Quicksilver dragon

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

quicksilver dragon DQuicksilver dragon.png
HP 58-118
HD 16
XP 2549
Speed 15
AC 10
EV 15
Will 140
Attack1 25 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (claw: plain)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type dragon, quicksilver dragon
Flags See invisible
A long and sinuous dragon, seemingly more neck and tail than anything else. Its skin shines like molten mercury, magical energies arc from its pointed snout, and it moves with terrifying swiftness.

“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

Quicksilver dragons are rare and dangerous dragons that move 50% faster than average and breathe irresistible status-dispelling energy bolts. They can be found in Vaults:5, Dis:7, a specific Snake:4 layout, and in or just outside the Realm of Zot. If you see one elsewhere, it's likely a shapeshifter.

Killing them may drop quicksilver dragon scales, a dragon armour with inherent magic resistance.


Spell set I
Slot1 Quicksilver Bolt (3d20) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Be mindful if you have any active enchantments that you're relying on: unexpectedly losing Haste or the teleportation status in the middle of a battle can be devastating or even fatal. Keep note of buffs that can't be dispelled, such as berserk.
  • As their damage output is irresistible and considerable, the best defense is a good offense. Quicksilver dragons in Snake:4 are quite scary, but you can't even run away, as they move faster than a regular player.
  • While their quicksilver bolts can't be absorbed, they can be avoided or blocked; a shield, good EV, and/or RMSl can help keep you safe.