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Daenerys Targaryen on the march - by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games

Armies are land-based military forces raised by different powers in the Known World. Some powers also have their own fleets.


Known World


According to the semi-canon A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book by Guardians of Order from 2005, the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros might be able to raise the following forces:

During the War of Conquest, the combined army of 55,000 from the Reach and the Westerlands was defeated by Aegon the Conqueror's army only a fifth its size, as the Targaryens had three dragons.[11] The Night's Watch numbered 10,000 swords at that time.[12] The North marched south with an army of 30,000,[13] but Torrhen Stark instead chose to kneel to Aegon.[14]


Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The Night's Watch has dwindled in strength to less than 1,000 men, with 600 at Castle Black, 200 in the Shadow Tower, and fewer at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.[18]

Robb Stark gathers near 12,000 northmen to Winterfell, including 2,000 foot and 300 horse from Karhold. Robb's force includes 300 or 400 knights among the other 3,000 northern cavalry. Others wait to join them when Robb marches south along the kingsroad.[19] With the addition of near 1,500 Manderlys, the northern force numbers 18,000 men at Moat Cailin.[20] When they arrive at the Twins, Catelyn Tully warns Lord Walder Frey that Robb has 20,000 troops against Walder's 4,000, but the Starks and Freys agree to an alliance,[21] with the Freys contributing 1,000 knights and near 3,000 foot.[22] While Lord Roose Bolton leads the northern foot and a tenth of the cavalry south along the eastern shore of the Green Fork, Robb takes the majority of the northern cavalry west to Riverrun.[21] Robb's host is augmented by House Mallister and other forces as they travel near the Blue Fork. Their 6,000 defeat Ser Jaime Lannister and three-quarters of his 2,000 or 3,000 horse in the Battle of the Whispering Wood, and Jaime's 12,000 foot are then defeated in the Battle of the Camps.[23][24]

Tyrion Lannister brings near 300 mountain clansmen for House Lannister to join Lord Tywin Lannister's army of 20,000 from the Westerlands, which defeats Roose Bolton's northern foot in the Battle of the Green Fork.[25]

Khal Drogo's khalasar, which is said to be 100,000 strong,[26] includes 40,000 mounted warriors.[27] It splinters into smaller groups after his death, however.[28]

A Clash of Kings

Tywin brings his 20,000 men to Harrenhal. Ser Stafford Lannister begins raising another Lannister host, but it is routed by Robb's cavalry in the Battle of Oxcross.

Stannis Baratheon's host includes 3,000 men along the shore of Dragonstone.[29] Ser Jacelyn Bywater augments the City Watch of King's Landing to 6,000.[30]

Supported by Highgarden and Storm's End, the host of Renly Baratheon is said to number 100,000.[31] At Bitterbridge, Renly tells Catelyn Tully that Robb's 20,00 northmen may now be supported by 20,000 rivermen; Catelyn thinks to herself that Robb does not have 40,000 soldiers. Renly claims to have 80,000 with him at Bitterbridge, with Lord Mace Tyrell with another 10,000 at Highgarden.[32]

During the siege of Storm's End, Renly claims his cavalry will soon be reinforced with 100,000 swords and spears, while Stannis only has 5,000 with less than 400 horse.[33] After Renly's assassination, Catelyn thinks that Renly's 10,000 horse will go over to Stannis.[34] Stannis later tells Ser Cortnay Penrose that he now has 20,000 men. Renly's foot, near 60,000, remains at Bitterbridge, however, and some—especially those of House Florent—are put to death by Lord Randyll Tarly.[35][36]

Petyr Baelish tells Joffrey Baratheon's small council that a marriage with Renly's widow, Margaery Tyrell, would bring her father Mace's 50,000 swords.[37]

Ser Edmure Tully gathers 8,000 foot and 3,000 horse for the Battle of the Fords, while his opponent, Tywin, will have near twice the rivermen's numbers. Edmure orders Roose Bolton and his remaining 10,000 men to take Harrenhal.[38]

Ser Guyard Morrigen leads Stannis's vanguard of near 5,000 prior to the Battle of the Blackwater.[39] Stannis's host numbers near 20,000 knights, light horse, and freeriders.[40]

Ser Rodrik Cassel raises an army of near 2,000 northmen to retake Winterfell from Theon Greyjoy. However, they are betrayed by 600 Boltons in the battle at Winterfell.[41]

A Storm of Swords

Through the fall of Astapor, battle of Yunkai, and siege of Meereen, Queen Daenerys Targaryen acquires 8,000 Unsullied, 1,000 sellswords, and a vast horde of freedmen.[42]

Tyrion tells Prince Oberyn Martell that there are near 5,000 gold cloaks in King's Landing, that Tywin Lannister has 20,000 Lannister swords, and that there are up to 70,000 Tyrells in the city's vicinity.[43]

Robb leads 3,500 veterans north from Riverrun to the Twins,[44] where Roose Bolton joins them with another 3,000 foot and 500 horse, mostly Boltons and some Karstarks. Roose left 600 men under Ser Kyle Condon and Ronnel Stout to defend the Trident.[45] Robb's men are betrayed by the Boltons and Freys in the Red Wedding, however. Ryman Frey then leads 2,000 Freys against Riverrun.[46]

Mance Rayder's horde of possibly 100,000 free folk are defeated by Stannis and the Night's Watch in the Battle of Castle Black.[47] Afterward, Samwell Tarly observes more than 1,000 southron soldiers at Castle Black.[48]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Yohn Royce and his allies in the Lords Declarant are able to raise 20,000 against Lord Baelish.[49] They later bring 6,000 men to the Gates of the Moon, which is held by Lord Nestor Royce's garrison of less than 300.[50]

While most of the Lannister soldiers return to the Westerlands with the body of Tywin, 2,000 veterans remain in the Crownlands for the siege of Dragonstone.[51] Jaime leads less than 1,000 men to aid Ryman's rivermen and Ser Daven Lannister's westermen in the siege of Riverrun.[52]

Tommen Baratheon's small council hears reports that the ironborn have attacked the Shield Islands with 1,000 ships. In response, Ser Loras Tyrell says Highgarden can raise 10,000 men in a fortnight and 20,000 in a month.[53]

A Dance with Dragons

The khalasar of Khal Pono is reported to be 30,000 near Selhorys.[54]

Lord Commander Jon Snow informs Stannis he might be able to gain 2,000 or 3,000 men from the northern mountain clans.[55] Following the retaking of Deepwood Motte, Stannis army numbers 5,000.[56] It dwindles as it becomes snowbound at a crofter's village in the wolfswood, however.[57][58]

Tormund Giantsbane leads 4,000 free folk in helping the Night's Watch fortify the Wall.[59]

During the siege of Moat Cailin, Theon Greyjoy recalls that Robb had marched south with near 20,000 men. He notices that Roose is returning north with only two in ten from Robb's host, and most of them are Boltons on foot. They are accompanied by a vanguard of 400 mounted Freys, while the rearguard is another 1,100 Freys.[60]

Prince Quentyn Martell tells Daenerys that Dorne can provide 50,000 spears and swords to her cause,[4] but Prince Doran Martell of Sunspear tells Princess Arianne Martell that the number was exaggerated by King Daeron I Targaryen.[2]

The Golden Company is cut off from the delta road near Volantis by Triarch Malaquo with 5,000 foot and 1,000 horse.[61] Jon Connington and Aegon Targaryen lead the Golden Company in invading the Stormlands, with half of their 10,000 sellswords scattered along the southern narrow sea.[62][63]

The Winds of Winter

Stannis sends Ser Justin Massey to recruit 20,000 sellswords in Braavos. Theon tells Stannis that Roose has 6,000 men or more at Winterfell.[64]

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys.
  5. With 140 years having passed between King Daeron I writing his book with exaggerated numbers, and with Quentyn Martell making his claim, it is possible, though not confirmed, that Dorne currently holds a bigger army than during the Conquest of Dorne
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor (Victarion 0).
  7. So Spake Martin: Re: Greyjoy Fleet
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon.
  9. So Spake Martin: The Lannister Fleet
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon.
  13. So Spake Martin: Chicon 7 Reading
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys.
  18. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran.
  20. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn.
  24. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion.
  25. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion.
  26. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys.
  27. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 36, Daenerys.
  28. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys.
  29. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  30. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion.
  31. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion.
  32. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn.
  33. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn.
  34. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn.
  35. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos.
  36. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion.
  37. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion.
  38. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn.
  39. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa.
  40. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos.
  41. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon.
  42. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys.
  43. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion.
  44. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn.
  45. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn.
  46. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion.
  47. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon.
  48. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 75, Samwell.
  49. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa.
  50. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne.
  51. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime.
  52. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime.
  53. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei.
  54. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion.
  55. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon.
  56. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon.
  57. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize (Asha II).
  58. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice (Asha III).
  59. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon.
  60. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek.
  61. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord (Griff I).
  62. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn (Griff II).
  63. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  64. Theon I (The Winds of Winter)
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