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Allegiance Visenya Targaryen
Laena Velaryon
Aemond Targaryen
Race Dragon
Born In 51BC, at Dragonstone 
Died In 130AC, at the Gods Eye
Book(s) The Princess and the Queen (Appears)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
For other uses, see Vhagar (disambiguation).

Vhagar was one of the dragons used by Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya, during the War of Conquest. She was named for one of the gods of Old Valyria.[1] Vhagar was ridden by Visenya during the Conquest.[2]



See also: Images of Vhagar

One could ride a horse down Vhagar's gullet.[3] Vhagar's breath was so hot that it could melt the armour of a knight and cook him inside.[2] The colour of Vhagar's scales, horns, wing bones and spinal crest is unknown, as is the colour of her flame.

By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, Vhagar was the hardened survivor of a hundred battles, had grown almost as large as Balerion and was the oldest and largest of the dragons in Westeros. Her roar was so powerful that it could shake the very foundations of Storm's End. No living dragon could match her for size or ferocity.[4]


Vhagar was named after a god of the Valyrian Freehold. She was born on Dragonstone from a dragon's egg.

During the Conquest, Queen Visenya Targaryen flew to the Vale on Vhagar's back to take the Eyrie. Upon her arrival, Dowager Queen Sharra came outside to find her son, King Ronnel Arryn, the last King of Mountain and Vale, begging his mother for a ride on the dragon's back. After his mother had bent her knee and surrendered, Ronnel got his ride on Vhagar with Visenya. [5]

The Field of Fire was the only battle in which all three of the original Targaryen dragons took to the sky at the same time. Together, Vhagar, Meraxes and Balerion killed four thousand men, burning them alive. King Mern died, and with him House Gardener. The army was broken and Aegon I was victorious.[3]

During the reign of Viserys I, her rider was Lady Laena Velaryon who rode her as young as twelve. When Laena and her husband Prince Daemon wed, they flew across the Narrow Sea to Pentos, Volantis, Qohor, and Norvos in each city crowds came to see Vhagar and Prince Daemon's Caraxes. After returning to Driftmark, Vhagar, Caraxes, and Syrax often flew together with their riders, Laena, Daemon, and Princess Rhaenyra.[6]

After the death of Lady Laena, and during the Dance of the Dragons Vhagar was ridden by Prince Aemond Targaryen.[7] Vhagar and Sunfyre killed Meleys during the Battle of Rook's Rest. After the Battle by the Lakeshore, Aemond and Vhagar ravaged the Riverlands. Prince Daemon Targaryen challenged Aemond, waiting for thirteen days at Harrenhal with Caraxes until Aemond stopped burning the Riverlands to come face him. The Dance over Harrenhal ended in the deaths of both riders and both dragons over the Gods Eye. She was one hundred and eighty-one years when she died.[4]

Along with eighteen other Targaryen dragon skulls Vhagar's skull used to hang on a wall in the Red Keep's throne room. After Robert's Rebellion, King Robert Baratheon had Vhagar's skull removed and stored in a dank cellar along with the others.

Known dragonriders of Vhagar

Quotes about Vhagar

The peril posed by Queen Visenya's mount could not be gainsaid.[4]

That hoary old bitch.[4]
Jacaerys Velaryon

Prince Aemond's mighty dragon Vhagar sensed his coming first. Guardsman walking the battlements of the castle's mighty curtain walls clutched their spears in sudden terror when she woke, with a roar that shook the very foundations of Durran's Defiance.[4]

On the fourteenth day of the prince's vigil, a shadow swept over the castle, blacker than any passing cloud. All the birds of the godswood took to the air in fright, and a hot wind whipped the fallen leaves across the yard. Vhagar had come at last, and on her back rode the one-eyed prince Aemond Targaryen, clad in night-black armor chased with gold.[4]

References and Notes

  1. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 The Princess and the Queen.
  5. Reading from The World of Ice and Fire. Notes from George R.R. Martin's reading and Q&A at the Bubonicon 44 in Albuquerque by Trebla.
  6. The Rogue Prince.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion.
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