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Red Dragon, Very Old

A crown of cruel horns surrounds the head of this mighty dragon. Thick scales the color of molten rock cover its long body.

Very Old Red Dragon CR 18

XP 153,600
CE Gargantuan dragon (fire)
Init +3; Senses dragon senses, smoke vision; Perception +30; Aura fire (10 ft., 1d6 fire), frightful presence (270 ft., DC 25)

DEFENSE

AC 35, touch 5, flat-footed 35 (-1 Dex, +30 natural, -4 size)
hp 310 (23d12+161)
Fort +20, Ref +12, Will +19
DR 15/magic; Immune fire, paralysis, sleep; SR 29
Weaknesses Vulnerability to cold

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +32 (4d6+19/19-20), 2 claws +32 (2d8+13), 2 wings +30 (2d6+6), tail slap +30 (2d8+19)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (60-ft. cone, DC 28, 18d10 fire), crush (Medium creatures, DC 28, 4d6+19), manipulate flames, tail sweep (Small creatures, DC 28, 2d6+19)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 23rd; concentration +27)

At willdetect magic, pyrotechnics (DC 16), suggestion (DC 17), wall of fire

Spells Known (CL 13th; concentration +17)

STATISTICS

Str 37, Dex 8, Con 25, Int 18, Wis 19, Cha 18
Base Atk +23; CMB +40; CMD 49 (53 vs. trip)
Feats Cleave, Critical Focus, Greater Vital Strike, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Improved Iron Will, Improved Vital Strike, Iron Will, Multiattack, Power Attack, Stunning Critical, Vital Strike
Skills Appraise +30, Bluff +30, Diplomacy +30, Fly +11, Intimidate +30, Knowledge (arcana) +30, Perception +30, Sense Motive +30, Spellcraft +30, Stealth +13
Languages Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Giant, Orc

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Fire Aura (Su)

An adult red dragon is surrounded by an aura of intense heat. All creatures within 5 feet take 1d6 points of fire damage at the beginning of the dragon’s turn. An old dragon’s aura extends to 10 feet. An ancient dragon’s damage increases to 2d6.

Manipulate Flames (Su)

An old or older red dragon can control any fire spell within 10 feet per age category of the dragon as a standard action. This ability allows it to move any fire effect in the area, as if it were the caster. This ability also allows it to reposition a stationary fire effect, although the new placement must be one allowed by the spell. Finally, for 1 round following the use of this ability, the dragon can control any new fire spell cast within its area of control, as if it were the caster. It can make all decisions allowed to the caster, including canceling the spell if it so desires.

Smoke Vision (Ex)

A very young red dragon can see perfectly in smoky conditions (such as those created by pyrotechnics).

ECOLOGY

Environment warm mountains
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Few creatures are more cruel and fearsome than the mighty red dragon. King of the chromatics, this terrible beast brings ruin and death to the lands that fall under its shadow.

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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.