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Chromatic dragons were a type of dragon distinguished typically by a solid, non-reflective coloring of their scales, hence the name. They were generally evil, greedy, and predatory, and usually worshiped Tiamat, whom they regarded as their queen.[2]

It was believed by scholars from Candlekeep that all species of chromatic dragons evolved from the proto-dragon species of the inficedraco genus.[4]


Although there were many chromatic dragon species, the following are the ones known by sages of Faerûn:

Red dragons
Red dragons were greedy, chaotic evil creatures, interested only in their own well-being, vanity, and the extension of their treasure hoards. They were supremely confident, being the largest and most powerful of the chromatic dragons. Typically found living in mountainous regions, they breathed a cone of fire.[5]
Black dragons
Black dragons, or skull dragons, were the most vile-tempered and cruel of all chromatic dragons. Excellent swimmers who normally lived in swamps and marshes, they preferred ambush attacks. They had a corrosive acid breath weapon.[6]
Blue dragons
Blue dragons, or storm dragons, were manipulative, lawful evil chromatics who were infamous for their skill at creating hallucinations, and their cruel use of such things. They preferred aerial combat, which allowed them to use their electrical breath weapon most efficiently. Blue dragons most often lived in arid wastelands and deserts.[7] They were the second most powerful of the chromatic dragons.
Green dragons
Green dragons were highly territorial, deceptive, forest-dwelling creatures who loved secrets and intrigue. Although lawful evil, they were duplicitous and cunning foes who loved combat. They were the third most powerful of the chromatic dragons. Their breath weapon was a cone of poisonous green gas.[8]
White dragons
White dragons, also called ice dragons or glacial wyrms, were the smallest and weakest of the classic chromatic dragons. However, they were by no means harmless. White dragons were extremely well-suited to their arctic habitat and had excellent memories. They were more feral than other dragons, though, and always chaotic evil. They breathed a cone of ice or frost.[9]
Brown dragons
Brown dragons, also called great desert dragons,[10] were wingless, neutral evil dragons who laired in deserts. They preferred ambushes to straightforward combat, burying themselves in the sand.[11]
Purple dragons
Purple dragons, also called deep dragons,[10] were slender, agile dragons who patiently stalked their prey. They lived in the Underdark and were rarely found on the surface. Purple dragons often allied with drow, and considered themselves rivals of cloakers and mind flayers. They were chaotic evil and had a psychic "breath weapon" that confused and disoriented the target.[12]
Gray dragons
Gray dragons, also called fang dragons,[10] were rapacious, violent dragons that were good at physical combat but poor at flying. Some gray dragons possessed an acid breath weapon.[12]
Yellow dragons
A very rare species of chromatic dragons, only a few individuals of this species had been spotted throughout history. Yellow dragons were solitary predators and secretive creatures, even among dragons.[13]



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  3. Template:Cite book/Monster Manual 3.5
  4. Template:Cite book/Draconomicon (1990)
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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Template:Cite book/Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons
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  12. 12.0 12.1 Template:Cite book/Monsters of Faerûn
  13. Template:Cite book/Draconomicon (1990)


True dragons
Metallic dragons GoldSilverBronzeCopperBrassMercuryMithralNickelOriumPlatinum
Ferrous dragons ChromiumCobaltElectrumIronNickelSteelTungsten
Chromatic dragons BlackWhiteBlueGreenRedBrownGrayOrangePinkPurpleDeepRainbowSaltYellow
Gem dragons AmberAmethystBeljurilEmeraldJacinthJadeMoonstoneSapphirePearlTopazCrystalObsidianRuby
Lung dragons Chiang lung ⟨River dragon⟩ • Li lung ⟨Earth dragon⟩ • Lung wang ⟨Sea dragon⟩ • Pan lung ⟨Coiled dragon⟩ • Shen lung ⟨Spirit dragon⟩ • T'ien lung ⟨Celestial dragon⟩ • Tun mi lung ⟨Typhoon dragon⟩ • Yu lung ⟨Carp dragon⟩
Planar dragons AdamantineArborealAstralAxialBattleBeastBlazewyrmBlightChaosCholeConcordantDeathmaskEctoplasmicElysianEtherealFrostforged wyrmGloomHellfire wyrmHowlingMirageOceanusPactPyroclasticRadiantRustShadowStyxTarterianWretch
Arcane dragons HexTome
Spelljamming dragons Moon/lunarStar/celestialSun/solar
Epic dragons ForcePrismaticTime
Catastrophic dragons AvalancheBlizzardEarthquakeTornadoTyphoonWildfireVolcanic
Miscellaneous true dragons Abyssal drakeAlbino wyrmAquaticCerilianCloudCobraCoinDzalmusGreyhawkHawkdragonIncarnumJabberwockMistNightPaperPhaseRattelyrSandScintillatingSeaSongStellarStoneSunwyrmVishap
Dragon psychoses NamelessRaveningRiddledSpellhoardingWandering
Draconic transformations AirAscendantBrainstealerHidecarvedElder brain
Lesser dragons
Elemental drakes AirEarthFireWaterIceMagmaOozeSmoke
Felldrakes CrestedHornedSpittingSpiked
Greater drakes ArsalonBarautha ⟨Spitting drake⟩ • Ermalkankari ⟨Stone drake⟩ • KavainusMardallond ⟨Mead drake⟩ • RetchenbeastRivilithisTrilligarg ⟨Chameleon drake⟩ • Vallochar ⟨Web drake⟩ • Vandalraug
Miscellaneous drakes AmbushBlack firedrakeCrystalDemonGlacierdrakGravewyrmDragonneGuardFaerieMindPortalRageShadowSpaceStormVultureWyvern
Dragonets AmphitereCommon dragonetCrow's-nestDrakenFaerieFiredrakeGeyserIce LizardKodragonMinidragonMolePavillionPseudodragon
Landwyrms DesertForestHillJungleMountainPlainsSwampTundraUnderdark
Linnorms Corpse tearerDreadFlameForestFrostGrayLandRainSeaSwampStygian
Wurms CaveForestGrasslandHillLavaMountainRiverSandSeaStormSwampTundra
Miscellaneous lesser dragons Dragon eelDragon tortoiseDragon turtleDragonnelDweomervoreHatori (Tylor) • IbrandlinRock wyrmScalamagdrionSea serpentSea wyrmSsvaklorSunwyrmVelrocWyvern
Related creatures
Dragonbloods Draconic creatureDragonborn of BahamutDragonspawnHalf-dragon (Drow-dragon (shadow)Drow-dragon (deep)) • Kobold (DragonwroughtUrd) • WeredragonZar'ithraZekyl
Hybrid monsters DracimeraDracoliskMantidrakeWyvern drake
Undead dragons DracolichDragonwightGhastGhostGhostlyGhoulGuardianHoarderMummySkeletalSpectreRathreaVampiricWightWrathZombie
Miscellaneous related creatures AbishaiDraconDraconianDracohydraDracosphinxDracotaurDragonbornDragonkinFire dragonFume drakeGargouilleHai RiyoKrolliLesser CetusMantidrakePleudaSirrushSsvaklorVishapUkuyatangi ⟨Jungle Hydra⟩