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Black Dragon, Very Young

Hissing green acid drips from the fanged maw of this black-scaled, horned dragon.

Very Young Black Dragon CR 5

XP 1,600
CE small dragon (water)
Init +6; Senses dragon senses; Perception +12

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 13, flat-footed 17 (+2 Dex, +6 natural, +1 size)
hp 51 (6d12+12)
Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +6
Immune acid, paralysis, sleep

OFFENSE

Speed 60 ft., fly 150 ft. (average), swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d6+3), 2 claws +9 (1d4+2)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (40 ft. line, DC 15, 4d6 acid)

STATISTICS

Str 15, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 10, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +7; CMD 19 (23 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Fly +13, Handle Animal +6, Intimidate +9, Perception +12, Stealth +18, Swim +19; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Draconic
SQ swamp stride, water breathing

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Swamp Stride (Ex)

A very young or older black dragon can move through bogs and quicksand without penalty at its normal speed.

Water Breathing (Ex)

A black dragon can breathe underwater indefinitely and can freely use its breath weapon, spells, and other abilities while submerged.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm marshes
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Lording over the darkest swamps and marshes, black dragons are the undisputed masters of their domain, ruling through cruelty and intimidation. Those who dwell within a black dragon’s reach live in fear. Black dragons tend to make their lairs in remote parts of the swamp, preferably in caves at the bottom of dark and fetid pools. Inside, they pile up their filthy treasure and sleep amid the roots and muck. Black dragons prefer their food a bit rotten and will often allow a meal to sit in a pool for days before consuming it. Black dragons prefer treasures that do not rot or decay, making their hoard, full of coins, gemstones, jewelry, and other objects made from stone or metal.