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Good or Evil: intelligent creatures can make moral choices The alignment specified in a monster’s stat block is the default. Feel free to depart from it and change a monster’s alignment to suit the needs of your campaign. If you want a good‑aligned green dragon or an evil storm giant, there’s nothing stopping you (Basic Rules(2018), p.111/ MM p. 7). Short ...


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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 nailed it on the head.


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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 defense is to hope they never need to worry about it and evacuate if they see it coming. And lest you think this is unrealistic and that a town would try to ...


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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 examples of dragons having specific smells. It seems to vary by dragonflight color: Black - Smells like rotten vegetation and foul water. Blue - Smells like ozone ...


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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 states: Choose a beast that is no larger than Medium and that has a challenge rating of 1/4 or lower (PHB, p. 93 bold added). "Beast" is not just a ...


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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 never stopped increasing in age, but I stopped growing taller in my mid to late teens, and I was full grown/developed somewhere in my early twenties). The ...


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I would treat this as if the sorcerer had cast True Polymorph (another 9th level spell) and concentrated for the entire duration to make the transformation permanent. Since you subjected the sorcerer to great additional risk to use Wish to become a dragon (and the sorcerer really wished to be a dragon) you should treat this as a change in reality rather than ...


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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 have the player's backstories come haunt them enough to push them into action but little enough as to not make an entire campaign centered around two of these ...


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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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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 hurt your game. Consistency In any other situation, the Hut prevents just about anything, any attack from passing through. The dragon breath is an edge case that ...


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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: Crossbreeds between dragon species are not unknown, but very rare. A hybrid dragon of this sort is usually left to fend for itself, but on occasion both ...


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To address the second part of your question, from the 5e Monster Manual, page 7: The alignment specified in a monster's stat block is the default. Feel free to depart from it and change a monster's alignment to suit the needs of your campaign. If you want a good-aligned green dragon or an evil storm giant, there's nothing stopping you. At least ...


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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 dragon's neck and on down the full length of its body to the tip of its tail, as it can be seen to do on the silver dragon in the D&D 3.5 Monster Manual. It ...


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As intelligent NPCs, dragons will have a range of personalities and motivations; however, since your trouble is with separating them from ordinary humanoid NPCs, I would recommend playing up the stereotypes a bit to add some distinction. I will draw mostly from Draconomicon here, since the specified system is 3.5. It has some advice on roleplaying dragons, ...


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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 which inspired D&D's conception of the creature, dragons are imagined as reptilian, who are often green; and in some myths and stories, including The ...


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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 unconscious, unless its description says otherwise. He also clarified in another tweet that a Dragon's breath is not magical. The breath weapon of a typical dragon ...


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It All Started With Gold Dragons The first dragons able to change shape into human form were Gold Dragons. None of the others could. On pages 11-13 of Monsters and Treasures (OD&D, 1974, TSR) there were a total of six kinds of dragons: red, blue, white, black, green, and gold. The only metallic dragons in the game were described as "being a class unto ...


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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 (or the target’s level, if it doesn’t have a challenge rating). A beast is a particular creature type. The creature type is listed in the stat block of a ...


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Many dragons are shape changers; most of those that aren't can cast spells including polymorph spells. They can write books by turning into things with opposable thumbs.


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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 can't be cast at a higher level. This is not circumvented by the rules for dragons (p.86) Each spell [..] the spell’s level can be no higher than one-...


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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 sparingly. The finale of the story (third act) should be the logical and deterministic conclusion of the events which happened before. Unlikely circumstances are ...


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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 want to prioritize Dex--they are restricted to Light Armor no access to the Mage Armor spell and they don't have Cantrips for steady damage output. So they'll ...


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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 whatsoever to versatility. The main way that you calculate the effect a monster's battlefield impact has on its CR is its damage: If a monster has different ...


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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 and the special effects it can create while there, either by act of will or simply by being present. [...] This section only applies to legendary creatures that ...


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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 which a shadow has been created somehow returns to life, its undead shadow senses the return. The shadow might seek its "parent" to vex or slay. Whether ...


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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 of creature, the new form can be any kind you choose whose challenge rating is equal to or less than the target's (or its level, if the target doesn't have a ...


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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 either a modification to the ranger rules or a new drake with CR ≤ ¼ (and the beast type, as gandalfmeansme rightly points out) to be published by WotC.


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The Dragon Needn't Be a True Dragon As Aaron's answer indicates, dragons that have appropriate CRs for the party will be at most Medium. Although that means the dragon could be, potentially, the size of a professional wrestler, for a dragon that's sort of... unimpressive. I suggest the following. Use a creature that could be mistaken for a dragon Were ...


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There's no specific prohibition against applying the half-dragon template to a dragon. However, applying templates to monsters is DM business. It's not something that will happen just randomly out of nowhere, or by a player's initiation — templates are tools, and most exist only to get a job done as needed by a DM. A DM who needs to make a half-dragon ...


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By canon, as your question asks, nope. First we'll define the word canon so we're clear about what we're discussing as it applies here, I'll leave out definitions that don't apply: Canon; a general rule, law, principle or criterion by which something is judged; or a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine (or the works of a particular author ...


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