Ice dragon

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

ice dragon DIce dragon.png
HP 59-120
HD 12
XP 988
Speed 10
AC 10
EV 8
Will 40
Attack1 17 (bite: plain)
Attack2 17 (claw: plain)
Attack3 17 (trample: trample)
Resistances rC++
Vulnerabilities Fire
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type dragon, ice dragon
Flags Cold-blooded
A white, frost-coated dragon. Snowflakes trickle from its nostrils.

“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

The ice dragon is a moderately powerful dragon capable of breathing deadly bolts of cold (3d24), which can knock you back if you are flying. Not surprisingly, they are highly resistant to cold damage, but vulnerable to fire. They appear commonly in the lower floors of the Dungeon, the Depths, and the Realm of Zot, but can show up dangerously out of depth in vaults as early as the Lair or certain versions of the Ice cave.


Spell set I
Slot1 Cold Breath (3d24) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

  • If you find one early on, escaping is a good idea. Without at least rC+ for its breath and decent AC for its melee attacks, they can do immense damage to low- or mid-level characters.
  • Fire Magic and flaming weapons will deal extra damage to ice dragons.
  • Killing an ice dragon may provide ice dragon scales, a medium-weight set of armour that provides excellent cold resistance at the cost of fire vulnerability.