CR 21

The weather today: A light acid rain falls

Tonight's moon: Waxing crescent

Description
Landscape and flora
Random encounter

Creatures and Threats

Common Fauna in the Area
Monsters and others
  • Levels 1-4
  • Levels 5-10
  • Levels 11-16
Possible Monster Motives
  • Under a curse
  • Guarding treasure
  • Protecting their young
  • Controlled by a bigger bad
  • Enthralled by a magic item

Loot Suggestions

Mundane
1d4 silver pieces
Modest
A small wallet

1d12 silver pieces

2d6 copper pieces

Great
A child’s toy chest

Containing a collection of exquisitely-carved wooden dolls representing the family of a long passed monarch.

Value: 4,500 gold pieces to the right collector.

Magic Item
Potion of Speed

Potion, very rare

When you drink this potion, you gain the effect of the haste spell for 1 minute (no concentration required). The potion’s yellow fluid is streaked with black and swirls on its own.

Spell Scroll
Animate Objects

5th-level transmutation Casting Time: 1 actionRange: 120 feetComponents: V, SDuration: Concentration, up to 1 minute Objects come to life at your command. Choose up to ten nonmagical objects within range that are not being worn or carried. Medium targets count as two objects, Large targets count as four objects, Huge targets count as eight objects. You can’t animate any […]

In case you want to terrify your players...

Ancient Copper Dragon

  • Gargantuan dragon, chaotic good

    Armor Class 21 (natural armor)
    Hit Points 350 (20d20 + 140)
    Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft., fly 80 ft.

    STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
    27 (+8)12 (+1)25 (+7)20 (+5)17 (+3)19 (+4)

    Saving Throws Dex +8, Con +14, Wis +10, Cha +11
    Skills Deception +11, Perception +17, Stealth +8
    Damage Immunities acid
    Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 27
    Languages Common, Draconic
    Challenge 21 (33,000 XP)

    Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the dragon fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

    Actions

    Multiattack. The dragon can use its Frightful Presence. It then makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
    Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d10 + 8) piercing damage.
    Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d6 + 8) slashing damage.
    Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d8 + 8) bludgeoning damage.
    Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon’s choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 19 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the dragon’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.
    Breath Weapons (Recharge 5–6). The dragon uses one of the following breath weapons.
    Acid Breath. The dragon exhales acid in an 90-foot line that is 10 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 22 Dexterity saving throw, taking 63 (14d8) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
    Slowing Breath. The dragon exhales gas in a 90-foot cone. Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 22 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the creature can’t use reactions, its speed is halved, and it can’t make more than one attack on its turn. In addition, the creature can use either an action or a bonus action on its turn, but not both. These effects last for 1 minute. The creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself with a successful save.
    Change Shape. The dragon magically polymorphs into a humanoid or beast that has a challenge rating no higher than its own, or back into its true form. It reverts to its true form if it dies. Any equipment it is wearing or carrying is absorbed or borne by the new form (the dragon’s choice).
    In a new form, the dragon retains its alignment, hit points, Hit Dice, ability to speak, proficiencies, Legendary Resistance, lair actions, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores, as well as this action. Its statistics and capabilities are otherwise replaced by those of the new form, except any class features or legendary actions of that form.

    Legendary Actions

    The dragon can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The dragon regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.
    Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check.
    Tail Attack. The dragon makes a tail attack.
    Wing Attack (Costs 2 Actions). The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 15 feet of the dragon must succeed on a DC 23 Dexterity saving throw or take 15 (2d6 + 8) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone. The dragon can then fly up to half its flying speed.

    created by Wizards of the Coast

Motive
  • Controlled by a bigger bad

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