What is a Gold Dragon in Pathfinder 2e Text on a blue background with a picture of a Gold Dragon

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What is a Gold Dragon in Pathfinder 2e? Gold dragons are the epitome of metallic dragonkind, unrivaled in their strength as well as their wisdom. They command the unwavering reverence of all other metallic dragons, who view gold dragons as their leaders and counselors.

Golds rival the raw power of even red dragons, much to the chagrin of their chromatic cousins, and the two races are often regarded as bitter rivals. But despite their incredible power, gold dragons are fond of discourse and prefer to talk through solutions to problems rather than rely upon brute strength.

Long-lived as they are, they necessarily take a wide view of all situations and never act without considering all possible options and outcomes. Because of this, gold dragons willingly converse with any creature that seeks them out, even evil chromatic dragons.

Mortals might find this behavior strange, considering the longstanding war between chromatic and metallic dragons, but dragons know all too well that desperate situations sometimes call for drastic alliances. And although gold dragons might consider brief truces with their chromatic brethren in the case of world-ending threats, they also know when such alliances have run their course.

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What is a Gold Dragon in Pathfinder 2e Text on a blue background with a picture of a Gold Dragon

Counsel Sought But Hard To Find

When another metallic dragon faces a quandary or a foe beyond its own ability to overcome, its best option is often to seek the counsel of the eternally wise and gloriously righteous gold dragons. Locating these legendary beings is no easy task, however, for gold dragons are notoriously reclusive.

Their intellect and wisdom is such that they prefer to ponder the great questions of life in seclusion, where they strive to formulate solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. As a result, gold dragons are sometimes absent when metallic dragons gather together or are missing from tribunals where their counsel would be beneficial.

Impatient dragons sometimes begrudge gold dragons for this apparent unreliability, but such aspersions are usually a result of jealousy rather than any true criticism; in their hearts, other dragons know that few gold dragons purposefully exclude themselves from truly important matters.

Breath Weapon

The gold dragon breathes in one of two ways. The dragon can’t use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.

Flame (arcane, evocation,fire); The dragon breathes a blast of flame in a 40-foot cone that deals 15d6 fire damage (DC 37 basic Reflex save).

Weakening Gas (arcane, necromancy); The dragon breathes a blast of weakening gas. Each creature within a 40-foot cone must succeed at a DC 37 Fortitude save or become enfeebled 2 for 1 minute (or enfeebled 3 on a critical failure).

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A gold dragon’s incredible foresight and unparalleled enlightenment means they are unlikely to interfere in the business of individual mortals, though the rare person who captures the attention of a gold dragon is fortunate indeed, for there are few beings in the cosmos who can offer such prudent and considerate advice. Rulers and individuals in stations of high power have an easier time of garnering the aid of a gold dragon; entire wars have been avoided thanks to a gold dragon’s last-minute intermediation.

Divine Spell Casters

Unlike most dragons, they cast divine spells instead of arcane.

Young Gold Dragon

Divine Prepared Spells DC 29, attack +24; 4th discern lies, heal, restoration; 3rd dispel magic, haste, heal; 2nd restoration, resist energy, see invisibility, silence; 1st alarm, mending, protection, spirit link; Cantrips (4th) daze, detect magic, forbidding ward, prestidigitation, read aura

Adult Gold Dragon

Divine Prepared Spells DC 35, attack +30; As young gold dragon, plus 6th blade barrier, heal, true seeing; 5th banishment, breath of life, sending; Cantrips (6th) daze, detect magic, forbidding ward, prestidigitation, read aura

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Adventure Ideas

The Gilded Visionary

A gold dragon known for its prophetic abilities has foreseen an impending catastrophe that threatens the entire realm. The dragon, however, is unwilling to involve itself directly and instead sends a cryptic message to the adventurers, urging them to embark on a quest to prevent the disaster. The party must decipher the dragon’s enigmatic clues and gather the resources needed to avert the looming calamity.

The Golden Guardian’s Riddle

An ancient artifact of immense power lies hidden within a mysterious labyrinth, guarded by a reclusive gold dragon. The dragon is willing to relinquish the artifact to those who prove their worth by solving a series of riddles and trials designed to test their intellect, wisdom, and character. The adventurers must navigate the treacherous maze and overcome the dragon’s challenges to claim the powerful relic.

The Lost Treasure of Solaris

Rumors have surfaced about the legendary treasure hoard of Solaris, an adult gold dragon who vanished centuries ago. Scholars and adventurers alike are now racing to decipher ancient texts and maps to locate the hidden lair of Solaris. The party is hired to follow the clues and retrieve the treasure, but they will soon discover that Solaris is not as absent as they once believed.

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