Not all dragons are intelligent, powerful, elemental creatures. Some were hit especially hard by the shattering of their sorcery at the end of the 1st Age, becoming little more than animals. Dangerous animals to be sure, but still beasts. Squat and bulky, with thick necks and short muzzles, they move in small flocks (called "raids") and eat whatever they can. They are most associated with the jungles north of the Stone Throne, but they are found elsewhere (such as in the southern Lost Cost and the Island of Beasts). They are the drakes (sometimes called proto-drakes).

 Unlike true dragons, drakes only have two age categories--adult and juvenile. Juveniles are faster than their bulkier adult forms and usually pounce on the prey, holding it down or holding it at bay until the adults arrive. They travel in raids of 3-4 with one or two adults nearby. The adults possess the will to shake off most incapacitating effects at least once. The juveniles lack the poison breath or the unbreakable will, but can spit sticky acidic spittle. Both are particularly resistant to magical effects.