(Imperial) Forest

This massive serpentine and wingless creature has jade scales and antlers, and sounds like grinding stones as it stalks forth.

Forest Dragon

CE dragon (earth)


CR 6; Size Small; Hit Dice 7d12
Speed 40 ft, burrow 20 ft., climb 30 ft.
Natural Armor +6; Breath Weapon cone, 2d6 piercing
Str 15, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 10


Change Shape (Su)

An adult or older forest dragon can assume any humanoid form three times per day as if using polymorph.

Destructive Crush (Su)

When an old or older forest dragon makes a crush attack, the impact kicks up debris in a 20-foot-radius burst for 1d6 rounds. The debris obscures the vision of creatures within the debris field and grants concealment to those creatures. The forest dragon can see normally within and through the debris field.

Elemental Breath (Su)

Once per day, when an ancient or older forest dragon uses its breath weapon, it can summon a greater earth elemental within the cone. The caster level for these effects is the same as the dragon’s caster level.

Sound Imitation (Ex)

A very young or older forest dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard by making a successful Bluff check against the listener’s Sense Motive check.

Stony Death (Su)

Any creature reduced to 0 or fewer hit points by a great wyrm forest dragon’s breath weapon must also make a Fortitude save (same DC as the forest dragon’s breath weapon) or be petrified as the flesh to stone spell. This is a death effect.

Woodland Stride (Ex)

As the druid ability of the same name.

CR Age Category Special Abilities Caster Level
6 Wyrmling Woodland stride, immunity to poison
8 Very Young Sound imitation
10 Young Pass without trace 1st
11 Juvenile Frightful presence, entangle 3rd
13 Young Adult DR 2/adamantine 5th
14 Adult Change shape, blight 7th
15 Mature Adult DR 5/adamantine 9th
17 Old Destructive crush, tree stride 11th
18 Very Old DR 10/adamantine 13th
19 Ancient Elemental breath, animate plants 15th
20 Wyrm DR 15/adamantine 17th
22 Great Wyrm Stony death, earthquake 19th

Editor’s Note

Although the table does not mention it, the Forest Dragon does appear to gain spell resistance as it ages. Based on the other imperial dragons, we assume its SR begins at Young Adult.


Environment any forest
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Forest dragons, or dilung, are fickle and malevolent dragons that dwell in deep, rugged woodlands. Forest dragons stalk the earth to pursue objects of its wrath.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.
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