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For questions about dragons, intelligent reptilian creatures with wings that are often depicted as loving to hoard shiny objects. They appear in a number of RPGs, most obviously Dungeons & Dragons.

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What does it mean that an Ancient Blue Dragon's legendary action 'Wing Attack' costs 2 actions?

What does it mean that an Ancient Blue Dragon's legendary action 'Wing Attack' costs 2 actions? Doesn't a dragon get one action on its turn like everyone else, whether it's a multi-attack, casting a ...
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Can a true dragon die of old age?

Does a true dragon have a maximum lifespan or old age maladies that can kill them? or do they live functionally forever unless slain via violence? Is there an edition difference where they can die of ...
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Are there any other published attestations of Zorquan, besides Draconomicon (1990) & Cult Of The Dragon (1998)?

I haven't found any mention of Zorquan, draconic god of "dragon-ness" (perhaps most famed as a critic of the draconic holy wars), except the two books Draconomicon (1990), & Cult Of The ...
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Can the "dragon-like scales" from the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Draconic Resilience feature be used as the M component for Aganazzar's Scorcher?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Draconic Resilience feature states, in part: Additionally, parts of your skin are covered by a thin sheen of dragon-like scales. [...] The material component ...
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How can I bind a draconic spirit?

My wizard is fond of summoning or conjuring elementals and binding them using planar binding, keeping them around for a while. Even keeping them a day is awesome, because concentration is not ...
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How does Multiple Attack Penalty works with actions that allow multiple Strikes? [duplicate]

I was wondering how Multiple Attack Penaly works with actions like Adult Silver Dragon's Draconic Frenzy that reads: The silver dragon makes two claw Strikes and one tail Strike in any order At page ...
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Does the Chromatic Draconic Spirit from the spell "Summon Draconic Spirit" get resistance to Acid, Cold, Fire, Lightning and Poison or is it a choice?

The spell states: When you cast this spell, choose a family of dragon: chromatic, gem, or metallic. The creature resembles a dragon of the chosen family, which determines certain traits in its stat ...
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Are there actual rules for the results of dragon crossbreeding?

I recently acquired Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, because duh, dragons. It is the only 5e source book I own, although I have borrowed PHB, Xanathar's, Tasha's, etc from friends and family while ...
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Would allowing Draconic Sorcerors to be descended from the new dragon types be balanced?

The book Fizban's Treasury of Dragons has been released. While it does contain some player-oriented material (2 new subclasses), something it doesn't do is update the Draconic Sorcerer to have ...
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How did towns mundanely protect themselves against Dragons or bring them to the ground?

Not every town has a party of adventurer's ready to take on big monsters. What methods are expected to be feasible in the combination of system (as of fifth edition) and setting (northern regions of ...
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How to handle breath weapon recharge when combat is interrupted?

I have a question about monster abilities that recharge, like a dragon’s breath weapon. Is the ability considered “charged” on the first round of combat, no roll required? If the answer to that is “...
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Is a beast with the Change Shape feature of a metallic dragon a valid form for the purposes of the Druid's Wild Shape feature? [duplicate]

The Change Shape feature of an adult gold dragon reads as follows: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own, or back ...
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To what extent is a Dragonborn of Bahamut considered a dragon?

In the Races of the Dragon book it says: Dragonborn Racial Traits [RotD, pg.8] Humanoid (dragonblood): Dragonborn are humanoids with the dragonblood subtype and any other subtypes they had before ...
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What is the Blue Dragon wing span size compared to other dragons?

This is more of a lore question, but I can't find any information on it in the 5e Monster Manual. Hopefully there is a lore wizard out there who knows something about this. I recently bought some of ...
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Which type of dragon is depicted in the middle of the cover art for this chapter of the "Rise of Tiamat" published adventure?

Episode 6 of the Rise of Tiamat adventure (chapter 14 in the combined Tyranny of Dragons book), "Metallic Dragons, Arise", has cover art featuring 3 metallic dragons. The art (full-...
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What happens when a dragon tries to become a Warshaper?

Warshaper is a prestige class from Complete Warrior, published a few months after 3.5e. I don't know about the rest of the book, but this prestige class in particular doesn't really seem to take the 3....
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How long will it take for my baby dragon to mature [duplicate]

I recently found a baby dragon in the mountains and managed to befriend it and i was wondering how long it would take for it to mature
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How do dragons in the Forgotten Realms feel about The Cult of the Dragon?

There's plenty of information around about The Cult of the Dragon in the D&D Forgotten Realms campaign setting. As the Realms Wiki summarises: The Cult of the Dragon venerated dragons, evil ...
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Playing a Half-dragon

I am planning on playing a campaign, and I want to play a gold half-dragon. I haven't found any information about how I would create one, and what abilities it would have. Is it canon?
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Did the Thousand-Year War involve all dragons?

The description of the dragon giant war is ambiguous, on the one hand it says that all dragons fought in the war but the dragons were led by Tiamat and Garyx. I know that Garyx was worshipped by some ...
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What is the highest armour class possible for an Ancient Green dragon?

This posts asks what the highest armour class may be for humanoids. Similar to this question, I would like to know what the highest AC would be for a monster. Narrowing this down, let us look at ...
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Where do dragon souls go after their deaths?

As far as I know, mortal souls go to the plane Fugue and after 100 years Kelemvor sends them to their gods' planes to serve. But where do dragon souls go? Do Chromatic and Metallic dragon souls go to ...
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How could a dragon deal with the spell Hide from Dragons efficiently when hunting alone outside his lair?

The typical known means to defend against Hide from Dragons are focused around dragons inside his lair, like using non-dragon minions, traps, magical alarms, dispelling screens and what-not, but that'...
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Does a bronze dragon's wing attack work underwater?

An adult bronze dragon has a lair deep inside of a coastal mountain. To get to where she hides her stuff (and where she is keeping a clutch of eggs warm) an adventuring party needs to swim deep ...
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Is the Adult Gold Dragon's Weakening Breath considered a curse, disease, or poison?

In a fight with an Adult Gold Dragon today our delightful barbarian suffered from the effect of Weakening Breath. Our transmutation wizard used his Transmuter's Stone for Panacea to restore hit points,...
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Do Rokugan's Dragons have three or four toes?

I couldn't find it in what my collection gives me (or I am blind), but: is there a mention in the sources - or an official depiction - that details if Rokugani Dragons have three or four toes on their ...
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How do you determine a dragon's gender?

How do you determine the gender of a dragon, without resorting to asking them? A number of published D&D adventures have dragons in them that are clearly identified as male or female. However, ...
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Are there any examples in D&D lore (all editions) of metallic or chromatic dragons switching alignment?

In a previous question I asked about a dragon antagonist I am planning. I originally intended this to be a chromatic dragon because I believed they are always evil, but an answer to that question got ...
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Are there examples in lore of a dragon learning new spells like a wizard?

I am working on the first main antagonist for my campaign, DnD 5th edition. This will be a green or blue dragon who has the ability to shape change into a human and is a magic user. The dragon will be ...
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What can a dragon use to increase their armour class? [closed]

It is hard to survive as dragon - and yet they do. Despite being known for their nasty claws+bite, fear radiance and breath weapon - thus becoming a high priority target for nearly any ranged attack - ...
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Dragon Alternate Form feature vs Draconic Polymorph

I was curious about what the differences are for a True Dragon between using its natural Alternate Form feature vs the Draconic Polymorph spell. The Alternate Form feature (link to Gold Dragon on SRD) ...
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If a dragon becomes a shadow dragon, would it still be subject to a previously cast True Polymorph's reversal?

Story / example: A Harpy gets Truly Polymorphed into a wyrmling Brass dragon - albeit a bit of a weird one, what with her harpy-like personality and alignment. As an avid reader of StackExchange she ...
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Do I have to pick one of the listed types of dragon for my sorcerer's Draconic Ancestry?

For the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer subclass, can I only choose my dragon ancestor from the kinds listed in the Draconic Ancestry table? Or is it possible to choose an unlisted type of dragon (such as ...
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Grabbing & releasing with dragons

I'm planning a combat situation with a dragon and trying to understand what happens if the dragon grabs and attempts to drop players from height. So far this is how I'm thinking about ruling it: The ...
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How long could a dragon survive if it were trapped in its lair?

Pretty much just what the title says. Would it just starve and die over time, or would it be able to survive in some way? Clarification I'm assuming a red dragon, and the lair being something in line ...
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Do true polymorphed gold dragons retain their ability to cast spells?

I recently rewatched Mr. Rhexx's video on gold dragons and he mentioned that they love to practice magic. He also mentioned that all dragons can innately cast spells but gold dragons choose to further ...
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Why do red dragons and gold dragons have the same CR?

There are 4 variants of each type of dragon, each corresponding to a specific age. At each age, the red and gold dragons each have the same CR (4, 10, 17, and 24). The dragons are superficially ...
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How can my half-dragon villain aim to become more draconic?

The villain in the adventure I'm currently running is a half-dragon druid. Their motivation is that they want to claim some of the power and glory of their draconic ancestors. At the moment, I'm just ...
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As a player character, is there a way to reanimate a dragon I killed as an undead under that PC's control?

If a PC killed an ancient green dragon, what could they do to reanimate it as undead under their control, assumeing they have whatever combination of class levels necessary to make the idea work? ...
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How/when does an ability like a dragon's breath weapon recharge, if it's listed as "Recharge 5–6"?

Dragon breath weapons used to be simple: 3 uses per day. They magically recharged at either midnight or dawn, depending on your DM. As I read through the dragon section, I see new (to me) info on ...
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How do crossbred dragons inherit movement, MR, and special defenses?

1990's Draconomicon has some guidelines for crossbred dragons that seem useful for 3.5/5e. From what I can tell, though, rules for land/flight/(swim) speeds, magic resistance, and elemental immunity (...
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How does Truesight affect a shapechanger who grows/shrinks like a polymorphed dragon?

In searching for this answer, I did come across this post that is similar, though my question is more cosmetic than functional... The sense of Truesight states: A monster with truesight can [...] ...
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Can this dragon from the Rise of Tiamat adventure fit in this area from Episode 2?

The main map of the area in Episode 2 ("The Sea of Moving Ice") contains effectively 2 floors: a series of hallways and rooms on the top floor, and a large cavern as the bottom floor. The main ...
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What items could help against fighting a dragon? [closed]

Getting ready to battle a horde of dragons. What are the best magic weapons to fight dragons? Found arrows and some charms against dragon breath. What non-homebrew items could help?
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How does dragon age translate to shapechange age?

I'm working on a NPC who was raised to believe he is half elf, half dragon (Wood Elf father, Red Dragon mother), but who is actually a full Copper Dragon. The character is supposed to be 26 years old, ...
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Any known instances of friendliness or friendship between opposing dragons?

As known dragons are not necessarily enemies of each other despite different alignments. What I am wondering is are there any known instances of friendliness or friendship between chromatic and ...
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How does a dragon gain Challenge Rating & thereby increase their spell power? [closed]

According to the spell casting variant suggested in the Monster Manual in the True Dragon section, dragons gain a number of spells based on their charisma and their maximum level is based off of 1/3rd ...
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Are a dragon's attacks considered magical? [duplicate]

Are these attacks considered magical? Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d10 + 8) piercing damage. Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 10 ft., one ...
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Which abilities can a gold dragon in change shape form use?

Can an Adult Gold Dragon in Change Shape form use any of the following abilities? Multiattack. Bite. Melee Weapon Attack Claw. Melee Weapon Attack Tail. Melee Weapon Attack Frightful Presence. Fire ...
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What happens if a dragon gets older but doesn't gain experience?

Chapter 3 of the Draconomicon details how, every couple years, a true dragon must take its next level in its dragon "class". But what if the dragon just sits around, not gaining any XP, and therefore ...
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