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Gold Dragon, Young Adult

Golden scales cover the body of this majestic dragon, and a regal crest of horns arches backward above wise and piercing eyes.

Gold Dragon, Young Adult CR 14

XP 38,400
LG Huge dragon (fire)
Init +0; Senses dragon senses; Perception +27

DEFENSE

AC 27, touch 8, flat-footed 27 (+19 natural, -2 size)
hp 184 (16d12+80)
Fort +15, Ref +10, Will +16
DR 5/magic; Immune fire, paralysis, sleep; SR 25
Weaknesses vulnerability to cold

OFFENSE

Speed 60 ft., fly 250 ft. (poor), swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +23 (2d8+13/19-20), 2 claws +23 (2d6+9/19-20), tail slap +21 (2d6+13), 2 wings +21 (1d8+4)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (50-ft. cone, 10d10 fire, DC 23), crush (2d18+13, DC 23), weakening breath
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 16th; concentration +20)

At willbless, detect evil

Spells Known (CL 5th; concentration +9)

STATISTICS

Str 29, Dex 10, Con 21, Int 18, Wis 19, Cha 18
Base Atk +16; CMB +27; CMD 37 (41 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Critical Focus, Improved Critical (bite, claw), Iron Will, Multiattack, Power Attack, Vital Strike
Skills Diplomacy +23, Fly +11, Heal +23, Knowledge (arcana, local, religion) +23, Perception +27, Sense Motive +27, Spellcraft +23, Swim +36; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Celestial, Common, Draconic, Elven, Halfling
SQ change shape, detect gems, fast flight

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Change Shape (Su)

A very young or older gold dragon can assume any animal or humanoid form three times per day as if using polymorph.

Detect Gems (Sp)

A young or older gold dragon can detect gems three times per day. This functions as locate object, but can only be used to locate gemstones.

Fast Flight (Ex)

A young or older gold dragon is treated as one size category larger when determining his fly speed.

Weakening Breath (Su)

Instead of a cone of fire, a gold dragon can breathe a cone of weakening gas. Creatures within the cone must succeed on a Fortitude save or take 1 point of Strength damage per age category (Will save half).



Ecology

Environment warm plains
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Gold dragons are the epitome of virtue. Other metallic dragons revere their gold cousins as the agents of divine forces and the paragons of dragonkind, and often seek them for advice or aid.