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Basically, I'm asking if Dragon Disciples receive the elemental vulnerability of their dragon ancestor.

And what about Half-Dragons?

The "Red" in "Red Dragon Disciples" refers to their "red dragon heritage".

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A Dragon Disciple does not gain any vulnerabilities directly from his class, see the SRD on Dragon Disciple. However, at level 10 a Dragon Disciple gains the Half-Dragon Template, which states (emphasis mine):

Special Qualities

A half-dragon has all the special qualities of the base creature, plus darkvision out to 60 feet and low-light vision. A half-dragon has immunity to sleep and paralysis effects, and an additional immunity based on its dragon variety.

The specific dragon that is related to the dragon disciple is extremely important. For instance, a red dragon disciple would gain fire immunity but a fang dragon disciple would gain no immunity (Draconomicon, page 167).

However, there is no mention of gaining a vulnerability anywhere in either the dragon disciple class or half-dragon template, so I would answer both of your questions with 'No'.

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True dragons do not inherently have elemental vulnerabilities. Red dragons, brass dragons, and gold dragons are vulnerable to cold because they are (Fire) creatures. White dragons and silver dragons are vulnerable to fire because they are (Cold) creatures.

A creature with the cold subtype has immunity to cold. It has vulnerability to fire, which means it takes half again as much (+50%) damage as normal from fire, regardless of whether a saving throw is allowed, or if the save is a success or failure.

The half-dragon and dragon disciple do not inherit the elemental subtype of their ancestor.

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Fire Subtype: A creature with the fire subtype has immunity to fire. It has vulnerability to cold, which means it takes half again as much (+50%) damage as normal from cold, regardless of whether a saving throw is allowed, or if the save is a success or failure.

  • Monster Manual III, page 213
  • Monster Manual IV, page 210
  • Monster Manual V, page 211

Since those are more recent than the DMG and the MM, I'd assume these would overrule it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ No one is doubting whether or not fire creatures and cold creatures have that vulnerability—the other answers focus on the fact that the half-dragon template, and therefore the dragon disciple prestige class, doesn’t include the fire or cold subtypes, and so that rule doesn’t apply. Nonetheless, thank you for taking the time to help out, and we hope to see more answers from you in the future. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Apr 20 at 1:38

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