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The mischievous faerie dragons came from a branch of the dragon family tree,[3] closely related to pseudodragons.[5] They were intelligent and capable of using language.[1]


Faerie dragons were extremely small in comparison to their large metallic or chromatic dragon cousins—about the size of a cat.[1] Each had an iridescent coat of scales that reflected all colors of the rainbow, predominantly reflecting one particular color which changed with age.[1] They had a long, prehensile tail and platinum-colored, butterfly-like wings.[3]

Like true dragons, faerie dragons grew stronger with age, but they matured much more quickly and lived shorter lives. Because their predominant scale hue ran the colors of the rainbow over their lifetime, their color was a direct indicator of their age and power. The scales of a young hatchling were almost always red, and those of a fully mature dragon (over 50 years old) were violet.[1]


Like many dragons, they tended to be pranksters, but faerie dragons were especially mischievous. They were often referred to as the pranksters of the wild.[3]


Faerie dragons preferred to deal with predators from a distance, using innate magical abilities to confuse and bewilder. Some could phase in and out of their plane to avoid danger. If seriously pressed, these dragons could strike out with their claws and teeth, but they preferred magic over melee. They rarely fought alone and were often quick to call upon allies when in trouble.[3]

Breath Weapon[]

A faerie dragon could exhale a cone of euphoria gas as a breath weapon.[3] Victims stood still and did nothing or wandered off randomly.[1]


Fearie dragons have inate spellcasting abilites. Some spells came with their age, others where considered favourid spells. These spells include animal growth, animate objects, animate rock, charm monster, color spray, commune with nature, dancing lights, detect magic, distance distortion, entangle, forget, ghost sound, glitterdust, hallucinatory terrain, invisibility, legend lore, limited wish, mage hand, major image, mind fog, minor illusion, mirror image, obscurement, obscuring mist, polymorph, project image, suggestion, summon nature's ally IV, unseen servant, ventriloquism, and water breathing.[4][3][1]


Faerie dragons normally traveled in groups with pixies, sprites, and other fey creatures.[3]


Faerie dragons often built their lairs high off the ground in the boughs, crotches, and hollows of trees, making them out of any materials they could gather from the forest floor, such as dry grass, leaves, spider silk, twigs, small branches, tree bark, and mud.[3] Faerie dragons laid their eggs in tiny closely-nestled clusters.[8]


Their diet consisted mostly of small bugs caught in the air, from trees and bushes, and off the ground. They also fed on fruits, berries, nectar, and butterflies, which they ate to get the color and look of their wings.[3]

Notable Faerie Dragons[]



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Further Reading[]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bruce R. Cordell, et al. (November 2008). Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 195–196. ISBN 978-0-7869-4980-9.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 158–159. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 David Cook, Steve Winter, and Jon Pickens (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume Three Forgotten Realms Appendix (MC3). (TSR, Inc), p. 36. ISBN 0-88038-769-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  6. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 49. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  7. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 302–303. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  8. Kate Novak, Jeff Grubb (December 1997). Tymora's Luck. (TSR, Inc.), chap. 1, p. 5. ISBN 0-7869-0726-6.
  9. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  10. Christopher Perkins, James Haeck, James Introcaso, Adam Lee, Matthew Sernett (September 2018). Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7869-6625-7.


The Family of Dragons

Metallic dragons: GoldSilverBronzeCopperBrassCobaltElectrumIronMercuryPlatinumSteel
Chromatic dragons: RedBlackBlueGreenWhiteBrownGrayPurplePinkSaltYellow
Gem dragons: AmethystBeljurilEmeraldSapphireTopazCrystalObsidianRuby
Neutral dragons: AmberJacinthMoonstonePearl
Lung dragons: Chiang lungLi lungLung wangPan lungShen lungT'ien lungTun mi lungYu lung
Planar dragons: AdamantineAstralBattleBlightChaosEtherealHellfire wyrmHowlingMirageOceanusPyroclasticRadiantRustShadowStyxTarterian
Epic dragons: ForcePrismatic
Catastrophic dragons: Volcanic
Miscellaneous dragons: CobraDzalmusMistRadiantRattelyrSongVishap
Draconic transformations: AirAscendantHidecarved