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Why are there five chromatic dragons and not four?

The different colours of chromatic dragon were inspired by more than just damage types The Slayer's Guide to Dragons (2002) includes a preface from author Gary Gygax which explains, to some extent, ...
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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?

Hey everyone this is Marcel Mercado, the artist behind the art. As many have pointed out, that is another silver dragon. The brief called for one Gold dragon, and two silver dragon. Quadratic Wizard ...
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Do dragons smell of lilacs?

Disclaimer: This answer was written before the addition of the 5e tag. The content below may not be applicable to that specific edition of D&D. D&D 3.5's Draconomicon actually has several ...
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How did towns mundanely protect themselves against Dragons or bring them to the ground?

Hope the dragon doesn't come I'm being a little facetious obviously, but in the fiction of Forgotten Realms for most towns (as opposed to a large city) without nearby adventurers the plan for a dragon ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

Not as an "animal companion," because Drakes aren't Beasts Drakes, though animal like in appearance and behavior, have the creature type of dragon, not beast. And the Ranger's Companion ...
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Scaring a wyrmling into adulthood

The plan should not work due to the word game being played You are inflicting something like progeria on the young dragons Growth and maturation, and aging, are not direct synonyms. (Example: I have ...
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Can a dragon's breath weapon pass through Leomund's Tiny Hut?

A dragon's breath shouldn't be able to pass through I agree with other answers that RAW a dragon's breath can pass through the Hut. However, I believe that in this case, sticking to a RAW ruling can ...
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Is an unlikely coincidence bad storytelling?

It is very good storytelling. One of my top tips for DMs is, if you can shove player's past into the mix and make it look flawlessly pre-meditated, the players will adore you. It is always good to ...
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How long are the life phases of a dragon?

Dragon Age Categories Wyrmling (5 years or less) Young (6-100 years) Adult (101-800 years) Ancient (801 years or more) From 5e MM p.86
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What happens when a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon mate?

A unique and highly unusual new dragon offspring, who is typically sterile The D&D 3.5 sourcebook Draconomicon (2003), p.27 asserts that dragons of different types can produce hybrid offspring: ...
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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?

It appears to be another silver dragon. If you look closely, the middle dragon does have the crest on its head; it's just viewed at an oblique angle. Look how it flows down the full length of the ...
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Have green dragons ever dealt fire damage rather than poison?

Green dragons have never breathed fire in D&D Various fantasy artwork, both old and recent, has depicted a green dragon who breathes fire. This is generally because in some myths, including those ...
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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?

An elf is not immune to the Dragon's Sleep Gas Jeremy Crawford has clarified in a tweet that Fey Ancestry only protects against magical sleep. Nonmagical sleep gas/poison/etc. can knock an elf ...
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Can the Polymorph spell turn a character into a dragon?

Polymorph (4th level) is limited in what it can turn things into. From the spell text (second paragraph): The new form can be any beast whose challenge rating is equal to or less than the target’s (...
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At what level can a dragon innately cast its spells?

Dragons cannot upcast innate spells The MM says this on innate spellcasting (p.10): Unless noted otherwise, an innate spell of 1st level or higher is always cast at its lowest possible level and ...
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Why do red dragons and gold dragons have the same CR?

CR ignores versatility I will preface addressing the two "extra" abilities the Gold Dragon has over the Red Dragon by saying that the CR calculation described in the DMG ascribes no value ...
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Scaring a wyrmling into adulthood

BBEG's plan won't work as written One fatal flaw to this plan is the BBEG is unable to create dragons like this. True polymorph says: Creature into Creature. If you turn a creature into another kind ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes?

No Let's take this feature at a time... Quick build This is just flatly wrong. This class is a half-caster, they should not prioritize their casting stat. Glancing down below, this class would always ...
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Is an unlikely coincidence bad storytelling?

A general rule of storytelling is that you can go wild with unlikely random coincidences to set up the story (first act), but while the story is progressing (second act) they should be used more ...
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Do dragons of all sizes get lair actions and regional effects?

Lair actions and regional effects are only permitted to legendary creatures. From page 11 of the MM: A Legendary Creature's lair A legendary creature might have a section describing its lair ...
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Does a creature killed by a Shadow Dragon's Shadow Breath become undead?

The undead shadow is literally the humanoid's actual shadow, turned into an undead monster. It is not the humanoid's soul itself. The Monster Manual entry for the Shadow states: If a creature from ...
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Could a Dragon use an unconscious PC as a thrown weapon?

Certainly First of all, when you say it's a cool moment and you are the DM trying to design a compelling encounter, that is all you need. If it is cool, do it. The monsters don't have to play by the ...
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

Time travel to the past instantaneously then time travel to the future conventionally A magic portal can be created that transports its users to the past (and only to the past). Such a portal is ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

The lowest-CR drake on D&DBeyond has CR = ½ A ranger's companion must have CR ≤ ¼. So no, you cannot (currently) have a drake as your animal companion. To do so would require ...
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What D&D manual describes this game dragons play?

It's called Xorvintaal. Monster Manual V (3.5) has some information on it, and there may be more in certain 4e books. The actual rules for the game are enormously convoluted, taking "years to learn, ...
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

You've been given an opportunity to enrich the story/campaign. Dragons hatch from eggs. Dragons have parents/relatives. An adult dragon arrives in the general area of adventuring (think Momma Bear ...
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How can I use dragon bones?

The use of dragon bones is not mentioned anywhere in any official D&D 5e material. Ask your DM. Or, better yet, decide what your character would like to do with them, and ask your DM if it's ...
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Can a dragon be stuck looking like a human?

Sure, You're the DM. If you want there to be a Curse that has entrapped a Dragon in Human Form, then you can invent one. There is no need for RAW to support this--creating curses-as-plot-devices is ...
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Can a Dragon enter the Feywild without having to use fey crossing portals?

Any dragon of CR 21 or greater could potentially know Plane Shift innately The "standard" spell for crossing into arbitrary planes is Plane Shift, a 7th level spell. Any dragon that could cast this ...
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How big is a dragon?

I do not know of any published material from 5e yet, but there have been a book or two named Draconomicon throughout the editions. The 3.5e and 4e have rather comparable statistics, so one can ...
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