Orange dragon

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The orange dragon, D, is a monster that appears in NetHack. It has a younger form in the baby orange dragon, D. The orange dragon has sleep resistance both intrinsically and from its scales, and its breath weapon fires a ray of sleeping gas. Its corpse gives sleep resistance.


Main article: Dragon#Generation

Players will not see baby orange dragons through normal random monster creation outside of aligned branches and levels such as the Oracle and Sokoban, and they can also be hatched from dragon eggs. Adult orange dragons start appearing around the middle depths of the dungeon; orange dragons can be generated in throne rooms as early as dungeon level 15, and may appear when a throne at this depth or lower is looted.[1] Orange dragons can be generated if a lawful spellcaster casts the summon nasties monster spell.

Orange dragons have a 13 chance of dropping a set of +0 uncursed orange dragon scales along with their corpse (120 if the dragon was revived).


See also: Dragon#Strategy

Orange dragons can be especially dangerous if you have not yet obtained sleep resistance - being hit by the breath attack can render you asleep for up to a maximum of 100 turns, but the dragon and any other monsters present may not need that long to tear into you. If you have sleep resistance and/or reflection, however, you have nothing to fear from the attack and can use whatever ranged options you have at your disposal to bring the beast down.


NetHack 2.3e introduces the orange dragon along with all of the other modern dragon types and their breath weapons, except for silver.

NetHack 3.0.0 introduces baby orange dragons alongside the other baby dragons. This version also distinguishes all color dragons, their younger stages and their corpses, and introduces dragon scale mail.

NetHack 3.1.0 introduces orange dragon scales along with the other colors, as well as the current method of obtaining dragon scale mail.


Variants of NetHack often subject dragons to extensive changes, including the orange dragon.

Biodiversity patch

In the biodiversity patch, the orange dragon is renamed to the lung dragon.


Main article: Dragon (SLASH'EM)

As with all other dragons in SLASH'EM, baby orangedragons have a base level of 4 instead of 12, and can be encountered via random generation in ordinary levels with a frequency of 2; they are also eligible for creation on many levels that generate random D on level creation. Adult orange dragons have a base level of 18 instead of 15.

Baby orange dragons hit as a +1 weapon, and adult orange dragons hit as a +3 weapon.

Adult orange dragons have a chance of turning traitor while tame; interestingly, it is the only lawful-aligned dragon that can do so.


In UnNetHack, all dragons have their breaths, resistances, and colors randomized, allowing any non-chromatic dragon to appear as orange.

Encyclopedia entry

In the West the dragon was the natural enemy of man. Although preferring to live in bleak and desolate regions, whenever it was seen among men it left in its wake a trail of destruction and disease. Yet any attempt to slay this beast was a perilous undertaking. For the dragon's assailant had to contend not only with clouds of sulphurous fumes pouring from its fire breathing nostrils, but also with the thrashings of its tail, the most deadly part of its serpent-like body.

[ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]

"One whom the dragons will speak with," he said, "that is a dragonlord, or at least that is the center of the matter. It's not a trick of mastering the dragons, as most people think. Dragons have no masters. The question is always the same, with a dragon: will he talk to you or will he eat you? If you can count upon his doing the former, and not doing the latter, why then you're a dragonlord."

[ The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin ]