Dracolich
Undead Dragons


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Dragons are scary. The Undead are scary. Undead Dragons are super scary (and cool)! Often the most badass type of undead, dracoliches are never to be taken lightly. They are always heavy hitting monsters, if not outright bosses. Any necromancer should do well to seek to have one. It's not rarely however for these dragons to be weaker than regular, living specimen as they inherit the weaknesses of The Undead like Revive Kills Zombie while Dragons rarely have such exploitable flaws.

Often the dragon's classic fire Breath Weapon will be turned into a poison breath when they become undead.

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Anime & Manga
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has various dragon monsters, some of which have been revived at various points into zombies or other such things (somehow).

Tabletop Games
  • The Trope Namer is of course the Dungeons & Dragons Dracolich, which combines the worst aspects of a Dragon and a Lich.
    • Dungeons & Dragons also has a Zombie Dragon (called in 4th edition "Winged Putrescence"). Weaker than it's living counterparts, stronger than most zombies.
    • And of course don't forget Skeletal dragons.
  • Zombie Dragons feature heavily in Warhammer.
  • Bone Dragons of Magic: The Gathering.

Video Games
  • The Frost Wyrm of the scourge in Warcraft 3 and World of Warcraft.
  • A Dracolich features as a boss in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes Of The Underdark.
  • Zombie Dragons (or Dracozombies) are recurring enemies in Final Fantasy games.
  • Spectral/Bone Dragons in Heroes of Might and Magic games.
  • Bone Dragons of Guild Wars.
  • In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, a Zombie Dragon is a boss of the second-to-last map. On the penultimate map, there are two. And on the final map, the Big Bad may choose to summon these as mooks
  • Zombie Dragons appear in Ogre Battle as top tier dragon units created by using an Undead Ring on a Tiamat.
  • In MARDEK's second chapter, the dragon that was the grand hero Social Fox's last battle enjoyed the fight so much that it came back to life in hopes that he would too, so it could fight him again.
  • Ultima Online has Skeletal Dragons.
  • A few undead dragons (usually of the skeletal variety) have appeared as bosses and enemies in the Castlevania series.
  • Ninja Gaiden (the new-gen series, not the original NES trilogy) has one of these serves as the boss of Chapter 7 in the first game.
  • There are Dragon Zombies in Valkyrie Profile, but they're a slight subversion in that, being both draconic and undead, they're vulnerable to spells that specifically target both and are actually not that big of a threat. One combo by a character with a dragon slayer or undead-targeting weapon and they're done for.
  • The humorous text-based adventure game, Kingdom of Loathing, has an undead monster in the Misspelled Cemetary area called The Bonerdagon. It's an undead dragon made of bones, but it might also be an undead dagon made of boners.
  • A few have popped up in Tibia.
  • Super Mario RPG: When the Czar Dragon is defeated, it falls into a lava pit and reemerges as the skeletal Zombone.
  • The first boss in Demon's Crest.
  • The Dragon Zombie class in the Disgaea series starting with the second game. Very dangerous physically but weak to magic, especially wind.
  • The Queen of Blackmarch in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is not a zombie dragon but a ghost dragon. She is the baddest Bonus Boss in the expansion.
  • There are are several types of Dracolich in Dragon Cave, like the Vampire Dragon and Undead Dragon species.
  • Stallord in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a ginormous dragon skeleton (later just skull) reanimated by Xanth.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy has zombie dragons in the second and third games.

Web Comics
  • In The Order of the Stick Xykon temporarily uses a zombified dragon (#429 and onwards, explicitly calling it a zombie in #441).
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