Dragon, Cave, Young

Family: Dragon - Cave

Large dragon, neutral evil

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 157 (15d10 + 75)
Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 20 ft.

22 (+6) 12 (+1) 20 (+5) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 18 (+4)

Saving Throws Dex +4, Con +8, Wis +4, Cha +7
Skills Perception +4, Stealth +4
Damage Immunities acid, thunder
Senses blindsight 120 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Darakhul, Draconic
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Ruff Spikes. When a creature tries to enter a space adjacent to a cave dragon, the dragon can use a reaction to prevent the move by flaring its many feelers and spikes. The creature cannot enter a space adjacent to the dragon unless it makes a successful DC 16 Dexterity saving throw. If the saving throw fails, the creature takes 4 (1d8) piercing damage from the spikes and can keep moving, but only into spaces that aren’t within 5 feet of the dragon.
  • Tunneler. The cave dragon can burrow through solid rock at half its burrowing speed and leaves a 10-foot wide, 5-foot high tunnel in its wake.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The dragon’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 15). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:


  • Multiattack. The dragon makes three attacks; one with its bite and two with its claws.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) piercing damage plus 3 (1d6) poison damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) slashing damage.
  • Poison Breath (Recharge 5-6). The dragon exhales a cone of black poison gas in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must make a DC 16 Constitution saving throw, taking 45 (13d6) poison damage on a failed save and becoming poisoned if it is a creature. The poisoned condition lasts until the target takes a long or short rest or removes the condition with lesser restoration or comparable magic. If the save is successful, the target takes half damage and is not poisoned.
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