Domestic Drake

Arikam Pathfinder RPG Stat Block:

Domestic Drake

The horse-sized dragon, which has wings and legs but no front limbs, lands with a light step; a rider sits on its back at the base of the neck.
     Domestic Drake                     CR 2
XP 600
N Large dragon
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +7
domesticated drakeAC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 13 (+1 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)
hp 25 (3d12+6)
Fort +5, Ref +4, Will +4
Immune sleep, paralysis
Speed 20 ft., fly 80 ft. (average)
Melee bite +6 (1d8+4), tail slap +1 (1d8+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Str 18, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 9
Base Atk +3; CMB +8; CMD 19
Feats Improved Initiative and one of Flyby Attack, Hover, or Wingover
Skills Fly +5, Intimidate +5, Perception +7, Sense Motive +7, Stealth +1
Languages Auran, Draconic
SQ speed surge
Environment any land or urban
Organization solitary, pair or flight (3–6) plus riders
Treasure standard
Breed Abilities: Various different breeds and crossbreeds of domestic drakes have been developed over time, each with slightly different appearances and abilities. Each domestic drake belongs to one breed, such as the following:

  • Nehosas Longhorn: Bred muscular and with over-sized horns, these drakes are made for combat. They have a +2 Strength and a gore attack (1d8).
  • Ebryth Graceful Striker: Lean and agile, these drakes are used in air-to-air combat and precise bombing. They have a +2 Dexterity and a flight maneuverability of good.
  • Naryow Short-tail: Stocky with a short face and covered in heavy scales, these drakes are big and bulky. They have a +2 Constitution and a +3 natural armor, but lack the tail slap attack.
  • Itylan Painted Gray: A rare breed, they have an over-sized head and forehead, and dislike combat. They commonly have an Intelligence score of 12 and usually put extra skill ranks in a Knowledge or Spellcraft.
  • Ickland Hunting: Bred for scouting, these drakes have large owl-like eyes and fox-like ears and are usually active at night. They have a +2 Wisdom and a +2 bonus on Perception and on Survival checks to track.
  • Farin Splendorous Warm-blood: Covered in shiny semi-metallic scales, these drakes are showy but have difficult personalities. They have a +2 Charisma and a +4 bonus on Intimidate.
  • Western Draught Courier: Bred for hardiness and utility, these drakes are used in transport more than combat. They gain Endurance as a bonus feat, and treat their carrying capacity as if their Strength score was 4 points higher.
  • Border Swift-wing: Bred for speedy attacks and racing, these drakes are extremely fast. Their fly speed is 100 ft. with poor maneuverability and they gain Run as a bonus feat, which they can apply to flight.
  • Southern Rex: An unrecognized mixed breed, these drakes have a variety of benefits. They have the Advanced Simple Template.
  • Grand Mountaineer: Useful for both combat and carrying gear, these huge drakes have big appetites but are prized for their size, able to carry multiple riders at once. They have the Giant Simple Template.
  • Petite Spotted: Too small for humans to ride, these drakes either work with a Small rider or without a rider at all, often on stealth missions. They have the Young Simple Template.
  • Old World Indigo: A psionic breed, these drakes are rare. They have telepathy 100 feet and a +4 bonus on Autohypnosis UP checks.
  • Native Spitfire: Even without being raised with an allegiance to natives Estopurian drake breeders in Arikam find the spitfire as difficult to control as it is valuable. It has a breath weapon (___) but requires two extra levels for Leadership.

Speed Surge (Ex): Three times per day as a swift action, a domestic drake may draw on its draconic heritage for a boost of strength and speed to take an additional move action in that round.

Domestic drakes are dragons that have become (partially) domesticated by people for use as mounts. They bear the traits from wyverns and various types of drakes; many of these make them, in ways, similar to flying, draconic combat-trained horses. Unlike most dragons, wyverns, and drakes, domestic drakes are not antagonistic to humans and often have a neutral, if dim-witted, disposition. They are used to living in large flights that share overlapping territories, and can accept a rider in a place of dominance. Domestic drakes are omnivorous, able to eat any fare they find or that are provided by the humanoids that ride them, though they still prefer meat. Domestic drakes grow quickly, reaching full size (and are able to breed) in 2 to 4 years and living for 30 to 45 years, though some can live 60 years or longer.
Drakes were first domesticated in Estopur, primarily from wyvern and drake stock, particularly those that would willingly serve as steeds to humanoids. Through centuries of selective breeding, several kinds have emerged, possessing different traits – GMs are free to invent new breeds as they see fit. Most drake breeds can be identified by colors, having striped or spotted hides in yellow, tan, orange, and gray scales. While true dragons have a distaste for lesser dragons in general, domestic drakes are particularly unpleasant, as they physically embody humanoid races’ ability to shape dragonkind to their own whims. Politically, domestic drakes, as creatures possessing above-animal, human-like intelligence, are in a complicated spot with recent efforts towards the abolition of slavery. Most drakes themselves do not seem to mind, but this is slowly changing as they start to become more political creatures.
A domestic drake is about 5 feet high at the shoulder, has a 16 foot wingspan and is 15 feet in length, with long tails. The average domestic drake weighs 1,500 pounds. A character with the Leadership feat can take a domestic drake as a cohort if their Effective Cohort Level is 5th or higher.

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