5e SRD:Half-Dragon

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When a dragon in polymorphed form mates with another creature, the union sometimes produces half-dragon offspring. A creature might also transform into a half-dragon as a result of a mad wizard's spell or a ritual bath in dragon's blood. In all these cases, the result is a creature that combines the essence of a dragon with the form of its original race. Regardless of their origins, all half-dragons have similar features and appearance, gaining special senses, resistance to destructive energy, and a breath weapon.

Draconic Nature. Half-dragons are incapable of having natural born offspring. Those that wish to propagate must find other ways to do so, almost always involving magic. By way of compensation, half-dragons are blessed with long life. Barring unforeseen misfortune, a typical half-dragon's life expectancy is twice that of its nondraconic line, so that a half-dragon human might live more than a century and a half.
Half-dragons inherit personality traits common to their draconic heritage, so that half-gold dragons are often shy and secretive, while half-copper dragons are impish and playful. Half-green dragons are deceitful, while half-white dragons are often dim-witted brutes. These traits are tempered by a half-dragon's other lineage, but greed, arrogance, and paranoia are qualities that even good-aligned half-dragons often possess.


A beast, humanoid, giant, or monstrosity can become a half-dragon.


Senses. The half-dragon gains blindsight with a radius of 10 feet and darkvision with a radius of 60 feet.

Resistances. The half-dragon gains resistance to a type of damage based on its color.

Color Damage Resistance
Black or copper Acid
Blue or copper Lightning
Brass, gold, or red Fire
Green Poison
Silver or white Cold

Languages The half-dragon speaks Draconic in addition to any other languages it knows.


New Action: Breath Weapon. The half-dragon has the breath weapon of its dragon half. The half-dragon's size determines how this action functions.

Size Breath Weapon
Large or smaller As a wyrmling
Huge As a young dragon
Gargantuan As an adult dragon

CR Calculation

Size Optional Prerequisite
Large or smaller Challenge 2 or higher
Huge Challenge 7 or higher
Gargantuan Challenge 8 or higher


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