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Dragon (Planar, Rift), Adult Rift Dragon

This dark-scaled dragon has massive claws, and foul-smelling acid drips from its saber teeth.

Adult Rift Dragon CR 16

Source Bestiary 6 pg. 106
XP 76,800
CE Huge dragon (chaotic, evil, extraplanar)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses; Perception +28
Aura frightful presence (180 ft., DC 26)


AC 31, touch 8, flat-footed 31 (+23 natural, –2 size)
hp 270 (20d12+140)
Fort +19, Ref +14, Will +17
DR 5/good; Immune acid, disease, nausea, paralysis, poison, sleep, stun; SR 27


Speed 60 ft., burrow 30 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +30 (2d8+16/19–20 plus bleed), 2 claws +29 (2d6+11 plus bleed), tail slap +27 (2d6+16/19–20), 2 wings +27 (1d8+5)
Space 15 ft., Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks abyssal juggernaut, bleed 6, breath weapon (50-ft. cone, 12d10 acid, Reflex DC 27 half), corrosion, crush, foul acid, trample (2d8+16 plus bleed, DC 31)
Oracle Spells Known (CL 7th; concentration +13)
3rd (5)—contagion (DC 19), deeper darkness
2nd (8)—death knell (DC 18), hold person (DC 18), shatter (DC 18)
1st (8)—bane (DC 17), cure light wounds, murderous command (DC 17), obscuring mist, shield of faith
0 (at will)—bleed (DC 16), detect magic, detect poison, guidance, read magic, resistance, spark (DC 16)


Str 33, Dex 10, Con 25, Int 18, Wis 21, Cha 22
Base Atk +20; CMB +33; CMD 43 (47 vs. trip)
Feats Critical Focus, Improved Critical (bite, tail slap), Improved Initiative, Intimidating Prowess, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Power Attack, Staggering Critical, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Bluff +29, Fly +15, Intimidate +40, Knowledge (arcana, planes) +27, Perception +28, Sense Motive +28, Spellcraft +27, Stealth +15, Use Magic Device +29
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic
SQ planar infusion (180 ft.)


Wherever they go, rift dragons leave behind shattered ruins. These scaled terrors often intimidate local humanoid groups into worshiping them as demigods of destruction.

Creatures in "Dragon (Planar, Rift)" Category

Adult Rift Dragon16
Ancient Rift Dragon21
Young Rift Dragon12

Dragon (Planar, Rift)

Source Bestiary 6 pg. 106
Planar dragons originate in the outer Planes, but migrate via portals or other methods to the Material Plane. There, they reshape their lairs to reflect their home planes.

Age Categories

Many of a true dragon's abilities, attacks, and other statistics improve as a dragon grows older. These increases are divided into 12 age categories—as a dragon ages, its base statistics change as noted on the Dragon Age Categories table.

Age Category Age in Years CR Size Hit Dice Natural Armor Breath Weapon
1 Wyrmling0–5BaseBaseBaseBaseBase
2 Very young6–15Base + 2Base + 1Base + 2Base + 3Base × 2
3 Young16–25Base + 4Base + 2Base + 4Base + 6Base × 3
4 Juvenile26–50Base + 5Base + 2Base + 6Base + 9Base × 4
5 Young adult51–100Base + 7Base + 3Base + 8Base + 12Base × 5
6 Adult101–200Base + 8Base + 3Base + 10Base + 15Base × 6
7 Mature adult201–400Base + 9Base + 3Base + 12Base + 18Base × 7
8 Old401–600Base + 11Base + 4Base + 14Base + 21Base × 8
9 Very old601–800Base + 12Base + 4Base + 16Base + 24Base × 9
10 Ancient801–1,000Base + 13Base + 4Base + 18Base + 27Base × 10
11 Wyrm1,001–1,200Base + 14Base + 4Base + 20Base + 30Base × 11
12 Great wyrm1,201+Base + 16Base + 5Base + 22Base + 33Base × 12

Age Category: This is the age category's name.
Age in Years: This is the dragon's actual age.
CR: This column modifies the dragon's base CR.
Size: This shows how many size categories by which to increase the dragon's base size, depending on its age (from Tiny to Small, Small to Medium, and so on). A true dragon does not gain the standard increases to ability scores when it achieves a larger size—instead, true dragons gain ability score increases according to their age category, as indicated on the Dragon Ability Scores table.
Hit Dice: This shows how many additional Hit Dice a dragon gains over its base Hit Dice as it grows. Increases to Hit Dice grant extra hit points, feats, and skill ranks as well as increase the dragon's base attack bonus and base save bonuses. Dragons have skill ranks equal to 6 + their Intelligence modifier per Hit Die. A dragon's increases to ability scores for gaining Hit Dice are included in the total ability score increases (see the Dragon Ability Scores table).
Natural Armor: This shows by what amount the dragon's base natural armor bonus increases with each age category.
Breath Weapon: Each dragon has a breath weapon (see Combat) that deals a base amount of damage. This multiplier increases the number of dice of damage dealt by the dragon's breath weapon. For example, a mature adult dragon with a base breath weapon that deals 2d6 acid damage would deal 14d6 acid damage (due to the ×7 multiplier).

Age Category Str Dex Con Int Wis Chr
1 WyrmlingBaseBaseBaseBaseBaseBase
2 Very youngBase + 4Base – 2Base + 2Base + 2Base + 2Base + 2
3 YoungBase + 8Base – 2Base + 4Base + 2Base + 2Base + 2
4 JuvenileBase + 10Base – 2Base + 6Base + 4Base + 4Base + 4
5 Young adultBase + 12Base – 4Base + 6Base + 4Base + 4Base + 4
6 AdultBase + 14Base – 4Base + 8Base + 6Base + 6Base + 6
7 Mature adultBase + 16Base – 4Base + 8Base + 6Base + 6Base + 6
8 OldBase + 18Base – 6Base + 10Base + 8Base + 8Base + 8
9 Very oldBase + 20Base – 6Base + 10Base + 8Base + 8Base + 8
10 AncientBase + 22Base – 6Base + 12Base + 10Base + 10Base + 10
11 WyrmBase + 24Base – 8Base + 12Base + 10Base + 10Base + 10
12 Great wyrmBase + 26Base – 8Base + 14Base + 12Base + 12Base + 12


The Dragon Attacks and Speeds table lists the attacks a dragon can employ and the damage it deals (a dash indicates that a dragon of that size does not possess that natural attack). Other abilities described here are gained by dragons when they reach a specific age category.

Size Fly Speed (maneuverability) 1 Bite 2 Claws 2 Wings 1 Tail Slap 1 Crush 1 Tail Sweep Breath Weapon
Line Cone
Tiny100 ft. (average)1d41d330 ft.15 ft.
Small150 ft. (average)1d61d440 ft.20 ft.
Medium150 ft. (average)1d81d61d460 ft.30 ft.
Large200 ft. (poor)2d61d81d61d880 ft.40 ft.
Huge200 ft. (poor)2d82d61d82d62d8100 ft.50 ft.
Gargantuan250 ft. (clumsy)4d62d82d62d84d62d6120 ft.60 ft.
Colossal250 ft. (clumsy)4d84d62d84d64d82d8140 ft.70 ft.

Fly Speed: A dragon's fly speed increases as indicated, according to its size.
Bite: This is a primary attack that deals the indicated damage plus 1-1/2 times the dragon's Strength bonus (even though it has more than one attack). A dragon's bite attack has reach as if the creature were one size category larger (+10 feet for Colossal dragons).
Claws: These primary attacks deal the indicated damage plus the dragon's Strength bonus.
Wings: The dragon can slam foes with its wings, even when flying. Wing attacks are secondary attacks that deal the indicated damage plus 1/2 the dragon's Strength bonus.
Tail Slap: The dragon can slap one foe each round with its tail. A tail slap is a secondary attack that deals the indicated damage plus 1-1/2 times the dragon's Strength bonus (this is an exception to the normal secondary attack rules).
Crush (Ex): A flying or jumping Huge or larger dragon can land on foes as a standard action, using its whole body to crush them. Crush attacks are effective only against opponents three or more size categories smaller than the dragon. A crush attack affects as many creatures as fit in the dragon's space. Creatures in the affected area must succeed on a Reflex save (DC equal to that of the dragon's breath weapon) or be pinned, automatically taking bludgeoning damage during the next round unless the dragon moves off them. If the dragon chooses to maintain the pin, it must succeed at a combat maneuver check as normal. Pinned foes take damage from the crush each round if they don't escape. A crush attack deals the indicated damage plus 1-1/2 times the dragon's Strength bonus.
Tail Sweep (Ex): This allows a Gargantuan or larger dragon to sweep with its tail as a standard action. The sweep affects a half-circle with a radius of 30 feet (or 40 feet for a Colossal dragon), extending from an intersection on the edge of the dragon's space in any direction. Creatures within the swept area are affected if they are four or more size categories smaller than the dragon. A tail sweep automatically deals the indicated damage plus 1-1/2 times the dragon's Strength bonus (round down). Affected creatures can attempt Reflex saves to take half damage (DC equal to that of the dragon's breath weapon).
Breath Weapon (Su): Using a breath weapon is a standard action. A dragon can use its breath weapon once every 1d4 rounds, even if it possesses more than one breath weapon. A breath weapon always starts at an intersection adjacent to the dragon and extends in a direction of the dragon's choice. Breath weapons come in two shapes, lines and cones, whose areas vary with the dragon's size. If a breath weapon deals damage, those caught in the area can attempt Reflex saves to take half damage. The save DC against a breath weapon is 10 + 1/2 dragon's HD + dragon's Con modifier. Saves against various breath weapons use the same DC; the type of saving throw is noted in the variety descriptions. A dragon can use its breath weapon when it is grappling or being grappled.

Additional Dragon Rules

Damage Reduction: Dragons gain damage reduction as they age, as indicated on each dragon's specific entry. Their natural weapons are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
Dragon Senses (Ex): Dragons have darkvision 120 ft. and blindsense 60 ft. They see four times as well as a human in dim light and twice as well in normal light.
Frightful Presence (Ex): A dragon's frightful presence has a range equal to 30 feet × the dragon's age category, but otherwise functions as detailed in the Universal Monster Rules.
Immunities (Ex): Every dragon is immune to sleep and paralysis. In addition, a dragon is immune to one or two additional forms of attack no matter what its age, as given in its description.
Planar Infusion (Su): a juvenile or older planar dragon can influence its surroundings as full-round action, causing an area with a radius of 30 feet x the dragon's age category number to be treated as an extension of its home plane. This imposes that plane's strong alignment traits and grants the plane's enhanced and impeded magic traits, affects whether a creature is treated as native or extraplanar for the purpose of spells like dismissal and creates minor sensory effects evoking that plane. This effect is immobile and lasts for 10 days or until the dragon dies or uses this ability again.
Spell Resistance (Ex): As dragons grow older, they become more resistant to spells and spell-like abilities, as indicated in the dragon descriptions. A dragon's SR is equal to 11 + its CR.
Spells: A planar dragon knows and casts spells as per an oracle of the level indicated in its specific description. Its caster level depends on its age, as given for each type.

Rift Dragon

CE dragon (chaotic, evil, extraplanar)

Base Statistics

CR 8; Size Small; Hit Dice 10d12
Speed 60 ft., burrow 30 ft.
Natural Armor +8; Breath Weapon cone, 2d10 acid
Str 19, Dex 14, Con 17, Int 12, Wis 15, Cha 16


Environment any (Abyss)
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Special Abilities

Abyssal Juggernaut (Ex) When a rift dragon uses its trample attack, it deals double damage to the first target in its path.

Bleed (Ex) A rift dragon’s bite, claw, and trample attacks deal bleed damage equal to its age category number.

Corrosion (Su) The dragon’s breath weapon deals full damage to inanimate objects and ignores the first 10 points of hardness.

Corrupt Fortitude (Ex) A rift dragon is immune to acid, disease, nausea, poison, and stun.

Dissolution (Su) When a creature fails its save against a rift dragon’s breath weapon, it becomes vulnerable to acid and lowers any damage reduction it has by 10 for 1 minute.

Flatten (Ex) When a rift dragon uses its trample attack, it can end its movement in other creatures’ spaces, using its crush attack against those foes as a free action.

Foul Acid (Ex) Any creature that takes damage from a rift dragon’s breath weapon is staggered for 1 round by the foul vapors if it failed the saving throw against the breath weapon. This is a poison effect.

Obliterating Breath (Su) Instead of a cone of acid, three times per day the dragon can breath a line of destructive force that affects each target as per disintegrate (CL 20th, Fortitude DC 36 partial).

Trample (Ex) A rift dragon’s trample damage is equal to its bite.

Age CategorySpecial AbilitiesCaster Level
WyrmlingCorrupt fortitude
Very youngBleed, foul acid
YoungCorrosion, trample1st
JuvenileFrightful presence, planar infusion3rd
Young adultDR 5/good, spell resistance5th
AdultAbyssal juggernaut7th
Mature adultDR 10/good9th
Very oldDR 15/good13th
AncientFlatten (1d6)15th
WyrmDR 20/good17th
Great WyrmObliterating breath19th