List of dragons
| "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
-"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.
D Fire dragon- The archetypal fire-breathing dragon, these creatures are quite powerful but are also weak to cold.
D Ice dragon- Slightly smaller than their fire-breathing cousins, ice dragons breathe powerful frost breath and are vulnerable to fire.
D Storm dragon- Fast, strong, and armed with lightning breath, storm dragons are one of the more powerful members of dragonkind.
D Quicksilver dragon- Slight and swift, these terrors breathe devastating irresistible energies, making them more feared than many of their larger cousins.
D 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- 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- Cobbled together from the skeletons of others, these "dragons" lack most draconic powers but are phenomenally strong all the same.
D 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.
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 dangerous as many of their larger cousins.
k Lindwurm - A strange legless dragon with potent fire breath, though still no match for an actual fire dragon.
k Wind drake - A sea-dwelling dragon that breathes blasts of piercing winds.
These creatures superficially resemble dragons, but are not related and thus not affected by dragon slaying.
l Wyvern- Extremely fast yet flimsy, they are only a true threat to the very inexperienced.
D Hydra- Although lacking a breath weapon, these horrors have torn countless heroes to pieces with their many gnashing mouths.
D Xtahua- An ancient and powerful fire dragon who loves to snack on foolhardy adventurers.
| "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 certain dragons can prove extremely rewarding. On their death, there is a chance that a dragon scales piece of equipment will also be dropped. These powerful armour options grant a wide array of resistances and levels of protection. You can also occasionally find this equipment in shops, lying around the Dungeon floor, or as a god gift from Okawaru. Artifact dragon scales even exist, and can provide phenomenal benefits.
- Steam dragon scales: An extremely light yet somewhat durable suit of armour, often used by casters or stabbers. Provides rSteam++.
- Mottled dragon scales: Slightly sturdier than steam dragon gear, and with only a minor loss in mobility. Provides rSticky.
- Swamp dragon scales: A balanced defense suitable for nimble close-quarters fighters or casters willing to endure a little burden. Provides rPois.
- Quicksilver dragon scales: An armour with low encumbrance for its AC and inherent MR+. However, it can't be enchanted.
- 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 scales: Slightly more durable than fire dragon armour, ice dragon armour provides an inverse set of resistances. Provides rC++ and rF-.
- Storm dragon scales: This armour is undeniably heavy, but provides excellent defense against physical and electric attacks. Provides rElec.
- Shadow dragon scales: Same defenses as Storm dragon armour, while providing Stealth++++. A stabber's best friend.
- 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 scales: Staggeringly heavy but nearly unparalleled in defense, the golden dragon's hide creates a very desirable prize for those who engage in pure melee combat. Provides rF+, rC+, and rPois+.
- 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.