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Young Magma Dragon

Magma dragons have a reputation among other dragons for being unpredictable and brash. Their temperament and tendency for violent outbursts ensure that the typical magma dragon lives a solitary life, with hatchlings often bickering or fighting to establish dominance among themselves before they leave the nest. A magma dragon always has a reason for their outbursts and can always justify their sudden turns in mood, yet they rarely feel the need to do so.

Magma dragons build lairs within volcanically active mountains or deep underground amid vast lakes of bubbling magma. As with all true dragons, magma dragons keep hoards of treasure, but the nature of their searing lairs limits the type of valuables they collect to metals, gems, and items capable of resisting the heat of a volcano's core.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 28
Recall Knowledge - Elemental (Arcana, Nature): DC 28

Young Magma DragonCreature 9

UncommonCNLargeDragonElementalFire
Source Bestiary 2 pg. 94, Pathfinder #148: Fires of the Haunted City pg. 80
Perception +18; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet
Languages Common, Draconic, Ignan
Skills Acrobatics +16, Athletics +19, Deception +14, Intimidation +18, Nature +15, Stealth +16, Survival +18
Str +6, Dex +1, Con +4, Int +0, Wis +3, Cha +3
AC 28; Fort +19, Ref +16, Will +18
HP 175; Immunities fire, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses cold 10
Frightful Presence (aura, emotion, fear, mental) 90 feet, DC 24
Wing Deflection ReactionReaction Trigger The dragon is targeted with an attack; Effect The dragon raises a wing, gaining a +2 circumstance bonus to AC against the triggering attack. If the dragon is Flying, they descend 10 feet after the attack.
Speed 30 feet, fly 100 feet, swim 30 feet; magma swim
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +21 [+16/+11] (fire, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+10 piercing plus 2d6 fireMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +21 [+17/+13] (agile), Damage 2d10+10 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +19 [+14/+9] (reach 15 feet), Damage 2d12+10 bludgeoningMelee Single ActionSingle Action horns +19 [+14/+9] (reach 10 feet), Damage 1d10+10 piercingPrimal Innate Spells DC 26, attack +18; 4th burning hands (at will); Cantrips (4th) produce flame
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions (evocation, fire, primal) The dragon breathes a blast of magma that deals 5d6 fire damage and 3d12 bludgeoning damage in a 30-foot cone (DC 28 basic Reflex save). They can't use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.Draconic Frenzy Two ActionsTwo Actions The dragon makes two claw Strikes and one horn Strike in any order.Draconic Momentum The dragon recharges their Breath Weapon whenever they score a critical hit with a Strike.Magma Swim A magma dragon's swim Speed functions only when the dragon is Swimming through magma or molten lava.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Magma Dragon Spellcasters

To make a magma dragon spellcaster, remove the dragon’s Draconic Frenzy and draconic momentum abilities and give it the following spells. You can swap out any number of these with other primal spells, provided you keep the same number of spells for each level. You might also want to increase the dragon’s Wisdom or Charisma modifier by 1 or 2 to reflect its mastery of magic.

Young Magma Dragon
Primal Prepared Spells DC 28, attack +20; 4th stoneskin, wall of fire; 3rd fireball, haste, wall of wind; 2nd glitterdust, obscuring mist, restore senses; 1st air bubble, grease, pass without trace; Cantrips (5th) detect magic, electric arc, light, produce flame, read aura

Adult Magma Dragon
Primal Prepared Spells DC 33, attack +25; As young magma dragon, plus 6th chain lightning, true seeing; 5th cloudkill, prying eye; 4th solid fog; Cantrips (7th)

Ancient Magma Dragon
Primal Prepared Spells DC 42, attack +34; As adult magma dragon, plus 8th earthquake, horrid wilting, wind walk; 7th energy aegis, plane shift, volcanic eruption; 6th flesh to stone; Cantrips (9th)

All Monsters in "Dragon, Magma"

NameLevel
Adult Magma Dragon13
Ancient Magma Dragon18
Young Magma Dragon9

Dragon, Magma

Source Bestiary 2 pg. 93
Magma dragons have a reputation among other dragons for being unpredictable and brash. Their temperament and tendency for violent outbursts ensure that the typical magma dragon lives a solitary life, with hatchlings often bickering or fighting to establish dominance among themselves before they leave the nest. A magma dragon always has a reason for their outbursts and can always justify their sudden turns in mood, yet they rarely feel the need to do so.

Magma dragons build lairs within volcanically active mountains or deep underground amid vast lakes of bubbling magma. As with all true dragons, magma dragons keep hoards of treasure, but the nature of their searing lairs limits the type of valuables they collect to metals, gems, and items capable of resisting the heat of a volcano's core.

Dragon, Primal

Related Groups Dragon, Brine, Dragon, Cloud, Dragon, Crystal, Dragon, Umbral
The strange and otherworldly primal dragons hail from realities adjacent to the Material Plane—the four Elemental Planes and the Shadow Plane. These true dragons have natures and powers that exemplify their plane of origin and an affinity for primal magic, unlike chromatic and metallic dragons, who favor arcane or divine magic. Although they come from distant planes, primal dragons can be found on the Material Plane in regions touched by or reminiscent of their home plane. Although such encounters are rare, adventurers and travelers have sometimes found a brine dragon dwelling near a salty inland sea, for example, or a crystal dragon living in massive natural caverns deep in the Darklands. Unlike chromatic and metallic dragons, primal dragons tend not to develop shape-changing powers, and they are less interested in infiltrating settlements or influencing others from the shadows.

Primal Dragon Spellcasters

Each type of primal dragon features a note in the margins on spellcasting dragons of that type. To make a primal 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 primal spells, provided you keep the same number of spells for each level. You might also want to increase the dragon’s Wisdom or Charisma modifier by 1 or 2 to reflect their mastery of magic.

Primal Dragons of Golarion

Golarion is not home to many primal dragons. Yet primal dragons do still come to Golarion now and then, whether to escape persecution in their home plane, build new lairs, torment and brutalize weaker creatures, or seek knowledge and resources that are scarce or unavailable at home.

Brine dragons can be found along Golarion’s coastlines but are often frustrated by piracy and other lawless elements. They tend to avoid heavily populated coastal areas like the Shackles and instead choose remote islands in the oceans as their homes, where they can rule small communities of their own curation. Cloud dragons are even more isolated, and lacking any interest in politics, they prefer to dwell in large mountain ranges like the Kodars or the Barrier Wall. Crystal dragons’ vanity compels them to seek places that complement their natural beauty, such as gem-studded caverns in the Darklands. Of all the primal dragons, cantankerous magma dragons may be the ones most often found dwelling on Golarion, where they are drawn to volcanic ranges like the Five Kings Mountains. Umbral dragons hail not from an Elemental Plane but the Shadow Plane, and they can be encountered anywhere the borders to that plane grow thin, particularly in the sinister nation of Nidal.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Magma Dragon Spellcasters

Magma dragon spellcasters tend to cast the following spells.

Young

Primal Prepared Spells DC 28, attack +20; 4th stoneskin, wall of fire; 3rd haste, slow, stinking cloud; 2nd glitterdust, obscuring mist, restore senses; 1st air bubble, grease, pass without trace; Cantrips (4th) detect magic, prestidigitation, produce flame, read aura, tanglefoot

Adult

Primal Prepared Spells DC 33, attack +25; as young magma dragon, plus 6th fire seeds, true seeing; 5th cloudkill, elemental form, flame strike; 4th hallucinatory terrain; Cantrips (6th) detect magic, prestidigitation, produce flame, read aura, tanglefoot

Ancient

Primal Prepared Spells DC 42, attack +34; as adult magma dragon, plus 8th earthquake, horrid wilting, power word stun; 7th fiery body, plane shift, volcanic eruption; 6th flesh to stone; Cantrips (8th) detect magic, prestidigitation, produce flame, read aura, tanglefoot

Sidebar - Related Creatures Moschabbatt

The ancient magma dragon Moschabbatt dwells in a vast chamber hidden within Droskar's Crag, the largest volcano in the Inner Sea region. Rumor holds that the dragon counts at least one legendary dwarven artifact among the priceless treasures of his vast hoard.