News Archive | 4/2/2010
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The Periodic Table of Dragons

We warned you. In a previous installment of D&D Alumni, we looked back at metallic dragons throughout the editions… and ended with the following thought experiment:

While we've covered ferrous metals, what other element-based dragons might exist?

In the following table (hats off to you, Dmitri Mendeleev!), we've described many of the elemental dragons—some real to the game, some merely theoretical. Simply place your mouse pointer over each colored element to read each passage.

1
H
2
He
3
Li
4
Be
5
B
6
C
7
N
8
O
9
F
10
Ne
11
Na
12
Mg
13
Al
14
Si
15
P
16
S
17
Cl
18
Ar
19
K
20
Ca
21
Sc
22
Ti
23
V
24
Cr
25
Mn
26
Fe
27
Co
28
Ni
29
Cu
30
Zn
31
Ga
32
Ge
33
As
34
Se
35
Br
36
Kr
37
Rb
38
Sr
39
Y
40
Zr
41
Nb
42
Mo
43
Tc
44
Ru
45
Rh
46
Pd
47
Ag
48
Cd
49
In
50
Sn
51
Sb
52
Te
53
I
54
Xe
55
Cs
56
Ba
57
La
72
Hf
73
Ta
74
W
75
Re
76
Os
77
Ir
78
Pt
79
Au
80
Hg
81
Tl
82
Pb
83
Bi
84
Po
85
At
86
Rn
87
Fr
88
Ra
89
Ac
104
Rf
105
Db
106
Sg
107
Bh
108
Hs
109
Mt
110
Uun
111
Uuu
112
Uub
113
Uut
114
Uuq
115
Uup
116
Uuh
117
Uus
118
Uuo


58
Ce
59
Pr
60
Nd
61
Pm
62
Sm
63
Eu
64
Gd
65
Tb
66
Dy
67
Ho
68
Er
69
Tm
70
Yb
71
Lu
90
Th
91
Pa
92
U
93
Np
94
Pu
95
Am
96
Cm
97
Bk
98
Cf
99
Es
100
Fm
101
Md
102
No
103
Lr

Unfortunately, our table is far from complete. A few elements from the D&D universe do not appear within a standard periodic table: adamantine and orium are already dragons, but what of residuum? Then there are fictional elements from further afield: unobtainium, tibanna, quantonium—and from Magic: the Gathering: impervium, mizzium and necrogen.

If you have ideas for missing elements (what would a rutherfordium dragon possibly be like?), then by all means—send your thoughts to dndinsider@wizards.com or at the D&D Group page. After all, we'd love to complete the table.

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