Pearl dragon

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

pearl dragon DPearl dragon.png
HP 77-156
HD 18
XP 3734
Speed 12
AC 10
EV 15
Will 160
Attack1 35 (bite: holy)
Attack2 20 (claw: holy)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Holy
Size Giant
Type dragon, pearl dragon
Flags See invisible
A dragon consecrated to the holy divine powers. Its breath is blessed fire, and its claws sear its victims with divine wrath.

“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

Pearl dragons are one of the few non-angelic holy monsters in the game. Living characters won't find them much harder than gold dragons, but undead and demonspawn can take great damage from their attacks. Pearl dragons are very rare, only occurring in holy-themed Pandemonium, Ziggurat floors, or holy-themed vaults in the Depths.

Killing a pearl dragon may yield pearl dragon scales (33% chance).


Spell set I
Slot1 Holy Breath (3d18) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

  • If you're undead/demonic, Holy Breath can deal 81 damage, plus 39 damage per turn from the clouds of blessed fire. Also, their melee attacks have the holy wrath brand. Watch out!


  • Prior to 0.20, pearl dragons' Holy Breath dealt 3d36 holy damage. However, all holy damage was halved if you were not vulnerable to holy and not worshipping an evil god. Therefore, pearl dragons were a much greater threat to undead and demonic players, but the same threat to living players.