|“||A powerful Tidal Class dragon, the Submaripper. I've read about them in the Book of Dragons. Much scarier in person. [src]||”|
|“|| Charybdis. The Kraken. Sea serpents. For centuries, frightened sailors have told tales of a beast that could turn the very oceans against them — if only they knew how right those myths were! The Submaripper dragon whips up whirlpools by creating a vortex in its mouth and start tsunamis when its massive body breaches the water's surface like a whale. Yet the Submaripper only unleashes these defenses when attacked by foolish Vikings and when it encounters its natural enemy, the Shellfire!|
The Submaripper is a gigantic deep-sea dragon that creates whirlpools and tidal waves to bring prey down to its waiting jaws.
The Submaripper can be recognized by distinctive, foul-smelling bubbles that appear when it draws near.
It reacts to vibrations in the water above it, and will follow them in the hopes of encountering food. It is typically not an aggressive dragon, but will lash out if threatened.
The Submaripper doesn't breathe fire, but it vomits the shipwrecks it has ingested, spraying opponents with harpoon-studded debris. It also hunts prey by sensing their vibrations in the water, making the Submaripper the only dragon in both the Tidal and Tracker Classes!
|— Dragonpedia and Dragons: Race to the Edge Interactive Map|
|“|| Hailing from the Tidal Class, the Submaripper has sent many a Viking to a watery grave with its ability to create inescapable whirlpools. Just watch out for its gas bubbles!|
This dragon is bulky, brawny, and brutal. It can decimate opponents by drawing them near and attacking with one of its mighty limbs or its Viking-size teeth.
|— Dragons: Rise of Berk|
In Dragons: Rise of Berk, the Submaripper egg appears to have a dense, round, solid core, which is surrounded by a transparent layer of liquid, which is coated by another membrane. Suspended in the substance appears to be several gas bubbles. The egg has a main solid color and v-shaped stripes of a different hue.
Hatchling to Adult
The Submaripper is a massive dragon. It is said to have teeth the size of Vikings. In addition, it has an unusually large head-to-body ratio for a dragon, and a rounded head and snout. It has several lobs and nubs on its back, along with stripes along its body. The Submaripper has short necks and wings. It also has frog-like legs with webbed feet.
The Submaripper can be best described as being similar in appearance to an eel with legs (as well as a few traits similar to frogs). It has various wattles and kelp-like structures that line its back and hang off its legs and sides.
A Titan Wing Submaripper turns dark green in color. Its snout and stripes are yellow, and its back is a darker shade of red. Its heart-shaped spines are bigger and it has grown some on its feet as well.
The Submaripper has the ability to create a whirlpool by sucking the nearby water into its mouth. It is powerful enough to suck down large ships or dragons that are around the size of Scauldrons and powerful enough to pull dragons that are above the water, although it appears to be less powerful underwater, as Hiccup is able to hold on to a rock and not get sucked into its maw.
Some Submarippers like Belchfast, are able to reverse their suction ability and instead expel water over vast areas.
Though this ability hasn't been seen, the Submaripper has been stated to be able to create massive tidal waves in order to drown its victims by slamming its massive body onto the water's surface.
The Submaripper exhales gas bubbles that have a foul odor, which can alert other creatures of its presence.
The Submaripper is said to be able to vomit the shipwrecks it has ingested as harpoon-studded debris. However, this ability was never seen.
Strength and Combat
The Submaripper has proven to be an extremely strong dragon because it was able to take on a Titan Wing Shellfire by using a full-body tackle on the larger dragon. Underwater, the Submaripper can carry the weight of a large ship in its mouth, for Shipsbane could hold the weight of the cauldron with Hiccup inside, all while carrying Toothless on its tail to reach the surface.
The Submaripper has proven to be quite an effective hunter, as it was able to devour ships, people, and dragons quickly, after using its powerful whirlpool vortexes.
Endurance and Stamina
The Submaripper is shown to be able to take multiple of Toothless' plasma blasts without showing any sign of being stunned or damaged by the hit.
Speed and Agility
It is shown that the Submaripper is able to move much quicker in the water than the Shellfire as well as making faster turns. It was able to evade a Shellfire's attacks with ease.
Being a Tidal Class dragon, the Submaripper is able to hold its breath for long periods of time underwater and swim with ease at a high rate of speed.
When the Submaripper realized that Hiccup was the one who freed it and that he was drowning inside the diving bell, it returned the favor by bringing him and Toothless to the surface and placed them on their ship.
Despite its size, the Submaripper is quite a stealthy dragon, as it was able to sneak up on a Shellfire surrounded by sunken ships without any of the people or dragons around noticing.
Behavior and Personality
Submarippers are aggresive and territorial, unwilling to let anything get close to them, whether they are humans or other dragons. They spend most of their time sleeping on the bottom of the ocean, but they can be woken by the slightest movement in the water.
Despite their hostile nature, Submarippers are grateful to those who help them, and will not hesitate in returning the favor.
While it is unknown if a Submaripper can be fully trained, it can be tamed to a certain extent. If one helps or saves a Submaripper, the dragon will stop being aggressive and will even return the favour. The Submaripper's undying loyalty will have been earnt.
|Main article: Shipsbane|
Tired of the Dragon Riders' attacks on his operations, Viggo Grimborn traps a Submaripper in the Straits of Baldur in order to prevent trade ships from reaching Berk. It successfully demolishes several ships, with only Johann, who had previously encountered another Submaripper, surviving. Upon discovering the creature, the Dragon Riders attempt to free it but are initially unsuccessful due to their inability to stay submerged long enough to break the chains holding it in place. Fortunately, Hiccup is able to create a device that allows him to reach the Submaripper's depth with an air supply and uses Changewing acid to dissolve the chains. The Submaripper, now free, carries Hiccup back to the surface after he becomes trapped on the ocean floor.
Viggo later locates Shipsbane or another Submaripper near Dragon's Edge and disturbs it by dropping a dagger on it. The dragon then attacks the Shellfire, which Viggo reveals is the natural enemy of the Submaripper, which he had kept in place as a contingency plan. The Submaripper's attacks allow the Dragon Riders to free the Shellfire, with both dragons subsequently fleeing the scene of battle.
The Submaripper first appeared in this game along with its Titan Wing form and the individual Shipsbane. It was eventually added as a Legendary Dragon that unlocks the Submaripper Collections and decreases the refill time of Gauntlet lives.
- The official measurements given by DreamWorks Animation do not appear to be realistic when considering the relative sizes the viewer sees within Dragons: Race to the Edge. Based on the Model Sheet for the Submaripper along side other known dragons in the series such as the Toothless, this dragon should be 150 ft (45.72 meters) long and 40 ft 6 inches (12.34 meters) tall, with a Wingspan of 103 ft (31.39 meters).
- The Submaripper's natural enemy is the Shellfire.
- Given its resemblance to a frog, the Submaripper's jelly-like egg in the games may be based off frogspawn.
- In Dragons: Rise of Berk, the Submaripper was first distributed as part of a special event with the Scauldron. This is a reference to the fact that the Straits of Baldur, where the Submaripper is found during the events of "Dire Straits", is known to be full of Scauldrons, with one even appearing in the episode.
- The Submaripper's intelligence was greatly underestimated by Viggo: while he set it up to either cut off Berk's supplies or kill Hiccup when he tries to free it, it turns out to be smart enough to recognize Hiccup and return the favor in gratitude, putting a dent in Viggo's plot.
- The kelp-like growths on the Submaripper's body are similar to those found on some deep-sea fish used for camouflage.
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