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UPDATE: The statistics for these catastrophic dragons have been moved, but fear not! You can now grab them in a totally awesome Pay What You Want PDF on the DMs Guild.

First, a reminder. The Tiamat Takedown is tonight at 8:30 Eastern!

Many of you know typhoons by their other name – hurricane. Certainly the devastation and destruction these cyclonic storms have wrought is some of the worst we’ve seen in human history. Well the devastating typhoon dragons are the embodiment of that destructive power. Today the catastrophic dragon fourth edition to fifth edition conversion continues with these horrific monstrosities.

Quick Recap

If you’ve already read about the blizzard, earthquake, and volcanic dragons, feel free to skip ahead to the next section. If not, here’s an excerpt from those posts which explains my own original take on the origin and nature of catastrophic dragons. If you’ve already seen this, just skip ahead.

Catastrophic dragons were once chromatic dragons who desired more than a hoard and a lair. For while others stole and hid from the humanoids over whom they claimed superiority, these dragons knew that all other life in the multiverse should be bowing to their will. Power is a far greater reward than any material possession and as the smartest and strongest in the land, dragons deserved to be in charge. Any thought other than this was impractical and stupid.

These dragons tried to convince their brethren to leave their caves and make the humanoids submit to their will. The other chromatic dragons did not like this sudden interest in the affairs of lesser beings and so with greater numbers they did come together. They banished their radical kin to the elemental planes. For hundreds of years these rebellious chromatic dragons were locked in seas of fire, ice, wind, and stone. Those who did not die were shaped by elemental forces and remade into catastrophic dragons.

Each trapped catastrophic dragon has its imprisonment tied to the soul of a chromatic dragon on the material plane. If one of these gatekeeper chromatic dragon should die before it can pass the responsibility onto another, the catastrophic dragon can leave the plane of its imprisonment and wreak havoc on the world.

Catastrophic dragons once wanted to dominate all life in the multiverse. After years of suffering the harsh terrain of the elemental planes, their minds are warped and they desire only to kill all those inferior to them, especially chromatic dragons whom they hate above all others.Their memories are long and catastrophic dragons do not forget their betrayal at the hands of their kin. If they escape their bonds, they may keep a hoard, but usually only for the purpose of attracting other dragons and killing them.

Typhoon Dragons


Typhoon dragons are made of swirling winds and water. When they swim on the surface of the ocean, they almost appear to be an angry, dragon-shaped wave seeking a boat to destroy. On land they are a terrible, swirling, dragon-shaped rain storm which promises to drown any living creature in its random path of death.

Sadistic and Cruel. A typhoon dragon’s imprisonment and rage has twisted its mind beyond normal rage. Typhoon dragons desire worse than the death and destruction of their enemies. They wish to see the world tortured and suffering as they were for centuries in the chaotic elemental planes. These sadists take pleasure capturing live victims and torturing them with wind and water for weeks on end before actually ending their lives. Typhoon dragons will make other prisoners watch as they drown and wind whip a victim over and over until death is begged for.

Mortal Enemies of Black Dragons. When it comes to their hatred for all creatures, typhoon dragons hate black dragons more than any other. They see the black dragon’s choice of swamp habitat as the coward’s choice. Why take the putrid, stagnant waters of the swamp when one could live in the glorious, ever-changing tides of the sea? Black dragons hide in their holes, while typhoon dragons rage up and down the shoreline, leveling coastal cities and scouring swamps they come across for black dragon foes.

A Typhoon Dragon’s Lair

Typhoon dragons make their lairs under the waves, close to shorelines, but deep enough that land-dwelling creatures have a difficult time making their way there. The entrance to these lairs are often hidden by mud storms which form on the ocean floor around the lair, driven by the harsh wind magic of the dragon.

These lairs are twisting tunnels flooded with sea water, so traveling through it requires swimming. Some chambers might have areas where a non-water breathing creature could take a breath or even get out and walk around, but even areas that aren’t fully submerged are still salty and wet.

Typhoon dragons often take on intruders in chambers with craggy peaks sticking above the surface of the water. This allows the typhoon dragon to dive into the waves to make melee attacks, or fight above them, using its aura to the fullest advantage. It also makes life difficult for any non-aquatic enemies who enter the lair, since they have very few places to stand.

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It’s Thanksgiving here in the US so I’m going to give you a quick update today and what you should expect to see on this blog on Tuesday next week! But first, I want to remind you that in addition to a lovely blog post from yours truly on Tuesday December 2nd, remember that’s also the date of the Tiamat Takedown! Be sure to check it out at 8:30PM Eastern! Expect a few NPC previews to show up too…

Speaking of which if you voted for the class and race of Topher Kohan‘s NPC, thank you so much! Voting has closed now. Topher will be playing a dwarf ranger, which brings our dwarf total to 3 in the party.

Now onto the goods. Continuing the catastrophic dragon conversion to 5e (we’ve already seen the blizzard, earthquake, and volcanic). Tuesday will see the release of the typhoon dragons in all their glory, but for now, here’s an ancient taste of their statistics.

Ancient Typhoon Dragon

Gargantuan dragon, chaotic evil

Armor Class 21 (natural armor)

Hit Points  385 (22d20 + 154)

Speed  40 ft., fly 80 ft., swim 40ft.

27 (+8) 12 (+1) 25 (+7) 20 (+5) 19 (+4) 17 (+3)

Saving Throws  Dex +8, Con +14, Wis +11, Cha +10

Damage Immunities lightning, thunder

Skills Intimidation +10, Perception +11

Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive perception 21

Languages Common, Draconic

Challenge 22 (30,000 XP)

Amphibious. The typhoon dragon can breathe air and water.

Catastrophic Aura. A 5-foot aura of raging winds and rain surrounds the typhoon dragon. Area within the aura is treated as difficult terrain and creatures within the aura cannot use their action to disengage.

Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the typhoon dragon fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.


Multiattack. The typhoon dragon can use its Growing Aura and then make three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.

Bite.  Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d10 + 10) piercing damage plus 11 (2d10) lightning damage.

Claw.  Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d6 + 10) slashing damage plus 5 (1d10) lightning damage.

Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d8 + 10) bludgeoning damage plus 5 (1d10) lightning damage.

Cyclone’s PullThe typhoon dragon creates a raging storm in a 25-foot cube originating from the dragon. Each creature within the cube must make a DC 22 Constitution saving throw. Creatures who fail take 22 (5d8) thunder damage and be pulled 20 feet towards the typhoon dragon, creatures who succeed take half damage and are not pulled.

Growing Aura. The typhoon dragon’s Catastrophic Aura expands its radius 10 feet. If the dragon uses this ability when its Catastrophic Aura is 25 feet, the dragon’s aura explodes with energy and all creatures within 90 feet of the dragon must make a DC 22 Constitution saving throw. Creatures who fail take 33 (6d10) lightning and 27 (6d8) thunder damage and are moved 20 feet in a direction of the dragon’s choice, creatures who succeed take half damage and are not moved. Once the dragon’s aura explodes with energy it resets to 5 feet.

Legendary Actions

The typhoon dragon can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The typhoon dragon regains all spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Tail Attack. The typhoon dragon makes a tail attack.

Sudden Thunder. Each creature in the typhoon dragon’s Catastrophic Aura must succeed on a DC 22 Constitution saving throw. Creatures who fail take 18 (4d8) thunder damage and the dragon has advantage on attacks against those creatures until the end of the its next turn, creatures who succeed take half damage and the dragon does not have advantage on attacks against them.

Cyclone’s Pull (Costs 2 Actions). The typhoon dragon uses Cyclone’s Pull.

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