Chromatic dragon (UnNetHack)

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Chromatic dragons are a type of dragon introduced in UnNetHack. They share the same assortment of breath attacks and resistances as the Chromatic Dragon, the Cave(wo)man quest nemesis, who is renamed Tiamat in UnNetHack; however, they have a lower difficulty level and lack Tiamat's spellcasting and sting attacks.

Chromatic dragons cannot be chosen as a polymorph form, and their eggs cannot be wished for.

Generation

Although chromatic dragons are not considered unique monsters, they are not randomly generated, nor can they be genocided (or reverse genocided). They are only found at the bottom of the Dragon Caves, a new branch added to Gehennom, where several are guaranteed to appear in a lair.

Chromatic dragons are the only dragons in UnNetHack to lack a baby form; chromatic dragon eggs will hatch into fully-grown dragons. Like all dragons, they may drop their scales upon death.

Strategy

Chromatic dragons are the source of chromatic dragon scale mail for many players; the scales and their mail confer the resistances of every variety of dragon scale mail, including petrification resistance (conferred by the 'stone dragon', which has a randomized name) and reflection.[2] A wish for a statue of a figurine of a chromatic dragon is also worth considering, either to obtain scales in some manner or else keep as pets, and is the only way to generate them outside of the Dragon Caves; all statues are non-magical, so it is valid for a wish from a magic lamp.

History

In earlier versions, players could attempt to acquire chromatic dragon scales without entering the Dragon Caves by wishing for one or more chromatic dragon eggs; this option was eliminated as of development version r1580.

Encyclopedia entry

Fearsome dragons who are channeling the powers of lesser dragons
like their mother Tiamat. Legends tell of a far away realm where
these creatures can be found in large numbers.

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