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This creature looks like a great dragon, at least 20 feet long with a serpentine body, long slender wings and a pointed snout or beak that resembles that of a pteranodon. Its body is colored reddish-violet with lighter shades on its underbelly. A ridge of maroon-colored spines runs the length of its body down the center of its back. A mane of frills, white in color, rings its head.

Dragonnel CR 6

XP 2,400
N(E) Huge magical beast
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0


AC 18, touch 8, flat-footed 18 (+10 natural, –2 size)
hp 76 (8d10+32)
Fort +10; Ref +6; Will +2


Speed 40 ft., fly 100 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +12 (2d6+6), 2 claws +12 (1d8+6)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15 ft. with bite)


A dragonnel prefers to attack from the air, flying above its prey and then plunging to strike with its claws and bite. A solitary dragonnel is usually either hunting or returning to its lair from hunting, while more than one dragonnel usually indicates a mated pair or family. In such a case, all dragonnels attack in concert with one another and usually fight to the death.


Str 22, Dex 11, Con 18, Int 4, Wis 11, Cha 8
Base Atk +8; CMB +16; CMD 26 (30 vs. trip)
Feats Cleave, Flyby Attack, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Fly), Snatch
Skills Fly +6
Languages Common (cannot speak)

Tome of Horrors Complete
Support Open Gaming
Training a Dragonnel

A dragonnel requires training before it can bear a rider in combat. To be trained, a dragonnel must have a friendly attitude toward the  trainer (this can be achieved through a successful Diplomacy check). Training a friendly dragonnel requires six weeks of work and a DC 25 Handle Animal check. Riding a dragonnel requires an exotic saddle. A dragonnel can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check.

Dragonnel eggs are worth 4,500 gp apiece on the open market, while young are worth 9,000 gp each. Professional trainers charge 1,500 gp to rear or train a dragonnel.

Carrying Capacity: A light load for a dragonnel is up to 1,038 pounds; a medium load, 1,039–2,076 pounds, and a heavy load, 2,077–3,120 pounds.