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Ancient Red Dragon

The largest and most powerful of the chromatic dragons, red dragons are a menace to civilizations everywhere, and their strength is rivaled only by their arrogance. Red dragons see themselves as regents and overlords of all dragonkind. With their crowns of crimson spikes and their command of blistering frame, this is no haughty boast in their eyes—only unquestioned fact.

Red dragons don’t deign to speak with lesser creatures; they simply dominate and burn, enslaving weaker creatures to act as servants and to look after their lairs while the dragons slumber away. They take pleasure in dominating these creatures, and they demand tribute from their supplicants. Those who anger or disappoint end up eaten or reduced to ash. They command their enslaved minions to constantly build onto their lairs, carving out new tunnels and designing cunning traps that ensure the dragon’s security.

Driven by their arrogance, red dragons are the most likely of the chromatic dragons to ravage settlements. They want the world to see them in their rightful place as powerful tyrants, and they delight in threatening all other creatures. They have no qualms about bullying, manipulating, or killing to complete their goals—or simply intimidating others through a public display of brutality and dominance.

As legendary as the brutishness of red dragons is the magnificence of their hoards of gold. Their lairs are often situated in dangerous places, with volcanoes being a favorite spot, as they find them foreboding and the constant warmth is comfortable. No matter the locale, red dragons sleep on a litter of coins and other treasures, which they zealously guard. Sometimes, the dragon’s internal heat causes these precious metals to fuse together.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 41

Ancient Red DragonCreature 19

UncommonCEHugeDragonFire
Source Bestiary pg. 112
Perception +35; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet, smoke vision
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Jotun, Orcish
Skills Acrobatics +30, Arcana +35, Athletics +37, Deception +35, Diplomacy +35, Intimidation +37, Stealth +33
Str +9, Dex +5, Con +8, Int +5, Wis +6, Cha +7
Smoke Vision Smoke doesn’t impair a red dragon’s vision; it ignores the concealed condition from smoke.
AC 45; Fort +35, Ref +32, Will +35; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 425; Immunities fire, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses cold 20
Dragon Heat (arcane, aura, evocation, fire); 10 feet, 4d6 fire damage (DC 39 basic Reflex)
Frightful Presence (aura, emotion, fear, mental) 90 feet, DC 40
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction Jaws only.
Redirect Fire ReactionReaction (abjuration, arcane); Trigger A creature within 100 feet casts a fire spell, or a fire spell otherwise comes into effect from a source within 100 feet. Effect The dragon makes all the choices to determine the targets, destination, or other effects of the spell, as though it were the caster.
Speed 60 feet, fly 180 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +37 [+32/+27] (fire, magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 4d10+17 piercing plus 3d6 fireMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +37 [+33/+29] (agile, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 4d8+17 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +35 [+30/+25] (magical, reach 25 feet), Damage 4d10+15 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action wing +35 [+31/+27] (agile, magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 3d8+15 slashingArcane Innate Spells DC 42; 8th wall of fire (at will); 4th suggestion (at will); Cantrips (9th) detect magic, read aura
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions (arcane, evocation, fire) The dragon breathes a blast of flame that deals 20d6 fire damage in a 60-foot cone (DC 42 basic Reflex save). It can’t use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.Draconic Frenzy Two ActionsTwo Actions The dragon makes two claw Strikes and one wing Strike in any order.Draconic Momentum The dragon recharges its Breath Weapon whenever it scores a critical hit with a Strike.Manipulate Flames Single ActionSingle Action (arcane, concentrate, transmutation) The red dragon attempts to take control of a magical fire or a fire spell within 100 feet. If it succeeds at a counteract check (counteract level 10, counteract modifier +32), the original caster loses control of the spell or magic fire, control is transferred to the dragon, and the dragon counts as having Sustained the Spell with this action (if applicable). The dragon can choose to end the spell instead of taking control, if it chooses.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Daralathxyl

Known as the Sixth King of the Five Kings Mountains, this red dragon has lived in Droskar’s Crag for over two millennia. Thankfully, this powerful dragon slumbers for long periods, but like a restless volcano, he is due for a rampage.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Red Dragon Spellcasters

Red dragon spellcasters tend to cast the following spells.

Young Red Dragon
Arcane Prepared Spells DC 29, attack +23; 4th crushing despair, invisibility, stoneskin; 3rd grease, haste, mind reading; 2nd comprehend language, resist energy, see invisibility; 1st charm, ray of enfeeblement, true strike; Cantrips (4th) chill touch, daze, mage hand, message, sigil

Adult Red Dragon
Arcane Prepared Spells DC 35, attack +29; As young red dragon, plus 6th dispel magic, teleport, wall of force; 5th cloak of colors, command, tongues; Cantrips (6th) chill touch, daze, mage hand, message, sigil

Ancient Red Dragon
Arcane Prepared Spells DC 42, attack +36; As adult red dragon, plus 9th fiery body, prismatic sphere; 8rd discern location, mind blank, prismatic wall; 7th prismatic spray, resist energy, reverse gravity; Cantrips (9th) chill touch, daze, mage hand, message, sigil

All Monsters in "Dragon, Red"

NameLevel
Adult Red Dragon14
Ancient Red Dragon19
Young Red Dragon10

Dragon, Red

Source Bestiary pg. 111
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