- Tuffnut: "I got it!"
- Hiccup: "What! What is it?"
- Tuffnut: "Garffiljorg."
- Hiccup: "What?"
- Tuffnut: "Its name."
- ―Tuffnut names the baby Death Song[src]
- "Hatched under Chicken, this Deathsong likes to be sung to...constantly! So clear your throats Vikings, or Garffiljorg will be happy to wail a song of its own."
- ―Dragons: Rise of Berk
- "You guys, he's too young to know right from wrong. He's just following his instincts. I know what it's like to be all alone in the world. We can't just shun him."
While Fishlegs and Hiccup couldn't figure out what kind of egg it was, Tuffnut's Chicken sat on it to keep it warm, despite it being much larger than she was. Surprisingly, Garff hatched from the egg shortly after, only to start crying and screaming. The Riders were annoyed by his screams, not knowing how to calm him down. Tuffnut came up with a name for the baby dragon and they put him in one of the dragon stables for the night. Garff finally stopped crying after Chicken "sang" to him, only for him to respond by blasting her with amber and trying to eat her. The Riders were horrified to learn that their new dragon was a baby Death Song .
The next day, the Riders wanted to get rid of Garff (especially Snotlout ), but Heather refused, knowing exactly what it's like to be alone. Snotlout decides to take him to Melody Island, but Hiccup reminds him of what happened the last time they were there. Heather begins to sing to Garff, which puts him to sleep, along with the twins and their dragon . Hiccup then realizes that singing might not just be a way that the Death Song draws in prey, but also to communicate. This gave the riders the idea to sing to Garff to train him.
Unfortunately, Garff still blasts each rider, except Heather, with amber regardless of whether or not he likes their songs. Seeing that their method isn't working, Hiccup decides to take Garff to Melody Island and find the adult Death Song. They keep the baby dragon quiet with a combination of Heather's singing and Dragon Nip .
Once they arrive, they find that the Death Song managed to escape the cave that Hiccup and Earsplitter trapped him in, and are soon attacked by him. Garff flies over to the older dragon and cries. The Death Song approaches him and begins to sing. Garff responds with his own song, but the dragon whacks him into a cliff wall with his tail. Hiccup realizes Garff is singing the songs the Riders taught him and the Death Song doesn't like them. They all try singing another song to calm the older dragon, but to no avail. Just as he is about to attack, Garff flies back to protect them and begins to sing. This time, the Death Song accepts Garff's song and flies off with his newly adopted child.
- "It might be time to find Garff a new home. A permanent home."
Now having reached adult or near-adult size, Garff is attacked by the Dragon Hunters under Krogan and left for dead while his "parent" is captured for use in capturing Singetails in "Living on the Edge". Astrid and Stormfly stay with him, and are able to nurse him back to health.
Having taken up residence on Dragon's Edge following the Dragon Hunters' attack, Garff becomes a problem when he begins attacking other dragons in "No Dragon Left Behind", with the exception of Stormfly, who is his best friend and has become immune to his song. This prompts the riders to attempt to relocate him to a new island, only to find it home to a pack of Slitherwings that capture Garff and seemingly poison Stormfly. However, in reality Stormfly is mourning Garff's apparent loss, as Garff's amber was unable to cling to the poison-coated hides of the Slitherwings. Garff is able to protect himself from their poison by encasing himself in his amber, and is eventually rescued by the riders, who soon relocate him to another island.
Since he's a baby dragon, Garff has a habit of crying, which is especially irritating to others. The reason why his crying is so loud is because of his species. The only time he stops is if someone sings to him.
Abilities and Skills
Despite being only a few days old, Garff has displayed early signs of skills most Death Songs learn as adults.
Song Mimicry: Having listened to the Dragon Riders' many songs, he was able to repeat them in an attempt to communicate with the adult Death Song.
Intelligence: He is able to understand and respond appropriately to the Riders' songs, such as when Snotlout insulted him in his song prompting him to blast his face with amber.
Firepower: He is able to shoot out blobs of amber big enough to immobilize a chicken.
Hunting Skills: Much like the adults of his species, Garff uses his amber blasts to trap his prey before devouring it. However, he has yet to master the ability to lure his prey towards him via his song.
Endurance and Stamina: Garff was able to get back on his feet shortly after the adult Death Song whacked him into a cliff wall with his tail. He also learned how to fly on his own only a few days after he hatched.
- "Not for all our dragons. I mean, these two have bonded so well that Garff's song doesn't even affect Stormfly anymore."
In Race to the Edge, Season 5, Stormfly had become Garff's best friend as well as the only dragon unaffected by his singing.
- "All right. There you go. That's a good boy. I'm here, Garff. I'm here."
- ―Astrid, nursing Garff[src]
In Living on the Edge, Astrid nursed Garff back to health. During Family Matters, when Deathsong Amber is found beneath a Singetails wing, Astrid is immediately concerned about Garff. After checking if Garff was safe, Astrid, against Hiccup’s wishes, brings Garff back to the Edge. Once the Gang pinpoints where the Flyers may be holding other Deathsongs, Astrid, again brings Garff along, much to Hiccup’s objection.
- "Aww, it probably needs its mother. Poor thing, all by itself."
Heather calmed baby Garff by singing a lullaby. She was the only rider Garff didn't fire an amber at.
- Hiccup: "Oh, he stopped cry... He stopped crying."
- Tuffnut: "That's because Chicken sang to him. Didn't you hear that? Oh, the pipes on that chicken."
- ―Hiccup and Tuffnut, after Chicken calmed Garff[src]
When Garff was in an egg, Chicken took on a motherly side by sitting on the egg. When the egg hatched and baby Garff cried profusely, Chicken "sang" to him to calm him down, but Garff blasted Chicken with amber.
|Race to the Edge, Season 3|
|1. "Enemy of My Enemy":||Absent||8. "Stryke Out":||Absent|
|2. "Crash Course":||Absent||9. "Tone Death":||Appears|
|3. "Follow the Leader":||Absent||10. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place":||Absent|
|4. "Turn and Burn":||Absent||11. "Family on the Edge":||Absent|
|5. "Buffalord Soldier":||Absent||12. "Last Auction Heroes":||Absent|
|6. "A Grim Retreat":||Absent||13. "Defenders of the Wing, Part 1":||Absent|
|7. "To Heather or Not to Heather":||Absent|
|Race to the Edge, Season 5|
|1. "Living on the Edge":||Appears||8. "The Wings of War, Part 1":||Absent|
|2. "Sandbusted":||Absent||9. "The Wings of War, Part 2":||Absent|
|3. "Something Rotten on Berserker Island":||Absent||10. "No Dragon Left Behind":||Appears|
|4. "Snotlout's Angels":||Absent||11. "Snuffnut:||Absent|
|5. "A Matter of Perspective":||Absent||12. "Searching for Oswald... and Chicken":||Absent|
|6. "Return of Thor Bonecrusher":||Absent||13. "Sins of the Past":||Absent|
|7. "Dawn of Destruction":||Absent|
|Race to the Edge, Season 6|
|1. "In Plain Sight":||Absent||8. "Triple Cross":||Absent|
|2. "No Bark, All Bite":||Absent||9. "Family Matters":||Appears|
|3. "Chain of Command":||Absent||10. "Darkest Night":||Absent|
|4. "Loyal Order of Ingerman":||Absent||11. "Guardians of Vanaheim":||Absent|
|5. "A Gruff Separation":||Absent||12. "King of Dragons, Part 1":||Absent|
|6. "Mi Amore Wing":||Absent||13. "King of Dragons, Part 2":||Appears|
|7. "Ruff Transition":||Absent|
- Unlike most dragon eggs, Garff's didn't explode as violently when he hatched. This could be because his species doesn't breathe fire.
- Garff is the fourth dragon to be raised by another dragon of the same species that isn't his biological parent, with the first three being Bing, Bam, and Boom.
- However, he is the first that isn't a Thunderdrum.
- Unlike the adult Death Song, Garff walks on four legs.
- Chicken was the first character to sing to Garf.
- Garff is the second dragon to appear as a baby and an adult, with Torch being the first.
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