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Drake
A flame drake terrorizes a town.
(Creature)
Type Dragon
(Varies)
CR Varies
Environment Varies
Alignment
Adjective Drake
Images of drakes

Source: The Hill Giant's Pledge, pg(s). 70ff.

A drake is a degenerate, cruel, and evil cousin of true dragons. Drakes share many traits with true dragons—they have sturdy leathery wings, reptilian forms, dangerous breath, and the ability to speak—but have two legs instead of a true dragon's four and lack their greater intelligence. A pack of drakes is called a rampage.[1][2]

Habitat and society

Drakes do not increase in power by age to the degree that true dragons do are typically less intelligent than true dragons,[2] though they are intelligent enough to use language, reason with others, and make deals with other races.[3][1] However, they lack the patience, diplomacy, and long-term planning of their greater relatives, making them more prone to violence.[1]

Species of drake

Drakes come in many species:

While pseudodragons are often called house drakes, they are not considered part of the drake family.[15] Some primal dragons, such as brine dragons and crystal dragons, are sometimes referred to as drakes, perhaps due to their elemental nature rather than being adapted true dragons.[16]

On Golarion

Thanks to the many adaptations and species of drakes, few parts of Golarion are devoid of their presence.[1] Drakes are often viewed by humanoid races as pests—though especially dangerous ones—across parts of Golarion, with some governments issuing bounties to reduce their populations.[14] Others make contact and cut deals with individual drakes to defend property in exchange for treasure[3] or ally with them to bolster a city's defenses.[17]

Talented spellcasters have been known to take shadow drakes as familiars[18], though they might also independently align themselves with someone attuned to their mischievous nature.[19] The legendary Orbs of Dragonkin include one capable of dominating drakes[20], and certain magic items can make certain types of drakes easier to summon.[21] Beyond these exceptions, however, most attempts to domesticate drakes end in catastrophe.[1]

In the Inner Sea region

Near the Winged Wood, a growing number of drakes corrupted by demonic forces of the Worldwound are becoming half-fiends.[22]

Giants across the Inner Sea region are known to breed and keep frost drakes and pets, minions, and even mounts for their allies.[23][24][25]

Colonists of Xin-Shalast from Riddleport hunt frost drakes for food near the rediscovered city.[26]

The draconic monument known as the Sleeper, located deep in the Mindspin Mountains, draws drakes who lair in its chambers and the mountain beneath.[27] Flame drakes favor the crest of Droskar's Crag as a nesting perch.[28]

In Tian Xia

Goka hosts drake races that are popular with nobles and feature lavish purses for the victors.[29]

Notable drakes

On distant worlds

Frost drakes are plentiful in the namesake Drakelands of Triaxus, where they serve in armies under and alongside dragonkin.[30][31]

References

Paizo published a major article about drakes, titled 'Ecology of the Drake', in The Hill Giant's Pledge.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Shaun Hocking, Marie Small, and Jerome Virnich. (2013). Dragonslayer's Handbook, p. 14. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-526-6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Paizo Staff. (2010). Bestiary 2, p. 106ff. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Amber E. Scott. (2014). Secrets of the Sphinx. Secrets of the Sphinx, p. 19. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-590-7 Specifically Kjef-kadeq.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paizo Staff. (2011). Bestiary 3, p. 105. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
  5. Paizo Staff. (2010). Bestiary 2, p. 107. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  6. Paizo Staff. (2010). Bestiary 2, p. 108. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  7. Russ Taylor. (2015). Ecology of the Drake. The Hill Giant's Pledge, p. 73. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-726-0
  8. Paizo Staff. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 78. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  9. Paizo Staff. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 79. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  10. Paizo Staff. (2011). Bestiary 3, p. 106. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
  11. Paizo Staff. (2010). Bestiary 2, p. 109. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  12. Paizo Staff. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 80. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  13. Paizo Staff. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 81. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  14. 14.0 14.1 Mike McArtor. (2008). Guide to Darkmoon Vale, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-100-8
  15. Elaine Cunningham, with Dave Gross. (2010). Winter Witch, Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-286-9
  16. Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  17. Matthew Goodall, Jonathan Keith, Colin McComb, and Rob McCreary. (2011). Lands of the Linnorm Kings, p. 15. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-365-1 Specifically river drakes allied with Freyr Darkwine to protect Blackraven Hall.
  18. Will McCardell et al. (2015). Familiar Folio, p. inside rear cover. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-731-4
  19. Brian Duckwitz, Philip Minchin, and Jason Nelson. (2015). Cohorts and Companions, p. 27. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-734-5
  20. F. Wesley Schneider. (2012). Artifacts & Legends, p. 34. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-458-0
  21. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2014). Advanced Class Guide, p. 217. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-671-3
  22. James Jacobs, Jonathan H. Keith, Jason Nelson, Todd Stewart, and Tanith Tyrr. (2013). The Worldwound, p. 39. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-532-7
  23. Matthew Goodall, Jonathan Keith, Colin McComb, and Rob McCreary. (2011). Lands of the Linnorm Kings, p. 43. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-365-1
  24. Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, Michael Kortes, Jason Nelson, Russ Taylor. (2011). Lost Cities of Golarion, p. 58. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-272-2
  25. Patrick Renie. (2013). Wardens of the Reborn Forge, p. 40. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-555-6
  26. Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, Michael Kortes, Jason Nelson, Russ Taylor. (2011). Lost Cities of Golarion, p. 57. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-272-2
  27. Tyler Beck, Jason Garrett, Alex Greenshields, and David Schwartz. (2014). Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, p. 51. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-710-9
  28. Tim Hitchcock and Jason Nelson. (2015). Andoran, Birthplace of Freedom, p. 44. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-721-5
  29. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 24. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  30. Matthew Goodall. (2013). The Frozen Stars. The Frozen Stars, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-495-5
  31. James L. Sutter. (2012). Distant Worlds, p. 34. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-403-0