Flight school - aging up short wing dragons from level 5 to level 10

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CoalBright's picture
Joined: 06/27/2016

Flight school - aging up short wing dragons from level 5 to level 10 . . .


I always have trouble with the flight school gliding courses. Don't know what I do wrong, but it is invarible hard to get my dragons through the different gliding flights. And, I'm pretty sure it is me having the problems with the course not the dragons.


The only good things have been that I play with my dragons, alot, and then I feed them chicken eggs. I also play ER or FF to gain dragon XP for my dragons. This way, I usually get my dragons to level ten before completing the full set of flights in the gliding courses. But, I feel bad about doing this. And, I'm not sure aging my dragons up to level 10 is helpful!


Can someone explain or give me pointers on the gliding courses. 

One problem is that if my dragon has strong wings, they can literally glide high above the islands but they never pickup the flags, which means a failed course or low score. 

If they have weak wings and/or a big body to carry. . . I cannot get them through the latter courses, where they need to glide for much longer distance, without using ladders to climb between islands 


What am I doing wrong? 


I appreciate any help, advice, suggestions, etc., thank you!!!


Please note, I'm an adult player and been around for a while, so I'm not a New Player; however, I have never been able to figure out how to get my dragons through the gliding courses, so I think it is, very belatedly, time to ask for help.


 Lace Firewind, Player Name; CoalBright, ID name



 Lace Firewind, Player Name; CoalBright, ID name


Teleway's picture
Joined: 01/31/2017
A tip

Don't worry. I have trouble with the courses, too. 


Depending on the course, depends on the strategy. The ones where you go from a BIG height, like Show Your Skills, need two things: you need to do the "bobbing method", where you dive and rise (don't dive too much or you'll go below your targets) to increase your speed, and if you can, a Speed boost. With Super Drop, it's one of those where you need to use a Speed boost. With Speed Spiral, I have no idea how to get beyond a B+, so I'm afraid I can't help you there. I basically just avoid the flags and just go for the goal post itself.


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CoalBright's picture
Joined: 06/27/2016
Teleway thank you for your comments

Teleway. your comments and suggestions are very helpful. Thank you!


Bobbing methods . . . Managing that, although poorly; I guess that means I should practice more . . .  grrrr......hehe!


Speed Boost . . . great idea, esp. as each course is also judged on speed. I've been thinking that the courses are set for our dragons to be able to beat them with practice, but that has not always worked for me. I've not thought about using any additional flying aids; however, since the game offers them, especially for races or fireball frenzy, I should broaden my approach about how to get through the Flight school courses. I will definitely be trying out the Speed Boost.



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Victor the Fierce
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Joined: 10/02/2018
Speed Spiral Tip

The trick for Speed Spiral is boost once you start gliding then aim for a crate. Sometimes you will get two items, hopefully it'll be time freezers (or whatever they're called). Continue gliding while trying to remain airborne. Aim for the top of the flags. Be careful not to land on the sea stacks. When you get to the third flag, where the game makes you think you have to land and climb up the ramps, take a hard left. You'll see the next flag on a distant sea stack at nearly the same level as the third flag. BOOST! Stay up enough to soar into the top of the flag and continue to collect the last flag. Then hover to victory! You should get an A+ or at least A- even if you didn't get a crate. Depends on the dragon's speed as well.


I'd place a picture here but I don't know how to add them yet. I'm fairly new to the forum but not the game.


Also, look for parts of the course where you can cut corners or jump off to glide rather than climbing all the way to the top of the ramps.



Main Viking: Victor


Viking Age: As old as our chief Hiccup (Which I believe is twenty-five or thirty judging by HtTyD 3. Even though the game doesn't age up avatars I like to think my Vikings grew up with Hiccup.)


Title: the Fierce


Rank: 50


Training Title: Senior Dragon Trainer


Clan: None. I prefer to be a lone rider. No obligations, no limits, no drama.


Tin Trophies: 93, Lumber ate the others. They're like potato chips to him.


Dragon Army Size: 77, one dragon per species although there are some doubles. Shockjaw, Snow Wraith and Groncicle


Dragon Species Adopted: All of them; except Night Fury.


Battle Dragon: Any. I train them with a keen eye and steady aim.


Currently Training: Mantis (Devilish Dervish)




Fierce is a nice title. It strikes a hint of dread and warning to those who intend to do harm to the people of Berk. When I was young and lanky I was called by the less flattering title Victor the Frail.


I was born into the world at the worst time possible. On the coldest night of the season during a dragon raid. My father was killed protecting my mother and I. He fought bravely defending the village. A determined Monstrous Nightmare would have destroyed us all if it hadn't been for the valiant Vikings guarding those injured seeking refuge in the Great Hall.


Due to the cold I caught an illness. No one expected me to survive through the first winter. My mother did not give in to despair but persevered to nurture her newborn.


At the age of five I was beginning to understand the world around me. I also harbored an intense hatred for the creature's responsible for our constant losses especially that of my father. It became my ambition to be a heroic dragon fighter. But my body was too weak even for my age. I occasionally would catch illnesses which required my mother to frequently hike all the way to Gothi's hut to treat my ailments. This was a regular occurrence year after year. My mother did not allow me to go anywhere too far from our hut for fear I might perish from exposure of short change of temperature.


After suffering for five more years I got fed up with my frailty. I still couldn't lift a hammer or swing an axe. People were starting to call me "the Frail". Not anymore. I will not go down in my family's history as a weakling. So my training began. I made a exercise routine that strengthened both body and mind. Eat a healthy diet, no matter how tough and tasteless the food is. Running up to and from Gothi's hut got the blood pumping, mostly because I had to transport her medical supplies. Astrid was a good sparring partner, she taught me several combat techniques with Snotlout as the target dummy. Playing pranks with the Thorston twins sharpened my mind as well as studying the Book of Dragons and other books with Fishlegs. If I ever was going to fight those fire fuming beasts I needed to know about what armor and weapons to use. Gobber's smithy was a good place to learn. He and Hiccup taught me some valuable skills of the trade before my mother dragged me back to the hut.


By the time of my fifteenth birthday I noticed I've grown a considerable amount of toned muscle. My ailments seemed to disappear too. My mother was more relaxed and didn't fret when I left the hut. I was permitted to apply for Dragon Training. It was rigorous. Some of us almost got blasted by a clumsy Gronkle. I'd like to say I trained with Hiccup and the gang but no; I was with a different group of teens. Valery the Bright was a dragon nerd. She had spent more time studying the Book of Dragons than any of us would care to. Her face is innocent but her hammer is best to be avoided. Dirk the Daring was one of the most promising students in class. He was tall, strong and a bit bossy. Actually, a lot bossy. He saw me as a rival and challenged to fight when the opportunity presented itself. Kira Courageous. A strange girl from... she doesn't recall. Perhaps an island somewhere in the archipelago. She is a very strong and knowledgeable person who can be easily underestimated.


We almost graduated that year. Hiccup befriended a dragon, a Night Fury, the rarest of them all. And not only that. He discovered the Dragon's Nest and defeated what was causing our misery. I heard it was a gigantic mountain sized beast called the Red Death. Since then we had made peace with the dragons. However, my ambitions were crushed. At first, I never joined along with the village when they adopted dragons of their own. The death of my father and the lingering grudge was hard to let go.


One day I decided to join the school. The goal was to drown the bad memories and the hatred of dragons by understanding them for more than their destructive capabilities. The dragon I adopted was a Monstrous Nightmare. This one hatchling set my destiny. One that I would be most crucial to.


A little info about the real world me:

I'm a guy. As if you couldn't tell from the name of my main Viking.

My hobbies are drawing, writing and playing videogames. I'm not too physically active but I do regular exercise so I'm not a total couch potato.

I like to draw logos, my own characters and the outfits that they wear. Adobe Illustrator CS5 is what I mostly use and I rarely draw on paper ever since I got the program. I'm also able to draw what I see, like clothing/armor/hairstyles. But I end up altering the design into something different. I respect other peoples' artwork.

I have three science fiction novels I'm working on. One is complete. They are about alien species and advanced technology. The main characters grow up from teens to adults as the novels progress. I've written a game idea for the second novel and have written about many species of aliens. They all have unique traits and abilities. None of them are hideous by the way. I also work on bits of fan fiction once in a while just for amusement. It never gets completed because I get bored of it quickly.

CoalBright's picture
Joined: 06/27/2016
Victory thank you for your comments and suggestions

Victory thank you for your comments and suggestions. . . extremely helpful


If I can ever get through Super Drop, yours and Teleway suggestions will help me deal with Speed Spiral. I've tried hitting a crate on Super Drop, but so far I keep missing them; grrrrr.....trainer error, of course. It's good to know what might be in them . . . time freeze(s), wow; one of those would sure help. And boost when my dragon begins to glide.


Yes, that third island with the ramp has had me confused. The instructions said: glide all the way to the last flag while collecting all the other flags. I will try that hard left and use the BOOST! to hopefully, get me to the end of the course, even if I miss one flag, or more, along the way. I want to learn how to get to the end of the course, and then I can fine tune the bits in between. 


Taking advantage of cutting corners and jumping off rather than climbing to the top of ramps is a good, fun idea. It will shorten the course, the course will be completed in less time and adds to the speed aspect of the course result.


Thanks, Victory, for these great suggestions.