All the dragons in House of the Dragon, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel

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From Sunfyre to Meleys the Red Queen, from Sheepstealer to Caraxes the Blood Wyrm, here are all the dragons we’ll meet in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel.

Game of Thrones will forever live in the annals of television history, for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest may be its movie-quality battle sequences and expertly realized CGI, most notably Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons: Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal. And HBO will be giving fans lots more dragon action with their new prequel series, House of the Dragon, based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood.

House of the Dragon tells the story of the Dance of the Dragons, a brutal civil war that tore Westeros apart over 100 years before the main show began. The war marks the beginning of the end for the Targaryen dynasty, and nearly brings to extinction the dragons that once ruled the skies above Westeros. But at the beginning of the conflict, the dragons are everywhere, and we’re going to meet a lot of them. We already know several of the actors who will be portraying some of the big players in this conflict, but since this is a war fought between members of the Targaryen family, the real stars may be the dragons. If they were your favorite part of Game of Thrones, you’re in for a real treat with House of the Dragon.

We already know several of the actors who will be portraying some of the big players in this conflict, but the real stars may be the dragons. If they were your favorite part of Game of Thrones, you’re in for a real treat with House of the Dragon, which will feature these magical monsters in all their glory. Lots of character have their own dragon to ride, and any fan of Martin’s books knows that these dragons are characters themselves. Each dragon has their own unique story and personality that it brings to the battlefield. We have everything from tiny hatchlings to the oldest and fiercest of beasts to fly the skies.

As we wait for the show to arrive, let’s take a look at each dragon that plays a part in the Dance, what we can expect to see of them in the show, and which fire-breathing monstrosities we’re going to fall in love with when House of the Dragon premieres next year, starting with the dragon babies.


“The Moon of the Three Kings” or “The Moon of Madness” is a period towards the end of the Dance where the smallfolk of King’s Landing rose up to destroy the forces of their Targaryen rulers, then represented by the indomitable Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), who sat the Iron Throne for a short time during the conflict. Led by a one-handed prophet named “The Shepherd,” commoners stormed the Dragonpit, where the Targaryens kept their beasts, and slayed all within. The conflict took the lives of Rhaenyra’s entire Queensguard, her youngest son, and several dragon hatchlings, including Morghul.

Morghul was one of the first dragons to be struck down. They were a young dragon bound to Princess Jaehaera Targaryen, daughter of Helaena and Aegon Targaryen, who was fighting his half-sister Rhaenyra for the throne. Jaehaera was not present at King’s Landing for her dragon’s death, as she had fled the city earlier. Morghul was never ridden and lived the entirety of their brief life in chains. They were struck down by “The Burning Knight,” a peasant who rushed head-on into dragonfire to plunge a spear repeatedly into Morghul as the dragon burned him alive.


Shrykos was a young dragon bound to prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, twin to Jaehaera. Jaehaerys was cruelly murdered as a child in one of the more gruesome events of the Dance, so his dragon was never ridden. It is said that Shrykos killed a large number of people in the attack on the Dragonpit, but was ultimately struck down by a man who grew to be known as Hobb the Hewer. The Hewer leapt onto the dragons head and drove his axe into Shrykos’ skull seven times, each time shouting the name of one of the seven gods. The Stranger’s blow cleaved through to the dragon’s brain and ended their short life.


Tyraxes is special amongst the babies because they are the only dragon to be ridden before their death. After losing her two eldest sons in battle, Queen Rhaenyra forbade her youngest son Joffrey from riding Tyraxes, to whom he was bound, into war. As a result, Tyraxes was only ever used for transportation purposes and had only recently become capable of making long distance trips before their untimely death. At the storming of the pit, Tyraxes was able to barricade himself in a separate chamber and roast the oncoming horde as it poured in. Unfortunately, the mob found their way to another entrance and Tyraxes was strangled to death by the chains that bound him. His rider also perished that same night, but we will get to that in a bit.