Pathfinder Bestiary: Dragonborn

DragonbornThis scaled creature walks like a humanoid but has the head, claws, and fangs of a dragon. The crackle of fire can be heard when it opens its mouth.

Dragonborn (CR ½)
XP 200
Red dragonborn fighter 1
CE Medium dragon
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception -1

AC 17, touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+5 armor, +2 natural)
hp 16 (1d10+6)
Fort +4, Ref +0, Will -1
Immune fire, paralysis, sleep

30 ft.
Melee greataxe +4 (1d12+4, x3)
Ranged javelin +1 (1d6+3, 30 ft.)
Special Attacks breath weapon (30-ft. cone, 1d6 fire damage, Reflex DC 12 for half, usable 1/day), Power Attack (-1 to hit, +3 damage)

17 (+3), Dex 11, Con 14 (+2), Int 10, Wis 9 (-1), Cha 10
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 14
Feats Power Attack, Toughness
Skills Intimidate +4, Knowledge (history) +1
Languages Common, Draconic

any land
Organization solitary, pair, or gang (3-5)
Treasure NPC Gear (greataxe, 4 javelins, scale mail, other treasure)

Dragonborn are creatures that walk the line between dragons and humanoids. Born of eggs, their racial origins are a matter of some debate among historians. Some believe that they were specially bred as a servant race for dragons, while others believe that their origin is somehow tied to humanoids who were magically bonded with dragon eggs in order to imbue themselves with enhanced power.

Dragonborn stand between 6 and 7 feet tall. They typically weigh in excess of 250 pounds. In addition to their physical resemblance to a chromatic or metallic dragon type, dragonborn often share similar personality traits to their kin. For example, red dragonborn tend to be the most violent and avaricious of their kind, while gold and silver dragonborn tend to be more noble, often tending toward paladin or clerics as their favored classes.

Most dragonborn can be found in the service of their larger kin, although some choose to strike out on their own and make a name for themselves as warlords or adventurers. Among those who wish to rule, kobolds often make excellent minions, and the small humanoids pay respect to this race due to its size, power, and resemblance to dragons. Other dragonborn seek life as adventurers, although they often have difficulty finding acceptance in humanoid societies due to their unusual appearance. Regardless of their chosen path, almost all dragonborn are loners. Their kind is simply too rare to gather in numbers larger than a small gang except in the most unusual of circumstances.

Dragonborn are known to other races, but usually as legend rather than something that most people see in person. On the rare occasions that they enter humanoid settlements, they are usually avoided or threatened by those who aren’t intimidated by their large size or obvious draconic features. However, there have been some cases of dragonborn earning the respect and even the adoration of other races. In almost all such cases, this is accomplished through noble deeds and impressive feats that aid those around them.

When they do have a chance to interact with one another, dragonborn tend to be remarkably tolerant toward one another, even if they are of differing colors. This is perhaps due to the rarity of the species or the fact that simple biology prevents dragonborn from producing offspring with those not of their kind. Regardless of the reason, it is not uncommon to see chromatic and metallic dragonborn set aside their differences in order to have a peaceful conversation, even if their ideals would normally place themselves in opposition with one another.

Like their draconic kindred, dragonborn lay eggs. However, they also have some mammalian tendencies. They nurse their young for a period of up to six months after they are hatched, by which time the children are usually able to walk and fend for themselves in limited fashion. Dragonborn mature rapidly, reaching full maturity by around the age of 10. They live long lives thanks to their draconic heritage, often not dying of old age until the dawn of their second century.

Alternate Dragonborn

The statistics above are for a red dragonborn. Additional dragonborn colors have different breath weapons and elemental immunities.

Dragonborn Breath Weapons and Immunities
Dragon Type Energy Type Breath Shape
Black Acid 60-ft. line
Blue Electricity 60-ft. line
Green Acid 30-ft. cone
Red Fire 30-ft. cone
White Cold 30-ft. cone
Brass Fire 60-ft. line
Bronze Electricity 60-ft. line
Copper Acid 60-ft. line
Gold Fire 30-ft. cone
Silver Cold 30-ft. cone

Dragonborn Characters

Dragonborn are defined by their class levels – they do not possess racial HD. Dragonborn characters have the following traits.

  • +2 Strength, +2 Charisma, -2 Dexterity: Dragonborn are mighty and imposing, but tend to be slower than other races.
  • Medium: Dragonborn are Medium creatures, and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Normal Speed: Dragonborn have a base land speed of 30 ft.
  • Darkvision: Dragonborn see in the dark up to 60 ft.
  • Low-Light Vision: Dragonborn can see twice as far as humans in conditions of low light.
  • Natural Armor: A dragonborn’s thick hide grants it a +2 natural bonus to Armor Class.
  • Dragon Immunities: Dragonborn are immune to paralysis, sleep, and the element that corresponds to their dragon type.
  • Breath Weapon: Dragonborn gain a breath weapon whose energy type and shape correspond to their dragon type (see above). This breath weapon deals 1d6 points of damage per character level. Those caught in the breath receive a Reflex save for half damage. The DC of this save is equal to 10 + ½ the dragonborn’s level + the dragonborn’s Con modifier. This breath weapon is usable once per day.
  • Languages: Dragonborn begin play speaking Common and Draconic. Dragonborn with high Intelligence scores can choose any of the following: Auran, Dwarven, Giant, Goblin, Ignan, and Orc.

One Response to “Pathfinder Bestiary: Dragonborn”

  1. Reminds me of my conversion of Spellscales.

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