations are inconsistent, and some of ...
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Does a dragon's alternate form get class levels?

Are there particular rules or limitations to giving class levels to a dragon's alternate form? In context I'm working on ideas for a 3.5 campaign where the primary antagonist is a Red Dragon with the ...
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How can I use the updated Dragons against my players without absolutely killing all of them?

Dragons in D&D 4e used to be weak, and were easy for my party to defeat. Solos were rarely much of a challenge, or so it was before Monsters Vault showed up with the new/updated Dragons. They are ...
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Can Dragonblooded Characters Take Draconomicon Dragon Feats?

I'm making a Fireblood Dwarf, and I'm wondering if I, as a Dragonblooded creature, qualify for taking Dragon feats like Improved Speed and Rapidstrike?
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What dragon is most likely to take in and raise other races?

My character is a folk hero. My plan is already approved by my DM. When my character was young(barely old enoigh to remember his village), his village was destroyed by forces unknown to him (Raiders, ...
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How can a dragon sorcerer PC take on humanoid form from level 1 without house rules?

I'm currently having a few issues with a character of one of my players. When the new third party Pathfinder book In the Company of Dragons came out he was on fire to play a dragon. Now after looking ...