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The Draconomicon for 5e

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The Draconomicon introduces new dragon species originally available in the Draconomicons of 4e.  At present, this document contains the brown dragon, gray dragon, and purple dragon.  Inside you can find stat blocks for all three types of dragons, each at the four life stages depicted in 5e's Monster Manual; wyrmling, young, adult, and ancient.  Each set of monsters comes with appropriate lore pertaining to their lifestyles and habits, as well as their lairs and additional combat options such as lair actions.  Additional Player Options are also provided at the end of the document, allowing dragonborn, draconic sorcerers, and my own dragon shaman class to base their features on one of these new dragon types.

The original Draconomicons were split into two different supplements; Draconomicon I: Chromatic Dragons dealt with the "normal" chromatic dragons listed above, as well as various elemental dragons and dragons of other planes such as the Feywild, and a host of other near-draconic or almost-draconic creatures as well.  Draconomicon II: Metallic Dragons was a bit smaller in scope, focusing on new metallic dragons such as the adamantine, cobalt, iron, mercury, mithril, orium, and steel dragons.  My document will be updated in the future to include the many different dragon species found in these 4e supplements, converted to 5e.  Keep an eye out for updates. 

If you enjoy this PDF, please consider supporting Wizards of the Coast directly by purchasing the original Draconomicons.


This work is part of the collections of the Arcane Athenæum.  Check out our other works below.

The Artificer class

The Dragon Shaman class

The Ranger class

The Swordmage class

The Barbarian: Path of the Wild Soul subclass

The Monk: Way of the Mystic Force subclass

The Wizard: Blue Magic and Sangromancy subclasses

The Sharkfolk player race

The Treant player race

Crafting Magic Items: A Guide to Artifice

The Draconomicon for 5e

The Explorer's Guide to the Wilderness


Change Log:

Version 2.01 12Mar2019

  • Formatting issue on page 3 for the Young Brown Dragon was addressed.


Version 2.0 02Feb2019

  • Document has been updated with the new formatting and cover image typical of our products.
  • After some consideration, I've decided to make this "The Draconomicon", no subtitle.  This means that, when the metallic dragons and elemental dragons are ready for release, this document will be updated with those pages rather than making a new document.  I simply think that will be a cleaner, easier method for everyone.


Version 1.3 05Sep2018

  • With the changes to Draconic Adaptation now granting darkvision for all dragon shamans, the exact wording of the purple dragon's Draconic Adaptation has been altered.


Version 1.2 12Jun2018

  • Fixed some typos and mistakes in the statblock.
  • Changed the Player Options to reflect the recent changes to the Dragon Shaman (now a full class instead of a Barbarian subclass), as well as provide an alternative option to Brown Dragonborn due to their lack of energy resistance.
 
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Christopher F December 16, 2019 12:06 pm UTC
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I am quite happy to have found this, been looking for these particular dragon types. Got a lot of different things but hadn't found stats the Purples and such until now. Can't wait to see what others might be added in over time.
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Jeff V December 16, 2019 7:43 pm UTC
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I do have a few of the metallics done! It's been slower going than I'd like, but progress is being made.
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Erik Q October 16, 2019 5:18 am UTC
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I am loving this document so far! The three chromatic dragons presented in this form have meshed really well into my campaigns and their flavor added to the Dragon Shaman class has added more diversity to how that class plays in my worlds as well.

I'm curious as to when the next installments of dragons (metallic, gem, anything else) will be released? Would love to know when because I'm very eager to apply more from this into my game worlds!
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Jeff V October 22, 2019 6:38 pm UTC
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Boy I am trying to work on these; unfortunately my personal life refuses to be placed into nice clean boxes to let me spend as much time on brewing 5e content as I would like.

I wish I could give a more concrete answer, even give a potential timetable or something, but I just don't have one available. :/ Mostly depends on when I'm able to find time to work on things.
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Jeff V October 22, 2019 6:58 pm UTC
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OH also, since you brought up the Dragon Shaman, how are you/your players enjoying that class?
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Erik Q October 24, 2019 8:50 pm UTC
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That is understandable. I will await patiently until you can update with more. I'm looking forward to the gem species especially, they've always been a fascinating subject!

I am absolutely LOVING the Dragon Shaman class! It has become my favorite class on a number of occasions. It just feels right and feels like a class that should always exist. It's why I'm eager to see how you approach it with updated metallic and gem dragons.

My players are also loving the introduction of the class, especially because it's Dragon related but isn't a spellcasting class, unlike most Dragon-related content.

Regardless of when you do manage to get the updates applied, I very much appreciate your work.
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Jeff V October 29, 2019 6:10 pm UTC
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Thank you! I appreciate the compliment and I'm glad you and your player enjoy it.

I DO have potentially bad news; metallic dragons are definitely coming, and I'm likely going to be adding some other elemental "dragons" as well, but I'm not sure if I will end up releasing the gem dragons. Matt Colville's gem dragon's are pretty awesome and unique in their mechanics. Now that I've seen them, I'd be afraid of accidentally copying his work when I make my own. And generally I don't like to make content for stuff if someone else has made a version of that content I already like (for example, I was going to design a Pugilist class, but the Pugilist by Sterling Vermin Co is already so well done I didn't want to even attempt to introduce another).

HOWEVER, I think I will design some player options for Matt's gemstone dragons, so for the Sorcerer, Dragon Shaman, etc, which will still give some of that gem dragon flavor. I'll just need to think about how I'll want to do that.
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Joshua M September 24, 2019 2:57 pm UTC
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Hello, i am in the process of running a campaign where 2 characters are playing silver dragons, do we have any idea when part two for this will be out? I am having a hard time finding stiff for my players to work with.
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Jeff V October 22, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
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I don't have a release date planned, and I heavily apologize. Personal life has gotten heavy and I'm not able to find much time to work on the new dragons. I *am* trying to do what I can, I promise you, but I don't know when I'll be done.

That said, I don't have any plans to release supplemental stuff for silver dragon PCs. Unless you simply mean wanting more dragons for them to interact with. What sort of content were you looking for?
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Damian F March 12, 2019 5:54 pm UTC
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Minor formatting error in 2.0; The "Young Brown Dragon"'s statblock goes off the page, on page 4.

Other than that, I'm excited to hear about the new direction you're taking this. :D
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Jeff V March 12, 2019 8:15 pm UTC
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Oh my. Version 2.01 is being uploaded now and should fix that.

New Metallics are definitely coming! I do have a community question; would people prefer the new dragons be introduced slowly over time (so maybe one or two get added at a time) or wait for all the new metallics to be introduced at once?
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Damian F March 13, 2019 9:38 pm UTC
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In my personal opinion, I would prefer them all at once, However, drip-feeding them is a viable option since it means feedback can be given one dragon at a time.
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jordan W March 17, 2019 11:31 pm UTC
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All at once if possible, but don't overwork yourself.
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Evan A January 20, 2019 11:05 pm UTC
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Thank you so much I love your work I am willing to pay for part 2
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Jeff V February 01, 2019 1:45 pm UTC
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It's definitely coming! As more time passes though, I'm leaning more and more towards just changing this document to be an all-encompassing Draconomicon, and updating it when new dragons comes out, rather than making all-new documents. Haven't quite decided yet.
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Jon B December 02, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
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will you bring back the gem dragons in the next version
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Jeff V December 04, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
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I do have plans to release a Draconomicon III with gem dragons, yes. Metallics will be coming first with Draconomicon II.
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John H May 31, 2018 2:54 am UTC
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Do you know when the next addition will be coming out? I'm constantly checking and hoping. I'm super excited for it.
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Jeff V June 03, 2018 2:02 am UTC
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Unfortunately still working on it. I have three or four homebrew projects I go back-and-forth on depending on my inspiration and the time I have available to me (I wish I could make this a full-time thing, but unfortunately I can't and my real-person job has gotten very busy in the last month or so). I do promise you it's being worked on, though.

I can tell you that before Draconomicon II comes out there will be an edit to this pdf here, as I discovered a few spelling errors, mistakes in the statblocks (Ancient Brown Dragon should have a burrow speed of 40 feet, for example), and I am currently re-working my Dragon Shaman as its own class instead of a Barbarian subclass.
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Devin G December 10, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
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Love this! Can't wait for volumes 2 and 3! Will we see either soon?
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Jeff V December 14, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
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Thank you! I can't say soon; probably in a couple of months, but who knows? Maybe I'll get some free time to put towards it.
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Chris B December 10, 2017 3:06 am UTC
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This is great! Where did you get all the art from?
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Jeff V December 14, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
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Just from older editions.
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Ben Frederick I February 01, 2018 6:15 am UTC
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Is there an art gallery for 4e Draconomicon art? I found one for 3.5e, but couldn't find one for 4e.
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Bryan G November 28, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
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PURPLE DRAGONS! Thank you!
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Jeff V December 14, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
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I do what I can; so many great dragons that weren't represented.
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