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Vortex Dragon, Ancient

This dragon twists and whips with near untraceable speed. Its horns, crests along its neck, and wings emit a glow like starlight.

Ancient Vortex Dragon CR 19

XP 204,800
LN Gargantuan dragon (fire)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses, see in darkness; Perception +34
Aura alien presence (300 ft., DC 29)


AC 39, touch 6, flat-footed 39 (+33 natural, –4 size
hp 337 (25d12+175)
Fort +23, Ref +16, Will +20
DR 15/magic; Immune fire, paralysis, sleep; SR 30
Weaknesses vulnerable cold


Speed 60 ft., fly 250 ft. (good)
Melee bite +33 (4d6+18/19–20), 2 claws +33 (2d8+12/19–20), 2 wings +31 (2d6+6), tail slap +31 (2d8+18)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (60-ft. cone, 20d8 fire, DC 29), collapsing breath (DC 29), crush, fragmented strike, tail sweep
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 25th; concentration +32)

At willanticipate peril, dimension door, entropic shield, greater teleport

Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 15th; concentration +22)

7th (5/day)forcecage (DC 24), spell turning
6th (7/day)forceful hand, shadow walk (DC 23), true seeing
5th (7/day)dream, passwall, telekinesis, wall of force
4th (7/day)fear (DC 21), scrying (DC 21), solid fog, stoneskin
3rd (8/day)dispel magic, haste, nondetection, tongues
2nd (8/day)cat's grace, mirror image, obscure object, resist energy, scorching ray
1st (8/day)feather fall, identify, mage armor, magic missile, true strike
0 (at will)detect magic, light, message, read magic, 5 more


Str 35, Dex 10, Con 25, Int 24, Wis 23, Cha 24
Base Atk +25; CMB +41; CMD 51 (55 vs. trip)
Feats Critical Focus, Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, Improved Critical (bite, claw), Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Power Attack, Quicken Spell, Snatch, Staggering Critical, Wingover
Skills Bluff +35, Diplomacy +35, Fly +26, Intimidate +35, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, nature, planes, religion) +35, Perception +34, Sense Motive +34, Spellcraft +35
Languages Abyssal, Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Infernal
SQ agile, galactic emissary, no breath, starflight


Agile (Ex)

Vortex dragons have good maneuverability when flying regardless of their age or size.

Alien Presence (Su)

A vortex dragon's alien presence bends space. A creature that fails its saving throw treats all other creatures as if they were under the effects of blur (or displacement if the target has 4 or fewer Hit Dice) for 5d6 rounds.

Collapsing Breath (Su)

Instead of a cone of fire, an ancient or older vortex dragon can suck a single target into its maw. If the target fails its Reflex save (DC equal to breath weapon), it is swallowed whole and takes 6d6 points of bludgeoning damage per round. A creature can cut itself out by dealing 30 points of damage with a light or one-handed piercing or slashing weapon. A vortex dragon's interior has an AC of 26.

Fragmented Strike (Su)

An adult or older vortex dragon can strike with its bite through a rift in space. This allows it to make its bite attack against a target anywhere within the radius of its alien presence as long as the dragon can see the creature. This doesn't apply to attacks of opportunity.

Galactic Emissary (Su)

A young or older vortex dragon halves the time of any starflight journey. In addition, it's immune to any effect that bars extradimensional travel.