Shovel Dragonette

Tiny dragon, neutral

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 33 (6d4 + 18)
Speed 20 ft., burrow 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
14 (+2) 11 (+0) 16 (+3) 8 (–1) 13 (+1) 10 (+0)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +2
Senses tremorsense 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft. passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Draconic, Sylvan
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Floral Camouflage. The dragonette has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide among ample, obscuring flowers, fruits, or vegetables.
  • Messy Digger. Opportunity attacks against the dragonette are made with disadvantage when the dragonette burrows out of an enemy’s reach.
  • Squat Body. The dragonette has advantage on ability checks and saving throws against effects that move it against its will, and if an effect moves the dragonette against its will along the ground, it can use a reaction to reduce the distance it is moved by up to 10 feet.

ACTIONS

  • Head Slap. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) bludgeoning damage, and if the target is Small or smaller, it must succeed on a DC 12 Strength saving throw or be launched up 10 feet into the air and away from the dragonette, taking falling damage as normal.
  • Raking Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) slashing damage.
  • Sticky Tongue. The dragonette uncoils a long tongue coated in sticky saliva and launches it at a target up to 15 feet away. If the target is Small or smaller, it must succeed on a DC 13 Strength saving throw or be pulled up to 15 feet toward the dragonette. If the target is Medium or larger, it must succeed on a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw or the dragonette is pulled up to 15 feet closer to the target. If the target is within 5 feet of the dragonette, the dragonette can make one Raking Claws attack against it as a bonus action.

ABOUT

This stocky reptile has a heavy jawed snout, and its pebbled skin changes color to blend in against a backdrop of nearby oranges.

Stocky little reptiles, shovel dragonettes were originally bred to manage infestations. However, they were discovered shortly thereafter to have an affinity for gardening.

Gardener’s Best Friend. Fey nobles, hedge mages, elite gardeners, and alliumites prize shovel dragonettes for their surprisingly strong builds and spade-like lower jaws. If a shovel dragonette isn’t digging in the dirt, it can often be found blended into its surroundings, watching for pests. Once an invader is detected, a shovel dragonette strikes out with its sticky tongue, pulling itself or the pest within reach of its sharp claws. Shovel dragonettes delight in smacking particularly small pests with their big heads, aiming to launch the pests away or over fences.

Industrious Companions. Shovel dragonettes sometimes seek to explore the world beyond garden walls. As traveling companions, they work hard to maintain campsites by hammering tent spikes, digging ditches, and building fire pits. Their omnivorous diet makes them easy to feed, but they can be very messy companions.

Some shovel dragonettes are willing to serve spellcasters with an interest in gardening and plants as a familiar. Such dragonettes have the following trait.

Familiar. The dragonette can serve another creature as a familiar, forming a magic, telepathic bond with that willing companion. While the two are bonded, the companion can sense what the dragonette senses as long as they are within 1 mile of each other. While the dragonette is within 10 feet of its companion, the companion share’s the dragonette’s Squat Body trait. At any time and for any reason, the dragonette can end its service as a familiar, ending the telepathic bond.

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