Dragonbound rider (3.5e Class)

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Dragonbound rider[edit]

A rider and his dragon are bound together in order to become a powerful duo of awesome might, soaring through the air and raining devastation or justice on the world.

Creating a Dragon Rider[edit]

Main Stats: Strength and Constitution

Race: Any

Allignment: Any (as long as it matches bound dragon's alignment)

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d10 per Dragon Rider level

Hit Points at 1st Level: + Constitution modifier

Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d10 (or 7) + Constitution modifier per Dragon Rider level after 1st

Equipment and Proficiencies[edit]

Armor: Light, Medium, Heavy, Shields

Weapons: Simple weapons, Martial weapons

Starting Gold: 5d20x3+300gp.

Table: The Dragonbound rider

Hit Die: d10

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Dragonbound Mount, Dragon Armor.
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Accelerated Growth, Impressive specimen
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 bonus Feat, Might
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 Dragon Resistances
6th +6/+1 +5 +5 +2 Dragon Skills, Dragon Senses
7th +7/+2 +5 +5 +2 Dragon weapon, Dragonriding, Telepathic link
8th +8/+3 +6 +6 +2 Synchronicity
9th +9/+4 +6 +6 +3 Bonus Feat
10th +10/+5 +7 +7 +3 Flyby Attack
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +7 +3 Immunity to Fear
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +8 +4 Keen Dragon Strike
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +8 +4 Bahamut's Will
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +9 +4 Bonus Feat
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +9 +5 Dragon Immunity
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +10 +5 Dragon Empathy
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +5 Aura of fear
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +6 Bonus Feat
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +6
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +6 Draconic Ability

Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Balance (Dex), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Gather Information (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), intimidate(cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Nature) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Ride (Dex), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis),survival (wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex), Use Rope (Dex. .

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Dragonbound rider.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency:

Dragonbound Riders are proficient with simple and martial weapons and with all types of armor (heavy, medium, and light), and with shields (except tower shields).

Dragonbound Mount:

A Dragonbound rider is only half of himself without his dragon companion. At first level, the Dragonbound rider is granted a dragon that serves as his companion and ally. The Dragonbound rider may choose any type of dragon he wishes, but the dragon must start out as wyrmling. Once a bond is formed between the two creatures, their binding is final; a Dragonbound rider may not receive another dragon. Although a dragon is bonded to the Dragonbound rider, it still has the same needs and desires as others of its races. A Dragonbound rider can also communicate telepathically with its dragon up to 100 feet.

Dragon Armor:

A Dragonbound Rider can fashion armor and shield for himself from the discarded scales of his mount, gathering GP worth of scales per day equal to his dragon's HD. This is appropriate Dragonscale equipment that does not require the skinning of a live Dragon. While the Dragon Rider is using it, this Dragonscale equipment has Damage Resistance 1 (increasing by 1 for every 5 HD the dragon has), and natural resistance to the dragons' element.

Dragonbound Versatility:

Dragonbound rider levels count towards Pvaladin mount levels. In addition, at every even level (2,4,6,8,10,etc.) the dragonbound rider may gain a ride related feat, or treat his level has two levels higher for any multi-classes. This includes spells for magic users and abilities for the rest.

Impressive Specimen:

The bond between rider and dragon gives the dragon increased vitality. At levels 3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23 the dragon gains 1/10th of the health that it's rider has. This is calculated after the rider has finished applying any ability points and increasing their health from leveling up.

Accelerated Growth:

Being tied to a Dragonbound rider causes changes in a dragon's maturation. starting at 3rd level, and every other level after(3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23...) the dragon advances one age catagory,his companion immediately grows to that age, in both body and mind. Because of this the dragons age is averaged with that of the dragon riders age as if they were one creature.

Bonus feat:

At levels 4,9,14,18, you may choose one extra feat. it can be any feat you meet the prerequisite requirements for except spellcasting feats.


You trade your Dexterity modifier to armor class for your Strength modifier. This bonus functions exactly the same as a Dexterity bonus to Armor Class.

Dragon Skills:

Whatever a Dragonbound rider does with her life, the special skills of her Dragon Mount's race are class skills for her, and she gains a +3 bonus on them.

Dragon Resistances:

A Dragonbound rider is naturally resilient to whatever it is that her dragon breathes. She gains Energy Resistance equal to her Base Attack Bonus to that energy type.>

Dragon Senses:

A 6th level Dragonbound rider has Blindsight out to 30', as well as Darkvision out to 60' and Low-light Vision.


A Dragonbound rider may add his class level as a bonus to any Ride checks made in conjunction with riding a dragon. Also, any dragon ridden by a Dragonbound rider enjoys maneuverability of one grade better than normal (but no better than average maneuverability).

Telepathic link:

A dragonbound rider is able to communicate telepathically with his dragonbound mount no matter the distance.

Dragon weapon:

The dragonbound rider is able to focus the elemental force of the dragon into his attack once every 1d4 rounds, causing +4d6 damage of the dragon mounts energy type, progressively getting more powerful by 1d6 every 2 levels(lvl9=5d6, lvl11=6d6, lvl13=7d6 lvl15=8d6...). Size of cone at lvl7 is 9m and it will continue to rise by 2m every 3 levels.


At 8th level, a Dragonbound rider has become one with his mount, and is no longer made to take Ride checks outside of combat. In combat, the Dragonbound rider gets an additional +10 competency bonus to Ride checks on his dragon, and may take a standard action to grant his dragon an extra move action that turn.

Flyby Attack:

Any dragon mount ridden by a Dragonbound rider is treated as having the Flyby Attack feat, even if it doesn't already have it. If it does, it gains another feat that it could take at that level.

Immunity to Fear:

By training with such ferocious creatures, Dragonbound rider have developed a superior sense of bravery, and are immune to all types of Fear.

Keen Dragon Strike:

At 12th level, Dragonbound rider harness their Draconic spirit to bolster their own combat abilities, and can strike their foes down with more force. Dragonbound rider add +1 to their threat range (max 15-20) and critical multiplier for all proficient weapons. This may stack with Improved Critical or other things of the same effect

Bahamut's Will:

At 13th level, a Dragonbound rider gains a bonus equal to his Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws

Dragon Immunity:

At 15th level, a Dragonbound rider gains immunity to whatever energy type his Dragon Mount breathes. Also, he has +10 to any roll against Sleep, Paralysis and Aging.

Dragon Empathy:

The Dragonbound rider can speak telepathically to any Dragonkind creature within 200ft. The Dragonkind will understand whatever the Dragonbound rider says to it. The Dragonbound rider has a +5 to all checks involving Dragonkind. The range increases to 400ft at level 18, and 800ft at level 20.

Aura of fear:

Having spent enough time with their bonded dragon, the dragonbound rider gains the Aura of fear from the Dragonbound mount even when away from their companion.

Draconic Ability:

At 20th level, the Dragonbound rider has enough innate knowledge of their Dragonbound mounts to develop learn one of their dragon's Abilities. The Dragonbound Rider can choose any of the abilities unless it is already known.

Ex-Dragonbound riders[edit]

When either the rider or his dragonbound mount dies, the other may live. In case of the rider if the dragon dies the rider loses half of his health and all of his dragonbound rider levels. If the rider dies the dragon loses the health bonus from Impressive specimen. In both cases, the survivor must make a will save of 20 or higher to not go insane. If they get below 25, they live out the rest of their lives in solitude, never again interacting with another living thing. Effects cease should the dead be revived.

Playing a Dragonbound rider[edit]

Religion: Dragonbound riders follow whatever religion suits their alignment along with that of their dragonbound mounts alignment. Both must have similar alignments, but not necessarily worship the same deity.

Other Classes: The dragonbound rider will ally himself with any other class that will strengthen him and his mount in some way, as long as they are of similar alignment.

Combat: death from above, the last thing people see, the role of the dragonbound rider is to rule the battle field with utter supremacy.

Dragonbound riders in the World[edit]

The first time I flew with my wyrm, I knew I had found the greatest thing in the world.
—Jorren, human Dragonbound rider

being a Dragonbound rider makes you a weighty force in the world, however you choose to use that power. you could lead armies, lay waste to cities, champion for good or evil, whatever you do, you will reign supreme.

Dragonbound rider Lore[edit]

Characters with ranks in gather information can research Dragonbound riders to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.

gather information
DC Result
10 they are magicly bound to their dragon mounts.
20 being bound to a dragon can greatly expand your life force, making you age much slower.
25 even though some may ride dragons, very few are actually bound to their dragons, it is not a choice for the rider to make, but the dragon picks his rider.
30 When the dragon and rider reach such high levels of greatness, they may have the chance to be raised to divine beings.

LA: +1 for each Dragon Age Category

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