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All white, Boulder Class, Titan Wing Whispering Death with bright red eyes that bore a hole right through your very soul. [src]
  Fishlegs' description upon first seeing the Screaming Death  

The Screaming Death is a gigantic, heavily mutated Whispering Death that first appeared in Dragons: Defenders of Berk.

Official Description

Born every one hundred or so years, the Screaming Death has all the strengths of its subordinate cousin, the Whispering Death, with none of its weaknesses.
It is the most powerful dragon Berk has faced since the Red Death. Unlike the Whispering Death, this dragon has no aversion to sunlight. In fact, young Screaming Deaths are drawn to bright light. Attraction to light wears off as the dragon gets older. It shoots large spines from its tail and can breathe massive amounts of fire in a single blast, but the Screaming Death's real strength is its insatiable appetite. Like the Whispering Death, the Screaming Death likes to tunnel, consuming sea stacks and decimating entire islands. An adolescent Screaming Death nearly destroyed the town of Berk, and when it to adulthood, it nearly ate all of Dragon Island (along with five other islands before that). You can't really defeat the Screaming Death. It's too fast, too angry, too powerful. The best you can hope to do is find a way to lure it somewhere else. Screaming Deaths ALWAYS eventually return to their place of birth to nest.
Despite the distances that may separate them, Screaming Deaths remain acutely aware of the well-being of their Whispering Death mothers. So if you want to stay on a Screaming Death's good side, don't insult its mother!
A long, long time ago, it was noted that the Screaming Death only hatches every 100 years. Well this note seems to be right...
One beautiful day, Hiccup and Astrid (Hiccstrid) decided to take a little stroll when Astrid tripped over what seemed to be an egg. They both examined this egg looking rock and it turns out that it was an egg all along. Every step they took, kept finding more and more eggs and without hesitation, they started picking them up. After gathering them all, with a little help from Toothless and Stormfly, they returned back campus and gathered a meeting for all of us, SoD staff, to attend. We all thought it would be best if Heather took a look at the eggs before we made any conclusions on what type of dragon egg it could be. With lots of research, it was clear that these were Screaming Death eggs, which could also be confused to a Whispering Death egg. It has been about 100 years since the last Screaming Death eggs were hatched, so its about that time again!
Help us welcome the SCREAMING DEATH back to earth! This dragon is one of the BIGGEST dragons that we have had in SoD and we couldn’t be more excited welcome them into our family! It has the ability to attack with fireballs, sink islands, and fly right through sea stacks, which could help any of you Vikings in tough situations! Helpful tip-keep your Screaming Death happy by exposing them to bright light.
  School of Dragons  

Physical Appearance


The appearance of a Screaming Death egg is very similar to a Whispering Death egg because the Screaming Death is apparently 'just' a mutant Whispering Death. The only difference is that a Screaming Death egg is larger and is colored white with red spots.

Hatchling to Adult

The Screaming Death is a heavily mutated, albino Whispering Death. It is white in color, has large red eyes, a longer and a more massive body, and larger tail than the 'average' Whispering Death. It also has three rows of teeth, but they are aligned differently than those of the Whispering Death, set in a chin reminiscent of a Red Death. They have rows of frilly spines that line the edges of its unsegmented underbelly.

Despite the Screaming Death's size, its wings are only the size of a Scauldron's. This is because it uses its excessively long tail as a sort of rotor.

Titan Wing

A regular Screaming Death can induce fear in any Viking, but the Titan Screaming Death will leave even the strongest of Vikings paralyzed! This Boulder Class titan now bears bigger and sharper teeth, perfect for burrowing under any island that comes across their way, along with an explosive roar!
  School of Dragons  

Titan Wing

Titan Wing Screaming Deaths are larger, with more spines on their bodies. They have red stripes on their wings and gray backs. They also have more teeth and a grayish face.


As a mutant version of a Whispering Death, the Screaming Death is much larger and more powerful.


Gatling shots

The Screaming Death shoots large, explosive balls of fire. These fireballs are unlike that of the Night Fury and similar to a mortar, but with a much higher rate of fire. When the Screaming Death is breathing fire, it releases excess fire from gaps in its frill (when any flammable gas is emitted in the inside of his mouth, a similar phenomenon can be observed as a small explosion occurs). At least a dozen fireballs can be launched in rapid succession. This is reminiscent of a gun with a muzzle.

Screaming Deaths can also breath concentric rings of fire that match the round shape of their own mouths. These are identical to the fire rings used by the Whispering Death.

Strength & Combat

Being a dragon of gigantic proportions, the Screaming Death possesses incredible strength, which, combined with its weight, makes it one of the strongest dragons around. It can effortlessly crash through sea stacks and tunnel through rocks, causing whole islands to sink.

Screaming Death snapping it's jaws at Hiccup and Toothless

The Screaming Death utilizes its immense size and weight to crash unto opponents, and its spiky tail as a whip or flail. It also utilizes its spine shots to launch as projectiles towards enemies, much like other Whispering Deaths. Its dense scales protect it from harm while it launches waves of explosive fireballs. It also has a powerful, disorienting roar which it uses to distract and disorient foes.

Speed & Agility

The Screaming Death is much faster than the average Whispering Death, to the point they can even catch up with an average flying Night Fury while in flight. On the ground, it slithers at a much slower pace, like most other Whispering Deaths.

Younger Screaming Deaths demonstrated similar agility to that of Whispering Deaths. As they grow, however, they seem to lose a great deal of agility, mostly due to their massive sizes.

Endurance & Stamina

The Screaming Death is extremely durable. It was able to take attacks from Toothless, Meatlug, Stormfly, Barf and Belch, several wild Gronckles and several wild Nadders with little visible damage - at best, it was mildly fatigued (as the wild Nadders were able to keep up with it and continue their attack). It also has the toughest and strongest skin of all dragons, as an average-powered Night Fury plasma blast barely affected it, as well as Nadder spines and many other types of firepower. Though they have the toughest skin of nearly any dragon, the Scauldron's hot water blast can create enough heat to rip the scales off the Screaming Death.

Although when the Screaming Death (character) was smaller in size, it was proven that a large, heavy boulder can injure his wing to make him unable to fly. It also made him a vulnerable dragon as he needed his siblings to carry him away.


The Screaming Death is intelligent enough to learn from its mistakes and adapt to the enemy's strategies. The Screaming Death is relatively intelligent, as it did not fall for the reflection of Hiccup's shield the second time. Seemingly, the dragon succeeded to overcome some of the weaknesses unique to the main species through mutation. The Screaming Death is attracted to bright and intense light, unlike other Whispering Deaths. It was also able to understand that Hiccup and Toothless saved its mother from harm, and promptly ceased hostility towards them. Over the few years, he was shown to forget his mother's saviors, Hiccup and Toothless, it is possible he didn't recognize them from their age, is very protective of his home or has a bad memory.


Like other Whispering Deaths, the Screaming Death can tunnel underground, using its strong jaws and spike-ridden skin. However, its tunnels are much bigger, allowing it to sink islands with little difficulty. Its size is wide enough to fit a flying Monstrous Nightmare.

Sonic Shriek/Deafening Scream

Screaming Death disorienting roar

The Screaming Death gets its name from its powerful disorienting sonic roar that negatively affects the flight of other dragons, causing disorientation and distraction. It also seems to use this to summon Whispering Deaths to its aid, suggesting they are immune to its scream.


The Screaming Death's sense of vision is much stronger than that of Whispering Deaths; most Whispering Deaths avoid direct light, but the Screaming Death can fly in daylight with no ill effects.

Dense Scales

The Screaming Death appears to have incredibly tough and strong scales, the thickest of any dragon. The scales appear to give it extreme protection against most attacks, including a Deadly Nadder's spine shot or a Night Fury's plasma blast. Furthermore, their scales are dense enough as to be impenetrable by Dragon Root-tipped arrows, making the Screaming Death one of the very few dragons indirectly immune to its effects.

Spine Shot

The Screaming Death is able to shoot large spines from any part of its body, much like Whispering Deaths. However, unlike the latter, Screaming Deaths are unable to rotate their teeth due to their jaw shape.

Alpha Control

The Screaming Death is capable of controlling other dragons to a certain degree. The group of dragons under the Screaming Death's command are known as Exiles, dragons that followed the giant dragon after it destroyed their islands. However, Screaming Deaths can be controlled by larger Alpha Dragons, such as the Bewilderbeast.


Light Attraction

When they are young, they are attracted to sunlight - however, they grow out of this weakness as they age. Additionally, their large size can be used against them in the proper terrain.

Boiling Water

It was implied by Fishlegs that a Scauldron's boiling water can rip off the scales of a Screaming Death, making it the only thing that can penetrate this dragon's thick hide and when the scales are ripped off it leaves the Screaming Death vulnerable to attack.

Behavior and Personality

Judging by the massive size of what is apparently a hatchling, this albino giant is probably one of the biggest dragons of them all. The Screaming Death is attracted to light as opposed to having an aversion (only for young dragons), as the Whispering Deaths do.

The Screaming Death also seems to have a mutated maturity cycle and seems to become a full grown adult faster. There is only one in the show so its maturity level is not fully known either.

Initially, the Screaming Death was violent and destructive, even to the point of destroying entire islands. It was later shown to be merely seeking its mother. After the reunion with her and his siblings, the Screaming Death became calmer than in previous times and thanked Hiccup by roaring at him before leaving for parts unknown.

The Screaming Death seen on Berk appears to be the Alpha of the group of Whispering Deaths that attacked Berk. Though this might be because the dragons are siblings, looking after one another, including helping the Screaming Death when its wing was injured and gathering food. It can also mean the Screaming Death has certain control over its Whispering Deaths.

'The real strength' of the breed is said to be their insatiable appetites. Like the Whispering Death, they favor tunneling, and to feed on sea stacks, and resulting in decimating entire islands.

Screaming Deaths have extremely strong homing instincts, holding strong bonds to certain locations.


Like a Whispering Death, training a Screaming Death is of utmost difficulty, if not impossible. The best way to train one would be to gain the trust of its family and mother, which may help to train them, as the mother seems to have a reasonable amount of control over their mutant child. 

Differences to the average Whispering Death

  • The Whispering Death is dullish blue and gray, while the Screaming Death is pure white.
  • The Screaming Death seems to be able to withstand sunlight as it chases Hiccup and Toothless in broad daylight, while Whispering Deaths are normally agitated by direct sunlight.
  • The Whispering Death's eyes are white and a little bit red, while the Screaming Death's eyes are fully red.
  • The Whispering Death's teeth are yellow and are different sizes. The canines are twice as big as the other teeth. The Screaming Death's teeth are white and equal in sizes.
  • The Whispering Death's inner teeth are from left to right. The Screaming Death's inner teeth are from front to back.
  • The Whispering Death's mouth is bigger and has barely any chin. The Screaming Death's mouth is like many other dragons (unlike the Whispering Death's, which is shaped like an oval if you look from the front) and it has a large chin.
  • The Whispering Death shoots rings of fire. The Screaming Death shoots combustive fireballs.
  • The Whispering Death create hissing sounds that agitate dragons. The Screaming Death creates screams that disorientate dragons.
  • Higher durability: the Thunderdrum can stun young Whispering Deaths with its powerful sonic blast, but the Screaming Death isn't too vulnerable to Thunderdrum attacks.
  • Whispering Deaths are regarded as having an excellent memory, while the Screaming Death had seemingly forgotten about Hiccup in just a few years.

Comparative Statistics


Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Main article: Screaming Death (character)

One of these dragons served as the former secondary antagonist in Defenders of Berk, due to it being an obstacle for Hiccup and the Dragon Riders. Savage and his fellow Outcasts return to Berk to check on the infant Whispering Deaths that have hatched in the caves beneath the village since they were planted there during their last attack on Berk. Many egg shells are scattered along the cave floor, but much to Savage's surprise, one certain egg shell, a red one, is truly massive. The hole left in the ceiling from the infant as it burrowed out is nearly the size of an adult Whispering Death tunnel, but this creature has just hatched. It can be assumed that this was the egg of a Screaming Death, and as Savage and his men retreat from the cave, the Screaming Death's roar can be distinctly heard echoing through the cave.

The Screaming Death first appeared as the leader of the Whispering Deaths in "Tunnel Vision". The creature, which had been sleeping at the start, was awakened by three of its Whispering Death siblings, who were at the moment being driven away by the Dragon Riders. The massive dragon rose from its cave and headed towards Berk. Upon being attacked, Screaming Death demonstrated his Deafening Scream attack (which summoned its three Whispering Death back). This gave Tuffnut the idea of naming the new dragon "Screaming Death." Hiccup discovered that Screaming Death was attracted to the light off of his shield and used it to lure the dragon into ramming into one of the rock pillars. Its wing was injured from rocks falling on it. The Whispering Deaths took Screaming Death away from Berk and nurse it back to health. However, Hiccup was concerned that Screaming Death would return, noting that Whispering Death hatchlings are very territorial of their birthplace.

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The Screaming Death, which did indeed get bigger and matured in intelligence, returned where it was sinking the other islands that dragons lived on in the episode "Appetite for Destruction". It made it to Dragon Island, and would soon reach Berk afterward. Hiccup tried to distract it with his shield again, but it ignored the light this time probably because it learned its lesson on shiny objects. Fishlegs rounded up the dragons that lived on the islands that Screaming Death destroyed to fight it off. After being defeated, Screaming Death left Dragon Island, but Hiccup was sure it would return to exact its revenge.

While the Screaming Death did not reappear, the riders were still on the lookout for it.

The riders were having attack drills for it and Hiccup said that he made the Thunder Ear to try and locate it through its scream.

In "Cast Out, Part 1", the Screaming Death was found when it attacked Snotlout and Hookfang and would have killed Snotlout if Alvin the Treacherous had not saved him. It was later seen smashing out of a sea stack. The Screaming Death was found by Fishlegs while he and Meatlug were out on patrol. Hiccup later finds out the reason that the Screaming Death is destroying the islands is to search for Groundsplitter, his mother, and sent air mail back to the Academy. Later, Fishlegs uses the Dragon Root to lure Screaming Death to Outcast Island. As the Outcast Island training arena was collapsing, Screaming Death saw its mother, however, it returned to attacking after Dagur had captured her. Eventually, Groundsplitter was freed by Snotlout and Hookfang, and she and its siblings flew out to meet with it. The Screaming Death, realizing that it had been the Dragon Riders who had saved its mother, gave one last roar of thanks to Hiccup, then left with its family. It was later added to the Book of Dragons by Fishlegs.

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Season 2

Three years later, the Screaming Death is living with Groundsplitter on an island. When Stormfly, Astrid and the other Riders were captured by Ryker Grimborn and his Dragon Hunters during the events of "Night of the Hunters, Part 1", Hiccup, Toothless, Snotlout, and Hookfang then went to its island. There they found it and were chased by it; however, his mother stopped him, giving the riders permission to take the Screaming Death's scales to use them as Dragon Armor against the hunters.

Season 6

The Screaming Death appeared in "King of Dragons, Part 2" next to the New Protector flying towards Berserker Island during the final battle against the hunters and flyers.


Dragons: Rise of Berk

The Screaming Death appeared in this game as a Legendary Dragon. It boosts the battle stats for the dragons and unlocks the Exiled Dragons via collection packs. This dragon serves a purpose closer to that of a game mechanic than a dragon.

The Dragons: Rise of Berk Screaming Death finds unique items to complete special collections for Exiled Dragons and resources such as Fish and Runes. Collection items include items such as a pick axe and others.

School of Dragons

A scaled-down version of the Screaming Death became available to ride in this game. Later, its Titan Wing form was released.

Dragons: Titan Uprising

A wild Screaming Death appears in this game, in the Screeching Woodlands section of the Wild Woodland. It plays the role of a 'big boss' that the player must battle and defeat, using his/her own dragons.


  • Asterisk-Transparent.png The official measurements given by DreamWorks Animation do not appear to be realistic when considering the relative sizes the viewer sees within the TV Series. Based on images of the Screaming Death along side other known dragons in the series such as Meatlug, this dragon should be 365 feet (111.25 meters) long.
  • The name for the Screaming Death originated from Tuffnut after he heard the first giant scream from the dragon, prompting him to say: "Screaming Death. I love it!"
  • Although albinos are normally sensitive to light (as seen with the albino Night Terrors), the Screaming Death is initially attracted to bright lights.
  • The Screaming Death's fire breath is very similar to a 3-round/5-round burst gun, as it fires 3-5 small shots in quick succession (or more) and its frills flash with each shot which would be comparable to muzzle brake on a firearm.
  • Even though Fishlegs states the Screaming Death isn't in the Book of Dragons, Hiccup still discovered information about it. This means that Bork had information about the Screaming Death in his notes, or it could be a simple error.
  • In "Tunnel Vision", Fishlegs describes the Screaming Death as a Titan Wing, this could mean that the Screaming Death has completed its 5 stages of growth. This would most likely be incorrect, as it was merely a hatchling at that time. It is most likely that Fishlegs was simply likening the Screaming Death to a Titan Wing dragon, and was unaware it would get larger still.
  • The Screaming Death chasing Hiccup and Toothless in "Tunnel Vision", had similar moves that Hiccup and Toothless used when the Red Death chased them; like going up and down.
  • It is revealed that the reason why the Screaming Death has constantly been going on a rampage is that he was looking for his mother, the Whispering Death on Outcast Island that hatched all the eggs and were planted underneath Berk in "Live and Let Fly."
  • In "Cast Out, Part 2", Hiccup asks Mildew about the eggs planted under Berk, asking if one was a "large, red egg", hinting that the shell of its egg is red in color.
  • Even though the Screaming Death breaths balls of fire, the Dragonpedia states it breathes rings of fire.
  • Even if the Screaming Death is way bigger than a Typhoomerang, it seems that it can pull itself up and stop falling, unlike Typhoomerangs, such as Torch's Mother.
  • The Screaming Death possibly eats other smaller dragons because it is capable of doing so. As shown when the Screaming Death attempted to eat Meatlug and Fishlegs. However, this attempt might just well be the dragon root's affection. Or maybe to get revenge from their last encounter.
  • In some of the episodes, the Screaming Death has the same roar as the Red Death.
  • It coming to Berk is considered close to the "end of the world" by some of the Riders.
  • It was stated to be "supposed to look like it evolved in a cave."


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