Steam dragon

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

steam dragon DSteam dragon.png
HP 19-40
HD 4
XP 184
Speed 10
AC 5
EV 10
Will 20
Attack1 12 (bite: plain)
Attack2 6 (claw: plain)

Resistances rSteam
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type dragon, steam dragon
Flags Flying
A relatively small grey dragon, with a resilient-looking scaly hide and steam pouring from its mouth.

“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

Steam dragons are the weakest of the proper dragons, usually the first kind encountered. They have low HP and no useful resistances, but their steam breath attack should not be underestimated. They uncommonly appear throughout the middle floors of the Dungeon.

Like other dragons, killing it may drop steam dragon scales (33% chance).


Spell set I
Slot1 Steam Ball (3d10) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Having rF+ also grants you rSteam.
  • Its steam breath lingers for several turns; don't stand around in it if you don't have resistance. If you need to escape a fight, the steam blocks line of sight like a scroll of fog, making it easier to leave enemies guessing where you went.
    • Mummies and other fire-vulnerable characters should be especially careful when fighting steam dragons.