Sovereign Dragon, Ancient

This magnificent dragon is covered in splendid gold scales, and horns jut from its head like a crown.

Ancient Sovereign Dragon CR 20

XP 307,200
N Gargantuan dragon
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +42; Aura frightful presence (300 ft., DC 30)


AC 39, touch 5, flat-footed 39 (-1 Dex, +34 natural, -4 size)
hp 377 (26d12+208)
Fort +23, Ref +16, Will +24
DR 15/magic; Immune paralysis, sleep; SR 31


Speed 50 ft., fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +37 (4d6+21/19-20), 2 claws +37 (2d8+14/19-20), gore +36 (2d8+21), tail slap +34 (2d8+21)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite and gore)
Special Attacks breath weapon (60-ft. cone, 20d6 sonic damage, DC 31), crush (DC 31, 4d6+21), tail sweep (DC 31, 2d6+21), violent retort
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 26th; concentration +33)

At willcalm emotions, detect good/evil, prismatic spray, sympathetic vibration, tongues

Spells Known (CL 15th; concentration +22)

7th (5/day)greater teleport, limited wish
6th (7/day)eyebite (DC 23), mass suggestion (DC 23), transformation
5th (7/day)break enchantment, dismissal (DC 22), dominate person (DC 22), feeblemind (DC 22)
4th (7/day)confusion (DC 21), lesser geas (DC 21), locate creature, rainbow pattern (DC 21)
3rd (8/day)gaseous form, hold person (DC 20), lightning bolt (DC 20), suggestion (DC 20)
2nd (8/day)detect thoughts (DC 19), fog cloud, hideous laughter (DC 19), scorching ray, touch of idiocy
1st (8/day)charm person (DC 18), chill touch (DC 18), color spray (DC 18), endure elements, true strike
0 (at will)daze (DC 17), detect magic, flare (DC 17), ghost sound, mage hand, mending, message, read magic, resistance


Str 39, Dex 8, Con 27, Int 24, Wis 25, Cha 24
Base Atk +26; CMB +44; CMD 53 (57 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Critical (bite, claw), Improved Initiative, Improved Iron Will, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Persuasive, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (bite, claw)
Skills Appraise +36, Bluff +36, Diplomacy +40, Fly -9, Heal +36, Intimidate +40, Knowledge (arcana, history, nobility, planes) +36, Perception +42, Perform (oratory) +36, Sense Motive +36, Spellcraft +36
Languages Abyssal, Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Ignan, Infernal, Terran
SQ change shape, dogmatic discordance, golden armor


Change Shape (Su)

A young or older sovereign dragon can assume any humanoid form three times per day as polymorph.

Dogmatic Discordance (Su)

Good or evil creatures take a -2 penalty when making saving throws against a sovereign dragon’s spells, spell-like abilities, breath weapon, and aura.

Golden Armor (Su)

Once per day as a standard action, an old or older sovereign dragon can cover its form in golden armor, granting it a +4 armor bonus to AC and energy resistance 15 to one energy type, chosen at the time the armor is summoned. This armor lasts for a number of rounds equal to the dragon’s age category. The sovereign dragon can dismiss the armor as a free action.

Violent Retort (Ex)

When a young or older sovereign dragon takes damage from a melee attack critical hit, it can, as an immediate action, make a claw or tail slap attack against the creature that made the critical hit.

Editor’s Note

Although it isn’t mentioned, Ancient Sovereign Dragons have dragon senses.

Additionally, a few skills are off:

Fly -15 (-1 Dex -6 size -8 clumsy)

Perform (oratory) +33 (26 ranks +7 Cha)


Environment any mountains
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Guardians of balance, sovereign dragons, or lungwangs as they are also known, were placed in the skies by the gods themselves to safeguard harmony in the world.

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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