Swamp drake

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

swamp drake kSwamp drake.png
HP 19-40
HD 4
XP 135
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 11
Will 20
Attack1 14 (bite: plain)

Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type drake, swamp drake
Flags Flying
A small and slimy dragon, covered in swamp muck.

It smells terrible.

“Sweet is the swamp with its secrets,
Until we meet a snake;
’T is then we sigh for houses,
And our departure take

At that enthralling gallop
That only childhood knows.
A snake is summer’s treason,
And guile is where it goes.”
-Emily Dickinson, “A Snake”. ca. 1865.

Useful Info

Swamp drakes are tiny dragons often found in the Swamp which confuse their victims with noxious gas before moving in for the kill. They are resistant to poison, but nothing else.


Spell set I
Slot1 Noxious Cloud Natural flag,
Breath flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance renders their breath harmless, making them little more than flying pests.
  • Clouds prevent other clouds from forming, so if you have no other resistances, use one of the Swamp's atmospheric floating clouds to keep from being confused, or create your own with a spell or scroll of fog.
  • Certain entrances to the Orcish Mines have a swamp drake in them. Swamp drakes are far more dangerous at that point in the game, especially if you haven't found poison resistance yet.