Baby glowing dragon

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This article is about the monster known as a baby gold dragon in DynaHack. For the monster in other variants, see gold dragon (disambiguation).

A baby glowing dragon, D, is a type of monster that appears in UnNetHack. In DynaHack, it is known as a baby gold dragon.

The baby glowing dragon is a type of dragon that has a random name and elemental resistance associated with it at the start each game, and always emits light in a 1-square radius. As with other baby dragons, baby glowing dragons are strong, carnivorous, thick-skinned, can see invisible, and are capable of flight - they may be of a type that is visible via infravision, and will also seek out gold and gems among other items to pick up.

Baby glowing dragons have a bite attack, and possess a random resistance property: the default resistance property associated with glowing dragons is fire resistance.

The baby glowing dragon may be of a type that is poisonous to eat.


Randomly-generated baby glowing dragons are always created hostile. A baby glowing dragon can grow up into a glowing dragon, and glowing dragon eggs can hatch into baby glowing dragons.

Baby glowing dragons are only randomly generated within levels and branches that are biased towards a particular alignment, e.g., the Oracle and Sokoban. They may also appear among the random dragons generated in The Dragon Caves.


The glowing dragon's breath type, scales and resistances are randomized starting in UnNetHack 5.1.0.

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 ]