I am Harald Forkbeard: trader, navigator and master of adventure at your service.
  — Harald introducing himself  

Harald Forkbeard is a character introduced in third expansion pack for School of Dragons, Battle for the Edge.

He is a pirate from a distant land and has a pet Terrible Terror, Leopold.


Tricking the Dragon Riders

Harald show's up on Dragon's Edge after the Riders deal with the first attack by Dragon Hunters. While Hiccup welcomes the newcomer, Astrid is suspicious of him.

He accompanies the Dragon Riders to the neighboring islands around Dragon's Edge. He even frees a Prickleboggle from a dragon trap.

However, after the Dragon Riders head to Hobblegrunt Island to save some captured dragons, they return to find that Harald has stolen the hunter's weaponry, as well the Book of Dragons. He soon traps the Archaeologist, whom the Riders began to speculate was working with him, in a cage to prevent him from interfering with his plans.

The Dragon Riders use the Flightmare's frozen mist to paralyze and capture Harald. While he is not remorseful about his actions, he offers to take the player to the Dragon Hunters' hideout to save the dragons they captured. Afterwards, he sails towards Dragon's Edge with a mysterious object from Hobblegrunt Island the Hunters stole, with them following behind.

Encounter with the Green Death

Harold had made several dealings at Auction Island, including providing for a scam of a rock turning Dragons to stone. He finds these rocks at Dragon Island. The next time the Dragon Riders see him is when they had gone to Dragon Island. He states that he is stuck on the island and asks for help. The riders accept but they first want to solve the problem with the Green Death. When the riders are distracted by the huge dragon, Harald stoles Astrid's compass and uses a secret tunnel to escape. He then tries to sail off, but the Green Death attacks him. The player then distracts the dragon who calms down in front of Toothless, the Alpha. Harald then fires a wood piece which gets in the Green Death's neck. While the player helps the Green Death, Harald makes his escape, leaving the blue orb to the Dragon Riders.

Watching from the Shadows

When Hiccup and the player visit the Leviathan after he grew up, Harald and a mysterious person are seen in the background, watching the scene.

Torn between Loyalties

Later during the Expansion, "Rise of Stormheart", Harald is working for another person, Nikora Stormheart. He acts as a liaison between her and the Dragon Riders on Dragon's Edge. Despite his professed loyalty to his new boss, he helps the player and Riders destroy Stormheart's stash of Grimora venom, claiming to be worried about Leopold's safety.

Fight against the Dragon Riders

During the Expansion "Wrath of Stormheart", Harald reappears as a loyal right-hand man of Nikora Stormheart. He is in charge of attacking Berk while captaining The Tempest. The player, along with Valka fight off Nikora's forces commanded by Harald. He also fights the player directly during a 'Dragon Tactics' ability. Leopold even helps by breathing fire at the player. Ultimately, the player defeats Harald in combat and he retreats. Conquering Berk, however, was never the goal. The attack was only serving as a diversion while Nikora took over Auction Island.

Later, Harald speaks with the player on Auction Island and indicates he fully supports Nikora's plans.

Physical Appearance

Harald has blonde hair, pulled back into a banded ponytail and a thin, pointed beard.

He wears a brown tunic with a red sash and brown belt over it, and a yellow long sleeve shirt. His gloves have fur lacing on them, as well as on his boots and tunic. Harald also wears decorated, metal guard on his left shoulder and forearm.


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Harald only looks out for numer one: Harald! And, well, Leopold, I guess. But that's it. It's the two of us against the world!
  — Harald  


I hope you don't mind that I made myself at home.
I only trade with upstanding vikings.
Your dragons are amazing! I'm sure they can protect me.
You won't regret taking me in... I promise. I'm a right resourceful kind of guy. You'll reap all sorts of benefits with me around.
Looks like I've got to learn a lot about dragons, Hiccup. I look forward to stealing all your knowledge, ha ha!
Hey there! I'm getting a feel for the waters around your Dragon's Edge. I was navigating the shortest path here with the currents, but I appreaciate you slowing down on the flight over to give me a sporting chance to keep up.
These creatures are pretty convenient.
A dragon is stuck in a Dragon Hunter cage? Say no more, friend. I've picked up a few useful skills on the seven seas.
Hello dragon! Don't claw my eyes out, you hear? Harald's going to get you out of that sticky little situation.
'Things go wrong'? You don't trust me? I'm wounded, Hiccup
But you are the mighty Dragon Hunters! There's no way a dragon could best you if you put your mind to it.
So! Great big bestie is in the volcano, lots of destroyed ships are on the outside, and poisonous gas is all around the ocean. It's a mess, isn't it? Hiccup, my boy, give me a lift off the island... or do you only help dragons now?
Now that you're going into the volcano, you don't need poor old Harald to go with you. I've helped as much as I can!
You dragon riders always take me to the most interesting places.
I know, I know -- why am I here after I last fled with my tail tucked between my legs? Well, can you blame me for fleeing a dragon the size of an island? Besides, I helped you out then, and I'm here to do you another favor. Berk will gain a very powerful ally, if you have the courage to listen.
Here we are at the jewel of the ocean: the Tempest. The captain standing on the bridge of the ship is no less impressive.
What a nice surprise to see you here. I hope my friends don't make you nervous; they're just here to make sure that I have a pleasant time here, on Auction Island.
I understand she needs a way to neutralize the strengths of her enemies, but I keep telling her there must be a better way than Grimora venom. I worry that my dear Leopold will cross her sights one day. He doesn't deserve that; he should be called an Adorable Terror, in my book.


  • His name appears to be based on Harald II of Denmark, sometimes referred to as Harald Forkbeard.
  • Hiccup's trust and Astrid's mistrust towards Harald mirrors their first impression of Heather. They both also have lied and stole the Book of Dragons.
    • However, Heather was trying to save her parents, while Harald was trying to make a profit.
  • Harald is the third person to lie and betray the Dragon Riders. The other two are Heather and Hroar. Coincidentally, all their names begin with "H."
  • Harald is the only villain that has a dragon who is truly loyal to their master. Alvin's relationship with Groundsplitter is unclear, Dagur's Skrill has escaped, and Drago Bludvist tortured his Bewilderbeast into following his orders.
    • Dagur does have Shattermaster and Sleuther, who are loyal to him. However, he was not a villain when they became his dragons.
  • His name is nearly identical to Hiccup's French name, "Harold."

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