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What is the lowest CR creature that can defeat an Ancient Red Dragon in open combat, and how many of them does it take?

This Q&A explores a similar question with commoners specifically, but I wanted to pose a challenge that isn't defeated by kiting. As such, I figured I'd open the floor to all creatures, with a ...
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How many commoners would it take to defeat an Ancient Red Dragon in a straight battle?

I'm running a thought experiment to see how many DnD 5e commoners it would take to defeat an Ancient Red Dragon. Use the following constraints for the scenario: For the commoners, use the stats on ...
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Is it possible for me to play as a half-dragon and if so what would my stats be?

I love dragons but I don't want to be a full dragon or a full human all the time so I want to play as a 1/2 dragon, 1/2 human but to clarify what I mean by 1/2 Dragon is human form but just add Dragon ...
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Use of Zombie Dragon Breath Weapon as an Animate Dead Summon

I was wondering if it is possible to use the Zombie Dragon's Breath weapon from Pathfinder 2E's Animate Dead spell rules as written or even rules as intended. Summoned creatures have the minion trait: ...
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How Do I Determine Different Measurements If I Change The Measurement Of A Dragon?

Okay, so I know my question seems a little confusing, but let me explain. So, I was looking for some measurements on dragons seeing as I'm doing Tyranny Of Dragons and I wanted to have some rough ...
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What are the dimensions of a Red Great Wyrm's leg bone?

I'm trying to figure out the cross sectional area of the smallest part of a Red Great Wyrm's leg bones to mathematically determine how much force it has to be able to withstand in order for said Great ...
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Do Smite spells work on Tiamat?

Tiamat has the Limited Magic Immunity trait, I know that much. But the wording confuses me: Unless she wishes to be affected, Tiamat is immune to spells of 6th level or lower. [...] I understand ...
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What is a true dragon?

I was just reading the MM, and reading about dracolichs. It says: Only ancient or adult true dragon can become a dracolich. But what is a true dragon?
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Could a Dragon use an unconscious PC as a thrown weapon?

I like to ground my games with a cinematic scope and my players may come up against a dragon pretty soon. The dragons are very much feral and evil and so I am looking to show their feral nature. If a ...
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What are the rules, if any, regarding equipping a dragon with weapons in 5e?

The question has been asked as to whether or not a dragon can wield weapons in 5e, and for the first time in a long time, I am stumped about how to answer. I first searched the stack exchange, finding ...
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DMs: In Rise of Tiamat, what would the metallic dragons think about PCs actions in the Hatchery? [closed]

Spoilers for Rise of Tiamat and Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Beware! In Rise of Tiamat the council score card and adjoining text discuss the different factions reaction to how the PCs acted in the ...
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Do true dragons use echolocation?

I know true dragons have Blindsight, but in terms of lore, how does it work? Do they use echolocation? Something else? Or has it not been specified? I am most interested in 5e lore, but I'm definitely ...
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Under extreme/idyllic conditions, could Cult of the Dragon necrofy Tiamat?

I'm trying to assess the plausibility of whether the Cult of the Dragon could have grown strong enough to turn Tiamat into a Dracolich. Note I'm referring to the legacy cult under Sammaster, not the ...
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Why are there five chromatic dragons and not four?

The five chromatic dragon types are already in the original edition of D&D. In that same game, player characters had access to four primary kinds of damage: physical blows, fire, cold and ...
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Where would Zorquan (Forgotten Realms' dragon god of dragonness), be today?

Related: What is the difference between a god and a primordial? (see section regarding Dragon gods) Related: Where do dragon souls go after their deaths? Related: Are there any other published ...
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Would the breath of a red dragon set anything on fire?

The description of the breath (here from the adult red dragon, but apart from damage amounts and save DCs, they are all the same) says: The dragon exhales fire in a 60-foot cone. Each creature in ...
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I'm wanting to have a twist were Tiamat gets turned into a dracolich before, during or after the big fight

I'm just having trouble figuring out if that's possible. Would she have to lose her godhood even if she was willing? Or is it just not possible at all? What's scarier than the 5 headed dragon queen? ...
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Are there any known methods or suggestions for reverting a Shadow Dragon to original form

So my question is simple. There is a shadow dragon in my campaign who was previously a gold dragon. He remembers vaguely his past and wishes to revert back to his original form. I thought of True ...
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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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