House of the Dragons: All the Dragons and their Riders

While everyone was busy mourning the death of Laena in Episode 7, Aemond planned to steal one of the oldest and the most prominent dragon on the show. As teased in Episode 6 by his brothers, Aemond was the only one without a Dragon. He was determined to prove what he was capable of. Though he did lose an Eye for that, it was worth it. Or, in Otto’s words: “It’s worth a thousand times for the price he paid.”

Now that Vhagar has a new rider, it’s important to briefly review each of the dragons that House of the Dragon has so far identified, their allegiances, and the identities of their riders. 

The dragons most likely to appear during the Dance of the Dragons are listed below:


Riders: Laena (deceased), Aemond Targaryen


During The War of Conquest, Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters rode on Vhagar. It was given the name of a god from ancient Valyria. Visenya Targaryen, Laena Velaryon, and Aemond Targaryen rode Vhagar. In the show, when Laena’s delivery went wrong, She gave Vhagar the order to fume her. Later, being claimed by Aemond.


Rider: Rhaenyra Targaryen

Syrax had yellow scales and had grown enormous and powerful by the time of the Dance of the Dragons. In her younger years, Rhaenyra adored flying, but as an adult, she confined Syrax to Dragonstone. When Rhaenyra discovers that Prince Daemon Targaryen stole the dragon egg in the television series, she rides Syrax to Dragonstone and successfully rescues the egg without causing any casualties before returning to King’s Landing.


Rider: Aegon Targaryen

Also referred to as Sunfyre the Golden, A magnificent young male dragon ridden by The Aegon II. Sunfyre, in the opinion of Archmaester Gyldayn, was the most majestic dragon to ever soar over Westeros.


Rider: Daemon Targaryen

Caraxes, ridden by Daemon Targaryen, also known as the Blood Wyrm due to his red scales. In the show, Caraxes screams and crawls forward to reveal himself at the top of a cliff during a confrontation between Daemon and Otto Hightower at Dragonstone, causing Otto to tell his men to sheathe their weapons.


Rider: Helena Targaryen

A pale blue dragon named Dreamfyre is older and more slender than most others. In the book, Princess Rhaena Targaryen, the eldest child and daughter of King Aenys Targaryen, rode Dreamfyre. Helaena Targaryen eventually claims her


Rider: Rhaenys Targaryen

Meleys’ red scales and pink wing membrane have earned her the nickname “Red Queen.” Meleys is an elderly dragon now, but when she was younger, she may have been the fastest and most agile dragon in all of Westeros. She was the mother of several additional dragons in the books. After Vhagar herself, Meleys appears to have been one of the oldest and biggest dragons; she was 181 years old when the Dance of the Dragons took place.


Rider: Lucerys Velaryon

Arrax is one of the three dragons that emerged from the eggs that Aegon Targaryen retrieved from the Sack of Pentos during the Final Blackfyre Rebellion, together with Balerion and Aegonax.


Rider: Jacaerys Velaryon

The egg that Jacaerys received as a baby gave birth to Vermax. After it became known that Ser Harwin Strong, not Ser Laenor Velaryon, was the father, he was labeled a bastard. People who questioned Jacaerys and his brothers’ paternity also questioned if the dragon eggs they had been given would ever hatch.