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Don't forget, Swiftwings are the fastest dragons on the planet. [src]

The Swiftwing is a medium-sized Strike Class dragon that first appeared in Dragons: Rescue Riders.


Dragons: Rescue Riders was already well into development in 2017. In September of that year, DreamWorks Animation filed for a license to trademark "Swiftwing".[1]

Physical Appearance

Hatchling to Adult

The Swiftwing is a four-legged medium-sized dragon. It has a large, round head with two horns pointing backwards. Unlike most dragon species, who have horns made out of keratin, a Swiftwing's horns are bone structures covered by skin. The dragon has a small crest on its forehead, a round flat snout, and peg-like teeth.

The Swiftwing has two wings with a relatively short width compared to the body size. It has a long tail with two fins towards the end and two triangular spines near the fins. The Swiftwing has muscular legs, each having four claws. The front legs appear to have an opposable thumb, similar to a human's, which can be used to better grab objects.



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The Swiftwing's fire blast has an appearance very similar to a Night Fury's and is referred to as a 'power blast'. It can breathe purple and blue colored blasts with a shot limit of three. The blast is charged with energy, creating sparks and shock waves on impact. The shock wave is powerful enough to push a human and a group of wolves several meters away. The shock wave can instantly put fires out, as seen in "Where There's Smoke".

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In "The Nest", Winger is seen breathing a stream of pink fire. The fire does not seem to be particularly powerful, but it can dry wood and cook fish very quickly. Like the plasma blasts, the fire seems to bounce off of objects.

As seen in "Deep Trouble", the power blast can rebound or be reflected off certain surfaces such as those with a crystalline structure like Belzium or hard ice.

When a Swiftwing gains more experience and age, it can also breathe a "Mega Blast", which is far more powerful than a normal power blast. The dragon appears to be able to control the power of the blast, as suggested by Dak. However, Winger was not able to do so, meaning it is possible that juveniles do not have full control over their blasts.

Speed and Agility

According to Leyla, Swiftwings are some of the fastest dragons in the air. They also appear to be very agile, being able to make quick turns and barrel rolls in the air, as seen with Winger.

Endurance and Stamina

Swiftwings are shown to have good endurance and stamina however as Winger mentioned in "Charged Up", when in a quick succession of twists and turns in flight, Swiftwings won't be able to keep it up for long. As seen with Winger they can also take on incoming snowballs without flinching.

Strength and Combat

A Swiftwing is very strong, capable of carrying a log twice its length on its back with no difficulty while flying. In addition, its tail is able to knock a large boulder backwards. As seen with Winger, he was able to lift Magnus' Mechno Dragon albeit barely with extra weight of Axel from falling into a volcano. They are able to carry and lift the weight of a full grown viking with ease.

Tail Fluke

A Swiftwing's tail fluke not only allows the dragon a great deal of aerodynamic finesse in the air, but it is also very thick and durable. It can support the weight of a human and can even be used as a sort of hammer or paddle to bang things with, without injury.


Swiftwings are extremely smart dragons, as evidenced by Winger's mother, who taught Dak and Leyla how to ride, speak dragon and taught them many things about other dragon species. They are also full of creativity, with Winger mentioning that he likes to write poetry, although it's unknown how he learned the skill. Swiftwings are known to have a great memory, as Winger remembered exactly how many times Dak had fallen off his back. They are so intelligent that even they can be taught how to dance in the case with Winger.


Physical Illness

As with most dragon species, Swiftwings are susceptible to the Dreaded Dragon Flu.

Shot Limit

Despite their powerful shots, Swiftwings can only fire three shots at a time before they have to recharge, and it seems to take a little while before the dragon can fire again. This can leave the dragon vulnerable if it uses all three.

Power Blast Limitations

The Power Blast ability can be ineffective and even reflected by certain materials such as Belzium. Additionally, the plant Tangle Vine is unaffected by power blasts, as well as some dragons such as the Foreverhorn. It is unknown if these things are also resistant to the more concentrated Mega Blast.


During daylight a Swiftwing's eyesight is presumed to be excellent, but in low light conditions such as in caves or at night, the eyesight appears to be just as limited as that of a human.

Behavior and Personality

Swiftwings appear to be stubborn, especially not backing down in a difficult situation. They are very brave and committed when they set their mind to it. They appear to live in family units, at least consisting of a mother and offspring. Since Winger's Mother taught Dak and Leyla about other dragon species it may suggest that they are very observant bordering to a migratory species or they like to travel.


Swiftwings are relatively easy to train, as they are friendly dragons that don't get scared easily. Once bonding with one, the dragon will stay close to its rider, helping and protecting him in any way it can.


Dragons: Rescue Riders

Season 1

Main article: Winger
Main article: Winger's Mother

A mother Swiftwing found and rescued two human children, Dak and Leyla, from a shipwreck. She brought them to her nest and raised them as her own, along her son, Winger. She taught the twins how to speak with dragons and how to ride them. After the two grew up, they left the nest along with Winger, and the Swiftwing became the riding dragon of Dak. Along with three other dragons, Summer, Cutter, and Burple, they formed the group known as Rescue Riders, with Winger being their dragon leader.


  • The Swiftwing's appearance, behavior, and abilities bear great similarity to a Night Fury.


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