Every DRAGON & Dragon Rider on HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, Explained

House of the Dragon has geared up to begin the Targaryan Cvil War: The Dance of the Dragons that will reshape the world of Game of Thrones. But…there sure are a lot of dragons, aren’t there? With lots of X names. So in this video we explain every dragon, who rides then,, and what this means for the future of the show.

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Written and Edited by Pavel Terehovsky () [email protected]
Hosted by Ryan Arey ()

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The first season of House of the Dragon has just ended and it delivered on so many great things. And it gave us so- many-dragons!
About 11 dragons have appeared in season 1. About 12 dragons have appeared in season 1 (2 takes)
Some are big, some are tiny, and some are freaking gigantic.

The show is very well made, however with so many dragons and riders it’s a bit hard to keep track of who’s who and which Targaryen rides what dragon.

So to make things easier, we compiled a list of all the dragons that appear in season 1, and we will go over every dragon, explaining who rides each dragon and their history.

We will also talk about some dragons that didn’t appear in the show yet.
Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers, but we are going to reveal who is the biggest living dragon in Westeros.

Surprise, it’s not Vhagar, it’s not even Balerion. There’s a massive dragon out there and its identity and story are wild.

So let’s go over all the dragons in House of the Dragon season 1, as well as all the dragon-riders, the different sizes and the special attributes some dragons have. Including a dragon that shoots gold flames, and another one that has blue flames.

According to Ryan Condal and George R. R. Martin we will see about 17 dragons in the show. Season 1 introduced some of them. And Season 2 will give us more dragons and battles.

Few things before we start.
We will be focusing only on dragons that appeared in season 1 or relevant to the story. So we won’t talk about every dragon that ever lived.

We will mention the size of some of the dragons, but there are no exact measurements for the dragons in the show or the book Fire and Blood which the show is based on.
We will mention the size when it’s relevant though.

The final note is that some of the dragons in the show barely appeared on screen. So for the sake of keeping this video visually interesting, when we talk about some of these dragons we’re gonna have to use some random footage to make it work. Apologies in advance. Blame Doug.

What did I do?

Don’t worry bud, no one’s gonna stay mad at a dog for too long, it’s all good.

Wait….I’m a dog? I thought I’m a small dragon.

Ahem… moving on.

To explain dragons we must explain the Targaryens history, since they are intertwined with each other.

About 8 thousand years before the events of House of the Dragon, the Valyriaians in Essos discovered the first dragons. Essos is the continent that is across the narrow sea from Westeros.
According to the Valyrians, the dragons were born from a ring of volcanos called the Fourteen Flames, meaning 14 active volcanoes.
[Dragons came from moon] It is known…

This happened shortly after the Long Night ended in Westeros. Strange coincidence I’m sure.

The Valyrians mastered the secrets of commanding dragons and became the dragonlords.
Neither House of the Dragon nor Game of Thrones ever explained this, but it’s implied that the Valyrians used magic and blood to create a bond with the dragons.

With this power they built the greatest empire in the world, ruling the majority of the continent of Essos.

Despite all the Valyrian empire’s power, nothing could save them from the doom. In one day, the entire land just blew up, likely due to all the fourteen volcanoes erupting at once.

This cataclysmic event is known as the Doom of Valyria. All the Valyrians and their dragons burned, an entire empire just gone in an instant.

Only two Valyrian houses survived the doom, the Targaryens and the Velaryons.
With their naval prowess, House Velaryon arrived in Westeros even before the Targaryens.


  1. Once a dragon is pissed you ain’t in control anymore lol

  2. Click bait. 👀
    Too much lore about everything other than the dragons & their size.

  3. This video olwqs awesome… And what good editing

  4. I believe there were more than 2 valryian houses that survived. Weren't the Celtigar's valyrian?

  5. How to train your dragon was actually made by dreamworks still great video!

  6. Lol, I'm so glad I decided to save this until I watched the series. I would've been livid with that instant spoiler xD

  7. they don't call her syrax in the show just for you to call her see racks.

  8. House Celtigar was also from valyria but weren't dragon riders

  9. Daemon is like Toretto…FAMILY means a lot to him too

  10. 3 Valaryian houses survived Celtigar too.

  11. 𝙄𝙏'𝙎 𝙒𝙔𝙑𝙀𝙍𝙉 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝘿𝙍𝘼𝙂𝙊𝙉!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. If the blacks get the cannibal oooo it’d be so badass the wild dragons are probably terrifr

  13. Surely he’s never actually seen the show if he’s calling Syrax Si-rax 🙄

  14. Blue flames are the coolest? I believe you didn’t see AMATERASU!

  15. If cannibal is bigger than vhagar then he should make her his mate n make super dragon babu's 🐉

  16. How about Viserion and Rhaegal, they were captivated and how they were same size as Drogon

  17. Man u cracked me up with that Strong comment

  18. Haven’t read the book in quite a while. Thanks for putting me up to speed again I forgot a bit of that

  19. "Balerion is the biggest dragon of westeros" – GRRM
    "Cannibal is bigger!!!" – Idiot youtubers

  20. Targarians don't burn and dragons can't die from fire

  21. Absolutely incredible. Thank you thank you, thank you. So informative and to the point. Bravo!!!!

  22. tell me why people mispronounce the names of the dragons when IN the show they pronounce it the way it is.

  23. I think what I love the most about the series is that they gave all the dragons a distinct personality similar to real life animals.

    Syrax reminds me of a Swan, in how she flaps her wings when provoked and roars in a honking style way in the season finale.

    Vhagar is like a mighty Whale, deep old groans and sluggish to reflect her immense age and size.

    Caraxes is an absolute Serpent, a Snake, in his sleek long limbs and neck, the stalker slithery prowl he does when moving across the battlefield in Episode 3.

    Meleys reminds me of a Leopard, green eyed, incredibly fast despite its size and roars with a catlike growl.

    Seasmoke somewhat resembles an Eagle, in how he swoops down upon his enemies in Episode 3 and snatches men up with his claws.

  24. The cannibal isn't bigger than Vhagar. It might be somewhat older, but like you said that doesn't automatically make it bigger, and even that is controversial. It's stated multiple times both in the show and other GoT media that Vhagar is the world's largest dragon at this time.

  25. "No spoilers"… video full of spoilers. :D:D:D

  26. Can a character claim more than one dragon at the same time? cuz Daenerys had three although she only rode drogo but the others obeyed her commands so does that mean she claimed the three of them?

  27. Who did vhagar kill at the start of the video

  28. Another fun fact from the books is that every dragon has a different coloured dragon flame. For example Drogon breaths black and red flames, Viserion cream and Rhaegal green. Sunfyres flame was golden and Syraxes was yellowish, and so on… The colour of the dragon flames equals the colour of dragons scales.

  29. I thank a video with (almost) no Game of Thrones spoilers, it's really hard to find one.

  30. “No spoilers…” video starts with a spoiler 😂

  31. We don't actually know if the Cannibal is bigger than Balerion just that he is one of the biggest and oldest dragons alive at the time of the dance of the dragons

  32. The very moment that one of them disobeyed they should have landed. With such an animal you have to display dominance in a very manipulative and prudent way.

  33. The Celtigars were also a Valerian house. The only dragon riding family is the Targaryens

  34. How dragons are left?, is it only drogon or there are others?

  35. 6:17 Caraxes sounds very much like a Guinea Fowl on top of the bellow!

  36. Hey Ryan at the beginning of the video you said that 2 houses survived the doom. Their were actually 3. The Targaryens, the Valaryons and the Celtigars. The last of which I haven’t heard of on the shows yet. (That doesn’t mean that they weren’t mentioned)

  37. why I even wach this, I find it interesting is beyond me

  38. You forgot the Celtigars. They weren't dragon lords but they were still Valyrian

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