Monstrous Physique — Forest Drake & Lava Drake (PF2E)

Hey, there! Luis, here! I’m still in the process of converting monsters for my upcoming 2E Ironfang Invasion campaign. The campaign is starting very soon and there’s still a lot of work to do, but I wanted to share my latest conversions with the world. This time around, I took a look at a few of 1E’s drakes. There are a number of drakes in Pathfinder, but not all of them have made the leap over to 2E. Two of these are the forest and lava drakes, which I have for you today. Enjoy!

Forest Drake                            Creature 4
NE, Large, Amphibious, Dragon
Perception +11; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Languages Draconic
Skills Acrobatics +13, Athletics +12, Intimidation +8, Stealth +10, Survival +8
Str +4, Dex +3, Con +3, Int –1, Wis +0 Cha +1

AC 21; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +9
HP 60; Immunities paralyzed, unconscious; Resistances acid 10
Tail Lash [reaction] Trigger A creature within reach of the forest drake’s tail uses an action to Strike or attempt a skill check. Effect The fprest drake attempts to Strike the triggering creature with its tail. If it hits, the creature takes a –2 circumstance penalty to the triggering roll.

Speed 20 feet, fly 50 feet, swim 30 feet
Melee [one-action] fangs +14, Damage 2d8+5 piercing
Melee [one-action] tail +14 (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d6+5 bludgeoning
Acidic Cloud [two-actions] (acid, arcane, evocation) The forest drake spits a ball of acid up to a range of 60 feet that bursts into a cloud in a 10-foot burst. Creatures within the burst take 4d8 acid damage (DC 20 basic Reflex save). The cloud remains for 1d4 rounds, granting concealment to everything within. The forest drake can spit its Acidic Cloud underwater with the same effects, except that the cloud automatically dissipates after 1 round. The forest drake can’t use Acidic Cloud again for 1d6 rounds.
Draconic Frenzy [two-actions] The forest drake makes one fangs Strike and two tail Strikes in any order.
Speed Surge [one-action] (move) The forest drake moves up to twice its Speed. It can do this three times per day.

Forest drakes are the degenerate cousins of green dragons, possessed of cruel cunning but little actual wit. Like most drakes, forest drakes are bullies, prowling deep forests in search of their favorite prey—elves and fey. Forest drakes eagerly attack communities of such forest creatures unless driven off with arrows or other shows of force. Like many other drake types, forest drakes organize themselves in packs called “rampages,” and keep communal lairs in secluded forest locations. Such packs are usually made up of siblings who break from the pack only during mating season. A forest drake pack has a distinct pecking order, with younger and newer members receiving the least desirable portions of pack kills and the fewest mating options. Forest drakes mate once a year, but do little to raise their offspring. A female lays a clutch of four to eight eggs, but abandons her young as soon as they hatch. Forest drake hatchlings immediately band together in a pack. While few survive so long, forest drakes can live up to 200 years. Forest drakes are typically about 10 feet long with equally long tails, and weigh around 1,000 pounds.

Lava Drake                            Creature 9
NE, Large, Dragon, Fire
Perception +17; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Languages Draconic
Skills Acrobatics +19, Athletics +20, Intimidation +14, Stealth +17, Survival +7
Str +6, Dex +3, Con +5, Int –1, Wis +2 Cha +0

AC 28; Fort +19, Ref +17, Will +15
HP 155; Immunities fire, paralyzed, unconscious; Weaknesses cold 10
Wing Deflection [reaction] Trigger The lava drake is targeted with an attack. Effect The lava drake raises its wing, gaining a +2 circumstance bonus to AC against the triggering attack. If the lava drake is flying at the time it is attacked, it descends 10 feet after the attack is complete.

Speed 20 feet, burrow 20 feet (lava only), fly 50 feet
Melee [one-action] fangs +21, Damage 2d12+10 piercing plus 1d6 fire
Melee [one-action] tail +21 (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+10 bludgeoning plus Push 5 feet
Magma Shake [two-actions] Requirements The lava drake was submerged in molten rock, either magma or lava, within the last round; Effect The lava drake shakes its body, flicking a fine spray of scalding molten rock that deals 10d6 fire damage to all creatures in a 30-foot emanation (DC 29 basic Reflex save).
Pyroclastic Vomit [two-actions] (arcane, fire, evocation) The lava drake vomits forth a ball of molten rock to a range of 60 feet that explodes in a 10-foot-radius burst. Creatures in the area take 10d6 electricity damage (DC 29 basic Reflex save). The molten rock continues to burn as it cools. Creatures that move through or end their turn in the area of the burst take 4d6 fire damage. The molten rock cools in 1d4 rounds. The lava drake can’t use Pyroclastic Vomit again for 1d6 rounds.
Speed Surge [one-action] (move) The lava drake moves up to twice its Speed. The lava drake can do this three times per day.
Surprise Attacker On the first round of combat, creatures that haven’t acted yet are flat-footed to the lava drake.

The deviant and destructive cousins of primal magma dragons, lava drakes rise from smoldering volcanic crevasses to terrorize and devour those creatures weaker than themselves. While far less intelligent that their draconic kin, they are equally arrogant and seek out the adoration of humanoids. They can and often do submerge themselves in molten rock, burrowing through the lava to sneak up on prey, or to provide a dramatic display of power to those who worship them. Thick, black-crusted scales cover a lava drake’s body. Stockier than other drakes, adults can grow up to 18 feet in length and weigh over 3,000 pounds.

That’s it for this week! If you end up adding these drakes into your game or you have any request for a future Monstrous Physique, please drop me a line at

Luis Loza

Luis Loza is a developer at Paizo, working on the Pathfinder Lost Omens line and formerly on Campaign Setting and Player Companion lines. He's done freelance for Paizo Inc, Legendary Games, Rogue Genius Games, and more third-party publishers. His hobbies include gaming both tabletop and video, making jokes, obsessing over time travel, taking naps with Nova his cat, and walks with his wife. He is eternally plagued with a hunger for tacos. Consider checking his material on his Patreon at