In Game of Thrones, we followed Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal. We’ve seen how powerful they were and the destruction they were able to wreak both on people and the environment. The largest of Danny’s dragons Drogon was said to be the reincarnation of the biggest and most powerful dragon that ever lived, Balerion the Black Dread. But how would Drogon compare to the other dragons from Targaryen history? In the new show House of the Dragon, we’re going to be introduced to some of the historically important dragons, one of them is Caraxes, known also as Blood Wyrm, he was known as the fiercest of young dragons. So, Drogon vs. Caraxes, who is bigger and stronger?
Drogon is a bigger and stronger dragon than Caraxes. Since Drogon is believed to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread, it’s not that far-fetched to believe that he is the second most powerful (and largest) dragon in the G.R.R. Martin’s universe. Caraxes was described as many things, but he was never described as being particularly powerful or large. Thus, Drogon clearly is the winner of this duel of dragons.
Now that you have the short answer, you’re probably aware that there is more to this comparison than it can be summed up in a few short sentences. If you want to know more about both Drogon and Caraxes keep reading!
Drogon Vs. Caraxes Size Comparison
We start our size comparison with Drogon. Drogon is the most famous dragon from Game of Thrones, and also the largest of Danny’s dragons. Drogon was believed to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread, the biggest dragon that Targaryens ever bred. Named after Khal Drogo, Drogon was a true crown jewel of Danny’s dragons and the last living dragon that we know of.
He was described as being pitch black, having black scales, horns, and teeth. His eyes were a deep red color. He was very similar to Balerion, that’s why one of his names was “Balerion come again”. He was also described as monstrously big, it was said that Drogon’s wing span stretched 20 feet from tip to tip.
Caraxes on the other hand was never described as a particularly big dragon. He was a lean dragon, a powerful dragon but he wasn’t the biggest. In fact, Caraxes was described as being half the size of another large dragon Vhagar.
It’s clear who the winner of this size comparison is. Drogon was a bigger dragon than Caraxes. We don’t have exact Caraxes’ measurements available, but we can confidently be sure that every dragon that is considered the reincarnation of Balerion the Black cannot be small by any means.
Drogon Vs. Caraxes Strenght Comparison
We’ve already mentioned several times that Drogon was reincarnated Balerion. The strongest biggest dragon who ever lived. Drogon’s reputation turned out to be true since he managed to wreak havoc wherever he went. The heat from his Dragonfire was described as “being felt from thirty feet away” and his thunderous wing claps were powerful enough to shake the ground. Drogon only ever had one rider and that was Daenerys Targaryen. If he was controlled by someone more experienced, maybe his abilities and skills would be developed differently. Maybe his strength would be equal to or even more powerful than that of Balerion.
Caraxes, was never described as more powerful, but he was described as a fierce, fearsome, and experienced dragon. He wasn’t the biggest, wasn’t the strongest, he wasn’t even the fastest dragon that Targaryens had, but he was up there when it comes to the most powerful dragons. Why? Because he managed to take down Vhagar.
Caraxes had two riders in his life, the first one was Aemon Targaryen, and the second and his last was Daemon Targaryen. During the Battle Above the Gods Eye near Harrenhal. Daemon Targaryen riding Caraxes challenged Aemond Targaryen, who was riding Vhagar at the time, to a duel. Battle of epic proportions ensued and it seemed like Vhagar is going to sweep the floor with Caraxes at first.
At that time Vhagar was the largest living dragon, she managed to rip Caraxes’ stomach with her powerful talons. Vhagar ripped apart Caraxes’ wing and it seemed like all was over until Caraxes snapped his jaws over Vhagar’s neck and completely tore it out. It was over in an instant for Vhagar. She fell into the waters of Gods Eye river, her body would be recovered many years later.
Caraxes meanwhile, survived, he managed to live long enough to pull himself out of the river, to see that both Vhagar and Targaryen riders are dead. He died in front of the Harrenhal gates.
This was an interesting story, yes, but I still wouldn’t say that Caraxes was more powerful than Drogon. If we take into account the riders of both dragons Daemon Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen, Caraxes might stand a chance. But riderless? Drogon would completely decimate Caraxes. It’s clear who the winner of our strength comparison is, Drogon is a stronger dragon than Caraxes is.