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Inside this PDF you will find everything you need to play a dragon or DM for one in the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. This includes: a class, two archetypes, three feats, a race with 10 subraces, adapted rules to accommodate dragon characters, advice for DMs running games for dragon characters, and insight into the ideas behind the design decisions I made.

I have been using and refining this content with the players at my table for over a year. My intent has always been to get the "feel" of playing a dragon right while limiting the power that doing so might imply and recreating the normal player character experience (leveling up, gaining features, tiers of play, etc.). I think I strike a good balance in that regard without coming up with any convoluted game mechanics.

Features, rules, feats, races; everything in this document has been written and presented in such a way that it closely adheres to the styles establish by the Dungeon Master's Guide and Player's Handbook. I am confident this is worth your money.

Ideally, I'll expand this document to include a third archetype for the presented class, an additional class with three archetypes of its own, indepth explorations of specific subraces, and briefs on the draconic deities presented in the Draconomicon.

You can send me an email with any questions:

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Changes as of 6/13/18

Various changes to the format and layout of the PDF that will hopefully improve the overall visual presentation.
Minor editing pass; more to be done in the coming months.
Various balance tweaks.

  • Heavy Attacks has had the attack penalty increased from -3 to -4.
  • Concentrated Exhalation has been changed so that the dragon character only recovers one, instead of half, of the spent hit dice at the end of a short rest.
  • Recharging Exhalation now only allows the dragon character to recover their breath weapon once, instead of twice.
  • The Frame of Reference feature has been improved to allow the Savant to cast Augury as an action, rather than as a ritual. This change aims to ensure the feature feels sufficiently rewarding, especially considering the commune feature later in the subclass.
  • Removed the stealth benefit from blue dragon's desert dweller feature. While thematically appropriate, unlike a white dragon, blue dragons don't hide well because of something innate to them (natural camouflague) but because they gain total cover by burying themselves in sand. This is already something the subrace grants with a burrowing speed.

Changes as of 11/14/17

Cleaned up several areas of text

Corrected the white dragon subrace; white dragons don't have a climbing speed.

Expanded upon the draconic proficiencies section in Chapter 2.

Changes as of 11/11/17

Dragon Adventurer changes: Clarified the function of the 11th level feature. Moved the "wings" portion of Draconic Manifestation from 14th level to 13th level; reintroduced a 14th level ability score improvement (which had been previously cut before release). Swapped Evaluating Eyes with Implacable Defense.

Feats: Reduced the attack penalty to Heavy Attacks from -5 to -3 and added a 1 Strength bonus to the feat.

Racial Changes: Removed the 5th level spell casting benefits from red and gold dragons. Gave the bronze dragon's storm seer ability an additional function akin to the blue dragon's desert dweller, improving Wisdom (Survival) checks in aquatic environments.

These were all changes I had been planning for a few weeks, but that I still wasn't sure about until I got some recent feedback. Please excuse my OCD.

Changes as of 11/10/17 

Spelling/grammar corrections

A small addition to the suggestions on how to accommodate flight.

Added a printer friendly version (no art, fewer pages, smaller text).

The last update (I think) until new content/feedback is incorporated. Please excuse my OCD.

Changes as of 11/9/17

Spelling corrections.

Changes to the wording of some features and feats that reference "making a melee weapon attack using a natural weapon," which could potentially cause confusion. Natural weapons aren't melee weapons, like a sword, but they are treated as melee weapons for the purposes of attacking with them.

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