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Ancient Silver Dragon

Silver dragons are among the most chivalrous of all dragonkind; they wield frost and cold as weapons, can walk on clouds, and dwell high upon snowy mountain peaks or deep in steep, misty valleys. Although they typically make their lairs among the highlands, the pursuit of justice leads silver dragons to travel far and wide—often into the very heart of realms overrun by evil. These exemplars of righteousness are ceaseless in their determination to help the weak, spread honor, and stamp out evil.

Silver dragons are sleek and sinuous. Their hides resemble nothing so much as a suit of gleaming armor, lending further credence to the popular myth that silver dragons are the paladins of dragonkind. The zeal with which they seek out, confront, and defeat evil is unsurpassed even among their metallic cousins, and they adhere to strict codes of honor usually passed down from parent to hatchling. On occasion, they instead learn these codes from trusted mentors, usually other silver dragons or gold dragons. As they age, they become even more dedicated to their codes, often adding new and even more restrictive clauses to the systems that guide their behavior.

Silver dragons are incredibly altruistic and regularly consort with the citizens of goodly societies, of which they consider themselves protectors and guides. In addition to responding to evil threats, silver dragons work to prevent evil from taking root in the first place, and they ensure mortals under their care are well fed, educated, and treated with dignity. Although silver dragons can seem overzealous or even eager to join the fight against evil, they know that the best way to rid the world of corruption is to stamp out strife and disillusionment at their source, not to passively sit back and watch it grow into an unsolvable problem. Silver dragons can be vindictive, but they can also be forgiving; for evildoers who seek to atone for their sins and turn over a new leaf, the support of a silver dragon is both unwavering and invaluable.

Many silver dragons are also drawn to religious endeavors, venerating deities such as Iomedae, Sarenrae, and other deities concerned with justice, virtue, and redemption.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 41

Ancient Silver DragonCreature 19

Source Bestiary pg. 127
Perception +32; darkvision, fog vision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet
Languages Aquan, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Sylvan
Skills Acrobatics +27, Athletics +38, Diplomacy +34, Intimidation +37, Medicine +33, Religion +32, Society +30
Str +9, Dex +4, Con +5, Int +5, Wis +5, Cha +7
Fog Vision The silver dragon ignores the concealed condition from fog and clouds.
AC 45, Fort +34, Ref +31, Will +34; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 410; Immunities cold, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses fire 15
Frightful Presence (aura, emotion, fear, mental) 90 feet, DC 40
Cold Aura (cold, aura) 15 feet, 3d6 cold damage. The silver dragon can turn this aura on or off as a single action, which has the concentrate trait, and can choose not to affect allies within the aura.
Reflect Spell ReactionReaction Trigger The silver dragon critically succeeds at a saving throw against a spell, or a caster trying to target the dragon critically fails their attack roll. Effect The spell is reflected back upon the caster, with the effect of spell turning.
Wing Deflection ReactionReaction Trigger The silver dragon is targeted with an attack. Effect The dragon raises its wing, gaining a +2 circumstance bonus to AC against the triggering attack. If the dragon is flying, it descends 10 feet after the attack is complete.
Speed 60 feet, fly 180 feet; cloud walk
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +37 (cold, magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 4d10+17 piercing plus 4d6 coldMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +37 (agile, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 4d8+17 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +35 (magical, reach 25 feet), Damage 3d10+15 bludgeoningArcane Innate Spells DC 40; 1st detect alignment (evil only)
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions The silver dragon breathes in one of two ways. The dragon can’t use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.
  • Frost (arcane, cold, evocation); The dragon breathes a cloud of frost in a 50-foot cone that deals 20d6 cold damage (DC 42 basic Reflex save).
  • Paralyzing Gas (arcane, enchantment, incapacitation); The dragon breathes a blast of paralyzing gas. Each creature within a 50-foot cone must succeed at a DC 42 Fortitude save or be paralyzed for 1 round (or paralyzed for 3 rounds on a critical failure).
Cloud Walk The silver dragon can tread on clouds or fog as though on solid ground.Draconic Frenzy Two ActionsTwo Actions The silver dragon makes two claw Strikes and one tail Strike in any order.Draconic Momentum When the silver dragon scores a critical hit with a Strike, it recharges its Breath Weapon.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Silver Dragon Spellcasters

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

Young Silver Dragon
Divine Prepared Spells DC 28, attack +23; 4th freedom of movement, read omens, restoration; 3rd heal, paralyze, wall of wind; 2nd augury, calm emotions, restoration, see invisibility; 1st alarm, bless, protection, true strike; Cantrips (4th) detect magic, light, message, read aura, stabilize

Adult Silver Dragon
Divine Prepared Spells DC 33, attack +29; As young silver dragon, plus 6th repulsion, true seeing, zealous conviction; 5th banishment, heal, sending; Cantrips (6th) detect magic, light, message, read aura, stabilize

Ancient Silver Dragon
Divine Prepared Spells DC 40, attack +36; As adult silver dragon, plus 8rd discern location, divine decree, heal; 7th divine decree, energy aegis, plane shift; Cantrips (8th) detect magic, light, message, read aura, stabilize

All Monsters in "Dragon, Metallic"

Adult Brass Dragon11
Adult Bronze Dragon13
Adult Copper Dragon12
Adult Gold Dragon15
Adult Silver Dragon14
Ancient Brass Dragon16
Ancient Bronze Dragon18
Ancient Copper Dragon17
Ancient Gold Dragon20
Ancient Silver Dragon19
Young Brass Dragon7
Young Bronze Dragon9
Young Copper Dragon8
Young Gold Dragon11
Young Silver Dragon10

Dragon, Metallic

Source Bestiary pg. 116
Paragons of virtue, nobility, and grace, metallic dragons are benevolent entities revered as mythic beings akin to gods in both their power and majesty. Few have ever seen a metallic dragon firsthand, but tales of their intervention in mortals’ lives—and of their passing—always spread far and wide. Named for the way their scales resemble the shining metals humanoids use in commerce, warfare, and industry, these immense beings are diverse in their interests and abilities, and they don’t seem to mind being associated with such mundane materials. After all, to compare a gold dragon to a gold coin is like comparing an ocean to a glass of water—though they may seem similar at first glance, the raw power, breadth, and grandeur of one simply overwhelms the other.

In addition to metallic dragons and their chromatic counterparts (page 104–115), other types of dragons roam the world and the rest of the multiverse. In the legendary lands of Tian Xia on the other side of the globe are the imperial dragons, serpentine beings who protect the cosmic balance and defend their ancient homeland. Outside the Material Plane, primal dragons such as the domineering brine dragon and reclusive cloud dragon shape the nature and goings-on of the Elemental Planes. Countless other types of dragons are sure to exist, including dragons on far-fiung planes of existence and, it is rumored, primeval dragons who soar between the stars.

Shape-Changing Dragons

Some dragons can take humanoid form, allowing them to infiltrate settlements or influence others without revealing their true nature. They gain the following ability:
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (arcane, concentrate, polymorph, transmutation); The dragon takes on the appearance of any Small or Medium humanoid. This doesn’t change its Speed or attack and damage modifiers with its Strikes, but might change the damage type its Strikes deal (typically to bludgeoning).

Metallic Dragon Spellcasters

Each type of metallic dragon features a sidebar on spellcasting dragons of that kind. To make a metallic dragon spellcaster, remove the dragon’s Draconic Frenzy and Draconic Momentum abilities, and give it the spells outlined in its sidebar. You can swap out any number of these with other arcane spells, provided you keep the same number of spells for each level. You might also want to increase the dragon’s Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma modifier by 1 or 2 to reflect its mastery of magic.

Metallic Dragons on Golarion

Metallic dragons are found throughout the Inner Sea region, especially in pockets of wilderness where they can carve a hideout and then take action on political and social issues, both in their local area and on a wider scale. Their everlasting war with chromatic dragons keeps them in close proximity to their evil brethren; in regions where metallic and chromatic dragons’ territories intersect, humanoid settlements get caught in the crossfire, and villagers and city-dwellers alike rightfully fear for their own safety.

Silver dragons lair in abundance around the cold wastes west of Mendev, as a consequence of the days when they joined thousands of crusaders who marched headlong into the demon-infested Worldwound. Bronze dragons are abundant in Taldor, and many copper dragons lair in the wilds of Andoran, where they wage war alongside other freedom fighters to overthrow devils in the neighboring empire of Cheliax. Perhaps the most extreme example of a metallic dragon taking part in human affairs is on the island nation of Hermea, where Mengkare—an ancient gold wyrm—has begun a grand social experiment he calls “the Glorious Endeavor.” Ostensibly intended to create a future utopia on Golarion, this highly controversial experiment is instead regarded by many as a cruel and unusual form of eugenics.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Apsu

Apsu, the Waybringer, is the god of good dragons, leadership, and peace. According to draconic lore, Apsu spawned the dragon-gods who created the world. One of his sons is the destructive draconic god Dahak. Thus, Apsu is not only seen as a god and creator to good dragons, but he also serves as an immortal father figure.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Dahak

Dahak, the Endless Destruction, is an ancient dragon god spawned by the righteous Apsu. Dahak is the god of destruction, evil dragons, and greed. After his birth, Dahak made his way to Hell where he roamed for ages before returning to the Material Plane to fight against his father and siblings, reveling in destruction and pledging to destroy the world.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Dragons on Other Planes

On the planet Triaxus the Wanderer, the seventh world from Golarion’s sun, dragons rule entire continents. There, ancient dragons maintain city-states and nations. In a vast region known as the Drakelands, chromatic dragons have subjugated the humanoid inhabitants and frequently war among themselves. However, a few good dragons maintain holdings there. In the region knowns as the Skyfire Mandate, a different dynamic exists: good dragons who chose to work in harmony with the humanoid inhabitants have created a buffer against the tyrants of the Drakelands. There, creatures known as dragonkin work alongside humanoids to patrol the border, making up a group known as the Dragon Legion.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Draconic Creatures

The creatures that appear in this section are considered true dragons, but a multitude of other draconic creatures populate Golarion and beyond. Among these are the powerful and deadly linnorms, a wide range of drakes, whimsical faerie dragons and pseudodragons, the cruel and deceitful azis, and the sinister undead raveners.