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Questions tagged [dragons]

Intelligent reptilian creatures with wings that love to hoard shiny objects.

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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

I wasn't able to find anything about this in 5th Edition. A drake seems that it would exceed the 1/4 challenge rating stated in the PHB. In this specific campaign, our Dungeon Master allows anything ...
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The CR of a Dragon [closed]

I've been looking to scale up the CR of a few Ancient dragons for one of my settings, so I've been figuring out the offensive and defensive CR of each dragon to determine how my scaled-up dragons ...
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How do you determine the area of effect of a flying dragon’s breath weapon? [closed]

When a dragon is flying over its target, how do you determine the area of effect on the ground? If it is breathing straight down, a 60' cone could create a 60' diameter circle, but that's not very ...
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RAW, can innate spellcaster dragons cast spells with somatic components?

The rules on dragons as innate spellcasters state (MM, p. 86): Dragons are innately magical creatures that can master a few spells as they age, using this variant. A young or older dragon can ...
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Is an unlikely coincidence bad storytelling?

I am the DM in a fairly new d&d 5e campaign. In it is a kobold barbarian who was once a dragon-shield in a now destroyed tribe. The black dragon wyrmling the tribe worshiped/protected is presumed ...
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Scaring a wyrmling into adulthood

If a dragon wyrmling were repeatedly subjected to ghosts using Horrifying Visage over a week, would it grow into a young or even adult dragon? Horrifying Visage: [...] If the save fails by 5 or ...
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Fey Ancestry says “Magic can't put you to sleep” and Brass Dragon has the ability to “exhales sleep gas”. Does the breath weapon affect elves?

I always assumed that elves/half elves were just immune to sleep effects, but re-reading Fey Ancestry, it says "magic can't put you to sleep". Brass Dragons and Kamadans (Tomb of Annihilation p225) ...
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How much cover does Wall of Stone give against a dragon's breath weapon if arrow slits are included in the wall?

I am currently a sorcerer in the Rise of Tiamat campaign (plenty of dragons to come I assume). I am obviously asking this as a player; I am not a DM and never go through the DMG/Monster Manual (so ...
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Is there a dragon-level threat to the dragons in the Forgotten Realms?

In Forgotten Realms, few things are as feared and iconic as the Dragon. There may be more powerful beings, but few of them are well-known. The Dragon is decent on land, a powerful flier, some even ...
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How to balance a character that stole enemy pets?

Me and my players are running Hoard of the Dragon Queen and we just reached the dragon hatchery. One of my dragonborn players reached the Drake Nursery. Through some Animal Handling check, the ability ...
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Have green dragons ever dealt fire damage rather than poison?

I was playing in a friend's in a 5e session a few weeks ago, and we encountered a young green dragon, I was absolutely convinced it would do fire damage, but I was very much mistaken to find it was ...
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When does a Truly Polymorphed creature gain its 'new' form as a 'base' form? [closed]

True Polymorph: Getting the new form it easy - it's keeping this new form that's the trick. True Polymorph transforms creatures quasi-permanently, at least until one runs afoul of Dispel Magic or any ...
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How can I get around a dragon’s blindsight?

Does anyone know any legit ways to get around blindsight? With Tremorsense, it has a built in way to get around it. A monster with tremorsense can detect and pinpoint the origin of ...
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Statistics for a dragon that has become a monk [closed]

I want to create an NPC Silver Dragon that has learned the monk class (17 levels) while morphed into a human, how should I go about creating it's ability scores and all of it's other statistics, and ...
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Is there a rules-based way to make a dragon player character? [duplicate]

I got to thinking Wouldn't it be cool to play some kind of proper dragon with Character levels? So I wonder, is there a rules-based way to make a dragon player character? My guess is that this is ...
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Would an adult dragon's prison count as its lair?

Let's assume the following: An adult white dragon has been caught by a powerful group of LE wizards. Somehow they managed to trap it inside the depths of their underground laboratories, snaring it ...
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How can I use dragon bones?

My party recently acquired some dragon bones. We split up the skeleton. I got the head and neck. One got the ribs and front legs. One got the wings and feet and one got the back legs and tail. I ...
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How can a black dragon's Darkness Lair Action be overcome?

Adult and Ancient Black Dragons have access to the following Lair Action when in their lairs: Magical darkness spreads from a point the dragon chooses within 60 feet of it, filling a 15-foot-radius ...
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Can I create a character that by leveling comes closer to a dragon? [duplicate]

So I had an idea because of the series Jake Long. I wanted to create a character (a 16 year old) who discovers that he is not fully human. His ancestors were dragons and he slowly starts to discover ...
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Could a Ready action happen before a dragon's breath weapon by having the trigger be “targeting someone with it”?

So, I was looking at this question, and was discussing it with my friend. In the question, they ask whether someone could block a breath weapon by readying a Wall of Stone with the trigger "If the ...
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Can a dragon use the Armor spell? [closed]

Picking spells for an ancient red dragon, I wonder if the Armor spell would function. It has no effect on "a person already armored" (AD&D revised 1stEd) but is a dragon considered to be armored?
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Can I have a dragon player character in D&D 5e?

Is it possible to create a playable character who's a dragon in D&D 5e? Not a dragonborn, but an actual dragon. I'm new to D&D and planning on playing D&D 5e because it's the newest.
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What qualifies a dragon as “ancient”? [duplicate]

So I'd assume that dragons live for a long time — at the very least, around 500 years or so, and that's just me guessing off the top of my head. There is a very clear distinction in terms of attacks ...
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Is there a set of stats for an Astral Dragon in D&D 5e?

I've seen several YouTube videos, as well as read a few posts, about the Astral Dragon. My research into the matter appears to show the creature as being present in earlier (4e, 3.5e, Pathfinder, etc.)...
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Are metallic dragons' multiple breath weapons recharged separately or together?

Some dragons have multiple breath weapons, such as a bronze dragon having both a lightning breath and a repulsion breath. Do both of these breath weapons use the same recharge die? Do you need to roll ...
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Do dragons (and dragonborn) naturally shed or molt scales?

Is there any official reference inside a 5e book that makes specific note of any dragon (or dragonborn) shedding or molting their scales naturally? The Dragon Scale mail is the closest thing I can ...
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How long are the life phases of a dragon?

The life phases of a dragon in 5th edition D&D are: Egg Wyrmling Young Adult Ancient Given that a dragon lives for at the least 15-ish centuries, up to I think well over two thousand years, how ...
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Can a zombie dragon make a full attack?

Can a zombie dragon (Draconomicon) full attack, seeing as the option exists in their combat unlike the normal zombie template.
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Dealing with dragons [closed]

I understand that dragon encounters are supposed to be scary--DM plays them smart, etc.--but my question is how can (should) a party of adventurers prepare for a dragon fight (assuming it's ...
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To increase its power, can one dragon cannibalize another dragon?

In the Dragonlance novel Dawning of a New Age, a dragon kills another dragon and consumes the dead dragon's essence to become more powerful. Is this process supported mechanically in D&D 3.5e?
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If a dragon wizard gets Spellhoarding template do the dragon levels stack with wizard levels?

If a dragon gets spellhoarding templates and then takes class level in wizard do wizard levels and dragons hit dice stack or are they seperate? Also if they do stack then does the loredrake archetype ...
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What is this book or homebrew PDF covering how to stat offspring from different dragon parents that I remember?

I am new here, but I have read some of your discussions and I see that there is a glimmer of hope for me, for I cannot remember where I have seen information on this particular matter. To rephrase: I ...
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Does aging as a dragon PC give ability score increases?

When a dragon PC ages does it work like getting a paragon class that stacks with sorcerer levels? For example when a brown dragon advances from wyrmling to very young, its strength increases by 4 and ...
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What kinds of Metallic Dragons were ever shown in D&D products? [closed]

Everyone knows the iconic metallic dragons that come in almost every single core monster book, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, Brass. Let's call those the "core five" There were some others, like dunno ...
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Can a metallic dragon voluntarily revert from Change Shape?

The Monster Manual says that a metallic dragon returns to its true shape when killed. My question is, can it also return to its own shape when it wants to?
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Is cleric or sorcerer a “key” class for Gold and Silver dragons?

From the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary, Appendix 2: Monster Advancement, Table 2–4: Monsters with Class Levels, on page 297, we see that class levels in Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Wizard are ...
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I've been trying to track down an old P&P RPG that I used to have years ago

The game was similar to Palladium or Rifts as I recall, but I remember a rule-set detailing Tech-level vs Magic-level; the higher the tech the less it affects the high magic elements, and vise versa. ...
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How can a PC become more draconic?

Long story short, the frail, ancient 7th lvl wizard in the party I DM is actually a dragon who is slowly remembering his past and the dragon council's curse that turned him into a human. He has ...
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How big is a dragon?

I know from the Monster Manual "Dragon Age Categories" table on page 86 that a young dragon is "large". Which means that if you play on a battle map, he takes up 2x2 squares, which 10 x 10 feet. What ...
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Can only True Dragons choose a Sovereign Dragon Archetype?

In Dragons of Eberron, one can find the Sovereign Dragon Archetypes; Alternative rules for Dragons that switch out some bonuses they get for other bonuses. Throughout the paragraph, it keeps making ...
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How can I justify the existence of this combination dragon?

I'd like to have in my campaign a unique dragon that combines the abilities of a black dragon and a red dragon (Monster Manual 70–2 and 75–7, respectively) with those of a beast dragon (Dragon #321 50–...
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Can Warding Wind block the effect of a Green Dragon's Poison Breath?

Potential combat with a Green Dragon. The most damaging item in a Green Dragon's arsenal is its Poison Breath. The text of poison breath is some variant of this for Green Dragons: The dragon ...
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Are there any non-evil Faerûnian deities that are against dragons?

I want to create a character who is dragon slayer. And I kinda want a deity to worship and use as "assistance" when killing dragons. So is there any deity that is against dragons and also within good ...
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Worried about killing PCs in Rise of Tiamat

I am running RoT. This question is not about the final battle with Tiamat being a TPK. I am worried about regular characters fighting regular adult dragons in the sea of flowing ice, etc., dying to ...
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Did dragon breath ability change between different TSR D&D/AD&D editions?

In most Dragonlance books (Chronoicles+Legends), dragon breath attacks are classified per color/metal. Although confusing, especially with metallic dragons and their dual weapon, it makes sense. ...
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Now that my wizard is a dragon, can I do the following things? [closed]

In a campaign as a wizard at 17th level, I have accomplished turning into an adult gold dragon with variant innate spell casting. My DM and I agreed the dragon can cast spells, but then the following ...
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How to involve the players in a fight between 2 Dragons [duplicate]

My players have wound up bringing an ancient silver dragon to defend a town being attacked by a young red dragon. Of course the ancient silver dragon would beat the young red dragon solo, unless I'm ...
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Can the Dragonwrought feat be used as draconic heritage?

I'm planning on playing a sorcerer kobold, and I want to know whether the Dragonwrought feat from Races of the Dragon (pg. 100) can replace the draconic heritage prerequisites for both other draconic ...
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Can an undead dragon ever reach a higher age catagory?

Let's say a very old (true) dragon gets turned into a vampiric dragon. Would they naturally advance to ancient after the requisite number of years, or would they remain very old indefinitely? If they ...
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Does a metallic dragon revert to its true form with full HP if it drops to 0 HP while shape changed?

Metallic dragons have the ability to shapeshift into any humanoid or beast. According to the Monster Manual, it retains many of its stats, including hit points. It also says that "It reverts to its ...