|“||Hobgobblers will literally eat anything. When they team up in a pack, they can tear through warships, Viking houses, Gobber, and anything else that crosses their path. [src]||”|
|“||Pug-nosed, wide-eyed and drooling, Hobgobblers would be cute — if they weren't so destructive! They love to devour everything in their paths like airborne piranhas.||”|
|— Dragonpedia stat card|
|“||Believed by many to bring bad luck, Hobgobblers had a nasty reputation due to superstitious assumptions. These days, Vikings find them pretty cute! Save for the mess they make.||”|
|— Dragons: Rise of Berk|
The Hobgobbler's name was revealed at the 2018 Annecy Film Festival preview of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, along with the fact that they are based off a bullfrog, a French bulldog, and a beach ball. They were pictured and mentioned again by Dean DeBlois on a Twitter post. According to Dragonpedia, the Hobgobbler's ability to eat anything while in a feeding frenzy is based off a piranha.
In School of Dragons, Hobgobbler eggs are oval-shaped with a scale-like pattern covering them, except for the top. They are purple with darker spots on them.
In Dragons: Rise of Berk, Hobgobbler eggs are red with purple spots on them.
Hatchling to Adult
Juvenile Hobgobblers are generally dark green with brown markings, as seen in the School of Dragons Expansion, "Curse of the Hobgobbler". Other than a larger ratio between the size of the eyes to the body, young Hobgobblers are physically similar to adults.
Hobgobblers are small, plump dragons that are slightly larger than Terrible Terrors. They possess a single nasal horn, short legs, small spines on their back, and a mouth that takes up a large amount of their physical size. Their coloration is mainly purple with darker spots and yellow undersides.
In Dreamworks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders, the Hobgobblers that appear are generally purple with pale underbellies. However, a trio saved from Dragon Trappers appears to be green with dark green markings after taking up residence on Havenholme.
Titan Wing Hobgobblers have a slightly larger body size, nasal horn, and a sturdier lower jaw. They are dark purple, with light blue circles and stripes and a dirty yellow underbelly.
The slobber of the Hobgobblers possesses incendiary properties that can burst into flames. Hobgobblers also tend to coat themselves with their own slobber so that they can slip out of tight spots.
When Hobgobblers are hungry, they will enter a state of frenzy and will devour whatever they see. A flock of Hobgobblers can easily strip the planks of a ship's deck within seconds.
Hobgobblers possess a powerful set of jaws that enables them to chew and devour almost anything. When they bite down on something, Hobgobblers can be lifted and even moved around with no sign of letting go, as was the case when the Rescued Hobgobbler wouldn't let go of Gobber's prosthetic leg.
School of Dragons reveals that Hobgobblers can launch balls of orange fire from their mouths.
Strength and Combat
Hobgobblers use their jaws as their primary weapons. Despite their small size, Hobgobblers are strong enough to carry Vikings on their backs, as seen in School of Dragons.
|“||The Hobgobblers are able to spread so quickly around the archipelago because they have evolved to have increased fertility. They hatch more eggs, so that Hobgobblers maximize the possibility that their young will survive to reproduce themselves. [src]||”|
|— Fishlegs Ingerman|
According to School of Dragons, Hobgobblers are very prolific breeders. They can quickly overwhelm an area with their high numbers.
Behavior and Personality
As their name suggests, Hobgobblers possess a huge appetite, and they tend to devour almost anything they see. Hobgobblers appear to be rather mischievous, which is indicated when the rescued individual and his pack tend to surprise Gobber the Belch with their sudden appearances at random occasions. They also tend to coat themselves with their own slobber so that they will be able to slip out of tight spots.
As seen in School of Dragons, Hobgobblers behave in a similar way to frogs, with several individuals being seen croaking to communicate. They are also commonly seen licking their eyes with their tongues in a similar manner to geckos.
- Main article: Rescued Hobgobbler
Gobber is terrified of Hobgobblers, believing that they bring bad luck, and this belief worsened for him when more of them come to live with the rest of the Hooligan Tribe. His opinion about the Hobgobblers change when a flock of them rescue him from Ragnar the Rock, whom they (possibly) ate alive off-screen.
When the battle ended, Hiccup realized that the only way the dragons can be safe from humans was for them to go to the Hidden World. After Toothless gave the command to the dragons of Berk, all of them, including the Hobgobblers, said their farewells to the Vikings and flew off to the Hidden World.
Hobgobblers were released as part of the game's Fall 2019 update.
Hobgobblers were added to the game on July 31, 2019 as part of the "Curse of the Hobgobbler" expansion pack. The Smitten Hobgobbler was released as an expansion exclusive, while 'regular' Hobgobblers were released in the game store.
Eir Stormheart has captured several wild Hobgobblers and poisoned them with a concoction made of Grimora venom and dragonvine. Scribbler encountered some of them and freed them. The Hobgobblers could later help Scribbler in fight, if he chose to call them with the Horn of Dramillion.
A single Hobgobbler icon is also used to notify the player that the game is auto-saving his or her progress in the game.
- 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 Hobgobbler, this dragon should a Wingspan of 4 feet 11 inches.
- According to the Urban Dictionary, the Hob Gobbler is a creature from Appalachia folklore that grants wishes as well as plays tricks on humans. It also can turn into a turkey.
- The Hobgobbler‘s name may also be derived from a type of fairy or goblin from the folklore of the British Isles called a Hobgoblin. This spirit or creature resided in homes and was helpful to the resident family, but could also wreak havoc if they were offended. Though the Hobgoblin is not specifically mentioned, elves and fairy folk and other such beings do figure in Norse Mythology.
- The Hobgobbler is the second dragon to be categorized into two classes, with the first being the Submaripper.
- The Hobgobbler's ravenous behavior is somewhat similar to that of the Scraplet from the Transformers Prime series.
- According to The Art of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Hobgobblers are the most feared dragons on Berk to date.
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- ↑ "Oh, hey, I'm fine! How are you? I checked my notes, and the Shadow Wing belongs in the Stoker Class. This goes for both the Large Shadow and Small Shadow binary breeds. Not sure why that wasn't public knowledge, but here's a handy class chart we use to keep 'em all straight:" (Date Posted - December 8, 2018). Twitter.
- ↑ Giardina, Carolyn. (Date Published - June 14, 2018). 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World': Director Dean DeBlois Reveals New Details. The Hollywood Reporter.
- ↑ "Almost there!" (Date Posted - September 7, 2018). Twitter.
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