- Normal words cannot begin to describe the resplendence of this, rarest type of all dragons. The first person to ever witness one stared for hours before running home to send a poet to describe the beast. When the poet arrived, the dragon had left without a trace, leading many to believe that the explorer made up the whole story. Only years later do we now realize that he wasn't crazy at all!
- —Nogard's description of the rainbow dragon in The Book of Dragons
The rainbow dragon is unmistakable. Its long, serpentine body is covered in rainbow stripes.
The rainbow dragon has strong jaws and sharp claws. It is much larger than most other dragons and is strong enough to toss a wizard twenty feet up in the air with its branching antlers. It can also constrict its enemies with its long, serpentine body.
Rainbow dragons can confuse and startle their enemies by twisting and writhing in the air, creating a shifting cloud of rainbow-colored scales that dazzles the eyes. This can cause seizures in some dragons and humans.
Rainbow dragons are among the most flexible dragons. They can coil up into a ball or slither through small spaces. They can also, like other longs, fly entirely through magic, without using wings at all.
Rainbow dragons breathe a cloud of dazzling rainbow-colored sparks that have various interesting effects. They make whatever they come into contact with sparkle, glow and change colors. When they fall on people, they cause fantastical hallucinations and insane behavior.
Rainbow dragons mostly don't have weaknesses, though they are very gentle and reluctant to injure another creature.
Rainbow dragons are found world-wide, anyplace far away from human civilization. The only place they aren't found is the Far North...much too cold. They can be found at many different locations but the chance of actually seeing one is extremely small, even though their range is big.
Rainbow dragons typically live far away from human disturbance and from other dragons.
Some rainbow dragons do not build nests, others live in spectacular palaces or castles.
Behavior and Personality
Rainbow dragons are creative and love art and learning, and tend to be wise and well-studied. They are friendly and non-aggressive, but prefer to be left alone.
Rainbow dragons are solitary and reclusive.
Relationship to Wizards
Rainbow dragons rarely come into contact with wizards in the wild, but if sought out by wizards they will eat dinner with them, give advice or information, and possibly offer a ride in the clouds.
When in a park
Rainbow dragon are difficult to breed; they require two dragons with at least four different elements.
How to care for
Very little is known about the Rainbow dragon's life cycle. Rainbow dragons dislike being studied while they are raising their babies. However, it is known that they may live up to 3,500 years, one of the longest lifespans of any dragon species.
As Nogard relates in the Book of Dragons, the first person to ever see a rainbow dragon (an ordinary wizard apprentice whose name has been lost to time) stared at it for hours, completely awestruck by its beauty. Then, he ran home to find a poet to describe the dragon. However, when he came back, the dragon was gone. The poor apprentice was ridiculed and believed to be crazy. No one believed his story, for no one had ever seen any Epic dragon back in this time. However, almost three hundred years later a rainbow dragon (possibly the same rainbow dragon!) was spotted again, and it was finally documented by the wizards as a known species. However, the apprentice who had originally seen the dragon was long deceased and his name is still forgotten.
Origin of Name
The rainbow dragon is, obviously, named for its coloration.
Notable Rainbow Dragons
Wizards and Witches Associated with the Rainbow Dragon