|“||This elusive creature is highly secretive and is known to ride lightning bolts. Found only during electrical storms, it can shoot bursts of white fire. If you get too close to a Skrill, your hair will stand on end. [src]||”|
|— Hiccup reading from the Dragon Manual|
|“||One of the most mysterious and feared dragon species in the Book of Dragons, the Skrill is aggressive, powerful, and nearly untrainable.
Skrills do not breathe fire. Instead, they channel lightning down their metallic spines, firing it from their mouths in a shower of destructive blasts. They can also store this electrical power in their bodies an release it later on. Because of this unique firepower, Skrills tend to gravitate towards stormy weather. If you find yourself flying through a thunderstorm, watch out! Skrills are also tough. They can take a lot of damage in battle, and give as good as they get. However, the Skrill has one weakness...it cannot fire its lightning from the water. Force a Skrill into the ocean, and it loses the upper hand.
They can hibernate in icy glaciers for decades at a time, and emerge as fierce as the day they were frozen.
|“||A jolt from the Strike Class, this Dragon is among the most feared Dragons. They can summon lightning to shoot electrical blasts. Quite a shock!
Enemies Beware! The spiny Skrill attacks with balls of lightning more powerful than any natural storm.
|— Dragons: Rise of Berk|
|“||Skrills have the ability to stay frozen for decades. In fact, some were found in a seemingly inescapable block of ice. After the block of ice was destroyed, many Skrills were freed and in need of shelter. Since the School was accepting more dragons, Hiccup, Astrid, Snotlout and the Headmaster all decided to provide the Skrill a home and a place to lay their eggs.
Skrills are famous for their ability to withstand flying through storms and use the electricity from the lightning to strike their enemies. That’s right, Skrills use the metallic spikes on their backs to gather electricity to shoot lightning! If you’re ever out during a thunderstorm, look to the skies – you might see a Skrill flying around hoping to charge up!
With their large wingspans, Skrills are known to be excellent, agile and quick flyers. It has even been said that a Skrill can fly almost as fast as a Night Fury! As such, it is only fitting that they are classified under the Strike class.
Skrills are known to be extremely independent and stubborn. This may make them initially very difficult to train, but with the patience and determination of a talented dragon trainer such as yourself, Skrills can be loyal companions!
|— School of Dragons Website|
Some pieces of concept art for the Skrill depict the dragon with shorter wings, sharper spines, and a heavier built body. One particular art shows the Skrill diving from the sky with its wings wrapped completely around its body, which could be an early ability given for the species.
Skrill eggs are round and usually come in shades of blue or purple. The color of the hatchling can be told by the color of the eggs. They are covered in what looks like lightning bolts encircling it. Its center core glows very brightly, although it is unknown if the bolts are actually electric or if they are just ornamental.
Hatchling to Adult
The Skrill has large wings and a spiked back and tail. These spines are metallic in nature and conduct the arcing electricity that it uses as its unique firepower.
The Skrill possess a crown of spikes on its head which are all similar in length, like those of a Deadly Nadder. The Skrill's crown can also be used to give it expression, as it can control them to be pulled back or forward. Skrills have three short spines on their chin. It also appears to have four shark-like gills on its neck.
Its head slightly resembles that of a Thunderdrum or a Flightmare, and the proportion of its head, body, and wings are quite close to the latter's. It apparently resembles a Night Fury in-flight and rivals its speed, being only slightly slower. It's similar in size to the Scuttleclaw, only slightly longer.
This dragon has been shown to walk and run on its two legs with its wings folded. A new model in School of Dragons was made for the Skrill, featuring the Skrill walking on two legs, instead of its original locomotion.
In the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, the theatrical rendition of the first movie, an animatronic Skrill is seen. It appears smaller than its animated counterpart, and more colorful, having a blue back with dark blue striping, a band of red along the sides, and a white belly. The head is also narrower and much more bird-like, with a definite beak-like mouth. However, like the animated Skrill version, the live-action version has only a pair of hindlegs and spikes around the back of its head.
Titan Wing Skrills still resemble their younger counterparts. However, they are now larger and teal blue, instead of purple, and their mouth is light blue. Also, the spines on their back are longer and sharper, as well as appearing to glow green at the bases. The talons on their wings have grown significantly thicker, and start black at their base and lighten to a shade of green. Their wings are black and fade to a light blue at the edges.
In Dragons: The Nine Realms Season 2, the Titan Wing Skrill appears very similar to their Broad Wing counterparts in appearance, except they are about twice or even three times the size of them.
The Skrill is an electrical dragon. It can absorb and store electrical energy from lightning bolts. Using its metallic spines, it can channel the lightning through its body and fire out destructive blasts through its mouth. Since the electrical charges in thunder clouds are very active, Skrills can achieve very powerful firepower. Skrills also have the ability to direct multiple bolts of lightning at once, striking things around themselves, making them greatly feared by Vikings. They can also store the electrical energy in their bodies and use it at a later time. Its ability to harness and store electricity gives it a static field, which makes people's hair stand on end if they get too close. Skrills can also summon lightning to break out of a dragon proof cage, as shown by the Frozen Skrill, in “A View to a Skrill, Part 2”.
The Skrill can "ride" lightning bolts. It was first and only seen in "A Time to Skrill" after the Skrill was tamed and set free. It ascended upwards at hypersonic speeds through a field of lightning bolts. While riding on these lightning bolts, the Skrill is capable of travelling a couple of kilometers in a tenth of a second, which would mean that the Skrill can travel at several times the speed of sound. This move makes the Skrill far faster than any other dragon, despite the stats saying otherwise.
Skrills can create an electrical field that acts similarly to a force field. While doing so, the dragon closes its wings around its body, and swings its tail upwards. It then forms a small electrical field that can be used to block projectiles, similar to how a Seashocker protects itself from predators. This was shown when Dagur was in control of the Skrill in "A View to a Skrill, Part 1"; it used this ability to block Toothless' plasma blasts. The electrical field was seen to be strong enough to deflect some blasts from Toothless, although its top resistance level cannot be determined.
|“||In ancient times, the Singetail was one of the most feared dragons. However, there was one dragon whose powerful blasts could neutralize the Singetail's fire. Meet our accomplice, Hiccup, the Singetail's only predator... the Skrill. [src]||”|
|— Viggo Grimborn about the Skrill|
Unlike other dragons' fire attacks, Skrills have the ability to shoot blue lightning bolts over great distances. It is said to be able to direct multiple lightning bolts at once. If someone gets hit by the Skrill's electric blast, they'll only be able to talk gibberish for a short while, as seen with Mildew in "A View to a Skrill, Part 2", Spitelout Jorgenson in "A Time to Skrill", and Snotlout Jorgenson in "A View to a Skrill, Part 1".
When the lightning blasts of a Skrill and the plasma blasts of a Night Fury meet head-on, a massive energetic explosion will form which can knock dragons from the sky, as displayed in "A View to a Skrill, Part 1".
When the lightning blasts of the Skrill and the electrical blasts of the Night Light meet head on, they created a sphere of electricity which shares the two species colors as shown many times when Thunder and his nemesis battled together in the Silver Crystal Realm of the Hidden World.
According to the Cartoon Network: Dragon Secrets, the Skrill's lightning blasts are equally as powerful as a Night Fury's plasma blast. Skrills have a shot limit of four. However, they can recharge their shots while in a thunderstorm. It often does not need to take good aim before firing as it can afford to miss, seeing as its shots are easily rechargeable in a thunderstorm.
As seen in "Triple Cross" and "King of Dragons, Part 2", Skrills have the ability to release all of the electricity stored in their bodies at once. This causes a huge wave of electricity to travel outwards in all directions, destroying everything around them. This attack is seldom used since it uses up all of the Skrills lightning reserves.
In "Triple Cross", it is revealed that the Skrill's lightning blast is the only dragon fire known to effectively neutralize a Singetail's.
|“||Actually, because of their internal body temperature, Skrills can stay safely frozen for decades.||”|
It was revealed that a hidden ability is their inner body heat, allowing Skrills to survive being frozen for decades. The Dragonpedia states that once Skrills emerge from being frozen, they will be as fierce as the day they were frozen, as shown when Hiccup and Fishlegs revealed to Stoick that the Frozen Skrill could still be alive and dangerous. Because their internal body temperature allows them to survive freezing temperatures, Skrills often inhabit icy areas, as shown by Viggo's Skrill.
Speed, Agility, and Stealth
The Skrill is a very fast flier among dragons. Its speed is seen to be comparative to that of a Night Fury's, as the Skrill was always able to catch up and cling right behind Toothless every time in a chase. The Skrill can also reach far greater speeds while riding lightning. Overall the Skrill is known to be the second fastest dragon in the world. It's also very agile as it can maneuver through sea stacks without much difficulty. The Skrill has a sleek, dark-colored body, which makes it extremely difficult to spot in dark clouds and overcast weather. The only warning of their presence in these environments is the light given when lightning travels through the clouds and their electrical outline when it absorbs lightning before an attack.
Strength and Combat
Skrills are very strong for their size. The frozen specimen managed to knock away Stormfly with just one slap of its wing. It is said that the Skrill is one of the few dragons that can stand toe-to-toe against the Night Fury.
As a Strike Class dragon, the Skrill possess extreme intelligence. In "A Time to Skrill", the Frozen Skrill recognized that Hiccup tried to lure him back into the glacier to freeze him, and it later tried to trap Hiccup and Toothless inside. Also, it was smart enough to follow Hiccup's trail back to Berk, and it even knew which house was his.
Despite its allegedly high intelligence, Hiccup and Toothless were able to trick the Skrill to fly into an ice wall and fall unconscious, by using the ice's smooth surface as a mirror.
When trained or set free, the Skrill displays immense loyalty towards its trainer or allies, willing to fight alongside them even in the face of death.
The Skrill's sense of vision is shown to be strong enough to allow it to see through dark clouds or at night. The Frozen Skrill also tracked Hiccup and Toothless all the way from Outcast Island to Berk after it was freed.
Stamina and Endurance
The Skrill's stamina and endurance seem to be incredibly high, as the Frozen Skrill was able to emerge from hibernation, attack the Riders' dragons, go in search of food, and then engage the Riders in combat with no pause in between. The Frozen Skrill was able to endure many attacks and still was able to fight. It was even seen to take a plasma blast to the head and continue to battle with minor injury, where most other dragons would have been defeated at this point. It is also shown in "A Time to Skrill", after the Dragon Hunters shot the Frozen Skrill in the tail, it started to slowly crash into the water. Later in the same episode Spitelout shot the Frozen Skrill with a dragon root arrow, causing it to intently crash onto the ground, but remained conscious. After being set free it got up as if it hadn't hurt him. The same happened to Viggo's Skrill after Johann shot him in the leg with a dragon root arrow and, despite crashing onto the ground and chained in a pit full of water, the Skrill was able to move without injury.
|“||... There is one trick to winning over these deeply apprehensive creatures — Shadow Skrills are some of the only dragons who actually like to eat electric eels!||”|
|— Dragons: Titan Uprising|
As evidenced by the description of the Shadow Skrill, this group of specific dragons are immune to electric eels and can safely eat them, much like Typhoomerangs and Death Songs. It is unknown however, if it has any positive effects on the dragon.
Titan Wing Abilities
As a Titan Wing, their endurance and stamina have greatly increased as Thunder's Nemesis was able to crash into the large silver crystals of its realm and get back up seconds later, as if nothing has happened. Titan Wing Skrills can endure a Featherhide's sonic blast, a Night Light's electrical blast to the head, and a Mist Twister's fire and ice blast. They are also strong enough to smash through a few silver crystals. Even in tight spaces, they can squeeze through them, and even throw a adult Night Light around. Their firepower has also increased, as Thunder's Nemesis can blast more powerful lighting blast that is stronger than a Night Light's electrical blast. They're also smart enough to trap their enemies in a rock slider, as Thunder's Nemesis demonstrated.
Skrills have common dragon weakness, such as dragon root arrows, as shown in "A Time to Skrill" and in "Triple Cross". Several Skrills were completely under Eir Stormheart’s control through her Grimora and Dragonvine concoction.
The Skrill's primary weakness is water. It cannot channel electricity and loses all firepower when it is in water. If you force a Skrill to fall in the water, it will lose its upper hand. However, the Skrill can quickly regain its ability to channel lightning and electricity once getting out of the water.
Attraction to Metal
As shown in "Triple Cross", Viggo revealed that Skrills are attracted to metal due to their electrical properties. It is stated by Viggo that the Berserker Tribe used metal daggers to lure Skrills into traps. Another uses is waving a dagger around slowly in front of a Skrill will soothe it and calm it down. Once the Skrill realizes you're not a threat, you can gently touch its nose to bond with it. This was also hinted in "A Time to Skrill" where the Frozen Skrill charged at Snoutlout and Spitelout when they waved their metal axes.
Metallic Spine Dependency
The Skrill may have another weakness, as it is said in the dragon info on Hiccup's map that "they channel lightning down their metallic spines, firing it from their mouths in a shower of destructive blasts." This could mean that if one were to disable a Skrill's spines, it could take away its ability to channel lightning.
In Dragons: The Nine Realms, Season 2, the Skrill's electricity appears to be redirected or absorbed by veins of silver imbedded in crystals, meaning they can be used to absorb the powerful attacks, and make them useless against an enemy, and can even be used against them, as Tom used his Silver blade to absorb the Skrills electricity to help Thunder defeat it. Silver is an electrically conductive metal, and may function as a lightening rod.
Personality and Behavior
|“||For centuries, the Skrill has represented our strength, our power, our ferocity. [src]||”|
|— Dagur explaining the Skrill's significance to the Berserker Tribe|
One of the most mysterious and feared species in the Dragon Manual, the Skrill is aggressive, powerful, and nearly untrainable. According to Ryker, Skrills are very rare. It appears to be almost as feared as the Night Fury, due to the Berserkers who used to harness the Skrill and use it as a weapon. This reclusive dragon is belligerent and as unpredictable as lightning strikes. It is very territorial, despite following stormy weather.
They are known to be very elusive and are distrusting towards other species of dragons and humans. Skrills tend to gravitate towards lightning storms to defend themselves against potential predators or to quickly recharge their shot limit. They are known to be very fierce and will act recklessly without thinking when released if trapped in the ice for too long. In addition, Skrills can be extremely vengeful against those that they feel have wronged them and will go to great lengths to punish them. This was demonstrated by both the Frozen Skrill when it sought revenge on Hiccup and Toothless for re-imprisoning it in the glacier and Thunder’s Nemesis when it relentlessly pursued the Dragon Club throughout the maze of silver in the Hidden World for trespassing into its domain.
To tame or train a Skrill, you need to earn its trust, such as proving to it that you are willing to risk your life to save the dragon. The Frozen Skrill held a grudge against Hiccup and Toothless after they trapped him in a glacier. After he broke out, he was about to harm the duo out of vengeance, but after Hiccup saved the Skrill from the Dragon Hunters and later freed him, the dragon finally let go of its hatred towards them and bowed, before flying off in the clouds.
The Skrill, however, has been seen to prefer being free rather than being trained like other dragons. When trained, the Skrill displays immense loyalty towards its trainer, willing to fight alongside them even in the face of death. This was demonstrated in "Triple Cross", when the Skrill refused to leave Viggo's side despite the latter instructing him to do so.
|“||Berserkers used metal daggers to lure Skrills into traps. The dragon is drawn to this due to its electrical properties. [src]||”|
|— Viggo, training a Skrill with a dagger|
Depending on the method, training a Skrill can be incredibly difficult or close to impossible. They are aggressive and stubborn, refusing to be trained even in times of crisis. However, by treating it with respect and showing it mercy instead of cruelty, you can gain its trust. The Skrill would return its gratitude with a dignified bow.A much easier way of training a Skrill was shown in "Triple Cross", where Viggo Grimborn revealed that Skrills are attracted to metal's electrical properties. Waving a dagger around slowly in front of a Skrill will soothe it and calm it down. Once the Skrill realizes you're not a threat, you can gently touch its nose to bond with it.
|SIZE||22 feet||22 feet||22 feet|
|WINGSPAN||40 feet||40 feet|
|WEIGHT||1800 pounds||1,800 lbs|
19 (on lightning)
|11/19||11/19||11 / 19 (on lightning)||9.2||19 (CN:Dragon Secrets)|
|FIRE POWER||12||12||12||12||7.9||14 (CN:Dragon Secrets)|
|SHOT LIMIT||4||4||4||4||4||4 (CN:Dragon Secrets)|
The Skrill is mentioned briefly as Hiccup reads the Dragon Manual for information on Night Furies. As with most of the dragons in the Dragon Manual, it's listed as being "extremely dangerous" and the manual instructs readers to "kill on sight", although its name was only mentioned.
The Skrill was touched on by Hiccup, stating "The Skrill is said to be highly secretive and is known to ride lightning bolts like air torpedoes to reach supersonic speeds, and usually only comes out during electrical storms. It can shoot bursts of white fire as its entire body crackles with static electricity. Just being close to a Skrill is enough to make one's hair stand on end." Skrills are here shown to belong to the Strike Class of dragons. Bork the Bold and his sheep, Willie found one that caused their hair to stand on edge.
- Main article: Frozen Skrill
During the events of "A View to a Skrill, Part 1", the Skrill was said to be the symbol of the Berserker Tribe in which it appeared on their ships' sail, shields, and their chief's belt. According to Stoick's grandfather, the Berserkers were said to use harnessed Skrills in their attacks, they would attack behind them after they rained lightning blasts upon their enemies.
A Skrill was found frozen in a solid block of ice, found by Berserkers who attack Bucket and Mulch to keep it hidden. After the riders seized it, Hiccup, Astrid and Snotlout flew it back to the Academy, where it was eventually blown open by the Twins, unleashing the Skrill. It is pursued by the gang and Dagur for a while until it was captured by Alvin when it fell into the ocean. The Skrill was then locked up and put in a cage on Outcast Island.
As the events stretch into "A View to a Skrill, Part 2", Dagur hears of the Skrill's fate and secures a fake deal with Alvin and ultimately steals the Skrill, using it to battle Alvin, Hiccup, and Toothless until he gets electrocuted after Hiccup tricks him into making the Skrill attack while he is standing in a puddle. The Skrill is eventually set free. In the end, the Skrill is refrozen in a glacier once again when Hiccup and Toothless lure it into an iceberg and provoke it into knocking itself out when it charges Toothless's reflection. Hiccup melts the glacier with the aid of the Twins and Barf and Belch.
- Main article: Frozen Skrill
In "A Time to Skrill", the Frozen Skrill reawakens from ice hibernation due to lightning strikes destroying the ice it trapped in and it sets out to find Hiccup and Toothless. It attacks Outcast Island and later Berk. The Skrill destroys Hiccup's and Stoick's house and later chases Hiccup and Toothless to the Ship Graveyard. After a failed attempt to trick the Skrill into entering an ice cave, the Skrill destroys Toothless's tail. Hiccup builds a new tail out of a berserker’s sail leads the Skrill to Dagur, and allows Dagur to net it. The Skrill falls into the ocean and loses the ability to channel lightning. Hiccup planned to free it from Dagur and take the Skrill back to the glacier. But Dagur had his men shot arrows at Hiccup, knocking a sword out of his hand, and captured the Skrill. Hiccup and Toothless fly back to Dragon's Edge and the Riders team up, locate and free the Skrill.
The Skrill was placed in a cage in water, rendering it unable to fire. When the gang locates him, they quickly free them. In response, the Skrill destroys the entire Hunter base but leave the gang unharmed. Eventually, Spitelout shot it down with a Dragon Hunter arrow. The Skrill is taken back to the glacier and the Riders prepare to put it into a crevasse and seal it in. But when Hiccup saw the fear and sadness in its eyes, he recognizes that trapping the Skrill was no different than what the Hunters had done and set it free instead of freezing it up like last time. After a bowing to Hiccup and Toothless for a sign of gratitude, the Skrill freely flies off into the sky.
- Main article: Viggo's Skrill
In "Triple Cross", Viggo reveals to Hiccup that the Skrill is the Singetail's only natural predator and he intends to train one individual to help him get his revenge on Johann and Krogan after the latter two tried to kill him. After a brief confrontation with the dragon, Viggo manages to gain the Skrill's trust and has it create a diversion by attacking the Dragon Flyers. Johann manages to subdue it with a crossbow arrow laced with Dragon Root and orders his men to lock it up in the stables making sure it’s in water. Later on, the Skrill is freed by Viggo from its imprisonment and it refuses to leave his side when being told to. The Skrill then charges the entire cave with lightning and is never seen again, it’s unknown if Viggo’s Skrill died with it’s trainer or survived.
In "King of Dragons, Part 2", the Frozen Skrill arrives to the battle among the thousands of wild dragons that answer the Berserker Bewilderbeast's distress call and blasts a Dragon Hunter ship with its lightning.
Many wild Skrills were among the myriad of dragons in the Hidden World who bowed down in front of Toothless and his mate, showing respect for their Alpha. While Hiccup and Astrid are trying to escape the Hidden World, a Skrill swoops down on Hiccup just before Toothless catches him.
|Main article: Thunder's Nemesis|
In “Follow the Lightning, Part 2”, it is revealed that a massive Titan Wing Skrill was responsible for the separation of the Night Light, Thunder, from his family. Sometime prior to the opening of the Kullersen Fissure, this Skrill attacked the Night Lights when they inadvertently wandered into his territory, and though they escaped, Thunder and his family were separated.
Sometime following this, Thunder pursues the Skrill as it rests in a deeper section of the Hidden World, known as the Silver Realm, in a attempt to get revenge. This leads to a large struggle between the Skrill and Thunder, the latter of whom is being supported by the Dragon Club. Though the Skrill proves too powerful at first, Tom Kullersen, Thunder’s rider, uses the Skrill’s weakness against silver to defeat it, giving Thunder his revenge. Though injured, the Titan Wing Skrill survives the fight, and retreats into another section of the Hidden World as the Dragon Club look on.
When Hroar goes to Dragon Island to enrage many dragons and lead them to Berk, he does so with several Skrills. However, after he is thrown off his saddle, the Skrills and all the other dragons return to their island.
Skrills appear in this game as part of the armored dragons in Drago's Army. They attack the player - playing as a Rider/dragon pair - until the player blasts off the armor and frees them.
Skrills became available in Rise of Berk, along with several individuals including Frozen Skrill, Icebane, Hunterbolt, Brute Skrill, Sparkheart, Spark Guard, Fryrir, and Sleigher. The game also released a subspecies of Skrill called the Lavender Skrill.
Skrills also became available in School of Dragons and has a Viking Armor Pack adapted from its design.
Eir Stormheart has captured several wild Skrills and poisoned them with a concoction made of Grimora venom and dragonvine. Scribbler encountered some of them and freed them on Valka's Mountain, Blood Briar Island, and Glacier Island. The Skrills could later help Scribbler in a fight if he chose to call them with the 'Horn of Dramillion'.
- The official measurements of the Skrill, as released by DreamWorks Animation is 40 feet (12.19 meters) in wingspan.
- According to the Cartoon Network site, Skrills are completely untrainable. Dragonpedia, however, says Skrills are nearly untrainable, which has been proven to be more accurate.
- Despite it being stated that the Skrill's electricity causes a Viking's hair to stand on end if they get too close, Hiccup and the other Dragon Riders, as well as Dagur and his men, have gotten very close to a Skrill and did not experience this side effect. Although at one point, after being fired at by the Skrill, Hiccup stated that it made his hair stand up.
- This side effect was likely just too difficult to animate during the making of the episodes.
- Because a Skrill emits an electric aura around itself Skrills may be incapable of being ridden even if they are trained.
- In real life, there are animals that have metallic body parts like the Skrill's metallic spines. One example is the Bloodworm, whose teeth contains copper.
- The Skrill's speed stats may be wrong, for says it is 11/19 (19 whilst riding lightning) but based on what's been shown in the franchise it would be much, much faster than that.
- The Skrills that appear in the Hidden World in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World seem to be smaller than their TV Series counterparts.
- The Skrill is considered an invasive species on Scuttleclaw Island, as seen in School of Dragons.
- The Skrill's ability to travel at incredible speeds whilst riding lightning is very similar to the Bifrost from Norse Mythology.
- The Skrill appears to have gills on its neck, despite being virtually defenseless underwater. This may be a reference to the books, where all dragons have gills.
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