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I have got to get me one of those ornate shields!

Hiccup's Shield is a multipurpose tool used by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III.


Dragons: Defenders of Berk

In response to the increasing danger from Alvin the Treacherous and his Outcasts, Hiccup created a special shield for his personal defence. At first, it was a wooden shield in "Live and Let Fly", until Hiccup reinforced it with Meatlug's Gronckle Iron in "The Iron Gronckle". Hiccup then used his shield to defend himself and Toothless against Dagur on Dragon Island in "The Night and the Fury". His shield then became a vital tool he would continue to use throughout the First Berserker War. Dagur, when he saw it, was dismissive and didn't think it would be of any use. After Hiccup used it to great effect against him, though, he remarked that he needed one.

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Since "Imperfect Harmony", Hiccup continued to use the shield as protection against wild dragons and later, Dragon Hunters. He also brought it with him in "Maces and Talons, Part 1 and Maces and Talons, Part 2". And in "Something Rotten on Berserker Island" he used it against Savage and his men.

It was also used during the fight between Hiccup and Johann in "King of Dragons, Part 2", the shield was last seen being thrown off a cliff.


Hiccup uses his shield to defend against frenzied Silkspanner dragons on an unnamed island. He is able to use the cross-bow function with Inferno as an impromptu flaming 'arrow', as the Silkspanners do not like fire.

Physical Appearance

The shield started out as a wooden disc with an iron rim and center hub. Hiccup also painted an image of Toothless on the face of the shield, which is nearly identical to the symbol for strike class dragons. The iron was then replaced with Gronckle Iron, which was also used to reinforce the front surface as shown in "The Iron Gronckle". Hiccup eventually added a wide leather strap so he could sling the shield onto his back instead of having to hold it everywhere, as shown in "A View to a Skrill, Part 2". It also appears that the strap allows him to secure it to the control cables on Toothless' right side, under the wing for travel storage.


In addition to deflecting incoming projectile and blows, the shield has some offensive capabilities built into it.

Grappling Line


The center hub contains a retractable hook and cable which can be fired off like a grappling line, allowing Hiccup to entangle a foe or to hook something from a distance. It is shown that Hiccup's lack of strength can be used against him as when the line tried to pull Gobber in, his weight exceeded Hiccup's strength, causing Hiccup to get reeled in as shown in "Live and Let Fly". Hiccup used this feature while fighting Dagur the Deranged as shown in "The Night and the Fury".


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The second offensive weapon is a hidden catapult on the rim. Although never seen in combat, it tends to trigger when anyone other than Hiccup picks it up, whacking them in the face. Hiccup used it to tag several Deadly Nadders with paint near Dragon Island as shown in "Appetite for Destruction".

Crossbow Mode

It is later revealed that the Gronckle Iron doesn't just cover the shield, but was made into several moving parts that

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connect and join together like a crossbow. This reinforcement made the shield an extremely sturdy platform to build on to and allowed Hiccup to increase the shield's offensive capabilities by adding a crossbow conversion. This allows him to shoot arrows by hand, and other objects from a bowstring which acts as a high-powered slingshot. The center hub swings away and with the sides splitting apart, it creates tension for the bowstring, readying it for use as shown in "The Night and the Fury".

Bola Launcher

Hiccup using his shield to help capture the Speed Stingers' leader

It's revealed that Hiccup has reused the idea of the bola launcher, which he had used to shoot Toothless down during the dragon raid in the first movie. He can load one bola into the center hub and launch it at an enemy as he did to the Lead Stinger as shown in "Frozen". He later used this in "King of Dragons, Part 2" where he used this to restrain Krogan.

Gronckle Iron Plating

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The first major modification of the shield was replacing the iron with Gronckle Iron, which was also used to plate the face. This made the shield lighter and stronger than before, as shown in "The Iron Gronckle". It also makes the shield heat-resistant and can deflect flaming arrows as shown in "Maces and Talons", Parts 1 and 2, as well as throwing daggers and other projectiles. It can also be thrown like a boomerang to disarm an opponent as shown in "The Night and the Fury".

As the shield is coated with Gronckle Iron, this makes it very light and handy. Gronckle Iron is a very lustrous material and allows the shield to catch and reflect plenty of light.

Hiccup using his shield to reflect light onto a Whispering Death

This light can be used to attract or repel dragons that are attracted to or have skin that's sensitive to light. The metal reflects light, which can drive away Whispering Deaths or attract the Screaming Death as shown in "Tunnel Vision".

In addition to that, Gronckle Iron appears to be a be a very heat resistant material, perfect for fending off wild dragons. It has been shown to resist against an Armorwing's flame in "Snotlout Gets the Axe", which is composed of oxygen and acetylene and reach soaring temperatures. It could hold up against a Night Fury's plasma blast in "The Eel Effect", and a Thunderdrum's sonic blast in "Imperfect Harmony".

However, this makes it a disadvantage in thunderstorms, as Gronckle Iron appears to attract lightning very well.


  • Lightning Attraction: Since plating the shield with Gronckle Iron, Hiccup has discovered that using it against a Skrill is not advisable since the metal will conduct lighting, as shown in "A View to a Skrill, Part 2".
  • Reflecting Light: Since the shield reflects light, it is also a liability when stealth is needed and the reflection will give away his position.



  • Being left-handed, Hiccup tends to carry the shield with his right hand. This allows him to fire it in crossbow mode with a natural stance. He has also been shown holding it with his left hand, being his weapon arm, when he expects to be bashing opponents with it.
  • Dagur referred to Hiccup's shield as being "ornate" in "The Night and the Fury", and he mentioned that his sister used to have one like it as well.
  • Hiccup sometimes dual-wields the shield and Inferno.
  • Astrid admitted that the shield was pretty cool after seeing Hiccup use the crossbow to tag a Deadly Nadder with yellow paint in "Appetite for Destruction".
    • Also in "Appetite for Destruction", Hiccup named the technique he used to defeat the Screaming Death the first time, the 'shiny shield trick'.
  • The shield may be a reference to Captain America's shield from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as both can be used as a boomerang and are made of special metals that are stronger and lighter than regular steel and iron, Gronckle Iron and Vibranium respectively.
  • Though it could be seen being thrown off a cliff during the fight between Hiccup and Johann in "King of Dragons, Part 2", the shield still appears in Dragonvine. It is unknown if Hiccup made a new shield or retrieved the old one.
  • There is a "Gronckle Iron Crossbow" mode in the minigame Fireball Frenzy in the game School of Dragons.

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