Etheric Dragon, Ancient

This silent dragon’s seems to gather shadows and gloom around its tattered-appearing wings.

Ancient Etheric Dragon CR 16

XP 76,800
N Huge dragon (extraplanar)
Init +3; Senses dragon senses, see in darkness; Perception +36; Aura frightful presence (300 ft., DC 25)


AC 37, touch 7, flat-footed 37 (–1 Dex, +30 natural, –2 size)
hp 319 (22d12+176)
Fort +21, Ref +12, Will +18
DR 15/magic; Immune paralysis, sleep; SR 27


Speed 40 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor); ghost stride
Melee bite +34 (2d8+21/19–20), 2 claws +35 (2d6+14/19–20), 2 wings +32 (1d8+7), tail slap +32 (2d6+21)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks crush, breath weapon (100-ft. line, DC 28, 20d8 force), grave breath, spectral attacks, spirit eater
Psychic Magic (CL 21st; concentration +27)

17 PEchill metal (2 PE, DC 17), mage hand (0 PE), mind thrust I (1 PE), telekinetic maneuver (3 PE)

Psychic Spells Known (CL 13th; concentration +19)

6th (5/day)contingency, heroism (greater)
5th (7/day)hold monster (DC 20), plane shift (DC 20), wall of ectoplasm (DC 20)
4th (7/day)arcane eye, condensed ether, dimension door, phantasmal killer (DC 19)
3rd (7/day)aura sight, deep slumber (DC 18), heroism, thought shield II
2nd (8/day)blindness/deafness (DC 17), false life, pain strike, see invisibility, silence (DC 17)
1st (8/day)anticipate peril, detect thoughts (DC 16), shield, silent image (DC 16), magic missile
0 (at will)bleed (DC 15), dancing lights, daze (DC 15), detect magic, detect poison, ghost sound (DC 15), grave words, resistance, virtue


Str 38, Dex 9, Con 26, Int 23, Wis 20, Cha 21
Base Atk +22; CMB +38; CMD 47 (51 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Critical (claws), Improved Initiative, Intimidating Prowess, Multiattack, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception), Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (claw)
Skills Appraise +31, Bluff +30, Fly +16, Intimidate +44, Knowledge (arcana, geography, planes, religion) +31, Perception +36, Sense Motive +30, Stealth +16, Survival +30
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common, Draconic, Infernal
SQ compression


Ghost Stride (Su)

An ancient etheric dragon is traveling overland or in flight, it gains the incorporeal subtype, but its statistics do not change; it keeps its natural armor bonus and does not gain a deflection bonus to AC.

Grave Breath (Su)

Once per day, an ancient etheric dragon can choose to deal no damage with its breath weapon.

Instead, living creatures that fail their saving throws against the breath weapon must each succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or be reduced to –1 hit points. This is a death effect.

Psychic Magic (Sp)

An ancient etheric dragon gains the following psychic spells: mage hand (0 PE), mind thrust I (1 PE); chill metal (2 PE), telekinetic maneuver (3 PE).

Spectral Attacks (Su)

An ancient etheric dragon’s bite or claw attacks are considered to be ghost touch weapons.

Spirit Eater (Su)

A creature devoured by an ancient etheric dragon cannot be raised from the dead with any magic less powerful than a mythic wish.


Environment any (Ethereal Plane)
Organization solitary
Treasure double

Etheric dragons are pragmatic and survival-oriented beings who dwell in the farthest reaches of the Ethereal Plane.

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