Nightmare Dragon, Adult

This ebony dragon with red frills appears terribly contorted and trails shadows.

Adult Nightmare Dragon CR 10

XP 9,600
NE Large dragon (extraplanar)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses, dreamsight, see in darkness; Perception +20; Aura frightful presence (180 ft., DC 20)


AC 26, touch 9, flat-footed 26 (+17 natural, –1 size)
hp 175 (13d12+91)
Fort +15, Ref +8, Will +14
DR 5/magic; Immune mind-affecting effects, paralysis, sleep; SR 21


Speed 60 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +22 (2d6+13), 2 claws +21 (1d8+9), 2 wings +19 (1d6+4), tail slap +19 (1d8+13)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (40-ft. cone, DC 23, 12d6 acid), nightmare talons
Psychic Magic CL 13th; concentration +17)

8 PEghost sound (0 PE), true strike (1 PE)

Psychic Spells Known (CL 5th; concentration +8)

2nd (5/day)mirror image, scare (DC 15)
1st (7/day)command (DC 14), detect thoughts, ill omen, unwitting ally (DC 14)
0 (at will)bleed (DC 13), dancing lights, daze (DC 13), detect psychic significance, lullaby (DC 13), resistance


Str 29, Dex 11, Con 24, Int 16, Wis 18, Cha 19
Base Atk +13; CMB +23; CMD 33 (37 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Multiattack, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Bluff +20, Fly +10, Intimidate +20, Knowledge (arcana) +19, Knowledge (planes) +19, Perception +20, Sense Motive +20, Stealth +18, Survival +20
Languages Aklo, Common, Draconic
SQ change shape


Change Shape (Su)

An adult nightmare dragon can assume any humanoid form of its size or smaller three times per day as if using polymorph.

Dreamsight (Su)

An adult nightmare dragon can see the dreams of sleeping creatures.

Nightmare Talons (Su)

The claw attacks of adult nightmare dragons are considered keen weapons.

Psychic Magic (Sp)

An adult nightmare dragon gains the following psychic spells: ghost sound (0 PE), true strike (1 PE)

Terrifying Presence (Su)

A creature that fails its Will save against the frightful presence of an ancient or older nightmare dragon is panicked if it has fewer Hit Dice than the dragon.


Environment any (Dimension of Dreams)
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

These hunters of the Dimension of Dreams seek to wreak nightmares on sleepers and make existing bad dreams even more terrifying. Nightmare dragons often work with night hags in their grim collection of sleeping souls.

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