Golden dragon

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

golden dragon DGolden dragon.png
HP 71-144
HD 18
XP 4175
Speed 10
AC 15
EV 7
MR 180
Attack1 40 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (claw: plain)
Attack3 20 (trample: trample)
Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances rF+
rC+
rElec
rPois+
rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type dragon, golden dragon
Flags See invisible
Flying
Warm-blooded
A great winged dragon covered in shining golden scales. Legends say that their blood runs both hot and cold, and is venomous to boot.

“You do not come dramatically, with dragons
That rear up with my life between their paws
And dash me butchered down beside the wagons”
-Philip Larkin, “To Failure”. 1949.

“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

Golden dragons are extremely powerful dragons that can breathe fire, cold, or poisonous clouds. There is a chance that gold dragon scales will be created when killed. This is one of the most resilient (but heaviest) armours in the game. Golden dragons most commonly appear in the Depths, the Realm of Zot, as well as the last floor of the Vaults.

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Bolt of Fire (3d27) Natural flag,
Breath flag
Slot2 Bolt of Cold (3d27) Natural flag,
Breath flag
Slot3 Poisonous Cloud (3d11) Natural flag,
Breath flag

Tips & Tricks

  • If you have low AC, keep out of melee with your fire, cold, and poison resistances up.
  • It resists all elements, but its EV and AC are low enough that you can overpower it with physical, negative energy, or irresistible Conjurations (Orb of Destruction, Lehudib's Crystal Spear, etc.). Even elemental Conjurations can break through its resistances if they have enough power behind them.