Half-Dragon, Variant (3.5e Race)

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This is a variant of the half-dragon race found in the Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5. This race is also mentioned in the Races of the Dragon however, just like the other races that are half-breeds listed in the Player's Handbook 3.5 (i.e. half-orc, half-elf), a half-dragon is assumed to be half-human. The half-dragon race-template overwrites all other benefits of the base race, except abilities modifier and sensory skills like Darkvision or Light Blindness.


Half-dragons, to put it simply, look like upright dragons. Depending on the type of dragon a half-dragon is descendent from determines its scale color, immunity, and breath weapon. All half-dragons have claws, razor-sharp teeth, and a tail. They stand 6 to 8 feet tall and weigh between 250 to 420 pounds. Half-dragons also inherit their dragon parent's quick maturity and long life. They reach maturity at about 12 and live to about 300 years.


Half-dragons typically don't coexist with other races, they are often seen as frightening because of their heritage, being of chromatic dragon heritage further hurts this. However, in some cases, they become friends with scholars, dragon-obsessed, and other dragon-like races such as Troglodytes and Dragonborn.


A half-dragon's alignment is greatly influenced by his dragon heritage: metallic-descended half-dragons generally are lawful, though in very, very rare cases they are chaotic; it is almost completely opposite for one of chromatic-descendcy: they tend to lean more on the chaotic side while in very, very rare cases they are lawful.

Dragon Heritage[edit]

Table: Dragon Heritage Traits
Dragon Immunity Breath Weapon Dragon Immunity Breath Weapon
Black Acid Acid Brass Fire Fire
Blue Electricity Lightning Bronze Electricity Lightning
Green Acid Acid Copper Acid Acid
Red Fire Fire Gold Fire Fire
White Cold Cold Silver Cold Cold

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +2 Str, +2 Con, -2 wis, +2 Cha, -2 dex
  • Medium Dragon
  • +2 Natural Armor
  • Gain immunity and breath weapon (2d8 once per day) (based on dragon color)
  • darkvision out to 60 feet
  • low-light vision.
  • LA: +0

At 4HDs:

  • +2 Strength
  • Natural Armor increases to 3
  • Breath Weapon increases to 3d8, and increases by 1d8 each 2 levels thereafter to a maximun of 6d8.(or depending on your age, by example a half-dragon of 300 years shall have a maximum of 10d8 breath weapon when you get level 18 because is like a young adult dragon)
  • + 4 to Saving Throw vs Sleep Spell

At 6 HDs:

  • Immunity to Sleep
  • Natural Armor Increase to 4
  • +2 Initiative

At 8 HDs:

  • +2 Strength
  • +2 Initiative

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