- For other uses, see Dragon (disambiguation)
Dragons, also known as drakes, are powerful monsters that can be found in Summoner's Rift. Their camp is located in the river alcove on the lower right side of the battlefield. There are five types of dragons: , , , and . The first four types are globally known as elemental drakes. No more than one dragon can be present at the same time in the battlefield, but several different dragons can spawn at different times throughout the game.
Slaying dragons grants one of the Dragon Slayer Dragon Slayer buffs to the killing team. The buff obtained is different for each dragon. All buffs stack up to three times except the one provided by the .
The levels of dragons range from 6 to 18. Dragons use ranged attacks.
Types of Dragons
Cloud Drakes are the dragons with fastest movement and attack speed. For this reason they deal high amounts of damage to single targets and are better at chasing than other dragons.
Infernal Drakes deal AoE damage when they attack, but can otherwise be considered as the most generic of the elemental dragons.
Mountain Drakes have slow, AoE, hard hitting auto attacks. It has more health, armor and magic resist than the other elemental dragons. Due to this, it is generally slower to take down than most of the other elemental dragons, giving teams longer opportunities for a team to slay and contest it. However, it has lower DPS than the other elemental dragons.
Ocean Drakes' auto attacks slow their target's movement speed by 30% for 2 seconds. This limits its target's ability to disengage quickly, making it easier to contest. Getting it to attack an enemy for the slow can be potentially useful during teamfights near this dragon.
Elder Dragons are much more powerful than their elemental brethren. They have far more health, magic resistance, and armor, and their auto attacks are much more punishing than those of the other dragons. For this reason Elder Dragons are usually taken down by the several champions combining their forces. Due to their tankiness and the strength of the buff they provide, attempting to kill an Elder Dragons usually prompts the enemy team to contest the kill. Therefore, teams wishing to slay it must take great caution when doing so while the majority of the enemy team is alive, much like.
- Before patch V6.9, the Dragon was an unique monster.
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- When a dragon starts fighting, it takes flight, knocking back nearby enemies.
- Dragons have 30% armor penetration.
- The basic attacks of dragons deal bonus physical damage equal to 7% of the target's current health.
- Dragons have a Unique Passive called Ancient Grudge Ancient Grudge, which grants them a buff against enemies with Dragon Slayer stacks. This buff gives 20% bonus damage and 7% damage reduction per stack.
- If the team that slays a dragon has a lower average level than that of their opponents, Dragon grants 25% bonus experience per average level difference.
- Bonus experience is sharply increased for the lowest level members of the team, equal to 15% per number of levels behind the dragon squared, up to a maximum of 200%.
At 2:30 an elemental drake of a random type spawns in the dragon camp. If it is slain another elemental drake spawns after six minutes. This continues until the game reaches 35 minutes. No more than three types of elemental dragon spawn per match.
After 35 minutes of game, and if there is currently no drake in the pit, anspawns. If it is killed, another spawns after ten minutes, and so on.
Glowing runes inside the dragon pit indicate which dragon is going to spawn next. These runes are visible through the Fog of War.
- Most knock back at the start of the fight. However, and will be able to parry the knockback with and respectively, which is considered as a disabling effect. is also able to dodge the disable by basic attacking Dragon once, then using to dash through him. will not block the dragon's
- Dragon's bonus physical damage are treated as spells, and therefore don't proc abilities such as , and are not affected by the damage reduction of passive. However, can block them with her , activating it.
lore actually explains a bit of Dragon physiology. Dragons have a form of sexual dimorphism, where the females are always born with a 'Elemental Rune' for a heart (which corresponds to one of the four Elemental Dragons we see in-game). In Shyvana's case, she was born with a fire rune.
- Knowing this, it may be possible that all four of the Elemental Dragons are female, while the Elder Dragon is actually a male, due to the fact that only females correspond to an element.
- Killing dragons is one of the main tasks of the jungler. They often require help from their team, particularly from the bottom or middle lanes. This is one of the reasons why there are usually two champions in the bottom lane and only one in the top lane. It's easier for the jungler to kill a dragon with two allies instead of one to back him up.
- When a team attempts to kill a dragon it usually gets weakened during the fight. Due to the nature of the dragon pit, the team attempting the kill has limited escape paths. For this reason it's usually a good idea to gank the enemy team when it's trying to kill a dragon. A good gank may score several kills, steal the dragon kill, or both.
- Finish off dragons (and other epic monsters) with , or other true damage abilities (e.g. or ). These abilities deal a lot of damage in a single hit, which makes it very difficult for your enemies to steal the kill, or to prevent you from stealing it.
Tips to prepare dragon ganks
Have a ward in the river near the dragon camp entrance. Doing so gives you vision of enemy champions attempting to take Dragon down. Apart from that, it also gives you vision of the river, allowing you to spot roaming enemy champions. Theis a good way to ward Dragon. However, while it provides vision in front of the dragon pit, it fails to provide vision inside the pit itself.
Tips to prevent dragon ganks
- Use a or / to check for wards before attempting to kill a dragon.
- Gank the bottom lane and then attack the dragon with the help of your bottom lane teammates. The enemy middle lane and jungler are often not strong enough to fight three champions at once.
- Pull the dragon out of its pit by attacking it and then moving out of its range. This makes the dragon chase you into the river, making it harder for the enemy team to steal it by jumping over the wall of the dragon pit.
Some champions are capable of killing dragons alone at early levels, but the time and specific circumstances required to do this makes it a risky tactic.
- Cloud Drakes are useful for both teams regardless of their gold lead or deficit; leading teams can create pressure, split push, and rotate around the map faster for positioning, while trailing teams can still use it to expand vision, respond to split pushing, and position defensively.
- Even with a single stack, Cloud Drake can be very powerful in split push comps, especially if it's denied to the enemy team.
- Infernal Drakes are highly contested and considered by many players the strongest dragon due to its raw power boost. If viable, contest the dragon at all cost.
- In the early game the percentage increased won't make a difference, but the Infernal Drake's late game power is massive.
- Mountain Drakes are also very powerful late game as it makes objectives like easier to deal with.
- Siege comps can benefit greatly from Mountain Drake as it provides additional pushing power against structures.
- Ocean Drakes are deceptively powerful during the laning phase; backing off for several seconds allows its beneficiary to extend its presence in lane and can make the difference in some even match ups.
- Another benefit of Ocean Drakes is the ability to mitigate damage against poke comps, forcing the enemy team to spend more mana and delaying or even preventing potential flanks.
- When stacking multiple Drakes, try and play them to your team's advantage (e.g. multiple Infernal for team fighting, multiple Cloud for roaming and split pushing, etc.).
- As mentioned above, becomes more resilient and powerful against teams with higher Dragon stacks. Keep this in mind for when it spawns, as it can make sneaking it much harder. Also, it means teams with higher stacks will receive more punishment from Elder, which can be abused by the defending team.
- Dragon is the only neutral creep in the game with scaling armor and magic resistance (after level 9).
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