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Yaks are a common background animal on Berk and seen across various Franchise media.

Appearance

Yaks (Bos grunniens) are woolly, shaggy large mammals with a pair of horns. They have cloven feet. They are in the bovine family, making them related to cattle, bison, buffalo, and others.

Behavior

Yaks are quiet animals that were terribly afraid of dragons when they invaded Berk. These large mammals are often found slowly grazing grass at on Berk. They do not have many talents or abilities, however, they are known to be able to run at fast speeds when escaping danger. When they fall down, they are unable to stand up again. This makes them an easy target for dragons to hunt.

Function

Yaks appear to substitute for cattle in the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise. These livestock are used for their milk, meat, and hides. Presumably other parts are used for things like their bones and horns, as well.

In actuality, in addition to the above, they are also used for riding, sport, and as a draft animal.

Appearances

Dragons: Riders of Berk

In "Animal House"here was a terrible blizzard. Yaks and other animals were returning to Berk village with the Dragon Riders, but as they could not see well, the gang got lost. Terrified of dragons, the animals ran away. Hiccup and the gang then captured them all and the yaks overcame their fear.

In "How to Pick Your Dragon", Ruffnut Thorston and Tuffnut Thorston overturned yaks for fun. The animals were unable to return to their feet.

In "Heather Report, Part 1", Hiccup offered Heather some fresh yak milk. This shows that yak milk is used.

In "What Flies Beneath", Toothless' Rival, a Whispering Death devoured a yak along with several Sheep.

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 1

Thor Bonecrusher saved a yak calf from falling off a cliff by jumping in front of it, pinching it and causing it to sleep in "Big Man on Berk".

Dawn of the Dragon Racers

A baby yak charged at Ruffnut and Tuffnut when they thought that it was the black sheep.

Games

Dragons: Rise of Berk

In the Journey activity for Fishlegs and Meatlug to Forest Island, Fishlegs carries along dried Yak meat to entice the wary Firescrapes with.

There is also the building "Yak Farm" a player places on Berk to increase their Viking population and advance in the Game.

School of Dragons

In the games, School of Dragons, the player has a farm with various crops and livestock to raise and harvest. Yak are one of the animals a player can purchase and harvest milk from. There are various Farm Jobs which require Yak milk for completion. There are also other Quests relating to Yaks - for example the quest "Scrubbed Clean: Part 1" requires the player to obtain Yak tallow (rendered fat) for soap-making.

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Trivia

  • Yak are not native to Scandinavia. They live in central Asia in the Himalayas, and have been domesticated for thousands of years.
  • There is a breed of cow called the "Scottish Highland" that roughly resembles Yaks in How to Train Your Dragon. They are dual purpose cattle with wide horns and long shaggy coats.

References

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Domestic Yak on Wikipedia
Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Highland cattle on Wikipedia

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