How to Be a Pirate is the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon and the second book in the book series. It was released in 2004 in the UK and on May 11, 2005 in the US.


Hopeless at advanced rudery, awful at bad spelling and truly pathetic at spitting, Hiccup blunders his way through the Pirate Training Programme and unsuccessfully attempts to seek out Grimbeard the Ghastly’s treasure - not exactly the skills needed to be a great Viking Chieftain!
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Follows the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as his viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.
  — Official Summary  


Hiccup and Fishlegs find a coffin out at sea during sword fighting lessons. When the Hairy Hooligans open the coffin, they find it contains Alvin the Treacherous, who goes by the name Alvin the Poor but Honest Farmer. We soon realize later in the book Alvin is an outcast, and will become Hiccup's worst enemy. Alvin tells the Hairy Hooligans a riddle that shows where to find the treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly, the world's greatest pirate and Hiccup's great-great grandfather.

The Hairy Hooligans go to the island mentioned in the riddle, the island of the Skullions, and find a small chest filled with treasure. However, Grimbeard the Ghastly booby-trapped the chest with a smell that will wake up all of the Skullions, huge ear-less, eyeless dragons with an unusually keen sense of smell. Hiccup is nearly killed by a Skullion, but is saved by his father, Stoick the Vast. Hooligans and Alvin the Treacherous run to the ship with the treasure and fight over the loot. As they fight, their ship is boarded by cannibalistic Vikings, and the ship sinks. Everyone jumps ship except for Hiccup, Fishlegs, Alvin the Treacherous and Toothless.

The ship sinks to the bottom of the sea, and they all escape into an underwater cavern filled with air. Toothless finds a door that opens into a cavern full of gold and jewels, and Alvin tries to kill Hiccup to keep him from taking any treasure. Fortunately, in the middle of the battle, Alvin steps on a pile of treasure that rears up and grabs him. Hiccup realizes there is enormous Monstrous Strangulator , an octopus-like dragon creature, in the cave. Alvin is quickly eaten, but Hiccup tricks the Monstrous Strangulator into poisoning itself. They escape the cave, and Hiccup decides the world isn't ready for the treasure. Hiccup and Fishlegs soon surface with Toothless's help, and they all return safely to the village. However, as said at the end of the book, is Alvin really dead?


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