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

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How would one create a balanced dragon PC?

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

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 ...
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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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Roleplaying a Dragon Better

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 ...
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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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Why did the designers make it so chromatic dragons can't shapechange?

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) ...
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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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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Creating an easily-defeatable dragon

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 ...
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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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Can a Dragon really also be Half-Dragon?

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 ...
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