Dragon, Iron Wyrmling (CR 4)

Medium Dragon (Fire)
Alignment: Always Lawful Neutral
Initiative: +0; Senses: blindsense 60 ft., darkvision120 ft., low-light vision, and keen senses
Languages: Draconic


AC: 13 (+3 natural) touch 10, flat-footed 13
Hit Dice: 7d12+14 (59)
Fort +7, Ref +5, Will +7
Speed: 40 ft., burrow 40 ft., fly 150 ft. (poor)
Space: 10 ft./10 ft.
Base Attack +7; Grapple +11
Attack: 1 bite +11, 2 claws +6, 2 wings +6
Damage: 1 bite 2d6+4, 2 claws 1d8+2, 2 wings 1d6
Special Attacks/Actions: Breath weapon 2d10 (15)
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 10, Con 15, Int 14, Wis 15, Cha 14
Special Qualities: Alternate form, immunity to fire, vulnerability to cold
Feats: #Feats: 2
Skills:
Class Skills: Disguise, Gather Information, Skill points: 20, and and Jump
Advancement: 8-9 HD
Climate/Terrain: Temperate hills and mountains
Organization: Solitary (1 dragon, any age), clutch (1d4+1 wyrmlings, very young, young, juvenile, or young adults), family (pair of mature adults and 1d4+1 offspring)
Treasure: Triple Standard

Source: Dragon #356

Alternate Form (Su): An iron dragon can assume any animal or humanoid form of Medium size or smaller as a standard action three times per day. The dragon can remain in its animal or humanoid form until it chooses to assume a new one or return to its natural form.

Metalsense (Ex): all ferrous dragons can sense the location and amount of any non-precious metal (precious metals include adamantine, copper, gold, mithral, platinum, and silver) within a distance of 30 feet x the dragon's age category. This makes it nearly impossible to sneak on a ferrous dragon when wearing armor or wielding weapons made of iron or other nonprecious metals. Like blindsense, opponents the dragon can't actually see still have total concealment against the dragon.

Breath Weapon (Su): An iron dragon has two types of breath weapon, a cone of superheated sparks (dealing half electricity and half fire damage), and a cone of sleep gas. Creatures within a cone of sleep gas must succeed on a Will save or fall asleep, regardless of HD, for 1d6 rounds plus 1 round per age category of the dragon.

Skills: Disguise, Gather Information, and Jump are considered class skills for iron dragons.

The most powerful of the ferrous dragons, iron dragons desire to make dragonkind the rightful rulers of the world. As such, iron dragons travel in assumed forms to learn what goes on in the world around them.

Strategies and Tactics

Iron dragons generally avoid combat, preferring to use diplomacy or intimidation to gain the information they seek. If drawn into battle, an iron dragon prefers to use its sleep gas breath weapon. It supplements this with spells and spell-like abilities that incapacitate or subdue foes. An iron dragon is not without mercy, but it expects payment in return for such kindness, usually in the form of information.

Fire Subtype

A creature with the fire subtype has immunity to fire. It has vulnerability to cold, which means it takes half again as much (+50%) damage as normal from cold, regardless of whether a saving throw is allowed, or if the save is a success or failure.