Dragon Theories

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Hey, fellow Dragonites and Dragon Riders!

So this is an odd idea I came up with awhile ago. I thought, since I like to theorize about dragons, I'd like make a series about it! I want to look at different dragons and the known canon information we have about them and come up with theories and headcanons about their species that are not mentioned in canon. I'll do one dragon per week, uploading on Saturdays. And how will I decide what dragon to do? Why, I'll be using a random number generator! That's right, no favoritism here! Just random dragons every week!


And sure, this thread is mainly for me to blab, but don't let me have all the fun! If you have any theoretical thoughts on a dragon species, whether I've covered it or not, feel free to mention it below! You can elaborate on my theories, disagree and debate against my theories, or come up with your own. All responses are welcome! As long as they are respectful.


Stay tuned for the next post where I discuss theories for the dragon of this week, picked by the random number generator...the Red Death!


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*Winterwind: female Woolly Howl

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Dart: female Night Light (Toothless and Light Fury's daughter)

Ruffrunner: male Night Light (Toothless and Light Fury's son)

Pouncer: male Night Light (Toothless and Light Fury's son)

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Slashtail: male Triple Stryke (Stormheart's Triple Stryke's son)

Venomtwirl: female Titan Wing Triple Strike


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Blackwidow: female Titan Wing Deathgripper


Icebones: male Skrill

Galewing: female Titan Wing Skrill


Draughoul: male Skrillknapper (Icebones and Scourge's son)


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Boulder Class


*Icevein: male Groncicle

Warmheart: female Groncicle (Icevein's mother)

Northbright: female Groncicle (Icevein's sister)

Hoarfrost: male Groncicle (Icevein's brother)

Snowblast: male Groncicle (Icevein's brother)

Shivershy: female Groncicle (Icevein's sister)

Coldnip: male Groncicle (Frozen Groncicle stand-in)


Stonemaw: male Gronckle

Jordbringer: female Titan Wing Gronckle

Whispering Deaths

Sawfang: male Whispering Death (Groundsplitter's son)

Bramble: female Titan Wing Whispering Death

Furious: male Screaming Death (Groundsplitter's son)

Merciless: female Titan Wing Screaming Death


Silhouette: female Sentinel

Monolith: male Titan Wing Sentinel

Comrade: male Elder Sentinel

Crimson Goregutters

Dayspring: female Crimson Goregutter (Daybreaker's mother)

Elkhart (in-game name Elkheart): male Titan Wing Crimson Goregutter


*Endeavor: male Hushboggle

*Duskrustle: female Titan Wing Hushboggle


Hollowfiend: male Humbanger

Minemuncher: female Titan Wing Humbanger


Meteorblast: male Eruptodon

Ironmaid (in-game name Honormaid): female Hotburple

Boulderdash: male Catastrophic Quaken

Redwolf: male Grapple Grounder

Stonefist: male Thunderpede

Gemtooth: female Snafflefang

Charity: female Shovelhelm

Other Hybrids

Macemaiden: female Ridgesnipper (Silvershard's daughter)

Daybreaker: male Gruesome Goregripper (Dayspring's son)

Burrowight: female Graveknapper


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Sharp Class


*Frostclaws: male Shivertooth

Chillbreath: female Shivertooth (Quiverpain stand-in)


Silvershard: female Razorwhip (Windshear's daughter)

Swiftslice: male Titan Wing Razorwhip

Speed Stingers

Fleetsteps: male Speed Stinger

Quickflash: female Titan Wing Speed Stinger


Spitfire: male Scuttleclaw

Jadeheart: female Titan Wing Scuttleclaw


Windrider: female Stormcutter

Owleye: male Titan Wing Stormcutter


Oakthorn (in-game name Oakclaw): male Timberjack

Sprucewing: female Titan Wing Timberjack

Grim Gnashers

Cindertooth: female Grim Gnasher

Vultureclaw: male Titan Wing Grim Gnasher


Rainshed: female Raincutter

Shadowhunter: male Devilish Dervish


Scensoredhimmer: male Deathly Galeslash (Brightclaw's son)

Skeletreat: female Bonestormer (Windrider's daughter)


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Mystery Class


*Thistle: female Prickleboggle (tiny Prickleboggle stand-in)

Yarrow: male Prickleboggle


*Forethought: male Dramillion

*Miracle: female Titan Wing Dramillion

Slithersongs/Death Songs

Nightingale: female Sithersong

Evermore: male Death Song (Melody Island Death Song's son)

Valkyrie: female Titan Wing Death Song


Augury: female Hobgobbler

Demonspawn: male Titan Wing Hobgobbler

Lovestruck: male Smitten Hobgobbler

Cavern Crasher

Catacrawler: female Cavern Crasher

Rubblewriggler: male Titan Wing Cavern Crasher


Wyrmsbane: male Slitherwing

Vipershood: female Titan Wing Slitherwing


Scourge: female Boneknapper

Wishbone: male Titan Wing Boneknapper


Professor: male Flightmare

Starshine: female Titan Wing Flightmare

Hideous Zipplejacks

Double & Trouble: female Hideous Zippleback

Set & Match: male Titan Wing Hideous Zippleback


Fortitude: male Buffalord

Horrorcow: female Titan Wing Buffalord


*Mosaic: female Titan Wing Chimeragon

*Stormfuse: male Chimeragon


*Tundra and Taiga: female Zipplewraith (Avalanche's daughter)

*Shiver and Shake: male Titan Wing Zipplewraith


Bandit: male Armorwing

Merrigold: female Golden Dragon

Faith: female Changewing

Sneak, Snip, Snap & Trap: male Snaptrapper (Leafy Snaptrapper stand-in)

Honey: female Sweet Death

Mistwalker: female Smothering Smokebreath


Candycrusher: female Dreadstrider (Professor's daughter)

Trophy & Laurel: female Ghastly Zapplejack (Oakthorn and Double & Trouble's daughter)


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Stoker Class

Monstrous Nightmares

Firegale: female Monstrous Nightmare

Ridgeback: male Titan Wing Monstrous Nightmare

Terrible Terrors

Sparrow: female Terrible Terror

Odinsfang: male Titan Wing Terrible Terror

Night Terrors/Fire Terrors

Eclipse: female Night Terror

Cavetorch: male Fire Terror

Ghost: male Fire Terror (Night Swarm stand-in)

Silver Phantoms

Legacy: female Silver Phantom

Stratosfire: male Titan Wing Silver Phantom


Brightsoul: male Singetail

Scout: female Flame Whipper

Sunheart: female Fireworm Queen

Fireflight: female Hobblegrunt (Threadtail stand-in)

Lionheart: male Moldruffle

Cyclone: male Typhoomerang


Bobbletail: male Abomibumble (Stonemaw and Firegale's son)


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Tracker Class

Deadly Nadders

Brightclaw: female Deadly Nadder

Horntail: male Titan Wing Deadly Nadder


Bullheart: male Rumblehorn

Leafshade: female Titan Wing Rumblehorn


Echo: female Mudraker


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Tidal Class


Seacry: female Thunderdrum

Darkbreather: male Titan Wing Thunderdrum

Sand Wraiths

Fjord: male Sand Wraith

Shorewind: female Titan Wing Sand Wraith


Sparky: male Shockjaw

Stormsurge: female Titan Wing Shockjaw


Riptide: male Scauldron

Backbiter: female Titan Wing Scauldron


Splashwing: female Sliquifier

Wavedancer: female Tide Glider

Freyasfang: female Windwalker


Brack & Brine: female Seastormer



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Red Death Theories

Red Death Theories


Wow, that is not a dragon I was prepared for when it came up in my generator last week. While I always thought the Red Death was mega-awesome, I never really gave its biology or any characters that belong to the species much though. The random number generator is testing me, it seems. But I'm sure I can come with some theories. Let's see here...


Theory 1: The Red Death has a rigid skeleton with hollow bones containing air sacs, like a bird. The Red Death is a truly massive creature. The franchise states it's 99 feet tall and 400 feet long! It's one of the largest dragons in the world, second only to the Bewilderbeast and maybe the Luminous Krayfin; even the Foreverwing and Purple Death are dwarfed by this creature. But this creature can do something the Bewilderbeast cannot; it can fly. There are varying reports from the franchise on just how big its wingspan is, and I've gotten two different numbers: 320 feet and 550 feet. But either way, those massive wings are not likely to have enough thrust to get this heavily armored dragon with a bludgeon-like head and tail off the ground. The best thing to do, then, is to make it lighter somehow without compromising strength. Having honey-comb-hollowed bones like a bird, containing sacs of air to make them lighter. They may even have a secondary bladder full of lighter-than-air gas, perhaps methane, the gas that makes up its fire. Their skeleton would also be very rigid in order to allow them to gather thrust. And sure, pretty much all of the dragons in the HTTYD franchise would be aerodynamically impossible, and the Red Death is no exception; there's not really a theory we can come up with that allows it to fly in the real world if it actually existed. It's just an impossible thing. But these traits would make the Red Death a little more believable and help with the suspension of disbelief.


Theory 2: The Red Death smells pretty bad. This is a dragon that lives in the sulfurous pit of a volcano. Its fire is composed of methane gas...which, to put it simply, is the gas that makes up farts. The Red Death probably smells like rotten eggs. Constantly.


Theory 3: The Red Death has small but many eyes due to its volcano nest. Red Deaths live in volcanoes, which is constantly releasing toxic gases. Now Red Deaths are immune to the effects of these gases, but I think this habitat might explain why they have such small eyes for their size. Large eyes would be constantly exposed to the fumes and the heat and therefore are more likely to be damaged, so the Red Death evolved small eyes that are healthier by comparison. But a dragon that stares down its dragon flock can't be blind to the on-goings of other dragons, so it evolved to have six eyes, instead of just two, to make up for the fact that it has small eyes, not only giving it a wide vision range but allowing it to see at nearly 180 degrees.


Theory 4: The Red Death is ase.xual and genderless. Long ago, the School of Dragons website had a quiz to test your dragon knowledge. (It's still there, but they've since changed the quiz.) This was so long ago in the franchise that the Red Death was still called the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. One of the questions on the quiz was about this dragon, and after the quiz taker answered it, School of Dragons provided some interesting, never-before-seen information that I've seen nowhere else: the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus (now the Red Death) lives for 2,000 years, and before it dies, lays 3,000 eggs. The hatchlings fight each other to the death, a process that can take up to 100 years, until only one survives.


But this made me curious: if the Red Death viciously responds to any other Red Death it comes across, how does it breed? And if only one offspring is set to survive to breed again from a pairing of two dragons, how has the species not already declined into extinction? I think the most reasonable answer is this: every Red Death is ase.xual. It's able to fertilize its own eggs and breed clones, which go on to do the same when they are grown.


So how can I make all the Red Deaths genderless? Wouldn't this make them all females? Well, possibly, or the dragon could have parts of both, which would make them both genders and neither gender. Not to mention the Red Death in How to Train Your Dragon was described as a "he" while the Green Death in Dragons: Rise of Berk and School of Dragons is called a "she." For my asexual theory to fly, these two would in fact have to be the same gender...or rather, genderless.


Theory 5: Red Deaths are born very small. Volcanoes may be big, but they do have a limit. Yet somehow, the Red Death is able to lay 3,000 eggs within the corona of one without sinking them into the magma. This must mean the eggs are very small compared to their parent; they may be the same size as an average dragon egg or even smaller.


Theory 6: Red Deaths reach their massive size by consuming their siblings. We learn in School of Dragons that large dragons often need a special diet to grow into their behemoth sizes. The Luminous Krayfin is a dragon we interact with in the game. Being a Tidal Class dragon, its large form is called a leviathan, and in order to grow into a leviathan, the Krayfin requires the Dragon Bloom. So this leads to the question: what makes the Red Death so large? What does it eat?


Let's go back to the 2,000-year-old Red Death laying its 3,000 eggs and then dying. The dragons that served it are probably not going to stick around now that they are finally free (what with the control of a Red Death making dragons more prisoners than subjects). So they spend a brief 100 years of freedom while the hatchlings duke it out. So no one is bringing these hatchlings food. Where are they getting their nutrients from?


My guess is that, when the Red Deaths are born, its a feeding frenzy. They're eating everything in sight: their dead parent if it's still there and each other, anyone in reach. This slaughter continues for days. This consumption of fellow dragon flesh - the flesh of their own kind specifically - triggers a growth spurt in the ravenous beasts, and they grow large very quickly. As the Red Death juveniles continue to battle each other for food and space, they are killing and eating each other constantly until finally only a few are left, and eventually, there is only one.


Now this kind of blood bath sounds like it should be a breeding ground for disease on all these cuts, but in defense of my theory, the heat of the volcano would be sure to kill any parasites and bacteria that might normally plague them.


Once the Red Death has consumed its last sibling, it should be nearing its Titan Wing size. It's this moment in time when the young dragon lets loose its mind-controlling roar, forcing nearby dragons to come to its mountain and become its slaves. With no other siblings left to eat, it will now call upon these slaves to fetch it food. Or, if not enough dragons come to its call, it may finally be forced to leave the volcano by itself to hunt. Either way, it will have already reached a pretty massive size by then.


Theory 7: Red Deaths get their water from their food. We see in How to Train Your Dragon that, in order to leave his own volcano to fight the Hairy Hooligans, the Red Death had to smash through the side of his volcano. It's safe to say that he probably never left his volcano, not since he was hatched there. He probably had no need if he was able to get a horde of slaves to feed him. But if that's the case, how has he gotten any water? All water within the volcano would have evaporated before he got his fill. Well, I think the answer is simple; the Red Death is able to extract water from its food. This allows its body to run on desert-like water conditions.


Theory 8: The Green Death's first nest was destroyed...and she probably did it herself. If you haven't played Dragons: Rise of Berk or School of Dragons, you might not know of the Green Death, but basically, that is the title of the new, green-tinted Red Death that has taken up residence at Dragon Island, taking the place of the Red Death defeated by Hiccup and Toothless. The Green Death has been proof that Red Deaths don't have to be terrible leaders, can hunt for themselves without slaves, and can potentially be trainable (having been trained by Hiccup in Rise of Berk). But she's also proof of something else...the Red Deaths may leave the nest. We know from School of Dragons that the Green Death had to have hatched with her thousands of other siblings and arose among them as the winner, the one to survive. But if that's the case, couldn't she have just stayed in her mother's volcano? Why did she have to leave? Was it because she ran out of subjects? Possibly - according to Dragons: Rise of Berk she does get a small gathering of recruits in her new nest, including a Timberjack, Stormcutter, Snaptrapper, Boneknapper, Buffalord, and Skrill - but according to School of Dragons, she's also willing to leave the volcano and fly off to hunt her own food rather than forcing her subjects to do so. In fact, her subjects seem rather loyal to her, indicating she doesn't even threaten them with being consumed. So even without a dragon flock, I don't think the Green Death would have left her nest for good. And it's not possible for Dragon Island to be her birth island; it's only been 5 years since the Red Death's fall, and I highly doubt any offspring the Red Death had would have finished their sibling fighting by now.


No, instead, I think the Green Death's nest was destroyed, and I think she's the one who destroyed it. Perhaps the volcano she occupied was too small for her to get out of it without destroying it, and she had to get out to get food. The reason for this may be that her flock of dragons had gone, either because they left between the time her parent died and the time she was ready to rule or because they were hunted out by Viggo's Hunters or Drago's trappers. Without a flock to feed her, the Green Death woulve have to break free to hunt for herself in order to eat, and in doing so, she destroyed her home beyond repair. As a result, she had to find a new volcano to settle in, and she found Dragon Island's volcano that once housed the previous Red Death to be ideal. This event would explain why the Green Death is willing to hunt for herself and could also explain why she's such a kind leader compared to many of her species. Perhaps she is so grateful to finally have a flock of her own to rule that she's inclined to treat them as indispensable.



And that's all my Red Death theories! Hope you enjoyed them. If you have any thoughts on the Red Death or disagree with or have anything to add to anything I said above, please feel free to do so!


Next week, random number generator says I'll be doing...the Shovelhelm. Hey, look, a dragon you can have in SoD! Yay!

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I didn't get around to saying this earlier, but your theories about the Red Death make me realize that it is far more terrifying and unusual than I had thought! A smelly, mountain-sized six-eyed dragon that fights and eats its siblings in a volcano, fertilizes itself, forces other dragons to bring it food, and can somehow fly? I'd say that's easily the most bizarre dragon in the franchise. The tidbit about the number of eggs it lays was fascinating, and I'm amazed that you kept it from the old SoD quiz.


I had been confused about how the Green Death could take its place so soon and how long it had taken to grow so large, so thanks for suggesting ways she could have gotten there. But the expansion showed her flying out the top of the volano even though she's much too big. I wonder if she could rather swim through the lava and sense where the nearest opening is (perhaps her previous home) to go hunting outside.


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Heyo, heyo, crazio!

I KNEW this would be your post! ^^

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Whoa!   Thanks for that very



Thanks for that very informative post! I read the bit about the Red

Death abies-eating-each-other-thing on the wiki. I always wondered

how long it would take for that to finish. What would be your estimate?



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Glad you liked the post!

According to the old School of Dragons quiz (not available anymore), the whole sibling-fighting process took about 100 years. So pretty long time. I guess it's not that long when you can live to be 2,000 years old, though. XD

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Tracking! I might have a few theories somewhere in the back of my mind, but they're gonna need the dust wiped off of them. Anyway, I should probably get back to peeling mushrooms and studying for End-of-Years help :/ (in other words playing SoD, heh heh...).


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Ok, the theories I write here about dragons are about dragons on the whole, not only HTTYD dragons.

Dragon Evolution

I think that they existed since the age of the dinosaurs, as an evolutionary stage between the Raptors and the flying reptiles. They were in the form of wing walking dragons, Monstrous Nightmare for example. Some of the early dragons chose the sea, leading to the creation of the Tidal Class. Also this in-sea lifestyle helped them to survive the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Later, some returned to land and shared it with the first mammals and birds. However they prefered the fish menu (HTTYD dragons). The other dragons migrated so far that they became the non-HTTYD dragons.


Dragon flying endurance

Why some dragons are wing walking and others are four-legged with the wings seperately? Which of these two "classes" has the most endurance? Well, I guess the dragons with the four legs (or more) and the wings seperately. Because wing-walking dragons are spending too much energy to move their wings-front limbs, while the four-legged have more posibilities to grow bigger wings. So they have more endurance.


Fiery breath

Dragons. Big winged creatures with fire breath. Sounds unrealistic? I will say no. There are insects with a liquid that might burn you. So why dragons not to breath fire? Probably they have a liquid in a special organ. When the liquid comes in contact with air it turns into fire. Sounds more realistic now?

These are my theories. Contact me if you want to explain something.



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Cool ideas!

Ooh, all very good theories! I'm not sure about the fiery breath, though. DreamWorks has been pretty up-front on the fact that different dragons have different mechanisms for breathing fire. Deadly Nadders breathe magnesium, Scuttleclaws breathe a copper compound, Armorwings have an acetylene-oxygen flame, Red Deaths use propane, ect. So your idea wouldn't necessarily work for all fire-breathing dragons. However, it could work for some. Off the top of my head, I know the Monstrous Nightmare, Terrible Terror, and Timberjack all have liquid-based fire, for example. (The Monstrous Nightmare's is kerosene gel, the Terrible Terror's is propane, and the Timberjack's is some unknown flammable oil.)

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I think that the wing-walking dragons would have more endurance with their wings, because they are almost constantly using their wings. When they are young this may not be the case, but as they grow and use their wings, I believe they will eventually have more energy than their four-legged cousins to fly. This may not make sense at first, but here:

There are 2 people. One person never trains their body, but they choose to go to a race. There is another person who spent lots of time training their body and working hard.

Who do you think wins?

The second person (hopefully). Basically my logic is that, the more you use your body (part, like the wings for dragons), the more stamina you have, and therefore more endurance and possibly strength with the body (part).


Also (not really related to this), this gives them another advantage to their four-legged cousins in some cases. If a wing is damaged enough so that the dragon can't fly, but not damaged enough for it to not walk with it, it can still use its wings' muscles and therefore not let their wings grow as weak once they can finally fly again. However, if their wing(s) is/are absolutely ruined, should they survive they may not be able to move at all, and if they do move it would be rather difficult unless their body is fit to slither.


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Joined: 09/02/2017
Sandstorm! Give me back my subject!

Ok, the theories I write here about dragons are about dragons on the whole, not only HTTYD dragons.

Dragon Evolution

I think that they existed since the age of the dinosaurs, as an evolutionary stage between the Raptors and the flying reptiles. They were in the form of wing walking dragons, Monstrous Nightmare for example. Some of the early dragons chose the sea, leading to the creation of the Tidal Class. Also this in-sea lifestyle helped them to survive the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Later, some returned to land and shared it with the first mammals and birds. However they prefered the fish menu (HTTYD dragons). The other dragons migrated so far that they became the non-HTTYD dragons.


Dragon flying endurance

Why some dragons are wing walking and others are four-legged with the wings seperately? Which of these two "classes" has the most endurance? Well, I guess the dragons with the four legs (or more) and the wings seperately. Because wing-walking dragons are spending too much energy to move their wings-front limbs, while the four-legged have more posibilities to grow bigger wings. So they have more endurance.


Fiery breath

Dragons. Big winged creatures with fire breath. Sounds unrealistic? I will say no. There are insects with a liquid that might burn you. So why dragons not to breath fire? Probably they have a liquid in a special organ. When the liquid comes in contact with air it turns into fire. Sounds more realistic now?

These are my theories. Contact me if you want to explain something.

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Joined: 09/02/2017
Sorry, Smokey the Night Fury hanged my subject on a tree.

Oops, double post!

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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 08/17/2017
My own theory

This is one of my own theories. I'd like to post some of them, but let's start with one.

Skrill is totally fire-proof and could stay in volcanoes.
Guys we all know that the skrill can abtire and lightnings and absorb it in its body. Now think about this: the temperature of lightings is 18000°C, it's 3/4 times hotter than sun surface.
A dragon that can withstand that temperature is logically totally fire-proof, no dragon could damage it(except changewings and a bit other dragons that don't shoot fire(or hot water) or electricity(the skrill could absorb it). Also going into lava for a skrill would be as have a shower.
What do you think?


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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 03/13/2015

Well, your volcano theory doesn't need to be theory; it's canon-confirmed! In the Dragons: Defenders of Berk comic "Snowmageddon", we see a number of Skrills nesting in a volcano (along with Monstrous Nightmares, Deadly Nadders, Typhoomerangs, and Gronckles). Skrills can indeed with-stand the heat of volcanoes, and if they're in a cold climate, they even seem to seek them out.


But I personally don't think they'd be having lava bathes. Being able to absorb a lightning bolt's energy doesn't necessarily mean the Skrill is also being subjected to every bit of heat the lightning has through all parts of its body. It specifically channels lightning down its spine specifically; the rest of it might not be reinforced for such a thing. I do think it can withstand hot temperatures, definitely - it's certainly fireproof and heat resistant able to with-stand getting hit by fire, lava, lightning, plasma charges, ect. when shot at - but I don't know about bathing in lava. The Skrill is said to have a very hot internal temperature. Even if it doesn't burn up, it would probably be uncomfortably warm in any sort of lava for very long and would want to get out of there as soon as possible. But if it keeps its eyes and mouth closed, I can see it withstanding an accidental dip without any major repercussions.

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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 04/19/2017

Totally Tracking!




Main Viking Name: HaileyTheHowler

Birthday: 10/30

Clan: Wulf Pack (Elder)

Friend Code: E41KF4

Main Dragons: Hunter & Skogvarg

Player since: 5/5/2017


Ravenclaw Hunter by SouloftheFoxy!


rusty/red/coffee finnish-dutch | timberjack enthusiast artist


I have been very inactive and basically haven't talked here for two years, but I'm still open to talk! I'm more active on discord at the moment!


look it's my boy


Main in-game Dragon Squad

(Not all of my in-game dragons)

1. Hunter - Male Timberjack (Main Dragon)

2. Skogvarg - Male Night Terror (2nd Main Dragon)

3. Willow - Female Woolly Howl (3rd Main Dragon)

4. Firetooth - Male Monstrous Nightmare (Starter Dragon)

5. Stardust - Male Flightmare (2nd Main Racing Dragon, Starter Dragon)

6. Stormbreaker - Male Skrill (3rd Main Racing Dragon)

7. Comet - Female Moldruffle

8. Dewdrop - Female (Tinytooth) Mudraker

9. Northwind - Female Snow Wraith (Main Racing Dragon)

10. Saltwater - Male (Tinytooth) Sand Wraith 

11. Earthtwister - Female Whispering Death

12. Hviskevind - Female Stormcutter

13. Sprucetwig - Female Prickleboggle (Main Battle Dragon, Seedling Prickleboggle stand-in)

14. Spellbound "Scraps"  - Male Boneknapper 




Art by others





(fr the old profiles were so outdated I couldn't look at them anymore lmao)


Hunter of the Wilderness

 (Hunter's backstory)

 (Re-written by my awesome friend, Oda)



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Joined: 08/28/2017
Tracking, love how much

Tracking, love how much detail you went into! Very thorough! 


Viking: KylenaStormtamer

​Clan: Isle of Gazoo

​ ~2700 trophies, in game since Mid-August, 2017

Friend Code: FDAVWK


Kylena's Storm


Titan Sand Wraith: Inkira, Top Racer, Main Dragon

​Female, Dark violet body, light pink spots on wings and head

​Saved from an intense battle with Hiccup and Toothless' help, Inkira is Kylena's first dragon, and the dragon she is closest to in the group. She is her first pick to race, and arguably the most beautiful dragon in the Storm. 


Hideous Zipplebacks: Gold!e and Snapper (aka The Potatoes)

​Male, light green body, yellow stomach, aqua spots

​Kirah and Sei

Female, black body, purple spots, navy belly

Groncicle: Borealis (aka Grumpy Tadpole) 

​Male, white body, pale yellow wings and legs, pale blue stomach


​Gronckle: Wildfire

​Female, red-orange body, black spots


​Whispering Deaths: Glitch

​Male, dark blue body, teal blue belly and spikes


​Female, pink body, gold belly, lime green spikes


​Speed Stinger: Whiplash (aka Razorface)

​Female, teal body, yellow fins and belly


​Deadly Nadders: Flash

​Female, black body, turquoise belly, purple spikes


​Male, red body, yellow belly and spikes


​Monstrous Nightmares: Flare, Titan

​Female, navy body, black spots, generally in ashen skin


​Male, white body, orange stomach, generally in dreadfall skin


​Scuttleclaw: Seraph, Second Racer

​Female, dark pink body with black markings


​Fireworm Queen: Catalyst

​Female, black body, orange body and spots


​Smothering Smokebreath: Ashtail

​Male, pale blue body, black tipped spikes


​Skrills: Iridium

​Male, white/silver body, pale lilac markings, deep purple belly


​Female, royal blue body with purple markings


​Sweet Death: Jawbreaker

​Male, dark brown body with ligher stripes, bright green wings


​Rumblehorns: Amazon

​Female, light green body, yellow accents, orangey head


​Male, royal blue body, gold and white accents


​Flame Whipper: Kalalau

​Female, orange/yellow and purple body, navy stripes


​Singetail: Epiphany

​Male, yellow body, orange and black stripes


​Eruptodon: Saphira

​Female, dark blue with light blue lava cracks, generally in ice skin


​Thunderdrums: Munch

​Male, light purple/gray with brighter spots


Female, teal body, white belly, yellow spots


​Raincutter: El

​Female, red body, yellow spots and accents


​Woolly Howl: Snowdancer

​Female: Pale pink with slightly darker fur


​Used to be active with an Oddworld Ask Blog/RP Group, hence the name FuzzleQueen



​A Little About Me


​Catholic, undergrad student, biochemist, researcher, former dancer, acro dabbler





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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 08/11/2016
Sorry, the subject is unavailable due to ice cream problems

Twacsy :)





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My Art (at least so far):









Amazing edit of my monstrous nightmare Fira by Zitka. Thank you so much!








Amazing edit of my Deadly Nadder Lightningsky by Zitka. I love it!!!!!!!







My Night Fury oc, Moonglow, by the amazing Cocopuppy, thank you!!!!!



About me:

Personality: lazy, picky, shy, nosy

Favorite dragon: Tide Glider, Sand Wraith, and Flightmare

My hobbies: I am a pretty good drawer, I love reading, and, most of all, love playing SoD and other dragon games.

Main dragons: Sundance the Tide Glider, Moonrise the Sand Wraith, Stormbolt the Skrill.

Favorite place in game: Berk Docks

Weapon(s) of choice for oc: Metal axe like Heathers, bows and arrows

I love to role play - pm me if you want to role play together or something. I'm always open to new ideas :)

Favorite place to visit: my couch 






Dragon 1. Female Deadly Nadder named Lightningsky (titan)

Dragon 2. Female Whispering Death named Golden mist (adult)

Dragon 3. Male Monstrous Nightmare named Firestorm (adult)

Dragon 4. Male Hideos Zippleback named Sparkle Spike (adult)

Dragon 5. Male Gronckle Named Silver Stone (adult)

Dragon 6. Female Devilish Dervish named Ragestorm (adult)

Dragon 7. Female Gronckle named Rocklette (adult)

Dragon 8. Female Stormcutter named Stormblaze (adult)

Dragon 9. Male Thunderdrum named Thunderglory (adult)

Dragon 10. Male Groncicle named Icicle (adult)

Dragon 11. Male Razorwhip named Hurricane (adult)

Dragon 12. Female Razorwhip named Wintershield (adult)(expansion pack was glitch gave me two razorwhips instead of one but I don't care)

Dragon 13. Female Deathsong named Melody (adult)

Dragon 14. Male Armorwing named Armor Kelp (adult)

Dragon 15. Male Whispering Death named Razorcrusher (adult)

Dragon 16. Male Thunderdrum named Thunder Wave (adult)

Dragon 17. Female Single Tail named Diamond Wind (adult)

Dragon 18. Female Eruptodon named Sparkrystal (adult)

Dragon 19. Male thunderdrum named Thunderash (adult)

Dragon 20. Female Snow Wraith named Snowfluff (adult)

Dragon 21. Female Quaken named Air Crumble (adult)

Dragon 22. Male Sweet Death named Sugarrush (adult)

Dragon 23. Male Screaming Death named Firescream (adult)

Dragon 24. Female Hideos Zippleback named Bow and Arrow (titan)

Dragon 25. Male Prickleboggle named Cucumber (adult)

Dragon 26. Male Hobblegrunt named Airdew (adult)

Dragon 27. Female Raincutter named Aireign (adult)

Dragon 28. Female Monstrous Nightmare named Darkfyre (adult)

Dragon 29. Female Tide Glider named Sundance (adult)

Dragon 30. Female Thunderpede named Lavacrash (teen)

Dragon 31. Male Deathsong named Harmony (teen)

Dragon 32. Male Thunderpede named Blackice (baby)

Dragon 33. Male Sand Wraith named Moonrise (adult)

Dragon 34. Female Skrill named Stormbolt (teen)

Dragon 35. Male Mudraker named Earthlake (teen)

Dragon 36. Male Moldruffle named Mudslide (teen)

Dragon 37. Female Shivertooth named Sparkle light (teen)

Dragon 38. Male Sliquifier named Seadance (teen)




One thing to make clear: I REALLY LOVE DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My background story for my main OC

Backstory: Sonora was a very exciting girl. She was just a toddler when she learned of Dragon Fighting. She was five, and didn't understand anything. But she went along with it. Soon, a terrible storm hit, her parents were putting her and her two year old sister into the cellar to stay safe, when a huge wave of flood from the ocean threw down the door and washed away the house, as well as the crate where she, her sister Elira, and all the supplies in their (an axe, food for a week, fresh water, rope, swords, bow and arrow, other Viking stuff, spare change of clothes for everyone in the family, blankets, flint and steel, and a yak hair tent) were washed away to sea. Her parents most likely drowned, and although they couldn't swim, Sonora turned out to be a natural. Soon lulled to sleep by the waves, she curled her sister toward herself and slept. In the morning, as the sun shined into the crate, Sablie saw a remote island not far away. She jumped out of the box, this being a mistake for she didn't expect the ocean water, grabbed the side of the box, and kicked her legs with all her might, holding on for dear life. She paddled in the direction of the island, and got to the shore. Slowly placing the tent far up the shore like her parents taught her, she made quite a cozy home. Starting a fire with flint and steel and driftwood, she took some meat she found in the crate, and cooked it, and mashed up part of it for Elira, who was now crying. Cradling her and feeding her the meat, Elira slowly went to sleep. What she didn't realize is that the crying had attracted a dragon. When she heard a roar, she ran outside with a lightweight sword to defend herself and sister. When she got outside, she saw a rare Sand Wraith. It stood outside, cocking its head at the tent. Sablie dropped her sword as she was shaking terribly. The dragon looked at her, and nuzzled his nose to her. Looking the dragon in full eyes, she didn't see evilness. She just saw warmness. Reaching out her hand, the dragon touched it with his nose. Hugging the dragon and crying, she fell asleep under his wing. She woke up around noon, and found no sign of the dragon. Thinking it was a dream, she gathered the rest of the supplies and took them into the tent when she heard the beating of wings behind her. It wasn't a dream after all! The dragon slowly dropped what he had in his claws, which were fish! Food! Sonora smiled and hugged the dragon. The dragon bent down and extended his wing for her. Un surely, she climbed onto his back, and he took OF on a calm flight around the island. She returned to find her sister crying again, and shushed her gently. After cooking the fish, she mashed more for her sister and gave the dragon his share too. That night the dragon didn't leave the tent, and slept next to it, keeping it warm. After a few days, they moved to a clearing near a spring, with lots of saplings. Using the axe, Sablie cut a big wood pile by the house. Every day at the rise of the moon she went flying with the Sand Wraith, and that is why she named him Moonrise.
When she was seven and her sister was four, she was scouting in the wilderness for any deer she could hunt, when she stumbled against a d.ead Razorwhip and four eggs. She kneeled down and felt each of the eggs, and she couldnt feel a heart beat in the first three. In the fourth one though, she could feel a faint heart beat. She took all four eggs home anyway, and when she came to the tent where Elira was rolling in the sand with Moonrise and cooking lunch, she felt an egg shake. Calling her sister over, she set the egg down in front of her sister, and the egg completely split apart. A baby Razorwhip fell out, and Elira immediately fell in love with her. Naming the baby Razwhipway, the two haven't been seperated since. The rest of the eggs never hatched, though Sablie didn't give it up until a week later, when she broke them in half to use as bowls.     (I included this part of the story because it means a lot to me, and helps understand the ending better)
Sonora was ten and Elira was seven, when a bad storm hit. The next morning, Sonora steeped out of the wooden shack she built to find her beach much destroyed. Calling her sister and Razwhipway (who was now a broad wing) to help clean up when she saw a peculiar sight. A shiny pink body was laying on the beach. It was a Tide Glider. She was a beauty. Calling Moonrise to help her, she pulled the Tide Glider into the yard (which was pretty much beach). When the poor dragon woke up, she looked around, then finally, deciding we weren't a threat, spit at herself. Everyone started in shock at the dragon. She whipped around and looked at us. Her wounds were gone, and we couldn't stop staring (even Moonrise and Razwhipway). Sonora slowly approached her with a sea bass. Not taking her eyes of Sablie, the dragon ate, and accepted a green plant dragons seem to like. After that, she stared at Sablie, and slowly reached out to touch her hand. Sundance was named for the way she danced in the sun, in the mornings. There were now three dragons living with them.
It had been a year since peace was brought to Berk from the dragons, although Sonora didn't know it. She was fourteen years old, and now even Razwhipway could fly. They used hand made saddles from deer skin and boar tusks with wild dyes. Sablie was flying Moonrise around the islands, when she noticed a black dragon that she had never seen before. She of course, knew most of the dragons on her island, and this was one she had never seen. Munching on an apple, she decided to make friends and find out the full look. This dragon was faster than Moonrise, which was a surprise since he was the only Sand Wraith and fastest dragon on the island. She landed where she saw the black dragon land, but was shocked! There was a rider standing next to the dragon saying "This is a new island bud. Do you sense any trouble?" The black dragon snorted, and turned in her direction, where she was concealed behind the trees. The Dragon walked over to the trees now, and pushed Sablie over so she fell in the riders view. He looked as shocked as her. He looked at her and said "Hello, we are friends and don't want to hurt you,". Sablie was scared as she was the time she saw Moonrise for the first time. "Who are you," she managed to say "What do you want from my island," The stranger looked at her and said " My name is Hiccup, and we are not going to take anything from this island. We will help you if you want us to",. Feeling she could trust him, she told him her story, and about Moonrise, who was happily playing with the Black dragon, who looked surprisingly like Moonrise. Afterward she brought him to the shack, where he met Elira, Razwhipway and Sundance, and he told them about Berk. "I think we used to live on Berk, at least that is what mommy said," said Sablie, "But how? I thought Berk fought dragons,". So Hiccup told her about the peace, and Toothless. Finding that they did want to go back to Berk, Hiccup stayed the night, then helped them to Berk, and helping them build a good big Viking hut with stables and get fresher weapons. They had lived peacefully at Berk ever since.


My viking, Sablie, by mangopopcorn. Thank you sooooooooo much!













My favorite dragon pics. Not by me. Enjoy :)



















My main dragons: 


Racing : Moonrise, my award winning Sand Wraith (if Vikings do have any awards)





Adventuring: Sundance, my intelligent Tide Glider 





Battle: Cucumber, my very aggressive Prickleboggle 


















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My sister really annoyed me today......




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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 06/29/2016
Ghost Light the Flightmare froze my subject. Deal with it.

Trackinggggg!!!! =D




He/They | 19 | Hobby artist



Viking name: Aelyras Brynnston

Dragon name: Ghostlight

Dragon species: Flightmare






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Viking Warrior
Joined: 03/23/2017



Hello I'm smithy (known as ssmithyy, smithyythesecond,smithythethird in game)
Inactive player, Best wishes to Potato brothers :)

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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 01/15/2017
Shiny the Night Fury plasma blasted my subject. Sorry!





Welcome to my signature!



Shiny the Night Fury and my viking, Audra. Thank you so much, chameisida!!!


Drawn by the wondefully talented, XxSilver.NightxX, this is my main viking, Lightning Storm my skrill, and Einar my triple stryke. I am eternally grateful!


Drawn by the amazing Alicornbrodie. Thank you so very much!


Midnight Sun the Sinistrous Woodreaper by the talented chameishida! Thank you so much!



The Ravers roleplay cast by S-Ham. That was so thoughtful of you!


Shiny again, by the awesome nightfuryatom! Thank you!


Emerald, drawn by the super talented DyliehIdol1214!


Darkmoon, also drawn by DyliehIdol1214!



Viking Name: MysticLunarPegasus

Friend Code: N/A






Hiccup= me and Toothless= HTTYD 3


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Just a lil bit about me: I'm a Christian, a college student, a writer, and a Star Wars nerd.


Still Under Construction. Please Hold At The Moment. :)



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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 03/13/2015
Shovelhelm Theories

Shovelhelm Theories


Here is the dragon for this week's HTTYD dragon theories: the Shovelhelm! I was able to get a lot deeper into this one that I first thought I would be able to, so this is exciting! I hope you enjoy.


Theory 1: A Shovelhelm's diet is composed of fish. My philosophy with this franchise is, unless stated otherwise or there's evidence to the contrary, dragons in this world eat fish. But further evidence of this for the Shovelhelm also exists. The Shovelhelm is one of the dragons seen in Valka's Sanctuary, and we see Valka's Bewilderbeast feed all of these dragons fish...specifically herring, from what I can tell.


Theory 2: Shovelhelm eggs are spiky to deter predators. While we don't see any Shovelhelm eggs in the movies, shorts, TV show, or comics, we do see two different versions of them in the games, one in Dragons: Rise of Berk and School of Dragons. These eggs look vastly different and basically serve as a canon inconsistency, leaving us fans to decide which one is correct. Seeing as Rise of Berk was the first place in the entire franchise where this dragon was first named and described as a species, I'm siding with them on this one, and their design for the Shovelhelm egg is pretty spiky. I theorize this is to deter predators who may otherwise try to eat the egg. This is likely because Shovelhelm eggs are normally laid in nests that don't have much vegetation to hide them. (See Theories 4 and 7)


Theory 3: Shovelhelm females are have a lining inside to protect themselves when laying eggs. The spikes on the eggs would cut the mother while laying if this wasn't the case. (And if you feel inclined to comment on this, please be an adult about it. We're discussing natural biology here.)


Theory 4: Shovelhelms use their construction skills to build their nests. While it's never been mentioned in the franchise, I'm sure this how Shovelhelms first became builders. They used their abilities to build nests for themselves and their eggs, allowing them to make nests that are very well-shaped and well-protected. It is even possible, I think, that male Shovelhelms may build nests to attract female mates.


Theory 5: Shovelhelms don't have romantic love and don't mate for life. This may seem depressing for humans to think about, but fear not! I'm not saying Shovelhelms don't feel love or friendship. (On the contrary, they're one of the friendliest dragons out there.) However, even animals that make friends don't necessarily mate for life or feel romantic attachment. Every dragon species we've seen so far has been happy to remain detached from any mate they take and find a new one if the opportunity presents itself. While I'm sure Shovelhelms mate to breed, I don't think they necessarily remain with their mate after they have taken care of that year's brood.


Theory 6: Shovelhelms breed annually. It is my belief that most dragons breed annually, as we have seen that Monstrous Nightmare, Deadly Nadder, Gronckle, Hideous Zippleback, Changewing, and Razorwhip all do.


Theory 7: Shovelhelms reach full size quickly. It is also my belief that most dragons reach their full size very quickly, within a year, due to the growth rate exhibited by Torch the Typhoomerang and the fact that, despite breeding every year, the Monstrous Nightmares, Deadly Nadders, Gronckles, and Hideous Zipplebacks of Berk aren't constantly being followed around by their offspring for the whole year.


Theory 8: Shovelhelms live in social groups. Shovelhelms are very friendly and sociable dragons, and in How to Train Your Dragon 2, we see a number of them living in a communal nest. This leaves me to believe that, in the wild, Shovelhelms likely live in social groups - herds, flocks, packs, whatever term you want to use - and work together as a community.


Theory 9: Shovelhelms prefer rocky habitats and are destructive to vegetation. Shovelhelms like to dig, hammer, and move things around. This means they need dirt and rocks to do this with, so they likely prefer those types of habitats to build their nests. But all this disturbance of the ground can be very detrimental to plant communities in an ecosystem. Most species aren't going to survive that much digging and trampling. In fact, the main place Shovelhelms are found at in Dragons: Rise of Berk is Clattercliff Island, the description of which is as follows: "Nothing more than rocks and dirt, most find this barren island uninhabitable. The Shovelhelms, however, are able to build, dig, and create their endeavors without bothering anyone." Perhaps this island is barren because the Shovelhelms are there digging everything up all the time. This would make the habitat unsuitable for anything reliant on these plant based communities - they'd be an absolutely detrimental invasive species - but all this plant destruction wouldn't bother the Shovelhelm since their diet is composed of fish and therefore wouldn't be affected by the lack of habitat for other land-dwelling species. In fact, in their minds, it might make their nests safer from predators.


Theory 10: The Moldruffle and Rockstomper are Shovelhelm's closest relatives. The Moldruffle and Rockstomper share the most resemblance toward the Shovelhelm, having not only a similar body structure but even sharing the same fan-like tail. This leads me to believe these are the Shovelhelm's closest living relatives. They're probably close enough to be in the same genus. (Now the Rockstomper was made as kind of a mess-up by Dragons: Rise of Berk, but I do have a theory that can justify that mistake in the franchise, which I'll have to save for a Rockstomper and Moldruffle theory page if that ever comes up.) Other fairly close relatives probably include the Snafflefang, Mudraker, Thunderclaw, Windgnasher, and Snifflehunch. As a relative of the Snafflefang, the Shovelhelm is also a slightly more distant cousin of the Gronckle, Hotburple, Groncicle, and Catatstrophic Quaken.


Theory 11: Aside from the Bewilderbeast, Hiccup knew every species he encountered in Valka's Sanctuary before he was taken there. Hiccup doesn't act very surprised to see a lot of the dragon species he encounters in Valka's Sanctuary. I personally think that if these were meant to be never-before-seen species to him, he might have been a bit more excited to look them over and ask Valka about them. Overall, he seems pretty familiar with them. This means the Stormcutter, Snafflefang, Raincutter, Hobblegrunt, Shovelhelm, Scuttleclaw, Thunderclaw, Thornridge, Windstriker, Threadtail, Windgnasher, and Snifflehunch were all discovered for the Vikings of Berk before the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2. How long before may vary (and we have no idea when that might be for the Shovelhelm).


Theory 12: When a Shovelhelm eats glowing algae (the algae the Flightmare feeds on), it glows green. This may seem like an odd and random theory, but hear me out. Up above, I stated that the Shovelhelm's closest relatives were the Rockstomper and Moldruffle, and it's also a distant relative fo the Gronckle through the Snafflefang. Well, we know when a Gronckle eats glowing algae, it glows green. Dragons: Rise of Berk also recently released a new Rockstomper named Greenkeep who keeps himself glowing green by eating glowing algae. This leads me to believe that, as a relative of these two dragons, the Shovelhelm (and all the other dragons that are relatives of the Gronckle and Rockstomper) glow green when they eat glowing algae.


Theory 13: The Shovelhelm's blind spot is behind its frill. This dragon appears to have a surprisingly good range of vision. Its eyes are located on the front of its head, meaning its gaze is directed forward, but they're also on the side, giving it a wide vision range. Their nose horn is not big enough to obstruct their forward vision, either. Really, the only really obvious blind spot is behind its frill, which seems to be outside of the Shovelhelm's field of vision and, even if it isn't, would block anything it would see otherwise.



And that's all the theories I have for the Shovelhelm! If you disagree with anything I said or have anything you'd like to add, feel free to do so below! This is all fan theory and therefore there are no wrong answers!


Next week, random number generator says I will be doing...the Stormcutter! Hmm, interesting. A popular dragon!

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Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 02/12/2017
Great idea, Wolf!

This is a great thread Wolf! I was thinking of tossing out a few ideas of my own for canon dragons.


One sticks in my mind; the Deathsong


The deathsong is a formidable enemy with few weaknesses. In the story I've been writing on the forum though I cam up with one. The beauty of a beast is often it's downfall, and just like the butterfly which the deathsong resembles its wings are its weakness. Unlike other dragons it cannot fly at night and has to sleep, and in the morning as the first rays of sun come out it spreads its wings and waits. Butterflies must warm up in the sun before they can fly and as we all know reptiles are cold blooded so it seems perfectly logical for the dragon to have to warm up as well.




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Thank you! Glad you're enjoying it!


Ooh, that's a good theory! I like it!

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An other teory:
Changewing can kill every other dragon.
We all know that changewing shoots acida that can melt rock, similar materials and dragon proof metal. It would also melt dragon scales and flesh. This means that a well focused headshot from a changewing could kill all the known dragons except probably the changewing(I think they are immune to their acid).
Even red death and bewilderbeast could die, because acid melts their head and than damages brain. Obviously dragons can defend themselves, but with a surprise attack a changewing could kill everything

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Yes they are immune to thier acid

in dragons: race to the edge, their is an epidode where tuff loki's the team into thinking he's dead, later on ruff has painted tuff onto a changewing, as the changewings where migrating. When the changewing camoflages and the others see the paint remains, the changewings shoot thier acid at the paint.


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Hey Whisper, you don't have to do this, but because your theories are very interesting, could you please do the Timberjack some time? :)

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Why not?

Hmm...well, I really was just picking species based off a number generator except for special occasions, so I do intend to do all them - slowly, eventually - but I see no reason why I can't take requests to get to some dragons done sooner. Sure, I can plan to do the Timberjack in the near future. :)


I hope you don't mind a little bit of a wait, though. I've committed myself to the Stormcutter for this week, and I have a few "special event" dragons I'd like to do after that. The Saturady after next is the weekend before Halloween, so I want to do the Flightmare on October 28th, and then I want to do the Buffalord on the first Saturday of November, November 4th, in honor of National Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. So...Timberjack theories on November 11th sound good?

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Thank You! And of course it

Thank You! And of course it doesn't matter to wait! ;)

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Love this! Can't wait to see all of them!



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Great theory!     By the way,

Great theory!



By the way, Jarnunvosck (did I spell it right?) in the new season of Race to the Edge ( this probably shouldn't spoil anything) we actually see a Changewing get shot by another Changewing with acid, and it does nothing to him so your theory is correct!

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Ah yes I forgot it. The name is correct, if you want call me Jarn

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I have only one dragon theory this time, about the Night Fury.

Why no other Night Furies are found?

Most are saying that Toothless is really the only one. But I thought this: maybe no other Night Furies are found because they aren't native to the archipelago around Berk. And now you say how did Toothless end up here?
I have 3 hypotheses for this.
1. Toothless was caught by dragon hunters, they brought him in this archipelago but he escaped.
2. Night Furies were migrating and Toothless was left behind.
3. Umm... there's no third.
This is my theory for the question: Why no other Night Furies are found?

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Probably night furies are so rare for these reasons:
1 As you said, they are not native of the arcipelago, and this is the most possible
2 This species, like the razorwhip, is rare because males kill younger ones
3 this species was made close to extinction by an other species. Night furies are said to be the strongest ecc but what if other strike class dragons, known or not, could kill them? A skrill is as powerful as a night fury, and in an ideal condition can kill it. Snow wraith is like an ice night fury, but I don't know how they could kill I night fury unless there is a blizzard. The triple strike is one of the best opponent for the night fury, and probably an untrained night fury would loose against a triple strike. But now I have a big doubt: can exist a species that can completely outrun a night fury? A species that sterminated the strongest known dragon? What if Toothless was escaping for this monster when he came in the arcipelago?

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A Theory for All Dragons: Dragons are Endothermic

A Theory for All Dragons:


Dragons are Endothermic


As I finish up the Stormcutter theories for this week, which I will post tomorrow, I've discovered that I have made an assumption about dragons that's not mentioned in the franchise, and it's one that applies to every single species as well as the Stormcutter. I believe dragons in this franchise are endothermic.


What does it mean to be endothermic?


Now there is a chemistry meaning, which is the first definition that comes up if you Google the word, but I'm talking about the biological meaning. In biology, an organism can be endothermic of exothermic. In simple terms, an organism can be warm-blooded or cold-blooded. Endotherms are warm-blooded animals, while exotherms are cold-blooded.


Now being endothermic does not necessarily mean you are warm inside (though many endotherms are). It simply means you control your own body temperature by internal means (as opposed to external means). Many fire-breathing dragons are probably warm inside, like real-world endotherms, the mammals and birds, but there's also dragons such as the Groncicle, which maintains a body temperature that's colder than its environment. We know it is colder than the environment and not the same temperature because it causes the water around it to freeze, which indicates it is in fact colder than the water.


Why do I think dragons are endothermic?


There's so much evidence for this! Dragons are able to tolerate cold temperatures even when they are not huddled around a fire. They also don't appear to hibernate, and very few of them are said to migrate. Their activity level doesn't slow down in the cold. They're also able to withstand the extremely hot temperatures of fire, lightning, plasma, and the heat of a volcano, meaning they don't immediately cook themselves in these environments. This is an animal with some body temperature control, and their response to cold temperatures indicates its internal control. They are definitely endotherms!


But can reptiles be endothermic?


"But wait," the mysterious straw man says, "DreamWorks repeatedly states that dragons are reptiles. Reptiles are exotherms! Cold-blooded!"


To put it simply, no, actually, not all reptiles are exotherms. Dinosaurs are actually classified as reptiles, including birds. Yes, birds have been reclassified as reptiles (and if that doesn't make sense to you, I can show a cladogram - a tree of animal relationships - that demonstrates why).


Birds contain all reptile characteristics, including being vertebrates, being covered in scales (feathers are just modified scales), having claws (talons) on their feet, possessing lungs, and breeding through internal fertilization. Unlike most other reptiles, however, they are endothermic, like mammals. Many paleontologists also believe that birds were not the only endothermic dinosaurs. Endothermy, or at the very least semi-endothermy, would explain some of the dinosaur species' active lifestyles and cold habitats where they thrived. It would also explain why feathers evolved in them (for we know most, if not all, theropods - dinosaurs of the t-rex clade - had feathers).


In fact, many believe that pterosaurs, extinct flying reptiles who were the closest relatives to dinosaurs, were endothermic, too. Pterosaurs possessed a hair-like body covering known to paleontologists as pcynofibers, and the leading theory for their existence is that these fur-like structures were used to trap body heat.


So being endothermic doesn't prevent a dragon from being reptile. Reptiles are a diverse group, and animals in their group may be endothermic or exothermic.


How are dragons endothermic?


Now different organisms may have slightly different methods of endothermy. Birds and mammals, for example, keep themselves warm in slightly different ways, and the mammal's way is generally more efficient, hence why so many birds migrate compared to mammals. (The key word is generally; birds were still able to live on the surface of the coldest landmass in the world, Antarctica, where mammals were not. So just because they have a less efficient system doesn't mean they can't find ways to make up for it.)


I personally think dragons probably have a method of endothermy similar to their fellow endothermic reptiles, the birds...and forgive if I don't really want to explain that in too much detail? There's a lot of scientific terminology and things about anatomy to cover if I did, and to be frank, it's been a year since I took my ornithology exam and I'd have to relearn some things myself before I can even translate it for you. Just think "warm-blooded like birds." But I also think dragons may often use their own firepower to make their system of endothermy more efficient.


Cressida Cowell's original How to Train Your Dragon book series is not canon to the movie franchise, but at the same time, it may give us a clue to how dragons help to generate body heat. In the books, dragons are always warm despite being scaly reptiles. This is said to be because of the fiery furnace in their bellies. The heat of their own fire warms them. Even for dragons that breathe acid, the heat of the chemical reactions that make the acid could still act as an internal heat combustor. Then there's dragons like the Scauldron, which is said to generate a gas that smells like the gas of fire-breathing dragons, even though it breathes boiling water instead, and on rare occasions, Thunderdrums are said to be able to breathe fire, though it takes a lot out of them to do so. We also know the inside of a Death Song must be fire-hot, since it breathes a sticky amber substance that hardens when cool, so it may generate fiery heat much like the Scauldron does but instead uses it to breathe a different substance.


But what about dragons that don't ever breathe something heated or some sort of acid? Well, in the case of dragons like the Shivertooth, Groncicle, and Prickleboggle, they seem to attempt to keep their bodies cold like their firepower. Shivertooth saliva is described as cold and it is shown that their scales, claws, and fangs are icy even after the Shivertooth has dropped them. As mentioned before, Groncicles are so cold that they even suck the heat out of the environment around them. Prickleboggles are said to be so cold to the touch that Rise of Berk claims you need a saddlebag to ride the giant variety. I'd say the same mechanism that allows these dragons to breathe their cold, icy breath also keeps their bodies cool. (They probably have anti-freeze in their blood as well; more on that when I get to their individual theories' pages.)


But I still doubt the firepower is the only cause of their endothermy, mainly due to the Woolly Howl and Speed Stinger. Woolly Howls breathe a cold firepower, yet they have a fur-like scale body covering (not unlike pterosaurs' pycnofibers) that seems to be made to trap body heat. Speed Stingers, meanwhile, live in extremely cold climates and lack any type of firepower and yet have a high activity level that indicates internal heat generation. They are even said to have tough skin that makes them impervious to temperature changes and are said to "huddle together to keep warm." These are both dragons that have figured out body systems for keeping warm that don't rely on firepower and, in the Woolly Howl's case, may even be made to counteract it.

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This... Actually made pretty much sense. Actually a lot. Great job! :)

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Stormcutter Theories

Stormcutter Theories


So this week's HTTYD dragon to focus on is the Stormcutter. This is one of the most popular species in the franchise. As a result, I not only tracked down every little bit of canon information I could find on them - scouring my DreamWorks Dragons books and trading cards and rewatching the second movie, as well as seeing what the official website and the School of Dragons and Dragons: Rise of Berk games had to say - but I also decided to look at what other theories fans might have left online. Did you know that if you Google "Stormcutter theory" you end up with a number of results from the School of Dragons forum theorizing when the Stormcutter would be released and theorizing that was the rarest dragon? ...Man, that seems like so long ago! Anywho, the Stormcutter was released and tht level of rarity has been disproven, so it wasn't really helpful. Just interesting.


Weirdly enough, I couldn't find much in the way of compelling theories about Stormcutters online, not even on Tumblr...except for a topic I will discuss in Theory 17, where I give my own take on one glaring plot hole in How to Train Your Dragon 2. But that's okay; I managed to think up a few of my own. And a lot of them required me to not only research many companion books from the DreamWorks Dragons franchise but also research the animals the Stormcutter is based on: the great gray owl, the great horned owl, and the vampire bat. I also had to look up fish scales. There's a lot of good animals going into this dragon that can give us theory fodder! I got a lot here, so let's get started!


Theory 1: The Stormcutter has excellent night vision. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 makes two interesting claims that make this theory practically fact for me. One is that the Stormcutter, while it has been seen hunting during the day, usually hunts at night. It also claims that it's the Stormcutter's powerful eyesight that makes it "an unbeatable stalker." The Stormcutter is also based on the grey howl and great horned owl, two nocturnal owl species that have very large eyes for seeing in the dark. It must have good night vision for all of this to be true.


Theory 2: Stormcutters live in old growth forests or mountains and cliff habitats that loom over plains or bogs, and they nest in caves. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 states that the Stormcutter spends most its day "on the lookout," positioning itself on top of a large tree or rock formation at dusk to begin stalking, remaining completely motionless while taking in events within a 10-mile radius. Then, when it locks on its target, it attacks, taking off and then deploying its second set of wings to stabilize its glide when it goes in for the kill! (Basically it hunts exactly like a great grey owl, only with a wider range and two pairs of wings.) This tells me the Stormcutter must come at its prey from high up above from a certain vantage point. To perch on a tree, it would need to have an old growth forest for there to be a tree strong enough to hold it. Or it may prefer high cliffs, which seems far more reasonable. I suggest it often looks down at plains, bogs, or forest clearings because it will need enough space for its massive wings to extend when it finally snatches up its prey.


It would also make sense for cliffs and mountains to be ideal because I also think Stormcutters nest in caves. This theory comes from the fact that they are one of the few species of dragon (along with the Night Fury and Speed Stinger) comfortable hanging upside down. Again, The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 mentions that, when resting, the Stormcutter hangs upside on stalactites like a bat. And where are stalactites found? Why, in caves!


Theory 3: Stormcutters can live in extremely cold climates such as arctic locations and high elevations. This is actually not typical of most DreamWorks dragons; according to the Dragons: Riders of Berk comic "The Ice Castle" and the Dragons: Defenders of Berk comic "Snowmageddon," while many dragon species can tolerate cold temperatures, most don't settle or nest in the coldest environments, and most can't even take long flights in places that are too cold. I think the Stormcutter is an exception to this rule. While such cold environments may not be the preferred location of the Stormcutter - perhaps due to a limited amount of prey in these environments - I do think it could potentially be comfortable living in such environments.


As discussed above, Stormcutters, based on their hunting style, would like to live in areas where they can perch high and peer down at a fairly open landscape, and a glacial or hilly arctic steppe or a mountain range with open valleys would fit the bill. So in terms of hunting, Stormcutters are set, so long as there actual is enough food on these environments. And there's a number of features they have that may help them tolerate the cold temperatures. For one thing, living in caves would allow them to live in cold climates without being exposed to the elements when nesting. I also mentioned before that dragons are endothermic, and the Stormcutter's unusually large size is ideal for their ability to retain heat in a cold climate more-so than smaller dragons. And being a fire-breathing dragon, the Stormcutter has a "sure-fire" way of increasing its heat-producing. ("Sure-fire," get it? ...Eh, I'll go sit in the corner and think about my life...)


But the real bit of evidence that suggests they might be better at tolerating cold climates than some other fire-breathing dragon species is actually a search location in Dragons: Rise of Berk. In the game, the main place to find Stormcutters is the Isle of Night (known as the "Island of Night" in the game), but they can also be found in the Icy Wastes! The Icy Wastes are a cluster of ice floes known for "sundry blizzards" and "plunging temperatures" and said to be "too cold for a Viking." While it's the main habitat in the archipelago for the Woolly Howl, the game also indicates that Skrills and Stormcutters can also be found there.


Theory 4: When not part of an alpha or queen's nest, a Stormcutter is mostly a solitary creature. There are a number of dragons in the series that live in social environments happily that are also shown to mostly go solo when not part of a nest or belonging to a rider. For example, the Monstrous Nightmare is said to be pretty solitary in nature and generally shown to be alone, and the Hideous Zippleback is said to hunt alone, yet both are willing live to in an alpha's communal nest. So the fact that Cloudjumper happily lived in Valka's Bewilderbeast's nest (and saw himself as second-in-command) doesn't mean the Stormcutter is not generally a solitary dragon, and I think the fact that he's the only Stormcutter in the nest is a good indicator of this. No other Stormcutters from his "flock" are in the Bewilderbeast's nests, which indicates there was no Stormcutter "flock" to begin with. On top of that, owls - the main animals the Stormcutter is based on - are generally solitary and highly territorial creatures. This makes a lot of sense when you look at how owls, and by extension Stormcutters, hunt. Prey can be a limiting factor for owls, and it certainly would be for a creature as big as a Stormcutter. Protecting its territory from other individuals and living and hunting alone would allow the Stormcutter to protect prey resources. This wouldn't be important in a Bewilderbeast nest, however, because the Bewilderbeast feeds its flock, so it would be willing to give up its solitary life when with such an alpha.


Theory 5: Stormcutters are not entirely nocturnal or diurnal because they generally live in the Arctic Circle. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 claims that Stormcutters normally hunt at night, beginning their stalking at dusk, which would indicate that they're probably nocturnal. And of course, it would be, right? It's based on owls, after all. However, it also claims that Stormcutters have been seen hunting during the day, which goes against that theory, and in How to Train Your Dragon 2, Cloudjumper is constantly up and about during to day (and seeing as Valka is in his world, not the other way around, I would think she would adjust her circadian rhythm to him, as oppose to Hiccup and Toothless where Toothless adjusted for Hiccup). It is possible that Cloudjumper adjusted to being awake during the day to get along with other dragons in the nest, but there is another reason I think the Stormcutter might not have a circadian rhythm based on daylight: its location.


Notice one thing you never see in How to Train Your Dragon 2: nighttime! We see dusk and dawn with the sun setting, yes, but we never see full night. Why is this? Is it because it takes place over only one or two days? Well, actually, according to the director, the film takes place over several days, and yet we never see the sun go fully dark because...it's summer. The animators and director claim that Berk is so far north that the sun doesn't ever truly sink below the horizon completely in the summer. A brief dawn and dusk occur, where the sun sits on the horizon, but then it's up again. In the TV show Dragons: Race to the Edge, we even learn that there are two weeks during the summer where the sun doesn't set at all.


But the Stormcutter doesn't necessarily live that far north, right? Well, as discussed before in Theory 3, they actually do! I mentioned before that, in Dragons: Rise of Berk, the best location to "search" for the Stormcutter is on the Isle of Night. This island is generally shrouded in darkness due to its stone pillars, so it does indicate that, south of the Arctic Circle, the Stormcutter probably takes on a nocturnal nature. But it's also found in the Icy Wastes, an extremely cold habitat in the far north. And what else lies even farther north of Berk? Valka's Sanctuary. And going back to owls, there is actually an owl species that is neither nocturnal or diurnal because it lives in the Arctic Circle: the snowy owl!


The snowy owl is descended from nocturnal predators, but inconsistent daylight has had an affect on when it's willing to hunt. The snowy owl actually proves to have a circadian rhythm that's rarely based on daylight at all and hunts in all lighting conditions. During the dark half of the year, it's mainly nocturnal...because there's very little daylight to be had. During the light half of the year, it's mainly diurnal...because night barely falls at all. Likewise, I think the northernmost Stormcutters also have the ability to adjust to hunt and be active during any hours of daylight or darkness.


Theory 6: A Stormcutter's diet is omnivorous and highly varied but mainly made up of land animals. There are a number of things we know Cloudjumper will eat. In How to Train Your Dragon 2, we see him participate in the Bewilderbeast's fish feeding (the fish appearing to be herring). That, combined with the shape of its teeth (and the fact that it is a dragon), tell us that it is mainly carnivorous. Also, in School of Dragons, there is a farm quest that states that Cloudjumper likes a berry mixture of strawberries, elderberries, and bearberries, indicating that it may also be about as omnivorous as dogs. (Dogs are actually carnivore-leaning omnivores.) Many dragons show this omnivorous tendency, so this isn't too odd.


But despite us knowing that Stormcutters will eat fish, I don't think fish is normally its main diet. My suspicions come from its hunting technique. Having a technique based on owls - sitting still, observing the environment for a ten-mile radius, and then taking flight once it has detected prey and catching it in its talons - this is a technique best used on land animals. To stalk with a similar technique in water, you really have to be hovering near or above the water. I doubt a Stormcutter is going after a fish that leaped out of the water ten miles away, especially with its talons (as opposed to diving into the water nose-first). Owls use this stalking technique to hunt small animals like mice or voles. A Stormcutter might use this technique on deer, boar, foxes, lynx, sheep, ect. They may also scoop fish out of the water like an eagle should the opportunity arise, but it doesn't seem like the easiest prey for them.


And the fact that they are willing to take so many different types of meat and even fruit also tells me that they are generalists and opportunists in their diet; they'll take whatever they can get and make due. This is very different from owls, who often get sick if you feed them red meat; it's much more like a dog, like the Great Dane, on which the Stormcutter is also based.


Theory 7: Stormcutters use their dexterous claws to tear apart animals and pick out sought-after parts of their meal. Stormcutter claws are said to be strong and extremely sharp (hence its class) but also said to be able to delicately pick open locks. There must be some survival reason for the Stormcutter's sharp bringers of death to be up to such precise tasks, and I think it's because they use their claws to pick apart their prey. (I wonder if they're picky eaters about what parts to eat.)


Theory 8: A Stormcutter's head is only connected to its neck by one socket pivot, and they have many bones and "backup arteries" in their neck. Stormcutters can turn their head around almost 180 degrees, like an owl. But this is...a really odd ability. Why can't we do that? Because we would snap our neck vertebrae, and even if we didn't, we would cut off the blood flow to our head by squeezing arteries. But owls have ways to get around this. For one thing, they have a lot more bones in their neck than their length suggests, twice as many as us. They also have a head that pivots in a single socket, meaning it's less fixed into the neck. Finally, they have extra arteries in their necks that work as "alternate" pathways for the blood, so when the owl turns its head, the blood changes routes and keeps flowing. I think a Stormcutter would need adaptations similar to these to be able to do the same thing.


Theory 9: The skin of a Stormcutter contains photonic crystals called guanine, which they may use for communication and/or to attract mates and may enhance visibility in low-light conditions. Many canon sources have stated that the Stormcutter's scales are "iridescent like fish scales." But why exactly are fish scales, and by extension, Stormcutter's scales, iridescent? Many fish have scales that contain photonic crystals called guanine, which is in the skin beneath the scales. We're not entirely sure what purpose these crystals provide for fish or how many different uses they may have depending on the species. One widely accepted theory is that the iridescence reflects light the way water does, therefore creating camouflage for the fish. But this would make a land animal stand out against the landscape, not camouflage them, so for a stalking aerial predator like the Stormcutter, there must be another reason for their development. Some fish have shown to be able to communicate through the flashing of their iridescence, so perhaps this is the reason for the Stormcutter bearing this trait. The reflecting light off their scales could also enhance their own visibility in the dark. Or perhaps these pretty scales just make Stormcutters more attractive for mates.


Theory 10: Stormcutters can see more colors than humans can see. For these iridescent scales to be useful - as light enhancers, as attractants, or as communication - Stormcutters are likely seeing them even more clearly than humans. They likely can see not just the rainbow spectrum refracted off these scales but many other short wavelength light as well, such as UV light.


Theory 11: The Stormcutter's large crown and many fins are meant to funnel sound to their face and, possibly, to attract mates. Stormcutters have a very intimidating-looking crown and many fins crowding its face, and the franchise doesn't really give any indication why. It outright describes them as "intimidating," but a creature as big as a Stormcutter doesn't need much help with intimidation. Rather, I think these funnel sound to the Stormcutter's ears, the way the external ears on a mammal or disk of an owl's face does. This allows them to pick up sounds at very low volume or average sounds from far off, enhancing their hearing to aid in their stalking predator behavior. They might also be attractive to other Stormcutters come mating season.


Theory 12: Male Stormcutters bring females food while courting. This is a behavior observed in the great grey owl, the main animal the Stormcutter is based on. Males bring females prey for them to eat to win them over as mates. They'll also continue this behavior while the female is laying and sitting on the eggs. I see no reason for Stormcutters not to also try this behavioral mating strategy.


Theory 13: Stormcutters do not have romantic love and don't mate for life. As I stated with the Shovelhelm, I think this is true for most dragons in this franchise. Even animals that make friends don't necessarily mate for life or feel romantic attachment. Every dragon species we've seen so far has been happy to remain detached from any mate they take and find a new one if the opportunity presents itself. While I'm sure Stormcutters mate to breed, I don't think they necessarily remain with their mate after they have taken care of that year's brood. On top of all this, real-world great grey owls - again, the main animal the Stormcutter's behavior is based on - also do not mate for life; in fact, males and females don't even stay together when not tending a brood. And remember, I already theorized that, compared to many dragon species, this is a relatively solitary species, which is not conducive to living with a mate.


Theory 14: Stormcutters breed annually. It is my belief that nearly all dragons breed annually, as we have seen that Monstrous Nightmares, Deadly Nadders, Gronckles, Hideous Zipplebacks, Changewings, and Razorwhips all do. Great grey owls and great horned owls, two species that have a heavy influence on the Stormcutter, also breed annually.


Theory 15: Stormcutters lay clutches of 2-4 eggs. The two owl species the Stormcutter is most based on, the great gray owl and the great horned owl, both have egg clutches of about this size.


Theory 16: Stormcutters reach full size quickly. It is also my belief that most dragons reach their full size very quickly, within a year, due to the growth rate exhibited by Torch the Typhoomerang and the fact that, despite breeding every year, the Monstrous Nightmares, Deadly Nadders, Gronckles, and Hideous Zipplebacks of Berk aren't constantly being followed around by their offspring for the whole year.


Theory 17: When Cloudjumper joined in the raid on Berk 20 years ago, he was not actually "part" of the raid. The fact that Cloudjumper was at Berk 20 years ago during a dragon raid and didn't take Valka to the Red Death to be eaten is a bit of a plothole in How to Train Your Dragon 2, but we can justify it. I've seen many point out that, because Cloudjumper was at a raid on Berk, he was once part of the Red Death's nest. This...makes no sense. When he kidnaps Valka, Cloudjumper takes her back "to the home of the Bewilderbeast." This indicates he was part of the Bewilderbeast's nest the whole time. So I think the most reasonable explanation is...curiosity. Cloudjumper saw a raid happening - or perhaps saw the flock headed to the raid - and fell in with the dragons to see what was going on. Once there, his curiosity again seemed to take over and he broke into a person's home to observe a baby. Then he saw something he'd never seen before - a human who didn't want to hurt him - and decided she would make good friend material and took her away. He then went back to his alpha and didn't return to the terrible place of death that he'd found. So...yeah, he wasn't part of the raid. For him, the whole thing was just a fly-by. Anticlimactic? Yes. But also the most reasonable explanation, given the evidence.


Theory 18: The Isle of Night became a safe haven for dragons due to hunting pressure. This is a...weirdly involved theory I came up with when actually discussing Hobblegrunts in a PM conversation with SouloftheFoxy. (Hi, Foxy!) Since Rise of Berk states the Isle of Night is the ideal location to find Stormcutters, it feels highly relevant here.


The Isle of Night is an interesting island. It was first used as a decoy for Hiccup and Toothless by Mildew, Alvin, and the Outcasts in the last few episodes of Dragons: Riders of Berk, and during the episode it featured, there didn't seem to actually be any dragons on the island at the time (despite Mildew tricking Hiccup into thinking Night Furies might be there). Yet the game Dragons: Rise of Berk, which takes place during and after How to Train Your Dragon 2, has Stormcutters, Scuttleclaws, and Hotburples available on this island, and the official online Race to the Edge map has a Hobblegrunt near it, indicating it may be found there also. How is it possible that these dragons were there undetected before? And in the case of the Scuttleclaw, Hotburple, and Hobblegrunt, how have previously undiscovered species gone unnoticed this close to Outcast Island and Berk? None of these dragons are particularly stealthy, and in fact, the Hobblegrunt and Hotburple are downright not stealthy.


So is there an explanation? Some say the answer is "Rise of Berk's search locations are not to be taken seriously," and while I do think that's a valid answer given how the game works and its inconsistencies, I also think there is a way we can justify all this with a theory.


Now there is a problem setting up this theory; Dragons maps are horribly inconsistent. This is a problem because Outcast Island has been moved around on maps multiple times in the series, and part of this theory does require Outcast Island to be near the Isle of Night, as shown on the online Race to the Edge map. For the sake of argument, let's assume for a moment that that's the correct placement for the island.


Outcast Island became allies with Berk at the end of Dragons: Defenders of Berk. It's clear from Dragons: Race to the Edge that they didn't teach the Outcasts dragon training even after this alliance was forged, but they do keep friendly relations and likely would have helped the Outcasts with the rampant dragon problem. So the Outcasts are no longer posing as a threat to dragons on Outcast Island and surrounding islands, making them new safe havens for dragons.


On top of that, Outcast Island areas are out of the domain of Viggo's Dragon Hunters. The Outcasts were the ones who put down the Berserkers the first time around, and the Berserkers were the ones who, at the beginning of Race to the Edge, aligned themselves with the Dragon Hunters under Dagur. The Berserkers would have warned the Dragon Hunters from going into Outcast waters and would be wary of doing so themselves.


Even more, Outcast Island is simply not the Dragon Hunters' typical hunting grounds. The Dragon Hunters are a northern group. We don't encounter them until the dragon riders go north of the Archipelago to Dragon's Edge, a two- or three-day flight north of Berk. And when Viggo wants to negotiate with Hiccup about everyone keeping to their "territory" rather than being in conflict, his map draws an east-west line that leaves Hiccup and his dragon riders with the southern portion and Viggo and his Dragon Hunters north of the line. Being south of Berk, Outcast Island would have been well south of Viggo's marked-out hunting grounds.


With the Dragon Hunters not being able to reach them there and the Outcasts not only not attacking them but now inadvertently providing protection for them, dragons may have flooded in to the line of islands that include the Isle of Night to seek safe places to live and raise young. If the Outcasts had no interest in exploring these islands, they would have left them undisturbed without paying much attention to the types of dragons there, and with their alliance with Berk being fairly new, Berkians probably wouldn't want to push things by exploring islands in their waters. Not to mention that I doubt few Outcasts would know if they had even stumbled across a new species. (The Dragon Manual is a Berk thing, after all.)


But what if Outcast Island is in the wrong place according to this map? It's not the How to Train Your Dragon 2 map, and a map in the first episode of Race to the Edge puts Outcast Island directly north of Berk, not southeast. And I am more inclined to believe maps that appear in the actual movies and series over ones merely posted on the Internet, which would mean Outcast Island is actually not close to the Isle of Night. But even if that's so, there may still be another explanation as to why there were no dragons on the Isle of Night before and why there are dragons there now.


Hiccup and Toothless discovered Itchy Armpit at the beginning of How to Train Your Dragon 2, right? And what they found there was Eret's large and expansive base, completely destroyed by Bewilderbeast ice. They have apparently been using this area as a hunting base for awhile, possibly a few years. Rise of Berk claims that this place was once teeming with wild dragons, but with the trappers setting up camp there, most were hunted out, with the Shivertooth being one of the few species to allude them. It's possible that some of the dragons of Itchy Armpit fled north when their home fell under such heavy hunting pressure.


And if they did go north, what islands would they go to?


Going directly west after heading north would not work out well. According to the How to Train Your Dragon 2 map, any refugee dragon that took that route would run into an island heavily populated by people in a place called the Sunken City. Human-wildlife conflict would be sure to ensue, and habitat may be lacking. The island directly north of the Sunken City is Eel Island. None of these species would want anything to do with eels (or the Typhoomerangs that live there).


Now if you go directly north, you run into a string of islands. The first island on that route is Thunderclaw Island, and given the name, it's likely already heavily inhabited by other dragons (Thunderclaws, specifically) and not looking to accept refugee dragons. The next island is Tyr Island, and according to the How to Train Your Dragon 2 map, its western shore is plagued by "strong winds" that are "dangerous for flying." That seems like a very dangerous place for a flying creature to call its home. But if you head still further north, what do you run into? The Isle of Night and the unnamed islands north and south of it, all three of which appear to be largely unpopulated by dragons at the time. This would make these islands a perfect new location for a group of wayward dragons to settle as they flee the dragon trappers who took over their more picturesque southern home in Itchy Armpit.


Either one of these explanations could explain how, in only a few years, a series of islands once uninhabited became home to species of dragons that weren't well-known or documented. In fact, both theories could have both been factors that worked in tandem to cause the phenomenon. Either way, there's a reasonable explanation as to how Stormcutters, Scuttleclaws, Hotburples, and possibly Hobblegrunts ended up on an island previously shown to be unpopulated by dragons while fleeing from nefarious humans.


Theory 19: The Isle of Night's rock towers are what make it an ideal habitat for the Stormcutter. The next question is, why is the Stormcutter in particular said to have done so well on the Isle of Night? Hmm, an owl-like dragon that normally hunts in the dark doing well on the Isle of Night...


First, one must look at what the Isle of Night is like. In Dragons: Rise of Berk, it is called the "Island of Night" (whatever, same difference), and the location is described as getting its name from "the dark rocks and tall cliffs that keep it shrouded in perpetual darkness." Elsewhere it is described as a "cathedral" of rock towers and dead trees. These are both very accurate descriptions from what we saw of it in Dragons: Riders of Berk, where it is a very dark island with many rock pillars, dead trees, and sparse vegetation. Everything about this environment screams Stormcutter! Remember its hunting technique? It perches high on a tree or rock pillar, taking in every disturbance, and then finally swoops in on its prey when it has located it. These rock towers would be perfect for stalking, and the sparse vegetation means it has enough room to spread its wings when going in for the kill. And the darkness the towers shroud the island in would not only not be a problem but might even be preferable to the dragon that, while adaptable, prefers to hunt during the night.


Theory 20: The Brute Stormcutter met the Green Death before she moved into her new nest at Dragon Island. The game Dragons: Rise of Berk introduces us to a number of dragons to serve the Green Death. Known as "Brute" dragons, they include a Boneknapper, a Timberjack, a Snaptrapper, a Skrill, a Buffalord, and...a Stormcutter! The Brute Stormcutter's small biographical description, however, is particularly intriguing. It says, "This Stormcutter has served as a lookout scout for the Green Death during times of war. But in peacetime, he has become a guide dragon to lead wayward viking vessels home." The Brute Stormcutter has been with the Green Death since wartime; this indicates that he has been with her since before peace between vikings and dragons was established on Berk. But that peace was established when the Red Death, the master dragon queen of Dragon Island, was killed, which means the Green Death couldn't have been living there at the time. In my Red Death theories post, I mentioned that I think the Green Death moved from her first home, her birth home, to the Red Death's home in the five years between HTTYD movies 1 and 2. If the Brute Stormcutter was serving the Green Death before the end of the first film, he had to have been serving her in her old nest. He may in fact have been her subject the longest out of all the dragons currently in her nest.


Theory 21: The Stormcutter's blind spot is anywhere behind its frills and above its facial horns. This limited field of vision is why it has the ability to turn its head nearly 180 degrees. If you look at the Stormcutter's head, its field of vision is actually very limited. There's no way it can see anything beyond its many frills, but the strangest is its facial horns that make a V on the front of its face. These make a ridge over the eyes, acting perhaps like a visor from the intense sunlight of the Arctic but also limiting its field of vision up. It truly can really only look in front of it. Keep behind or beyond these facial features, and it can't see you at all. This is very odd for a creature that uses its incredible eyesight to find its prey from a ten-mile radius, which is why I think, much like owls, who can't move their eyes in their sockets and so turn their heads, the Stormcutter has evolved the ability to turn its head in nearly any direction so it can look for prey in all directions despite its limited field of vision.


Fun Fact: The Great Dane, the dog breed used for some of the inspiration for the Stormcutter's design and personality, is a dog breed that originated in Germany and was bred to hunt boar. It is archaically known as a "boarhound." (Yes, Hagrid's dog Fang in Harry Potter is a big, black Great Dane.) It is now the national dog of Germany. I guess that makes the Stormcutter the national dragon of Germany! XD



So that's all I have on the Stormcutter! (Of course, I say that's all, but that was a lot!) If you disagree with any of these theories or have something you want to add, feel free to leave your thoughts down below.


Next week, I won't be doing a dragon from the random number generator. Rather, in honor of Halloween, I'm choosing to do theories on the dragon of Dreadfall...the Flightmare!

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Great theory

Great theory! stormcutter is one of my favorite dragons. I am so glad that you did theories about them!

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Probably your best theory

Probably your best theory yet! And it made the perfect study break too XD keep up the great work!

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Thank you!

Thank you!


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Tots Tracking!

How did I not know About this?

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This is a great theory! Can I

This is a great theory! Can I put some of your info in my Book of Dragons?

Actually, we do see the sun set completely in HTTYD2, at Berk when they face Drago. However, the sun never sets on Valka's Sanctuary, so that it definitely farther north than Berk.

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Hmm, I figured, due to the

Hmm, I figured, due to the lighting, Drago's attacked happen during a twilight hour instead of full night, but I suppose you can't really see any light on the horizon during that scene, can you?


Sure, you're free to use any of thise for your Book of Dragons! Just so long as you're aware it's all fan theory and not canon-confirmed. If that's fine by you, have it at!

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     Why, oh why, can't we have a class on H.T.T.Y.D. Dragons in school?! I never thought that there was so much to all this stuff. Thanks for taking the time to fill me in.




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Flightmare Theories

Flightmare Theories


Oh, I'm tired. This week was difficult due to school, and I am just so dang tired. This was the first set of theories that felt more like a chore than a game, probably due to my stress level and lack of time to work on it. I still tried to give it my all, though, and somehow this ended up having the most amount of theories I've ever had for a single dragon so far. And so many weird things researched! Bioluminescence, dinoflagellate phytoplanktons, paralytic shellfish poisoning, obscure HTTYD games that don't even exist anymore...so many things! Can't wait to show you what I came up with!


Theory 1: The Flightmare has a rounded, non-forked tongue because it eats algae. Most dragons in this franchise have some sort of forking in their tongue (some more extensive than others), indicating a forked tongue may be an ancestral trait for these guys. So it's noteworthy when one doesn't because it means they probably came from an ancestor that did. The Flightmare is one of these few dragons, and I think the reason it evolved to have a non-forked tongue is because of its food source. The Flightmare laps up algae in water and pulls long strands of it into its mouth. For this sort of behavior, a tongue is a useful tool but only if it can be used like a shovel. Forking would make it less useful.


Theory 2: The Flightmare's main food, its glowing algae, is a freshwater phytoplankton dinoflagellate that likes cold water. I looked at so, so many bioluminescent aquatic organisms to try to find an algae that fit the Flightmare's algae description, but very few do. Those that look the most like it in terms of their glow are dinoflagellates, microscopic single-celled organisms that have a flagellum (an off-shoot like a tail that allows them to "swim"). Most bioluminescent species are marine; some occur in brackish water, where freshwater and saltwater meet, but while I found numerous dinoflagellates in freshwater, I found none that are bioluminescent. But the Flightmare's glowing algae is also shown to be a freshwater species, found in rivers and streams inland. On top of that, most of these phytoplanktons liked warm water, but the Flightmare's glowing algae is found so far north that the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) can be seen where it is, meaning it's in the Arctic Circle. Obviously, whatever species of phytoplankton this algae may be, it is fictional. But though it lives in cold northern waters and is freshwater, it is still most likely a bioluminescent dinoflagellate.


Theory 3: HTTYD's bioluminescent phytoplankton glows during Aurvandil's Fire (the Northern Lights display) due to disturbance. It's cool to be bioluminescent, but most organisms that are aren't all the time, and that's true for dinoflagellates as well. Dinoflagellates are usually luminescent for two reasons: a) they light up at night due to their night cycle, or b) they light up at night only when they are disturbed.


In the DreamWorks Dragons series, we see glowing algae twice, once every ten years when "Aurvandil's Fire" (the aurora borealis/Northern Lights) is in the sky and once on Algae Island where there didn't seem to be any Northern Lights display and yet the algae was glowing anyway. So how is it possible that the algae wouldn't glow on Berk except every ten years, but it did glow on Algae Island throughout the night?


My guess is that this is a species that responds to disturbance. For some reason, the algae responds to the aurora borealis as a disturbance and therefore glows in its presence. The "disturance" the aurora causes could be due to its light or even possibly due to the atmospheric conditions necessary for it to occur, specifically the striking of solar flares with the atmosphere. On Algae Island, even though the aurora is not always present, the algae is probably nearly constantly disturbed by the Flightmare and so glows in the parts of the episode that we see. When not being disturbed by the Flightmare in the episode, the algae is disturbed by people scooping it up into buckets or getting into the stream.


Theory 4: Flightmares are naturally pink and don't glow when they haven't recently eaten. In Dragons: Rise of Berk, Hofferson's Bane, the Flightmare that would attack Berk every ten years, is pink rather than glowing blue. When asked about this, Ludia, the game's company, replied that Hofferson's Bane only glows blue when he has eaten algae and is pink the rest of the time. I hypothesize that pink is actually the standard birth color of all Flightmares, and if we were to deprive them of their algae diet, they would turn pink again. I also doubt Flightmares would glow if they ate that same algae while it wasn't glowing...but since the algae glows when it is disturbed, it is always glowing when something is eating it.


Theory 5: Flightmares find their food by searching with their eyes for glowing phytoplankton. You may think this is intuitive, but many animals find their food by many different means. Some primarily use their nose. Others primarily use their hearing. Still others simply search around leisurely until they find something. Flightmares, I think, actively look for their food and use visual sightings to get it. This means that if the algae isn't glowing, the Flightmare might miss it, and if it is glowing, it's drawn to it. This would explain why Hofferson's Bane would attack Berk only once every ten years when the algae was prone to glowing, even though the algae was probably there all year.


Theory 6: Flightmares communicate with their glow. Flightmares are able to control their glow, and we see Hofferson's Bane use this as a form of defense. I think the glow might also be used to communicate with other Flightmares. (Given how territorial they are, increased glow might still be unpleasant defense that just means, "Stay out of my territory"...but that's still communication.)


Theory 7: Flightmare eggs glow only if their parent maintained their glowing during the shell's formation before laying. In both Dragons: Rise of Berk and School of Dragons, Flightmare eggs appear to glow. You may say that if the baby hasn't eaten any glowing algae, this doesn't make sense, but egg shells are not actually made from the baby's tissue; they are made from the mother's tissue. Therefore it's the mother that needs to be glowing to make a glowing egg. If the mother hasn't eaten glowing algae lately and has turned pink again, her egg won't be glowing, but if mama dragon is glowing, the egg she lays will probably glow, too.


Theory 8: The Flightmare doesn't produce its paralyzing mist itself; instead, it gets the toxin from its diet. Interesting thing about dinoflagellates: not only are some of them bioluminescent, but a lot of them are also toxic. And you know what their toxin causes? Paralysis.


Have you ever heard of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP)? It's a very serious illness one can get from eating shellfish that has been contaminated with dinoflagellate algae. See, dinoflagellates produce a biotoxin that affects the nervous system. The type of toxin varies with the species, but they're all closely related enough to essentially have the same effect on the human body. Some shellfish graze on these dinoflagellates, and when they do, they take in the toxin without any ill effects on themselves. When consumed by humans (or similar vertebrates), the biotoxin causes the nervous system to shut down, causing loss of feeling, mild paralysis, and finally - the cause of death - asphyxiation, or the inability to breathe, due to the shutting down of the muscles involved. Death can occur in as little as 30 minutes, and children are particularly vulnerable. (And no, cooking does not destroy the toxin. Make sure your shellfish came from tested waters before you consume it - most shellfish sold in first-world countries are - or you put yourself at risk for PSP.)


Right, I'm never eating shellfish again. XD


Now clearly one blast from the Flightmare mist, while able to "freeze" a person, does not stop their breathing, so this is not quite the same as PSP. But nevertheless, the Flightmare has a paralyzing mist, and it eats food that probably has a toxin that has a paralyzing affect. This leads me to believe that the Flightmare creates this toxic mist by getting it from its food and then storing it as a concentrated firepower. The mist freezes its victims rather than asphyxiates them because it is applied to and absorbed through the skin rather than absorbed orally or directly into the bloodstream, and the dosage is low enough that, even though it successfully shocks the system into freezing most muscles associated with motion, by the time it starts reaching the critical muscles, it starts to wear off.


Theory 9: The Flightmare is immune to its own paralyzing mist. Not only do we see the Flightmare fly through its own mist with no ill effects, but it must also be immune to the dinoflagellate toxin for my last theory to work at all.


Theory 10: If you "eat" Flightmare mist or inject it into yourself, you will di.e of asphyxiation. Doing either of these things would be a more direct way of absorbing the toxin, and that would cause your breathing muscles to fail, and you'd di.e in much the same manner you would di.e if you had PSP. (Hey, this is my Halloween special; had to have some sort of nightmare fuel.)


Theory 11: A Flightmare's blast of mist is deadly to small animals. While humans and dragons may be big enough to not absorb the toxin into the breathing muscles before it starts to wear off, smaller animals are probably given a lethal dosage of toxin from a single blast.


Theory 12: While two shots from the Flightmare could possibly be deadly to a human, Flightmares don't shoot their victims twice but rather just use the one shot to render their victims helpless while they go in with teeth and claws. Fearless Finn Hofferson wasn't killed by two shots but rather had a...more violent end. Most theories I've seen online say that Fearless Finn Hofferson was probably killed by the Flightmare's paralyzing mist by being shot multiple times with it, causing him to di.e of asphyxiation from the toxin. Even the Wikia ascribes to this somewhat unlikely theory. While I do think two blasts could be potentially deadly to a person, I just don't think the Flightmare would shoot twice. It only needs one shot to paralyze its victim; why waste another on killing it when you can just kill it with your claws and teeth while it's helpless? The Flightmare only has a Shot Limit of 4, so it seems to me that it would want to conserve each shot when in a battle situation and shoot as little as necessary. Eating algae would probably replenish these shots, but it's generally already on defense mode for its food when it starts shooting. Also, the official website itself states that the paralyzing mist gives the Flightmare enough time to "go in for the kill." Why would it "go in for the kill" if it will just kill with blasts of its mist from afar? No, this description doesn't lend to a Flightmare shooting it's victim twice, and I see no reason for it to do so. I think it will shoot once to paralyze its victim, and if it still wants its victim dead after that - like Fearless Finn Hofferson - it will go in to kill it...the old-fashioned way.


Theory 13: Flightmares live in very cold habitats. As mentioned before, the glowing algae is shown to respond to the aurora borealis, and the aurora borealis is found only in the Arctic Circle. This means the glowing algae is found in rather cold habitats, especially for algae. And if its primary food source lives in cold habitats, that means the Flightmare does as well. Also, in the franchise, we see/hear of it inhabiting cold locations, including the ice caves on Scuttelclaw Island and the snow-laden Shivering Shores and Wreck Reef.


Theory 14: Flightmares are generally solitary. The Flightmare is constantly described as being highly protective - in fact, downright defensive - of its food source. I think any dragon that behaves this way naturally is probably not any more generous to its own kind than it is other dragons in this matter. After all, the main reason to evolve to be protective of your food is because others are eating it, and the only dragon that goes out of its way to eat glowing algae is other Flightmares. On top of that, in the TV show, we've only ever seen Flightmares alone. All official sources also describe them as highly territorial and short-tempered with others. I think Flightmares are generally solitary dragons that are extremely defensively aggressive, even toward their own kind.


Theory 15: Flightmares don't mate for life but do cooperate with current mates to raise a nest. While Flightmares normally live alone, I do think two mates will help each other care for their egg, perhaps because their glowing egg is conspicuous, and they only have one per year (see Theory 16). Working together allows them to provide the egg with double the protection and never leave it unattended. The reason I have this theory is because, in School of Dragons, the player gets to visit a Flightmare nest on Scuttleclaw Island. In a quest in "The Rise of Stormheart" expansion, a Flightmare was seen guarding the nest while a Titan Wing Flightmare hovered nearby. I believe the Flightmare in the nest was the egg's mother while the old Titan Wing Flightmare guarding her and the nest was her mate, a dominant male in the region. Seeing two Flightmares - normally solitary creatures - in close proximity like that indicated their was a reason for their closeness, and the presence of the nest seemed to explain it.


Theory 16: Flightmares breed annually. It is my belief that nearly all dragons breed annually, as we have seen that Monstrous Nightmares, Deadly Nadders, Gronckles, Hideous Zipplebacks, Changewings, and Razorwhips all do.


Theory 17: Flightmare males compete for mates through combat and display. The fact that School of Dragons had a Flightmare tending a nest with an egg in it with a Titan Wing Flightmare hovering nearby inspired another theory. Why was one of the couple - the one I presume to be the male - specifically a Titan Wing Flightmare? It may be that he was the male the female came across first, but I find this theory less plausible than my own: I believe this Flightmare won his mate through intimidation and possibly combat with other males. Solitary animals with large, guarded territories - as we've theorized Flightmares probably are - often travel long distances to find a mate and so become possessive of their mates when they find them. On top of that, we already know that Flightmares are short-tempered and have the ability to enhance their glow in combat. It may be that male Flightmares compete with one another for females should more than one male encounter the same female during the breeding season. They probably "compete" mainly through display, both showing off their strength and glow, until the weaker one recognizes this won't end well for him and leaves. If two males seem evenly-matched, they may come to blows. In this case of our Titan Wing Flightmare on Scuttleclaw Island, it seems highly likely that he won due to his dominance from his size and power. After all, what younger male would mess with an old, large, and experienced Titan Wing?


Theory 18: Flightmares lay only 1 egg at a time. Once again I refer to the time when, in School of Dragons, the player comes across a Flightmare nest on Scuttleclaw Island. This nest has only one egg in it. Now there are a number of explanations as to why this may be - perhaps the other eggs di.ed and then were thrown out by the parents or maybe a predator raided the nest and the parents were only able to save this one egg or maybe the mother didn't have many nutrients that year and so wasn't very fertile and had only one egg - but given how the player sees this one egg in the same nest over a long period of time (given the game's timeline), I honestly think the least sad explanation is very reasonable. That explanation is that there was only ever one egg to begin with and that this is perfectly normal for a Flightmare. Since they breed every year, they can afford to have only one without causing species decline, and since they are dragons with large, solitary territories, hatching a lot of young Flightmares might only cause competition when their grown, whereas a single offspring is more likely to find an unoccupied territory when it's grown.


Theory 19: Flightmares reach full size quickly. It is my belief that most dragons reach their full size very quickly, within a year, due to the growth rate exhibited by Torch the Typhoomerang and the fact that, despite breeding every year, the Monstrous Nightmares, Deadly Nadders, Gronckles, and Hideous Zipplebacks of Berk aren't constantly being followed around by their offspring for the whole year.


Theory 20: The Flightmare's closest living relative is the Night Fury. Interestingly, the Flightmare's How to Train Your Dragon 2 Topps trading card described it as looking like "a mix of a Skrill and a Night Fury except for its natural glow." Looking at the dragons in the franchise, the Flightmare bears relatively little resemblance to any of the other dragons, but the Night Fury and Skrill really are about as close as you can get. Therefore, I don't think the Flightmare has any close living relatives, but I do think out of all the dragons, the Night Fury is the closest. (I think it would be more closely related to the Night Fury than the Skrill due to having the same number of limbs.) It may also prove to be a link that shows the Night Fury and Skrill are also related to each (albeit a bit distantly). Being related to the Night Fury means the Flightmare is also probably related to the Woolly Howl and Sand Wraith and, more distantly, the Snow Wraith (which the franchise claims is also a Night Fury relative). Being related to the Skrill probably means it is also related to the Deadly Nadder and possibly the Thunderdrum (the two dragons the Skrill is said to resemble in its trading card...more on that if I do a Skrill Theories page).


Theory 21: Flightmares were first drawn to the Shivering Shores in part by Blaze Beetles. Dragons: Rise of Berk claims that a Flightmare inhabits the Shivering Shores, an island near Berk that is covered in snow for most of the year. It is first seen in a How to Train Your Dragon mobile game released before the first movie even came out, called Flight of the Night Fury. In Flight of the Night Fury, the player had to find a number of materials at the Shivering Shores and Dark Deep, and one of the things found at the Shivering Shores was the Blaze Beetles, glowing beetles. I hypothesize that the Flightmare first came to the Shivering Shores because it saw the light of these glowing beetles and hoped it was algae. (See Theory 5) While it may have been initially disappointed, it probably found algae in the streams anyway and then chose to stay.


Theory 22: The Shivering Shores and Wreck Reef kept cold by the lack of East Atlantic Current bringing warm water to it. The Shivering Shores and Wreck Reef are two very cold islands where the Flightmare dwells, and the reason for their chilliness is...confusing. On some maps, the Shivering Shores is a lot closer to Berk than on others, but it always lies east of Berk. In Flight of the Night Fury, it's directly east, and in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the online Race to the Edge map, it's further east and slightly north, with the Ship Graveyard and Screaming Death Island in between it and Berk. Either way, it seems like its climate should be similar to Berk's, but it actually appears to be much colder (the way the Flightmare likes it). Meanwhile, the Race to the Edge map shows Wreck Reef, another cold island where Flightmares are found, to be directly east of Melody Island, a picturesque forest, yet Wreck Reef is generally icy and covered in snow. Why is this, I wonder? Well, let's take a look at the Faroe Islands.


The Faroe Islands is an archipelago found in the Norwegian Sea, halfway between Norway and Iceland. Settled by historical viking people somewhere between 300 and 600 C.E., these are the closest real life islands we will ever get to the Barbaric Archipelago. And there's something very interesting about the Faroe archipelago; despite being so far north, the temperature usually stays above freezing. The climate is so hospitable that, despite being only 4 degrees south of the Arctic Circle, these islands were lush with forests before humans caused mass deforestation about 1000 years ago. What is the reason for this strange amount of warmth? The answer: the East Atlantic Current. This current brings warm water from the Caribbean all the way up to northern Europe and the British Isles, making the ocean, and thereby the climate, much warmer than it normally would be at such high latitudes. The water comes in to these places from the west.


Berk is shown to be farther north than the Faroe Islands on the online map, much more firmly rooted in the Arctic Circle and more congruent with Iceland, but it probably also has similar warming effects from this current. But the Shivering Shores and Wreck Reef may not be so lucky. Their eastern coasts are blocked by numerous islands and landmasses that would stop the current from reaching them at full strength (Berk, Screaming Death Island, and the rocks of the Ship Graveyard for the Shivering Shores and a whole barrier of islands for Wreck Reef, including Melody Island and Drenchwood Forest). While the amount of warm water brought to them would still allow them to have a similar climate to Berk's (as shown in Flight of the Night Fury in the Shivering Shore's case), they still have enough of a blockade to this where they are prone to colder and longer winters compared to Berk.


Theory 23: The people of the Shivering Shores are familiar with Flightmares and may have taught the Hairy Hooligans of Berk how to avoid them. The Shivering Shores has been mentioned several times in the series, and the second time was in the 9th Dragons: Riders of Berk episode, where Stoick is claiming to be meeting the chief of the Shivering Shores. So we know the Shivering Shores is inhabited, and by a tribe that has friendly relations with Berk, no less. As a group of people who have to deal with the Flightmare regularly, the Shivering Shores tribe is probably the people who first informed Berk on the best method of dealing with a Flightmare attack when they suffered the same thing every ten years...namely running and hiding.


Theory 24: Hofferson's Bane is the Flightmare at the Shivering Shores. A number of theories I've seen online, including on the Flightmare's Wikia page, claim that Hofferson's Bane is probably the same Flightmare as Viggo's Flightmare. While I think this is a perfectly good theory with some worthwhile supporting evidence, I also think the Flightmare at the Shivering Shores is a good candidate for Hofferson's Bane (and I doubt it and Viggo's Flightmare are the same, since they have different primary feeding grounds). The Shivering Shores is a bit closer to Berk than Algae Island (in all maps) and therefore is an easier flight for the Flightmare. It also makes sense that the dragon would live on the Shivering Shores for most of the time but then get drawn to a neighboring island when it spies the glowing algae every ten years.


It is also possible that Hofferson's Bane is Viggo's Flightmare and the Flightmare at the Shivering Shores is one of the other unique Flightmares from Dragons: Rise of Berk, including one of Ruffnut's dragons, Trancemare, or Sky.streaker, the Flightmare who aided Berk against Slimeslinger the Cavern Crasher during their Eternal Night one Dreadfall. But for now, I think the Shivering Shores Flightmare being Hofferson's Bane makes the most sense.


Theory 25: The Titan Wing Flightmare at Scuttleclaw Island is the same on from the Forbidden Islands. The Forbidden Islands are islands that feature in Dragon Flight, a How to Train Your Dragon ride at Motiongate Dubai theme park in Dubai, United Arab Eremites. In the ride, a Flightmare that's way too big to be your typical Broad Wing features. It's clearly a Titan Wing. I think this Flightmare and the one at Scuttleclaw Island are probably one in the same. After all, Flightmare's are rare, and Titan Wings are rarer, so there's probably not a lot of them running around. (I should note that these two dragons don't look alike. However, School of Dragons' Titan Wing appearances are non-canon, so I'm assuming we apply canon information to their Titan Wing Flightmare character.)


Theory 26: Female Flightmares use the same nest throughout their lives. This is mainly Jarnunvosck's theory, so see their comment below to get the full details behind it. I only want to add one thing to it; because I think mates change from year to year, I decided to specify which gender is the one who keeps the nest. I think it's the female, since the males seem to travel to acquire the female and compete for her.


Theory 27: Flightmares have relatively low jaw strength compared to other dragons because of their algae diet. This is another great theory from Jarnunvosck, which you can see in their comment here. They're on roll! I love it!


Theory 28: The Flightmare's blind spot is behind its frill. If you look at a Flightmare's skull, it has a very wide range of vision. This is consistent with Theory 5, where they mainly use their eyesight to find food and pick up on social cues. We already know it has excellent night vision, too, given that its eyes glow blue and it is nocturnal. But those eyes are still pretty low on the head and toward the front. If you are behind it in any way, especially behind its wave of plates that make its small frill, it won't be able to see you without turning its head to the side.



And that's all I have! As always, feel free to add any thoughts you have about any of these theories down below, whether you agree or disagree or have something you'd like to add. And finally,


Happy Halloween!


Or should I say,


Happy Dreadfall!


Next time, I'm once again actively picking the dragon species. In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, I will be doing...the Buffalord! And I have honestly no idea how that's gonna go. *thumbs up*

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WOW! Great theory! This

WOW! Great theory! This raises my respect for Flightmares a little bit (it was lowered due to the fact that almost every new player has one now and I see them all the time). This was especially helpful because I am in a RP about the Flightmare!

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Hey Whisper, presently I am hksti g a roleplay centered around the Hofferson's Bane, mind if we reference you and use some of this information that you dug up? It might help us.


Who am I? I'm Rheithebrave!




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So I am currently remaking my OCS

Main OC: Rheileen Tomahona

Other OCs: Alakan, Feaflena, Breeze

Minority Backspace OCs: Thane and Yashia, Irishakan and Tilancian


Modern OC's: Stacy Byrns


I have four vikings In Game







(Glitch Character) xXxBreezeWavemakerxXx 


Main Viking? xRheileenx


What dragons do I have? Most of them!








Completed Expansions


Icestorm Island


Return of the Deathsong


Battle for the Edge


Return to Dragon Island


Secret of the Leviathan


Rise of Stormheart


Wrath of Stormheart



Favorite Dragons: Nightfury, Woolly


Howl, Sandwraith, Skrill, TriplStrike




My girl Rhei

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Name Rheileen
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Rhei has dark copper blonde hair, that in certian lights may appear to be brown, it hangs down slightly over her aqua eyes, the left of which has three scars running over it from an incident with a skrill when she was a child. Her body and face were scarred during multiple stages of her younger life, so she tends to cover up, and wears a long sleeved black dress/tunic, leggings, gloves/bracers, boots, and a red face scarf. Rhei also loves hoodies, and will most likely be seen wearing a black nightfury hood. Lastly, when she flys at high speeds, Rhei tends to wear a pair of goggles, which otherwise, may either danfgel around her neck, alongside her family medalion, or sit in the pouch she has on her belt.
She carries twin sabres as her weapon of choice.
Age: 16
Gender: Female
Personality: Rhei is a hardworker, and rather mature for her age, this doesn't stop her from loving to kick back and goof off however, and she loves hanging out with people like herself, or even new groups. She works best in a classroom, or team enviorment. Whule she loves free time, she can never truely relax, because her brain is always racing a mile a minute. Rhei loves reading, and enjoys seeking out the parallels between the real world, and that of books. Including finding her role in each story, and trying to pinpoint the major characters, she may or may not talk about this.
While Rhei is typically peacefull and doesn't like picking fights, she will 100% stand up in a fight, and finds it hard to back down, she has a rather quick temper, and as such, won't leave a fight till she has managed to make the other guy remember to not try that sort of thing again. She is also highly protective of her friends and dragons.
Skills: She is highly trained in most forms of sword-fighting, and knows some acrobatics and martial arts, she is a relatively good cook, and an up and coming healer. So while her healing skills aren't the best, she can manage in a pinch, and keep you alive until a real healer is around. Also, she is an up and coming master of speaking Dragonese.
Weaknesses: Rhei has a strong fear of falling, and therefor of heights. If however she is on her dragon, the fear will subside, and she can manage. She is a poor swimmer, and can get anxious if grabbed in a dragons claws, this is mostly due however to her time fighting and fearing dragons as a child.
Other: Rhei is not native of Berk, and actually comes from a French settlement further south. Fortunately, she learned Norse from visiting traders, so this means she is skilled in speaking French as well as Norse.



Yashia (Also by me)


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comming however, as I need to finish it still. (I tend to put

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Sure, go for it!

Sure, go for it!

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Ha ha I already put a link to

Ha ha I already put a link to this thread in our RP thread for a reference. LOL!