- "What do you know about Brainpickers, Hiccup?
Well, I know they feed on people's brains by sucking them out through their ears."
Brainpickers are first discussed in How to Steal a Dragon's Sword. It is a small Cave Dragon feared by all others, even the Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. There is not much of a description, nor any picture of them. Brainpickers have some sort of proboscis, or "pick", through which it devours the brain of its victim.
Brainpickers are mentioned again in "How to Betray a Dragon's Hero", when Hiccup sees "a Brainpicker with its 'pick' fixed into the head of a poor dead badger", amongst the dragon followers of Furious. So it seems these dragons are not limited to merely dragon or human brains.
In How to Fight a Dragon's Fury, Brainpickers are shown to be vulnerable to heavy artillery fire:
- "Even the mighty Rageblasts, or Savagers, or Brainpickers, when hit with those cannonballs, fell shrieking from the sky."
- ―How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
- How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (Book 9), Cressida Cowell. 2011
- How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (Book 11), Cressida Cowell. 2013
- The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide To Dragon Species, Cressida Cowell. 2014
- How to Fight a Dragon's Fury (Book 12), Cressida Cowell. 2015