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    Drake, Salt

    This powerful creature resembles a blue dragon with mottled black wings and crimson eyes. Its ears are frilled and swept back against its head.

    Salt Drake CR 8

    XP 4,800
    N Large dragon (earth)
    Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +21

    DEFENSE

    AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+1 Dex, +8 natural, –1 size)
    hp 104 (11d12+33); fast healing 2
    Fort +10; Ref +8; Will +8
    Immune paralysis, sleep

    OFFENSE

    Speed 40 ft., fly 150 ft. (poor)
    Melee bite +13 (2d6+4), 2 claws +13 (1d8+3), 2 wings +11 (1d6+1), tail slap +11 (1d8+4)
    Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
    Special Attacks breath weapon (30 ft. cone, DC 18, 3d6 slashing plus 1 Con damage)

    STATISTICS

    Str 17, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 4, Wis 13, Cha 11
    Base Atk +11; CMB +15; CMD 26 (30 vs. trip)
    Feats Cleave, Great Cleave, Hover, Multiattack, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception)
    Skills Fly +9, Perception +21, Stealth +11
    Languages Draconic

    SPECIAL ABILITIES

    Breath Weapon (Su)

    A salt drake’s breath weapon is a 30 ft. cone of razor-sharp salt crystals. In addition to dealing slashing damage the salt crystals absorb bodily fluids, dealing 1 point of Constitution damage to living targets.

    Training a Salt Drake

    A salt drake requires training before it can bear a rider in combat. To be trained, a salt drake must have a friendly attitude toward the trainer (this can be achieved through a successful Diplomacy check).

    Training a friendly salt drake requires ten weeks of work and a DC 30 Handle Animal check. Riding a salt drake requires an exotic saddle. A salt drake can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check.

    Salt drake eggs are worth 6,000 gp apiece on the open market, while young are worth 12,000 gp each. Professional trainers charge 2,000 gp to rear or train a dragonnel.

    Carrying Capacity: A light load for a salt drake is up to 516 pounds; a medium load, 517–1,038 pounds, and a heavy load, 1,039–1,560 pounds.