Dragon Turtle

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Dragon Turtles are species of monsters in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons. Distant relatives of the dragon family, like the wyvern or the dragonne, these giant sea-dwelling monsters resemble enormous sea turtles with clawed flippers, long draconic tails, and a vaguely dragon-like head, although from 2e on their art depicts them more or less as giant snapping turtles. Dragon Turtles are to the seas what the Chromatic Dragons are to the land; avaricious bullying brutes who use their immense strength and their superheated steam breath weapon to terrorize shipping lanes, sinking anyone who can't bribe them with treasure for their hoards.

The dragon turtle was based on a mythical Chinese creature of a much more benevolent nature, a spirit symbolizing courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support. D&D promptly gave this a nod by creating the "Oriental Sea Dragon", an Oriental Dragon equivalent to the Dragon Turtle. the Dragon Turtle also fills a similar nitch as the Zaratan as being Gargantuan island turtles, with Dragon Turtle winning out as being the great sea turtle while the Zaratan became an elder elemental of the earth (it can still swim).

Dragon turtles have been around in D&D for a long time. Their very first appearance was as an illustration on page 40 of the 1974 rule booklet Dungeons & Dragons, Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure, and soon afterward they gained their own profile as a monster on page 34 of Dungeons & Dragons, Volume 3: The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures. Dragon turtles made the jump to both Advanced D&D (AD&D 1e Monster Manual, AD&D 2e's Monstrous Compendium Volume 1 & Monstrous Manual) and to Basic D&D (Expert Set, Companion Rules Set, Rules Cyclopedia, the modules The War Rafts of Kron and Duchy of Ten). They were present in both versions of the Monster Manual for 3e, and whilst they were absent in 4e for some strange reason, they made a triumphant return in 5th edition, once more taking pride of their place in the Monster Manual. As OGl content, they appeared in the first Pathfinder bestiary. The only notable non-system-wide change is they lost Snatch for Awesome Blow.

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The Dragons of Dungeons & Dragons
Albino Wyrm - Arcane Dragon - Aquatic Dragon - Brine Dragon - Catastrophic Dragon - Cerilian Dragon - Chromatic Dragon - Cloud Dragon - Cobra Dragon - Crimson Dragon - Deep Dragon - Dragonet - Epic Dragon - Faerie Dragon - Fang Dragon - Ferrous Dragon - Gem Dragon - Half-Dragon - Linnorm - Metallic Dragon - Minidragon - Mist Dragon - Moon Dragon - Obsidian Dragon - Oriental Dragon - Planar Dragon - Prismatic Dragon - Pseudodragon - Radiant Dragon - Red Hawk Dragon - Sand Dragon - Sea Wyrm - Shadow Dragon - Song Dragon - Stellar Dragon - Stone Dragon - Sun Dragon - Dragon Turtle