How many dragons are there in House of the Dragon? Every dragon, listed

 House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon

As House of the Dragon season 1 reaches its finale, the show is gearing up for the Targaryen civil war also known as the Dance of the Dragons. These scaly-winged beasts are not only the emblem of House Targaryen but also pivotal in their battles. But how many dragons are there, and who rides which dragon?

The dragons in House of the Dragon aren't easy to tell apart, and there are a couple that we haven't even seen on-screen yet and have only been mentioned in the show. We've listed every dragon belonging to House Targaryen and House Velaryon in the series, along with everything you need to know about each one. There are more dragons mentioned in George R.R. Martin's book, Fire & Blood, on which the show is based, but we've left those out for now unless they've roared onto the small screen to avoid any confusion.

How many dragons are there in House of the Dragon?

House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon

As of episode 9, there are nine dragons in House of the Dragon: Syrax, Caraxes, Vhagar, Meleys, Dreamfyre, Seasmoke, Vermax, and Sunfyre. One more dragon, Vermithor, can be seen in the trailer for episode 10.  You can find out more about each dragon, including who their rider is, below.

Every dragon in House of the Dragon, listed

Syrax

Emma D'Arcy in House of the Dragon
Emma D'Arcy in House of the Dragon

Syrax is Rhaenyra Targaryen's dragon. We see her riding Syrax to Dragonstone in episode 2 to confront Daemon, and it's likely we'll see the two of them fly into battle together once the Dance of the Dragons really kicks off.

Caraxes

Matt Smith in House of the Dragon
Matt Smith in House of the Dragon

Caraxes is Daemon Targaryen's dragon. We see the pair fly into battle together against the Triarchy in episode 3, and he flies together with his then-wife Laena and her dragon Vhagar in episode 6.

Vhagar

Vhagar in House of the Dragon
Vhagar in House of the Dragon

Vhagar is the oldest – and largest – living dragon in Westeros. Formerly the late Laena Velaryon's dragon, she is now ridden by Aemond Targaryen. After Laena's funeral in episode 7, Aemond claims Vhagar as his own. He fights with Laena's daughters, Baela and Rhaena, who believe the dragon to be theirs, and Aemond loses his eye in the process.

Meleys

Eve Best in House of the Dragon
Eve Best in House of the Dragon

Meleys is Rhaenys Targaryen's dragon. The pair cause havoc during Aegon's coronation in episode 9 when they burst into the dragon pit to send a clear message to Alicent – Rhaenys' loyalties lie with Rhaenrya.

Dreamfyre

Leo Ashton in House of the Dragon
Leo Ashton in House of the Dragon

Dreamfyre is the dragon who laid the egg stolen by Daemon in episode 2 and she's also the dragon who nearly burns Aemond when he goes into he dragon pit in episode 6 after being teased by his brother and cousins. She doesn't have a rider at the moment.

Seasmoke

Laenor Velaryon in House of the Dragon
Laenor Velaryon in House of the Dragon

Seasmoke is Laenor Velaryon's dragon, and we see them ride into battle against the Triarchy in the Stepstones during episode 3. Seasmoke doesn't currently have a rider after Laenor faked his death in episode 7.

Vermax

Harry Collett in House of the Dragon
Harry Collett in House of the Dragon

Vermax is Jacaerys Velaryon's dragon. He hatched from an egg placed in Jace's cradle when he was a baby, so the pair have bonded since infancy. We see Jace learning to train the dragon in episode 6.

Sunfyre

Tom Glynn-Carney and Ewan Mitchell in House of the Dragon
Tom Glynn-Carney and Ewan Mitchell in House of the Dragon

Although we haven't seen Sunfyre yet in the show, Aegon Targaryen's dragon is first mentioned in episode 6. He teases his younger brother Aemond for not having a dragon of his own, which leads him to steal Vhagar for himself.

Vermithor

House of the Dragon episode 10 preview
House of the Dragon episode 10 preview

Also known as the Bronze Fury, Vermithor once belonged to King Jahaerys, Rhaenrya's great-grandfather and King Viserys' predecessor. We see Daemon attempting to tame him in the trailer for episode 10 – he hasn't had a rider since Jaehaerys' death and has instead remained in his lair on Dragonstone.

House of the Dragon airs on Sundays on HBO and HBO Max, before following on Mondays in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. Make sure you never miss an episode with our handy House of the Dragon release schedule and keep up to date with our guides to the House of the Dragon timeline and the Targaryen family tree.