River Dragon, Mature Adult

Scales of sparkling blue protect this powerful dragon. The scalding hot water it spits boils its dinner alive.

Mature Adult River Dragon CR 12

XP 19,200
CN Large dragon (aquatic, fire)
Init +5; Senses dragon senses, watersight; Perception +27; Aura boiling (5 ft., 1d6 fire), frightful presence (210 ft., DC 21)


AC 32, touch 10, flat-footed 31 (+1 Dex, +22 natural, -1 size)
hp 184 (16d12+80)
Fort +15, Ref +13, Will +14
DR 10/magic; Immune fire, dragon traits; SR 23
Weaknesses vulnerability to cold


Speed 30 ft., swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +24 (2d6+12), tail +23 (1d8+12)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (80-ft. line, DC 23, 14d6 fire), spit (30 ft)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 16th; concentration +19)

Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 7th; concentration +10)


Str 27, Dex 13, Con 20, Int 15, Wis 18, Cha 16
Base Atk +16; CMB +25; CMD 36 (cannot be tripped)
Feats Alertness, Athletic, Cleave, Great Cleave, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Appraise +21, Intimidate +22, Knowledge (nature) +21, Perception +27, Spellcraft +21, Stealth +16, Survival, +23, Swim +39; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Common, Draconic, Sylvan
SQ air breathing, speak with aquatic, watersight


Air Breathing (Ex)

The river dragon can breathe air just as naturally as water. This dragon can freely use its breath weapon, spells and other abilities in both air and water.

Boiling Aura (Su)

This river dragon radiates heat causing any water around it to boil. All creatures within 5 ft. of the dragon take 1d6 points of fire damage at the beginning of the dragon’s turn. The river dragon can suppress or activate this ability at will as a free action.

Speak with Aquatic (Ex)

This river dragon has a constant spell-like ability to speak with animals of the aquatic subtype. This otherwise functions as speak with animals.

Spit (Ex)

This river dragon has the ability to spit water at any target within 30 ft. as a ranged overrun attempt. The CMB check for the spit is the river dragon’s CMB but is one size category smaller than the river dragon and gains the benefits of the Improved Overrun feat. This does not grant the river dragon the benefits of the Improved Overrun feat when making a overrun attempt and not spitting.

Watersight (Ex)

This river dragon can see underwater four times better than a human.


Environment temperate aquatic
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

The river dragon is a ferocious dragon commonly found in the canals, rivers and water ways of the River Nations. This finned dragon swims with a subtle grace that belies its size. It moves on land similar to a snake and is just as dangerous out of water is it is in. The river dragon scalds its enemies with river water super heated with its breath before devouring them.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, copyright 2010 Jon Brazer Enterprises; Author Steven Helt.

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