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No dragon can resist the Alpha's command. So, he who controls the Alpha controls them all. [src]
  Drago Bludvist  

Drago's Bewilderbeast is a male Bewilderbeast who first appeared as the secondary antagonist of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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In 'How to Train Your Dragon 2', Drago's Bewilderbeast and Drago Bludvist share a unique relationship. Drago Bludvist, the film's antagonist, controls the Bewilderbeast, a powerful dragon known as the 'King of Dragons'. The Bewilderbeast is initially seen as a secondary antagonist under the control of Drago. However, there are hints that the Bewilderbeast may have its own sense of empathy and understanding of right and wrong, suggesting a complex dynamic between the two characters.
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Drago's Bewilderbeast from the 'How to Train Your Dragon' franchise was raised and trained for war through a process of intimidation and subjugation. Drago discovered the Bewilderbeast when it was just a young hatchling and began to abusively train it. He conditioned the dragon to respond to his commands, even when the beast could have easily defeated Drago. The Bewilderbeast was trained to become a savage war machine, with Drago using screams as commands. This conditioning allowed Drago to harness the Bewilderbeast's power as an alpha, enabling him to control large groups of dragons to do his bidding.
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Drago's Bewilderbeast plays a significant role as the secondary antagonist in How to Train Your Dragon 2. This male Bewilderbeast is used by Drago Bludvist as a powerful war machine in his plans for conquest. After killing Valka's Bewilderbeast, Drago's Bewilderbeast becomes the temporary alpha and leads all the dragons from Valka's Mountain to Berk, causing an uprising. However, he is eventually challenged and defeated by Toothless, who manages to rally the other dragons to his side. After his defeat, Drago's Bewilderbeast retreats to the Hidden World.
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In the 'How to Train Your Dragon' universe, the term 'Alpha' is used to denote a dragon that has the ability to strongly manipulate the wills of other dragons. This role is often won by combat and is typically held by massive dragons like the Bewilderbeast, which is referred to as the Alpha species. Drago's Bewilderbeast, in particular, is known for its size and natural hypnotic ability, which makes it a powerful Alpha. However, the role of Alpha can be seriously abused, as seen with Drago's Bewilderbeast, which was used to control other dragons.
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Drago's Bewilderbeast, a prominent character in the 'How to Train Your Dragon' series, is unique in several ways. Unlike other Bewilderbeasts, Drago's Bewilderbeast is often referred to as the 'Bewilderbad'. This creature is depicted as a neurotic, abused, and corrupted creature, contrasting with other Bewilderbeasts that are often portrayed as pure and beautiful. Interestingly, Drago's Bewilderbeast shows signs of empathy and awareness of right and wrong, as seen when it pauses with possible concern as Hiccup grieves for Stoick. This suggests a depth of character not typically seen in other Bewilderbeasts.
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Backed up by his now iron-plated dragon army, Drago then discovered a young Bewilderbeast, which he abusively trained for a single purpose: to one day dethrone the established Alpha and become the new master of all dragons, answering only to Drago himself.
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As a hatchling, he was found by Drago Bludvist and raised with abuse so that someday it would overpower Valka's Bewilderbeast. His life was full of agony and misfortunes. To the maniac enslaver, the dragon was to be nothing more than a tool, and the wicked wrongdoer kept 'training' the dragon for a lifetime of war.

Invading Berk[]

Then it's a good thing I brought a challenger. [src]
  Drago Bludvist  

The Alpha is first seen being prepared for battle, though its breathing can only be seen. Fishlegs says that perhaps it's a Class 5 leviathan. His master, Drago Bludvist, summons him to battle Valka's Bewilderbeast to win the standing of Alpha. He eventually gains the upper hand and murders the Alpha by stabbing him in the stomach, and he immediately takes control of every dragon in the premises; including Toothless, Stormfly, Hookfang, Meatlug, Barf and Belch, Skullcrusher, Grump, and Cloudjumper are controlled. Drago then orders him to make Toothless kill Hiccup, only for Stoick the Vast to block it and be killed instead. Drago simply smiles, mounts Toothless - who is naturally still incapable of flight on his own - and orders the new Alpha and all of the other dragons to go to Berk and finish off the invasion once and for all. When the Alpha reaches Berk, he takes all of the Dragons into his army, and ice blasts the village.

Fortunately, the riders are able to return to Berk using the Scuttleclaw infants that were outside the Bewilderbeast's control, with the others distracting the Alpha while Hiccup approached Drago and Toothless. After Hiccup manages to bring Toothless back to himself, the two manage to knock Drago off the Alpha, only to be blasted by the Alpha's ice. As Drago gloats over his victory, however Toothless breaks the ice as he channels his full power, and challenges the Alpha in the final battle. As Toothless blasts the Alpha and roars his defiance, his foe gradually loses his control over the dragons, and they all side with Toothless against the Alpha. After sustaining a barrage of fire blasts from all of Berk's dragons, Toothless then does a critical final blow to the Alpha, which destroys his left horn, humiliating and defeating him. Knowing he has lost, he and Drago retreat into the ocean.

Enslaved Again[]

Drago's Bewilderbeast is found by the Dragonroot Company, a group seeking to take advantage of the dragon trade left by the dwindling numbers of Dragon Hunters. They have a special Dragon Root concoction and poison him with it. His behavior becomes aggressive and irrational and attacks other dragons and Dragon Riders. Eventually, new Dragon Rider recruits (the player) are able to subdue and free him. During this time, Drago's Bewilderbeast has taken up residence at Valka's Mountain.

Living in the Hidden World[]

Drago's Bewilderbeast can be seen bowing in respect to Toothless when he presents himself as the Alpha of the Hidden World.

Physical Appearance[]

In comparison to Valka's Bewilderbeast, this individual is dark and looks very menacing, tyrannical, and violent. Additionally, he seems restless and always enraged and gloomy (the dragon's scarred and rather dirty looks indicate he had been through tough moments). He is also slightly larger than Valka's Bewilderbeast. Understandably, his behaviors are unfriendly and destructive, and he doesn't care about damaging his owner's forces (crushing several of Drago's men's fleets when emerging, and crushing one of the war machines). His frills are similar to a dreadlock and are quite different from the other Bewilderbeast seen in the film. This dusty Bewilderbeast has more elongated horns similar in appearance to mammoth tusks than the whiter individual, with shackles on them that are attached to chains to pull Drago's ship.


Naturally, his mind is always filled with endless pain, grief, desperation, and mostly abysmal rage to everything including his miserable fate. This anger that caused him to target everything may go towards innocent, 'happier' beings, especially other members of his own race that may cause him further envy, loathing, and sorrow.

Despite being enslaved against his will, the Bewilderbeast seems to seek Drago's approval. Before leaving for Berk, the Bewilderbeast calls all dragons to him and once the dragons gather above him, he looks at Drago. Another instance is when the Bewilderbeast encased Hiccup and Toothless in ice, he again looks to his master, Drago. This could be due to the imprinted fear and traumatic memories bound to him his whole life.

By the time he settles in the Hidden World, his ferocious personality has been rehabilitated and he learns to coexist with all the other dragons, even accepting Toothless as his Alpha.

Abilities and Skills[]

Unlike Valka's Alpha being a kind owner, he was used by Drago as more of a weapon to be the most powerful dragon of them all and to be the ultimate war machine.

  • Ice Breath: Like the rest of his kind, Drago's Bewilderbeast is capable of breathing a massive wave of ice that leaves behind massive damage upon freezing and hitting its target, causing massive damage to the Village of Berk.
  • Enhanced Strength: He seems to be stronger than the Bewilderbeast of the Dragon Sanctuary, though it seems like he was a little bigger as he was capable of overpowering the previous Alpha in their battle over control of Valka's rescued dragons. And upon arrival on Berk, Drago's Bewilderbeast manages to easily break through one of Berk's large statues.
  • Intelligence and Communication Skills: He was able to understand the noises that Drago was saying to control certain dragons he wanted such as Toothless and Hookfang. He also understood to come out of the water at a specific time.
  • Enhanced Endurance and Stamina: Similar to the rest of his kind, this Bewilderbeast is extremely tough and can withstand most of the attacks that are fired at him. His stamina is very high as he was shown to be able to travel long distance by pulling his master's ships before getting ready to fight off Valka's Bewilderbeast, and was able to swim all the way to Berk after a long battle. He could also take multiple, heavy attacks and could still swim away with little to no exhaustion.


Drago Bludvist[]

Controls them all

Ever since he was a hatchling he was trained and abused by his master to become a perfect war machine, and as a result, he is shown to be a lot like his master, being pure evil and controlling other dragons to please his master. Although being forced by Drago, he does show to be loyal to him by making him ride on him and saving him from falling from high altitude. It is likely that he only obeys him due to the harsh fathering relationship that he has with Drago.


Toothless falls under Drago's Bewilderbeast control

Meeting Toothless for the first time, he obeys his master's command to control Toothless to kill his owner Hiccup. Though successful in gaining full control over him the attack is unsuccessful when Stoick takes the hit instead. After accidentally killing the wrong person, he lets Toothless free for a brief period of time before regaining control later on. Toothless was then forced to be ridden by Drago since Toothless was unable to fly. On Berk, he tried his hardest to make sure Toothless remained under his control but was shocked when the bond was broken by Hiccup. Toothless and his owner then fought the Bewilderbeast, who proved to be very difficult even against the Night Fury's small size and incredible speed. He saw his greatest enemies on the ground and attempted to freeze them once and for all but failed against the Night Fury. This then leads to these two to challenging each other to become the Alpha. Toothless' enhanced plasma blast proved powerful enough to weaken the old Alpha into releasing all the dragons who then joined Toothless' side showing he is the new Alpha. Toothless then had all the dragons attack the giant dragon and later, destroy his horn. Drago's Bewilderbeast was then shown bowing before the new Alpha before leaving Berk.

When Toothless becomes the Alpha of the Hidden World, Drago's Bewilderbeast is among the countless dragons who cheer for him, showing that he has accepted Toothless as the one true Alpha Dragon.



Dragons Hero Portal[]

Drago's Bewilderbeast is found in a volcanic lair and serves as the final 'big boss' the player must battle.

Dragons: Rise of Berk[]

Drago's Bewilderbeast can be unlocked as one of the game's Legendary Dragons. It is the leader of the Liberated Dragons, consisting of a Monstrous Nightmare and an Armorwing. Once unlocked, it can search for items to complete the collections to unlock their underlings.

Dragons: Rise of Berk Drago's Bewilderbeast finds unique items to complete special collections for Liberated Dragons and resources such as Iron and Runes. Collection items include Drago's Shoulder Pad, an Elaborate Metal Axe, Horn Chain Cuffs, and a Round Satchel.

Dragons: Titan Uprising[]

Drago's Bewilderbeast appears in this game as an angered Alpha Dragon the player must fight. He appears in Valka's Sanctuary in the Coldwind Wastes, as well as a game clan 'World' Alpha opponent. He sports his characteristic broken horn and an old manacle on the other horn.


  • It is unclear whether it is appropriate to consider this Bewilderbeast as a trained dragon or not because he was enslaved by humans against his will.
    • The dark Bewilderbeast's behavior is consistent with that of an abused animal, never acting without its master's command from fear of punishment, and lashing out at anything that approaches as it has learned to associate approach with pain.
    • It is likely that Drago's "dominating" behavior had taught the Bewilderbeast to feel helpless under his command, as even though it is big enough to easily kill him should it turn on him, it nonetheless blindly follows orders and has little, if any, initiative to act on its own.
  • It is likely that when Drago's Bewilderbeast was younger, Drago trained him cruelly by using his bullhook as a punishment when his Bewilderbeast did not do well. The bullhook is used to hurt the sensitive parts of the creature. This is how elephants are trained.
  • This Bewilderbeast and Drago share various similar facial characteristics such as having 'dreadlocks', wrinkles, and similar placement of facial scars. A scar on the right side of the mouth, across the left eye, and another scar on the upper right corner of the face.
  • It is unknown how this Bewilderbeast feels about other members of his kind who can acquire and enjoy peaceful monarchies (at least better than he is able), such as to Valka's Bewilderbeast.
  • According to Pierre-Oliver Vincent, Drago's Bewilderbeast is the ultimate counterpart of Valka's Bewilderbeast. This Bewilderbeast is "like those zoo and circus animals that are tortured and forced to 'perform'".
  • Besides a war machine, this dragon was also used to pull Drago's ship. The first time was before the attempted execution of Eret and the Dragon Riders. Drago was beating the chains with his bullhook, communicating with it. The second is when Drago summoned the Bewilderbeast, the chains are seen sliding off the shackles on his horns.
  • According to the How to Train Your Dragon 2 commentary, Drago's Bewilderbeast is dubbed the "Bewilderbad."
  • Interestingly, when the Bewilderbeast stops controlling Toothless, there's a brief pause of possible concern in the dragon's face as Hiccup is grieving for Stoick. Thus there is a possibility that Drago's Bewilderbeast is aware of right and wrong and has empathy for other beings.
  • Its flat, noseless face, horns, red bloodshot eyes, and "dreadlocks" bear a certain resemblance to the Predator from the Predator films.
  • This Bewilderbeast shares some similarities with Shruikan, a male dragon character from Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle fantasy novels. Both are dark-colored, gargantuan-sized dragons who have been enslaved and tortured against their will by a malevolent human (the Bewilderbeast by Drago, Shruikan by Galbatorix) to become remorseless, vicious, and powerful war machines who aid them in their plans for conquest.
  • According to Richard Hamilton, the Bewilderbeast Drago finds at the end of Race to the Edge is meant to be his Bewilderbeast in How to Train Your Dragon 2.[1]
    • It is unknown if Hamilton was referencing the Berserker Bewilderbeast's egg or another specimen, as “King of Dragons, Part 2” never showed Drago capture a Bewilderbeast.
    • However Drago supposedly finding his Bewilderbeast at the end of Race to the Edge is a continuity error, as the page for Drago's Bewilderbeast on the official website and multiple companion books to the film that had been published before Race to the Edge states that Drago found his Bewilderbeast as a hatchling during one of his earliest conquests way before the events of Race to the Edge take place.[2]
  • It is possible that Drago's Bewilderbeast was originally to play a larger role in the third film, as Drago was meant to return and be redeemed in an earlier script.

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