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The Speed Stinger is a Sharp Class dragon that appeared in Defenders of Berk. They are flightless and hunt in packs and have a leader, the Lead Stinger. It appeared in the episode Frozen, and also appeared in School of Dragons, and the Race to the Edge episode, The Next Big Sting and Last Auction Heroes.

Dragon Appearance

The Speed Stinger is a swift, flightless dragon which resembles a featherless theropod Raptor/dinosaur. Even though it's flightless, with sail-like appendages on its head, back and legs, the Speed Stinger does have wings, these are very small and useless. Its name is derived from the barbed stinger at the tip of its tail (rather like a stingray's). All of them have red stingers and red eyes. Their small pupils resemble those of Terrible Terrors. They also have muscular back legs with webbed feet. Average Speed Stingers are green, while the leader has red stripes and highlights, and is slightly bigger than the rest of the pack.

Stinger tail

Speed Stinger's tail

History

How To Train Your Dragon

The Speed Stinger is found in the Dragon Manual when Hiccup was searching for information on Night Furies.

Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Frozen

The Speed Stinger made it first physical appearance during an extreme blizzard that froze the ocean. While Hiccup and Toothless were searching for Trader Johann, they could see a pack of these dragons running beneath them, on the frozen sea. It later turned out the Pack had taken over Berk, and paralyzed most of its citizens, including Stoick, Snotlout, and Meatlug. Ultimately, Toothless and Hiccup managed to lure the Stingers away from Berk, by capturing their leader, the Lead Stinger, luring it back along the path and forcing the other Speed Stingers to follow until Hookfang- ridden by Snotlout with Gustav Larson acting as his arms due to his paralysis- was able to melt the path and leave them trapped.

Race to the Edge

The Next Big Sting

The gang found an injured adolescent Speed Stinger. After much consideration, the gang decided to bring it back to Dragon's Edge. After Fishlegs nursed it back to health and trained it, the Speed Stinger grew close to the gang, except for Snotlout and Ruffnut. The riders named the Speed Stinger 'Speedy'. Fishlegs then learnt that Speed Stingers evolved webbed feet to travel from island to island. Meanwhile, Speedy's pack hopped from island to island in search of him. Ruffnut and Snotlout, enraged by Speedy's aggressive behavior towards them and stinging their dragons, decide to kidnap and abandon him. Fortunately, the rest of the gang caught up, only to see that Speedy's pack had arrived. After defeating them, Speedy grew closer to the entire gang. He reluctantly left the riders and joined his pack after some persuasion.

Last Auction Heroes

The Dragon Hunters also captured several speed stingers for their Dragon Auction on their Island.

Behavior

The Speed Stinger is described as the Velociraptor of the Dragon World, being extremely intelligent and cunning. These dragons are ravenous scavengers, that will often steal from other dragons and Vikings but they probably also hunt. They live in packs, led by a Lead Stinger, and have a hive-like mindset. They hide under the shadows of the sun. The Lead Stinger decides everything, and the pack follows wherever he goes; without him or her, the pack becomes useless. Speed Stingers are nocturnal, spending the days in caverns in order to avoid predators. When attacking, they leap in the air and use their stinger to paralyze their victims. Any member of a Speed Stinger pack would be very loyal to their pack, and protect them at all costs, even from its own kind, or previous pack.

Abilities

The Speed Stinger lives up to its name. It is the fastest dragon on land, hunts in packs, and can't fly like all the other dragons. But this dragon is in the Sharp Class but it has proven to be mostly likely be in the Strike Class as for incredible speed, stealth, and high intelligent dragon on the ground.

Intelligence

Stingers are said to be one of the highly intelligent dragons though it may not be in the Strike Class Dragons but has proven to be smart enough to find ways against their enemies as leading to ambush or problem solver.

Senses

Speed Stingers have excellent and powerful night vision where they can see perfectly at night and even through a minor snowstorm.

Paralyzing Sting

Adult

The sharp stinger on the end of its barbed tail contains a powerful venom that can paralyze a victim entirely in just one sting. The sting eventually wears off, some in hours, most in days.

Adolescent

An adolescent Speed Stinger's venom is not fully developed as it can't paralyze an entire victim on one sting. Instead, the venom only works around the area of the sting, leaving the rest of the body movable and operational.

Water Running

It is said by Fishlegs in Race to the Edge that the Speed Stingers living on an island near to Dragon's Edge

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Speed Stinger webbing.

had developed webbed feet. This implies that the trait was either undiscovered before now or is only intrinsic to that group of Speed Stingers, as Hiccup later says it's proof of dragon evolution, implying that the Speed Stingers in Defenders of Berk did not have this trait. This makes sense, as they only found Berk through use of an ice bridge, while the Speed Stingers in Race to the Edge had managed to track the riders all the way back to Dragon's Edge. Furthermore, the readiness of the Speed Stingers to cross the ice bridge implies that they knew there would be food upon crossing, meaning they could have known of Berk's existence for quite some time but had no access to it.

Lead Stinger

The Lead Speed Stinger is the largest Stinger is a pack, their red stripe, wings, and fins make them easy to identify. The leader is the strongest, largest, and overall dangerous. Although the riders don't know it, these Stingers are the most valuable dragons. As they are always in the front of the pack, it is not good if they are in a fight with five dragons and their trainers!  

The Leader Stinger has shown to be able dodge and try to fight a Night Fury as proven its speed and agile body is able to compete against Toothless but with lack of strength it mostly will depend on its venom to win.  

Endurance and Stamina

Due to the high energy of their running, Speed Stingers have highly calloused skin that can protect them from fire and make them impervious to arrows and spears. Speed Stingers have high stamina, as they are able to run very long distances and hunt down their prey without any sign of fatigue.

Speed and Agility

Speed Stingers lack any flame usage. This is because all the internal flame energy goes to its powerful legs, which give it its speed, agility, and the capacity to jump high. With high speed on their side they are the fastest land runner of all dragons. As they fast enough to be almost invisible traveling at high speed. As one of the most agile dragons.

Hunting and Scavenger

As they hunt in large packs they have shown to stun everyone on the same location either humans or dragons as they can settle on their prey for long time of period since their venom is able to last for long period of time as they are able to rest for while so they consume later. In pack they will run large circle to trap their prey to make them unable to flee as they can strike the prey to make them paralyzed or they can attack for big ambush by running to the bushes or dark shadows to strike.

According to the Dragon Tracker, they are also scavengers that they are able to eat on carcass possible as they could trespass on other dragons territory for their food source.

Combat and Strength

Speed Stingers have been show that their always count on their venom in combat as they have shown going against a Triple Stryker wasn't able to defeat it. Speed Stingers have shown some of their strength as they are able to break free from be trap in rope that was tied on them.

Training

Speed Stingers were said to be too aggressive to be trained. However, in School of Dragons, it is revealed they can be trained, though only at a young age. During a quest, the Headmaster decides to train a Stinger since they can't fly. He is unable to do so, even the player does earn the trust of the pack from a previous quest. Another quest from Icestorm Island reveals that Speed Stingers will not be aggressive if one earns their trust, such as returning a lost juvenile of their kind. In The Next Big Sting, Hiccup trained an adolescent Speed Stinger, Speedy for a short while before he returned to his pack.

If trained, Speed Stingers would stay to protect, even if it means to leave its old pack. Any friend of its trainer would be considered as a pack member, and even when a trained Speed Stinger does not like an individual, for example Speedy to Snotlout, the Speed Stinger would remain to protect the individual if he/she is considered as a pack member.

Known Speed Stingers

Trivia

  • The Speed Stinger strongly resembles the Stinger Dragons from the How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular. The resemblance and name similarities are notable enough to hint that the dragons may be the same species just in different forms of telling the story of the How To Train Your Dragon Universe.
  • The Speed Stinger's roar uses the same sound effects as the "Velociraptors" in the Jurassic Park films. This is most likely due to their resemblances.
  • The Speed Stinger's tail resembles a scorpion's stinger, or to be more accurate, a stingray's tail.
  • Although it did appear in the dragon manual in the movie, it did not appear in the short Book of Dragons. The image may have been put in the book to fill in space, but was later embraced in Defenders of Berk. 
  • The Speed Stinger is one of the very few dragons that does not have a horn on its nose or a horn-shaped nose.
  • Speed Stingers are the only dragons that do not have a fire type, however, in School of Dragons, they shoot a type of acid. This is most likely due to many feature in the game require a dragon's firepower. This is also a reason to the fact that Speed Stingers use internal energy for their leg muscles, while fire breath requires a lot of energy, acids do not.
  • The Speed Stinger is the first dragon in the series to be flightless. The second being the Bewilderbeast.
  • Despite Fishlegs saying one drop of their venom can freeze a human or dragon in an instant, it took six Stingers to paralyze Stoick. This could mean their poison can be counteracted by either sheer adrenaline, body size or both, although this might just mean it took six dragons before one of them could sting him. The latter is most likely the right one. This dragon's venom may act a bit more slowly the bigger the animal or person its acted upon. Such as when Stormfly received a single sting, it took a few seconds to paralyze her completely. Also when the first Speed Stinger attack happened, it took four Speed Stingers to instantly paralyze Flystorm, a Deadly Nadder that they had cornered.
  • They are one of the fastest dragons in terms of their overall speed, 13, and are also excellent at stealth.
  • Although this dragon is not the first dragon unable to breath fire, it is the first to have no ranged attack.
  • It looks like a combination between a Velociraptor, a shark, and a scorpion.
  • Like the Stormcutter and Night Fury, Speed Stingers are able to hang themselves or sleep upside down like a bat.
  • Their teeth reach further back when compared to other dragons.
  • The Speed Stinger resembles the fictional dinosaur species Acceraptor from the TV Show Terra Nova, since they both have sharp weapons at the edge of their tails.
  • While Speed Stingers are untrainable full grown, they can be trained at a young age.
  • While clearly based on "Raptors", the Stingers forearms resemble those of a T. rex.
  • The official stats for the Speed Stinger are most likely inaccurate, such as its speed 30, which most likely means the speed on land (since it only moves on land), although this has never been seen before, it is not as fast as a Night Fury and a few other dragons. Meaning that the speed 13 from the Cartoon Network stats would be its overall speed.
    • The stealth 30 is also another issue. Even though it has excellent stealth, they have not yet been proven to be better at stealth than a Changewing.
  • Speed Stingers can adapt to live in cold environments such as the Arctic. A pack of Speed Stingers were encountered in Icestorm Island.
  • Speed Stingers are very similar to Night Terrors.
    • Both hunt in packs.
    • Both are led by a leader.
    • Only the lead dragon has a distinct appearance.
    • They are both nocturnal.
    • Both don't know what to do without the leader.
  • The Speed Stinger egg looks very similar to a snail shell. They could also be based on ammonite fossils.
  • The Speed Stingers from Race to the Edge are quite possibly a second subspecies to the Speed Stingers seen in Defenders of Berk due to their water running ability and being slightly smaller then the ones in Defenders of Berk.
  • When the Speed Stingers were first released in School of Dragons there existed a glitch in which you could make them fly.

Gallery

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Notes and References

  1. DOBlogo Defenders of Berk – "Frozen"
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named TNBS

External link

Dradon site logo Speed Stinger in the Dragonpedia.

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