Dragon, Linton

Family: Dragons

Large dragon, chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 184 (16d10 + 96)
Speed 40 ft., burrow 30 ft.

22 (+6) 14 (+2) 22 (+6) 8 (-1) 14 (+2) 8 (-1)

Saving Throws Str +11, Con +11
Skills Perception +9, Stealth +7
Damage Resistances fire; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Condition Immunities frightened
Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages Draconic
Proficiency Bonus +5
Challenge 14 (11,500 XP)


  • Death Throes. When the linton dragon dies, it violently thrashes its tail, causing avalanches and landslides in the surrounding area. All creatures within 60 feet of the dragon must succeed on a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw or take 10 (3d6) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone and buried. The buried target is restrained and unable to breathe or stand up. A creature can take an action to make a DC 10 Strength check, ending the buried state on a success.
  • Siege Monster. The linton dragon deals double damage to objects and structures.
  • Tunneler. The linton dragon can burrow through solid rock at half its burrow speed, leaving a 10-foot-wide tunnel in its wake.


  • Multiattack. The linton dragon can use its Frightful Presence. It then makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its constrict.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d10 + 6) piercing damage.
  • Constrict. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 11 (1d10 + 6) bludgeoning damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 19). Until this grapple ends, the creature is restrained, and the linton dragon can’t constrict another target.
  • Swallow. The linton dragon makes one bite attack against a Medium or smaller target it is grappling. If the attack hits, the target is swallowed, and the grapple ends. The swallowed target is blinded and restrained, it has total cover against attacks and other effects outside the linton dragon, and it takes 10 (3d6) acid damage at the start of each of the linton dragon’s turns. The linton dragon can have only one target swallowed at a time. If the linton dragon dies, a swallowed creature is no longer restrained by it and can escape from the corpse using 5 feet of movement, exiting prone.
  • Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon’s choice within 120 feet of it and aware of it must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the linton dragon’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.
  • Burrow Defense. The linton dragon withdraws into its burrow. Until it emerges, the linton dragon gains a +4 bonus to AC and has advantage on Strength and Constitution saving throws. While in its burrow, the linton dragon’s speed is 0 and can’t increase, it has disadvantage on Dexterity saving throws, it can’t take reactions, and the only action it can take is a bonus action to emerge.


This fearsome serpentine dragon is over ten feet long and thicker than a man’s leg. It scales are a muddy greenish brown.

The linton dragon emerges from its lair at dusk and dawn to ravage the countryside, devouring crops, livestock, and people, proving invulnerable to the weapons used against it. The surrounding area becomes ruined by the beast’s predations. The linton dragon is known for its relentless appetite, devouring everything in its path. It emerges from its lair to feast upon crops, livestock, and unfortunate peasants.

Linton dragons are burrowers, creating a nest in hillsides that they ferociously defend against all intruders. Once they take up residence they rarely leave, preferring instead to lie in wait to strike at whatever moves nearby. That said, linton dragons aren’t picky, and will eat everything within reach of their lair. Verdant hills that are surrounded by barren circles are a sure sign of a linton dragon nearby.

Encountering a linton dragon is a terrifying prospect. Its immense size and strength make it a formidable opponent. If wounded, linton dragons retreat deep into their lair to tend to their wounds, and will not hesitate to bring their hillside homes down around them should the battle turn.

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