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Rhaenys Targaryen riding Meraxes into battle

Allegiance Rhaenys Targaryen
Race Dragon
Born At Dragonstone
Died In Dorne
Book(s) The Princess and the Queen (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Meraxes was one of the great dragons used by Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters during the War of Conquest. The she-dragon was named for one of the old gods of Valyria. She was ridden by Rhaenys Targaryen.[1]



See also: Images of Meraxes

Meraxes's was larger than Vhagar but smaller than Balerion.[2] Meraxes could swallow horses whole.[1] The colour of Meraxes's scales, horns, wing bones and spinal crest is unknown, as is the colour of her flame.


Meraxes was named for a god of the Valyrian Feehold. She was born from a dragon's egg on Dragonstone.

During the battle that became known as the Field of Fire, Meraxes, Balerion and Vhaghar took to the sky at the same time. Between the three they killed four thousand men, burning them alive. King Mern was killed, House Gardener dying with him. The army was broken and Aegon I was victorious.[2]

Meraxes and Rhaenys Targaryen both met their end in Dorne after an iron bolt from a scorpion went through her eye.[3] Along with eighteen other Targaryen dragon skulls Meraxes's skull used to hang on a wall in the Red Keep's throne room. After the War of the Usurper King Robert had Meraxes's skull removed and stored in a dank cellar along with the others.

Known dragonriders of Meraxes

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