Brine Dragon, Ancient

A blue-green neck frill sweeps back from the head of this dragon, leading to a body of shiny scales and fin-like crests.

Brine Dragon, Ancient CR 16

XP 76,800
LN Huge dragon (extraplanar, water)
Init +3; Senses dragon senses; Perception +30
Aura frightful presence (300 ft., DC 26)


AC 37, touch 7, flat-footed 37 (–1 Dex, +30 natural, –2 size)
hp 275 (22d12+132)
Fort +19, Ref +14, Will +18
DR 15/magic; Immune acid, paralysis, sleep; SR 27


Speed 60 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor), swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +34 (2d8+21 plus 1d2 Str), 2 claws +34 (2d6+14), tail slap +29 (2d6+21), 2 wings +29 (1d8+7)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (100-ft. line, 20d6 acid, DC 27), capsize, crush, desiccating bite
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 22nd; concentration +27)

At willcontrol water, obscuring mist, speak with animals (fish only), water breathing
3/dayhorrid wilting (DC 23)

Spells Known (CL 15th; concentration +20)

7th (4/day)control weather, mass fly
6th (6/day)fluid form, true seeing, transformation
5th (7/day)break enchantment, dismissal, teleport, wall of force
4th (7/day)ball lightning (DC 19), ice storm, greater invisibility, solid fog
3rd (7/day)aqueous orb (DC 18), deep slumber (DC 18), dispel magic, sleet storm (DC 18)
2nd (7/day)alter self, detect thoughts (DC 17), invisibility, make whole, slipstream
1st (8/day)color spray (DC 16), feather fall, flare burst (DC 16), ray of enfeeblement, touch of the sea*
0 (at will)arcane mark, detect magic, detect poison, mage hand, message, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic, resistance


Str 38, Dex 9, Con 23, Int 23, Wis 20, Cha 21
Base Atk +22; CMB +38; CMD 47 (51 vs. trip)
Feats Awesome Blow, Greater Vital Strike, Hover, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Initiative, Improved Vital Strike, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Swim), Vital Strike, Wingover
Skills Bluff +30, Diplomacy +30, Fly +16, Heal +30, Knowledge (arcana, geography, nature) +31, Perception +30, Sense Motive +30, Survival +30, Swim +53, Use Magic Device +30
Languages Aquan, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Halfling
SQ water breathing


Capsize (Ex)

An old or older brine dragon can attempt to capsize a boat or ship by ramming it as a charge attack and making a CMB check. The DC of this check is 25 or the result of the boat captain’s Profession (sailor) check, whichever is higher. For each size category larger the ship is than the brine dragon’s size, the dragon takes a cumulative –10 penalty on the check.

Desiccating Bite (Su)

An Ancient brine dragon’s bite causes weakness, dealing 1d2 points of Strength drain in addition to its normal damage. A great wyrm’s bite deals 1d4 points of Strength drain. A Fortitude save (DC equals the Dragon’s breath weapon save DC) negates the Strength drain.


Environment any aquatic (Plane of Water)
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Although not inherently evil, brine dragons have little patience for kindness and philanthropy. As they age, they grow more and more opinionated and obsessed with power—by adult age, a brine dragon counts itself a failure if it doesn’t rule over a collection of “lesser beings” such as humans, merfolk, locathah, or even sahuagin.


Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.
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