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Black Dragon, Young Adult

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

Young Adult Black Dragon CR 10

XP 9,600
CE Large Dragon ( Water)
Init +5; Senses dragon senses; Perception +21

DEFENSE

AC 25, touch 10, flat-footed 24 (+1 Dex, +15 natural, -1 size)
hp 126 (12d12+48)
Fort +12, Ref +9, Will +10
DR 5/magic; Immune acid, paralysis, sleep; SR 21

OFFENSE

Speed 60 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor), swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +18 (2d6+9), 2 claws +17 (1d8+6), 2 wings +12 (1d6+3), tail slap +12 (1d8+9)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (80-ft. line, DC 21, 10d6 acid)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th)

At willdarkness (50-ft. radius)

Spells Known (CL 1st)

1st (4/day)alarm, obscuring mist
0 (at will)detect magic, mending, message, read magic

STATISTICS

Str 23, Dex 12, Con 19, Int 12, Wis 15, Cha 12
Base Atk +12; CMB +19; CMD 30 (34 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Stealth), Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Fly +10, Handle Animal +13, Intimidate +16, Knowledge (arcana) +16, Perception +21, Stealth +18, Swim +29; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Common, Draconic
SQ speak with reptiles, swamp stride, water breathing

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Speak with Reptiles (Sp)

A young or older black dragon gains the constant spell-like ability to speak with reptiles. This functions as speak with animals, but only with reptilian animals.

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.

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Pathfinder RPG Bestiary. Copyright 2009, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.