House of the Dragon: All Dragons and Dragon Riders

House of the Dragon: All Dragons and Dragon Riders

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House of the Dragon has so far spent more time on politics than dragon riding in the first season, but episode 7 featured House Targaryen’s real-life dragons for a short time. With Laena dead, her dragon Vhagar had no rider, and while everyone else mourned at her funeral, it became the perfect time for a new rider to claim the oldest surviving dragon in Westeros.

Now that Vhagar has a new rider, it’s worth taking a moment to consider each of the dragons that House of the Dragon so far, whose side they are on and who their rider is.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for episode 7 of House of the Dragon.]



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Riders: Laena (deceased), Aemond Targaryen

Vhagar, the oldest and greatest of the Targaryen dragons in Westeros, and the only living remnant of Aegon’s conquest, was once ridden by Visenya Targaryen when she, her brother, and her sister united the seven kingdoms. Vhagar then moved on to Baelon Targaryen, before being claimed by her most recent (before Episode 7) rider, Laena Velaryon. After Laena’s death, the dragon remained riderless for only a short time before being claimed by Aemond Targaryen, whose dragon egg baby gift failed to materialize. Despite Vhagar’s age, she remains one of the most fearsome and dangerous dragons in Westeros and is now ridden by one of the Greens’ most ardent supporters.


Rider: Aegon Targaryen

Sunfyre, a bright gold dragon with pink membrane wings, is Aegon Targaryen’s dragon and a swift flier, though far from the greatest of the remaining dragons of the Targaryens.


Rider: Helaena Targaryen

Dreamfyre is a light blue dragon, older but slimmer than most. She is claimed by Helaena Targaryen at one point, although it’s not really clear if this has happened since episode 7.


Syrax, a giant yellow dragon, flies through the sky from King's Landing to the Red Keep in House of the Dragon

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Rider: Rhaenyra Targaryen

Rhaenyra is probably the first rider of Syrax, a dragon she named after a Valyrian goddess when the princess claimed the dragon when she was 9 years old. Syrax was almost as big and menacing as Caraxes, although Rhaenyra didn’t drive her into an actual battle.


Daemon holds Caraxes' head while Caraxes raises a little

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Rider: Daemon Targaryen

Caraxes is one of the largest and most dangerous of all surviving Targaryen dragons, thanks in part to the fact that it has seen war in recent times. Caraxes has red scales and was ridden by Daemon Targaryen during the Prince’s many battles around the world, most notably in the Stepstones.


Rider: Rhaenys Targaryen

Meleys is known as the Red Queen due to her red scales and pink wing membrane. Meleys is now an ancient dragon, but in her younger days she was arguably the fastest and most agile of all the Westerosi dragons. However, despite her age, she remains terrifying in battle.


Vermax, a young green-green and red dragon, is held in chains by two men in House of the Dragon

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Rider: Jacaerys Velaryon

Vermax hatched from the egg given to Jacaerys when he was a baby in a stunt designed in part to show his status as a real-life Targaryen. This keeps the dragon quite small by time House of the Dragon records with Jace.


Rider: Lucerys Velaryon

Like his brother’s dragon, Luke’s was hatched from an egg given to him at birth. This means that the dragon is quite small at the moment, but will grow larger over time.

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