Calefact Dragon (3.5e Monster)

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An ancient calefact dragon overlooking its volcanic abode.

Calefact Dragon

Type: Dragon [Earth, Fire]
Environment: Volcanic areas
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: Wyrmling 5; very young 8; young 12; juvenile 15; young adult 18; adult 22; mature adult 25; old 27; very old 30; ancient 33; wyrm 36; great wyrm 38
Treasure: Triple standard
Alignment: Often lawful neutral
Advancement: Wyrmling 7-9 HD; very young 11-13 HD; young 15-17 HD; juvenile 19-21 HD; young adult 23-25 HD; adult 27-29 HD; mature adult 31-33 HD; old 35-37 HD; very old 39-41 HD; ancient 43-45 HD; wyrm 47-49 HD; great wyrm 51+ HD
Level Adjustment:
Calefact Dragons by Age
Age Size Hit Dice (hp) Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha Base Attack/
Attack Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Breath Weapon (DC) Frightful Presence DC
Wyrmling L 6d12+24 (63) 17 10 19 16 12 13 +6/+13 +8 +9 +5 +6 5d10 (17)
Very young L 10d12+50 (115) 20 10 21 19 15 15 +10/+19 +14 +12 +7 +9 10d10 (20)
Young L 14d12+84 (175) 23 10 23 22 18 17 +14/+24 +19 +15 +9 +13 15d10 (23) 20
Juvenile H 18d12+126 (243) 26 10 25 25 21 19 +18/+34 +24 +18 +11 +16 20d10 (26) 23
Young adult H 22d12+198 (341) 29 10 29 28 24 21 +22/+39 +29 +22 +13 +20 25d10 (30) 26
Adult H 26d12+286 (455) 32 10 33 31 27 23 +26/+45 +35 +26 +15 +23 30d10 (34) 29
Mature adult G 30d12+390 (585) 35 10 37 34 30 25 +30/+54 +38 +30 +17 +27 35d10 (38) 32
Old G 34d12+510 (731) 38 10 41 37 33 27 +34/+60 +44 +34 +19 +30 40d10 (42) 35
Very old G 38d12+646 (893) 41 10 45 40 36 29 +38/+65 +49 +38 +21 +34 45d10 (46) 38
Ancient C 42d12+798 (1,071) 44 10 49 43 39 31 +42/+75 +51 +42 +23 +37 50d10 (50) 41
Wyrm C 46d12+966 (1,265) 47 10 53 46 42 33 +46/+80 +56 +46 +25 +41 55d10 (54) 44
Great wyrm C 50d12+1,150 (1,475) 50 10 57 49 45 35 +50/+86 +62 +50 +27 +44 60d10 (58) 47

Calefact Dragon Abilities by Age
Age Speed Initiative AC Special Abilities Caster Level SR
Wyrmling 40 ft., fly 150 ft. (good),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 22 (-1 size, +13 natural), touch 9,
flat-footed 22
Burrow, DR 10/cold iron and 5/-, heat aura,
immunities, spells, vulnerability to cold
3rd 17
Very young 40 ft., fly 200 ft. (good),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 27 (-1 size, +18 natural), touch 9,
flat-footed 27
Wall of stone at will, wall of magmaSand
at will
6th 20
Young 40 ft., fly 200 ft. (average),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 32 (-1 size, +23 natural), touch 9,
flat-footed 32
DR 15/cold iron and 5/- 9th 23
Juvenile 40 ft., fly 200 ft. (average),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 36 (-2 size, +28 natural), touch 8,
flat-footed 36
Fabricate at will 12th 26
Young adult 40 ft., fly 200 ft. (average),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 41 (-2 size, +33 natural), touch 8,
flat-footed 41
DR 20/cold iron and 10/- 15th 29
Adult 40 ft., fly 250 ft. (average),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 46 (-2 size, +38 natural), touch 8,
flat-footed 46
Transmute rock to lavaSpC at will
(one 10-ft. cube per age category)
18th 32
Mature adult 40 ft., fly 250 ft. (average),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 49 (-4 size, +43 natural), touch 6,
flat-footed 49
DR 30/cold iron and 15/- 21st 35
Old 40 ft., fly 250 ft. (average),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 54 (-4 size, +48 natural), touch 6,
flat-footed 54
True creation 1/day
(max item value 10,000 gp)
24th 38
Very old 40 ft., fly 250 ft. (poor),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 59 (-4 size, +53 natural), touch 6,
flat-footed 59
DR 40/cold iron and 20/- 27th 41
Ancient 40 ft., fly 300 ft. (poor),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 60 (-8 size, +58 natural), touch 2,
flat-footed 60
Volcano 1/year 30th 44
Wyrm 40 ft., fly 300 ft. (poor),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 65 (-8 size, +63 natural), touch 2,
flat-footed 65
DR 50/cold iron and 25/- 33rd 47
Great wyrm 40 ft., fly 300 ft. (poor),
burrow 40 ft.
+0 70 (-8 size, +68 natural), touch 2,
flat-footed 70
Primal calling 1/day (Earth or Fire only) 36th 50

Calefact dragons are ancient forgemasters, said to have given the secrets of the furnace to the mortal folk. Masters of artifice and heat, their very presence scorches the land and their deafening roar causes dormant volcanoes to awaken.

Covered almost completely with obsidian scales as hard as adamantine, a calefact dragon's body glows with an inborn fire, the luminous heat of their inner furnace pouring through their mouth and skin. Boasting a fearsome and heatworn appearance, the scorching temperature of their internal organs patterns their body with a cinder-like glow.

Calefact dragons have a powerful connection to the elements of earth and fire, and often appear in locations where these two elements are prominently represented. They can burrow through earth and magma with fearsome speed and have among the hardest scales of any known true dragon species.

Calefact dragons are known to surround themselves with artifice, as the craft and the forge brings them closer to home. Their lairs are often sticklingly hot caverns or the calderas of active volcanoes, ornate with artful steel and stone, finely emblazoned armor stands and giant weapons proudly displayed. Calefact dragons grow especially angry when seen as beings that can only destroy, as they take great pride in their ability to create and mold existing matter into aesthetically pleasing shapes.


A calefact dragon's natural weapons and any weapons it wields are treated as lawful-aligned as well as magic (wyrmling – adult) or epic (mature adult – great wyrm) for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Breath Weapon (Su): A calefact dragon has two types of breath weapons. The primary consists of molten slag. The damage stems from a violent admixture of acid and fire that isn't reduced by resistance, but immunity to acid and/or fire halves the damage dealt. On top of dealing damage, a calefact dragon's molten slag burns away any mundane protection against heat a creature has (except for magical effects or extraordinary abilities that convey such protection; see Heat Dangers, Sandstorm pg12), and furthermore nauseates creatures with intense pain for 1 round unless they succeed on a Fortitude save.

The calefact dragon's secondary breath weapon is its ability to spit lava, which covers up to 2 10-foot squares of ground per age category the dragon has in a roughly knee-high layer of molten rock. Any square occupied by lava is considered difficult terrain and any creature standing in it takes 2d10 points of damage for every age category the dragon has (or 1d10 damage per age category if the creature has immunity to fire).

A creature in danger of exposure to lava is allowed a Reflex save to avoid the damage, but if successful must immediately make a single move action at the start of its next turn to escape the area the lava occupies. If it cannot or chooses not to, it takes full damage. If the ground is uneven, the lava slowly rolls down any slopes present at a speed of 10 feet per round, and fills up any gaps in the floor.

Exposure to lava causes metal and other materials to heat. A creature that wears metal armor or otherwise carries large amounts of metallic objects is affected as by the heat metal spell when in contact with lava.

Objects that are susceptible to heat or that have a melting point lower than that of steel will also melt (and catch flame if applicable) when in contact with a calefact dragon's lava.

A calefact dragon is immune to the effects of both its breath weapons.

Burrow: A calefact dragon can partake with the essence of dirt, solid rock and even lava and magma, allowing it to burrow through such substances with a speed equal to its land speed. The calefact dragon normally leaves no tunnel when it burrows, but may choose to leave a tunnel through sufficiently solid material if it so desires.

Heat Aura: A calefact dragon radiates an aura of intense heat, making it difficult for any enemy to approach it. For as long as any creature remains within the calefact dragon's natural reach, it suffers 2d6 points of damage per age category the dragon has every round. This damage does not stem directly from fire but rather from intense, primordial heat that affects everything with its blister, and as such resistance to fire does not protect against a calefact dragon's heat aura. Immunity to fire halves any heat damage dealt.

Any creature with heat protection (see Protection against Heat, Sandstorm pg14) is dealt damage as if the calefact dragon's age category is one lower for every point of heat protection they have (minimum wyrmling; 2d6 damage). Spells like endure elements confer protection against heat or cold.

A calefact dragon's heat aura extends beyond its reach, creating an area of unearthly heat (see Heat Dangers, Sandstorm pg12) out to a certain distance depending on their age category. In this area, temperatures can exceed 180°F and are almost intense enough to make water boil. A character inside a calefact dragon's heat aura takes 1d6 lethal damage and 1d4 nonlethal damage every round unless adequately protected.

Table: Calefact Dragon's Heat Aura

Age Aura Radius Age Aura Radius
Wyrmling 60 ft. Mature Adult 750 ft.
Very Young 90 ft. Old 1,000 ft.
Young 120 ft. Very Old 1,500 ft.
Juvenile 200 ft. Ancient 2,000 ft.
Young Adult 300 ft. Wyrm 3,000 ft.
Adult 500 ft. Great Wyrm 1 mile

Any spell with the Cold descriptor cast within a calefact dragon's heat aura immediately fizzles upon casting unless the spellcaster that cast the spell succeeds on a caster level check against the calefact dragon's spell resistance, even if such a spell normally wouldn't allow spell resistance. This effect also applies to cold-based supernatural abilities, which are treated as cold-based spells with a caster level equal to the user's effective character level/HD.

If the cold spell also targets or is cast in a way as to affect the calefact dragon personally, the caster must check against the dragon's spell resistance a second time (if the spell allows spell resistance) before the spell takes any effect on the dragon.

Immunities: Calefact dragons are immune to acid, fire and heat effects.

Spell-Like Abilities: See Table: Calefact Dragon Abilities by Age.

Spells: Calefact dragons cast spells as a wizard of their effective caster level.

Sample Calefact Dragon, Adult[edit]

Size/Type: Huge Dragon (Earth, Fire)
Hit Dice: 26d12+286 (455 hp)
Initiative: +4
Speed: 60 ft. (12 squares), fly 200 ft. (poor), burrow 60 ft.
Armor Class: 46 (-2 size, +38 natural), touch 8, flat-footed 48
Base Attack/Grapple: +26/+45
Attack: Bite +35 melee (2d8+16)
Full Attack: Bite +35 melee (2d8+16/19-20), 2 claws +33 melee (2d6+11), 2 wings +33 melee (1d8+11), tail slap +33 melee (2d6+16)
Space/Reach: 15 ft./10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks: Breath weapon, Crush 2d8+16 (DC 34), frightful presence (DC 29), heat aura 500 ft., spells, spell-like abilities
Special Qualities: darkvision 60 ft., DR 20/cold iron and 10/-, immune to acid, fire and heat effects, low-light vision, spell resistance 32
Saves: Fort +26, Ref +15, Will +23
Abilities: Str 32, Dex 10, Con 33, Int 31, Wis 27, Cha 23
Skills: Appraise +30, Bluff +26, Concentration +40, Craft (Any four) +30, Diplomacy +26, Escape Artist +20, Gather Information +26, Intimidate +26, Jump +43, Knowledge (arcana plus any five) +28, Listen +28, Search +30 (+32 secret doors), Sense Motive +26, Spellcraft +41, Spot +28
Feats: Alertness, Hover, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Improved Bull Rush, Multiattack, Power Attack, Widen Spell, Wingover
Environment: Volcanic areas
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 21
Treasure: Double standard
Alignment: Always lawful neutral
Advancement: 27-29 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment:

An adult calefact dragon's natural weapons are treated as lawful and magic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Breath Weapon (Su): Cone, 50 ft., of molten slag, damage 30d10, Reflex DC 34 half. Any creature that takes damage must make a DC 34 Fortitude save or be nauseated for 1 round. The save DCs are Constitution-based.

Secondary breath weapon lava spit, twelve 10-ft. squares, 12d10 damage upon contact (6d10 if immune to fire), successful DC 34 Reflex save negates, if the creature can escape the lava with a move action at the begin of its next turn. Lava moves down slopes and holes with a speed of 10 feet per round.

Heat Aura (Su): 12d6 heat damage per round to any creature within the dragon's reach (half damage if creature is immune to fire), unearthly heat radiated out to 500 ft.

Spell-Like Abilities: At will—fabricate, transmute rock to lavaSpC (six 10-ft. cubes) (DC 25), wall of magmaSand (DC 22), wall of stone (DC 22). Caster level 18th.

Wizard Spells Prepared (4/7/7/6/6/6/6/4/4/3; base DC 20 + spell level)[edit]

0—acid splash, dancing lights, detect magic, read magic; 1st—burning hands, grease, identify, magic weapon, obscuring mist (×2), silent image; 2nd—continual flame, fog cloud, fox's cunning (×2), locate object, see invisibility, scorching ray; 3rd—displacement, fireball (×2), greater magic weapon, haste, slow; 4th—lesser globe of invulnerability, polymorph, stone shape (×2), wall of fire (×2); 5th—break enchantment, transmute mud to rock, transmute rock to mud, major creation (×3); 6th—disintegrate (×3), mage's lucubration, move earth (×2); 7th—control weather, delayed blast fireball (×2), statue; 8th—dimensional lock, polymorph any object (×2), temporal stasis; 9th—meteor swarm, shapechange, wish. Caster level 18th.

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AlignmentOften lawful neutral + and Always lawful neutral +
AuthorSulacu +
Challenge Rating5 +, 8 +, 12 +, 15 +, 18 +, 22 +, 25 +, 27 +, 30 +, 33 +, 36 +, 38 + and 21 +
EnvironmentVolcanic areas +
Identifier3.5e Monster +
Level Adjustment+
RatingUndiscussed +
SizeLarge +, Huge +, Gargantuan +, Colossal + and Huge +
SubtypeEarth + and Fire +
TitleCalefact Dragon +
TypeDragon +