Questions tagged [dragons]

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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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?

The following came up during my campaign: The characters got their hands on some Black Dragon eggs. The PCs put out the thought that if they got the eggs to hatch, they could raise the dragons to be ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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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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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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Is Dungeons & Dragons the origin of “Bahamut” as a dragon?

Bahamut, the platinum dragon god of good, metallic dragons, takes his name from the Bahamut of Arabian mythology, the great fish upon which the earth rests. The similarities between dragons, serpents,...
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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 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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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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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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Roleplaying a Dragon Better

So I'm DMing a very Dragon-Heavy campaign that my friend gave me, but I seem to have trouble roleplaying dragons. I don't want to stop the campaign and find a new one because I'm having difficulty ...
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Do dragons of all sizes get lair actions and regional effects?

In my campaign, a black dragon egg was lost by its mother and found by kobolds. Now the wyrmling is about three years old, holed up in a mine, and being worshipped by the ever-subservient kobolds. ...
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What D&D manual describes this game dragons play?

In a D&D manual, I once read about a game that dragons play against each other. They use kingdoms as pawns and the games can last decades or centuries. What book is the game in or what is the ...
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What can I do with Dragon Hatchlings? [closed]

In my current campaign, the PC's have an opportunity to acquire not one but three dragon eggs that are hatching soon. I am talking about: Chances are my party will be able to safely transport at ...
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How would one create a balanced dragon PC?

I'm running a DnD 5e campaign and had a dragon-born sorcerer with Draconic Bloodline as a sorcerous origin that used the level 9 Wish spell to wish to become a "true dragon." Are there any rules ...
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Why did the designers make it so chromatic dragons can't shapechange? [closed]

In 5e, the Monster Manual states that each kind of Metallic Dragon gains the Change Shape ability by the time it is Ancient or Adult. However, no such ability is ever mentioned for Chromatic Dragons. ...
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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 Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

I just heard that according to D&D 3rd edition's Draconomicon (for the Greyhawk setting), p. 7: Although a dragon’s front feet are not truly prehensile, a dragon can grasp objects with its ...
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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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Can the Polymorph spell turn a character into a dragon?

This first sentence in the polymorph spell description says (emphasis mine): This spell transforms a creature with at least 1 hit point that you can see within range into a new form. I have heard ...
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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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Where did the Chromatic/Metallic Dragons come from?

In the AD&D Monster Manual, the Chromatic (evil) and Metallic (good) dragons are introduced. Each color of dragon has a different habitat, personality and breath weapon. (Or two breath weapons, in ...
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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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Why are Dragons "Always X" alignment?

As per this question and the answers provided therein, Dragons are of the "always X" alignment. Which means... Always: The creature is born with the indicated alignment. The creature may have a ...
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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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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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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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How does a dragon accumulate a hoard? [closed]

It occurred to me that a dragon has no way of actually carrying treasure from wherever he got it from to his actual lair in order to hoard it. Does a dragon eat the treasure then regurgitate it later ...
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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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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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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

My party of adventurers have fought two black dragon wyrmlings now, for two different reasons, because of two different modules, maybe the authors from WoTC really dig the Dragon half of the game's ...
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Does Legendary Resistance allow a Stunned or Paralyzed creature to succeed on a save it would otherwise automatically fail?

Both the Paralyzed and Stunned conditions include the following: a [paralyzed/stunned] creature is incapacitated (see condition) and can't move (or in the case of paralyzed speak) The ...
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What spell list must dragons use, if any?

The Monster Manual describes a Variant rule for Innate Spellcasting for dragons in p. 86. The book does not specify a specific class for the spell list, so which spell list do they use? Possible ...
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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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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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Is it possible to block a breath weapon with a shield?

Most of us may have seen similar imagery: How could a player character do as such, with a shield? Anything RAW, and without resorting to spellcasting (if at all possible), would be nice.
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Creating an easily-defeatable dragon

For the group I am GMing I am in need of a blue dragon which should be defeatable by a group of six PCs having levels 3-4. The classes of my PCs are barbarian, bard, cleric, fighter, rogue and witch. ...
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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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What are some resources or tips on dragons as PCs?

Our DM is preparing a new D&D (3.5) campaign in which we all have to play as a (True) dragon. We're all going to play non-evil dragons (we're allowed to pick chromatic ones and change their ...
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Can a Blinded caster with Blindsight use spells that require them to see the target?

The situation I have in mind is the following: An epic battle ensues between a Young Green Dragon (caster variant) and a Purple Worm. The Purple Worm swallows the dragon; meanwhile, the dragon has ...
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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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Any problems playing a dragon PC in a 1st level party?

We are about to play a new campaign and I have been itching to play a dragon with the rules from the Draconomicon. We are starting from the bottom at 1st level characters. Is it OK/balanced/allowed to ...
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Can a Dragon really also be Half-Dragon?

I was playing D&D 3.5 when it was pointed out to me that the half-dragon template can be added to any living corporeal creature which includes dragons. That seems really weird — how can a ...
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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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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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Is a green dragon's breath weapon "poison" for the purposes of "advantage on saves against poison"

A green dragon has a breath weapon that deals poison damage. In addition to the MM entry, this is an example given in the PHB Description of Damage types: Poison. Venomous stings and the toxic gas ...
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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 than ...
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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 is a Wyrm in D&D?

So I keep seeing things like "The Great Wyrm", "Forest of the Wyrm", "Wyrm aged" and they seem to be all related to Dragons. Is Wyrm just another name for Dragons? Is this a general thing or does it ...
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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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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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