Iron dragon

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iron dragon DIron dragon.png
HP 102-133
HD 18
XP 1717
Speed 8
AC 20
EV 6
MR 168
Attack1 25 (bite: plain)
Attack2 25 (claw: plain)
Attack3 25 (trample: plain)
Type of Meat Contaminated
Resistances rF+, rC+,
rPois+, rDrown,
Vulnerabilities Dragon Slaying
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Huge
Type dragon, iron dragon
Flags Fake spells
See invisible
Silence immune
A very heavy, slow and apparently flightless dragon. It is named for its scales, which are so tough they might be iron. Small flakes of metal trail from its nostrils.

“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.

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

Useful Info

An iron dragon is every bit as tough as its name implies. It can't fly, but makes up for it by having high AC, a lot of HP, and multiple resistances. It does a significant amount of damage in melee and takes a while to bring down, so be prepared. Engaging an iron dragon at range is safer, but not entirely so: its breath weapon is a powerful blast of metal slivers (3d30, affected by AC). This dragon is commonly found in the Iron City of Dis, less frequently in Vaults:5, and rarely appears in the lower levels of the Dungeon itself.


Spell set
Slot1 Metal Splinters (3d30)
Slot2 Metal Splinters (3d30)
Slot3 none
Slot4 Metal Splinters (3d30)
Slot5 Metal Splinters (3d30)
Slot6 none

Tips & Tricks

It's entirely possible that you'll come across an iron dragon before you have the firepower to take it down safely. Fortunately, they're slower than the average character, so escape isn't too difficult.