Created By: Ghilz on April 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Ghilz on April 19, 2011
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Dracolich

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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.

Examples:

Anime and 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 Order Of The Stick Xykon temporarily uses a zombified dragon (#429 and onwards, explicitly calling it a zombie in #441).
Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • April 11, 2011
    Ekuran
    See it's Super Trope, Non Human Undead for any undead fantasy creature.
  • April 11, 2011
    SalFishFin
    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
  • April 11, 2011
    dalek955
    In Mardek 2, 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.
  • April 11, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    Yu Gi Oh has various dragon monsters, some of which have been revived at various points into zombies or other such things (somehow).
  • April 11, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    Harry Dresden once re-animated the skeleton of a T-Rex from the natural history museum.
  • April 11, 2011
    Ekuran
  • April 11, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    Hmm. I hadn't seen that trope before. It could count as both, but I think The Dresden Files example probably fits better here, since it wasn't a traditional zombie. We will have to come up with a solid distinction between the two tropes, though.
  • April 11, 2011
    Ghilz
    It's not really a Dragon though (The Dresden Files have real dragons, there's no real confusion between between a T-Rex and a Dragon.) So I am on the fence about that example.

  • April 11, 2011
    X2X
    • 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.
  • April 12, 2011
    Deboss
    Suggest Zombie Dragon as a redirect.
  • April 12, 2011
    Ghilz
    Was gonna have that for sure
  • April 12, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    • 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.
  • April 12, 2011
    zerky
    Copypasted from Non Human Undead:
    • 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.
  • April 12, 2011
    FoolsEditAccount
    Expansion on the Mardek example: you can fight the Zombie Dragon as a Bonus Boss if you go to Social Fox's Tomb. Also, it's a full game split into parts, not a sequel, so "Mardek 2" is somewhat misleading. Maybe just say "the second chapter".
  • April 12, 2011
    Ghilz
    First part is just natter / Walkthrough Mode.

    Fixed the name though
  • April 13, 2011
    AndrewJ
    Super Mario RPG: When the Czar Dragon is defeated, it falls into a lava pit and reemerges as the skeletal Zombone.
  • April 13, 2011
    Ekuran
    • A few have popped up in Tibia.
  • April 14, 2011
    Frank75
    Subtrope of Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot, obviously.
  • April 14, 2011
    TBTabby
    The first boss in Demon's Crest.
  • April 14, 2011
    azul120
    Featured in many Final Fantasy games.
  • April 14, 2011
    Ghilz
    ^ Already listed
  • April 14, 2011
    Scardoll
    Magic The Gathering has a much more specific example in Bladewing The Risen, the undead version of Rorix Bladewing.
  • April 14, 2011
    Ghilz
    Try giving non broken urls. When I copy your post the whole formatting shits itself coz your urls are filled with spaces somehow
  • April 14, 2011
    Rolf
    It's %20 for spaces. I hate people who create sites with spaces in urls.
  • April 14, 2011
    magnum12
    The Dragon Zombie class in the Disgaea series starting with the second game. Very dangerous physically but weak to magic, especially wind.
  • April 15, 2011
    honigmuffin
    I'm not sure if this example qualifies, but in OotS Xykon temporarily uses a zombified dragon (#429 and onwards, explicitly calling it a zombie in #441).
  • April 17, 2011
    Semicolone
    Ridley's corpse in Metroid Fusion is reanimated by a parasite, making him a zombie dragon.
  • April 17, 2011
    Ekuran
  • April 17, 2011
    Ghilz
    ^&^^ Actually no. The parasite takes the form of Ridley. You meet the corpse long before you fight it, and the corpse itself falls to pieces when Samus walks up to it. The parasite no longer inhabits the body by the time you meet it and fight it.
  • April 17, 2011
    Koveras
    The Queen of Blackmarch in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening is not a zombie dragon but a ghost dragon. Does that count? She is still the baddest Bonus Boss in the expansion.
  • April 17, 2011
    Ekuran
  • April 18, 2011
    Chabal2
    Stallord in Twilight Princess is a ginormous dragon skeleton (later just skull) reanimated by Xanth.
  • April 18, 2011
    Ekuran
  • April 18, 2011
    TheMiragician
    Epic Battle Fantasy has zombie dragons in the second and third games.
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