A long time ago (and I mean a looooooong time ago, like well over two years ago) I released a stat block for an ancient brown dragon. You can see that, as well as my methodology, right here at the jump. At the time I promised to work on the other age categories for the brown dragon, as well as stat blocks for the gray dragon and purple dragon which had been released in the same book. I swore I’d eventually get it done.
Well, I’m finally done.
In all honesty, this project took a back seat to Legends from Aeramis and other things I wanted to work on. I misplaced my notes at one point, had to re-make a good third of the PDF from scratch, only to then re-discovered those missing notes again just this morning. All in all it was annoying, but I’m happy with the final result.
Draconomicon I: Chromatic Dragons focuses solely on the three chromatic dragons first released in the original 4e book; 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.
You may be asking; why that roman numeral in the title? I go into some detail in the introduction of the PDF, but this is because the original Draconomicon dealt with a hell of a lot more than just “normal” chromatic dragons. It provided stat blocks for 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. However, those creatures go beyond the scope of what I wanted to do for this PDF. Which is why I will be designing two more Draconomicons. The next will be Draconomicon II: Metallic Dragons, which will have information about the adamantine, cobalt, iron, mercury, mithril, orium, and steel dragons (that’s over twice as many dragons as Draconomicon I!). After that will be Draconomicon III: Planar Dragons which will include various elemental dragons, dragons of the planes such as the Feywild or Abyss, and astral dragons (to name a few).
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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 a few typos and mistakes in some of the stat blocks.
- Changed the Player Options to reflect the new changes to the Dragon Shaman (now a full class instead of a Barbarian subclass), and providing an alternate option for Brown Dragonborn due to their lack of energy resistance.