Traits and Abilities
Dreaders, like many Sea Dragons, are extremely huge. They seem to be able to come in multiple colors, at least yellow, green, and blue. (Note 'normal' Stink Dragons are depicted as only red/orange and black). There are a lot of rumors about their terrible abilities, such as being able to suck a victim's brains out. This turns out to be false. In reality, other than eating you or squishing you with their large size, they can spit a vile, indescribably malodorous black sludge. This ability classifies it as a stink dragon.
Dreader eggs are large and described as "a beautiful lime green in colour, speckled with pale-brown freckles". Dreader babies are extremely small relative to their gargantuan adult size.
One keeps the whole Isle of Berk 'hostage'. Every Viking and Dragon (even Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus) are afraid of Dreaders. Its turns out to be a Stink Dragon and not very scary at all. However there are quite a few physical differences between a commonly seen Stink Dragon and a Dreader, so it is probably a related, but distinct species.
- The Day of the Dreader, Cressida Cowell. 2012.
- The Incomplete Book of Dragons, Cressida Cowell. 2014.