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Drake, Fire

This creature appears to be a small, red dragon with translucent scales, mottled mauve and burgundy. Heat and steam rise from its body. Its wings are mottled black and its eyes are crimson.

Fire Drake CR 3

XP 800
Small dragon (fire)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +7

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+1 Dex, +3 natural, +1 size)
hp 30 (4d12+4)
Fort +5; Ref +5; Will +4
Defensive Abilities pyrophoric blood (DC 13, 1d3 fire); Immune fire, paralysis, sleep
Weaknesses vulnerability to cold

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee bite +7 (1d6+1), 2 claws +6 (1d4+1)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (20 ft. cone, DC 13, 2d8 fire)

STATISTICS

Str 13, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 4, Wis 11, Cha 10
Base Atk +4; CMB +4; CMD 15 (19 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Fly +10, Perception +7, Stealth +12
Languages Draconic

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Breath Weapon (Su)

A fire drake’s breath weapon is a 20 ft. cone of fire.

Pyrophoric Blood (Ex)

A fire drake’s blood is highly flammable and ignites in a burst of flame upon contact with the air. A creature that makes a successful attack with a slashing or piercing weapon (including natural weapons) against a fire drake must succeed on a Reflex save or take 1d3 points of fire damage from the splashing blood.

Fire Drake Blood
The blood of a fire drake can be sealed in an airtight container and used as a firebomb, equivalent to a flask of alchemist’s fire. It can also be used to create temporary flaming weapons. A weapon coated with fire drake’s blood acts as a flaming weapon for 1d4 rounds or until the first successful hit, whichever comes first.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate hills
Organization pair, clutch (2–5), or family (6–8)
Treasure standard

Fire drakes lair in caves and caverns deep within the hills and mountains. Fire drakes are carnivorous creatures and very territorial, fighting other drakes that move into their area. They are tolerant of other fire drakes, but view them with suspicion. On occasion, a mated pair is encountered, but only in the late summer months or early autumn.

Fire drakes are often mistaken for young or miniature red dragons. A typical fire drake is 4 feet long, though it can grow to a length of 6 feet. Fire drakes prefer to open combat with their breath weapon. Once expended, they rely on their bite. Their claws are too small to be effective in combat.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Fire Drake from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Dave Waring.