Gift of the Metallic Dragon 5e
Published on August 18, 2023
Heal and protect your allies with the boons granted to you by the benevolent metallic dragons!
Daarken - Wizards of the Coast - Dragonsguard Elite
What Is Gift of the Metallic Dragon 5e?
The Gift of the Metallic Dragon is a feat that focuses more on the support side of things, rather than Gift of the Chromatic Dragon, which focuses on improving offensive capabilities. This is particularly fitting, as metallic dragons are usually good-aligned, whereas chromatic dragons are evil. Let’s take a look at what this feat from Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons has in store!
How Does Gift of the Metallic Dragon Work?
The Gift of the Metallic Dragon feat grants the following benefits:
- Draconic Healing: You learn the cure wounds spell. You can cast this spell without expending a spell slot. Once you cast this spell in this way, you can’t do so again until you finish a long rest. You can also cast this spell using spell slots you have. The spell’s spellcasting ability is Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma when you cast it with this feat (choose when you gain the feat).
- Protective Wings: You can manifest protective wings that can shield you or others. When you or another creature you can see within 5 feet of you is hit by an attack roll, you can use your reaction to manifest spectral wings from your back for a moment. You grant a bonus to the target’s AC equal to your proficiency bonus against that attack roll, potentially causing it to miss. You can use this reaction a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus, and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.
So, let’s break these benefits down:
Draconic Healing provides a versatile healing option, allowing you to heal without expending a spell slot. This can be a lifesaver in dire situations. Additionally, the flexibility in choosing the spellcasting ability means it can be tailored to fit various character builds. It can also be a solid way to add healing to caster classes that otherwise don’t have any healing capabilities, like sorcerers, wizards, and warlocks.
Protective Wings is similar to an underpowered version of the shield spell. One of the upsides is that you can use this ability on yourself and allies. Also, seeing as it scales with proficiency bonus, you’ll eventually have the same AC boost as shield at 13th level and will even surpass it at 17th level. Finally, you can use it a number of times equal to your proficency bonus per long rest, meaning you’ll get some solid uses out of it without it competing with spell slots. Where this ability lags behind shield is one main downside, the AC bonus only lasts for the single attack, whereas shield lasts until the start of your next turn.
Is Gift of the Metallic Dragon Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Gift of the Metallic Dragon was given a B Tier rating, making it a niche feat that can improve some builds in D&D 5e.
Adding some healing and support options, especially when the features don’t compete with resources such as spell slots, is a benefit for a lot of builds. If your party lacks healing, you’ll definitely feel the impact of this feat. Unfortunately, seeing as cure wounds is tied to a spellcasting modifier, it’s not as potent for martial characters, who would otherwise love to pick this up.