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Drake, Flame


This ferocious creature looks like a red-and-yellow scaled dragon, but with only two legs.

Flame Drake CR 5

XP 1,600
CE Large dragon (fire)
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +10

DEFENSE

AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+1 Dex, +8 natural, –1 size)
hp 57 (6d12+18)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +6
Immune fire, paralysis, sleep
Weakness vulnerability to cold

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee bite +10 (2d6+5 plus 1d6 fire), tail slap +5 (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks fireball breath

STATISTICS

Str 21, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +12; CMD 23
Feats Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Power Attack
Skills Fly +8, Intimidate +9, Perception +10, Stealth +6, Survival +10
Languages Draconic
SQ speed surge

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Fireball Breath (Su)

A flame drake can, as a standard action, breathe a ball of flame that explodes like a fireball. This attack has a range of 180 feet and deals 5d6 points of fire damage (DC 16 Reflex half) to all creatures within a 20-foot-radius spread. Once a flame drake has used its fireball breath, it cannot do so again for 1d6 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Speed Surge (Ex)

Three times per day as a swift action, a flame drake may draw on its draconic heritage for a boost of strength and speed to take an additional move action in that round.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate mountains or hills
Organization solitary, pair, or rampage (3–12)
Treasure standard

Flame drakes are the degenerate cousins of red dragons, with all of the rage and temper of true red dragons but little of the reason and intelligence. Flame drakes are brutal bullies who terrorize the lands they inhabit. From those they can frighten, flame drakes exact harsh tribute, and they viciously attack any not so easily cowed.

Flame drakes gather in small hunting packs called “rampages,” working together easily during raids but often falling prey to squabbling and infighting over the spoils. Males and females form their own packs divided by gender, coming together only during the annual mating season.

Flame drakes mate once a year. Males play no part in raising their offspring, and abandon their partners soon after mating. Females lay clutches of two or three eggs in secluded mountain nests, and raise their hatchlings for only 2 years before rejoining their packs and abandoning their offspring to their fates. Flame drakes mature in 5 years, and can live up to 150 years. They generally grow to 12 feet long and weigh 1,500 pounds.