For a list of all dragons, see list of dragons.
| A great umbral dragon, radiating evil and death. Its breath reeks of the grave.
“Crux sacra sit mihi lux / Non draco sit mihi dux
Shadow dragons are terrifying dragonkind whose breath and bite attacks inflict draining. Unlike some dragons, butchering it produces no special hide; doing so only produces rot-inducing chunks which most characters will want to avoid touching. They are uncommon, usually only found on Vaults:5, the Depths, and the Realm of Zot, though they may appear elsewhere in certain late-game vaults. They can drop a Shadow dragon hide which can be enchanted into a Shadow dragon armour which provides stabbers with excellent defenses and bonus stealth at the cost of some spellcasting ability.
Tips & Tricks
- Each rank of life protection you have will reduce the effect of their draining by a third, providing complete immunity with three ranks. If you have good reason to suspect a shadow dragon is coming (Vaults:5 is almost a guarantee), it's not a bad idea to come packing rings of life protection, an amulet of warding, or other rN+ sources. Undead characters need not worry, as their physical damage output is none too terrifying.
- Although they aren't undead, they have the standard undead cold resistance and immunity to negative energy. Fortunately, they are also evil and thus vulnerable to Cleansing Flame (but not weapons of holy wrath).
Prior to 0.14, shadow dragons were even more obnoxious. They were special-cased to flee from combat when moderately injured, only returning to drain you further after getting several spaces away from you while you fight other foes.