The Shovelhelm is a medium-sized Boulder Class dragon that first appeared in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Official Description

Known as "Berk's Builders," Shovelhelms use their scooping chins to dig and their hard heads to hammer, making them very handy to have around!
Shovelhelms prefer to stand back and assess the situation. On Berk they find the problem and fix it. In battle they find the problem and take advantage!
  Dragons: Rise of Berk  
As the annual tournament draws near, a viking's most valuable trait is nothing short of empowered ambition - or so some say. When it comes to working in groups, nothing's better than the reliable nature of a team player, and that was what Astrid soon found in School of Dragons' newest arrival, the SHOVELHELM!
While vikings are scrambling to put in the necessary preparations for the Clash of the Clans, Astrid is always one step ahead in maintaining a rigorous training regimen with her lovable Stormfly. Bearing a stunning record at Thunderrun Racing and practically perfect aim for the Fireball Frenzy, the brightest member of the Hofferson clan knows how to make her family proud!
Still even Astrid knew the value of a well-deserved break after powering through some healthy exercises. She figured now's as good as any to check on everyone else at the Training Grounds. Unfortunately, what she and Stormfly discovered instead was an area overrun with vikings and dragons too focused on their own preparations to consider the potentially disastrous aftermath of their making!
Or so they thought, until she noticed one Boulder Class dragon flying around from spot to spot repairing damaged parts amidst the chaos. While no one else noticed this lone dragon, Astrid confronted the steadfast helper to welcome it and offer her assistance. Immediately, the Shovelhelm took to her and led her to a nest of eggs in need of protection.
Understanding its concerns, Astrid and Stormfly went right to work in carrying its eggs to the Trading Post for safety. If you're worthy enough to earn the loyalty of this amiable dragon, come by and befriend a Shovelhelm today!
  School of Dragons  


The Shovelhelm was created using a modular system to mix and match preset body parts onto different dragons. It was created from the same base that was used for the Snafflefang, Snifflehunch, Thunderclaw, Windgnasher, and two other Unknown Dragons.

Physical Appearance

  • Dragons: Rise of Berk: Shovelhelm Egg
  • School of Dragons: Shovelhelm Egg
  • Titan Wing


In "Dragons: Rise of Berk", the Shovelhelm's egg is light blue with brown stripes. It has four rows of spikes, each run down the egg. The Shovelhelm's egg tapers towards the top. In "School of Dragons", the Shovelhelm's egg is blue on the top half and yellow on the bottom half. It has a crystal-like appearance and is asymmetrical.

Hatchling to Adult

Shovelhelms' colors range from chartreuse to aquamarine with purple to brown stripes. They have large fangs on their lower jaw and possess a frill on the back of their heads. Their tails are paddle-shaped, which might also be used for their building abilities. They possess stubby arms, but they have been seen to rest or even stand on them, making it semi-quadrupedal. The digging chin ledge, the hammer like head and the flat paddle-like tail all used for building, this dragons behavior and abilities are most likely based off of beavers. Shovelhelms have a similar appearance to Snafflefangs and Thunderclaws, with their large bodies, strong hind legs, and small forelimbs. Shovelhelms have a solid ridged crest on the back of their skulls, and a very long pointed chin. They come in all sorts of colors with splodgy, usually at least 2 different colors. Their tails are fin-like, possibly also used for their building abilities. It has stubby arms, but they have been seen to rest or even on them, making them semi-quadrupedal dragons.

Titan Wing

Titan Shovelhelms are brown in color, with yellow wings and tail, a blue frill and navy blue wavy stripes along its back and wings. Its nasal horn is also much longer and sharper. In addition, these Titans developed a row of spines along their backs.



Shovelhelms possess well-developed strength to help with their behaviors of building and fixing. Clawlifter is shown to be strong enough to carry Hiccup all the way to Valka's Mountain.


Shovelhelms are able to produce orange-colored flames that can be used to illuminate dark environments.


Shovelhelms aren't particularly fast in the air or on the ground. They are very simple and docile, and can have their feelings hurt very easily.

Behavior and Personality

Shovelhelms are sociable creatures and they are friendly towards other dragons. It's possible that these dragons might work with or for other dragons, such as the Bewilderbeast for nest building.

These dragons are also known to be level-headed and intelligent. They nip the root of the problem, instead of recklessly attacking or charging into action. They like to examine the situation first, then evaluate it and find the best way to solve it.


Shovelhelms can be coaxed with fish. If they are curious, let them help you build something.


How to Train Your Dragon 2

In this film, when Valka first met a Dragon Rider on a Night Fury, she sent a Shovelhelm, Clawlifter, to grab him from above. Clawlifter grabbed the young boy as the Night Fury plummeted into the icy lake below them. Then, Clawlifter carried him to his mountain, right behind Valka. The boy attempted to train him. After that, it was revealed that the boy was none other than Hiccup — Valka's son. More Shovelhelms were later seen in the mountain.

All the Shovelhelms from Valka's Mountain fought viciously in the battle against Drago's Army. After Drago's Bewilderbeast defeated Valka's, all the Shovelhelms bowed to their new Alpha. After they were freed by Toothless from the Bewilderbeast's control, they fought against the giant dragon. In the aftermath, they bowed to Toothless, acknowledging him as their new Alpha.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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Dragons: Rise of Berk

The Shovelhelm's name was first revealed in Rise of Berk. Titan Shovelhelms, Clawlifter, and Guslout were also made available in the game.

School of Dragons

The Shovelhelm also became available in this game as a rideable dragon in February 2016.



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