The Pathfinder Bestiaries present dragons in 3 age categories—young, adult, and ancient—and give you enough information so that you can make it change age categories (and thus, change CR) up or down with only a little work. The thing is, “with only a little work” is more than opening up the Bestiaries and using what is there. So when Mike Welham wanted to include the full stats for a solar dragon that was of a different age category than the normal three, I was thrilled. This can be used by GMs everywhere, even if they do not run the adventure Deadly Delves: Temple of Luminescence. You already know how a solar dragon should look and act while still giving you stats for an age you didn’t previously have.
I am not saying what this particular dragon’s name is nor am I saying if this dragon’s alignment is the alignment in the adventure. I’m not saying whether I modified the skills, feats or sorcerer spells to be more in in line with the typical solar dragon. Dragons are individuals; they are all different. This dragon, however is exactly what you would expect from a a typical very old solar dragon.
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Very Old Solar Dragon CR 17
LN Gargantuan dragon (fire)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses see in darkness; Perception +30
Aura alien presence (300 ft., DC 29)
34, touch 6, flat-footed 34 (+28 natural, –4 size)
fire, paralysis, sleep; SR
50 ft., fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
bite +31 (4d6+18), 2 claws +31 (2d8+12), tail slap +29 (2d8+18), 2 wings +29 (2d6+6)
20 ft.; Reach
15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
breath weapon (120-ft. line, 18d10 fire, Reflex DC 27 half), channel life (9/day), channel radiation (DC 27), crush, primal fire, tailsweep
(CL 23rd; concentration +29)
(DC 21), cup of dust APG
(DC 19), detect magic, searing light
Sorcerer Spells Known
(CL 13th; concentration +19)
6th (5/day)—contagious flame APG
5th (7/day)—break enchantment, dominate person
(DC 22), wall of force
4th (7/day)—charm monster
(DC 21), dimension door, fear
(DC 20), greater invisibility
3rd (7/day)—dispel magic, fireball
(DC 19), lightning bolt
(DC 19), protection from energy
2nd (8/day)—continual flame, resist energy, scorching ray, see invisibility, shatter
1st (8/day)—charm person
(DC 18), color spray
(DC 17), mage armor, magic missile, shield
0 (at will)—bleed
(DC 16), dancing lights, detect magic, detect poison, flare
(DC 16), light, mage hand, read magic, touch of fatigue
49 (53 vs. trip)
Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Maximize Spell, Multiattack, Power Attack, Quick Channel UM
, Quicken Spell, Selective Channeling, Silent Spell, Spell Focus (enchantment), Toughness
Diplomacy +32, Fly +12, Heal +28, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, nature, planes, religion) +31, Linguistics +10, Perception +30, Sense Motive +30
Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Elven, Ignan, Sylvan, Terran
no breath, starflight
Alien Presence (Su)
A creature that fails its saving throw against a very old solar dragon’s alien presence is blinded for 5d6 rounds (or permanently if it has 4 Hit Dice or fewer).
Channel Life (Su)
A very old solar dragon can channel positive energy a number of times per day equal to 3 + its Charisma modifier as a cleric of 11th level. This energy can be used only to heal living creatures.
Channel Radiation (Su)
A very old solar dragon can use its channel life ability to instead channel radiation that deals an equal amount of damage to living creatures. A living creature that succeeds at a Fortitude save takes half damage.
Primal Fire (Su)
A very old solar dragon’s breath weapon can affect creatures normally immune or resistant to fire damage. A creature immune to fire damage still takes half damage from the breath weapon (no damage with a successful saving throw). A resistant creature’s fire resistance is treated as 10 less than normal.