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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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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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Dragon Rider PRC question (DragonLance Campaign Setting)

Dragon Rider PRC (DragonLance) Does the the bonus hit dice your dragon gains also apply to his age and/or size going up as well? IE: say a 17HD copper dragon (Large, Young Adult) get to apply his 8 ...
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Are these homebrew metallic/chromatic pseudodragons the same CR as RAW pseudodragons?

Pseudodragons are Tiny CR 1/4 dragons, but they're not quite dragon-like enough for my purposes. I want to homebrew some alternative stat blocks to the pseudodragon so that they more so resemble the ...
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Is it legal to use True Polymorph to become a really old adult dragon so that you become ancient with time?

A scenario popped up in my mind that seems legal but feels like cheating. Say a level 20 wizard used True Polymorph to become an Adult Gold Dragon, at age 800 years and 364 days old. As stated in ...
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What are the properties of dragon bones? [duplicate]

I've heard of certain properties being attributed to things such as dragon tears and scales, are there any established properties for dragon bones in crafting or other applications?
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Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced compared to the official classes?

Is this revision of the homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: ...
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I want to have a bond with a baby dragon. Can I?

I just started playing D&D 5e. I am playing an Ethereal Dwarf, Paladin level 2, and my background is Haunted One. With my background, I received a broken silver dragon pendant. My harrowing event ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes?

Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: Dragon Rider ...
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Giving my players a dragon [closed]

I'm starting a new campaign and I was thinking of giving my players a newly hatched baby dragon in the start of the campaign. I think it would be cool if when it's grown a bit that they can have it as ...
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Do young black dragons get lair actions? [duplicate]

Page 89 of the Monster Manual describes a black dragon's Lair Actions and Regional Effects. It says Regional Effects only apply to Legendary Black Dragons, but does not say that for Lair Actions. ...
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What kind of dragon cohort can my paladin get?

My D&D 3.5 paladin took the Dragon Cohort feat in order to obtain the services of a gold dragon (and negotiate being allowed to use the cohort as a mount from time to time) but now I'm not sure ...
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Is there an in-setting explanation for how dragons breathe fire?

I'm currently in the process of writing a new campaign setting in which many classical mythical creatures have been rendered extinct for various reasons, one such creature is the dragon. My initial ...
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What abilities can the Hex spell target on an adult white dragon?

The hex spell description says (PHB, p. 251): You place a curse on a creature that you can see within range. Until the spell ends, you deal an extra 1d6 necrotic damage to the target whenever ...
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Would an anti-magic zone affect a dragon's breath weapon?

One of my players has a special crystal that emits an anti-magic zone 5-feet around them. It was just picked up so they're trying to figure out what to do with the crystal. Suddenly they are ...
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Can a Dragon enter the Feywild without having to use fey crossing portals?

I'm creating a campaign for my group and I need to know if dragons (metallic and chromatic) can enter and exit the Feywild, without having to use fey crossing portals?
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How much do monsters get from Change Shape? [duplicate]

If you have a dragon or a couatl and have it change shape into, say, the CR 3 knight, what among brave, multiattack, leadership, and parry is "not a class feature" and would therefore be available to ...
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What is the CR of a Metallic Dragon after it uses Change Shape?

The older Metallic Dragons have the Change Shape ability: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own, or back into its ...
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If a Dragon under the effects of their Change Shape feature is cloned, can the cloned Dragon revert to their true form?

Some dragons have the Change Shape feature. For example, the Ancient Gold Dragon's Change Shape feature reads as follows: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that ...
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How to calculate the CR of innate spellcasting dragons (and how that affects their highest spell level)

I have a rough understanding of how to calculate expected challenge rating, but I'm not sure how it works in the case of the innate spellcasting dragons variant. Consider an Ancient Gold Dragon: ...
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Can a dragon use its multiattack and its breath weapon in the same turn, or is it a choice between the two?

In the Monster Manual, it states that a dragon can use a multiattack of Frightful Presence, then a bite and two claw attacks. Can it use its breath weapon in the same turn? Or does it use its breath ...
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How do I determine Shadow Dragon's Breath Save DC?

From the Shadow Dragon template, it would appear that the Shadow Breath has the same damage and save as the original dragon's breath weapon, as no change is stated in the template: New Action: ...
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If an Ancient Metallic Dragon uses Change Shape to turn into a humanoid with Innate Spellcasting, do the uses of “X/day” spells reset each time?

Ancient Metallic Dragons (e.g. Ancient Brass Dragons) have the Change Shape ability: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher ...
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What will happened if two dragons of different color try to have a baby? [duplicate]

In all d&d books that I had on my hand, nothing mention the progeniture of two dragon of different colors (red and green, silver and gold or even red and gold). Is something say that dragon can ...
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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

I had an interesting thing happen in my last session of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. My players' characters are in a dragon-heavy adventure. A player tried to do a Perception check to detect ...
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Can a dragon's breath weapon pass through Leomund's Tiny Hut?

Leomund's tiny hut can protect against magic, objects, and creatures from entering. A dragon's breath weapon is not considered magical, but has to be an object at least - which should be blocked by ...
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What are the limits to a half-dragon using the Disguise Self spell?

My understanding is that a half-dragon can't use the spell disguise self to appear human. A half-dragon just has too many limbs for that to work properly, not to mention technically the dragon is no ...
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How can characters/players identify that a polymorphed dragon is a dragon?

Many dragons (e.g. ancient gold dragons) can polymorph using the Change Shape action: Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher ...
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Can the Purify Food and Water spell fix water impacted/poisoned by the presence of a black dragon?

Can the purify food and water spell fix water impacted/poisoned by the presence of a black dragon? I assume the power of the black dragon would overpower the spell, but I'm not totally sure.
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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 ...
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Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying?

Fleet of Foot from Complete Warrior: Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying? The feat states: "When running or charging..
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Is my Homebrew Race, the Dragonewt, too Overpowered?

I've been working hours on top of hours on a race I'd like to call, a dragonewt. The problem is that I don't know if its traits are to overpowered, especially "infinite genius." I'm wondering if you ...
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When an Adult Gold Dragon changes into an Archmage, what are its saving throw and skill bonuses?

An Adult Gold Dragon has Change Shape as one of its actions (emphasis mine): Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its ...
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Does a Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's doubled proficiency bonus for Charisma checks against dragons apply to all dragon types or only the chosen one?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer gets the Dragon Ancestor feature at 1st level, part of which says: Additionally, whenever you make a Charisma check when interacting with dragons, your proficiency ...
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What exactly is the age category modifier for a dragon's Frightful Presence ability?

The Frightful Presence ability description says: Frightful Presence (Ex) A young adult or older dragon can unsettle foes with its mere presence. The ability takes effect automatically whenever ...
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What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate?

Is it possible, and if so, what happens when a metallic and chromatic dragon mate? I'm most interested in blue and bronze dragons. I'm interested in lore from all editions except the fourth edition. ...
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Can I use the Wish spell to become the ruler of all dragons?

Can I use the wish spell to have superior influence over all metallic dragons? Or do I just limit myself to one specific color of dragon? And can I make myself ruler of that color of dragon?
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At what level can a dragon innately cast its spells?

In D&D 5e, when using the Variant: Dragons as Innate Spellcasters, a spellcasting young red dragon is going to know 4 spells of up to 3rd level and can cast each spell once a day. When the dragon ...
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Help balancing a dragon fight for an 8th-level party [closed]

When my 5 players go up to 8th level, they will be encountering their first dragon. I need help building an encounter that will feel tense without a TPK. To create a deadly encounter using Kobold ...
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Can a dragon be stuck looking like a human?

I was planning in a campaign to feature an NPC, who is actually a metallic dragon that got stuck in human form, this being thanks to a curse that was placed on her. She is very much wanting this ...
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Can I use a rust dragon as a mount? [closed]

I'm relatively new to D&D, and after playing a bit with some friends, picked up a few books to learn more. In one book, "A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGON RIDING", I was introduced to the idea of ...
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What happens if a dragon in Waterdeep has permission to enter the city revoked?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (in a sidebar on p. 6) gives details of In it, it states: Of specific interest are the way(s) a dragon can get permission: This makes it pretty clear that a ...
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Are components harvested off a dragon inherently magical?

After our party slew a frost dragon, my character harvested a few dragon teeth off of the corpse. I now want to have someone craft weapons out of those teeth (DM does allow crafting of magical items.) ...
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Is there a way to mature my dragon faster?

Recently, in D&D 5e game, I got a young dragon and I want it to become at least mature (if ancient is not a possibility). However, I wouldn't like to wait for too much. Is there some kind of ...
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What happens when a creature wielding an Aegis of the Raven Queen gets breathed on by a fire-breathing dragon?

I know this looks very similar to this question, but I asked it to indirectly solve what I'm about to ask now (a bad idea). The Aegis of the Raven Queen (from the module "CCC-BWM-03 A Tale of Two ...
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What happens if a creature draws a Frost Brand sword when breathed upon by a fire-breathing dragon?

Frost brand weapons have the following property if attuned: When you draw this weapon, you can extinguish all nonmagical flames within 30 feet of you. This property can be used no more than once ...
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How do I determine a dragon's new Challenge Rating when applying the Shadow Dragon template?

The Monster Manual contains a template whereby any true dragon may be turned into a shadow dragon. A shadow dragon differs from a true dragon in the following ways: It has resistance to necrotic ...
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Does a creature killed by a Shadow Dragon's Shadow Breath become undead?

Regarding Shadow Dragons, the Monster Manual (p. 85) states: Any damage-dealing breath weapon possessed by the dragon deals necrotic damage instead of its original damage type. A humanoid ...
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Could a young dragon be coerced into captivity? [closed]

My players and I are running Sunless Citadel(5e). Some of you may know it - the white dragon wyrmling was captured by kobolds and worshipped by them. The module says, and I quote: However, my ...