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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!
  Dragonpedia  
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

Egg

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In the game, Dragons: Rise of Berk, Buffalord eggs have a base color of forest green with darker speckles. There are small thorns dispersed over the shell. Along a longitudinal center line are whorls of larger brown scale-like structures with a stubby horn-like feature in their centers.

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In contrast, the School of Dragons game displays Buffalord eggs as a yellow-brown with thin darker brown lines running longitudinally in sections around the egg. The surface is irregularly pitted and bumped.

Hatchling to Adult

An adult Buffalord is one of the larger sized species seen in the Franchise at rest, and can double that size when using its inflation ability. The Buffalord's head is similar to a turtle's, with horns growing to the side and forward, like some ram's horns, and a single horn resembling that of a unicorn or a rhinoceros growing atop the skull. It has a pair of very large wings and four small, stout legs with flat-bottomed feet like an elephant. It also boasts a row of large blunt horns with a imilar appearance to those on its head, encircled with large thick scales. There are much shorter but sharper spikes scattered around its back, trunk and tail. The Buffalord's neck is extremely short and does not appear to have much flexibility.

Buffalords typically occur in shades of brown and red, but green coloration is also seen, as well as purple. Occasionally white and blue colors can be seen as well. The belly is typically scale-lined and a lighter shade than the rest of the body.

Titan Wing

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As is typical, Titan Wing Buffalords are larger than their Broad Wing life stage. The quantity of large thick scaling along the back and neck increases, as well as the quantity and length of the body spikes. The horns on the head increase in size and spread as well. The patterning of colors may change, including spotting on the wings. Body spikes may appear along the outside of the wing arms. Titan Wing Buffalords have been depicted with pinkish red coloration, blue and grey, as well as golden yellow.

Abilities

Eruptive Fire

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A Buffalord can eject plumes of fire at will, but with little long range or focus, resulting in almost a cloud of flames around itself and its immediate vicinity. Most organic material or other flammable material will catch fire quickly, however the Buffalord's flame is not hot enough to melt metal.

Occasionally a Buffalord individual will arise that is not able to control when flames erupt from its mouth, as is seen with the Brute Buffalord.

Inflation

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The Buffalord is capable of inflating its body to twice its normal size, much like a pufferfish. This ability is powerful enough to enable them to bend, damage, or break any surrounding material, as may be encountered in captivity. Increasing in size can also be a visual deterrent to possible predators or aggressors.

Spine Shot

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The Buffalord's body and tail are embedded with very sharp and straight spine shafts. These dragons can fire the spikes from its hide as a defensive mechanism. It is unclear if they can fire a single spine with an precision, or all spines shoot in all directions when deployed. The Buffalord's spine shot seems to be associated with its inflatability, suggesting the pressure from inflation may play a role in the spines' high-velocity deployment.

Strength and Durability

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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 many times its size. Buffalords are also able to bend Dragon Proof Metal, a feat many dragon species are unable to do. They also appear moderately impervious to flames, as it withstands its own explosive blasts with no problems. They appear to have strong or thick hides, protecting them from injury.

Saliva

The Buffalord's saliva, when combined with certain combinations of Herbs while it eats, can have both beneficial or negative effects on the health of humans or other dragons. Freshly generated saliva, green-tinged from chewing particular herbs, has been discovered as a remedy for the fatal disease, the Scourge of Odin.

Occasionally an herb and saliva mixture can have an opposite effect and actually be toxic, as happened with the individual Big Snuff. The Dragonroot Company in Dragons: Titan Uprising also use a cocktail including dragon root and Buffalord saliva to strategically anger dragons beyond reason to wreak havoc in specific locations.

Weaknesses

Docility

No wonder it was so easily hunted. You gotta toughen up there, Buff [src]
  — Snotlout  
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Buffalords demonstrate a remarkably calm and docile demeanor, even when confronted by possible aggressors such as humans. It is unknown if they display the same lack of fear when faced with an actual natural predator, like another dragon. As seen with some wildlife whom have never encountered a human, Buffalords appear unaffected by their presence and do not recognize them as a potential threat. Several hundred years prior to the time of Hiccup Haddock, humans hunted Buffalords to near extinction, however Buffalord in Hiccup's time most likely have had very little contact with humans and therefore do not recognize a threat. Beyond this, these dragons do seem slow to anger and even excessively docile, allowing beings around them to even go so far as tip them over without a fuss. Another possibility for this calm demeanor is the confidence in their own defenses and abilities, should outright attack occur.

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

The Buffalord is endemic to plains and grasslands 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. They are extremely calm and slow, even in the face of potential danger. However, under certain conditions Buffalords can very quickly become enraged, become highly aggressive, but just as quickly calm again when the order in its life is restored. A major example is leading a Buffalord away too far from its territory and food source. The dragon will use all of its considerable defenses to return to its territory, then almost instantly go back to calm grazing.

Training

Buffalords are fairly easy to train, as Big Buff willingly allowed Hiccup and Viggo to lead it a short distance away from the island, nor react when it was covered with a net and tipped onto a cart. However, due to the extreme attachment to its established territory, an adult Buffalord may train easily within its territory, but outside of it be extremely difficult. A hatchling or perhaps juvenile whom has not formed a territory may be much easier to train, as demonstrated by Maeve and her Buffalord, who travels around the Archipelago with no hindrance of a territory.

Comparative Statistics


Appearances

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Season 3

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When Astrid comes down with the lethal Scourge of Odin in "Buffalord Soldier", the gang rushes to find the presumed 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 Dragon's Edge, only to have the dragon release exploding flames in protest. As such, they collect its clear saliva, only to find that it dries up very quickly. They bring Astrid to the island, but Viggo also discovers the Buffalord and has other plans to sell it on 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 the Riders puzzle out the Buffalord's curative saliva only works when they chew certain Herbs. With a proper sample obtained, 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. As the Dragon Hunters sail away, the Buffalord goes berserk after getting too far from its island. It bursts out of the cell to the upper deckand yanks the entire ship around with a chain 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".

Games

Dragons: Rise of Berk

The Buffalord became available in this game, along with its Titan Wing form and the specific individual, Big Buff. Later the game released the Brute Buffalord, Boarcharger, Big Snuff, Mosster, Mudgut, and others.


School of Dragons

The Buffalord became available in this game on November 18, 2016. Two years later on May 8th, 2018, School of Dragons released the Titan Wing stage.


Dragons: Titan Uprising

The main antagonist of the story line in this game - Maeve - raised and rides a purple Buffalord. She also uses its saliva to create a drug cocktail to enrage dragons.

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

Trivia

  • Asterisk-Transparent.pngThe 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 is derived from "Buffalo", a common alternative name for the American Bison. Like the bison, Buffalords can be docile but dangerous when they feel threatened. They also live in grassy plains in large herds.
  • The Buffalord appears to be the first confirmed herbivorous 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.

References

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