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Ancient Black Dragon

Gargantuan dragon
Challenge
21 (33,000 XP)

STR
8
DEX
2
CON
7
INT
3
WIS
2
CHA
4

367
21d20+147
22
Soak
3
Fort
+14
Ref
+12
Will
+10
Defense note natural armor
Damage immunities acid

Speed 12 m., fly 25 m., swim 12 m.
Senses blindsight 18 m., darkvision 35 m., passive Perception 22
Skills Perception +12, Stealth +9
Languages Common, Draconic

Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the dragon fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

Maneuvers. The ancient black dragon uses maneuvers (maneuver save DC 23). It has 29 stamina dice which are d8s, a dice limit of 7, regains all expended stamina dice when it finishes a long rest and regains half its total stamina dice (rounded up) when it finishes a short rest, and knows the following maneuvers:

1 stamina die: ambush, dive attack, fearsome beast, fountain of blood, knockback (Claw or Tail only), spring attack, stalking shadow, swipe (Claw only), trip (Tail only)

2 stamina dice: tear tendon

Spellcasting. The ancient black dragon is a 26th-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 19, +11 to hit with spell attacks). It has 10 mana, a mana limit of 4, regains all expended mana when it finishes a long rest and regains half its total mana when it finishes a short rest, and knows the following spells:

Cantrips (at will): frighten, gloom, hidden shadow

1 mana: acidic spray, command, corrosive consumption, darkness, eruptive pustule, fear, shadow jaunt, shadow veil

2 mana: acid fog, acid rain, cloak of shadows, corrosive bane, eyebite, incite panic, shadow walk

Actions

Multiattack. The dragon can use its Frightful Presence. It then makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 4.5 m. Hit: 19 (2d10 + 8) piercing damage plus 9 (2d8) acid damage.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 3 m. Hit: 15 (2d6 + 8) slashing damage.

Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 6 m. Hit: 17 (2d8 + 8) bludgeoning damage.

Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon’s choice that is within 35 meters of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 19 Will saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the dragon’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.

Acid Breath (Recharge 5–6). The dragon exhales acid in a 18-meters cone or a 25-meters line that is 3 meters wide. Each creature in that area must make a DC 22 Reflex saving throw, taking 67 (15d8) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Legendary Actions

The ancient black dragon can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The ancient black dragon regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Detect. The dragon makes a Perception check.

Tail Attack. The dragon makes a tail attack.

Wing Attack (Costs 2 Actions). The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 4.5 meters of the dragon must succeed on a DC 23 Reflex saving throw or take 15 (2d6 + 8) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone. The dragon can then fly up to half its flying speed.

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