Hiccup has a Windwalker as a riding dragon in the How to Train Your Dragon books. He is introduced in How to Twist a Dragon's Tale and is seen in every book thereafter. Windwalkers are faithful and fast.
Windwalkers sided with the humans in the Rebellion.
Traits and Abilities
Windwalkers change quite a bit as they age. Infant Windwalkers are covered with both fur and feathers, and are a bit of an ugly ducking.
- "A newborn Windwalker is a rather extraordinary ball of feathers and fur and looks remarkably like a cross-eyed duckling mixed with an anxious wolf cub."
- ―The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide To Dragon Species
When young, the fur slows the dragon down and its ankles and wing joints are wobbly and bendy. However, as it grows the Windwalker slowly loses the fur and grows more sleek, and its flying ability improves as its joints firm up. If referencing the cover of How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, Windwalkers seem to take on a somewhat crocodilian appearance as they age. They are one of the few dragons able to fly into the thin upper atmosphere, and as an older adolescent can almost match a Silver Phantom in flight. As a mid-aged teenager, Hiccup's Windwalker had turned into one of the swiftest, most maneuverable dragons in the Archipelago.
At young age, Windwalkers have larger eyes and ears, small horns, 5 curved claws on each foot, and small protruding saber teeth. They are covered with both fur and feathers, and are a bit of an ugly ducking. As an adolescent the Windwalker begins to lose the fur and grow more sleek. It has not yet mastered flying, but still can carry a person and move swiftly on the ground. As an adult, the Windwalker grows a longer neck, darker scales, wickedly sharp, curved claws, and its maw now resembles that of a crocodile, with many of its teeth showing. The nose horn grows longer and its ears are smaller than when it was young. It can now seat 3 people whereas it used to have slight trouble carrying one. The Windwalker is truly impressive on maturation.
According to The Complete Book of Dragons, Windwalkers form a chrysalis at the age of seventeen years and emerge in six to seven months. The reader is left wondering what magnificent form the Windwalker has taken after this transformation. Because of this development timeline and the fact that Hiccup's Windwalker has not yet reached Chrysalis stage, it would seem Hiccup and his Windwalker are roughly the same age—early to mid-teens—during the Book series.
Windwalkers have excellent hearing and sight. Their nictitating membranes (third eye-lids) are transparent, allowing the dragon eye protection but not compromising sight. They are able to speak Dragonese, though Hiccup's Windwalker is portrayed as mute. The Complete Book of Dragons also indicates that a Windwalker can produce either electricity or lightning bolts.
- Some fans speculate that Toothless from the HTTYD Franchise is based partially on Toothless from the Books, as well as Hiccup's Windwalker from the Books. Similarities include: extreme loyalty, about the same ages, black color, Hiccup's "riding" dragon, and a superb flyer.
- There is a fan theory suggesting that after the chrysalis stage, the Windwalker will become a Silver Phantom, but this has not been confirmed.
- How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (Book 9), Cressida Cowell. 2011.
- How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (Book 10), Cressida Cowell. 2012.
- 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.