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Now updated to reflect the new character options in Fizban's Treasury of Dragons!

The Draconomicon introduces new dragon species that were available throughout D&D's history.  This document contains 10 new dragon species for use in your 5e games.  Three chromatic dragons (the brown dragon, gray dragon, and purple dragon) and seven metallic dragons (the adamantine dragon, cobalt dragon, iron dragon, mercury dragon, mithril dragon, orium dragon, and steel dragon).  Inside you can find stat blocks for each dragon, of all four life stages depicted in 5e's Monster Manual; wyrmling, young, adult, and ancient.  Each set of dragons 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 choose new traits based on one of these new dragon types.

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 (Revised) class

The Sorcerer (Revised) class

The Swordmage class

The Barbarian: Path of the Wild Soul subclass

The Druid: New Druidic subclasses

The Monk: Way of the Mystic Force subclass

The Paladin: Oath of Freedom subclass

The Savage and the Striker: Dual Wielding subclasses

The Sorcerer: Frozen Heart and Phoenix Sorcery subclasses

The Warlock: Great Wyrm subclass

The Wizard: Blue Magic and Sangromancy subclasses

The Sharkfolk player race

The Treant player race

Crafting Magic Items: A Guide to Artifice

The Explorer's Guide to the Wilderness

Change Log:

Version 4.0 26Oct2021

  • Formatting is slightly different due to using Homebrewery's updated V3 tools.
  • Minor language changes throughout the document.
  • Added fire resistence to the brown dragons, and a line in the Sand Walk trait that establishes they are adapted to hot climates.  While historically brown dragons do not have any particular resistence to fire, after a lot of deliberation I decided it was a fair addition to the 5e version of the species and actually very flavorful, as I would expect a species designed exclusively for living in the desert to be naturally resistent to heat in some capacity.  Also, players who choose some kind of ancestry or class based on the brown dragon had to jump through additional hoops with unique features to compensate for this lack of any kind of damage immunity/resistence. Adding fire resistence to the brown dragon provides a natural damage type for these player characters.
  • Cobalt dragons were given intimidation proficiency, which I think they always should have had due to their natural habit of intimidating individuals that enter their territory.
  • The dragonborn player options were re-written slightly to work with the new variants presented in Fizban's Treasury of Dragons.


Version 3.1 02Aug2021
  • Added the change shape feature to the Adult Adamantine Dragon, which was missing it.
  • Fixed some mathematical mistakes for the Cobalt Dragons and Steel Dragons.
  • Following WotC's recent examples, added the proficiency bonus for each stat block in the stat block itself, next to the CR for the creature.
  • Fixed some general formatting


Version 3.0 18Mar2021

  • Updated with 7 new metallic dragon species; adamantine, cobalt, iron, mercury, mithril, orium, and steel.
  • A few of the existing dragons have had their stats slightly tweaked.
  • The Character Options at the end of the document have been updated to include the new dragons as further potential choices.
For a full changelog click here.
 
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Troy S November 14, 2021 1:15 am UTC
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Plan on adding greatwyrms versions of any of these dragons?
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Jeff V November 14, 2021 1:19 am UTC
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Yes, actually! The next update will introduce the obsidian gem dragon, and there will be a new section that introduces four unique great wyrms, each with a name and history, that you can fit into your games (and of course modify as you please).
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Justin K August 12, 2021 10:34 pm UTC
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Love it, I would love to see more dragon types added like the Yellows or Mist dragons in the future!
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Stephen B August 04, 2021 11:09 am UTC
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Got this to have a look at and like what I am seeing so far.

But you got me at the opening line "***The original*** Draconomicons were supplements for the ***4th edition*** of Dungeons and Dragons."

2e - https://www.dmsguild.com/product/16821/FOR1-Draconomicon-2e?term=Draconomicon
3.5e - https://www.dmsguild.com/product/25831/Draconomicon-The-Book-of-Dragons-35
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Jeff V August 04, 2021 3:46 pm UTC
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D'oh, you caught me! My first edition of D&D was 3.5 in high school, but I only played it bit. I didn't take a deeper dive into the hobby until college, at which time 4e was the edition my friends and I played, so I was only ever familiar with that edition.

I will make some changes accordingly!
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Francisco F June 01, 2021 2:23 pm UTC
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Hello, @The Arcane Athenaeum!
My name is Francisco Ferreira, I'm a freelance translator from Brazil.
I'm working on portuguese versions of "FREE" and "PAY WHAT YOU WANT" material from DMs Guild, and I really appreciate your content.
I would like to make your content available in portuguese, and I want to know if you are in agreement with that.
DMs Guild do allow translations from contents of their publishings, but I think is important to ask for the author's permission.
Thanks in advance!
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Jeff V June 03, 2021 6:04 pm UTC
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Absolutely, feel free! I'll even link to the product page once it's all set up.
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Erik Q April 23, 2021 4:39 am UTC
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After testing the new metallic update with my players and DM friends, as well as their applications to the Dragon Shaman, I have to say I am not disappointed in the slightest. Excellent work on these additions. As a huge fanatic of anything Draconic, this and the Dragon Shaman class have been some of my favourite pieces of content.
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Jeff V April 30, 2021 3:37 pm UTC
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Thank you! I'm glad to hear they are being received well and play well, especially with how long I acknowledge it took to get them released.
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Cole H December 11, 2020 1:16 am UTC
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technically, the brown has piercing damage, so could potentially do something with instead of saying they don't have a damage type which technically is not true, elemental damage type would be more accurate since the other dragons use the elemental damages of spells that can have a sort of energy based form in dnd, also, your custom class is missing some significant info, i'd recommend restructuring it as a druid subclass, as in 5e such roles fall under that class typically for mechanics
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Jeff V March 18, 2021 9:25 pm UTC
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I assume you're talking about the dragon shaman when you say custom class; that is a separate document you can also get on DMsGuild; the features listed in this document are just for the new dragons species. You'll need the other document to play one.

With the brown dragon, I just want to avoid providing damage resistance or extra damage (in the case of the draconic sorcerer) for piercing damage, which I don't think is appropriate for the situation. I believe new in v3.0 is a new draconic sorcerer feature for brown dragon sorcerers that lets you get extra damage on any earth-based spells. It lists a few examples and notes that the DM ultimately decides what qualifies for that bonus and what doesn't. Just to be thematically appropriate; I'd imagine a brown dragon sorcerer would want to focus on more earth/rock/sand based spells anyway, so it becomes a simple matter of the DM and player just agreeing on what qualifies.
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Daniel T November 02, 2020 12:28 pm UTC
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just downloaded the pdf, pretty impressive. what the story on the update?
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Jeff V March 18, 2021 9:21 pm UTC
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The short version is life hit me with a lot of things at once, but it's done. 10 dragons; 3 chromatics, 7 metallics, and character options for all of them.

Gem dragons would be the only other "group" left to create, but I actually rather like Matt Colville's versions of them so I don't think I'll be taking the same crack at them right now. Other special dragons like volcanic dragons or astral dragons can be found in other supplements, like the Tome of Beasts, so I'm not sure I'll be hitting those either.

Very sorry for how unacceptably long this took.
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Bradley L August 27, 2020 1:41 pm UTC
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Any word on the Metallics?
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Jeff V August 27, 2020 5:14 pm UTC
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Yes, actually!

2020 has been.... difficult. Some personal stuff went down, and I'm not talking about the pandemic. But I'm finally coming back to working on things.

I have only one more metallic dragon left to finish the mechanics on. Then it's just writing the lore for the new species, and then this'll be updated. I'm hoping to have it done within the first week of September and trying to give myself that hard deadline.
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Bradley L August 29, 2020 3:40 am UTC
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Fair enough, 2020 has sucked XXX. Oh, while you're here, will you be doing the Gem Dragons as well?
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Jeff V August 31, 2020 6:09 pm UTC
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I haven't yet decided that. I tend not to design stuff if someone else has already made a version of it that I like a lot, the Matt Colville's gem dragons are pretty fantastic in my opinion. At this time I have no plans to do so.
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Bradley L September 08, 2020 2:57 am UTC
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Where is it posted? I'd love to download it but I can't find it
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Jeff V September 16, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
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Matt Colville runs MCDM Productions; he has a YouTube channel and made a Kickstarter for a book called "Strongholds and Followers". I believe you can order the book still on his website. He has gem dragons in that book with cool psionic abilities.
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Bradley L November 16, 2020 7:56 am UTC
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Update on Metallics?
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Bradley L January 27, 2021 4:31 am UTC
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I'm just gonna assume it's not happening and stop checking
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Jeff V March 18, 2021 9:18 pm UTC
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*releases long breath*

It's out.

I'm sure no one cares and I'm not going to be dropping all the details of my personal life on the Internet; long and honest answer is that I work in the medical industry, so we ended up being extremely busy during the pandemic, my partner left me in a very traumatic and economically damaging way, and I've been struggling every since.

But it's out, all 7 new metallic dragons accounted for. Including the 3 chromatic dragons, that's 10 dragons total. And player character options for all of them.

I do apologize profusely for the extremely long amount of time that it took to get it out; every time I thought I'd be able to get down to finishing it I'd have something new crop up that took all my attention and mental health to deal with.
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July 29, 2020 6:49 pm UTC
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Hey, keep up the good work. Can't wait for the metallic sets to come out!
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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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Josh 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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