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Forest Drake

Two long, leathery wings sprout from the green-scaled back of this ferocious creature. Its head bears a long snout full of razor-sharp teeth, and a green vapor drifts from its mouth. Two emerald eyes peer from its brow with the cunning of a skilled predator. A footlong spike adorns the tip of its sinuous tail, swishing from side to side, waiting to strike.

Forest Drake CR 5

Source Pathfinder #15: The Armageddon Echo pg. 86, Bestiary 2 pg. 107
LE Large dragon (air)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Listen +12, Spot +12

Defense

AC 19, touch 11, flat-footed 17 (+2 Dex, +8 natural, -1 size)
hp 59 (7d12+14)
Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +5
Immune acid, sleep, paralysis

Offense

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (average), swim 30 ft.
Melee bite +10 (1d8+6 plus 1d6 acid) and tail +8 (2d6+4)
Special Attacks acidic cloud breath, speed surge

Statistics

Str 19, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 9, Wis 11, Cha 12
Base Atk +7; Grapple +15
Feats AlertnessB, Hover, Multiattack, Power Attack
Skills Hide +8, Listen +12, Move Silently +12, Spot +12, Swim +22; Racial Modifiers +8 Hide (in forests), can use the run action while swimming
Languages Draconic
SQ water breathing

Ecology

Environment any forest
Organization solitary, pair, or rampage (3-12)
Treasure standard
Advancement 8-13 HD (Large), 14-21 HD (Huge)

Special Abilities

Acidic Cloud Breath (Su) A forest drake can, as a standard action, breathe a ball of acid that dissipates into a cloud on impact. This attack has a range of 60 feet and deals 4d4 points of acid damage to all creatures within the 10-foot-radius cloud. A successful DC 15 Reflex save halves this damage. The cloud remains for 1d4 rounds once created, but a strong wind disperses it in a single round. Once a forest drake has used its acidic cloud breath, it cannot do so again for 1d6 rounds. The Reflex save is Constitution-based.

Speed Surge (Ex) Three times per day, a forest drake may draw on its draconic heritage for a boost of strength and speed that allows it to take an additional move action. Using this ability is a free action that can only be used once per round.

Water Breathing (Ex) A forest drake can breathe underwater indefinitely and can freely use its breath weapon and other abilities while underwater. The acidic cloud breath dissipates after 1 round if used underwater.

Description

The degenerate cousins of green dragons, forest drakes are cunning predators. While they lack the intelligence and wit of true dragons, they make up for it with savage instincts, hunting prey through the forest in packs. Travelers making their way through drake-infested woods know to bring a company of archers with them to drive the beasts off, but if the drakes attack in numbers, even this defense is not enough. It is not uncommon to find acid-scorched wagons and burnt bones along the paths in a forest drake’s domain.

Forest drakes typically stand approximately 12 feet tall, with wing spans nearing 30 feet. With only slight differences between genders, the drakes typically weigh around 3,000 pounds.

Variant Forest Drakes

Although all part of the same species, forest drakes tend to vary a bit in their physical qualities, owing to their murky and convoluted heritage. Each forest drake has one of the following variations. Although uncommon, forest drakes from the same parents might have different variations. A forest drake with two of these variant abilities has a CR +1 higher than normal.

Dragon Senses (Ex): Some forest drakes inherit the keen senses of their draconic kin. These forest drakes have blindsense out to 30 feet.

Frightening Roar (Ex): Like a true dragon, this variety of forest drake can unsettle foes by emitting a terrifying roar. The forest drake can use this ability once per day as a free action. All creatures (other than other forest drakes) within 60 feet that can hear the forest drake must make a DC 15 Will save or be shaken for 1 minute. This is a mindaffecting fear effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Hard Scales (Ex): This breed of forest drake’s scales are as hard as stone. Increase its natural armor bonus by +2.

Long Wings (Ex): This type of forest drake has longer than normal wings. Increase its fly speed to 90 feet and its maneuverability to good.

Quick Breath (Ex): This breed of forest drake’s breath weapon recharges faster than most and can be used once every 1d4 rounds.