Drake, Fire

Drake, Fire

This creature has the shape of a small red , but its translucent scales are mottled mauve and burgundy. Heat and steam rise from its body. Its wings are mottled black, and its eyes are crimson.

Fire Drake

XP 200 ()

CE Small

Initiative +1


DEFENSE

AC 13 (natural armor)

hp: 27 (6d6 + 6)

Immunity: Fire damage; paralysis, sleep

Vulnerability: Cold damage


OFFENSE

Speed: 20 ft., fly 60 ft.

Multiattack: A fire drake bites once and attacks once with claws, or it uses its breath weapon.

Melee Attack—Bite: +3 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d8 + 1 piercing damage.

Melee Attack—Claws: +3 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 2d6 + 1 slashing damage.

Area Attack—Fiery Breath (recharge 6): automatic hit (range 20 ft. cone; creatures in range). Hit: 2d10 fire damage, or half damage with a successful DC 11 Dex saving throw.


STATISTICS

Str 13 (+1), Dex 13 (+1), Con 13 (+1),

Int 4 (–3), Wis 11 (+0), Cha 10 (+0)

Languages: Draconic

Skills: Stealth +3

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.


TRAITS

Pyrophoric Blood: A fire drake’s blood is highly flammable; it ignites in a burst of flame on contact with air. A creature that makes a successful melee attack with a slashing or piercing weapon (including natural weapons) against a fire drake must make a successful DC 11 Dex saving throw or take 1d6 fire damage from the splashing blood.


ECOLOGY

Environment: Temperate and warm and

Organization: Solitary, pair, clutch (2–6), or family (6–8)

Fire drakes lair in and caverns deep within the and . They are viciously territorial, fighting any other significant carnivores that move into their area. The only competitors they tolerate are other fire drakes, but even in those cases, very little provocation is needed to set them against their own kind. On occasion, a mated pair is encountered, but only in late summer or early autumn.

Fire drakes are often mistaken for young or miniature red s. A typical fire drake is 4 feet long, but some as much as 6 feet long have been reported. They prefer to open combat with their flame breath. Once expended, they rely on their bite and razor-sharp claws.