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Esoteric Dragon, Etheric

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Etheric dragons seem to gather shadows and gloom around their tattered-appearing wings.

N dragon (extraplanar)


CR 3; Size Tiny; HD 4d12; Speed 40 ft.
Natural Armor +3; Breath Weapon line, 2d8 force
Str 16, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 11


Dragons gain different special abilities as they age.

Table: Etheric Dragon Special Abilities by Age Category
Age Category Special Abilities Caster Level
Wyrmling See in darkness, spectral attacks
Very young Compression
Young Spirit eater
Juvenile Frightful presence, psychic magic 1st
Young adult DR 5/magic 3rd
Adult Ghost stride 5th
Mature adult DR 10/magic 7th
Old Psychic magic, spectral attacks 9th
Very old DR 15/magic 11th
Ancient Grave breath 13th
Wyrm DR 20/magic 15th
Great Wyrm Psychic mastery 17th

Ghost Stride (Su)

While an adult or older etheric dragon is traveling overland or in flight, it gains the incorporeal subtype, but its statistics do not change; it keeps its natural armor bonus and does not gain a deflection bonus to AC.

Grave Breath (Su)

Once per day, an ancient or older etheric dragon can choose to deal no damage with its breath weapon.

Instead, living creatures that fail their saving throws against the breath weapon must each succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or be reduced to –1 hit points. This is a death effect.

Psychic Magic (Sp)

An etheric dragon gains the following psychic spells upon reaching the listed age category: Juvenile—mage hand (0 PE), mind thrust I (1 PE); old—chill metal (2 PE), telekinetic maneuver (3 PE).

Psychic Mastery

A great wyrm etheric dragon can cast any of its psychic magic spells as a swift action, or if it casts a psychic magic spell as a standard action, it can do so for 1 fewer PE (minimum 0 PE).

Spectral Attacks (Su)

An etheric dragon's bite or claw attacks are considered to be ghost touch weapons.

Spirit Eater (Su)

A creature devoured by a young or older etheric dragon cannot be raised from the dead with any magic less powerful than a mythic wish.