Clawlifter is a male Shovelhelm who first appeared in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Official Description

Valka sent this Shovelhelm to grab the mysterious Dragon Rider from his Night Fury, before she knew it was Hiccup!
  Dragons: Rise of Berk  


Encounter with Hiccup and Toothless

In the film, when Valka first encountered a dragon rider on a Night Fury, she sent Clawlifter to grab him from above. Clawlifter grabbed the young man off his dragon's back, sending the Night Fury plummeting into the icy sea below, as he no longer had his master to aid him in his flight. Clawlifter then carried him into his mountain, with an apparent disregard for what had just occurred, right behind Valka. After landing, the boy attempted to train him but Valka stopped him right before the two of them could touch. It was soon revealed that the boy was none other than Hiccup— Valka's son.

Clawlifter then fought alongside all the other dragons in Valka's mountain against Drago's Army. He is seen at one point bowling over a group of Drago's armymen, and spraying a burst of lava at a trap, but is later seen to be caught in a net trap, from which it is presumed he escapes along with all the other trapped dragons. After Drago's Bewilderbeast defeated Valka's, all of the Shovelhelms, including Clawlifter, bowed to their new Alpha. However, they were freed by Toothless from the Bewilderbeast's control, and they then fought against the giant dragon. In the aftermath, they bowed to Toothless, acknowledging him as their new Alpha.

Moving to the Hidden World

Although not seen in the film, Clawlifter travelled alongside everyone from Berk and eventually arrived on New Berk. He later went to live in the Hidden World, along with every dragon from Berk.[1]

Physical Appearance

Clawlifter is olive green (although this colouring fades to white in many places) with purple stripes and spots adorning his body. He has a large, stocky build with muscular hind legs, and short fore legs with long talons, just like that of most Shovelhelms. He has the usual frill on the back of his head- his being shot through with a purple streak- a short horn jutting from his muzzle, and a longer horn protruding from his chin. His tail is thick and paddle shaped at the end.



  • Clawlifter was the first Shovelhelm to be given a name.
  • Clawlifter is also the first Shovelhelm ever to be seen in the films.


  1. From Valka's Sancuary to the Hidden World, this Shovelhelm has seen it all! (Date posted - August 30, 2020). Facebook.
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