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Drogon, by Christopher Burdett © Fantasy Flight Games

Rider Daenerys Targaryen
Species Dragon
Gender Male
Colors Black with streaks of red[1] or black[5] (scales)
Red[1][5] (eyes, horns, and spinal plates)
Red[1] or black[5] (wings)
Black shot with red[6] (flame)
Black[5] (blood)
Born In 299 ACDothraki sea

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Drogon is one of the three dragons born in the Dothraki sea to Daenerys Targaryen. He is named after her late husband, Khal Drogo.[1]

Drogon is believed by some to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread, but Daenerys decides to give him a new name for his new life.[1]

Appearance and Character

As a hatchling, Drogon is the largest of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons.[1] His black scales are slashed with streaks of vivid scarlet red. His horns and wings are also scarlet red,[1] and his eyes are red as coals.[7] As typical of dragons, his teeth are black.[8][5] His flame is black fire shot with red.[6] The span of his wings is three times the length of his body, and most of his body appears to be neck, tail, and wing.[1]

As of mid-300 AC, Drogon has grown large in the wild; his wings stretch twenty feet from tip-to-tip, black as jet. Drogon's scales are black, his horns and spinal plates are blood red, and his eyes are smoldering red pits. The heat of his dragonfire can be felt thirty feet away. His wing flap sounds like the clap of thunder. He bleeds black blood.[5] His scales have become harder than horn.[9]

Drogon is the largest[2] and most aggressive of Daenerys's three dragons, the fiercest and wildest.[10] She has problems reining him in.[9] After a hunt, when Drogon is full of food, he likes to bask in the sun.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Drogon's black egg, on Khal Drogo's funeral pyre. By Julepe © Fantasy Flight Games

At the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen to Khal Drogo, she receives multiple bride gifts, including three petrified dragon eggs from Magister Illyrio Mopatis. Drogon's egg is black as the midnight sea, alive with scarlet ripples and swirls.[11]

The maegi Mirri Maz Duur proclaims that "only death can pay for life".[12] After Khal Drogo's death, Daenerys burns his body, with Mirri Maz Duur and the three eggs on his pyre. When Daenerys hears the crack of the dragon eggs hatching, she walks into the inferno. In the flames, Drogon hatches, along with his brothers, Viserion and Rhaegal, the first dragons born in a century and a half.[7]

The hatchling Drogon in the pyre. By Tiziano Baracchi © Fantasy Flight Games

A Clash of Kings

In the Red Waste, Daenerys names the black dragon Drogon, after her husband Khal Drogo. She learns that the dragons, no larger than scrawny cats, will only eat cooked meat.[1]

When Daenerys arrives in Qarth, Drogon and the other dragons are a marvel to the inhabitants of the ancient city.[1][13][14] Drogon is on her shoulder when she enters Qarth.[13]

When Daenerys receives the news from Quhuru Mo of the news of the death of King Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, Drogon is seated in her lap. He hisses, and pale smoke rises before Daenerys's face like a veil.[13]

When Daenerys enters the House of the Undying, she has Drogon accompany her. Once inside, Drogon reacts to the visions that Daenerys has. When the Undying Ones attack Daenerys, Drogon defends her by attacking the pulsating heart that stands at the center of the room, thereby slaying all of the Undying. This allows Daenerys to escape the House, and seems to seriously damage the structure itself.[15] After the death of the Undying, Daenerys's handmaid Jhiqui places a Dothraki silver bell in her braided hair, though Daenerys silently protests that the victory was Drogon's, not hers.[16]

A Storm of Swords

Daenerys Targaryen and young Drogon. By Magali Villeneuve © Fantasy Flight Games

As Daenerys travels westward on the Summer Sea, bold Drogon is the first of her dragons to fly above the water, flapping from ship to ship. He is also the first to kill, flaming fish as they leap out of the water, snatching them up, and eating them. The dragons are now about the size of a small dog, Drogon slightly larger than the other two.[8]

In order to pay for all Unsullied in Astapor, Daenerys agrees to sell Drogon to the Good Masters. However, once she has received the Unsullied, Drogon refuses to go with Kraznys mo Nakloz. Daenerys tells the masters that "a dragon is no slave", and with her command "Dracarys", Drogon looses his flame in Kraznys's face. Daenerys then commands the Unsullied to attack their former masters, and Drogon and the other dragons join in with the destruction.[2]

When Daenerys learns that Jorah Mormont has betrayed her, her dragons echo her fury. Drogon flaps his wings, screams, and lashes his tail.[17]

A Feast for Crows

Tales of dragons start to reach Westeros.[18]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys and Drogon in Daznak's Pit. By Antonio Jose Manzanedo © Fantasy Flight Games

As Queen of Meereen, Daenerys frequently receives petitioners asking for repayment for the sheep that her dragons have killed and eaten. Drogon particularly files far from Meereen, and can easily devour a sheep a day. A man appears before Queen Daenerys in her audience chamber, carrying a sack of burned and cracked bones, claiming they are the remains of his child Hazzea, and that "the black one, the winged shadow" had killed and eaten her.[3]

Horrified, Daenerys orders all three dragons to be captured and imprisoned. Viserion and Rhaegal are eventually chained (though not without cost) in a makeshift "dragon pit" in the Great Pyramid. Though the bravest of Daenerys's men try to capture Drogon three times, Drogon escapes their attempts, burning most of the men and killing four. He disappears, last seen flying north toward the Dothraki sea.[10]

When the fighting pits of Meereen are re-opened, Drogon appears above Daznak's Pit, drawn by the noise and smell of blood. Always the largest of Daenerys's three dragons, in the wild he has grown even larger, his wings now measuring twenty feet across. Drogon descends into the pit and kills the boar that had just killed Barsena Blackhair, and begins to devour both corpses. He sets much of the arena ablaze once provoked, and causes chaos and carnage as the citizens flee and trample one another. An animal handler named Harghaz attacks Drogon with a long spear, and comes close to slaying him. When Drogon is impaled by the spear, he and Daenerys scream as one. Drogon kills Harghaz, tearing his arm off. When her husband, Hizdahr zo Loraq, shouts for his men to kill Drogon, Daenerys leaps into the pit, running to her "child". Daenerys manages to use a whip to make Drogon obey her, though with much difficulty, losing her hair and clothing when he bathes her in dragonfire. She mounts Drogon to pull the half-melted spear from his back, but after she does, he takes off. Daenerys holds on as Drogon flies away, becoming the first dragonrider in a century and a half.[5]

Drogon and Daenerys take flight for the first time - by Marc Fishman ©

Drogon takes Daenerys to his lair in the Dothraki sea, a hill that she calls Dragonstone. Daenerys learns to command Drogon's flight with her whip and her words, but he refuses to return to Meereen. She attempts to walk there alone, but becomes delirious from the heat, lack of water and food, and from an illness brought on by eating green berries. In the grass, Daenerys sees a Dothraki scout, but he does not notice her, distracted by Drogon flying above. After the scout races away, Daenerys calls Drogon to her, and they fly, following the scout. Drogon kills one horse from a herd, and he and Daenerys devour it together. Afterwards, Drogon and Daenerys are discovered by Khal Jhaqo and his khalasar.[9]

Known dragonriders of Drogon

Quotes about Drogon

Drogon and Daenerys, waiting for Khal Jhaqo. By Feliche ©

Khaleesi … there sits Balerion, come again.[1]

They are my children, and if the maegi spoke truly, they are the only children I am ever like to have.[8]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

A dragon is no slave.[2]

Drogon roared. The sound filled the pit. A furnace wind engulfed her. The dragon's long scaled neck stretched toward her. When his mouth opened, she could see bits of broken bone and charred flesh between his black teeth. His eyes were molten. I am looking into hell, but I dare not look away. She had never been so certain of anything. If I run from him, he will burn me and devour me.[5]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

He is fire made flesh, and so am I.[5]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

Yes, yes, now, now, do it, do it, take me, take me, FLY![5]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

See also