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Dragon (Outer, Vortex)

Source Bestiary 4 pg. 74
This dragon twists and whips with near untraceable speed. Its horns, crests along its neck, and wings emit a glow like starlight.

Outer dragons, natives of the vast reaches of space, can be encountered on diverse worlds. They are generally neutral, but their alignments vary more than those of other dragons.

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

Combat

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

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.
Spells: A dragon knows and casts arcane spells as a sorcerer of the level indicated in its specific description. Its caster level depends on its age, as shown for each type.
Spell-Like Abilities: A dragon's caster level for its spell-like abilities is equal to its total Hit Dice.
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.
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.
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.

Vortex Dragon

LN dragon (fire)

Base Statistics

CR 6; Size Small; Hit Dice 7d12
Speed 60 ft.
Natural Armor +6; Breath Weapon cone, 2d8 fire
Str 13, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 14, Wis 13, Cha 14

Ecology

Environment vacuum
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Special Abilities

Agile (Ex) Vortex dragons have good maneuverability when flying regardless of their age or size.

Alien Presence (Su) A vortex dragon’s alien presence bends space. A creature that fails its saving throw treats all other creatures as if they were under the effects of blur (or displacement if the target has 4 or fewer Hit Dice) for 5d6 rounds.

Collapsing Breath (Su) Instead of a cone of fire, an ancient or older vortex dragon can suck a single target into its maw. If the target fails its Reflex save (DC equal to breath weapon), it is swallowed whole and takes 6d6 points of bludgeoning damage per round. A creature can cut itself out by dealing 30 points of damage with a light or one-handed piercing or slashing weapon. A vortex dragon’s interior has an AC of 26.

Fragmented Strike (Su) An adult or older vortex dragon can strike with its bite through a rift in space. This allows it to make its bite attack against a target anywhere within the radius of its alien presence as long as the dragon can see the creature. This doesn’t apply to attacks of opportunity.

Galactic Emissary (Su) A young or older vortex dragon halves the time of any starflight journey. In addition, it’s immune to any effect that bars extradimensional travel.

Age Category Special Abilities Caster Level
WyrmlingAgile, immunity to fire
Very youngAnticipate perilUM
YoungGalactic emissary1st
JuvenileAlien presence, entropic shield3rd
Young adultDR 5/magic, spell resistance5th
AdultFragmented strike7th
Mature adultDR 10/magic9th
OldDimension door11th
Very oldDR 15/magic13th
AncientCollapsing breath, greater teleport15th
WyrmDR 20/magic17th
Great wyrmInterplanetary teleportUM19th

Creatures in "Dragon (Outer, Vortex)" Category

NameCR
Adult Vortex Dragon14
Ancient Vortex Dragon19
Young Vortex Dragon10

Dragon (Outer, Vortex), Ancient Vortex Dragon

Ancient Vortex Dragon CR 19

Source Bestiary 4 pg. 75
XP 204,800
LN Gargantuan dragon (fire)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses, see in darkness; Perception +34
Aura alien presence (300 ft., DC 29)

Defense

AC 39, touch 6, flat-footed 39 (+33 natural, –4 size)
hp 337 (25d12+175)
Fort +23, Ref +16, Will +20
DR 15/magic; Immune fire, paralysis, sleep; SR 30
Weaknesses vulnerable cold

Offense

Speed 60 ft., fly 250 ft. (good)
Melee bite +33 (4d6+18/19–20), 2 claws +33 (2d8+12/19–20), 2 wings +31 (2d6+6), tail slap +31 (2d8+18)
Space 20 ft., Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (60-ft. cone, 20d8 fire, DC 29), collapsing breath (DC 29), crush, fragmented strike, tail sweep
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 25th; concentration +32)
At will—anticipate perilUM, dimension door, entropic shield, greater teleport
Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 15th; concentration +22)
7th (5/day)—forcecage (DC 24), spell turning
6th (7/day)—forceful hand, shadow walk (DC 23), true seeing
5th (7/day)—dream, passwall, telekinesis, wall of force
4th (7/day)—fear (DC 21), scrying (DC 21), solid fog, stoneskin
3rd (8/day)—dispel magic, haste, nondetection, tongues
2nd (8/day)—cat’s grace, mirror image, obscure object, resist energy, scorching ray
1st (8/day)—feather fall, identify, mage armor, magic missile, true strike
0 (at will)—detect magic, light, message, read magic, 5 more

Statistics

Str 35, Dex 10, Con 25, Int 24, Wis 23, Cha 24
Base Atk +25; CMB +41; CMD 51 (55 vs. trip)
Feats Critical Focus, Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, Improved Critical (bite, claw), Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Power Attack, Quicken Spell, Snatch, Staggering Critical, Wingover
Skills Bluff +35, Diplomacy +35, Fly +26, Intimidate +35, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, nature, planes, religion) +35, Perception +34, Sense Motive +34, Spellcraft +35
Languages Abyssal, Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Infernal
SQ agile, galactic emissary, no breath, starflight

Ecology

Environment vacuum
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Vortex dragons are the undisputed masters of travel across the galaxies, serving as messengers and observers for the greatest outer dragons and godlike entities in the great beyond.