Pearl dragon

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

pearl dragon DPearl dragon.png
HP 77-156
HD 18
XP 3734
Speed 12
AC 10
EV 15
Will 160
Attack1 35 (bite: holy)
Attack2 20 (claw: holy)

Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Holy
Size Giant
Type dragon, pearl dragon
Flags See invisible
A dragon consecrated to the holy divine powers. Its breath is blessed fire, and its claws sear its victims with divine wrath.

“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

Pearl dragons are one of the few non-angelic holy monsters in the game, and are an absolute menace to undead characters; while normal characters won't have an easy time with them, the undead take 1.5× normal damage from holy sources. Their unique Cleansing Flame breath attack deals 3d36 irresistible damage and creates clouds capable of dealing up to 36 damage per turn spent in them (vs. the undead, that means up to 162 damage per breath with 48 damage per turn spent in the clouds). Pearl dragons are very rare, only occurring in holy-themed Pandemonium or Ziggurat floors. (pearl dragons may also be found in holy-themed vaults in the Depths.)


Spell set I
Slot1 Holy Breath (3d18) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

Killing a pearl dragon may yield pearl dragon scales, an excellent armour that has high AC and low EV penalty and provides rN+. Unlike most dragon scales, it provides no special defense against the breath of the dragon who provided the hide.