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Ancient Copper Dragon

Capricious and always eager to share a good laugh, copper dragons are among the wiliest of the metallic dragons, but this by no means interferes with their mission to spread freedom in oppressive lands. Copper dragons are hedonists who are quick to indulge in simple pleasures, but they’re also sympathetic to other creatures, slow to pass judgment, and careful to always examine a situation from as many perspectives as possible. This philosophy has its drawbacks, however, as copper dragons are susceptible to negative influences and prone to forgiving the less serious evil acts performed by their chromatic cousins and other cruel creatures. Copper dragons also have a difficult time keeping their temper in check once they are roused to anger.

Copper dragons tend to lair in warm or temperate hills, but due to their nature, they move their lairs every few years. They sometimes live among other people, especially any dwarves who reside nearby. Some copper dragons even worship gods typically worshipped only by humanoids. Among these dragons, worship of Cayden Cailean is most popular, as they see his love of freedom and penchant for alcohol aligning with the typical copper dragon mindset.

A copper dragon’s combat tactics are as unorthodox as its sense of humor, as it is more likely to use mockery and tricks than outright strength to win its battles. As a copper dragon ages, it perfects jokes capable of rendering its foes helpless with laughter.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 38

Ancient Copper DragonCreature 17

Source Bestiary pg. 122
Perception +30; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet
Languages Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnomish
Skills Acrobatics +30, Athletics +31, Crafting +31, Deception +29, Performance +31, Society +29, Stealth +30
Str +8, Dex +5, Con +5, Int +6, Wis +5, Cha +6
AC 41; Fort +30, Ref +32, Will +32; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 345; Immunities acid, paralyzed, sleep
Frightful Presence (aura, emotion, fear, mental) 90 feet, DC 35
Slow Aura (arcane, aura, enchantment) 10 feet. Each creature that ends its turn in the aura must succeed at a DC 37 Will saving throw or be slowed 1 for 1 round (or slowed 2 on a critical failure). The copper dragon can turn this aura on or off with a single action, which has the concentrate trait, and can choose not to affect allies within the aura.
Twisting Tail ReactionReaction Trigger A creature within reach of the copper dragon’s tail uses a move action or leaves a square during a move action it’s using. Effect The dragon makes a tail Strike at the creature with a –2 penalty. If it hits, the dragon disrupts the triggering action.
Speed 50 feet, fly 200 feet; climb stone 50 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +33 [+28/+23] (acid, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 3d10+16 piercing plus 3d8 acidMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +33 [+29/+25] (agile, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d10+16 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +31 [+26/+21] (magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 2d10+14 bludgeoningArcane Innate Spells DC 39; 5th hideous laughter (at will), wall of stone; 4th shape stone (at will); 1st grease (at will)
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions The copper dragon breathes in one of two ways. The dragon can’t use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.
  • Acid (acid, arcane, evocation); The dragon breathes acid in a 100-foot line that deals 18d6 acid damage (DC 38 basic Fortitude save).
  • Slowing Gas (arcane, transmutation); The dragon breathes a 100-foot line of slowing gas. Each creature in the area must succeed at a DC 38 Fortitude save or be slowed 1 for 1 round (or slowed 2 on a critical failure).
Climb Stone The dragon's climb speed functions only when climbing stone surfaces.Draconic Frenzy Two ActionsTwo Actions The dragon makes two claw Strikes and one tail Strike in any order.Draconic Momentum When the dragon scores a critical hit with a Strike, it recharges Breath Weapon.Mass Laughter Two ActionsTwo Actions (arcane, emotion, enchantment, mental) Frequency once per day. Effect The copper dragon tells a fantastic joke. Each creature in a 100-foot emanation must succeed at a DC 39 Will save or suffer the effects of a 9th-level hideous laughter spell for 1 minute.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Copper Dragon Spellcasters

Copper dragon spellcasters tend to cast the following spells.

Young Copper Dragon
Arcane Prepared Spells DC 27, attack +20; 3rd dispel magic, haste, meld into stone; 2nd glitterdust, invisibility, see invisibility; 1st fleet step, illusory object, magic aura; Cantrips (3rd) detect magic, ghost sound, message, read aura

Adult Copper Dragon
Arcane Prepared Spells DC 33, attack +26; As young copper dragon, plus 5th false vision, hallucination, tongues; 4th confusion, creation, stoneskin; Cantrips (5th) detect magic, ghost sound, message, read aura

Ancient Copper Dragon
Arcane Prepared Spells DC 39, attack +33; As adult copper dragon, plus 8th maze, prismatic wall; 7th prismatic spray, project image, reverse gravity; 6th mislead, phantasmal calamity, teleport; Cantrips (8th) detect magic, ghost sound, message, read aura

Sidebar - Related Creatures Rokiere

Considered humorless for a copper dragon, Rokiere keeps her lair in the hills on Motaku Isle in the Shackles. It’s rumored that she knows where vast amounts of nearby treasure are located, and she will divulge the location of this hidden wealth to anyone who can make her laugh.

All Monsters in "Dragon, Copper"

Adult Copper Dragon12
Ancient Copper Dragon17
Young Copper Dragon8

Dragon, Copper

Source Bestiary pg. 121