Wyvern, Forked-Tail

This light purple dragon has immense wings and a bifurcated tail, each end tipped with a hooked stinger. Heavy smoke drips from the beast’s nostrils and jaws.

Forked-Tail Wyvern CR 8

XP 4,800
CN Large dragon
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +20


AC 20, touch 10, flat-footed 19 (+1 Dex, +10 natural, –1 size)
hp 103 (9d12+45)
Fort +11, Ref +7, Will +9
Immune dragon traits, magic paralysis and sleep; Resist acid 10, fire 10; SR 19


Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (poor), swim 40 ft.
Melee bite +13 (2d6+5 plus grab), 2 stings +13 (1d6+5 plus poison), 2 wings +8 (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (30-ft. cone, 6d6 fire damage plus fumes, Reflex DC 19 half, usable every 1d4 rounds), rake (2 talons +16, 1d6+5)


Str 21, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +9; CMB +15 (+19 grapple); CMD 26
Feats Combat Reflexes, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Fly +7, Intimidate +12, Perception +20, Stealth +9, Swim +25; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception
Languages Draconic
SQ hold breath


Breath Weapon (Su)

Once every 1d4 rounds, a forked-tail wyvern can emit a cloud of noxious fire in a 30-foot cone that deals 6d6 points of fire damage. Creatures that take damage are also temporarily blinded by the fumes as though by glitterdust for 4 rounds. A DC 19 Reflex save halves the fire damage and negates the glitterdust effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Poison (Ex)

Sting—injury; save Fort DC 19; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Con; cure 2 consecutive saves.


Environment temperate or warm hills
Organization solitary, pair, or murder (3–5 and 1–3 wyverns)
Treasure standard

Forked-tail wyverns have bifurcated tails that allow for two stinging attacks, and are able to emit a noxious blast of gas that burns and blinds those in its path. Forked-tail wyverns reside in natural caves that honeycomb cliffs.

The beasts commonly assail unprepared ships from both sky and water in order to feed upon their crews and capture their cargo.

A typical forked-tail wyvern is 18 feet in length (including its bifurcated tail) and weighs 2,500 pounds. Their scales can vary in tint, but are usually purple. Though only slightly more intelligent than their common kin, they enjoy lording their “superior” status over their lesser cousins.

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Isles of the Shackles © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Mike Shel.

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