Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Bronze Dragons: Sea-Dwelling Protectors of Justice

Alright, so brass dragons weren’t so great. Maybe bronze dragons will be better? Let’s find out!

Bronze dragons are coastal dwellers. They feed off of aquatic plants and fish while observing other races in the form of friendly animals.

Sometimes, a bronze dragon will observe a ship in the form of a dolphin. If their curiosity is peaked, they’ll transform into a rat or bird, slip aboard, and search for treasure. If they find something of interest, they’ll negotiate with the ship’s captain for it.

They oppose tyranny on principle and yearn to use their might to destroy it. Should conflict break out near their lair, they’ll carefully observe the conflict, decide which side is on the side of right, and offer its services to it. Once it commits to a cause, it remains an ally, even beyond the end of the conflict. However, it does ask for compensation, although it is willing to compromise should the price be too high. That, or it will claim the enemy’s treasure that it feels would be safer with it.

Alright. So there is a bit more depth here than we got with the brass dragons. And many more potential stories!

What would the party do if they end up in a war in which the enemy has a bronze dragon? Perhaps the party is on the losing side and need to find/recruit the dragon to turn the tide! Or maybe you want to go with something more simple and have the dragon appear on the party’s ship and barter for an important piece of treasure. Or, if you just want to be a dick, maybe the party detects the dragon while it’s disguised as a dolphin, following their ship, and you can give them a fright!

Now, as for combat, this boy is pretty much the same as the brass dragon, only with lightning breath and a breath that’s basically a force push. If it so chooses, it can send the enemy flying away from it. How you would implement this into a fight, I’m not entirely sure. But with a little creativity, I’m sure you can do it.

All in all, the bronze dragon is a step up from the brass. But it still isn’t all that impressive. I’d be excited to use one in a campaign, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for a dragon encounter.

With all that in mind, let’s put Bronze Dragons on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Green Dragons
  4. Red Dragons
  5. Blue Dragons
  6. Black Dragons
  7. White Dragons
  8. Couatl
  9. Behir
  10. Aboleth
  11. Bronze Dragons <——————–
  12. Brass Dragons
  13. Chuul
  14. Chimera
  15. Death Knight
  16. Bone Devil
  17. Dracolich
  18. Ankheg
  19. Shadow Demon
  20. Marilith
  21. Aarackockra
  22. Azer
  23. Demilich
  24. Spectator
  25. Cambion
  26. Animated Armor
  27. Banshee
  28. Basilisk
  29. Yochlol
  30. Bulette
  31. Cloaker
  32. Darkmantle
  33. Doppelganger
  34. Pit Fiend
  35. Erinyes
  36. Chain Devil
  37. Bearded Devil
  38. Barbed Devil
  39. Spined Devil
  40. Ice Devil
  41. Nalfeshnee
  42. Glabrezu
  43. Chasme
  44. Barlgura
  45. Horned Devil
  46. Balor
  47. Shadow Dragon
  48. Vrock
  49. Dretch
  50. Goristro
  51. Hezrou
  52. Manes
  53. Quasit
  54. Planetar
  55. Imp
  56. Displacer Beast
  57. Carrion Crawler
  58. Rug of Smothering
  59. Bugbear Chief
  60. Bugbear
  61. Vine Blight
  62. Twig Blight
  63. Needle Blight
  64. Bullywug
  65. Cockatrice
  66. Lemure
  67. Solar
  68. Deva
  69. Cyclops
  70. Centaur
  71. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  72. Flying Sword
  73. Crawling Claw

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