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Cloud Dragon, Very Old (3pp)

This dragon has a fringed and frilled head and wings that sweep back from its shoulders to its tail. Large, piercing rose colored eyes dominate its somewhat triangular head. Its tail trails off becoming misty and translucent near the tip.

Very Old Cloud Dragon CR 15

XP 51,200
N Gargantuan dragon (air)
Init +4; Senses cloud vision, dragon senses; Perception +32; Aura frightful presence (270 ft., DC 25)

DEFENSE

AC 34, touch 6, flat-footed 34 (+28 natural, –4 size)
hp 250 (20d12+120)
Fort +18; Ref +12; Will +17
DR 15/magic; Immune electricity, paralysis, sleep, winds; SR 26

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +27 (4d6+16 plus 2d6 cold), 2 claws +27 (2d8+11), 2 wings +25 (2d6+5), tail slap +25 (2d8+16)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (60 ft. cone, DC 26, 18d6 cold plus bull rush [Medium or smaller]), cold bite 2d6, crush, tail sweep
Spell-like Abilities (CL 20nd):

At-willcall lightning (DC 18), create water, obscuring mist, stinking cloud (DC 17)

Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 11th)

5th (5/day)cloudkill (DC 20), teleport
4th (7/day)dimension door, ice storm, lesser globe of invulnerability
3rd (7/day)dispel magic, lightning bolt (DC 18), sleet storm, wind wall
2nd (7/day)blur, cat’s grace, invisibility, levitate, whispering wind
1st (8/day)chill touch, feather fall, hypnotism (DC 16), shocking grasp, unseen servant
0 (at will)acid splash, detect magic, daze (DC 15), mage hand, message, open/close, ray of frost, read magic, resistance

STATISTICS

Str 33, Dex 10, Con 23, Int 20, Wis 21, Cha 20
Base Atk +20; CMB +35; CMD 45 (49 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Cleave, Flyby Attack, Great Cleave, Hover, Improved Initiative, Multiattack, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Fly), Wingover
Skills Bluff +28, Diplomacy +28, Fly +15, Intimidate +28, Knowledge (arcana) +28, Knowledge (history) +28, Knowledge (nature) +28, Perception +32, Sense Motive +32, Spellcraft +28, Use Magic Device +28
Languages Auran, Aquan, Common, Draconic, Giant, Sylvan
SQ cloud form

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Breath Weapon (Su)

A cloud dragon’s breath weapon is a powerful cone of icy cold air. When a cloud dragon uses its breath weapon, make a single bull rush attack using the dragon’s CMB against the CMD of any creature that failed its Reflex save and is three or more size categories smaller than the dragon. This bull rush does not provoke attacks of opportunity, and the dragon cannot choose to move with any opponent pushed back. In addition to being pushed back, affected creatures are knocked prone and take 1d4 points of nonlethal damage per 10 feet they are pushed back. Flying creatures are buffeted and pushed back twice the distance and sustain 1d6 points of nonlethal damage per 10 feet they are pushed back.

Cold Bite (Su)

At old age, a cloud dragon’s bite deals an additional 2d6 points of cold damage. An ancient dragon’s damage increases to 4d6, and a great wrym’s to 6d6.

Cloud Form (Su)

As a standard action, a juvenile or older cloud dragon can assume gaseous form at will, but it can remain gaseous indefinitely and has a fly speed of 20 feet with perfect maneuverability.

Cloud Vision (Ex)

A very young cloud dragon can see perfectly in foggy conditions (such as those created by fog cloud or obscuring mist).

Immunity to Winds (Su)

A cloud dragon is immune to the effects of wind. It ignores the penalties applied to the Fly skill incurred by wind speed, and is immune to the negative effects of any spell or effect that manipulates wind, such as gust of wind and whirlwind.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate and warm mountains
Organization solitary or clan (2–5)
Treasure triple standard

Cloud dragons are the most reclusive of all dragons, rarely leaving the safety and sanctity of their cloudy lairs. They have a great dislike for non-flying creatures and creatures that must use non-natural means to fly (such as through magical items or spells). A cloud dragon wyrmling’s scales are silvery-blue with a slight hint of red at the tip of each scale. As the dragon ages, its color slowly changes to a bright sunset orange. The oldest cloud dragons resemble gold dragons, save for the large bony plates on their heads and backs.

Cloud dragons are not highly aggressive, but dislike interlopers and attack them on sight. They open combat using their breath weapon, followed by their spell-like abilities. A cloud dragon rarely lands, preferring to fight from the air.


Section 15: Copyright Notice
Cloud Dragon from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.