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The Dragon Hunters are the main antagonists in Dragons: Race to the Edge. Their leaders are Viggo and Ryker Grimborn.

They made their debut in the third expansion pack in School of Dragons, Battle for the Edge, and their series debut in Night of the Hunters, Part 1.

History

Currently not much is known about them except that The Reaper[2] and the Dragon Eye[3], are part of their history.

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 1

Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1

Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs, Snoutlout, and the twins went to the Ship Graveyard to seize Trader Johann's treasure before Dagur the Deranged did. They were told about The Reaper by Johann, and how he tried to go onto it several times, only to be thwarted by the booby traps. Hiccup wondered why someone would go through so much trouble to keep people away from the ship, and deduced that there was something on it that the owners didn't want people to find.

Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 2

The Reaper had dragon proof cages that could withstand dragon fire.

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 2

Night of the Hunters, Part 1

The Dragon Riders first encountered the Dragon Hunters after Ryker took Stormfly away from Astrid. On their way to their port, Ryker then captured the other dragon riders except Hiccup and Snotlout. Ryker then revealed that he was working with the Berserker Tribe's chief, Dagur the Deranged, his sister Heather.

Night of the Hunters, Part 2

The riders then found out about the Hunters' dealings, such as making Gronckle Iron, making spear tips with Deadly Nadder spikes, and skinning Zipplebacks for their hides. Luckily, the riders and their dragon were able to escape Ryker's ship with Hiccup's and Snotlout's help.

Snow Way Out

Ryker and the Dragon Hunters later went to Glacier Island to get a tooth from the Snow Wraith to make their own Dragon Eye key. During this time, Heather and Windshear were actually infiltrating the Dragon Hunters in order to bring them down from the inside. Only Astrid knew of this mission. Ryker and his men failed in capturing the Snow Wraiths.

Edge of Disaster, Part 1

The Hunters then attacked an island and tortured the wild dragons living there in order to get them to attack Trader Johann's ship and distract Hiccup.

Edge of Disaster, Part 2

They attacked Dragon's Edge in order to get the Dragon Eye. However, Ryker and Dagur failed when Hiccup returned with the wild dragons.

A Time to Skrill

The Dragon Hunters then briefly captured the Frozen Skrill, but lost it when Hiccup and his riders freed it.

Maces and Talons, Part 1

Ryker then brought Dagur, Heather, and his Berserkers to meet with Viggo Grimborn. Viggo and Heather set out to capture a Flightmare. Heather met up with Hiccup and Astrid about the plan and decided to use the opportunity to take the head of the Dragon Hunters down. However, Viggo was aware that Heather was a spy and used the riders plan against them, capturing Heather, Windshear, and the Flightmare.

Maces and Talons, Part 2

Viggo decided to test Hiccup's abilities by leaving the game Maces and Talons on his ship, with pieces representing him, Hiccup, and Heather. Knowing the prize was Heather's life, Hiccup took the challenge. However, Viggo was able to outsmart Hiccup and take the Dragon Eye. Using the Flightmare's mist, Viggo was able to activate the emergency release, giving him access to the Dragon Eye's information, even without a Snow Wraith tooth.

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 3

Enemy of My Enemy

The Dragon Hunter then broke off their alliance with Dagur. They then set up a trap for Hiccup. However, it failed when Dagur helped Hiccup and Toothless escape. Dagur also took one of their ships.

Buffalord Soldier

The Dragon Hunters then spread the Scourge of Odin onto one of their ships in order to create a outbreak to demand the only known cure. They were then able to find the last Buffalord on Odin's Respite in order to get the cure from the dragon. However, they were unable to keep the Buffalord caged on their ship.

Stryke Out

Ryker and one of his fellow hunters then hosted a series of Dragon Fights that had the Triple Stryke win numerous victories against various dragon. However, it's victories became to routine. However, the hunter in charge of the fights was able to Hiccup and Toothless. Toothless was able to hold his own against a Razorwhip and the Triple Sryke. The fights ended when the other riders freed the dragons from the Hunters.

Tone Death

The Dragon Hunters then tried to move a shipment of Dragons and eggs, but were stopped by the riders.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Using a pair of Quakens, the Dragon Hunters then took large shipments of marble work from island back to their island to build a dragon-proof fortress. However, their efforts were stopped by Hiccup's riders and the fortress was collapsed by the Quakens.

Family on the Edge

The Hunters then set up a trap for the riders, but it failed when Dagur and Shattermaster attacked (probably killed).

Last Auction Heroes

The Dragon Hunters then had auction which brought in a large number of buyers from across the Barbaric Archipelago including a special guest (a member of Drago Bludvist's Army). However, the auction ended when the Riders freed the dragons. However, Viggo was able to escape with Berk's gold.

Defenders of the Wing, Part 1

Viggo then decided to make a truce with hiccup on Botany Blight. However, the Hunters used Hiccup's riders to distract Queen Mala and her Defenders of the Wing to take the Eruptodon from the Caldera Cay's volcano.

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 4

Defenders of the Wing, Part 2

A pair of hunters were left behind and attempted to kill Mala. After questioning the two hunters, Mala, Hiccup, and three of his riders tracked the Hunters. At first, they were only able to find a ship that did not have the Eruptodon. Hiccup then realized that Viggo's plan was for the Great Protector to awaken Dragon's Edge volcona in order to deprive the Riders of their base. The hunter were also to turn the Edge's outpost's weapons upon the Riders. However, the riders were able to take back their outpost and the Edge's gronckles were able to return the Great Protector back to Caldera Cay.

Gruff Around the Edges

Gruffnut Thorston had a debt to pay with the hunters. He attempted to sell Barf and Belch to the hunters but failed when Ruffnut pushed off Barf and Belch. However, Ruff and Tuff rescued him from the hunters and left him at the mercy of a quaken.

Midnight Scrum

Viggo and his dragon hunters then placed a bounty on Hiccup. Several bounty hunters, such as Savage attempted to take him to Viggo. Only Krogan was succesful in capturing Hiccup and bringing him to Ryker. However, Ryker double-crossed Krogan and lost Hiccup. Ryker and his dragon hunters were then warned by Stoick not to continue with Hiccup's bounty.

Not Lout

The dragon hunters then increased their supply of Dragon root arrows. They also arranged a trap for the Riders. However, the trap failed and their supply was disrupted.

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 5

Living on the Edge

Following the apparent demise of Viggo, the Dragon Hunters were then led by Krogan. Together, they captured a Death Song and used it to capture dragons. Krogan then had a hunter killed for questioning his methods.

Return of Thor Bonecrusher

Krogan then discovered that Viggo had survived and agreed to work with Krogan. Viggo took back command and his men then worked with Krogan on how to take the edge and find the Dragon Eye.

Dawn of Destruction

The Hunters took part in taking the Edge alongside Krogan's Dragon Flyers. Despite Viggo's and Krogan's difficulties in working together, they were able force the riders to retreat to Caldera Cay. The Dragon Hunters then attempted to capture Fishlegs Ingerman, to no avail. The Hunters then assisted Viggo in finding the Dragon Eye.

The Wings of War, Part 1

The Hunters then used Hiccup's Diving Bell to go into the Edge's volcano. There, Viggo and and one of his hunters found the Dragon Eye.

The Wings of War, Part 2

The Hunters were then forced to leave when a fleet from Berk came and Hiccup was able to lure all but Krogan's Singetail away from the Edge. Despite losing the Edge, Krogan, Viggo and his hunters were able to leave with the Dragon Eye.

Sins of the Past

After Krogan and his flyers failed to retrieve Heather's Dragon Eye Lens, Krogan, Viggo, and his hunters were then given the lens by there spy, Johann at the Hunter's headquarters. Together, they planned to find the king of all dragons.

School of Dragons

The Dragon Hunters first appear on Hobblegrunt Island, stealing a mysterious blue object, later found out to be an egg of a Luminous Krayfin. They are driven off by the Dragon Riders.

Harald Forkbeard, who tricked the Dragon Riders, aided the hunters in returning their weapons, as well as capturing a Catastrophic Quaken and Armorwing. Though Harald somewhat redeems himself by giving the player a Dragon Hunter disguise and taking them to the Hunters' hideout to free the dragons.

The Dragon Hunters later attack Dragon's Edge, but thanks to the preparations that the Dragon Riders, including Heather, have made, they are able to defeat the Hunters and drive them away.

Abilities and Skills

As demanded by their chief and his brother, the Dragon Hunters were know for their skills in hunting dragons.

  • Dragon training and enslaving: The hunters were able to make dragons, such as Scardian's pack of Forest Island, very hostile towards humans after torturing them.[4] The hunters were also able to ensure obedience from a pair of quakens by using a hammer.[5]
  • Inventing: The Hunters were able to create dragon-proof cages.[2] They were able to make spears and ballistas out of nadder spikes. They were also able to force gronckles to make Gronckle Iron for them.[6] The hunter also made tents out dragon skins.[3]

Known Members

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • The Dragon Hunters' clothing bears a strong resemblance to the Berserker Tribe. The only exceptions are the clothing being red and the helmets only have spikes going down the middle. They also wear armor and clothes made of dragon skin.
  • Their arrows are dipped in Dragon Root, which enable them to capture most dragons easily.[6]
  • It might be possible that the Dragon Hunters are allied to Drago Bludvist.
    • In a Megafan video on DreamworksTV, they theorize that the red fist symbol the Hunters have is an allusion to Drago. [7]
      • "Bloody fist;" "Bludvist."
      • "Bloody fist" is also what Hiccup refers to Drago as when telling Stoick about the events at Eret's Fort in the movie.
    • The branding tool they almost used on Hiccup[8] is the same symbol that Eret has branded on his chest[9].
    • During his auction, Viggo was expecting a man who had the same insignia as the sails of Drago's fleet on his beltbuckle and the pin of his cloak.
    • Viggo makes a comment about him not wanting to rule the world "like some people." He could have been referring to Drago.

Gallery

Dragon Hunter colors
The image gallery for Dragon Hunters
may be viewed here.


Notes and References


Tribes of the Barbaric Archipelago
Seen in the Books
Bashem OiksBerserker TribeBog-BurglarsHairy HooligansLava LoutsMeathead TribeMurderous TribeOutcast TribeHysteric Tribe
Seen in the Franchise
Berserker TribeDefenders of the WingDrago's ArmyDragon HuntersHairy HooligansNorthlander TribeOutcast TribeThunderhead Tribe