Remaster Preview: Oh, my! It’s a mirage!

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Hey everyone, Luis Loza here! I'm back to talk about another addition to the draconic ranks in Pathfinder Monster Core. If you haven’t seen our preview for the new diabolic dragon, be sure to check that out as well! Anyway, on to the latest preview!


Concept art for the mirage dragon. This lithe dragon has a long neck and massive webbed fins on the side of its head

Mirage Dragon Concept Art - by Kent Hamilton


The next dragon we’re showcasing is the mirage dragon, an arcane dragon with a mastery of illusion magic. Arcane dragons typically have a stronger connection to magic, represented by stronger spellcasting capabilities, direct influence over magical energies, and other supernatural abilities. Many arcane dragons sport lithe frames as they make use of their magic more directly and thus don’t require the powerful bodies that other dragons use for combat. That doesn’t make arcane dragons any less dangerous, however!

Take the mirage dragon, for example. Its scales are iridescent and capable of changing color for better camouflage, making mirage dragons surprisingly stealthy. The fins on the dragon’s head open up into a radiant display that can captivate foes, giving the dragon plenty of time to close in on prey. A mirage dragon’s hallucinatory breath can confound or overwhelm multiple enemies at once, which is helpful when dealing with parties of would-be dragon slayers. Add on a suite of illusion spells, and you have a dragon that’s just as dangerous, if not more so, than its larger cousins. Mirage dragons love to gaze upon their own reflections and hoard gold pieces polished to a mirror shine, as well as reflective metals, large mirrors, and other treasures to line their lairs.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at the mirage dragon. If you want a second look, make sure to check out our preview for the cover of Pathfinder GM Core. Stay tuned for more Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster previews—draconic and otherwise—in the coming weeks!

Luis Loza
Creative Director—Rules & Lore

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So I know Paizo doesn't like to do box checking, but there's creative space for at least:
- Eight Arcane Dragons -one for each school of magic.
- Nine Divine Dragons -one for each outer plane.
- Six(?) Primal Dragons- one for each elemental plane.
- Some number of Occult dragons.

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And the Occult number is a mystery, like other Occult things.


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I wouldn't mind if Primal Dragons went beyond just "one for each element", honestly. I'd love them to be more themed around nature and natural wonders (plants, animals, fungi, swamps, volcanos) than the elements. They can always add Elemental Dragons later, since that's basically its own list. :P


I mean, Linnorms are still primal dragons, right?


Let me get this straight... it's a dragon that spits...hallucinogenic drugs?!?!?? this sounds strange to me...but it also gives me ideas... even stranger...


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Kobold Catgirl wrote:
I wouldn't mind if Primal Dragons went beyond just "one for each element", honestly. I'd love them to be more themed around nature and natural wonders (plants, animals, fungi, swamps, volcanos) than the elements. They can always add Elemental Dragons later, since that's basically its own list. :P

Would love a Fungi dragon that could like control/reanimate things with spores


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Pieces-Kai wrote:
Kobold Catgirl wrote:
I wouldn't mind if Primal Dragons went beyond just "one for each element", honestly. I'd love them to be more themed around nature and natural wonders (plants, animals, fungi, swamps, volcanos) than the elements. They can always add Elemental Dragons later, since that's basically its own list. :P
Would love a Fungi dragon that could like control/reanimate things with spores

I'm fairly sure Mark wrote a fungal dragon for battlezoo. Though it may of been an ancestry. I can't remember.


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1st of all Kent Hamilton's concept art is absolutely amazing! 2nd of all I cannot wait to see more dragon previews! Primal dragon next, please. :)

Dean, the Minstrel Wyrm

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Kobold Catgirl wrote:
I wouldn't mind if Primal Dragons went beyond just "one for each element", honestly. I'd love them to be more themed around nature and natural wonders (plants, animals, fungi, swamps, volcanos) than the elements. They can always add Elemental Dragons later, since that's basically its own list. :P

Terrain dragons. The OG dragons were associated with certain terrains, but the blue / desert connection and green / forest connection weren't terribly strong.

Having a sand-colored Desert Dragon that resembles a half-dragon sandworm from Dune and sprays a gout of flesh-rending sand, or a green and blue countershaded Aquatic Dragon that spews high pressure freezing brine from the oceans depths and has a long coiling sea serpent-y vibe with lots of fins, could be fun.

Just avoid making the Arctic Dragon too similar to the White Dragon, and it's all good!

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