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Drake, Salt

Large dragon, neutral

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 85 (9d10 + 36)
Speed 40 ft., fly 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
17 (+3) 14 (+2) 18 (+4) 4 (–3) 13 (+1) 11 (+0)

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +5, Survival +4
Damage Immunities acid
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Draconic
Challenge 7 (2,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Nictitating Membranes. Salt drakes have advantage on saving throws against being blinded.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The salt drake makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d8 + 3) piercing damage plus 7 (3d4) acid damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage.
  • Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (3d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
  • Salt Spray (Recharge 5–6). The salt drake releases a spray of razorsharp salt crystals in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in the area must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed saving throw, the target takes 22 (5d8) acid damage plus 22 (5d8) slashing damage, or half as much damage on a successful saving throw. In addition, if a creature takes any damage from the salt spray, it is poisoned until it takes a short or long rest.

About

This powerful creature resembles a blue dragon with mottled black wings and crimson eyes. Its ears are frilled and swept back against its head.

Salt drakes are found in warm, arid climates such as deserts or salt flats.

Salt drakes are omnivorous creatures and very territorial, even fighting among themselves to protect their domains. Most encounters are with a solitary drake. Only in the midsummer months is it common to find a mated pair or family. A salt drake’s scales range from dull blue to midnight blue, and it is often mistaken for a young blue dragon. Salt drakes range from 8 feet to 30 feet long. Though difficult to train, salt drakes are favored as mounts by goblins, gnolls, and hobgoblins.

A salt drake’s primary diet consists of large quantities of salt. This diet enables the drake to spew salt at its opponents. A salt drake opens combat from the air using its salt spray breath weapon. If unable to utilize its breath weapon, it relies on its claws and bite to finish off any remaining opponents.

Training a Salt Drake

A salt drake requires training before it can bear a rider in combat. To be trained, a salt drake must have a friendly attitude toward the trainer.

Training a friendly salt drake requires ten weeks of work and a successful DC 30 Wisdom (Animal Handling) check. Riding a salt drake requires an exotic saddle.

Salt drake eggs are worth 6,000 gp apiece on the open market, while young are worth 12,000 gp each. Professional trainers charge 2,000 gp to rear or train a dragonnel.

Carrying Capacity A salt drake is considered unencumbered up to 516 pounds; encumbered between 517–1,038 pounds, and heavily encumbered between 1,039–1,560 pounds. It cannot carry more than 1,560 pounds.

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