River Dragon, Very Old

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

Very Old River Dragon CR 15

XP 51,200
CN Huge Dragon (aquatic, fire)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses, watersight; Perception +32; Aura boiling (10 ft., 1d6 fire), frightful presence (270 ft., DC 24)


AC 36, touch 8, flat-footed 36 (+28 natural, -2 size)
hp 250 (20d12+120)
Fort +18, Ref +14, Will +17
DR 15/magic; Immune fire, dragon traits; SR 26
Weaknesses vulnerability to cold


Speed 30 ft., swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +29 (2d8+15), tail +28 (2d6+15)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (100-ft. line, DC 26, 18d6 fire), spit (30 ft)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th; concentration +24)

Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 11th; concentration +15)

5th (4/day)baleful polymorph (DC 19), mind fog
4th (7/day)fire shield, hallucinatory terrain (DC 18), wall of fire (DC 18)
3rd (7/day)dispel magic, fireball (DC 17), gaseous form, haste
2nd (7/day)blur, cat’s grace, hideous laughter (DC 16), pyrotechnics (DC 16), resist energy
1st (7/day)color spray (DC 15), expeditious retreat, identify, magic missile, reduce person
0 (at will)arcane mark, detect magic, flare, ghost sound, mage hand, message, prestidigitation, read magic, resistance


Str 31, Dex 11, Con 22, Int 17, Wis 20, Cha 18
Base Atk +20; CMB +32; CMD 42
Feats Alertness, Athletic, Awesome Blow, Cleave, Great Cleave, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Appraise +26, Diplomacy +27, Intimidate +27, Knowledge (nature) +26, Perception +32, Spellcraft +26, Stealth +15, Survival +28, Swim +45; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Aquan, Common, Draconic
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 10 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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