Gold Hollow Dragon
Huge natural magical beast (construct, dragon)
Level 16 Solo Brute XP 7000
Initiative +12 Senses Perception +17; Darkvision
Manifest Essence (Fire) aura 3; each creature that starts its turn in the aura takes 5 fire damage. The damage increases to 10 while the dragon is bloodied.
HP 640; Bloodied 320 ; see also bloodied fury
AC 28; Fortitude 29, Reflex 27, Will 28
Immune disease, poison; Resist 30 fire
Saving Throws +5
Speed 6, fly 10 (clumsy)
Action Points 2
Bite (standard, at-will) Fire
Reach 3; +19 vs AC; 1d8+7 damage, and ongoing 10 fire damage (save ends).
Tail Slap (standard, at-will)
Reach 3; +18 vs AC; 3d8+7 damage.
Bloodied Fury (free, when first bloodied, encounter)
The dragon makes a bite attack and two tail slaps.
Breath of Power (standard, recharge ) Fire
Close blast 5; +17 vs Reflex; 2d10+7 fire damage, and the target takes ongoing 10 fire damage and is dazed (save ends both). Miss: Half damage.
Burst of Essence (immediate reaction, when an enemy hits the dragon with a melee or ranged attack, at-will) Fire
The dragon's skin ruptures, releasing a gout of its essence; close blast 3; +17 vs Reflex; 3d8+7 fire damage.
Essence Explosion ( when reduced to 0 hit points, encounter) Fire
Close burst 5; +17 vs Reflex; 2d10+7 fire damage, and the target is knocked prone. Miss: Half damage.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Common, Draconic
Skills Arcana +16, Insight +17, Intimidate +18
Str 22 (+14) Dex 19 (+12) Wis 18 (+12)
Con 24 (+15) Int 17 (+11) Cha 21 (+13)
Description: A METALLIC DRAGON CAN BECOME A CONSTRUCT called a hollow dragon: an empty shell of the dragon’s scales and hide animated by powerful magic and the dragon’s essence. Unlike evil chromatic dragons, which turn to the magic of shadow and undeath to prolong their existence (see the dracoliches in the Monster Manual and other undead dragons in Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons), metallic dragons use elemental magic to become eternal guardians of great treasures, ancient artifacts, and holy sites.
A hollow dragon lacks bones and organs. Draconic essence and elemental power leak, glowing, from its mouth and eyes, from between its scales, and from runes carved into its scales. The flesh might wither, but the magic, the draconic essence, and the scales endure.
A hollow dragon’s attacks have a damage type based on the kind of dragon it was when alive. For instance, gold hollow dragons have fire-based attacks, but those of a steel hollow dragon would be force-based.
Published in Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons, page(s) 184.