The dragons of Game of Thrones were simple to keep track of. Daenerys Stormborn threw three eggs into a fire, and she and her three “children” emerged unscathed. So long! And since each was a different hue, you didn’t even have to learn their names.
The black dragon Drogon was Khaleesi’s favorite and the largest; it was also the one she used to take to the air. Finally, there was Viserion, a gold dragon that the Night King had transformed into an ice dragon of the undead.
When all else failed, Jon Snow had the green Rhaegal. However, on House of the Dragon, “fire made flesh” will rain down from the heavens and overwhelm Westeros.
Before the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, which will be depicted in the prequel series, House Targaryen had 17 dragons and was at the height of its power. However, how will you manage to keep track of all the dragons that make up House of the Dragon?
How Many Different Dragons Have Appeared on House of the Dragon So Far?
1. Syrax (Dragon Rider: Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen)
A huge female dragon with yellow scales that carried a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the year 104 AC. In the first scene of House of the Dragon, the princess is shown riding high above King’s Landing atop Syrax’s back in a saddle.
Also, we learned from her parents that riding a dragon leaves you smelling like one. Even though Rhaenyra and Syrax haven’t witnessed a battle in House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra’s dragon played a crucial role in one.
As seen in episode 2 of House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra rode Syrax to Dragonstone to face off against Daemon and his dragon. The conflict could have escalated, but Rheenyra intervened after Daemon baited the king by stealing a dragon egg intended for the king’s dead son.
2. Carax’s (Dragon Rider: Daemon Targaryen)
Daemon Targaryen, the second member of his family to ride the massive red dragon Caraxes, also known as the Blood Wyrm, did so in 105 AC. Caraxes’ first rider was Prince Aemon Targaryen, but when Aemon was killed, Daemon took over.
The first appearance of Caraxes in House of the Dragon was memorable. Even Prince Daemon’s softer side was revealed as a result. Since then, evidence of Caraxes’ enormous size—even among dragons—and formidable strength has cropped up all over House of the Dragons.
As he soars through the air, Caraxes is quite a sight, threatening anyone who dares stand in the way of him and his dragon rider.
3. Unhatched Dragon Egg
House of the Dragon’s second episode didn’t actually introduce any new dragons. But we know without a doubt that Daemon stole an egg containing one. And how could there not be, when that egg has the air of a Chekhov’s dragon and was meant for King Viserys’s son Baelon?
All we can say at this time is that the egg was laid by Dreamfyre, a dragon. But we believe it has a chance of hatching and forming a bond with one of Viserys’ offspring. Is this perhaps Sunfyre’s own egg? Most likely, Sunfyre’s birth occurred not long after this episode aired. Below, you’ll find some additional details about this dragon.
4. Seasmoke (Dragon Rider: Laenor Velaryon)
Laenor Velaryon, son of Rhaenys Targaryen and thus a candidate to ride a dragon, was accepted by the silvery grey dragon by the year 101 AC. Yet, it wasn’t until the third episode of House of the Dragon that we finally got to see the pair in action.
The Crabfeeder was vanquished in the Stepstones with the aid of Laenor’s father, Lord Corlys Velaryon, and Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Laenor and Seasmoke were there to lend a hand.
And they did it with style. So far, this is the only dragon from House of the Dragon that we’ve gotten to see in action. Not at all, thankfully. Also, with Seasmoke’s debut, we’ve seen three of the nine dragons featured in the first season of House of the Dragon.
5. Meleys (Rider: Rhaenys Targaryen)
In the year 87 AC, Rhaenys, known as “The Queen Who Never Was,” bonded with the swift red and pink she-dragon Meleys. Meleys was ridden for the first time by Princess Alyssa Targaryen. Meleys was heartbroken to lose her dragonrider when the Targaryen princess passed away during childbirth. Meleys was once renowned as one of the swiftest dragons, but as she aged, her speed diminished while her cunning remained unchanged.
In the fifth episode of House of the Dragon, we got our first look at Rhaenys piloting Meleys. Meleys calls this crimson dragon the “Red Queen” because of the “crown” of thorns that encircles her head, as seen in House of the Dragon.
6. Vermax (Rider: Jacaerys Velaryon)
Rhaenyra Targaryen’s son, Prince Jacaerys, became close to the baby green dragon that hatched in his crib. Vermax was mentioned to have a strong aversion to snow, ice, and cold in the Game of Thrones novella Fire & Blood.
7. Vhagar (Rider: Laena (Velaryon) Targaryen / Rider: Aemond Targaryen)
Invading Westeros, Aegon and his sisters rode on the backs of three dragons, one of which was named Vhagar. Queen Visenya was the first to lay claim to him. Later on, Laena Velaryon became the rider of the green-blue bronze she-dragon.
This dragon is crucial to the plot of the sixth episode of House of the Dragon. Laena Velaryon and Daemon Targaryen tied the knot after some time has passed. Together they start a family, but Laena’s inability to carry to term ends up being a problem for all of her preborn children.
Laena decides to prevent her own death by delivering the baby herself. When Laena says “Dracarys” to Vhagar in House of the Dragon, she is consumed by dragon flame. Unlike in the books, Laena does not die while suffering from pregnancy complications and calling out for her dragon before she tragically passes away.
The young Targaryen Aemond took the massive Vhagar for his own after Laena’s funeral on Driftmark, but he paid a high price. Aemond lost an eye in a family brawl that broke out after he insulted his cousins. On House of the Dragon, however, Aemond has always wanted a dragon of his own, and the opportunity to ride one is the ultimate prize in his eyes.
Dreamfyre, a small blue she-dragon with silvery wings, was discovered by Aemond Targaryen in the Dragonpit around 120 AC. The Dreamfyre does not take Aemond as a rider.
There’s also the possibility that Dreamfyre’s appearance connects the dragons from House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones. Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion are Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons, but some believe that Dreamfyre is their true mother.
Which Dragons Could We Still See During House of the Dragon‘s First Season?
House of the Dragon’s first season will likely feature the following dragons, though we have no confirmation of this.
9. Sunfyre (Rider: Aegon Targaryen)
In 120 AD, he bonded with Aegon, Rhaenyra’s younger half-brother, and turned Aegon’s flames gold.
10. Vermithor (Rider: King Jaeherys I)
The Old King Jaeherys I of House Targaryen owned Vermithor, one of the largest dragons to ever soar over Westeros, but the dragon outlived the King.
11. Tessarion (Rider: Daeron Targaryen)
The “Blue Queen” was a beautiful dragon with dark blue wings and a dragonflame, copper scales, and copper trim. In the year 120 A.C., she formed an attachment to Prince Daeron Targaryen.
What Other Dragons Existed During the Dance of the Dragons?
Before the civil war in 129 AC pitted the dragons against each other, House Targaryen had eight additional dragons in addition to the ones already mentioned. Silverwing, Arrax, Tyraxes, and Moondancer were all full-grown dragons, and Stormcloud, Morghul, and Shrykos were all too young to ride.
However, there were also three untamed, unbonded dragons (the Grey Ghost, the Sheepstealer, and the Cannibal) who called Dragonstone home at the time.
You can imagine the possibilities that a wild dragon presented in a war where dragons fought dragons on the ground and in the air. However, there was a good reason why the three of them were unridden when war broke out.
If they tried to lay back, what would happen? What about the dragons that won’t appear until later in the season? Who took them on a journey over the Seven Kingdoms? When House of the Dragon brings these many (many) magical creatures to life, you’ll have to find out that information on your own.
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