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{{flavour|"On the other hand, Confucious 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.'"
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{{flavour|"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.'"
  
 
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-"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 Introduction Historical, Critical, or Humorous_. 1723.}}
 
-"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 Introduction Historical, Critical, or Humorous_. 1723.}}
  
'''Dragons''' are powerful reptilian monsters which prowl through the dungeon, using their elemental breath attacks to devastate any heroes they come across. The [[draconian]] race is closely related to them, though this genetic similarity does not make these beasts any more amicable. While dragons vary wildly in their strengths and weaknesses, they are all susceptible to weapons of [[dragon slaying]], as well as (in some cases) other vulnerabilities.
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'''Dragons''' are powerful reptilian monsters which prowl through the dungeon, using their elemental breath attacks to devastate any heroes they come across. The [[draconian]] race is closely related to them, though this genetic similarity does not make these beasts any more amicable. While dragons vary wildly in their strengths and weaknesses, they are all susceptible to weapons of [[dragon slaying]] (currently limited to the artefact lance [[Wyrmbane]]), and some of them have other vulnerabilities.
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Despite their outward similarities, [[wyvern]]s and [[hydra]]s are not true dragons and are instead considered [[List of reptiles and amphibians|reptiles]].
  
 
==Dragon Types==
 
==Dragon Types==
{{Green|D}} [[Image:Dragon.png]] [[Dragon]] (or "fire dragon") - The traditional fire-breathing dragon.
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{{monsterlink|Steam dragon}}- The smallest of the dragons, steam dragons breathe scalding [[steam]] to blind prey.
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{{monsterlink|Acid dragon}}- A tiny dragon that sprays corrosive [[acid]].
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{{monsterlink|Swamp dragon}}- A smallish dragon which bellows [[poison]] fumes at its prey.
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{{monsterlink|Fire dragon}}- The archetypal fire-breathing dragon, these creatures are quite powerful but are also weak to cold.
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{{monsterlink|Ice dragon}}- Slightly smaller than their fire-breathing cousins, ice dragons breathe powerful frost breath and are vulnerable to fire.
  
{{White|D}} [[Image:Ice dragon.png]] [[Ice dragon]] - Slightly smaller than their fire-breathing cousins, ice dragons breathe powerful frost breath.
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{{monsterlink|Storm dragon}}- Fast, strong, and armed with lightning breath, storm dragons are one of the more powerful members of dragonkind.
  
{{LightBlue|D}} [[Image:Storm dragon.png]] [[Storm dragon]] - Fast, strong, and armed with lightning breath, storm dragons are one of the more powerful members of dragonkind.
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{{monsterlink|Quicksilver dragon}}- Slight and swift, these terrors breathe devastating irresistible energies, making them more feared than many of their larger cousins.
  
{{Brown|D}} [[Image:Swamp dragon.png]] [[Swamp dragon]] - A smaller dragon which bellows [[poison]] fumes at its prey.
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{{monsterlink|Shadow dragon}}- While their claws and teeth are dangerous enough, shadow dragon breath withers even powerful characters with [[draining]] negative energy.
  
{{Magenta|D}} [[Image:Shadow dragon.png]] [[Shadow dragon]] - Tremendously strong yet cowardly, shadow dragon breath withers even powerful characters with [[draining]] negative energy.
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{{monsterlink|Iron dragon}}- Made of living iron, these dragons are slow and unable to fly. They make up for it with lethal metal shard breath and immense durability.
  
{{LightGrey|D}} [[Image:Bone dragon.png]] [[Bone dragon]] - Cobbled together from the skeletons of others, these "dragons" lack most draconic powers but are phenomenally strong all the same.
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{{monsterlink|Pearl dragon}}- A proud and noble dragon with breath of holy fire. They are a symbol of the undaunted heroic spirit, and an inspiration to young heroes that they ''can'' in fact make it all the way to the [[Orb of Zot]]. That doesn't mean they won't still eat you.
  
{{LightMagenta|D}} [[Image:Mottled dragon.png]] [[Mottled dragon]] - A tiny dragon with a mouth full of [[Sticky Flame|napalm]]. Mind your scrolls!
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{{monsterlink|Bone dragon}}- Cobbled together from the skeletons of others, these "dragons" lack most draconic powers but are phenomenally strong all the same.
  
{{Blue|D}} [[Image:Steam dragon.png]] [[Steam dragon]] - The smallest of the dragons, steam dragons breathe scalding [[steam]] to blind pursuers.
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{{monsterlink|Golden dragon}}- The kings of all dragons, golden dragons can breathe and resist multiple elements. Despite this, they are hunted for the phenomenal hides they produce.
  
{{LightCyan|D}} [[Image:Quicksilver dragon.png]] [[Quicksilver dragon]] - Slight and swift, these terrors breathe devastating irresistible energies, making them more feared than many of their larger cousins.
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===Drakes===
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Diminutive cousins of dragons, don't be fooled by drakes' (relatively) small statures: they come with a wide variety of dangerous abilities, and can be just as deadly as many of their larger cousins.
  
{{Cyan|D}} [[Image:Iron dragon.png]] [[Iron dragon]] - Made of living iron, these dragons are slow and unable to fly. They make up for it with lethal metal shard breath and immense durability.
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{{monsterlink|Rime drake}} - A miniature ice dragon which breathes [[Flash Freeze|slowing blasts of icy breath]].
  
{{Yellow|D}} [[Image:Pearl dragon.png|32px]] [[Pearl dragon]] - A proud and noble dragon with breath of holy fire. They are a symbol of the undaunted heroic spirit, and an inspiration to young heroes that they can in fact make it all the way to the [[Orb of Zot]]. That doesn't mean they won't still eat you.
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{{monsterlink|Swamp drake}} - A miniature swamp dragon. Although it lacks the venom of its larger cousins, its noxious breath causes [[confusion]].
  
{{Yellow|D}} [[Image:Golden dragon.png]] [[Golden dragon]] - The king of all dragons, golden dragons can breathe and resist multiple elements. They are hunted all the same for the phenomenal hide they produce.
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{{monsterlink|Death drake}} - A miniature shadow dragon, rife with corruption and capable of breathing [[miasma]].
  
===Unique Dragons===
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{{monsterlink|Lindwurm}} - A strange, flightless dragon with potent fire breath, though still no match for an actual fire dragon.
{{Red|D}} [[Image:Xtahua.png]] [[Xtahua]] - An ancient and powerful fire dragon who loves to snack on foolhardy adventurers.
 
  
{{Red|D}} [[Image:Serpent of Hell Gehenna.png]][[Image:Serpent of Hell Cocytus.png]][[Image:Serpent of Hell Tartarus.png]][[Image:Serpent of Hell Dis.png]] [[Serpent of Hell]] - A bizarre demonic dragon found deep in one of the four [[Hell]]s.
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{{monsterlink|Wind drake}} - A sea-dwelling dragon that breathes blasts of piercing winds and can [[Airstrike|swat prey out of the air]].
  
===Lesser Dragons===
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===Unique Dragons===
{{Red|l}} [[Image:Fire drake.png|32px]] [[Fire drake]] - A miniature dragon capable of spitting gouts of fire.
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{{LightCyan|D}} [[Image:Bai Suzhen (dragon).png]] '''[[Bai Suzhen#Dragon Form|Bai Suzhen]]''' - She first appears as a [[list of draconians|draconian]], but make her angry enough and she'll reveal her true form: a dragon with watery breath, surrounded by a constant storm.
  
{{Brown|l}} [[Image:Swamp drake.png]] [[Swamp drake]] - A miniature swamp dragon. Although it lacks the venom of its larger cousins, its noxious breath causes [[confusion]], a deadly condition when near [[deep water]].
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{{monsterlink|Xtahua}}- An ancient and powerful fire dragon whose breath leaves lingering flames. Beware their [[paralyse|paralysing]] roars!
  
{{LightGrey|l}} [[Image:Death drake.png|32px]] [[Death drake]] - A miniature shadow dragon, rife with corruption and capable of breathing [[miasma]].
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{{Red|D}} [[Image:Serpent of Hell (Gehenna).png]][[Image:Serpent of Hell (Cocytus).png]][[Image:Serpent of Hell (Tartarus).png]][[Image:Serpent of Hell (Dis).png]] '''[[Serpent of Hell]]''' - A three-headed [[demon]]ic dragon found deep in one of the four [[Hell]]s.
  
{{LightCyan|l}} [[Image:Lindwurm.png]] [[Lindwurm]] - A strange legless dragon with potent fire breath, though still no match for an actual dragon.
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===Retired Dragons===
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{{monsterlink|Fire drake}} - A miniature dragon capable of spitting gouts of fire. Replaced with [[Rime drake]]s in [[0.18]].
  
[[Wyvern]]s, [[hydra]]s, and [[komodo dragon]]s may seem draconic, but they are not affected by weapons of [[dragon slaying]], and thus do not qualify.
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{{monsterlink|Mottled dragon}}- A tiny dragon with a mouth full of [[Sticky Flame|napalm]]. Replaced with [[acid dragon]]s in [[0.20]].
  
 
==Dragon Armour==
 
==Dragon Armour==
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-KJV Bible, Job 41:15-17.}}
 
-KJV Bible, Job 41:15-17.}}
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In spite of the risk involved, slaying most dragons can prove extremely rewarding. Upon killing a dragon, there is a chance for you to find an intact set of scales which can be used as armour. The different types of dragon scales grant a wide array of resistances and levels of protection and have the added benefit of being able to fit almost any species regardless of size -- [[ogre]]s, [[troll]]s, and [[spriggan]]s will almost certainly want to seek out some dragon scales at some point. You can also occasionally find dragon scales in [[shop]]s, lying around the Dungeon floor, or as a [[god]] gift from [[Okawaru]]. [[Artefact]] dragon scales even exist, and can provide phenomenal benefits
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*[[File:Steam_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Steam dragon scales]]:''' An extremely light yet somewhat durable suit of armour, often used by casters or stabbers. Provides rSteam++.
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*[[File:Acid_dragon_scales.png]] '''[[Acid dragon scales]]:''' Slightly sturdier than steam dragon gear, and with only a minor loss in mobility. Provides rCorr.
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*[[File:Swamp_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Swamp dragon scales]]:''' A balanced defense suitable for nimble close-quarters fighters or casters willing to endure a little burden. Provides rPois.
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*[[File:Quicksilver_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Quicksilver dragon scales]]:''' An armour with low encumbrance for its AC and inherent MR+. However, it can't be enchanted for extra protection.
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*[[File:Fire_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Fire dragon scales]]:''' Somewhat heavy armour that provides decent defense and stops fire attacks dead, though it handles cold poorly. Provides rF++ and rC-.
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*[[File:Ice_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Ice dragon scales]]:''' Slightly more durable than fire dragon armour, ice dragon armour provides an inverse set of resistances. Provides rC++ and rF-.
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*[[File:Storm_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Storm dragon scales]]:''' This armour is undeniably heavy, but provides excellent defense against physical and electric attacks. Provides rElec.
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*[[File:Shadow_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Shadow dragon scales]]:''' Provides similar physical protection to Storm dragon armour, while providing Stealth++++. A stabber's best friend.
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*[[File:Pearl_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Pearl dragon scales]]:''' Although harder to come by than most forms of dragon armour, this suit provides an excellent balance of mobility and defense, particularly against the forces of [[evil]]. Provides rN+.
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*[[File:Gold_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Gold dragon scales]]:''' Staggeringly heavy but nearly unparalleled in defense, a golden dragon's hide creates a very desirable prize for those who engage in pure melee combat. Provides rF+, rC+, and rPois+.
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*[[File:Faerie dragon armour.png]] '''[[Faerie dragon scales]]:''' A relic of a long-lost species of dragon, the last surviving suit of faerie dragon scales is worn by [[the Enchantress]]. It provides similar protection to acid dragon scales, but has additional randomly-determined magical properties.
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==Retired dragon armour==
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*[[File:Mottled_dragon_armour.png]] '''[[Mottled dragon scales]]:''' Was essentially the same as acid dragon scales, but provided [[Sticky Flame|rSticky]].
  
In spite of the risk involved, slaying certain dragons can prove extremely rewarding. Their hides possess unusual properties that make them exceptionally useful as a material for armour, though to craft it in the Dungeon requires the use of a [[scroll of enchant armour]]. You can also find this equipment in [[shop]]s, lying around the Dungeon floor, or as a [[god]] gift from [[Okawaru]]. [[Artifact]] dragon armours even exist, and can provide phenomenal benefits.
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==History==
*[[Steam dragon hide]]/[[Steam dragon armour]]: An extremely light yet somewhat durable suit of armour, often used by casters or stabbers. Provides rSteam++.
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*Prior to [[0.19]], instead of being created occasionally on death, butchering the corpses of dragons had a chance of creating a hide that could be enchanted using a [[scroll of enchant armour]] to turn it into the dragon scales variant for that type of dragon. Also, they were called dragon armour.
*[[Mottled dragon hide]]/[[Mottled dragon armour]]: Slightly sturdier than steam dragon gear, and with only a minor loss in mobility. Provides rSticky.
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*Prior to [[0.15]], the [[dragon slaying]] brand was available for all [[polearms]].
*[[Swamp dragon hide]]/[[Swamp dragon armour]]: A balanced defense suitable for nimble close-quarters fighters or casters willing to endure a little burden. Provides rPois++.
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*Prior to [[0.14]], fire dragons were simply called "dragons".
*[[Fire dragon hide]]/[[Fire dragon armour]]: Somewhat heavy armour that provides decent defense and stops fire attacks dead, though it handles cold less well. Provides rF++ and rC-.
 
*[[Ice dragon hide]]/[[Ice dragon armour]]: Slightly more durable than fire dragon armour, ice dragon armour provides an inverse set of resistances. Provides rC++ and rF-.
 
*[[Storm dragon hide]]/[[Storm dragon armour]]: This armour is undeniably heavy, but provides excellent defense against physical and electric attacks. Provides rElec++.
 
*[[Pearl dragon hide]]/[[Pearl dragon armour]]: Although harder to come by than most forms of dragon armour, this suit provides an excellent balance of mobility and defense, particularly against the forces of [[evil]]. Provides rN+.
 
*[[Gold dragon hide]]/[[Gold dragon armour]]: Staggeringly heavy but nearly unparalleled in defense, the golden dragon's hide creates a very desirable prize for those who seek pure defense. Provides rF+, rC+, and rPois+.
 
  
 
[[Category:Lists of monsters]]
 
[[Category:Lists of monsters]]

Latest revision as of 20:01, 20 November 2019

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"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 Introduction Historical, Critical, or Humorous_. 1723.

Dragons are powerful reptilian monsters which prowl through the dungeon, using their elemental breath attacks to devastate any heroes they come across. The draconian race is closely related to them, though this genetic similarity does not make these beasts any more amicable. While dragons vary wildly in their strengths and weaknesses, they are all susceptible to weapons of dragon slaying (currently limited to the artefact lance Wyrmbane), and some of them have other vulnerabilities.

Despite their outward similarities, wyverns and hydras are not true dragons and are instead considered reptiles.

Dragon Types

D Steam dragon.png Steam dragon- The smallest of the dragons, steam dragons breathe scalding steam to blind prey.

D Acid dragon.png Acid dragon- A tiny dragon that sprays corrosive acid.

D Swamp dragon.png Swamp dragon- A smallish dragon which bellows poison fumes at its prey.

D Fire dragon.png Fire dragon- The archetypal fire-breathing dragon, these creatures are quite powerful but are also weak to cold.

D Ice dragon.png Ice dragon- Slightly smaller than their fire-breathing cousins, ice dragons breathe powerful frost breath and are vulnerable to fire.

D Storm dragon.png Storm dragon- Fast, strong, and armed with lightning breath, storm dragons are one of the more powerful members of dragonkind.

D Quicksilver dragon.png Quicksilver dragon- Slight and swift, these terrors breathe devastating irresistible energies, making them more feared than many of their larger cousins.

D Shadow dragon.png Shadow dragon- While their claws and teeth are dangerous enough, shadow dragon breath withers even powerful characters with draining negative energy.

D Iron dragon.png Iron dragon- Made of living iron, these dragons are slow and unable to fly. They make up for it with lethal metal shard breath and immense durability.

D Pearl dragon.png Pearl dragon- A proud and noble dragon with breath of holy fire. They are a symbol of the undaunted heroic spirit, and an inspiration to young heroes that they can in fact make it all the way to the Orb of Zot. That doesn't mean they won't still eat you.

D Bone dragon.png Bone dragon- Cobbled together from the skeletons of others, these "dragons" lack most draconic powers but are phenomenally strong all the same.

D Golden dragon.png Golden dragon- The kings of all dragons, golden dragons can breathe and resist multiple elements. Despite this, they are hunted for the phenomenal hides they produce.

Drakes

Diminutive cousins of dragons, don't be fooled by drakes' (relatively) small statures: they come with a wide variety of dangerous abilities, and can be just as deadly as many of their larger cousins.

k Rime drake.png Rime drake - A miniature ice dragon which breathes slowing blasts of icy breath.

k Swamp drake.png Swamp drake - A miniature swamp dragon. Although it lacks the venom of its larger cousins, its noxious breath causes confusion.

k Death drake.png Death drake - A miniature shadow dragon, rife with corruption and capable of breathing miasma.

k Lindwurm.png Lindwurm - A strange, flightless dragon with potent fire breath, though still no match for an actual fire dragon.

k Wind drake.png Wind drake - A sea-dwelling dragon that breathes blasts of piercing winds and can swat prey out of the air.

Unique Dragons

D Bai Suzhen (dragon).png Bai Suzhen - She first appears as a draconian, but make her angry enough and she'll reveal her true form: a dragon with watery breath, surrounded by a constant storm.

D Xtahua.png Xtahua- An ancient and powerful fire dragon whose breath leaves lingering flames. Beware their paralysing roars!

D Serpent of Hell (Gehenna).pngSerpent of Hell (Cocytus).pngSerpent of Hell (Tartarus).pngSerpent of Hell (Dis).png Serpent of Hell - A three-headed demonic dragon found deep in one of the four Hells.

Retired Dragons

k Fire drake.png Fire drake - A miniature dragon capable of spitting gouts of fire. Replaced with Rime drakes in 0.18.

D Mottled dragon.png Mottled dragon- A tiny dragon with a mouth full of napalm. Replaced with acid dragons in 0.20.

Dragon Armour

"His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered."

-KJV Bible, Job 41:15-17.

In spite of the risk involved, slaying most dragons can prove extremely rewarding. Upon killing a dragon, there is a chance for you to find an intact set of scales which can be used as armour. The different types of dragon scales grant a wide array of resistances and levels of protection and have the added benefit of being able to fit almost any species regardless of size -- ogres, trolls, and spriggans will almost certainly want to seek out some dragon scales at some point. You can also occasionally find dragon scales in shops, lying around the Dungeon floor, or as a god gift from Okawaru. Artefact dragon scales even exist, and can provide phenomenal benefits

  • Steam dragon armour.png Steam dragon scales: An extremely light yet somewhat durable suit of armour, often used by casters or stabbers. Provides rSteam++.
  • Acid dragon scales.png Acid dragon scales: Slightly sturdier than steam dragon gear, and with only a minor loss in mobility. Provides rCorr.
  • Swamp dragon armour.png Swamp dragon scales: A balanced defense suitable for nimble close-quarters fighters or casters willing to endure a little burden. Provides rPois.
  • Quicksilver dragon armour.png Quicksilver dragon scales: An armour with low encumbrance for its AC and inherent MR+. However, it can't be enchanted for extra protection.
  • Fire dragon armour.png Fire dragon scales: Somewhat heavy armour that provides decent defense and stops fire attacks dead, though it handles cold poorly. Provides rF++ and rC-.
  • Ice dragon armour.png Ice dragon scales: Slightly more durable than fire dragon armour, ice dragon armour provides an inverse set of resistances. Provides rC++ and rF-.
  • Storm dragon armour.png Storm dragon scales: This armour is undeniably heavy, but provides excellent defense against physical and electric attacks. Provides rElec.
  • Shadow dragon armour.png Shadow dragon scales: Provides similar physical protection to Storm dragon armour, while providing Stealth++++. A stabber's best friend.
  • Pearl dragon armour.png Pearl dragon scales: Although harder to come by than most forms of dragon armour, this suit provides an excellent balance of mobility and defense, particularly against the forces of evil. Provides rN+.
  • Gold dragon armour.png Gold dragon scales: Staggeringly heavy but nearly unparalleled in defense, a golden dragon's hide creates a very desirable prize for those who engage in pure melee combat. Provides rF+, rC+, and rPois+.
  • Faerie dragon armour.png Faerie dragon scales: A relic of a long-lost species of dragon, the last surviving suit of faerie dragon scales is worn by the Enchantress. It provides similar protection to acid dragon scales, but has additional randomly-determined magical properties.

Retired dragon armour

History

  • Prior to 0.19, instead of being created occasionally on death, butchering the corpses of dragons had a chance of creating a hide that could be enchanted using a scroll of enchant armour to turn it into the dragon scales variant for that type of dragon. Also, they were called dragon armour.
  • Prior to 0.15, the dragon slaying brand was available for all polearms.
  • Prior to 0.14, fire dragons were simply called "dragons".