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Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons Bk. 2 (Dungeons & Dragons) Hardcover – 17 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Supplement edition (17 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786952482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786952489
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.4 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Flamestriker on 11 Mar. 2010
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I am giving this book four stars because my copy was delivered with the pages back to front (the front of the book is in the back). The information inside is relevant and the diagrams colourful and well done, and the contents deserve five stars. Both draconomicon books make a fine pair, and I would not recommend one without the other because they go together as a set. Of course, each book is stand alone, and there are several nice twists that are different from second edition, such as metallic dragons not necessarily being good anymore, and any DM can have a lot of fun with her/his party of players and suspense with adventure plots. This book certainly deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf.
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The draconomicon is a bit like the undead book - it has new monsters (in a draconic theme) loads of fluff and several delves which have a cool enough subject (FRIGGING DRAGONS!) that they can be easily adapted and slotted into almost any campaign

Production quality is in line with other 4E books, full colour pages. Detailed descriptions and motivations (really important for a DM!) for different dragons.

I use dragons sparingly and I would still recommend this for the background/fluff value alone.
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A satisfying book rich with possible adventures 20 April 2010
By S. Martin - Published on
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Even more than Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons, I was looking forward to Metallic Dragons. For the first time in D&D, the metallic family of dragons are actually viable encounters, rather than super-powerful good guys that the typical adventuring party would rarely find themselves in conflict with. Included are breakdowns of draconic behavior, how they compare with chromatic behavior (useful considering the vast majority of DMs will be more familiar with running chromatic dragons), and how dragons in general relate to humaniods. The book then further divides itself divides itself into how specific varieties of metallic dragons behave. Also included are prefab encounters for parties of every level, with maps and stat blocks. The format of the book is basically the same as Chromatic Dragons was. The only real problem I have with this book is that it occasionally references the first Draconomicon in the series.

All in all, I found this book to be an excellent resource for running a species of monster that can easily step away from being a normal tactical encounter, and is every bit as likely to a manipulator or power behind the throne. It's also just plain fun to read.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Restoring Balance 11 Dec. 2010
By Mark Wisniewski - Published on
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This book's star rating has been dragged down by a ridiculous ax-grinding one-star review, so this prompted me to even things out a bit.

This a very nice book, which expands on the fluff for the Metallic Dragons in MM2, and adds exotic new species, such as steel, bronze, mithral, orium, cobalt, mercury, and cobalt dragons. It has entries for the Draconian species from Dragonlance, descriptions and stats for famous NPC dragons such as Silvara and Jalanvaloss, as well as stats and fluff for Bahamut himself.

In summary, if you prefer a fantasy world where morality is a bit deeper and more complex than just looking at the shininess of a creatures scales, [...]then I highly recommend this book.
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A Decent Update 21 Feb. 2013
By Trey Hollen - Published on
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This is definitely a 4th Edition update on material from previous editions. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Let's face it, there just isn't that much new ground to break for the iconic members of the namesake race. This is Dungeons and Dragons with an emphasis on the dragons. My issue with this book is the fact that previous editions included at least the Chromatics and the Metallics in one significantly larger volume for about the same money. Splitting them up seems like a money grab.

The material is just fine. If you're a 4ED gamer this is a must have since as previously mentioned this is sort of an important race.
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Great resource for dragons, not just "good" ones, either. 15 Mar. 2013
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I thought about this review long and hard, waited a while to figure out how I should rate it. I read the reviews here and the one-star review really stood out, making me wonder if the other reviews went too easy on it. I am glad I listened to my inner desire and got the book anyway. This book is excellent overall, and I do recommend it to every DM who has an interest in adding Metallic dragons to their game.

I run a Forgotten Realms campaign, but any campaign world (Eberron, Dark Sun, Self-Made) can benefit from this resource. I also have my own story line for Bahamut and Tiamat that made me want to get both this and the Chromatic dragons book - glad I got that one as well! One thing about the difference between these two books that I would change is that I really appreciated in the Chromatic book that they showed pictures of the dragons showing their wing spans compared to full body length (a top-down view as if the dragon were flying). Those do not appear in this book which is unfortunate, but that's the only thing I'd really change about this one.

The content is excellent. Showing detailed information about the dragons we all know and love (Gold, Silver, etc) - and adding in other new versions like Cobalt, Mercury and Mithril. There are encounters written up to help you along as well. Good information on each dragon type's behavior and what drives them - which I find invaluable. This is the kind of detail I wish they would have put into the Monster Manuals, really deep info that isn't too overbearing and still allows you to DM your way.

Note that this is not the "Book of Good Dragons"....there is information in the book that allows you to let your dragon choose its own demeanor and "side" - something I really appreciate because of my own story lines with Bahamut and Tiamat and the dragons that follow them. These dragons aren't all Good or Lawful Good, quite a few are Unaligned...but again you can change individual dragons however you wish of course.

One other important note I'd like to add here - with a DDI (D&D Insider, which you pay for monthly or yearly) account, you have access to tools that allow you to change up dragons and any other monster listed however you want. Want that level 30 Ancient Gold Dragon to be a level 2 Baby Gold Dragon? You can do it with their tools - adjusting levels automatically adjusts hit points, attacks and damage plus lets you edit powers as you wish. (There are also entries there for a level 7 Gold Dragon Wyrmling and a level 9 Young Gold Dragon, plus other higher level versions as well). The reason you'd still want the book is because of the rich details around the creatures, their tactics, etc.

If you are a DM and you want to incorporate dragons on more of a level than just "a big encounter in the back of the dungeon", or even if you are a player but still love to know this level of details with dragons, this is a great book for you and is even more useful if you have the Chromatic Draconomicon book as well.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Love the insight 23 April 2012
By bang - Published on
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This and the chromatic draconomicon are essential for any DM who wishes to invest a little time and effort into bringing the quintessential nemisis of the dragons into their stories. I think the authors did an excellent job of reminding us that, while metallic dragons are "good", most are "unaligned" at best, and all share the egomaniacal tendencies of their chromatic brethren. The metallics can provide compatriots and advisors to the party, or serve as villains or adversaries that will cause the party to question what exactly is good and evil, through the lens of these iconic monsters.
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