Dany rides Drogon s6 Meereen

Daenerys Targaryen rides Drogon for the first time.

"Brave men didn't kill dragons, the brave men rode them."
Viserys Targaryen to Doreah[src]

A dragonrider was an individual who was able to bond with and mount a dragon. The Targaryens are the only surviving house of the Valyrian dragonlords, making them the last known dragonriders.

Although only the Targaryens are able to ride dragons[1], the Night King was able to ride Viserion by reanimating his corpse and enslaving him[2] as a type of ice dragon.[3]

With the deaths of Rhaegal, Viserion, the Night King and Daenerys Targaryen, there are no dragonriders alive.


Dragons cannot be truly "tamed", but they can be bonded with and trained. The Valyrians rode dragons for millennia. Aegon I Targaryen and his sister-wives, who descended from Old Valyria, used the last three dragons in the world to conquer and unify the Seven Kingdoms.

Dragons are fairly intelligent animals, and like a horse or a dog, they can be trained by their rider to respond to basic voice commands. Tyrion Lannister claims that dragons are intelligent, much more so than most people and will quickly recognize friend from foe. If they are not trained they will quickly lay waste to anything around them. The key to training dragons is making sure they are well fed, a dragon with a full stomach is more obedient. Since they cannot be truly tamed, dragons can be very dangerous even to their riders. However, they can form very strong bonds with their riders and will show affection and trust towards them. They will even nuzzle their riders, hoping to be petted.

Daenerys Targaryen has trained her three dragons to respond to vocal commands in her mother tongue of High Valyrian. She often uses the command "Dracarys" (Valyrian for "dragonfire"), to which her dragons respond by instantly breathing fire and burning anything in their path.

Known dragonriders

Dragonrider Dragon
Aegon the Conqueror Balerion
Visenya Targaryen Vhagar
Rhaenys Targaryen Meraxes
Maegor the Cruel Balerion
Jaehaerys the Conciliator Vermithor
Alysanne Targaryen Silverwing
Viserys I Targaryen Balerion
Aegon the Usurper Sunfyre
Rhaenyra Targaryen Syrax
Aemond Targaryen Vhagar
Daemon Targaryen Caraxes
Ulf the White Silverwing
Hugh Hammer Vermithor
Nettles Sheepstealer
Addam Velaryon Seasmoke
Rhaenys Targaryen Meleys
Lucerys Velaryon Arrax
Jacaerys Velaryon Vermax
Aegon the Dragonbane Stormcloud
Daenerys Targaryen Drogon
The Night King Viserion (as a wight)
Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen Rhaegal

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, additional known dragonriders are:

Dragonrider Dragon
Aegon the Uncrowned Quicksilver
Aenys Targaryen Quicksilver
Aurion Unknown
Baela Targaryen Moondancer
Aerea Targaryen Balerion
Daeron the Daring Tessarion
Helaena Targaryen Dreamfyre
Jaenara Belaerys Terrax
Joffrey Velaryon Tyraxes
Laena Velaryon Vhagar
Laenor Velaryon Seasmoke
Rhaena Targaryen Dreamfyre

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See also


  1. ↑
  2. ↑ "The Dragon and the Wolf"
  3. ↑ Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide: Season 7, Episode 7 Synopsis: The Dragon and the Wolf