Fantasy is no stranger to mountain settings and it’s not hard to say why. In addition to offering up amazing scenery, mountains are full of danger. Narrow pathways and high altitudes; it’s only a matter of time before someone takes a thousand tumble to the ground below.
The Rockslide Drake aims to make your player party’s mountainside ascent even more dangerous than it already is. Tooled to the task of pummeling PCs with falling rocks, it’s the beastie to throw into your game the next time your players find themselves marching up your Caradhras analog.
The inspiration and art for the Rockslide Drake from a 15th Century Book of Hours. It is part of the Public Domain Adventures series, all based on works in the public domain.
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Large dragon, unaligned
Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 111 (12d12 + 36)
Speed 40 ft., climb 30 ft.
STR 19 (+4) DEX 13 (+1) CON 16 (+3) INT 4 (-3) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 6 (-12)
Damage Resistances poison
Skills Perception +4, Stealth +4
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)
Avalanche. By slapping its tail against rocks that have been specially prepared with its acidic saliva, the rockslide drake can cause a small avalanche. Creatures caught within the 20 foot cone of the avalanche must make a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw. A creature takes 3d6 damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
Pounce. If the rockslide drake moves at least 30 feet toward a creature and then hits with a claw attack on the same turn, that creature must succeed on a DC 14 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the rockslide drake can make a gore attack against it as a bonus action.
Multiattack. The Rockslide Drake makes two claw attacks and one gore attack.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) slashing damage.
Gore. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) piercing damage
The bane of Dwarven mountain settlements, rockslide drakes are predatory relatives of dragons that ambush prey with artificial landslides. Covered in thick scales that match the stone of the mountains they call home, they spend much of their time basking in the sun and preparing ambush spots using its acidic saliva. In combat a rockslide drake is a whirling mass of horns and claws, shattering rock formations with a slap of its tail and covering the battlefield with deadly shrapnel and rolling boulders.