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It's remarkably docile for a dragon of its size. Almost yak-like. [src]
  Fishlegs, inspecting the dragon  

The Buffalord is a medium-sized Mystery Class dragon that first appeared in Dragons: Race to the Edge.

Official Description

Although it's been hunted to near extinction, the benevolent Buffalord holds the only cure to the lethal disease known as the Scourge of Odin.
Once roaming across the Archipelago in large herds, the Buffalord now lives a solitary existence grazing in peace and secreting a green drool with amazing curative properties. As such, this exceeding rare dragon would fetch a hefty price at any auction. Fortunately, the Buffalord has no interest in leaving its grassy plains and will keep any hunter at bay with its abilities: firing the many spikes studding its hide and doubling its size by inflating!
Don't let its docile demeanor fool you! Thought to be extinct, this already massive dragon will double in size and will become extremely aggressive if removed from its food source.
When in battle (or away from its food) this dragon can puff up to reveal spikes covering it from head to tail. If it's not blasting these spikes, it's snorting out flames...
  Dragons: Rise of Berk  
Vikings from all over campus have been talking about it! Have you heard the news? A new dragon has been spotted on the grassy hills of School of Dragons. And now you can join all the eager dragon trainers, rushing to Johann's Trading post, to meet and befriend the serene and beautiful Buffalord!
The dragon appeared seemingly out of nowhere, as if drawn to the green hillside found surround parts of campus. After eating its fill, this winged companion flew down to closer to the school grounds, hoping to find more resources to sustain its travels. And, it was at that moment that the Headmaster realized what was before his eyes. "It's a Buffalord!" he exclaimed before tracking down Hiccup to help welcome the dragon. They provided it with food and followed it to its nest, tucked away on a secluded isle not far from Berk.
Hiccup looked to the Book of Dragons to find out that this Mystery Class dragon was well known for its armored body, potent — and sometimes curative — saliva, as well as its explosive fire! And because many Vikings had never seen an actual Buffalord until now, the sudden encounter created quite a buzz.
But more importantly, Vikings like you now have the opportunity to train with this laidback and darling dragon. Think you are ready to welcome the Buffalord to your brood?
  School of Dragons  

Physical Appearance


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Buffalord eggs are oval shaped eggs which are green with brown spots in coloration, and its surface is formed by four separate segments overlapping each other. They have a row of several bony plates on their surface.

Hatchling to Adult

An adult Buffalord is one of the largest dragons in the series. The Buffalord's head is similar to a turtle's, with horns growing to the side and forward, like a yak, and a single horn resembling that of a unicorn or a rhinoceros growing atop the skull. It has very large wings and four small legs that are positioned close to the middle of its body. It also boasts a row of spines along its back, with smaller one scattered on its bronze back too. As an herbivorous dragon, it is quite rotund. Its head looks relatively baby-like, causing many to think that is is cute.

Titan Wing

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Titan Wing Buffalords are light pink in color, with lighter patterns on their wings, pale belly and purple spots all over the body, exempting the belly. The horns on their heads are tan with dark brown stripes. They have occasional spots of orange on their wings. In addition, their spines, horns and wing claws have grown longer.


Uncontrollable Fire

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A Buffalord can shoot uncontrollable fire, which explodes in an instant. It appears that the Buffalord can't control the power of its flames or the time when it will fire, but these explosions happen if it is attacked or taken away from its food source. The fire spreads very quickly.


The Buffalord is capable of inflating its body to twice its normal size, scaring away any predator who tries to attack it,

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much like a pufferfish. This skill enables them to break out from small, enclosed spaces to gain freedom. When inflating, the Buffalord can break any material, even as strong as dragon-proof metal.

Shooting Spines

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Similar to Deadly Nadders, Whispering Deaths, Screaming Deaths, and Razorwhips, the Buffalord can shoot spines from any part of its body, except for the underbelly, which has no spikes. However, it appears that the dragon only uses this ability when it inflates its body, so that the Buffalord can shoot them with great speed.

Healing Saliva

The Buffalord's green drool has amazing curing properties and is the only known cure for a lethal disease known as the

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Scourge of Odin. The Buffalord's saliva is only effective against the Scourge of Odin when mixed with the herbs it feeds upon. The only problem being that the saliva rapidly evaporates, so the patient needs to be close by to be given the drool.

Occasionally the herb and saliva mixture can have an opposite effect and actually be toxic, as happened with the individual Big Snuff.

Strength and Combat

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As shown in the series, aside from its abilities of inflation, the Buffalord is capable of lifting and dragging an entire ship, which forced Ryker and Viggo to set the creature free. When it was captured it was able to easily destroy most of the ship it was inside, especially impressive as Viggo's ships are designed to keep dragons contained.



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Due to its incredibly docile nature, this dragon hardly puts up a fight, as seen when it willingly allowed Hiccup and Viggo to lead it away from the island and didn't even react when it was covered with a net or shoved onto a cart. The dragon only noticed signs of threat after it got a significant distance away.

High-Pitched Sounds

According to Boarcharger's description, high-pitched sounds can induce enraged behavior in some Buffalords. In Boarcharger's case, whistling may serve as a trigger.

Behavior and Personality

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The Buffalord is endemic to the native plains with an abundance of herbs. As it makes up the entirety of their diet, Buffalords do not leave their homeland and spend most of their time grazing peacefully alone. They appear to be fully content with their lives there. Although the Buffalord appears to be slow, dumb and harmless, taking it out of its territory will show what this dragon is really capable of.

The Buffalord is possibly the laziest dragon, seeming even more so than the Hotburple. Despite their limited contact with humans, Buffalords are described to be extremely docile, even "yak-like", by Fishlegs, as it did not attack the Riders even when they approached it. Snotlout theorized that this contributed to their near-extinction. They are, however, known to be stubborn and refuse to leave their homes and will relentlessly attack any hunter that tries to remove them.

Comparative Statistics


Dragons: Race to the Edge

Season 3

Main article: Big Buff

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When Astrid comes down with the lethal Scourge of Odin in "Buffalord Soldier", the gang rushes to find the said-to-be extinct Buffalord in hopes of finding a cure. When they finally spot one at the far end of the archipelago, they attempt to lead it back to the Edge, only to have the dragon release exploding flames in protest. As such, they collect its healing saliva, only to find that it dries up very quickly. They bring Astrid over to the island, but Viggo has other plans to seize the Buffalord to the black market. After a major dilemma, Hiccup promises to let Viggo take the Buffalord away, if only he gets the cure. Reluctantly, both parties agree and Astrid is cured. The Buffalord is led away, still passive and gentle. The gang is upset with Hiccup's seemingly unnecessary sacrifice, while Ryker is somewhat surprised that they did not put up a fight. Viggo remarks that Hiccup is one who keeps his word, only for all hell to break loose as the Buffalord realises it's being taken away and busts out of his cell to the upper deck, threatening to carry the entire ship away with it until Ryker cuts the chain holding it. The Buffalord lands back on the exact same spot, next to a smirking Hiccup, to resume eating herbs back on its island.

Season 5

Watching these two reminds me of gazing upon the giant water Buffalord as they graze against the tender auspices of the wheat fields of yesteryear.
  — Tuffnut  

The Buffalord is mentioned briefly during one of Tuffnut's many speeches, in the episode, "Dawn of Destruction".


Dragons: Rise of Berk

The Buffalord became available in Rise of Berk along with its Titan Wing form and a specific individual, Big Buff.

School of Dragons

The Buffalord became available in School of Dragons in an update on November 18, 2016.

Dragons: Titan Uprising

When Fishlegs encountered Maeve, she is mentioned to fly away on a 'great' Buffalord, most likely implying that the dragon is a Titan Wing.

In July 2019, Dragons: Titan Uprising released the Buffalord species with six characters: the Thicket Buffalord, Hearty Buffalord, Frostgnaw, Pufferfinch, the Auroch King, and Maeve's Buffalord.


  • Asterisk-Transparent.png The official measurements given by DreamWorks Animation do not appear to be realistic when considering the relative sizes the viewer sees within Dragons: Race to the Edge. Based on the Model Sheet for the Buffalord along side other known dragons in the series such as the Toothless, this dragon should be 38 feet (11,58 meters) long and have a Wingspan of 79 feet (24,08 meters).
    • When keeping the dragon's length at 30 feet, it's wingspan would be 62 feet 5 inches (19.03 meters).
  • The Buffalord's name came from "buffalo", the other name for the American bison species. Like the bison, Buffalords can be docile but dangerous when they feel threatened. They also live in grassy plains in large herds.
  • Viggo apparently knew little about the Buffalord, as he easily accepted Hiccup's surrender of it, not knowing this is, in fact, a trap set by Hiccup: as soon as the Buffalord is taken away from its island, it violently destroys Viggo's ship and flies back home.
  • It is likely that Buffalords evolved from carnivorous dragons, because they have sharp teeth and no molars. Their ancestor's habitat probably has very limited prey, so they start eating grass.
  • The Buffalord has a strong resemblance to a Boulder Class dragon.
  • One of the Buffalord's roars is actually a reused roar of the Red Death from the end of How to Train Your Dragon.
  • The Buffalord cashes a "hefty price" for its saliva because the spit glands are able to produce the only cure for the Scourge of Odin.
  • After calming down from its rampages, the Buffalord tends to let out a small belch.
  • Buffalord head slightly resembles to ceratopsian dinosaurs.


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