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Three dragons destroy a castle with dragonflame. by Tomasz Jedruszek. © FFG
Balerion's breath heats the Iron Throne during its forging. © Lindsey Burcar

Dragonflame or dragonfire is the fire produced by a dragon. The dragon expels its fire from its gullet and out of its mouth. The older and larger the dragon the more devastating its fire. The High Valyrian word for dragonfire is dracarys.[1]


The Valyrian Freehold used dragonflame to make Valyrian steel.[2][3] It was also employed in construction to melt and fuse stone, as in the cases of the dragonroads and the Black Wall of Volantis.[4]

During the War of Conquest, Aegon I Targaryen used his dragonflame against Harrenhal and at the Field of Fire. Afterward, the flame of Balerion was used to forge the Iron Throne.[5]

Wildfire is said to be a close cousin of dragonflame.[6]


Drogon lets loose his flame. © FFG

Dragonflame can come in different colors.[7][8] Where the flames of Balerion were as black as his scales,[7] the flames of the dragon Sunfyre were golden, while the Blue Queen is known to have breathed flames in the colour cobalt.[8]

Known dragon flames: [citation needed]

  • Drogon's flame - black fire shot with red
  • Viserion's flame - pale gold shot through with red and orange
  • Rhaegal's flame - orange-and-yellow fire shot through with veins of green
  • Balerion's flame - as black as his scales
  • Tessarion's flames - cobalt blue[8]
  • Sunfyre's flames - golden[8]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Daenerys Targaryen teaches her fledgling dragon Drogon to loose his flame upon her command of "dracarys".[citation needed]

A Storm of Swords

At the start of the fall of Astapor Daenerys Targaryen commands Drogon to burn Kraznys mo Nakloz.[9] Her two other dragons Viserion and Rhaegal are also unleashed. During the battle all three dragons are airborne, loosing their flames.

A Dance with Dragons

Prince Quentyn Martell is mortally burned by Rhaegal while attempting to tame Viserion.[10]


Valyrians using dragonflame to a forge a sword

Drogon! Dracarys![9]

What feeds a dragon's fire?[11]

Marwyn's rhetorical question, to Samwell Tarly

Then the dragon opened its mouth, and light and heat washed over them. Behind a fence of sharp black teeth he glimpsed the furnace glow, the shimmer of a sleeping fire a hundred times brighter than his torch.[10]

—thoughts of Quentyn Martell

The dragon caught one burning body just as it began to fall, crunching it between his jaws as pale fires ran across his teeth.[12]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

Longclaw had been forged in the fires of old Valyria, forged in dragonflame and set with spells.[3]

—thoughts of Jon Snow