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Adult Gold Dragon

Gold dragons are the epitome of metallic dragonkind, unrivaled in their strength as well as their wisdom. They command the unwavering reverence of all other metallic dragons, who view gold dragons as their leaders and counselors. Golds rival the raw power of even red dragons, much to the chagrin of their chromatic cousins, and the two races are often regarded as bitter rivals. But despite their incredible power, gold dragons are fond of discourse and prefer to talk through solutions to problems rather than rely upon brute strength. Long-lived as they are, they necessarily take a wide view of all situations and never act without considering all possible options and outcomes. Because of this, gold dragons willingly converse with any creature that seeks them out, even evil chromatic dragons. Mortals might find this behavior strange, considering the longstanding war between chromatic and metallic dragons, but dragons know all too well that desperate situations sometimes call for drastic alliances. And although gold dragons might consider brief truces with their chromatic brethren in the case of world-ending threats, they also know when such alliances have run their course.

When another metallic dragon faces a quandary or a foe beyond its own ability to overcome, its best option is often to seek the counsel of the eternally wise and gloriously righteous gold dragons. Locating these legendary beings is no easy task, however, for gold dragons are notoriously reclusive. Their intellect and wisdom is such that they prefer to ponder the great questions of life in seclusion, where they strive to formulate solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. As a result, gold dragons are sometimes absent when metallic dragons gather together, or are missing from tribunals where their counsel would be beneficial. Impatient dragons sometimes begrudge gold dragons for this apparent unreliability, but such aspersions are usually a result of jealousy rather than any true criticism; in their hearts, other dragons know that few gold dragons purposefully exclude themselves from truly important matters.
A gold dragon’s incredible foresight and unparalleled enlightenment means they are unlikely to interfere in the business of individual mortals, though the rare person who captures the attention of a gold dragon is fortunate indeed, for there are few beings in the cosmos who can offer such prudent and considerate advice. Rulers and individuals in stations of high power have an easier time of garnering the aid of a gold dragon; entire wars have been avoided thanks to a gold dragon’s last-minute intermediation.
Gold dragons are often found in warm grasslands and savannas, lands where they can enjoy long, meditative flights without attracting the attention of potential enemies. They tend to sleep either out in the open in a barren, remote place, or within a heavily secreted or fortified lair, such as a forgotten sink hole or in the labyrinthine caverns of a terrestrial chasm. Gold dragons may enlist trusted servants and allies to guard their lairs, though many live truly solitary lives, preferring to protect their hoards with nonlethal traps and magical wards.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 34

Adult Gold DragonCreature 15

Source Bestiary pg. 124
Perception +29; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet
Languages Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Sylvan
Skills Acrobatics +22, Arcana +24, Athletics +28, Diplomacy +29, Medicine +27, Religion +29, Society +26
Str +7, Dex +3, Con +6, Int +5, Wis +6, Cha +4
AC 38; Fort +28, Ref +25, Will +28; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 330; Immunities fire, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses cold 15
Frightful Presence (aura, emotion, fear, mental) 90 feet, DC 33
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction Jaws only.
Golden Luck ReactionReaction Trigger The gold dragon fails a saving throw. Effect The dragon improves its result by one degree of success, turning a failure into a success or a critical failure into a normal failure. The dragon can’t use this ability again for 1d4 rounds.
Speed 50 feet, fly 180 feet, swim 50 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +30 [+25/+20] (fire, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 3d12+15 piercing plus 3d6 fireMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +30 [+26/+22] (agile, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d10+15 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +28 [+23/+18] (magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 3d10+13 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action horns +28 [+24/+20] (agile, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 2d12+13 piercingArcane Innate Spells DC 35; 7th sunburst; 3rd locate (gems only); 1st detect alignment (evil only)
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions The gold dragon breathes in one of two ways. The dragon can’t use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.
  • Flame (arcane, evocation,fire); The dragon breathes a blast of flame in a 40-foot cone that deals 15d6 fire damage (DC 37 basic Reflex save).
  • Weakening Gas (arcane, necromancy); The dragon breathes a blast of weakening gas. Each creature within a 40-foot cone must succeed at a DC 37 Fortitude save or become enfeebled 2 for 1 minute (or enfeebled 3 on a critical failure).
Draconic Frenzy Two ActionsTwo Actions The gold dragon makes two claw Strikes and one horns Strike in any orderDraconic Momentum When the gold dragon scores a critical hit with a strike, it recharges Breath Weapon.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Gold Dragon Spellcasters

Gold dragon spellcasters tend to cast the following spells. Unlike most dragons, they cast divine spells instead of arcane.

Young Gold Dragon
Divine Prepared Spells DC 29, attack +24; 4th discern lies, heal, restoration; 3rd dispel magic, haste, heal; 2nd restoration, resist energy, see invisibility, silence; 1st alarm, mending, protection, spirit link; Cantrips (4th) daze, detect magic, forbidding ward, prestidigitation, read aura

Adult Gold Dragon
Divine Prepared Spells DC 35, attack +30; As young gold dragon, plus 6th blade barrier, heal, true seeing; 5th banishment, breath of life, sending; Cantrips (6th) daze, detect magic, forbidding ward, prestidigitation, read aura

Sidebar - Related Creatures Parnoneryx

This adult gold dragon had a long and tragic existence. Formerly an ally of Iomedae, he was defeated by a powerful white dragon and imprisoned in ice. Though freed by the Glorious Reclamation, he was soon slain by evil adventurers who used his head to create a powerful weapon known as a tathlum—which was used to lift the siege of Citadel Rivad and end the Glorious Reclamation.

All Monsters in "Dragon, Gold"

Adult Gold Dragon15
Ancient Gold Dragon20
Young Gold Dragon11

Dragon, Gold

Source Bestiary pg. 123