Ancient Black Dragon
- AC: 22 (Natural Armor)
- Alignment: Chaotic Evil
- CHA: 19
- CON: 25
- Challenge Rating: 21
- DEX: 14
- HP: 367 (21d20+147)
- INT: 16
- Immunities: Acid
- Languages: Common, Draconic
- Passive Perception: 26
- Roll 0: Bite 1d20 + 15 2d10+8+2d8
- Roll 1: Claw 1d20 + 15 2d6+8
- Roll 2: Tail 1d20 + 15 2d8+8
- STR: 27
- Saving Throws: Dex +9, Con +14, Wis +9, Cha +11
- Senses: Blindsight 60 Ft., Darkvision 120 Ft.
- Size: Gargantuan
- Skills: Perception +16, Stealth +9
- Speed: 40 ft., fly 80 ft., swim 40 ft.
- Type: dragon
- WIS: 15
Amphibious: The dragon can breathe air and water.
Legendary Resistance (3/Day): If the dragon fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
Multiattack: The dragon can use its Frightful Presence. It then makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d10 + 8) piercing damage plus 9 (2d8) acid damage.
Claw: Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d6 + 8) slashing damage.
Tail: Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d8 + 8) bludgeoning damage.
Frightful Presence: Each creature of the dragon's choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 19 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature's saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the dragon's Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.
Acid Breath (Recharge 5-6): The dragon exhales acid in a 90-foot line that is 10 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 22 Dexterity saving throw, taking 67 (15d8) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
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. Spent legendary actions are regained at the start of each turn.
Detect: The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check.
Tail Attack: The dragon makes a tail attack.
Wing Attack (Costs 2 Actions): The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 15 ft. of the dragon must succeed on a DC 23 Dexterity saving throw or take 15 (2d6 + 8) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone. The dragon can then fly up to half its flying speed.
The SendingStone review
The Ancient Black Dragon is a ferocious and powerful creature in the Dungeons and Dragons universe. With a high armor class, hit points, and regenerative abilities, this chaotic evil dragon poses a significant threat to any adventurers who dare to cross its path. Its immunities to acid make it especially formidable in battle. Its high charisma and intelligence make it an excellent manipulator and strategist, and it can even speak multiple languages. Its challenge rating of 21 marks it as one of the most difficult opponents a player can face, making it a highly sought-after encounter for skilled players seeking a challenge.
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