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So I was wondering if i could have some advice on killing dragons our… 
17th-Jan-2006 05:50 pm
So I was wondering if i could have some advice on killing dragons our DM pitts me against them all the time and my character is a 10th level Sky Pony Barbarian his damage is quite high when he hits but i dont find it wise to battle a dragon toe to toe even though the last one i fought was young and his max damage was low compared to my hit points. what is the best way for a fighter/barbarian to tackle the feat of slaying a dragon.
18th-Jan-2006 12:44 am (UTC)
+1 (higher if you can afford it) Holy Magebane (from Complete Arcane) Dragonbane composite longbow and Dragonslaying arrows.

The bow will grant your arrows +5 on both attack and damage rolls vs. dragons, plus an extra 6d6 damage vs. evil dragons.

The slaying arrows are good vs. younger age categories; they force a DC 20 Fort save or die. Older dragons have such high Fort bonuses that they'll only fail on a natural 1, so you might as well use normal arrows against them.
18th-Jan-2006 02:50 am (UTC)
By yourself? Run and hide. Really, well played dragons are pretty scary. You'll want to fight the dragon in an enclosed space, or make sure you can fly. Otherwise the dragon will just leave when it wants to. You'll want to stock up on resistances to whatever energy damage the dragon dishes out, if you have time to prep. Dragonbane weapons aren't a bad thing, but probably pretty pricey. Could take a level of Ranger to get favored enemy - Dragon, but that would slow your other advancement.
18th-Jan-2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Actually, Toe-to-Toe is EXACTLY how you should be battling that barbarian. Get as many healers to back you up as possible, and keep on the dragon intensley enough that you're it's biggest problem.

If you've got a mage or sorc in your party, have them spend spells on buffing you and the other fighters (which are sure to work) and not direct damage spells (which are likely to fail to spell resistance).

If you've got a rogue in the party, do whatever it takes to get the rouge in a flanking position so they can sneak-attack. A 10th level rogue who really focused on combat can attack three times in a round, doing 6d6+str damage per hit *before* any magical bonuses.

Of course, the BEST advice for fighting dragons is to be bold, intelligent, and play it by ear. If you can put on a fight that's so fun that the GM is secretly rooting for you, you're more likely to win.

18th-Jan-2006 04:19 am (UTC)
It's all up to your DM. Different DMs run dragons differently. Any advice I could give you wouldn't apply, because the way I usually see dragons run, the concept of fighting them all the time just doesn't apply. I mean we're not talking about orcs, we're talking about dragons....
18th-Jan-2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Step one: Employ proper punctuation.

Step two: Smack your DM for dropping dragons on you "all the time." They're not supposed to be tossed out like candy, regardless of the name of the game.

Step three: Teamwork is your friend, for any kind of dragon unless it's CR is waaaaaaay under your character level. You probably wouldn't have any trouble with a wyrmling, for example.

Step four: Get a damn good weapon. Dragonbane + Magebane (as stated by the_elephant) is a damn good idea. Holy is a lark and would probably cost too much for your 10th levelness. Dragonbane is easy to see: they are dragons. Magebane...every dragon is a spellcaster, naturally. The only thin they can do to avoid that is to have a stupidly low Charisma score. We're talking stupidly low. Like 4.
18th-Jan-2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
To the above advice, I'll add that you should try to confront the dragon in confined places. Even if it means running away. A flying dragon will laugh at most attempts to slay it; it can just fly away if it gets in trouble.
19th-Jan-2006 12:00 am (UTC)
The weapons that everybody is talking about is one hell of an idea but they can be extrememly pricey.
Sneak attacks can be very difficult to accomplish if the DM knows what he's doing, especially if he/she has read the Draconomicon.

Which I must say is an amazing piece of reading material from WOTC.

Anyhow, one on one confrontations with dragons of any age over Adult is dangerous unless in an enclosed space, which case then all you really need is one hell of a stock in cure spells. And spell resistance of your own kind couldn't hurt.
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