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Yeah, I'm thinking Death Song might be more appropriate. You know, 'cause you hear the song, you're dead. [src]
  Tuffnut naming the Death Song  

The Death Song is a large Mystery Class dragon that first appeared in Dragons: Race to the Edge.

Official Description

Although deceptively beautiful in appearance and melody, the Death Song has a lethal quality that is reminiscent of the Black Widow. Inhabiting a lush island beyond the archipelago, this dragon vocalizes its beautiful and hypnotic siren call in order to lure other dragons, which it then targets as prey. Rather than using fire to attack, the Death Song shoots out a liquid substance which traps and preserves victims as it hardens into a stiff amber cocoon that is penetrable only by flame. Typically, the Death Song chooses to entrap dragons only, but it also preys upon humans unfortunate enough to make their way to its island. Its key weaknesses are Thunderdrums, which find themselves mostly immune due to the Death Song's lethal lullaby due to poor hearing, and small enclosed spaces which can render it vulnerable to its own song.
  Dragonpedia  
This Dragon uses his melodic call to lure his targets into the dense jungles of Melody Island. There, he can watch as they search for the source of the song.
  Dragons: Rise of Berk  
Beautiful as a sunrise and as brutal as a Berserker, the Death Song is a notoriously hypnotic species of dragons. It does not breathe fire, but spits a sticky amber-like substance to trap its victims. We encourage any student confronting this Mystery Class dragon to tread lightly, for the Death Song is as wild as a typhoon!
With their vibrant scales, frills, and enchanting call, it’s easy to become entranced by Death Songs, but beware! Beneath this resplendent exterior lies an invasive and cannibalistic species. They use their song to lure dragons to them, only to trap them in an amber cocoon. There are only a few creatures with the ability to face a Death Song unscathed. Thunderdrums are immune to the Death Song's call because they have poor hearing!
  School of Dragons Website[1]  


Development

According to Art Brown and Douglas Sloan, the Death Song was created from another dragon in the franchise, the Songwing. According to them, the Songwing had the same deadly personality as the Death Song, but had a terrible name, so they brought it into Race to The Edge, and gave it more fitting name. The Death Song was first depicted in a sketch, where it released a straight and concentrated stream of an unidentified orange substance. The substance appeared to harden into a ball, and the stream was encircled by three rings with particles suspended in them. This firepower was presumably a concept stage for the current amber blasts.

Physical Appearance

Egg

Deathsong Egg

Egg in Dragons: Rise of Berk

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Egg in School of Dragons

Death Song egg

Egg in "Tone Death"

The eggs of Death Songs in Dragons: Rise of Berk are flamboyant oval-shaped eggs. They have a colorful, tropical coloured purple core and a translucent, white, jelly like coating. The eggs appear to have wavy, curved markings adorning them and some spots, similar to some butterfly wings on the outer covering.

Those in School of Dragons, however, are big and oval and are grey in color with wavy yellow stripes and spots.

In "Tone Death", the Death Song egg that the Dragon Riders find is a bare gray colored egg, with numerous dark spots all over its surface.

Hatchling to Adult

The Death Song has a long, slender body. Its wings resemble that of a Thunderdrum. It has a long, slender tail, with a sail similar to that of aMonstrous Nightmare. Its body resembles that of a Timberjack, as it is very thin. The Death Song has striking and bright colors of blue, yellow, and orange on both its wings and its tail. It has spikes that run along its back.

Titan Wing

The Titan Wing Death Song in School of Dragons has two pairs of long, twisted horns on its head and a much larger nasal horn. The spikes on its back and tail are longer and sharper and its tail fins develop more curved shapes. Its head frills are also considerably larger, being almost as long as its horns.

Abilities

Singing and Mimicking

Similar to its distant Jurassic ancestor, the Death Song possesses extra cervical vertebrae which, when expanded into frills, allow it to project its call to specific targets up to 1 mile away.
  Dragonpedia  
The Death Song uses a  siren-like song to lure its prey to Melody Island. The secret behind this amazing feature is the Death Song's extra cervical vertebrate. When the Death Song calls, this extra vertebrae expands into its frills,
Death Song tries to learn Garff a song
enabling to project its song up to a mile away. Babies also have the ability to mimic sounds and songs, even those of humans.

However it appears that if another dragon or animal closely bonds with a Death Song their song won't affect them anymore in the case with Garff and Stormfly or won't be affected by their song as long as they have their ears covered.

Hunting

Rather than shooting fire, the Death Song spits thick amber-like substance at its prey to form an impenetrable cocoon.
  Dragonpedia  
Death song traps Toothless in amber
The Death Song is one of the most adept hunters among dragons, as it uses its siren-like song to lure its prey close, and spitting amber to trap its prey permanently. The tactic most used by the Death Song in hunting is the ambush, preferring to surprise their prey rather than confront it.

Some individuals, such as Dazzlesing, use their splashy bright coloration to confuse prey as well.

Firepower

Rather than spit fire, Death Songs spew an amber-like substance which hardens into a cocoon and traps dragons and humans alike.
  Dragonpedia  
After striking its prey, the Death Song covers it in an amber-like substance which traps and preserves victims as it
Death Song uses amber
hardens into a stiff amber cocoon. This cocoon is remarkably strong, and it is only penetrable by flames. Afterwards, the Death Song breaks the prey out of the amber and devours them alive. The Death Song also uses its amber to construct its nest, forming a large spherical structure for the dragon to live in.

Slitherwing venom also prevents the amber from solidifying upon contact.

Consuming

Death Song choose to consume a Gronckle
Death Songs are able to consume smaller dragons very quickly, as shown when it supposedly devoured an entire Gronckle in under a few minutes. After finishing their meal, Death Songs have a tendency to stock up the remaining bones in a pile.

Strength and Combat

Given their size, Death Songs have strong jaw muscles, as they have been shown to lift up exceptionally heavy dragons,
The Death Song confronts easy Earsplitter
such as the Gronckle, which weighs over 2.5 tons along with the extra weight of the hardened amber.

They are also very powerful, as it was able to swipe away a smaller Thunderdrum by just a swing of its tail, and was able to hold it down with no difficulties. However, upon being distracted, the Thunderdrum escaped rather easily.

Endurance and Stamina

The Death Song follow Toothless and Hiccup
Death Songs are able to endure crashing into a cavern wall or being thrown at a mountain side without much injury, as demonstrated by Garff's Adoptive Father and Garffiljorg respectively.

They are also shown to have incredible stamina, as they are shown to be able to keep up with Toothless and many other dragons over a period of time, chasing them down with considerable speed without sign of strain.

Speed and Agility

The Death Song was shown to be an very fast dragon, although it failed to catch a smaller sized
Hiccup and Earsplitter in action
Thunderdrum. However, Death Songs are shown to have some difficulty making very tight turns due to their large size. Despite this, they are capable agile manoeuvres using their slender bodies.

Immunity to Eels

In School of Dragons, it is revealed that Death Songs can eat eels without getting sick, similar to the Typhoomerang and Skrill. It is unknown however, if it has any rejuvinating effects on the dragon.

Weaknesses

The Death Song's greatest weakness is the Thunderdrum, which is immune to the
Hiccup and Toothless followes by Death Song
former’s luring song. This is because the Thunderdrums' hearing is so poor that they are unable to hear the Death Songs’ lullabies.

Due to their large size, Death Songs also have a hard time flying through small caves and tunnels.

Death Songs are very sensitive to rhythms; different songs can easily relax, distract, disorient, annoy or even enrage them.

The Death Song's amber peels right off a Slitherwing's skin, rendering it useless.

Death Songs have little stealth and armour because they rely on their song to hypnotise the prey. However, Thunderdrums or humans aren’t affected by the song and having very little stealth and armour is a huge disadvantage.

Behavior and Personality

Garff is adopted
Death Songs are extremely solitary. This is most likely because they will eat any dragon who gets too close to them, including their own kind. Their preferred prey are other dragons, but they aren't averse of eating any unwary human who strays too close to their nest. They also aren't adverse to gobbling up a chicken or an eel.

Unlike most dragons, the Death Song will abandon its young not long after hatching. They are often hostile towards younglings of their own kind. However, in some cases, Death Songs are willing to adopt and care for younger Death Songs, provided they can sing a song they like. 

Baby Death Songs are noisy, putting up a screaming fit unless someone or something sings to it or feeds it.

As is demonstrated by Garff, Death Songs can be friendly towards humans and other dragons they trust, such as Astrid and Stormfly.

Training

It is unknown if adult Death Songs can be trained, but it proved to be possible with a baby Death Song, Garff, who
Heather songs to calm Garff
with the riders after they sang to it. Fishlegs also discovered from Garff that Death Songs can be calmed using dragon nip, though they do not take it as willingly as other dragons.

Comparative Statistics


Appearances

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Season 1

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Main article: Garff's Adoptive Father


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In "Imperfect Harmony", the gang stumbles upon an island and stay the night, only to wake up and find all their dragons missing. Only Toothless, due to his inability to fly, remains. He quickly leads the gang to a cove, where they find a lot of dragons, including their own, trapped in amber. Soon they hear the Death Song's call and the Death Song emerges. It carefully picks up a dragon, devours it in seconds and returns, spitting amber at all of them. Only Hiccup escapes, Astrid having saved him. He quickly finds help and trains a Thunderdrum, which is immune to the Death Song's call. Together, set fire to the amber using Monstrous Nightmare gel, then lure the Death Song away from the cove, giving the others time to escape. While the rest of the team help free the other dragons, Hiccup lures the Death Song into a cramp cavern and traps it inside.

Season 3

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Main article: Garffiljorg


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In "Tone Death", the Dragon Riders rescue an egg from the Dragon Hunters. The egg hatches, and reveals a baby Death Song, Garffiljorg. Though adorable, this dragon can't stop crying and spits amber on Chicken. Heather decides to sing to him, finally putting him at ease. Throughout the next day, the Riders take turns to sing to the hatchling. However, their effort proved to be futile and they decide to bring it to Melody Island to be taken care of by other Death Songs. However, the moment they reach the cove, the adult Death Song ambushes and traps the Riders. Garff and the adult start bonding, but when they begin singing, the adult quickly hits the baby away. The Riders realize that Garff has been singing all their songs, instead of the Death Song call. The Death Song attacks the Riders, who start singing, and Garff imitates them. The adult finally bonds with Garff, and takes off with him.

Games

Dragons: Rise of Berk

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The Death Song appears in Dragons: Rise of Berk, but was dubbed as an individual character within the Slithersong species. Garff, Sirenade, and Jestbelter also appeared in the game as Unique dragons.

Later, as other Death Song individuals were released, Dragons: Rise of Berk finally considered the Death Song its own species.

School of Dragons

Death Songs were released as an exclusive dragon with the "Call of the Deathsong" expansion pack in August 2015. Later, the Slithersong was released as a related species.


Trivia

  • Asterisk-Transparent The official measurements given by DreamWorks Animation do not appear to be realistic when considering the relative sizes the viewer sees within the Franchise. Based on the Model Sheet for the Death Song along side other known dragons and characters in the series such as Toothless and Hiccup, this dragon should be 95 feet (28.95 meters) long with a Wingspan of 67 feet 9 inches (20.65 meters).
  • The Death Song was named by Tuffnut. However, Fishlegs wanted to call it the Songwing.
    • As it was later revealed, the Death Song was based on another dragon in the francise, the Songwing.[2]
    • The Death Song is the second dragon named by Tuffnut. The first was the Screaming Death. Coincidentally enough, both species have the word "Death" somewhere in their names.
  • It seems very unlikely that a Death Song can eat a full grown Gronckle in minutes. It is more likely that it heard the gang talking and came back before it could finish.
  • The Death Song is considered an invasive species on Berk, as seen in School of Dragons.
  • A legend of the Death Song's origins, called The Dragon Valkyrie, is told by the Vikings of Berk.
  • It is strange how easily the Death Song overpowered a Thunderdrum, since they were stated to be its main weaknesses.
    • The Thunderdrum was also called the Death Song's natural enemy in School of Dragons.
  • In the Death Song's description on Dragonpedia, the dragon is described as having a "distant Jurassic ancestor", possibly referring to the Dilophosaurus from the Jurassic Park franchise, which also had frills and lived in the described time period. However, ironically, the real animal didn't possess these frills.
    • This makes the Death Song the second dragon that is confirmed to be related of an animal that isn't a dragon, with the first being the Seashocker (related to the electric eel).
  • Death Songs have been shown to grow very fast- Garffiljorg went from a hatchling to an almost fully-grown dragon in less than a year.

References

  1. Dragons-DW-logo Death Song in School of Dragons.
  2. Glennon, Christopher. (2015). "DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge" Interview With Showrunners Art Brown and Douglas Sloan.
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