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Dragon (Planar, Crypt), Ancient Crypt Dragon

This dragon’s scales are the color of weathered bone, and its hide stretches tautly and painfully over its emaciated form.

Ancient Crypt Dragon CR 21

Source Bestiary 6 pg. 99
XP 409,600
N Gargantuan dragon (extraplanar)
Init +3; Senses dragon senses; Perception +44
Aura frightful presence (300 ft., DC 31)


AC 40, touch 5, flat-footed 40 (–1 Dex, +35 natural, –4 size)
hp 406 (28d12+224)
Fort +24, Ref +17, Will +25
Defensive Abilities grave endurance; DR 15/adamantine; SR 32


Speed 60 ft., fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +38 (4d6+19/19–20), 2 claws +37 (2d8+13/19–20), tail slap +35 (2d8+19), 2 wings +35 (2d6+6)
Space 20 ft., Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (60-ft. cone, 20d10 negative energy, Reflex DC 32 half), crush, decaying breath, entombing crush, inexorable attacks, lingering rot, rotting breath (1d6 negative levels), tail sweep
Oracle Spells Known (CL 15th; concentration +22)
7th (5)—destruction (DC 24), repulsion (DC 24)
6th (7)—animate objects, heal, word of recall
5th (7)—break enchantment, slay living (DC 22), true seeing, wall of stone
4th (7)—cure critical wounds, dismissal (DC 21), divination, spell immunity
3rd (8)—glyph of warding, meld into stone, searing light, speak with dead (DC 20)
2nd (8)—augury, cure moderate wounds, gentle repose, resist energy, silence (DC 19)
1st (8)—bless, cure light wounds, hide from undead, sanctuary (DC 18), shield of faith
0 (at will)—bleed (DC 17), create water, detect magic, guidance, light, mending, read magic, resistance, stabilize


Str 37, Dex 8, Con 27, Int 24, Wis 29, Cha 24
Base Atk +28; CMB +45; CMD 54 (58 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Critical Focus, Greater Vital Strike, Improved Critical (bite, claw), Improved Initiative, Improved Vital Strike, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Snatch, Staggering Critical, Step Up, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Bluff +38, Diplomacy +38, Fly +16, Intimidate +38, Knowledge (arcana, engineering, history, planes, religion) +38, Perception +44, Sense Motive +44, Spellcraft +38, Stealth +18
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal
SQ compression, planar infusion (300 ft.)


Crypt dragons patrol the Inner Planes, ever vigilant for transgressions against the honored dead or the passage of souls to the afterlife—be they the souls of heroes or villains.

Creatures in "Dragon (Planar, Crypt)" Category

Adult Crypt Dragon16
Ancient Crypt Dragon21
Young Crypt Dragon12

Dragon (Planar, Crypt)

Source Bestiary 6 pg. 98
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.

Crypt Dragon

N dragon (extraplanar)

Base Statistics

CR 8; Size Small; Hit Dice 10d12
Speed 60 ft.
Natural Armor +8; Breath Weapon cone, 2d10 negative energy
Str 15, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 14, Wis 19, Cha 14


Environment any (Boneyard)
Organization solitary
Treasure triple

Special Abilities

Decaying Breath (Su) A crypt dragon’s breath weapon deals damage to undead creatures as if it were positive energy.

Entombing Crush (Su) When a creature takes damage from the dragon’s crush, it must succeed at a Fortitude save at the same DC as the crush attack or become paralyzed for 1d10 rounds by eldritch magical energies from the dragon’s scales.

Grave Endurance (Ex) A crypt dragon is immune to death effects, disease, exhaustion, fatigue, negative energy, and poison, in addition to its immunity to paralysis and sleep.

Inexorable Attacks (Ex) All of a crypt dragon’s natural attacks function as ghost touch weapons.

Lingering Rot (Su) Negative levels imparted by a crypt dragon’s rotting breath last for a number of hours equal to the dragon’s age category number before disappearing.

Rotting Breath (Su) Any creature that fails its saving throw against a crypt dragon’s breath weapon also gains the listed number of temporary negative levels, which disappear at a rate of 1 per round. Undead creatures that fail this save instead cower for an equal number of rounds.

Sepulchral Crush (Su) The dragon’s crush can affect Huge or smaller creatures. Any creature rendered helpless by its entombing crush must succeed at a second Fortitude save or turn to stone.

Age CategorySpecial AbilitiesCaster Level
WyrmlingDecaying breath, grave endurance
Very youngInexorable attacks
YoungCompression, rotting breath1st
JuvenileFrightful presence, planar infusion3rd
Young adultDR 5/adamantine, spell resistance5th
AdultEntombing crush7th
Mature adultDR 10/adamantine9th
OldRotting breath (1d4)11th
Very oldDR 15/adamantine, lingering rot13th
AncientRotting breath (1d6)15th
WyrmDR 20/adamantine17th
Great WyrmSepulchral crush19th