Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Dragons Unleashed (PFRPG)

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A Desolation of Dragons

Dragons invade the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Dragons Unleashed! This collection of deadly foes and potent allies reveals 15 of Golarion’s most powerful and influential dragons, from cunning draconic manipulators to great wyrms capable of testing even the most experienced adventurers. Dragons of every chromatic and metallic breed fill this collection, along with several mysterious primal dragons and regal imperial dragons.

Each entry includes full statistics for running the dragon, details on its history and ambitions, descriptions and maps of the dragon’s lair, the contents of its hoard, and more. Unleash Golarion’s ultimate monsters on your game with Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Dragons Unleashed!

Inside this book, you’ll find:

  • Aashaq the Annihilator, an ancient red dragon priestess of Dahak, god of destruction and treachery.
  • Fahrauth, an umbral dragon who has set himself up as a living god in the Darklands.
  • Maghara, the ghost of a copper dragon, who guards a ruined lighthouse known as the Guidestar of Desna.
  • Moschabbatt, an ancient magma dragon who jealously conceals lost secrets of the dwarves.
  • Eleven other exemplars of dragonkind, from brass dragon hatchlings to elder chromatic wyrms!
Dragons Unleashed is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

By Savannah Broadway, Joseph Carriker, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon, Steve Kenson, Tito Leati, Patrick Renie, F. Wesley Schneider, Tork Shaw, Ray Vallese, and Jerome Virnich.
Cover Art by Ralph Horsley.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-525-9

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Dragon NPCs, ready to roll.

*****

There is something here for just about every power level, and each dragon (or clutch, in one case!) is well-realized in terms of their potential uses in a campaign.

From an Umbral Dragon with pretensions of divinity to a truly vicious Red Dragon Cleric of Dahak, you'll find both useful stats and inspiration to burn in this book. Highly recommended- it's what convinced me to become a subscriber.


****( )

I've reviewed this book over on RPGGeek.com.


Lots of ready-made dragons!

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Read my full review on my blog.

Dragons Unleashed provides gamemasters with a ready-made selection of dragons that they can include in their games. The good dragons can be kindly advisers or provide aid in times of need, while the evil dragons make for great final villains in campaigns that lead inexorably to their destruction. Gamemasters will get a lot out of this book.


There Be Dragons!

*****

What can I say about this book that hasn't been already other then it's awesome. I love dragons and this book delivers with 15 different kinds of dragons, each is a famous one from the Innersea region. You get background, minions, enemies, treasure listing, liars and more for each one. The one thing I am disappointed is there was no entry for either a crystal or cloud dragon but other then that it is a great buy.


Not Revisited, Unleashed!

*****

Similar to the also amazing Castles of the Inner Sea, this book has outdone itself. The sheer amount of amazing content packed into such a small book excites me beyond description. Each of the 15 dragons come alive in their respective chapters. A full background, description, and stat block make them simple to drop into any campaign as either an encounter or even the seed for an entire campaign's BBEG.

It doesn't stop there either. Each dragon has a lair lovingly detailed and mapped out. The lairs are so close to being a mini-adventure, that with just a little bit of extra prep each dragon could easily be a multi session excavation (or mini-campaign). My absolutely favorite part is at the very end of each chapter: the hoard. Every dragon has a thoughtfully collected hoard specific to their history and personality. This alone can be worth it's weight in gold if lifted by a cunning GM.

While it is fitting, my only gripe is that most of the dragons are of a very high CR. This makes the book a little less accessible to GMs that like to stay with low level parties/campaigns. However there is still enough of a CR range for most gaming groups to get something out of this book. Honestly, it isn't even enough of a gripe to detract a star from my rating of the book, more just something I wanted to point out to those looking for a little bit more disclosure.

To the 10 authors who worked to assemble this amazing book, I thank you all for putting together such a cohesive and comprehensive title.


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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced! Product image is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

Dark Archive

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Will there be anything more about Mengkare in this?


This sounds AWESOME, cannot wait! :)


would this have alternate rules for dragons? or dragons with unique abilities?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

So this is sort of like an entire book of expanded versions of the Fafnheir article from lands of the Linnorm Kings?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Hmm ... I'm sensing a theme for the releases in May ... but what, what could it be? ;)


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Pugwampis.


I have one serious complaint about this book: that it won't be available until May! Very exciting, especially with the Player Companion and Module tie-ins.

Liberty's Edge

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I have important questions! Important questions Justin already asked!

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Oh, the book Dragons Revisited should have been. Bring it on!


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Cheapy wrote:
Pugwampis.

These need to be in more adventures.

Contributor

This looks really awesome :)


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Looking forward to getting new info on Imperial and Primal Dragons!


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I guess this sort of book is inevitable.

Silver Crusade

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Justin Sluder wrote:
Will there be anything more about Mengkare in this?

I think that one would hinge on the Paizo offic coming to a consensus on his alignment. ;)

Cheapy wrote:
Pugwampis.

NOT EVEN AS A JOKE.


MMCJawa wrote:
Looking forward to getting new info on Imperial and Primal Dragons!

Actually seems more like an NPC Codex for dragons.

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Mead Gregorisson wrote:
Actually seems more like an NPC Codex for dragons.

That's my impression as well. Unlike Dragons Revisited, which discussed the various kinds of dragons, this'll contain 15 named dragons, providing GMs with enough information to build adventures around these 15 dragons. Which is awesome.

Also, where's the mockup art from?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I hope they will use Silver, Bronze, Copper, Gold, Crystal, Cloud, Brine, Magma, Red, Green, Blue, Forest, Underworld, Sky and Sea.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Presumably however they will have fluff describing the dragon in question, and thus hopefully provide a little more detail on the psychology of that dragon species in general.

Given that there is something like at most 2 sentences in each of the bestiaries for the new Paizo dragons, more information is needed.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Well it will have info like that MMCJawa it will more then likely be about that particular dragon not the species as a whole.

Liberty's Edge

Awesome.

The one thing I liked the most of FR, resource-wise, was the Wyrms of the North web column. This many years later, I still have a bound print-out that I keep for ideas.

If this is anything like that, I'm going to be so happy.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

I hope they will use:Gold (Mengkare), Bronze, Silver, Red, Black, Green, White, Brine, Crystal, Umbral, Magma, Forest, Underworld, Sky, Sovereign

Silver Crusade

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I hope at least one of these resides somewhere in The Great Beyond and at least one on Distant Worlds...


Crystal Dragons are the only dragon I really care for and Zomoks so I really hope they are somewhere in the book!

Dark Archive

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Pugwampis Unleashed!!!


Will the Imperial and Primal dragons be used?

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To be honest, my hope is that they'll stick to the core dragons in this first installment, then dedicating any potential followup to more exotic species of dragons, such as imperial and primal dragons. Lets focus on the iconic dragons first. This is of course a personal preference.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

The description says that every type of chromatic and metalic plus some from the primal and imperial.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Modules, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

Aye, it does. My personal hope is that the final product description will leave out the primals and imperials. If not, it's all good. It's bound to be an awesome book regardless.

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Mites Unleashed!

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Archon, Lantern Unleashed!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Well as long as they at least have a crystal, silver, bronze and cloud dragon, I will be happy. But as far as the Imperial dragons go, I will be happy with any of them really.


My guess from the five others would be: Brine, Shadow, Sovereign, Forest, and then either Underworld or Magma.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I wonder if we will get any info on the Gold Dragon incharge of the island of Hermea.


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The three I'd like more information on:

1) Mengkare
2) Pham Duc Quan (Sovereign dragon who rule Xa Hoi)
3) Loaralis


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber

Spoiler:
And the Queen of Thorns


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

To be honest I can't think of to many famous dragons in the Innersea Region that aren't already dead, or undead.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Since I'm a big fan of everything dealing with Iobaria, more info on Sjohvor would be great - too bad the release date is well past AP #69.
Also, are Linnorms in?

Ruyan.

Dark Archive

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Cheapy wrote:
Pugwampis.

Blood of Gremlins!

That might be kinda neat. Then again, probably not.


RuyanVe wrote:

Since I'm a big fan of everything dealing with Iobaria, more info on Sjohvor would be great - too bad the release date is well past AP #69.

Also, are Linnorms in?

Ruyan.

There are 15 dragons, 10 of which are Chromatic and Metallic.

I very much doubt it.


Linnorms are dragons...


Mechalibur wrote:
Linnorms are dragons...

Yes, but read the description. :) all of the chromatic and metallic. The rest are some of the primal and imperial.

I love linnorms, so I too want some.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I wonder if we will get any info on the Gold Dragon incharge of the island of Hermea.

Mengkare is WAY too big of a subject for a few pages to do any level of justice to, therefore, he will not be featured in this book.


Well, this looks really cool! I am building an Imperial dragon for my homebrew campaign (set in Golarion) now ... I am really looking forward to how these are statted out, especially the hoards!

Scarab Sages

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I wonder if we will get any info on the Gold Dragon incharge of the island of Hermea.
Mengkare is WAY too big of a subject for a few pages to do any level of justice to, therefore, he will not be featured in this book.

Sadness.... Can we at least get Mengkare's alignment?

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Shiny. Now here's hoping we get some love for the less popular dragons like brass, bronze, copper, green, and black alongside the big name ones like silver, gold, and red.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

Unfortunately it seems like 10 of the 15 slots are chromatics and metallics. So yeah, there'll probably be love for all those you listed doc. Which is sad because the new breeds of primals and imperials have practically no love.

If you're looking for Green Dragon love though. Thornkeep details a green Dragon who lives in the Echo Wood. All fluff and no crunch, but it's fluff full of hooks.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Yeah 5 slots for ten dragons that are not the "classic ten" is kinda limiting but at least some of them will get some love. I really hope that five used will be 1)Crystal 2)Cloud 3)Forest 4)Sky or Sea 5)any one but Umbral.

Scarab Sages

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Stratagemini wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I wonder if we will get any info on the Gold Dragon incharge of the island of Hermea.
Mengkare is WAY too big of a subject for a few pages to do any level of justice to, therefore, he will not be featured in this book.
Sadness.... Can we at least get Mengkare's alignment?

I'm pretty sure it's CN. At least that was the impression I got from the Inner Sea World Guide.

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