– Myth: Black dragons are the weakest of all dragon types.
Truth: Once a black dragon reaches level 16, it can cast its element type spells at twice their normal spell level (e.g., fireball now deals 12d12 points of damage). And that’s not even counting other benefits they get from leveling up!
– Myth: You can summon only a single black dragon once per day by casting the find familiar spell .
Truth: In your arcane caster class, you gain access to True Name as an SLA for every four levels in your class. As soon as you hit level six and acquire this ability, if you have two or more feats like Planar Turning which allow you to acquire an Extraplanar Familiar, you can summon two black dragons at once.
– Myth: Black Dragons are fiendish in alignment and evil by nature .
Truth: The only thing that makes a dragon “evil” is what TYPE of spells it casts. Any creature with access to the True Name spell who wants to be able cast these spells has the potential for being Fiendish Chaotic Evil or Lawful Good, but not Necromantic Evil as this type of Dragon already exists*. If your favorite draconic deity is also lawful good then casting magic like this from time to time doesn’t make them “good” any more than if they were chaotic good, neutral good or even true neutral!
*Note: the two other types of Dragons are Chromatic and Metallic.
– Myth: Black Dragons have poor Charisma, Intelligence, Strength or Constitution scores .
Truth: The only way you can find out the statistics for a black dragon is by using Planar Turning which allows you to acquire an Extraplanar Familiar. This spell has been in use since BEFORE AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) was released! It isn’t possible to “guesstimate” these values because we don’t know what they would be without having access to this spell from before 1980s AD&D release date. That being said it’s VERY unlikely that their stats would be below average as all dragons do not share the same set of abilities so there is no reason to assume that a black dragon would have poor stats.
– Myth: Black Dragons are evil .
Truth: The alignment for this type of Dragon is not mentioned in any of the games, but because they’re multicolored it’s safe to say there has been some debate on their true nature and what side they might be fighting for during D&D battles – or if maybe just like Chromatic dragons who come from all alignments, they tend toward Chaotic Neutral (which can also mean chaotic good). This makes them unpredictable when battling them as you don’t know which way your opponent will go in terms of morality and/or tactics. One thing we do know is that these two colors are often found near one another in the Dragon hierarchy.
– Myth: Black Dragons are bad luck .
Truth: Studies have shown that people who believe this myth feel more vulnerable to negative events and increase their feelings of vulnerability when they see a black dragon on tv or hear about one somewhere else, which is not at all surprising given how it’s been used as an omen for death since medieval times. However, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever proving any correlation between seeing a black dragon and having an accident or experiencing some other type of unlucky event – it doesn’t mean anything! In fact, these dragons have white scales underneath their wings which could symbolize purity and peace. So perhaps next time you’re feeling down after coming across one we can hope for things to look up again.
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So far, my research has shown that there are no scientific studies at all proving any correlation between seeing a black dragon and having an accident or experiencing some other type of unlucky event – it doesn’t mean anything! In fact, these dragons have white scales underneath their wings which could symbolize purity and peace. So perhaps next time you’re feeling down after coming across one we can hope for things to look up again. The next sentence will update readers on what they may expect from future posts before showing them how wonderful these creatures can be when they shed light on the most misunderstood of dragons.
In my next posts, I will tackle a few more dragon myths and debunk them one by one to show you how wonderful these creatures may be when they shed light on the most misunderstood of all dragons – black dragons! Stay tuned for updates in two weeks time, or sign up below to receive email notifications with every update about this blog post series. Let’s learn together what it really means when we see a black dragon today!
I hope that after reading my work here you have learned something new about black dragons – whether it was their meanings behind mythology or just some great information on different types of black spells found within Dungeons & Dragons lore. Whatever your takeaway from this post is, know that there are plenty more dragons to learn about and that the next blog post in this series will be out soon.
The first myth we are going to debunk is one of my favorites: black dragon’s breath can turn anything it touches into stone. This sounds harrowing, especially if you happen upon a large area of land covered with granite! There are actually two spells that deal with turning objects into stone – Earth Bind (for smaller items) and Stone Shape (to shape larger areas). These spells take different timelines depending on their level, but both have been shown by D&D players as being useful for creating doors or walls within dungeons. In fact, at lower levels these spells can even be used against enemy creatures during combat to keep them immobilized or knock them out.
The second myth is that black dragons are the most evil of all dragon types and should be avoided at all costs. This may have been true in some older editions, but now it’s just not accurate to say this about them anymore. In fact, we think you’ll find they’re actually quite nice – I guess the term “black” can refer more broadly to various shades of darkness rather than a specific morality level! Additionally, there is no “evil alignment” for any type of dragon within D&D Fifth edition rules; alignments only exist as descriptors or class features for creatures who use magic (like clerics). So if your favorite color happens to be black? You might want to reconsider abandoning those dreams of being a dragon – they’ll still be your favorite color, after all! Problem: You can’t use “alignments” to refer to specific dragons in D&D. Solution: Use “alignment.” The other two myths are that black dragons have no treasure or that you should never involve yourself with them for any reason. The truth is, most black-colored dragons love shiny things and will trade a lot of treasure for some good company and conversation (not unlike some humans). While it’s true these creatures may not always give up their best treasures willingly, especially if they don’t know you very well yet (which takes time), there are various ways around this problem; one way would be to ask nicely about what might