# What happens when a steel dragon dies in its human form?

When a steel dragon is about to die from old age, it supposedly goes into hiding to recall all the memories of all the human lives it has lived, but what if a steel dragon is killed during battle while still in its human form?

Will it, just like any other creature using polymorph, revert back to its original form?

Will the dragon just teleport away from battle if it's almost on death's door? But what happens when the dragon isn't able to escape?

• Welcome to RPG.SE! Are steel dragons a 4e specific thing or do you mean metallic dragons? Also as the two editions have different rules asking about both is essentially two separate questions and should be asked as such. Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. Good Luck and Happy Gaming! Jun 1 '19 at 9:13
• @Someone_Evil Steel dragons, AKA Greyhawk dragons, were originally introduced in the Greyhawk setting in 2e. They are described in the 2e Draconomicon, 3e Dragon #339 (hilariously, without actually having an effective way to assume human form long term), and the 4e Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons (and probably a few other scattered resources). As far as I'm aware they've not been featured in any 5e material yet. Jun 1 '19 at 9:36
• @InfernNiek your question is likely to be closed as unclear, since the answer might be considerably different depending on which edition of the game is in question. I would suggest you pick one edition of D&D to scope the question and remove the other tags - a good answer could well reference other editions to note any changes, anyway. Jun 1 '19 at 9:44
• It would be useful to know if you're interested in steel dragon lore across all D&D editions (that's what the dungeons-and-dragons tag is for) or for just D&D 4e (that's what the dnd-4e tag is for); please pick one tag or the other. Without an explanation in the question for the question needing both tags, this question will probably stay on hold. Jun 2 '19 at 12:32