Occult Dragon, Ancient

Its parchment-colored scales rustling like dry leaves, this dragon seems unusually attentive, as if always on the lookout.

Ancient Occult Dragon CR 15

XP 51,200
NG Huge dragon
Init +0; Senses appraising sight, aura sight, dragon senses; Perception +35; Aura frightful presence (180 ft., DC 25), protective aura (20 ft.)


AC 38, touch 8, flat-footed 38 (+30 natural, –2 size)
hp 270 (20d12+140)
Fort +19, Ref +12, Will +20
DR 15/magic; Immune paralysis, sleep; SR 26


Speed 40 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +29 (2d8+16/19–20), 2 claws +29 (2d6+11/19–20), 2 wings +27 (1d8+5), tail slap +27 (2d6+16)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (50-ft. cone, DC 27, 12d6 cold or fire)
Psychic Magic (CL 20th; concentration +27)

17 PEaugury (2 PE), blood biography (3 PE), cognitive block (3 PE), debilitating portent (4 PE), divination (4 PE), forbid action (1 PE, DC 19), invisibility (2 PE), mending (0 PE), speak with dead (3 PE)

Psychic Spells Known (CL 15th; concentration +22)

7th (5/day)greater teleport, limited wish
6th (7/day)blade barrier (DC 23), permanent image (DC 23), repress memory
5th (7/day)dismissal (DC 22), mind fog (DC 22), psychic crush I, synapse overload
4th (7/day)confusion (DC 21), dimension door, dream, spell immunity
3rd (8/day)clairaudience/clairvoyance, gaseous form, mental barrier II, speak with dead, (DC 20)
2nd (8/day)hideous laughter (DC 19), hold person (DC 19), protection from arrows, suggestion (DC 19), zone of truth (DC 19)
1st (8/day)burst of adrenaline, charm person (DC 18), burst of insight, interrogation (DC 18), mage armor
0 (at will)detect poison, ghost sound (DC 17), grave words, mage hand, message, read magic, resistance, telekinetic projectile, virtue


Str 32, Dex 10, Con 25, Int 24, Wis 22, Cha 21
Base Atk +20; CMB +33; CMD 43 (47 vs. trip)
Feats Deceitful, Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Critical (claw), Iron Will, Multiattack, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception), Snatch
Skills Appraise +30, Bluff +32, Diplomacy +28, Disguise +29, Fly +15, Intimidate +28, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, planes, religion) +30, Perception +35, Sense Motive +29
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal, Sylvan
SQ change shape, item mastery


Appraising Sight (Ex)

An ancient occult dragon can appraise items by sight as a free action.

Aura Sight (Su)

An ancient occult dragon sees all objects within 30 feet as per the analyze aura spell.

Change Shape (Su)

An ancient occult dragon can assume any humanoid form of its size or smaller an unlimited number of times per day as if using polymorph.

Item Mastery (Su)

An ancient occult dragon automatically emulates any required class or spellcasting ability when using magic items.

Protective Aura (Su)

An ancient occult dragon has an aura that acts as a magic circle against evil, law, or chaos as a 20-foot emanation.

Psychic Magic (Sp)

An ancient occult dragon has the following psychic spells: forbid action (1 PE), mending (0 PE); augury (2 PE), blood biography (3 PE), invisibility (2 PE); cognitive block (3 PE), speak with dead (3 PE); debilitating portent (4 PE), divination (4 PE).


Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Occult dragons infiltrate large urban centers in humanoid form to search for esoteric secrets and psychically charged artifacts to add to their hoards.

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