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The Last Dragon, by tragedy-peanut-gallery ©

Owner House Targaryen
Species Dragon
Died In 153 AC[1]King's Landing[2]

The last dragon belonging to House Targaryen died young in 153 AC, during the later part of the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen, who was thereafter called the Dragonbane.[1][3][4][5] Her death marked the extinction of dragons in Westeros and beyond, until Daenerys Targaryen managed to hatch three dragons around a century and a half later.[6]


The last dragon was a green female, who lived in King's Landing. She was small and stunted, with withered wings.[5] Her name is not known.


The last dragon and her clutch of eggs, by Jota Saraiva

The last dragon was born to House Targaryen during the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen.[1] Although she was sickly, she laid a clutch of five eggs,[7] which never hatched.[5]

In 152 AC, Ser Arlan of Pennytree, then a young boy, was taken to King's Landing by his grandfather, where he saw the last dragon,[5] as well as her eggs, which he later described as "hard as stone, but beautiful."[7]

The last dragon died in 153 AC in King's Landing.[1][8] Some rumors claimed that Aegon III poisoned her, as he had been afraid of dragons since the day he had seen Sunfyre, the dragon of his uncle, King Aegon II Targaryen, devour his mother, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen.[5]

In the final years of the Targaryen dynasty, nineteen dragon skulls hung on the walls of the throne room. Two of these skulls were from the last hatchlings born on Dragonstone, and were no bigger than a mastiff's skull, and oddly misshapen.[9] Due to the description of the skulls, one of them may be the skull of the last Targaryen dragon.

It is thought by some that magic began to leave the world the day the last dragon died.[10] Ser Arlan believed that summers became shorter after the last dragon died, and winters longer and crueler.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

In the Dothraki sea, Daenerys Targaryen recalls how her brother Viserys had told her that the last Targaryen dragons had died a century and a half earlier, during the reign of King Aegon III, the Dragonbane.[3]

A Clash of Kings

In 299 AC, in King's Landing, Tyrion Lannister meets with Wisdom Hallyne the pyromancer, who tells him that the alchemists' production of wildfire is ahead of schedule. Hallyne says that their spells are more effective than usual, and wonders if there are any dragons around, as Wisdom Pollitor had once told him that magic had begun to go out of the world the day the last dragon died.[10]

A Feast for Crows

In 300 AC, in Oldtown, the Citadel novices and acolytes Mollander, Alleras, Roone, Armen, and Leo Tyrell debate the rumors that Daenerys Targaryen has hatched three dragons. Armen says the last dragon died in the reign of Aegon III, and insists that the last Targaryen dragon was the last dragon in the world.[4]

In Braavos, the feverish and rambling Maester Aemon tells Samwell Tarly that he remembers dragons. Sam wonders how that could be possible, since the last dragon died before Aemon was born, and Aemon explains that he saw them in his dreams.[11]

At the Citadel, Archmaester Marwyn tells Samwell Tarly that the maesters killed the dragons.[12]

A Dance with Dragons

Tyrion Lannister recalls that as a child, his uncles once asked him what he wanted for a nameday present. When he asked for a dragon, his uncle Tygett replied that the last dragon had died a century before, which so upset young Tyrion that he cried himself to sleep that night.[13]


The summers have been shorter since the last dragon died, and the winters longer and crueler.[5]

Some say King Aegon poisoned her. The third Aegon that would be, not King Daeron's father, but the one they named Dragonbane, or Aegon the Unlucky. He was afraid of dragons, for he'd seen his uncle's beast devour his own mother.[5]

The last dragon died over a century ago, lad.[13]

Tygett Lannister, to a young Tyrion Lannister

Armen: You were born too late for dragons, lad. The last one perished during the reign of King Aegon the Third.

Mollander: The last dragon in Westeros.

Armen: The last dragon in Westeros was the last dragon. That is well known.[4]