Mottled dragon

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

mottled dragon DMottled dragon.png
HP 17-38
HD 5
XP 155
Speed 10
AC 5
EV 10
MR 20
Attack1 15 (bite: plain)
Attack2 6 (claw: plain)

Type of Meat Poisonous
Resistances rF+, rPois+,
rSticky, rDrown
Vulnerabilities Dragon Slaying
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Big
Type dragon, mottled dragon
Flags Fake spells
Silence immune
A small purple dragon with curiously mottled scales, its mouth dripping with a strange liquid flame.

“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

Mottled dragons are one of the easier dragons you'll encounter. They have low HP, AC, and EV, making them easy prey for most attacks. However, they can breathe Sticky Flame at you, dealing significant fire damage over several turns.

Butchering it may produce a mottled dragon hide, which you can then enchant to create mottled dragon armour, one of the better light armours in the game.


Spell set
Slot1 Sticky Flame Splash (3d4)
Slot2 Sticky Flame Splash (3d4)
Slot3 none
Slot4 Sticky Flame Splash (3d4)
Slot5 Sticky Flame Splash (3d4)
Slot6 none

Tips & Tricks

  • Its Sticky Flame breath has a maximum range of 5 tiles. If you're a fast character, you can kite them fairly easily. Otherwise, try to take them out before they get into range.
  • Fire resistance will reduce its damage. Mottled dragon armour will make the flame not "stick".
  • This monster used to be greatly feared for its ability to destroy your scrolls.