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Clockwork Dragon

Clockwork Dragon Creature16

Rare N Huge Clockwork Construct Mindless

Senses Perception +28; darkvision

Skills Acrobatics +29, Athletics +33

Str +9, Dex +5, Con +5, Int –5, Wis +4, Cha –5

Wind-Up 1 week, DC 35, standby

AC 39; Fort +30, Ref +28, Will +25

HP 265; Immunities death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious; Weaknesses electricity 15, orichalcum 15; Resistances physical 15 (except adamantine or orichalcum)

Self-Destruct [reaction] A clockwork dragon must use this reaction unless specifically programmed otherwise by its creator; Trigger The clockwork dragon is reduced to 0 Hit Points; Effect The dragon screeches to a stop and emits a steady, loud ticking sound. At the beginning of what would have been its next turn, the dragon explodes, dealing 12d10 piercing damage in a 40-foot emanation (DC 37 basic Reflex save). An adjacent creature can cancel the self-destruct sequence by succeeding at a DC 37 Thievery check to Disable a Device.

Speed 40 feet, fly 120 feet

Melee [one-action] adamantine jaws +33 (reach 15 feet), Damage 3d12+17 piercing

Melee [one-action] adamantine claw +33 (agile, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d8+17 slashing

Melee [one-action] tail +31 (reach 20 feet), Damage 3d12+15 bludgeoning

Melee [one-action] wing +31 (agile, reach 15 feet), Damage 2d10+15 piercing

Breath Weapon [two-actions] (arcane, evocation, fire) Effect The clockwork dragon breathes a spray of flaming oil that deals 16d6 fire damage in a 40-foot cone (DC 37 basic Reflex save). Creatures that fail their saves are covered in burning oil and take 2d6 persistent fire damage. The clockwork dragon can’t use

Breath Weapon again for 2 rounds.

Draconic Frenzy [two-actions] The clockwork dragon makes two claw Strikes and one wing Strike in any order.

Spearing Tail [two-actions] The clockwork dragon attacks with the sharp point of its tail. It makes a tail Strike against each creature in a 20-foot line, rolling the attack roll once and applying the result to each target. Any creature hit takes 4d6 persistent bleed damage (doubled on a critical hit). This counts as two attacks for the dragon’s multiple attack penalty.


Clockwork dragons are a marvel of clockwork design. These powerful masterpieces have the ability to fly, making them versatile and dangerous killers. A clockwork dragon’s winding mechanism is more efficient than those of other clockworks, allowing it to partially reuse energy generated by flapping its wings. Creating a clockwork dragon requires not only an advanced understanding of clockwork design, but also a greater cache of rare resources, as its body requires solid reinforcement. As a result, most clockwork dragons have adamantine fortification. Creating a clockwork dragon without adamantine is entirely possible, though such dragons are typically smaller and more fragile.

Backfire: The clockwork rolls a DC 5 flat check at the start of each of its turns. On a failure, it backfires, dealing 2d6 fire damage in a 15-foot cone, including to itself (basic Reflex save at the standard DC for its level), and is slowed 1 this turn.

Damaged Propulsion: The clockwork loses 1d4 hours of operational time at the end of each of its turns.

Loose Screws: When damaged, the clockwork attempts a DC 5 flat check. On a failure, a plate of its armor falls loose. It takes a status penalty to AC equal to the number of lost plates (up to –4).

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