Imperial Dragon, Young

Family: Dragons

Large dragon, neutral

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)
Hit Points 210 (20d10 + 100)
Speed 40 ft., fly 80 ft., swim 40 ft.

23 (+6) 12 (+1) 21 (+5) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Dex +5, Con +9, Wis +6, Cha +7
Skills Insight +6, Perception +10, Stealth +5
Damage Immunities lightning, thunder
Senses blindsight 30 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 20
Languages Common, Draconic
Challenge 11 (7,200 XP)


  • Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The imperial 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: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d10 + 6) piercing damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) slashing damage.
  • Lightning Breath (Recharge 5-6). The dragon exhales lightning in a 60-foot line that is 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 17 Dexterity saving throw, taking 44 (8d10) lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.


The long, serpentine dragon is wingless and possesses shimmering, opalescent scales. Its appearance is at once both serene and majestic.

Dragons of the Spirit World. Imperial dragons are tied to the world of celestials, fiends, and spirits. They freely parley with such creatures for knowledge about the outer planes or the fundamental mysteries of the universe. Some of the most powerful imperial dragons even become the servants of the gods in exchange for wisdom, acting as intermediaries between the divine and mortal realms.

Colorful and Magical. Imperial dragons are capable of changing their colors and forms. They are typically a rich, goldenyellow, but azure-, jade-, and vermillion?colored dragons are not unheard of, and even white and black imperial dragons have been reported. A magical organ in their skulls gives them the ability to fly without the aid of wings, and they are often hunted for this organ, which is rumored to grant eternal life if consumed.

Masters of Wind and Rain. Imperial dragons are creatures of wind and water, and the eldest of their kind exhibit mastery of these elements. They love the seas where they make their homes and sometimes act as guardians for sacred sites or temples near or beneath the waves. This often puts them in conflict with militant aquatic races like the sahuagin and evil water-dwelling monsters like krakens and sea dragons (Tome of Beasts, p. 135).

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