Drake, Lava

Family: Drake

Large dragon, neutral evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 199 (21d10+84)
Speed 30 ft., burrow 30 ft., fly 60 ft., swim 60 ft.

25 (+7) 16 (+3) 18 (+4) 9 (-1) 12 (+1) 11 (+0)

Saving Throws Con+8, Dex+8, Str +11
Damage Immunities fire
Damage Vulnerabilities cold
Skills Athletics +11, Perception +5, Stealth +7
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Draconic
Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)


  • Lava Burrow. The drake can only use its burrow speed within lava or magma.


  • Speed Surge (3/day). A drake can draw on its draconic heritage for a boost of strength and speed that allows it to double its movement speeds that round.


  • Multiattack. The drake makes one bite attack, one tail attack, and two claw attacks.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, 10 ft. reach, one target. Hit: 18 (2d10 + 7) piercing damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, 10 ft. reach, one target. Hit: 16 (2d8 + 7) slashing damage.
  • Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, 10 ft. reach, one target. Hit: 10 (1d6 + 7) bludgeoning.
  • Magma Shake. Whenever the drake exits from being submerged in molten rock (either magma or lava), it can shake its body, flicking a fine spray of scalding molten rock in every direction. All creatures within a 30-foot radius of the lava drake take 30 (12d4) fire damage from the shower of scalding rock; a successful DC 16 Dexterity save halves the damage.
  • Breath Weapon (Recharge 5-6). Coral drakes nurture their offspring in specialized throat sacks. They can pressurize these sacks to spew forth a 15-ft. cone of its spawn. Any creatures in this area must succeed a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw or take 25 (8d6) piercing damage from thousands of tiny bites, or half as much damage on a successful one. In addition, all creatures in the area must succeed a DC 16 Constitution saving throw or be stunned for 1 round.


Lava drakes rise from smoldering volcanic crevasses to terrorize and devour those creatures weaker than themselves. While far less intelligent that their draconic kin, they are equally arrogant and seek out the adoration of humanoids. They can and often do submerge themselves in molten rock, burrowing through the lava to sneak up on prey, or to provide a dramatic display of power to those who worship them. Thick, black-crusted scales cover a lava drake’s body. Stockier than other drakes, adults can grow up to 18 feet in length and weigh over 3,000 pounds.

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