Golden dragon

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

golden dragon DGolden dragon.png
HP 90-127
HD 18
XP 4175
Speed 10
AC 15
EV 7
MR 192
Attack1 40 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (claw: plain)
Attack3 20 (trample: plain)
Type of Meat Poisonous
Resistances rF+, rC+,
rElec, rPois+,
rDrown, rWater
Vulnerabilities Dragon Slaying
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type dragon, golden dragon
Flags Fake spells
Flying
See invisible
Warm-blooded
Silence immune
A great winged dragon covered in shining golden scales. Legends say that their blood runs both hot and cold, and is venomous to boot.

“You do not come dramatically, with dragons
That rear up with my life between their paws
And dash me butchered down beside the wagons”
-Philip Larkin, “To Failure”. 1949.

“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

Golden dragons are extremely powerful dragons that can breathe fire, cold, or poisonous clouds. Butchering their corpses may leave behind gold dragon hides which can be enchanted, creating gold dragon armour, one of the most resilient (but heaviest) armours in the game. Golden dragons appear in the Realm of Zot, as well as the last floors of the Vaults and the Dungeon.

Spells

Spell set
Slot1 Bolt of Fire (3d27)
Slot2 Bolt of Cold (3d27)
Slot3 none
Slot4 none
Slot5 Poisonous Cloud (3d11)
Slot6 none

Tips & Tricks

  • If you have low AC, keep out of melee with your fire, cold, and poison resistances up.
  • It resists all elements, but its EV and AC are low enough that you can overpower it with physical, negative energy, or irresistible Conjurations (Orb of Destruction, Lehudib's Crystal Spear, etc.). Even elemental Conjurations can break through its resistances if they have enough power behind them.