Syrax was a she-dragon with yellow scales. Her rider was Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who named her after a Valyrian Goddess. Season 1 opened with Rhaenyra and Syrax flying over the kingdom, and their close bond is apparent. Syrax also set alight the funeral pyre of Queen Aemma at Rhaenyra’s command. Syrax was young and inexperienced and did not hunt much during the time of the Targaryen Civil War.
Caraxes has red scales and is huge and lean. He is much more snake-like in appearance in comparison to the other dragons. His rider was Prince Daemon Targaryen. His nickname is The Blood Wyrm, as he was the fiercest of the dragons in the Dragon Pit growing up. Furthermore, he was already experienced in battle. This is because his previous rider Aemon Targaryen rode him into battle on many occasions. His ferocity in battle is apparent in the War for the Stepstones.
Seasmoke was pale and silver-grey in colour. He was young, of fighting size and incredibly agile. His rider was Laenor Velaryon. The duo made their debut in House of the Dragon in the show’s third episode. Laenor and Seasmoke helped Lord Corlys and Prince Daemon defeat the Crabfeeder in the Stepstones.
Sunfyre had gleaming gold scales which shone in the sunlight and pale pink wing membranes. His flames were golden as well. His nickname was Sunfyre the Golden. He was apparently the most beautiful dragon ever seen in the known world. Furthermore, he was huge and heavy and was a formidable fighter despite his youth. His rider was Aegon II Targaryen. Aegon made the three-headed Targaryen dragon in his arms golden to honour Sunfyre.
Dreamfyre was a slender she-dragon, who was blue with silver markings. She had silver crests and pale blue wings. Initially, she bonded with nine-year-old princess Rhaena Targaryen. During the Dance of the dragons, she was the steed of Queen Helaena Targaryen.
Meleys had scarlet scales and pink membranes, and her crest, horns and claws were bright as copper. Her nickname is The Red Queen and her rider is Rhaenys Targaryen. She was once one of the swiftest dragons in Westeros, even faster than Caraxes and Vhagar. She eventually grew lazy with age but was still fearsome when roused. Though she was old, she was cunning and no stranger to battle.
Vhagar was a she-dragon originally ridden by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest. Her name is a reference to one of the gods of old Valyria. Vhagar was bronze with greenish-blue highlights and bright green eyes. According to Tyrion Lannister, Vhagar was large enough that one could ride a horse down her gullet. Vhagar’s breath was so hot that it could melt a knight’s armour and cook him inside. By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, Vhagar was the hardened survivor of a hundred battles. She had grown almost as large as Balerion and was the oldest and largest dragon in Westeros.
Vermithor was bronze with tan wings. He was the third-largest dragon, after Balerion and Vhagar. Though he was a fearsome beast, he was tolerant of the presence of people and more accepting of new riders. He was once the steed of King Jaeherys I. During the Dance of Dragons, he bonded with an unlikely rider, Hugh Hammer, a blacksmith’s bastard.
Tessarion was a beautiful blue she-dragon. Her wings were dark cobalt, while her claws, crest, and belly scales were the colour of bright beaten copper. Her flames were cobalt blue as well. She was nicknamed The Blue Queen and bonded with Prince Daeron Targaryen. Tessarion was of fighting size during the Dance of the Dragons. She was the youngest dragon of fighting weight belonging to Aegon II Targaryen’s supporters and was very nimble in the air.
Moondancer was a slender and beautiful female dragon. She was the small but swift steed of Lady Baela Targaryen (portrayed by actors Shani Smethurst and Bethany Antonia ). Moondancer was pale green. Her horns, crest and wing bones were pearl. She was swift, both in the sky and on the ground. In 129 AC Moondancer was not yet considered large enough to carry the thirteen-year-old Baela Targaryen upon her back. A year later, however, Baela was able to mount the dragon. At the time, she was no larger than a warhorse and weighed less.
Prince Aegon the Younger had a dragon egg placed in his cradle at his birth, which hatched into the dragon Stormcloud. This young male dragon won’t factor into House of the Dragon until later in the series. At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, nine-year-old Aegon had yet to mount his young dragon.
This young male dragon will serve as the steed of Prince Jacaerys Velaryon (portrayed on the HBO series by Harry Collett as an adult and Leo Hart as a youth). During the Dance of dragons, Vermax was thriving and growing larger every year. He became ill-tempered when in the proximity of snow, ice and cold.
This young male dragon is the steed of Prince Lucerys Velaryon (played by Elliot Grihault and Harvey Sadler). Arrax’s colouration was pearlescent white with a yellow flame, golden eyes and a golden chest. He was five times smaller than Vhagar. At the outbreak of the Dance, he was mature enough to ride but still young and growing.
The steed of dragon rider Prince Joffrey Velaryon, Tyraxes was not as big as Vermax and Arrax. The role of Joffrey has not yet been cast in House of the Dragon. Tyraxes was thriving and growing larger every year, he was slightly smaller than Vermax and Arrax. By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, he had recently been able to fly long distances with his rider but was not quite big enough for combat yet.
Sheepstealer was a wild male dragon during the Dance of the Dragons with a taste for mutton. It lived at the back of Dragonmont and would hunt between Driftmark and Wendwater. The smallfolk of Dragonstone named it after its habit of hunting sheep from the area. At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, he was one of three wild dragons living on Dragonstone. Sheepstealer’s colouring was an ugly “mud brown”. He was not aggressive towards humans unless provoked, but could be vicious and ill-tempered. While he devoured the occasional sheepdog, he never harmed a shepherd. As the lore describes it, a baseborn girl named Nettles tamed him by feeding him mutton.
The Cannibal was a wild dragon that lived on Dragonstone during the Dance of the Dragons. The smallfolk of Dragonstone called him the Cannibal because he would practice cannibalism. He feasted on dead dragons, newborn dragons, and dragon eggs. Legend has it that it’s lurked on Dragonstone since before the arrival of the Targaryens.
The Grey Ghost
This is another wild dragon who was never tamed or ridden and has yet to appear in House of the Dragon. It feasted on fish rather than people. Grey Ghost was pale grey-white, the colour of morning mist. He was a notably shy dragon who avoided men and their works for years at a time, which explains his name. Grey Ghost was often glimpsed flying low over the narrow sea, snatching prey from the waters. He made his lair in a smoking vent high on the eastern side of the Dragonmont.