The Vampire Spydragon is seen in How to Betray a Dragon's Hero and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury in the How to Train Your Dragon (series). These dragons sided with humans in the Dragon Rebellion, notably with the witch Excellinor .
Traits and Abilities
The Vampire Spydragon is described as having a monkey-like appearance, but with bat's wings. In How to Betray a Dragon's Hero, it is also described as having a thick hairy hide. It has the ability to camouflage itself so as to be effectively invisible, and therefore its exact color is not known. Only its red eyes may show up. Vampire Spydragons can hunt in groups, however are not strict pack animals.
Vampire Spydragons have two long serrated canine teeth. These teeth will break off into a bite wound on a victim as well as injecting a relatively mild toxin. The tooth acts as a homing beacon to the dragon, and will even make a ticking sound while imbedded in the victim's flesh. In humans, the toxin causes extensive bruising, swelling, and numbness at the bite wound and adjacent areas on the body. Staring at a Vampire Spydragon's eyes can also cause some disorientation, which allows the dragon to more easily bite its prey.
Vampire Spydragons also have the ability to shed their tails as a last resort when trapped.
- How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (Book 11), Cressida Cowell. 2013
- The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide To Dragon Species, Cressida Cowell. 2014
- How to Fight a Dragon's Fury (Book 12), Cressida Cowell. 2015