Dragon Training 101: The Gronckle

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Rider Jyharri
Dragon Master
Joined: 03/20/2018

Dragon Training 101





Class: Boulder


Length: 14 feet (average) 


Weight: 5700 lbs (average)


Wingspan: 18 feet


Diet: Rocks, Fish, and Mutton




A quite common and easy to tame for a Boulder Class, these

dragons are considered the pugs of the dragon world. Although

they may seem friendly as individuals... always expect the

unexpected. My name is Jyharri and I will explain the basis of

dragon training, the Gronckle.


If you want a friend that will keep you company, and is loyal

and pestilent at the same time, look no further than the

Gronckle. They may be slow, but with all that dragon power

wrapped into them, they most often do not need to run from a

fight. Making sure to track the personality of the Gronckle you

want to train before taming will benefit both you and the

dragon in the long run.


Disclaimer: A majority, but not all information on the Deadly Nadder

can be summed up from my experience with Nadders (raising them,

training, etc), so take these words with a grain of salt.


Step 1: Location


Gronckle are quite hardy for their form, and easily able to

withstand a decent smack to the face (at least at the best of

times). They are very common in the Archipelago, but the best

places to search for them are caves filled with the rocks that

these dumplings love to gorge on... but forests work as well.


Step 2: Play Rough


As tame and dog-like that both Meatlug and Shattermaster

have become, a wild Gronckle can be especially dangerous.

If caught offguard, the dragon won't hesistate to use its magma

blasts of molten fury. However, there are several ways to calm

them down, such as the traditional dragon nip. The best way to

calm them down is actually play fighting with them as if you

were one of their own kind, making it easier for the dragon to

get used to your scent and personality.


Step 3: Personal Time


Unlike many other dragons, the Gronckle prefers not to be left

alone for too long. If your Gronckle feels lonely, let it in on your

personal life (cleaning, cooking, sleeping, etc). When the

dragon knows how your day goes, it will in tandem grow closer

to you.


Step 4: Dragon Training


After you've strengthened your bond with your Gronckle,

teaching it to fight for you is rather simple. Being sturdy

dragons, they are best suited for close combat, similar to its

cousin, the Hotburple. A gronckle that knows its master is

happy will be happy too, and will defend said master even after

just a day of training. Yep... nothing to it.


Step 5: Friendly Fire


On occassion, your Gronckle may have quite a problem in

digestion. if that is the case, it may've been the wretched

boxite that has made your dragon sick. Make sure to duck and

cover in case of unpredicatble magma sludges, then hit your

Gronckle's stomach repeatedly to dislodge the mineral from its

intestine. After that, your dragon will be your best friend (if it happens that is).


Extras: Titan Gronckles


When any dragon becomes a titan, it does becomes twice as

strong and aggressive than its broad wing stage, and the titan wing

Gronckle is no exception. They actaually lose their dog-like nature and

become much more aggressive than other gronckles in its herd, and

may even threaten the herd. Just keep a close eye on your dragon to

make sure nothing terrible happens, then proceed with training as









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Joined: 11/06/2016
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Cool! Hopefully I can use some of this advice on my Peridottie; the only thing cute about her is her name. Very aggressive Gronckle she is, not even her mate is spared from her (*cough* usually unreasonable) fury.


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Rider Jyharri
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Joined: 03/20/2018
I feel you

Hope that Peridotte will yield with the help of this info. I remember a time when Viatrice was that aggressive... but these methods helped her calm down.