Bone dragon

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For a list of all dragons, see list of dragons.

bone dragon DBone dragon.png
HP 118-240
HD 20
XP 3706
Speed 10
AC 20
EV 4
MR 100
Attack1 30 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (claw: plain)
Attack3 20 (trample: trample)
Max Chunks 0
Type of Meat None
Resistances rF+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Undead
Size Giant
Type dragon, bone dragon
Flags Evil
See invisible
A huge undead abomination, pieced together from the broken bones of many dragons by powerful necromantic magic. Fortunately, whatever organ produces a dragon's fearsome breath was lost in the process.

“On the other hand, Confucius is made to say to his disciples, ‘I know how birds can fly, how fishes can swim, and how animals can run. But the runner may be snared, the swimmer may be hooked, and the flyer may be shot by the arrow. But there is the dragon. I cannot tell how he mounts on the wind through the clouds, and rises to heaven. Today I have seen Lao-tsze, and can only compare him to the dragon.’”
-Life of Confucius

“This Dragon had Two furious Wings
Each one upon each Shoulder;
With a Sting in his Tail as long as a Flail,
Which made him bolder and bolder.
He had long Claws, and in his Jaws
Four and forty Teeth of Iron;
With a Hide as tough, as any Buff,
Which did him round environ.”

-“An Excellent Ballad of a most dreadful Combat, fought between Moore of Moore-Hall, and the Dragon of Wantley”, retold by Ambrose Philips, _A Collection of Old Ballads. Corrected from the Best and Most Ancient Copies Extant. With Introductions Historical, Critical, Or Humorous_. 1723.

Useful Info

Bone dragons are undead draconic horrors. They lack a breath weapon, but make up for it with powerful melee capabilities, excellent defense, and plentiful HP. You can find them in the deepest parts of the Dungeon, the Crypt, the Vaults, the Abyss, and the Hells (primarily Tartarus).

Tips & Tricks

  • Dispel Undead or powerful non-elemental Conjurations are effective, but it still takes several shots to kill them. If you can increase your movement speed slightly, you may be able to kite them easily enough.
  • Yredelemnul sometimes gifts you bone dragons at high piety. They make awesome pets, especially if you have the ability to Haste them.


Prior to 0.12, bone dragons were slower but had significantly more HP.