The Berserkers appear to be a militaristic tribe with many weapons at their disposal. However, they are also fishermen, and this may account for a large portion of their livelihood.
|“||Berserkers used metal daggers to lure Skrills into traps. The dragon is drawn to this due to its electrical properties.||”|
|— Viggo in "Triple Cross"|
The Berserker Tribe utilize a variety of weaponry - crossbows, catapults, axes, bludgeons, and swords throughout the TV series.
Franchise Tribe Members
- Oswald the Agreeable (former chief, deceased)
- Dagur the Deranged (current chief)
- Mala (current chieftess)
- Berserker Herald
- Berserker Guard
In "Twinsanity", the Berserkers visit Berk when it was time for the annual signing of the peace treaty. Stoick was expecting Oswald the Agreeable, the chief of the Berserker tribe, but to their great astonishment, Oswald's son Dagur (whom Hiccup describes as a lunatic and many other berkians fear) turns out to be the new chief of the Berserkers, and is now called Dagur the Deranged. Dagur explains that his father has been "retired", and he took over the responsibility of being chief of the tribe, though Dagur doesn't have any qualities of a good chief. After a few events in the episode, Dagur and the Berserkers were forced to flee, but told Gobber to consider the treaty signed.
In a "A View to a Skrill, Part 1" and "A View to a Skrill, Part 2", the Berserkers commanded a vast armada of ships. According to the stories told by Stoick's grandfather, the Berserkers had the ability to command the power of the Skrill, using tethered harnesses to force the dragon to attack with lightning. The Berserkers discovered a frozen Skrill and tried to dig it out, but were stopped by the dragon riders. They fought off the riders again when they were trying to capture the dragon again. While they did not get it, the Berserkers formed an alliance with the Outcasts, who had the Skrill, to attack Berk. In the end, Dagur used the Skrill to defeat Alvin, and become chief of both the Berserkers and the Outcasts. Their invasion was put on hold after Hiccup had freed and refroze the Skrill.
Following the loss of the Skrill in "The Flight Stuff", the Berserkers and the Outcasts, who had joined together, set up a trap for Hiccup and Toothless, but failed once again.
The Berserkers gave Trader Johann a pile of metal that was actually a Smothering Smokebreath nest with hatchlings inside it, in the episode "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". At first, the Smokebreaths were able to steal all the weapons and metal on Berk. However, an idea by the riders caused the Smokebreaths to attack the Berserkers, taking their armor, weapons and ships apart.
In "Cast Out, Part 1" and "Cast Out, Part 2", the Berserkers snuck into Berk and planted Dragon Root in the Dragon Academy to make the Dragons attack each other. When Dagur trapped the Riders in the academy and demanded Toothless, the Berserkers then fought Stoick and his Hooligans. Though Stoick was able to free Fishlegs to take the Dragon Root away, the Berserkers then captured Stoick, and took him to Outcast Island. After delivering their terms, the Berserkers then captured Hiccup and Toothless. However, the Berserkers were later stopped by Alvin the Treacherous, his whispering deaths, Mildew, and the Screaming Death. Dagur and the Berserkers were then captured and imprisoned by Alvin.
In "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1" and "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 2", Dagur and most of his Berserkers then spent 3 years in prison on Outcast Island. However, Dagur, Vorg, Savage and other Berserkers later escaped, taking Trader Johann's ship with them to get revenge on Hiccup and Berk. They later went to the Ship Graveyard to capture the riders other than Hiccup. Afterwards, they took the Dragon Eye from Hiccup and sailed off with it. However, Hiccup made a surprise attack on Dagur, and got the Dragon Eye back.
In "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1" and "Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 2", a rogue dragon rider (Heather) has been plotting revenge on Dagur for destroying her village, and attacks the Berserkers, but is then captured by Dagur with Dragon proof chains. Later, Heather, and the riders attack the Berserkers, who have a new set of ships with Dragon Proof Winches. They are then, once again, defeated.
Dagur and his men then attacked Berk in order to find the location of Dragon's Edge. The Berserkers then attacked Dragon's edge but were driven back by the Auxiliary Team in the episode, "Team Astrid".
They then took part in another attack on Dragon's Edge with no apparent success, in "Edge of Disaster, Part 1.
In "King of Dragons, Part 2" Berserker Island and its people are attacked by Johann, Krogan, the Dragon Hunters, and Dragon Flyers. Berserker Island was determined to be the location of the 'King of Dragons', a Bewilderbeast beneath the island.
- After becoming allies of the Dragon Hunters, the Berserkers start to use arrowheads laced with Dragon Root.
- A running gag in the series is that the Berserkers, particularly Captain Vorg, are thrown overboard, usually by Dagur. They would then swim back, only to be thrown off again.
- Berserkers were actual Norse warriors who fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury. Most historians believe that berserkers worked themselves into a rage before battle, but some think that they might have consumed drugged foods.
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