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{{Quote|Come! Come kill me, if you can.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}}} - Victarion upon boarding the [[House Serry|Serry]] vessel
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Victarion Greyjoy
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Victarion Greyjoy by Amoka©
Victarion Greyjoy by Amoka©

Alias The Iron Captain
Title Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet
Master of the Iron Victory
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture Ironborn
Born At Pyke
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (POV)

Victarion Greyjoy is a member of House Greyjoy and is a younger brother of Lord Balon Greyjoy. The Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet, Victarion's flagship is Iron Victory. He is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but has a calm demeanor outside of it, thinking of enemies who show bravery with great respect. He is a religious man and wears full plate armor while sailing because he has no fear of drowning.


See also this collection of images.

Victarion is a large and powerful man, wearing plate armor in combat and wielding a cruel axe. He wears a helm in the shape of a kraken.[1]

Victarion Greyjoy coming ashore leading his ironborn men - by Matt Olson ©


Victarion recognized the greatness of his older brother, Balon, and followed him loyally. He commanded the Iron Fleet during the Greyjoy Rebellion. During the rebellion, using a plan Euron had concocted, they sailed into Lannisport and burned the Lannister fleet at anchor.[2] Victarion tossed the first torch onto the flagship of Lord Tywin Lannister.[3] Later in the rebellion, the Iron Fleet was smashed by Stannis Baratheon in a trap at Fair Isle, during which Victarion's younger brother Aeron's vessel, the Golden Storm, was chopped in half by the warship Fury.

After the rebellion's end, Victarion continued to serve as Lord Captain faithfully. His brother, Euron, seduced and impregnated Victarion's third wife, which drove Victarion to beat her to death to retain his honor. Only the taboo against kinslaying kept Victarion from killing Euron. He has not married since, nor has he forgiven Euron, who was forced into exile by Balon.[4][3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Victarion is sent with the main strength of the Iron Fleet to take Moat Cailin by his king and brother, Balon Greyjoy.[2] Moat Cailin falls to the ironborn's surprise assault.

A Storm of Swords

Upon hearing of Balon's death and the return of his hated brother, Euron, Victarion leaves a token force to defend Moat Cailin under the command of Ralf Kenning and returns to the Iron Islands with his fleet to decide on the succession of the next Iron King.[3]

A Feast for Crows

Victarion makes a claim to the Seastone Chair as Balon's brother and second-in-command. Victarion makes a strong claim at the kingsmoot, but the crowd ultimately favors Euron.[5] Despite his hatred for Euron, Victarion's obedient and dutiful nature keeps him following Euron's orders. He leads the assault on the Shield Islands, slaughtering unarmored sailors and winning a duel with Talbert Serry, the son of Lord Osbert Serry, but wounds his hand during the fight. After his victory, he watches helplessly as Euron steals many of his trusted comrades away from him by giving them titles on the Shield Islands. He also deplores the cruelty Euron displays toward the slain lords' women.

Apparently oblivious to Victarion's hatred, Euron summons Victarion to a private meeting and asks him to find Daenerys Targaryen and deliver Euron's marriage proposal. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

Victarion Greyjoy by Wouter Bruneel.

Victarion's Iron Fleet of over ninety ships splits into three squadrons and sets sail for Meereen. With him aboard Iron Victory is "the dusky woman", a gift of Euron's. She is comely but mute. On the journey, Victarion loses nearly half his ships, though he also gains some ships back by capturing and seizing several trading vessels and their cargo. Victarion's wounded hand continues to trouble him, and he suspects that Kerwin, the maester that Euron sent to accompany him, is poisoning him.

During the voyage, a Red Priest of R'hllor named Moqorro is discovered clinging to wreckage out at sea. The crew wants him killed, but Moqorro convinces Victarion to allow him to treat his wounded hand. Behind closed doors, Moqorro apparently uses magic on the lord captain; when Victarion emerges from his cabin, his hand is charred and blackened.[6]

Moqorro, like Melisandre, can see the future in the flames, and uses the magic to aid Victarion in his quest. For instance, Victarion orders his crew to kill Kerwin, as Moqorro had a vision that the maester's death would bring the ship good winds.[6] The Iron Victory's crew live in great fear of Moqorro and call him the Black Flame. Victarion makes offerings to both the Drowned God and R'hllor. Moqorro also alerts Victarion that he has seen Daenerys married in the flames, but Victarion is unconcerned by this, stating "she would not be the first woman I made a widow."[7] Moqorro tells Victarion that in order to bind Daenerys's dragons to the Iron Captain's will, Victarion must claim the dragon horn Dragonbinder with blood.[7]

Quotes by Victarion

The sight of their sails filled Victarion Greyjoy with content. No man had ever loved his wives half as well as the Lord Captain loved his ships.[3]

- Victarion contemplating the Iron Fleet

Come! Come kill me, if you can.[1]

- Victarion upon boarding the Serry vessel

It was one thing to kill a foe, another to dishonor him.[1]

- Victarion disapproving of Euron Greyjoy's shaming of the Hewett women

Poison was for cravens, women, and Dornishmen.[8]

- Victarion contemplating the festering wound on his hand

Where is this Dothraki sea? I will sail the Iron Fleet across it and find the queen wherever she may be.[7]

- Victarion to a fishing ketch's master

The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.[7]

- Victarion, on finding out Daenerys Targaryen is encircled by her enemies in Meereen

Quotes about Victarion

Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet, and a fearsome warrior. I have heard them sing of him in the alehouses.[2]

- "Esgred" to Theon Greyjoy

Victarion is like some great grey bullock, strong and tireless and dutiful, but not like to win any races. No doubt he'll serve me as loyally as he has served my lord father. He has neither the wits nor the ambition to plot betrayal.[2]

- Theon Greyjoy to "Esgred"

The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.[4]

- Aeron Greyjoy contemplating Balon Greyjoy's successor


Lady Stonetree
Lady Piper
Lady Sunderly
Alannys Harlaw
3 wives

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor, page 749.