SRD5:Adult Red Dragon

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Adult Red Dragon [SRD5 OGL/CC-BY] [1] [2] [3]
Huge Dragon (Chromatic Dragons, Red Dragons), Chaotic Evil
Armor Class: 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points: 256 (19d12+133)
Speed: 40 ft., climb 40 ft., fly 80 ft.
27 (+8) 10 (+0) 25 (+7) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 21 (+5)
Saving Throws: Dex +6, Con +13, Wis +7, Cha +11
Skills: Perception +13, Stealth +6
Damage Immunity: fire
Senses: blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 23
Languages: Common, Draconic
Habitat: Hill
Challenge: 17 (18,000 xp)Proficiency Bonus (PB): +6


Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the dragon fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead. 


Multiattack. The dragon can use its Frightful Presence. It then makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d10+8) piercing damage plus 7 (2d6) fire damage.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d6+8) slashing damage.

Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d8+8) bludgeoning damage.

Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon’s choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 19 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the dragon’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.

Fire Breath (Recharge 5-6). The dragon exhales acid in a 60-foot cone. Each creature in that cone must make a DC 21 Dexterity saving throw, taking 63 (18d6) fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. 

Legendary Actions

The dragon can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The dragon regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check.

Tail Attack. The dragon makes a tail attack.

Wing Attack (Costs 2 Actions). The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 10 feet of the dragon must succeed on a DC 22 Dexterity saving throw or take 15 (2d6+8) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone. The dragon can then fly up to half its flying speed.

End of the SRD5 material

Unofficial Description: Red Dragon over 100 years old.
For description, see: Red Dragon.

Variant: Dragons as Innate Spellcasters[edit]

[4] Many dragons have the ability to innately cast spells. Their Spellcasting Ability is Charisma, which also determines the number of spells it can cast.

Red Dragon's Lair

[5] Red dragons lair in high mountains, hills, caverns, mines and dwarven strongholds.

Lair Actions

[5] When fighting inside its lair, an red dragon can use lair actions. On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), the dragon takes a lair action to cause one of the following effects; the dragon can’t use the same effect two rounds in a row:

  • Magma Eruptions
  • Earth Tremors
  • Volcanic Gases

Regional Effects

[5] The region has the following effects:

If the dragon dies, effects fade over 1dl0 days.

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. Wizards RPG Team (6 May 2015). SRD-OGL v5.1. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. Licensed: OGL & CC-BY.
  2. Note: Habitat is not part of the SRD5.
  3. habitat - Dungeon Master's Guide (5e) p.302-305
  4. Wizards RPG Team (September 2014). Monster Manual. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0786965618. p. 86. (paraphrased) Licensed:© Wizards of the Coast (used under 'fair use' clause).
  5. Wizards RPG Team (September 2014). Monster Manual. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0786965618. p. 99. (summarized)

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Facts about "Adult Red Dragon"
AlignmentChaotic Evil +
AuthorSRD5 +
CRval17 +
Canontrue +
Challenge Rating17 +
Creature NameAdult Red Dragon +
Experience Points18,000 +
FeaturesLegendary Resistance +, Multiattack +, Bite +, Claw +, Tail +, Frightful Presence +, Fire Breath +, Detect +, Tail Attack + and Wing Attack +
HabitatHill +
Has Lairtrue +
Hit Dice19d12+133 +
Hit Points256 +
Legendary Monstertrue +
MaturityAdult +
NameAdult Red Dragon +
PublicationSRD5 +
SizeHuge +
SortTextDragon Red Adult +
SubtypeChromatic Dragon + and Red Dragon +
SummaryRed Dragon over 100 years old. +
TitleAdult Red Dragon +
TypeDragon +