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Drake, Hoarfrost

Medium dragon, chaotic evil

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 52 (8d8 + 16)
Speed 20 ft., fly 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
9 (–1) 15 (+2) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Con +4
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Immunities cold
Senses darkvision 90 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Draconic
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Ice Walk. The hoarfrost drake can move across and climb icy surfaces without needing to make an ability check. Additionally, difficult terrain composed of ice or snow doesn’t cost it extra movement.
  • Icy Scales. The hoarfrost drake has advantage on ability checks and saving throws made to escape a grapple.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The hoarfrost drake makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) cold damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) slashing damage.
  • Cloud of Riming Ice (Recharge 5–6). The hoarfrost drake creates a cloud of freezing fog that rimes everything in frost. Each creature within 20 feet of it must make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw. On a failure, the target takes 14 (4d6) cold damage and must succeed on a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw or drop whatever it’s holding. On a success, the target takes half the damage and doesn’t drop what it’s holding. The area becomes difficult terrain until the end of the hoarfrost drake’s next turn. A creature that enters the area or ends its turn there must succeed on a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw or fall prone.

Reactions

  • Retaliatory Slip. When a creature grapples the drake, the drake can immediately attempt to escape. If it succeeds, it can make a bite attack against the creature that grappled it.

About

This small, blue-tinged dragon has frozen spikes covering its body and wings that look like cracked sheaves of ice.

When the dragon exhales, its breath covers everything in a patina of frost.

White Dragon Servants. Hoarfrost drakes share territory with white dragons, not as rivals, but as minions. As disagreeable as the more impressive dragons, hoarfrost drakes are apt proxies for their masters. Failure is rewarded with a swift and violent death, but the drakes are too self-assured to believe they can fail their draconic sovereigns.

Creator of Slippery Surfaces. A hoarfrost drake’s cold breath creates a glaze of frost and ice. The cruel dragons enjoy using this aspect of their breath to slick the ground and render objects slippery. They taunt those who fall on the ice or lose their grip on weapons and shields. Their hides are also slippery, allowing them to escape the grasp of foes trying to hold them. They are particularly adept at twisting their bodies to make would-be captors regret the decision.

Haters of Fire. Hoarfrost drakes despise fire, especially magical fire. If they are targeted by spells or effects that deal fire damage, they focus their attacks on the source. Hoarfrost drakes that attack civilized areas usually extinguish fires with their breath before attacking residents.

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