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Black Dragon, Adult

Hissing green acid drips from the fanged maw of this black-scaled, horned dragon.

Adult Black Dragon CR 11

XP 12,800
CE Large dragon (water)
Init +5; Senses dragon senses; Perception +24; Aura frightful presence (180 ft., DC 19)

DEFENSE

AC 28, touch 10, flat-footed 27 (+1 Dex, +18 natural, –1 size)
hp 161 (14d12+70)
Fort +14, Ref +10, Will +12
DR 5/magic; Immune acid, paralysis, sleep; SR 22

OFFENSE

Speed 60 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor), swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +21 (2d6+10), 2 claws +20 (1d8+7), 2 wings +15 (1d6+3), tail +15 (1d8+10)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (80-ft. line, DC 22, 12d6 acid), corrupt water
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th)

At willdarkness (60-ft. radius)

Spells Known (CL 3rd)

1st (6/day)alarm, mage armor, obscuring mist
0 (at will)dancing lights, detect magic, mending, message, read magic

STATISTICS

Str 25, Dex 12, Con 21, Int 14, Wis 17, Cha 14
Base Atk +14; CMB +22; CMD 33 (37 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Improved Initiative, Improved Vital Strike, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Stealth), Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Fly +12, Handle Animal +16, Intimidate +19, Knowledge (arcana) +19, Perception +24, Spellcraft +19, Stealth +20, Swim +32
Languages Common, Draconic, Giant

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Corrupt Water (Sp)

Once per day an adult or older black dragon can stagnate 10 cubic feet of still water, making it foul and unable to support water-breathing life. The ability spoils liquids containing water. Liquid-based magic items (such as potions) and items in a creature’s possession must succeed on a Will save (DC 19) or become ruined. This ability is the equivalent of a 1st-level spell. Its range is 180 ft.

Speak with Reptiles (Sp)

A young or older black dragon gains the constant spell-like ability to speak with reptiles. This functions as speak with animals, but only with reptilian animals. swamp stride, water breathing

Swamp Stride (Ex)

A very young or older black dragon can move through bogs and quicksand without penalty at its normal speed.

Water Breathing (Ex)

A black dragon can breathe underwater indefinitely and can freely use its breath weapon, spells, and other abilities while submerged.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm marshes
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Lording over the darkest swamps and marshes, black dragons are the undisputed masters of their domain, ruling through cruelty and intimidation. Those who dwell within a black dragon’s reach live in fear. Black dragons tend to make their lairs in remote parts of the swamp, preferably in caves at the bottom of dark and fetid pools. Inside, they pile up their filthy treasure and sleep amid the roots and muck. Black dragons prefer their food a bit rotten and will often allow a meal to sit in a pool for days before consuming it. Black dragons prefer treasures that do not rot or decay, making their hoard, full of coins, gemstones, jewelry, and other objects made from stone or metal.

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Pathfinder RPG Bestiary. Copyright 2009, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.