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Properties

Property Value
Combat Properties
Health 7800
Experience 4600
Est. Max Dmg 1200+1721(curse)
Summon - mana
Convince - mana
General Properties
Name Ghastly Dragon
Classification Dragons
The Undead
Spawn Type
Illusionable
Pushable ?
Pushes ?
Elemental Properties
Physical 110%
Holy 115%
Death 0%
Fire 90%
Energy 110%
Ice 50%
Earth 0%
Drown 100%
Life Drain 100%
Immunity Properties
Paralysable ?
Senses Invis. ?
Behavioral Properties
Walks around Energy
Fire
Walks through Poison
Other Properties
Version 8.54
December 9, 2009
Status Active
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Ghastly Dragon
You see a ghastly dragon.
  • EMBRACE MY GIFTS!
  • I WILL FEAST ON YOUR SOUL!

Notes

Ghastly Dragon is the best translation one can come up with for the unpronounceable word that the lizard people use for this creature. It seems the Ghastly Dragon is not a sub-race of the dragons but some sort of intended transformation. Sages assume that Ghastly Dragons are the failed result of a self-initiated transformation of some ancient dragon. While probably the original aim is to reach some state of transcendence, the failed outcome is a creature trapped between the spirit world and the mortal realm. The failed transformation often dangerously maddens the dragon creature. Even those who against all odds manage to retain their sanity have to cope with the knowledge that they turned in some, even in their own eyes, abominable creature instead in the intended ascended being. This leads to the fact that also the few sane specimens are usually not less aggressive and destructive than their mad fellows.
Although the legends of the lizard folk also tell about some extremely wise and benevolent Ghastly Dragons, most of them that have been encountered are dangerous and powerful. The transformation of their bodies has changed their abilities significantly. They can draw upon immense powers and use them to wreak havoc on anyone foolish enough to disturb them in their eternal agony.

Its damage is similar to a Plaguesmith's, but with stronger attacks, especially the curse, so don't let your hp drop below 1500 and do not underestimate them. This creature was added with the Christmas Update 2009. Their head looks the same as that of a Wyrm.

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Abilities

Melee (0-600+), poisons (starting up from 46-63 hp per turn), Life Drain (80-228), Death Water Wave (50-250), Cursing Death Hit (40-500) (+20% each turn, 5-7 turns), Death Ball on itself (0-180?), Paralyze.

Damage Taken From Elements

  • Physical
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    +10%
  • Holy
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    +15%
  • Death
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    -100%
  • Fire
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    -10%
  • Energy
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    +10%
  • Ice
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    -50%
  • Earth
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    -100%
  • Drown
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    +0%
  • Life drain
    Damage Icons
    +0%

Behavior

These creatures run at low health, and a very good thing about them is that they don't change attack often.

Strategy

Knight: It is strongly not recommended to hunt them for profit due to a lack of ability to cure curse. You will find yourself healing the curse damage even after the Ghastly Dragon is dead. You should be at least level 140 (160+ if you are going to hunt them in Zao Palace) because it is common to encounter 2 or more Ghastly Dragons together. Using any death protection will help to decrease its curse attack.
Paladin: You must be at least 130 level with a distance skill of 90+ to solo this creature without waste. Use Assassin Stars or Crystalline Arrow / Prismatic Bolt to kill it faster. Remember to bring lots supplies with you and be ready to heal yourself just about every 1-2 hits. Make sure to use Cure Curse before the curse hits too high. Its also a good idea to have Yalahari legs (death 5%), Koshei's Ancient Amulet (death 8%), and optional Divine Plate (death 10%), Elite Draken Helmet (death 3%), Death Ring (death 5%) = 27,5% death resistance.
Mages: It's very hard to block them, because curse can hit over than 900. Killing them while running isn't easy, since it uses paralyze frequently.
All vocations: The Ghastly Dragon's death attacks should be less effective if you wear a Death Ring or Koshei's Ancient Amulet. Depending on your vocation, you can use one of the following: Skullcracker Armor, Robe of the Underworld, or Divine Plate. It is also advisable not to fight a Ghastly Dragon while cursed, as they will make you receive 20% more Death damage from time to time. Be careful, otherwise you can take up to 1721~ curse damage. Another good tactic if you have a mage or paladin in the party is to use fire bombs or fire walls. As long as someone is next to it, it will not leave even when it is in low hp to run. A good strategy for paladins is to put a fire wall down and run it around the fire wall. This will reduce the damage you take and increase your profit.

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