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]
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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. It's unimaginable to think that all these details are imagined by one person George R R Martin, hats off to him.

  2. Dragon 🐉 is a dead god Typhon ⚘ 🌚 👍 rest in the good news ⚘ okay bye

  3. He sais no spoilers but then shows the end scene of the whole season hahahaha

  4. House of the Dragon >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rings of Power (idiots)(sh*t) 🤣

  5. I imagine one day Drogon can grow bigger than Belarion considering his size at such a young age.

  6. Where did this myth come from that Cannibal is bigger then Balerion? Do people not use their eyes? Cannibal is the biggest WILD dragon out of the 3 he is by far the biggest one. He is not bigger than Balerion the only dragon comparable is Vhagar.

  7. the cannibal is highly likely to be 20 years older than Vhagar

  8. Much respect to SC for suckering all of these people into having this debate in your comments section, you’re going to get PAID

  9. Can we all stop saying “she-dragon”? Actually, can everyone stop using the she*word* formula? It sounds dumb and it’s completely pointless.

  10. There is no known dragon from the Targaryen error that has grown larger than Balerion

  11. You have gotten The Cannibal's size wrong, at least from what is in "Fire and Blood". Balerion was the largest dragon left alive after the Doom, though Vhagar grew to nearly the same size after his death. It is important to catch that "nearly". The Cannibal is listed as very large, but smaller than Vhagar, and definitely not the equal of the black dread.
    Edit: In "Fire and Blood" GRRM says that Vhagar had grown to the size of Balerion at the time of the Conquest. Huge yes, but he also grew still larger in the nearly 100 years between HotD and the field of fire. He is noted multiple times to be the largest dragon ever seen over Westeros, with no exceptions.
    I think you may have misinterpreted the cannibal's being the largest left alive after "the dance" with him being the largest ever.

  12. There're more familias linked to the old valyria than targs and velaryon, like celtigar for example.

  13. Says “Don’t worry there won’t be any spoilers” video literally starts with a spoiler 🤦🏾‍♂️

  14. Dany never talks about her dragons “serving” her. She treated them right (well for the most part if you don’t count season 5) “a dragon is not a slave” her and her dragons views were always one in the same their connection was never “forgotten”

  15. I never really thought about how terrifying Vhagar was until I saw her shadow in the sky. She's like an eldritch monster

  16. Aemond: No no no!
    Vhagar: Eat that hoe? Okay 👌

  17. Three houses actually survived the doom
    The Celtigar's are also Valerian

  18. Syrax is pronounced sigh-racks not sea-racks
    (Edit)I can't stand this anymore you are getting all these dragon names wrong
    I normally love your videos wtf man
    May-lees NOT MAH-LEASE!!!!
    (Edit.2)You got Vhagar, Meraxes, and Balerion right….let's see who you do for the rest
    (3rd edit)TY-RAX-EES not TEH-RAX-ES

  19. This is the second person I've seen say that Cannibal is the largest dragon alive at this time. This is false. Vhagar is the largest alive. Cannibal is the largest wild dragon alive.

  20. Cannibal is not bigger than Balerion, there is no mention to it in the books

  21. Man i love Doug! You make him so funny…

  22. Dragon could be the biggest, since he was still alive and still young.

  23. i do get kind of regional manager vibes off from this guy .

  24. Cannibal is not the largest dragon, Balerion reached was older than Cannibal who was hatched in westeros, and since Balerion was his maximum size and died of old age, therefore Cannibal was smaller

  25. Pretty good. I had a feeling Vaeghar want the biggest dragon

  26. I think since fire and blood is written like a history book, with conflicting information, house of the dragons can have its liberties with the size, colors and personality of each dragon in the dance of the dragons. I think in the book it states cannibal is the biggest wild dragon but! No one can really say whether it’s bigger than vhagar. So I’m interested and excited to see what the writers and developers do with cannibal in the show. Should be epic

  27. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure when you say houses Targaryan and Valaeryon or however you spell them are the only houses that come from Old Valaerya, as the Celtigar's did too. Again, could be wrong

  28. Not seen this show yet – but christ, I'm having trouble following the names of both the dragons and humans

  29. I think Cannibal will play a role in The Winds of Winter.
    its a theory that Euron will use the horn to ride Cannibal against Dany.

  30. tHere aRenT aNy sPoiLers
    Shows lucerys dying in the first 2 seconds

  31. Vhagar is bigger than Cannibal. Vhagar is the biggest living dragon

  32. Dude says "No spoilers" and then literally spoils everything dealing with dragons and their riders INCLUDING video of it happening, lol

  33. If only GOT was 13 seasons and fleshed out more and HOTD was written and green lit I would have been great

  34. Some one ask George RR Martin if sunfyre’s flames are golden and Tessarion will have blue fire

  35. If this show and it’s future seasons are a success let’s ask George RR martini and friends to do a prequel where the main characters are young like before the dance of dragons

  36. How cannibal dragon coud grow crazy big if there was all most no dragon? No dragons in Valyria, some in Westeros, but he didnt eat any of them

  37. What video are the cartoonish cuts from? I'm interested in some of those great pictures.

  38. Balerion, Vhagar, Meraxes and Cannibal. In the books Cannibal never exceeded vhagars size. So sick of people trying to twist the story and provide false story lines for views.

  39. Why does the wiki says Vhagar is the largest?

  40. kinda impressive how you mispronounced every Targaryen name and their dragons

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