"If you’re fighting one of the game’s titular dragons — a red dragon, for example — he might be sleeping on top of a mountain of treasure. If you try taking the treasure away, he’ll wake up and attack you. If you’re confident in your skills, you can go ahead and defeat it, but that’s going to be pretty tough," said George Kamitani, Director of Dragon’s Crown.
Really tough if you stumble upon the dragon as say a level 5 Elf. Before you wave a white flag and let the monster turn you into a pile of bones for another player to pick up consider thinking of a way to escape. Vanillaware designed boss encounters in Dragon’s Crown with multiple ways to survive.
"So what are you supposed to do? One option, if fighting isn’t going to work, is to run away in the midst of battle. The dragon will chase after you, but if you can survive until you reach a stone bridge along the way, you have a chance to collapse the bridge and drop the dragon below," Kamitani explained.
"We’re planning to always have some sort of escape route like that for the higher-difficulty bosses. That way, even if a low-level player runs into a high-level boss by accident, there’s still a way to survive," Kamitani continued.
Keep that in mind when you run into giant octopuses.