Swamp dragon

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

swamp dragon DSwamp dragon.png
HP 44-90
HD 9
XP 699
Speed 10
AC 7
EV 7
Will 40
Attack1 20 (bite: plain)
Attack2 11 (claw: plain)
Attack3 11 (trample: trample)
Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type dragon, swamp dragon
Flags Flying
A large slimy dragon, its gnarly hide covered in swamp muck. Noxious gasses dribble from its snout.

“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

Swamp dragons are medium-sized dragons which breathe poisonous clouds at you, but are otherwise less threatening than most dragons. You can usually find them in the Swamp, particularly in certain Swamp:4 layouts.

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


Spell set I
Slot1 Poisonous Cloud (3d7) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance takes most of the fight out of swamp dragons. If you lack this, you can stand in one of the naturally-occurring clouds of the Swamp to be (temporarily) safe from its breath.
  • Killing swamp dragons has a chance to drop swamp dragon scales, which provide rPois. Great for Swamp, Spider, and Snake.