|“||During battle, Windgnashers like to fire from the back of the pack.||”|
|— World of Dragons|
|“|| With a strong enough wind, these humped back dragons can pick up a scent from anywhere in the archipelago or beyond.|
For a clearer view of the battlefield, these sturdy dragons prefer to fire their icy blasts from the back of the pack during a fight.
|— Dragons: Rise of Berk|
The Windgnasher was created using a modular system to mix and match preset body parts onto different dragons. It was created from the same base that was used for the Shovelhelm, Snafflefang, Snifflehunch, Thunderclaw, and two other unknown dragons.
Windgnasher eggs are normally round-shaped eggs. They have several spikes on them, with larger ones clustered at the top. They are the color of the dragon which will hatch, with the spikes being a darker shade of that color.
Hatchling to Adult
The Windgnasher is a medium-sized dragon, but with a strong build. It has a distinct hump on its back and snout. In addition, it has a crown-like frill at the back of its head. Its body is covered with bumps throughout, and the tip of its tail is armed with a mace-like bludgeon. Its back legs are short, but relatively big, with three claws each. Its front legs are longer, but thinner than the back legs. Despite having a bipedal built, the Windgnasher walks on all four legs.
Titan Wing Windgnashers are dark pink while the edges of their crowns, wings, and spikes are dark green. The spikes and bumps of Titan Wing Windgnashers appear to be larger, longer, thicker, and sharper than those of their Broad Wing counterparts. They also have small green spots covering most of their wings.
Sense of Smell
As a Tracker Class dragon, the Windgnasher is described to have a keen sense of smell, which can detect scents anywhere in the Barbaric Archipelago and beyond. According to the Defender Windgnasher's description, a Windgnasher's sense of smell is so well defined that it can smell a single daisy from 100 miles away if winds are favorable.
Tasting the Air
According to the Defender Windgnasher's description, Windgnashers can utilize their tongues to "taste" the air while flying, which, from its flavor, gives the Windgnasher information about other nearby dragons and even the food that said dragons are eating.
In Titan Uprising Windgnasher are stated to have icy blasts. In the brawl mode of Dragons: Rise of Berk, one individual, the Champion Windgnasher is shown to have a "blizzard" attack, a very powerful icy blast with whirling winds, which comes out in concentrated rings, similar to a Whispering Death's fire.
Some Windgnasher individuals, such as Auroara, are able to use their blizzard power to provide cover to their flock during migrations to nesting grounds in the north.
Strength and Combat
Windgnashers are able to carry humans on their backs and longboats that are loaded with a multitude of objects without any signs of struggle.
The Windgnasher's primary weapon is the mace-like club at the tip of their tail that can be used for bludgeoning.
According to the Defender Windgnasher's description, Windgnashers can also fly for a long time, utilizing the thermals in the air to keep them rising upward until they reach the highest point at which they can safely breathe.
Some Windgnasher individuals, such as Auroara, are shown to have high intelligence, being able to utilize the lights and movement of the aurora as a guide for their flock during migrations to nesting grounds in the north.
Windgnashers are capable of shooting small round balls of fire at targets.
Some Windgnasher individuals, such as Galegrinder, are allergic to the pollen produced by ragweed. This allergic reaction exhibits itself in the form of explosive sneezes that are powerful enough to trigger mudslides. In addition, other Windgnasher individuals, such as Arcane Kulingbiter, are allergic to green dragons specifically, although it is unclear what effects this allergy has on the dragon.
Hits to the Head
As mentioned in Galegrinder's description, a strong hit to a Windgnasher's head with an object like a club will knock the dragon into unconsciousness, a state which can last for days.
Some Windgnasher individuals, such as Arcane Kulingbiter, have a poor hearing, prompting people to believe they have no ears. However, they are able to make up for this weakness with their strong sense of smell.
Behavior and Personality
Windgnashers are friendly dragons, greeting warmly any new dragons in their nests. They appear to not mind if someone is riding them, as long as the rider is a friend. However, when their home is in danger, they will protect it at the cost of their lives, preferring to shoot their blasts from a distance.
Some Windgnasher individuals, such as Auroara, are so friendly with other dragons that they act as leaders of massive migratory flocks during migrations to nesting grounds in the north.
Windgnashers are relatively easy to train, as they are calm and friendly dragons. If a person saves a Windgnasher's life, the dragon will be forever thankful and will stay close to its savior, as was the case with Gustnudger and Valka.
|Main article: Gustnudger|
Several Windgnashers were seen in Valka's Sanctuary, along with her other wild dragons. Gustnudger, a green Windgnasher, welcomed Toothless excitedly. Later, while Hiccup and Valka spend time together, the latter briefly rides an orange Windgnasher, showing her son the bond between her and all the dragons. All the Windgnashers from Valka's Mountain fought viciously in the battle against Drago's Army. One of them was caught in a net, but it was fortunately freed by the Dragon Riders. After Drago's Bewilderbeast defeated Valka's, all the Windgnashers bowed to their new Alpha. After they were freed by Toothless from the Bewilderbeast's control, they fought against the giant dragon. In the aftermath, they bowed to Toothless, acknowledging him as their new Alpha.
When the people of Berk decided to move to the Hidden World, all the Windgnashers of the island began the journey too, carrying different things, such as ships. They eventually arrived at New Berk, where they settled down for a while.
Many wild Windgnashers 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.
After Grimmel the Grisly captured Toothless, all the Windgnashers from Berk, along with the other dragons, came to their Alpha's help. However, Toothless ordered them to stop when Grimmel threatened to kill the Light Fury.
Fortunately, the Dragon Riders began an attack on Grimmel's ships and freed the Windgnashers, along with the other dragons, which returned to New Berk.
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 Windgnashers, said their farewells to the Vikings and flew off to the Hidden World.
The Windgnasher's name was first revealed in Dragons: Rise of Berk, along with its other abilities. Two individuals, Gustnudger and Champion Windgnasher were introduced too.
The Windgnasher was released in this game in June 2020. Five characters were introduced to represent the species: Woodland Windgnasher, Defender Windgnasher, Galegrinder, Vindjakker, and Arcane Kulingbiter.
- The official measurements given by DreamWorks Animation do not appear to be realistic when considering the relative sizes the viewer sees within How to Train Your Dragon 2. Based on the Model Sheet for the Windgnasher alongside other known dragons in the series such as the Shovelhelm, this dragon should have a Wingspan of 59 feet (17.98 meters).
- The dragon skull seen in Viggo's tent in Dragons: Race to the Edge looks similar to the head of a Windgnasher, due to all of the bumps on its face and the frill on the back of its head. The only difference is the massive horns that the skull has, which are features that the Windgnasher lacks.
- The name Windgnasher was copyrighted by DreamWorks Animation before the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, but it wasn't known which dragon it belonged to until the game Dragons: Rise of Berk released this dragon in March 2016.
- There was a fan rumor about this dragon being a Windgnasher, long before it appeared in Dragons: Rise of Berk.
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