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The Cavern Crasher is a Mystery Class dragon that appears in Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 3. It is a scavenger, and is known for driving other dragons out of their homes and scavenging for their eggs, also making it a nest raider. [2]

Official Description

"The Cavern Crasher flings flammable mucus and scurries across underground catacombs in search of its favorite food: Firecomb!

Single-minded and voracious, the Cavern Crasher may lack wings, but its body has adapted to survive beneath the earth. With its reinforced beak and claws, this dragon climbs rock walls and hangs upside-down from stalactites. But the Cavern Crasher's most dangerous feature, by far, is its ability to excrete and eject slick mucus from the bulbous ducts on its back and then set it ablaze!"

Dragonpedia
"With their flammable ooze and collapsible skeleton, the Cavern Crasher will push any rival Dragon out of their home and take it over."
Dragons: Rise of Berk

Physical Appearance

  • Titan Wing

Egg

Cavern Crasher eggs look like rocks, though they taper towards the top. They are red with black stripes and are covered in mucus.

Hatchling to Adult

The Cavern Crasher is a black, wingless dragon resembling a cross between a large salamander, a Gila monster, and a shell-less turtle. Cavern Crashers have yellow stripes that swathe across their eyes and similar bands around their limbs. They also have a hooked beak-liked mandible on their upper jaw, prominent tusks on its lower jaw and a thick, rounded tail. It have multiple bumps and craters on their back that secrete slime. Its glistening hide has an overall "slimy" appearance.

Titan Wing

Titan Wing Crashers in Dragons: Rise of Berk look similar to their younger counterparts, but have glowing crystal-like spikes on their backs. The yellow stripes are replaced with luminous light blue, lilac and teal hints.

Abilities

Firepower

The Cavern Crasher is able to secrete flammable mucus from its body. It launches out the mucus from its tail or body onto other objects before igniting them with its flames. The Cavern Crasher can also set its tongue on fire. It is able to shoot out a long, green blasts of fire at its enemies.

Judging by Monstrous Nightmare gel, the flammable mucus might be also have the same affect to destroy the Deathsong'amber.

Collapsible Skeleton

"No stranger to tight spaces, the Cavern Crasher can flatten and squeeze its accordion-like body to sneak through cracks and past its enemies."
Dragonpedia
With a collapsable skeletal structure, the Cavern Crasher is able to navigate through the tightest of wall crevasses.

Wall Crawler

The Cavern Crasher can walk and climb on cavern walls and ceilings like geckoes very quickly.

Endurance and Stamina

The endurance of the Cavern Crasher is proven from its body that is able to take many attacks, Fireworm Queen, a Monstrous Nightmare, a Night Fury, a Hideous Zippleback, a Gronckle and a Deadly Nadder. Even took a multiple large rocks on itself from Hookfang fire blast and from a double power of fire from Nightmare and Firequeen.

Despite its large size, the Cavern Crasher shows no lack of stamina as it fought against the Fire Queen for some time and won the fight even though her mothering instinct wouldn't ever made her give up the fight unless she knows she not able to win on her own. Its high stamina also allows it to effectively search for its prey: the eggs of the Fireworm Queen and it was able to fight against many of its enemies and still able to hunt no matter what was in its way. Snotlout even stated this dragon wouldn't give up to get its meals. As the Cavern Crasher might have fight even longer with the dragon riders and the Fireworm Queen if it didn't loose it's flammable mucus.

Speed and Agility

The Cavern Crasher is proven to be a very fast dragon, as it is able to climb walls fast enough to make the Dragon Riders believe that there are more than one in the dark caves. Its body is also shown to be quite agile enough to get around its surroundings.

Strength and Combat

The great strength of the Cavern Crasher is proven from its size; it is able to take on a Fireworm Queen, which causes this dragon to flee from its territory to find help; making it a powerful opponent.

Hunting

The Cavern Crasher uses its abilities to overcome larger or more numerous dragon opponents and ward them off so that it can eat their eggs.

Stealth

Since it crawls very fast, the Cavern Crasher has great stealth on its side to hunt its prey easily in dark caves.

Burrowing

The Crasher has been shown to be a very fast digger, as they are able to appear out of ground at high speed and are strong enough to burrow through rocky walls.

Senses

The Carven Crasher shown to have an acute sense of hearing as it was able to hear baby Fireworms screaming.

Intelligence

It has been seen to be smart enough to leave a trail of the mucus in the entrance of the Fireworm Queen's nest and to use it later against the Riders and their dragons by igniting it.

Swimming

It's quite possible like other dragons, the Cavern Crasher can swim since Fireworm island is surrounded by the sea. Since the Dragon Riders got to the island by air, this dragon needs to swim to the island due to it being a flightless species.

Behavior and Personality

Described to be cruel and cunning, the Cavern Crasher raids other dragons' nest mercilessly, consuming their offspring and eggs. This dragon is exceptionally smart and deceiving, outsmarting several of its opponents and is more than relentless in getting its meal.

Weaknesses

This dragon's defenses can be overcome by blasts of fire that are large or powerful enough to cook its mucus away, leaving it vulnerable.

Appearances

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Season 3

In the episode "Crash Course", a Cavern Crasher raided a Fireworm's nest for its eggs. The Fireworm Queen sought help from the gang and when they arrived, they attempt to catch it with bolas. The dragon quickly retaliates by spraying mucus on them and setting it on fire. While Snotlout and the Queen split from the herd to save the baby Fireworms, the rest of the gang fight the Cavern Crasher. The Cavern Crasher safely eludes them all with its skills and make it to the hive. Over there, the dragons attempt to combine their firepower to incinerate it, but the Cavern Crasher survives. Fortunately, its mucus had been cooked and it have runned out of fire. The Cavern Crasher quickly flees.

Games

Dragons: Rise of Berk

The Cavern Crasher also appeared as a Rare dragon in Dragons: Rise of Berk, along with its Titan Wing form and four individuals: Slimeslinger, Firecomb Crasher, Slimeball and the Exotic Cavern Crasher.



Trivia

  • The Cavern Crasher is the third confirmed flightless dragon, after the Speed Stinger and the Bewilderbeast.
    • It is also the only one that can breathe fire.
    • Though it is the third known flightless dragon, it is the first dragon to have no wings, followed by the Silkspanner.
  • The Cavern Crasher's ability to flatten its body is similar to that of the Raptortongue from the books.
  • The green fire of the Cavern Crasher is similar to the green atomic breath of Zilla Jr. from Godzilla: The Series as well as Dragon Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
  • The Cavern Crasher appears to be heavily inspired by fire salamanders or tiger salamanders. Fire salamanders are amphibians with yellow and black markings similar to the dragon. The Cavern Crasher's ability to produce flammable mucus may be based on the myth that the coat of mucus on the body of fire salamanders protected them from being harmed by fire. It also resembles a gila monster or an alligator snapping turtle without a shell.
    • The knobby bumps on its back that ooze flammable mucus are reminiscent of poison glands found on the skin of many amphibians, as well as the egg pouches of Surinam toads.
  • The Cavern Crasher is the fourth species of dragon confirmed to prey on another dragon species (Fireworms), with the others being Scauldrons (which prey on Seashockers), Changewings (which prey on Night Terrors), and the Submaripper (which preys on Scauldrons).
  • The Cavern Crasher is the fourth dragon species that can burrow, with the first being the Whispering Death, the second being the Screaming Death, and the third being the Snow Wraith.
    • However, the Cavern Crasher seems to be specialized to burrowing: as Hiccup mentions there is not much space to fly in the tunnels, which may explain why it lost its wings and gained the ability to squeeze through small openings.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Dradon site logo Cavern Crasher in the Dragonpedia.
  2. Evry, Max. First Look at Cavern Crasher in Dragons: Race to the Edge Season 3. (June 23, 2016)
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