Oh, I'm not contesting what's written in the source materials. It's just that dragons aren't portrayed as carrying weapons and magic items, so is this a mistake or is it more of a case that dragons as intelligent creatures don't feel the need to use them because they assume they're not going to encounter a more powerful threat?
Originally Posted by pisceanpaul
There are many magical items specifically made for dragons in the supplementary books, so I think your assumption that they aren't portrayed as using magical items is demonstrably false.
Here is what the rules have to say about size and magic items:
'When an article of magic clothing or jewelry is discovered, most of the time size shouldn’t be an issue. Many magic garments are made to be easily adjustable, or they adjust themselves magically to the wearer. Size should not keep characters of various kinds from using magic items.'
Thus dragons are capable of using vast numbers of magic items even from the core rulebooks, including (but not limited to) rings, amulets, belts (as weird as that sounds), and virtually anything else that is intended to be worn or carried on their person. They might have little use for weapons or armour, but stat boosting items, wands, and virtually anything else are accessible to them.
The idea of a dragon holding a staff in one of its talons might seem odd, but consider the alternative: a dragon with a genius intellect, talons that function as well as hands, and deep magical understanding refusing to use a beneficial magical item because it's too small? Preposterous!