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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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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'...


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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 spell would be able to use it to access the Feywild. The Monster Manual's section on dragons presents a variant titled "Dragons as innate spellcasters", which ...


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I won't elaborate here on a dragon's human form odor. This has been largely debated, and admirably documented in the other answers. I'd rather shed some light on the issue of: A player putting the party actions on hold: Debating on rules that apply to the game he plays right-now. Arguing with the DM to allow his character to use knowledge that he, as a ...


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Dragons have a special gland which generates the breath weapon According to the D&D 3rd edition sourcebook Draconomicon (2003), chapter 1, a true dragon's breath weapon is produced by an organ in the chest known as the draconis fundamentum. The draconis fundamentum (7) is a gland possessed only by true dragons. Attached to the heart, it is the ...


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True seeing, 6th-level spell This spell gives truesight which allows to perceive the original form of a shapechanger or a creature that is transformed by magic without any check/DC. Dragons don't have the shapechanger tag, but their Change shape ability does specify that it is magic : Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into etc. Note ...


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There is nothing in official 5E material that suggests they can. In fact, (most) dragons are not of the type "fey" — they are their own creature type: Dragons are large reptilian creatures of ancient origin and tremendous power. True dragons, including the good metallic dragons and the evil chromatic dragons, are highly intelligent and have innate magic. ...


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You could try, but you're not guaranteed to get it The wish spell lets you make any request to your DM, however they need not fulfil it exactly, or in a way that is satisfactory to you: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the GM as precisely as possible. The GM has great latitude in ruling ...


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It applies to all dragons Since the feature doesn't specify that it is limited to the dragon you choose, it applies to all dragons. The only aspect of the feature that is influenced by the dragon you choose is the damage type that is later associated with different features: ... you choose one type of dragon as your ancestor. The damage type associated ...


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Here is the relevant text from tiny hut All other creatures and objects are barred from passing through it. Spells and other magical effects can’t extend through the dome or be cast through it. Since dragon breath is not magical (not a magic item, a spell, spell attack, and no mention of being magical in its description), not an object (it is not ...


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No, an anti-magic zone would not affect dragon's breath The dragon is a magical creature, but the dragon's breath weapon is not listed as a magical effect. Therefore, an anti-magic zone would not affect it nor nullify it. Source: WoTC, Sage Advice Compendium, v 2.3 (2019), p. 17-18. Ask yourself these questions about the feature: Is it a ...


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The abilities that the hex spell refers to are the six abilities the all creatures have: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. The Cold Breath of white dragons is an Action available to them, not an ability, and so can't be chosen. As for saving throws, no. The hex spell says: The target has disadvantage on ability ...


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Truesight sees both Many animals can see into the ultraviolet. What does that look like? I have no idea because humans can’t see it, and we have no conceptual touchstone to describe what color ultraviolet is. Similarly, I don’t know what it looks like to see the shape changed creature in both it’s changed and unchanged forms. But someone with truesight ...


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The description of the effects of a black dragon on the area specifies Water sources within 1 mile of the lair are supernaturally fouled. Enemies of the dragon that drink such water regurgitate it within minutes. Not all water is fouled, just the sources of water. Therefore drinkable water can certainly exist in the radius of a black dragon. In the ...


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Treat the Dragon's CR as 20 In the specific example you give at face value the current CR seems appropriate, but I would argue given how the spell works and its effects that it was specifically designed to deter low level players and weaker creatures from entering. While the shape-changed dragon has some of the stats of a lower CR creature, it retains some ...


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Their calculated CR remains the same, but they are far stronger Carcer rightly points out the way your CR is calculated, but I feel like that doesn't capture the entire picture. I feel like this pseudodragon may very well be punching above its 1/4 weight with a 2d6 breath weapon. With a lucky roll, there's a good chance it could knock out an entire first ...


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Dragons change their physical characteristics, but not their cognitive capabilities. Ancient Copper Dragons have the ability to change their shape (MM 110 edited for clarity) Dragons in general (MM 84-118) only gain the ability to change shape at the age category (MM 86) adult or ancient depending on their colour: Change Shape. The dragon magically ...


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Leomund's Tiny Hut blocks three classes of things: Creatures, Spells/Magical Effects, and Objects. Let's treat these in turn: Dragon Breath is not a creature. This is not in dispute. Dragon Breath is not a Spell or Magical effect, on the basis of this Sage Advice which is a bit long and florally worded to reproduce, but draws a distinction between the ...


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DM's choice It is up to your DM what special features that your character might have from their background. There is nothing in the rules that specifically allows this, but no rule that prevents it. It mostly falls under the heading of "plot" and that is entirely the DM's domain. I will note that silver dragons are normally lawful good so it would need to ...


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A dragon cannot use both multiattack and its breath weapon on the same turn I've used the statblock from an Adult Black Dragon when answering this questions - as its available actions match your description. Not all dragons do have those exact options. Like PCs, NPCs are generally limited to perfoming one action per turn (exceptions include a Fighter's ...


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Yes, this race is extremely overpowered. Ability Score Increase: Your wisdom and intelligence score increases by 2, but you have a -2 in strength. You also have a -1 to constitution. This is actually pretty underpowered. +2 to two scores is very strong, but two mental scores doesn't synergize well with any class. Then on top of that you've got ability ...


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It's up to your DM, but it's unlikely to work. It could work, if your DM allowed it, but the guidelines suggest that it's unlikely to succeed in the way you hoped. Player's Handbook, p.289: You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ...


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As DM, you can decide whether or not dragons have a distinctive smell or not; even if it is written in a book somewhere, you are free to change that. As DM, you can decide how to determine whether or not a given character would know whether or not a dragon has a distinctive smell, and if so what that smell is. I suggest that, in this case, your best course ...


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Relevant Questions Do dragons in human form have a smell that they can be identified by? If you like - there is nothing in the 5e rules to say dragons smell of anything in particular, either in their natural form or their (for good dragons) Change Shape form. The broader question is, can a dragon be identified as a dragon through Wisdom (...


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Only Change Shape The adult gold dragon's Change Shape feature includes (DMG 114): In a new form, the dragon retains its alignment, hit points, Hit Dice, ability to speak, proficiencies, Legendary Resistance, lair actions, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores, as well as this action. Its statistics and capabilities are otherwise replaced by ...


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Ask your DM Unfortunately, while you can True Polymorph (PHB, 283) into a new form that: ... can be any kind you choose whose challenge rating is equal to or less than the target's... It doesn't actually state that you can pick age, etc. Nor is it clear that the age categories are exact for dragons. Nor is it clear you can pick a specific age dragon. A ...


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As I mentioned in the comments, JC's tweets on twitter are considered as advice, not official rulings. However, as per the Sage Advice Compendium: Official rulings on how to interpret rules are made here in the Sage Advice Compendium by the game’s lead rules designer, Jeremy Crawford (@JeremyECrawford on Twitter). So the process is that people ask JC for ...


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This is literally double the power level of a balanced race I'm going to use Detect Balance to try to demonstrate just how powerful this race is. This tool assigns scores to various racial features based on how useful they are. A good homebrew race should score between 24 and 27 and should never exceed 30. Here's how the calculation comes out for your race: ...


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