Hellfire Dragon
Dragon (Extraplanar, Evil, Lawful)
Environment: The Nine Hells of Baator
Organization: Wyrmling, very young, young, juvenile, and young adult: solitary or clutch (2–5); adult, mature adult, old, very old, ancient, wyrm, or great wyrm: solitary, pair, or family (1–2 and 2–5 offspring)
Challenge Ratings: Wyrmling 5; very young 6; young 8; juvenile 11; young adult 13; adult 15; mature adult 18; old 20; very old 21; ancient 22; wyrm 23; great wyrm 25
Treasure: Triple standard
Alignment: Always lawful evil
Advancement: Wyrmling 8–9 HD; very young 11–12 HD; young 14–15 HD; juvenile 17–18 HD; young adult 20–21 HD; adult 23–24 HD; mature adult 26–27 HD; old 29–30 HD; very old 32–33 HD; ancient 35–36 HD; wyrm 38–39 HD; great wyrm 41+ HD.

These powerful wyrms stylize themselves as the true warriors of dragonkind, claiming descent from a now dead draconic war god they call Korkalash. Dwelling on Baator, primarily on the first layer of Avernus, these dragons are tyrannical and manipulative to match their arrogance and power. They construct great towers of green steel and black stone upon the plane, and lair atop these towers, looking out over what they consider their domain; the eldest such dragons do not even brook interference within their domains by anything less than one of the Lords of the Nine and have been known to defy even their will. One wyrm, Alla’kadar, in particular is notably unruly, the great wyrm having once led armies in assault upon Bel requiring Asmodeus to threaten intercession to force the wyrm to back down from declaring himself the Lord of the First. Another aging dragon, Tilpha'dorax, had long been a fixture of Dispater's court, but has recently vanished. The rumors I've heard says that Dispater is not pleased with this disappearance as the dragon still seems to have agents in the Iron City and is nearing his growth into a true wyrm, a thing which Dispater wanted to make certain to arrange the dragon's death before.

Hellfire dragons have several similarities with baatezu they are also called Baatezu Dragons and Pit Dragons. When born they have scales like fresh blood but by adulthood they darken to the color of dried blood. Their eyes begin as a pale green but with age they become deep viridian which shines with an inner glow. They have two large bony forward pointing horns and the fleshy membranes of their wings are a deep purple. Their breath weapon is a horrible green flame, the same in nature as Mephistopheles's diabolic hellfire, able to burn even devils to cinders.

Their natural tendency towards imperial aspirations means that although they often work with baatezu the relationship between the two races is continuously strained. They enjoy battle and conquest, and sometimes encroach onto both Acheron and Gehenna due to this love. They find something about these planes distasteful, and rarely make a permanent lair on either plane, preferring instead to claim a portal and attempt to carve out empire through it. Older drakes learn the folly of such attempts, as such portals are often temporary, and even those which last mortal lifetimes will fade before the dragon, and turn their attention more fully to the Nine Hells so it is primarily younger dragons who pursue such tasks.

For hunters I must warn these dragons are dangerous. Their breath weapon is almost irresistible, no known spells preventing hellfire's burns. They often work with baatezu so be careful of diabolic interlopers in your battle. They are not burned by flames, either those of the Prime or Hell, and are resistant to both acid and frost. If they ready themselves for melee they will cloak their form in darkness, using their ability to see through magical shadows to gain a tactical advantage, be prepared with spells to conjure forth light to banish such shadows or to see in them yourselves. If they see you truly as a threat they will lace their breath with energies to stun and stop a foe, but such a trick is something they can do but a limited number of times in a day, and should you weather it once you should be safe.

-Zasper, the Dragon Sage, Arch...


Hellfire Dragons by Age
Age Size Hit Die (hp) Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha BAB/Grapple Attack Fort Ref Will Breath Weapon Frightful Presence
Wyrmling M 7d12+14 (59) 17 10 15 10 11 12 +7/+10 +10 +7 +5 +5 2d6 (15) -
Very young L 10d12+30 (95) 21 10 17 12 13 14 +10/+19 +14 +10 +7 +8 4d6 (18) -
Young L 13d12+39 (123) 25 10 17 12 13 14 +13/+24 +19 +11 +8 +9 6d6 (19) 18
Juvenile L 16d12+64 (168) 29 10 19 14 15 16 +16/+29 +24 +14 +10 +12 8d6 (22) 21
Young Adult H 19d12+95 (218) 31 10 21 14 15 18 +19/+37 +27 +16 +11 +13 10d6 (24) 23
Adult H 22d12+110 (253) 33 10 21 16 19 20 +22/+41 +31 +18 +13 +17 12d6 (26) 26
Mature Adult H 25d12+150 (312) 33 10 23 18 19 20 +25/+44 +34 +20 +14 +18 14d6 (28) 27
Old G 28d12+196 (378) 35 10 25 20 21 22 +28/+52 +36 +23 +16 +21 16d6 (31) 30
Very Old G 31d12+248 (449) 37 10 27 22 23 24 +31/+56 +40 +25 +17 +23 18d6 (33) 32
Ancient G 34d12+306 (527) 39 10 29 24 25 26 +34/+60 +44 +28 +19 +26 20d6 (36) 35
Wyrm G 37d12+370 (610) 41 10 31 24 25 28 +37/+64 +48 +30 +20 +27 22d6 (38) 37
Great Wyrm C 40d12+400 (660) 45 10 31 26 27 30 +40/+73 +49 +32 +22 +30 24d6 (40) 40

Age Speed Initiative AC Special Abilities SR
Wyrmling 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 16 (+6 natural) Immunity to fire and hellfire, cold and acid resistance 10 17
Very Young 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 18 (+8 natural) Charm Person, Deeper Darkvision 18
Young 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 21 (-1 size, +12 natural) DR 5/magic 20
Juvenile 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 24 (-1 size, +15 natural) See Invisibility, Darkness 23
Young Adult 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 26 (-2 size, +18 natural) DR 10/magic 25
Adult 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 29 (-2 size, +21 natural) Charm Monster, Stunning Breath 27
Mature Adult 60-ft, fly 100-ft (poor) +0 32 (-2 size, +24 natural) DR 15/magic 30
Old 60-ft, fly 150-ft (clumsy) +0 33 (-4 size, +27 natural) Wall of Evil, Greater Teleport 31
Very Old 60-ft, fly 150-ft (clumsy) +0 36 (-4 size, +30 natural) DR 20/magic and 5/good 33
Ancient 60-ft, fly 150-ft (clumsy) +0 39 (-4 size, +33 natural) Blasphemy, Power Word Stun 34
Wyrm 60-ft, fly 150-ft (clumsy) +0 42 (-4 size, +35 natural) DR 20/magic and 10/good 35
Great Wyrm 60-ft, fly 150-ft (clumsy) +0 41 (-8 size, +39 natural) Lash of Force 37

Special Abilities:

Breath Weapon (Su): A hellfire dragon’s breath weapon is a cone of hellfire which deals, obviously, the listed amount of hellfire damage. A Reflex save halves this damage.

Deeper Darkvision (Ex)
: A very young or older hellfire dragon’s darkvision functions in magical darkness just as well as in natural darkness.

Spell-like Abilities: Caster level equals age category. 3/day: Charm Person (very young), Darkness (juvenile), Greater Teleport (old), See Invisibility (juvenile), Wall of Evil (old). 1/day: Blasphemy (ancient), Charm Monster (adult), Lash of Force (Great Wyrm), Power Word Stun (Ancient), Stunning Breath (Adult).

Skills: Bluff and Spellcraft are class skills for Hellfire Dragons.