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Great Wyrm White Dragon


AC 20 (natural armor) 

HP 740 (40d20 + 320; bloodied 370)

Speed 40 ft., burrow 40 ft., fly 80 ft., swim 40 ft.

Proficiency +7; Maneuver DC 23

Saving Throws Dex +8, Con +15, Wis +10, Cha +10

Skills Intimidation +10, Perception +10 (+1d6), Stealth +8

Damage Immunities cold

Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 23

Languages Common, Draconic

Cold Mastery. The dragon’s movement and vision is not hindered by cold, icy surfaces, snow, wind, or storms. Additionally, the dragon can choose to burrow through snow and ice without leaving a trace.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). When the dragon fails a saving throw , it can choose to succeed instead. When it does, it sheds some of its scales, which turn to ice. If it has no more uses of this ability, its Armor Class is reduced to 18 until it finishes a long rest.

Heart of Winter. When the dragon is first bloodied , it immediately recharges its breath weapon, if it’s not already available. Additionally, the damage from the dragon’s Raging Storm is doubled.

Innate Spellcasting. The dragon’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (save DC 18). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components. 

   3/day each: dominate beast , fire shield , animal friendship , sleet storm

   1/day each: control weather , wall of ice , reverse gravity


Multiattack. The dragon attacks once with its bite and twice with its claws. In place of its bite attack, it can Spit Ice.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 30 (4d10 + 8) piercing damage plus 9 (2d8) cold damage.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 21 (3d8 + 8) slashing damage.

Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 21 (3d8 + 8) bludgeoning damage, and the dragon pushes the target 10 feet away.

Spit Ice. The dragon targets a creature within 60 feet, forcing it to make a DC 23 Dexterity saving throw . On a failure, the target takes 22 (4d10) cold damage, and its speed is reduced to 0 until the end of its next turn. On a success, it takes half damage.

Cold Breath (Recharge 5–6). The dragon exhales a 90-foot cone of frost. Each creature in the area makes a DC 23 Constitution saving throw . On a failure, it takes 66 (19d6) cold damage, and its speed is reduced to 0 until the end of its next turn. On a success, it takes half damage.


Tail Attack. When a creature the dragon can see within 10 feet hits the dragon with a melee attack, the dragon makes a tail attack against it.


The dragon can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature's turn. It regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Roar. Each creature of the dragon’s choice within 120 feet that can hear it makes a DC 18 Charisma saving throw . On a failure, it is frightened for 1 minute. A creature repeats the saving throw at the end of its turn, ending the effect on itself on a success. When it succeeds on a saving throw or the effect ends for it, it is immune to Roar for 24 hours.

Wing Attack. The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 15 feet makes a DC 23 Dexterity saving throw . On a failure, it is pushed 10 feet away and knocked prone . The dragon can then fly up to half its fly speed.

Raging Storm (1/Day, Bloodied Only). For 1 minute, gusts of sleet emanate from the dragon in a 40-foot-radius sphere, spreading around corners. The area is lightly obscured , the ground is difficult terrain , and nonmagical flames are extinguished. The first time a creature other than the dragon moves on its turn while in the area, it must succeed on a DC 18 Dexterity saving throw or take 11 (2d10) cold damage and fall prone (or fall if it is flying).

The dragon has the following additional legendary actions, which it can use only while bloodied:

Elite Recovery. The dragon ends one negative effect currently affecting it. It can do so as long as it has at least 1 hit point, even while unconscious or incapacitated .

Mortal Terror (Gaze). A creature within 120 feet makes a saving throw against Roar, even if it has already successfully saved within the past 24 hours.

Gathering Storm (Costs 2 Actions). The dragon recharges its breath weapon.

Snowball (Costs 3 Actions). The dragon spits a snowball at a creature it can see within 90 feet. That creature is affected as if caught in the dragon’s breath weapon, rolling to save as usual.


While individual dragons have their own personalities and tactics, most rely heavily on their breath weapons. They use them whenever they can, preferably from maximum distance and while flying above their enemies. 

When fighting in the open, dragons often circle above their enemies as they wait for their breath weapons to recharge. They only close to melee if their enemies deal significant damage with ranged attacks, or if they can savage an enemy cut off from its allies. Once bloodied , dragons become more aggressive, attacking with bite and claws when their breath weapons aren’t available.

If a dragon is protecting its lair, it utilizes lair features, traps, allies, and architecture such as escape tunnels to keep up a hit-and-run fight, reappearing only when it has a fully-recharged breath weapon. If the dragon is forced into melee combat, it uses its bite and claws against a single foe. If it has legendary actions like Roar and Wing Attack, it uses them to disperse its other enemies.

If reduced to less than one-fourth its hit points while fighting in the open, a dragon flies away. However, it fights to the death to defend its lair, unless it can regain the upper hand through tricks or bargains.

White Dragon Lair Features

The save DC for the following effects is 13 + the dragon’s proficiency bonus. Choose or roll one or more of the following lair features:

1 A dusting of snow conceals an iced-over underground lake. The dragon can use 5 feet of its movement to break a hole in the ice big enough for it to pass through. A creature submerged in the frigid water makes a Constitution saving throw at the end of its turn, taking 10 (3d6) cold damage on a failure.

2 All floors are slippery ice. Anyone moving more than half their speed in a single turn makes a Dexterity saving throw or falls prone , ending their movement.

3 Up to three times per day as a legendary action, the dragon slams its tail against the wall, causing slabs of ice (and possibly useful treasure) to rain from the ceiling. Up to 2 creatures the dragon can see make Dexterity saving throws . On a failure, a creature takes 10 (3d6) damage and is knocked prone and restrained beneath an ice slab. A creature can use its action to make an Acrobatics or Athletics check against the lair’s save DC, freeing itself or another creature on a success.

4 The ceiling is held up by four pillars of ice (objects with AC 16, 15 hit points, immunity to poison and psychic damage, and vulnerability to fire damage). If three pillars are destroyed, the ceiling caves in, dealing 17 (5d6) bludgeoning damage to each creature in the lair and opening a hole in the ceiling large enough for the dragon to fly through.


Frysning, Issedrath, Stillness, Verglas, Vilustiminen, Winterheart

Legends and Lore

With an Arcana or History check, characters can learn the following:

DC 10 White dragons rule the frozen wastelands at the edges of the world.

DC 15 A white dragon’s lair is often found at the center of a raging winter storm.

DC 20 Truly ancient white dragons can surround themselves with magical storms of sleet and ice.


Although the smallest of chromatic dragons, white dragons are also the most vicious. They find the presence of other creatures loathsome and slay those who enter their frozen domain.

Frozen Solitude. White dragons gravitate toward the cold, deserted lands at the edges of the world. They enjoy the solitude and purity of their icy homes. Most white dragons consider any intrusion into their territory an affront. Quick to anger and careless of its own wounds, a white dragon’s fury can drive off even larger dragons.

While white dragons prefer to be alone, they occasionally tolerate servants who remain quiet and stay out of sight. The dour frost giants and cowed kobolds that serve a white dragon know better than to call attention to themselves, especially when their master is hungry.

Icy Fastness. A white dragon’s territory slowly transforms into a frozen wasteland and eventually becomes the eye of a permanent winter storm. The largest white dragons have ambitions to extend their realms further, freezing the entire world.


1 Lying in wait for a dragon rival

2 Summoning an ice storm

3 Camouflaged in a snowbank

4 Flying overhead, on the hunt

5 Attacking a tribe of humans or orcs

6 Preparing for a diplomatic visit from a local frost giant noble; planning treachery

7 In its lair, asleep under a thin coating of ice and snow

8 Having a destructive tantrum, cursing some enemy


1–2 Blinding snow

3 Frost giant or mammoth encased in ice

4 A glacier riddled with caverns

5 Freezing, waist-high fog

6 Towering ice pillars, each large enough for a dragon to perch on

7 A dangerous blizzard

8 A maze made of glittering ice walls


White dragons live among snow and constant blizzards.

CR 3–4 white dragon wyrmling with 3 or 4 kobolds or warriors; 2 white dragon wyrmlings

Treasure 300 gp, 1,000 sp, giant polar bear fur (75 gp), potion of greater healing , circlet of blasting

CR 5–10 young white dragon ; young white dragon with 2 ice mephits or mountain dwarf soldiers  

Treasure 1,300 gp, 2 silver ewers (250 gp each), unmelting snowball, potion of greater healing , 3 potions of fire resistance , ring of warmth  

CR 11–16 adult white dragon

Treasure 300 pp, 600 gp, 11 amber gemstones (100 gp each), key made of ice, 3 potions of superior healing , feather token (anchor), rod of absorption

CR 17–22 ancient white dragon

Treasure 13,000 gp, 30 furs (100 gp each), silver dragontooth necklace (250 gp), 6 2 crossbow bolts , potion of invisibility , shortsword of sharpness

CR 23–30 ancient white dragon with frost giant , werebear , winter hag , or young white dragon ; adult white dragon with cyclops , tundra chimera , or young white dragon

Treasure 20,000 gp, diamond (5,000 gp), white dragon egg (25,000 gp), 2 potions of supreme healing , arrow of titan slaying , Ioun stone of mastery , adamantine plate armor

CR 31+ Great Wyrm White Dragon ; 2 adult white dragons

Treasure 5,000 pp, 40,000 gp, 60,000 ep, 5 diamonds (5,000 gp each), mithral warhorn (7,500 gp), ice statue with a huge ruby (25,000 gp) at the heart, 4 potions of supreme healing , boots of speed , 2 warhammer (named Tark-Elith; made of unmelting ice; grants its wielder fire resistance ), ring of shooting stars

Monster Type Description

Dragons include red and gold dragons, which are huge reptilian fire-breathers that number among the world’s most dangerous monsters. This type includes white dragons , which breathe killing frost, as well as smaller reptilian creatures related to true dragons, such as pseudodragons