Dragon Form

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Dragon form.png Dragon Form
Level 7
School1 Transmutation
Casting noise 6
Spell noise 0
This spell temporarily transforms the caster into a great, fire-breathing dragon. Draconian casters will instead retain their innate colour and breath weapon when transformed.

Dragon Form is a level 7 Transmutations spell which transforms your character into a form similar to that of a dragon for a fairly long duration. You gain the following:



  • rC-
  • All equipment except for rings and amulets meld into your body
  • Natural EV set to about 8 (affected by Dodging)
  • Can trample monsters

This leaves the caster fairly vulnerable, as they only have two rings, certain mutations, spells, and godly protection to defend them from attacks. Fire and poison won't be much of an issue, but anything else (especially cold) can be deadly. Even with the extra HP and GDR, your AC is low enough to make enemy attacks hurt, and your size makes it very hard to get any decent amount of evasion.

That being said, you are given a phenomenal amount of offensive firepower. Skilled Unarmed Combat specialists will be able to kill golden dragons in a single bite, and your Breathe Flame ability can devastate opponents when you reach higher experience levels. Unlike some Transmutations spells, Dragon Form in no way impairs your spellcasting (though you can't wield enhancer staves or wear a robe of the Archmagi, unfortunately), so you can attack magically while waiting for your breath to recharge.


Draconian characters casting Dragon Form function slightly differently:

  • You retain your natural breath weapon, if you have one (grey draconians do not gain one).
  • You keep the AC bonus from your scales mutations.
  • Instead of gaining rF++ and rC-, you retain your natural resistances (or lack thereof). Red and white draconians gain rF++/rC- and rF-/rC++, respectively, and all Dragon Form draconians get rPois regardless of color.


Dragon form knockback will be removed in 0.14.

Prior to 0.13, Dragon form was a Transmutation/Fire spell.

Prior to 0.8, draconians did not function differently.

Prior to 0.10, draconians also received a +30% bonus to Dragon Form's spell success rate.

Dragon Form
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