Shepherd Drake

Family: Drake

Medium dragon, lawful neutral

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 110 (13d8 + 52)
Speed 25 ft., fly 50 ft.

12 (+1) 16 (+3) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 20 (+5) 17 (+3)

Skills Animal Handling +8, History +4, Medicine +8, Nature +4, Performance +6
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Common, Draconic, Halfling
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +3


  • Charge. If the shepherd drake moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits with a ram attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 9 (2d8) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
  • Speak with Beasts. The drake can communicate with Beasts as if they shared a language.


A ram-headed dragon is covered with downy off-white scales, and its tufts of curly white fur give it a calming, almost gentle, demeanor.

Shepherd drakes are quite distinctive; they have a short, woolly layer of curly fur over downy scales. The head of the drake is blunt-nosed with two thick, backward-curving horns, resembling that of a ram. They are herbivores and have only large blunt teeth.

Amiable Shepherds. Shepherd drakes get their name from their tendency for raising and caring for other herbivores, such as goats or sheep. Shepherd drakes are solitary and make their lairs within caves or hollowed-out trees, where they can observe and be near their flocks. Being quite fond of halflings, shepherd drakes often live near halfling villages to trade goods and stories with them.

Knowledge as Currency. Shepherd drakes consider stories and anecdotes a more valuable currency than coins or gems. The shepherd drake’s true hoard is one of words: a collection of stories, folk tales, and useful practical knowledge, such as remedies and recipes. A shepherd drake’s physical possessions tend to be utilitarian.

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