How to Train your Dragon – The Book Behind the Movie

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With How to Train your Dragon 2 taking the box office by storm, it’s time to go behind the scenes and take a look at the book series that inspired the phenomenally successful movie and its predecessor.

A Quick Look at How to Train your Dragon the Book

Set in the fictional world of Vikings, How to Train your Dragon is a twelve-part series of children’s books, written by British author Cressida Cowell and published by Little Brown and Co. in the United States and Hodder’s Children’s Books in the UK. The first book in the series appeared in 2003 and was a runaway success. The latest instalment in the series came out in 2014 and has won critical as well as commercial acclaim. In addition to the projected movie trilogy by DreamWorks Animation, the books have also spawned several short series and an animated TV series by DreamWorks Animation.

All the books in the series, narrate the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son and heir of the appropriately named Stoick the Vast – chief of the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, a warlike Viking clan.

3 Major Characters in How to Train your Dragon the Book

  1. Hiccup Horrendous III

Hiccup is the unlikely protagonist and hero of the Vikings-and-dragons saga, thin, red-haired and intellectual. He speaks Dragonese and is only saved from nerdiness by his excellent swordsmanship. Hiccup owns two dragons – the hunter Toothless and the flier Windwalker. A bite by an evil Vampire Spydragon leaves him paralyzed on the left side of his body.

  1. Fishlegs

Wimpy, squint-eyed and asthmatic Fishlegs is the unlikely hero’s unlikely best friend, but his enemies would be rash to underestimate him. Fishlegs can be cunning when it matters and extremely dangerous in full-fledged battle. Unlike Hiccup, Fishlegs doesn not have aristocratic blood running in his veins – his mother, the daughter of a Murderous Tribe chieftain married an ordinary fisherman. He owns two dragons – Horrorcow a Basic Brown and Deadly Shadow, a three-headed dragon that can emit lightning and flames and camouflage itself when the need arises.

  1. Stoick the Vast

Hiccup’s father and Viking chieftain is a typical warrior – strong but fat and not over-burdened with intelligence. Like any Viking warrior of noble birth, Stoick owns three dragons – Bullheart, Newtsbreath and Hookfang. He is as different from Hiccup as it is possible for a father to be. His character is much the same in the movie series, though the book does not really focus on the strained and complex father-son relationship.

Reading the book series only whets your appetite for How to Train your Dragon the movie! Can’t wait for the third one!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About How To Train Your Dragon 2

As we all excitedly throng the theaters to catch a show of the latest release “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, how much do we really know about the movie? The hard work and conceptualization that have been put into the movie are well known to us, but there still remain a few secrets that haven’t been revealed yet! Let’s find out the 5 things we didn’t know about “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.

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We are all well aware that Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois co-directed ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, while Dean DeBlois took over the sequel, you’ll be surprised to know that they were not the first choice of DreamWorks Animation. Peter Hastings was to take the director’s seat when the studio realized that his vision was shaping up to essentially attract kids, which was not the intention of the producers. The change in the decision proved to be a right move if we go by the movie’s statistics!


Most of DreamWorks Animation’s movies have featured adult protagonists so far. “How to Train Your Dragon” was one of the path breaking movies where the protagonist was a child character. Though he grows up to be an adult in “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and makes us fall in love with him once again, the adorable Tom Sawyer-ish Hiccup finds the regular to be boring and looks forward to exciting adventures!


Did you know the film’s animators were sent to a flight school to get trained in advanced simulation tactics to bring to us a movie that’s world class in its animation with characters who flew and moved realistically in the air? To add to that, the animators graduated with diplomas after the course! Roger Deakins, the living legend of cinematography, was roped in to be a special visual advisor for the film. This explains why almost all of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was exclusively shot in candlelight!


When Dean DeBlois was signed to direct the film, he had a vision that he wanted to transform into reality. His aim was to portray a land that everybody wanted to visit but in reality it would be difficult to inhabit, much like Iceland. The producers relied heavily on his knowledge of Iceland to capture the film’s bright visual style. Production designer Kathy Alteri also took her team to the Pacific coast in search of locations with watery landforms, colorful hills, and vibrant forests that they could realize into animation.


If you ever thought Toothless resembles Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, you’re not the only one, and you’re certainly not wrong! The director duo of Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois drew inspiration from their previous directorial venture Lilo & Stitch to create Toothless! However, the biggest challenge was to come up with a suitable sound for Toothless. This explains why Toothless’ voice resembles a wide array of living beings – humans, tigers, cats, elephants, horses, etc!

And, now, if you haven’t watched the magnum opus yet, it’s time to head to the nearest 3D theater and embark on some cool dragon racing with Hiccup and Toothless.



How to Train Your Dragons 2 Movie Review

Frankly speaking, I went to watch the movie expecting to see another in-your-face disappointing sequel, considering the quality of sequels made recently. Thankfully, I hadn’t read up any How to Train Your Dragons 2 movie reviews before I hit the theater! Boy, I was in for some neat surprises! A grand visual delight of dragons who were as colorful as a swarm of butterflies and a story line that’s as well-knit as a winter cardigan have made How to Train Your Dragons 2 one of my all-time favorite sequels.

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DreamWorks Animation returns with one of the most looked-forward-to animated movies of the year that’s set against the backdrop of a picture-perfect Viking land where dragons and Vikings coexist in harmony and the latter indulge in passionate dragon racing through the clouds and forts of the village.

The movie maintains its rapid, but comfortable, pace and manages to pack in a few pleasant and unpleasant surprises at regular intervals. On the one hand, we have Hiccup who takes on a journey of self-discovery and on the other hand we have Stoick the Vast who’s convinced that Hiccup is destined to take over the reins of Berk. The affable Hiccup and Astrid couple discusses Hiccup’s calling atop a mountain that is surrounded by a beautiful virgin land that Hiccup has never explored and we are almost taken back to our just-out-of-college days when we didn’t have the faintest of idea of what to do with our lives. It’s commendable how an animated dragon movie can establish an omnipresent connection with our lives at regular intervals. I haven’t seen such a beautiful piece of animation on screen for a long time.

When we are almost led to believe that Berk is destined to live in such harmony for the rest of their lives, director Dean DeBlois introduces a twist that I never saw coming! And almost instantly, the film shifts from a congenial animated movie to a serious drama where actions have serious consequences and some consequences that are irreversible. The dichotomy of emotions of a father and an abandoned husband are sounded beautifully by Gerard Butler for Stoick while Cate Blanchet’s mature voice adds enough character to Valka, Hiccup’s long lost mother. Fifteen minutes into the movie, you will be left mesmerized by the vivid display of colors in Valka’s dragon sanctuary and you wish you could be with Hiccup and Toothless experiencing the adventure that is splendidly unfolding in front of you. Together, the duo will take you on a dragon adventure that is endearing and mind-blowing. The visual and emotional density will leave you speechless, and the movie is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Hiccup or Toothless – Who steals the show in How to Train Your Dragon 2?

When watching Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 2, it is apparent that friendship and peace form the core of the film.The plot is filled with action and marks the return of our terror-inducing yet adorable dragon, Toothless!

At the end of How to Train Your Dragon, we see Hiccup and Toothless fighting off Red Death, the antagonist of the movie, rather impressively. It’s only natural, therefore, that we go into the theater expecting a lot of fight sequences of the duo with new villains, and, oh boy, we are not disappointed by what we see!

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Toothless steals it between Hiccup and Toothless!

The first five minutes of the movie make sure that we feel safe in Berk where dragons are no more a threat. Dragons and Vikings now inhabit Berk in harmony and there is an aura of peace all around. However, some time into the movie, and we realize that danger is lurking upon Berk in the form of a dreadlock wearing villain called Drago, who wishes to dominate the world one day by luring all the dragons into his control. There is another masked dragon rider who is also lurking around and manages to kidnap Hiccup and Toothless to a dragon sanctuary where they meet dragons of all sizes, shapes, breeds, and colors. We soon fall in love with the cooing and gurgling baby dragons who look as adorable as the little Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. And the identity of this mystery rider is sure to come as a surprise for many!


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All along the wonderful journey of love and combat, Hiccup is the typical youthful hero out there to fight Drago while Toothless is the adorable, saucer-eyed, feline character with a bulbous nose and an innocent smile that we instantly fall in love with. He flies gracefully in the air while he is a loving monster on the ground staring blankly at people with his round football-like eyes! His expressive facial features portray elation, confusion, anxiety, love, loyalty, and melancholy in a way an actor could never do. His ears flatten like a cat trapped in a storm when he is admonished by Hiccup for a mischief and his eyes roll down like a guilty pup when he foresees another round of rebuke coming his way! He is always capering around while the Vikings are engaged in ‘humane’ responsibilities. Toothless doesn’t talk, and that’s why he doesn’t have anybody dubbing for him (sad, eh?). All that the little monster can do is to emote with his twitching lips, bright eyes, and wagging tail. Hiccup and Toothless make an exuberant pair that we’ll remember for a long time!

It’s not so surprising that this endearing dragon has stolen many hearts. Who do you think stole the show in How to Train Your Dragon 2? Hiccup or Toothless? Go, watch for yourself and decide!

Dragons you can hope to see in How to Train Your Dragon 2


While some of your favorite dragons from How to Train Your Dragon will be back, you’ll get introduced to some new ones too in the sequel – How to Train Your Dragon 2. The adorable pets will definitely ensure that your movie experience will be a rocking one!



Hiccup befriends this Night Fury dragon in How to Train Your Dragon when he injures Toothless in a dragon slaying fight. He cannot bring himself to kill the little feline looking dragon and instead nurses and helps him to recover from his wounds. The two start bonding and Hiccup finally names his pet ‘Toothless’! Hiccup creates a makeshift tail-wing that he can use to direct Toothless as they fly together. However, when Astrid discovers this new found friendship between Viking and dragon, she threatens to spill the beans. The duo takes her on a ride through the clouds and the sky, leaving her mesmerized. Eventually, when the rest of the village comes to know of this relationship, Toothless proves his loyalty and love for Hiccup by rescuing his friend from a Monstrous Nightmare.



Stormfly is Astrid’s pet dragon and we’ll see her in the same avatar in How to Train Your Dragon 2 too. We first met the Deadly Nadder in A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons. She was locked up in the film for Dragon Training, but was eventually released by Astrid when the entire dragon race was fighting against the Red Death. We see Astrid riding on the Nadder, along with the other young Vikings and their dragons, in the climax scene of How to Train Your Dragons 2’s prequel.

Barf and Belch


Ruffnut and Tuffnut’s Hideous Zippleback dragon has two heads named Barf and Belch. The twin headed dragon has trouble deciding which head goes in what direction and in focusing on one target. However, unlike their owners, the heads can cooperate with each other and work together. Ruffnut and Tuffnut ride upon the Zippleback to fight with the Red Death, just like Hiccup’s other friends.



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Combining Thor and Tornado, you have Stoick’s dragon Thornado! He is a Thunder Drum dragon who first appeared in the Dragons: Riders of Berk episode of How to Pick Your Dragon on October 3, 2012. He has also made brief appearances in Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man, What Flies Beneath, Breakneck Bog, and Gem of a Different Color where he and Academy dragons work together to save Hiccup and Toothless from the Outcasts. Will we finally get a glimpse of him in How to Train Your Dragon 2?

Wait till How to Train Your Dragon 2 releases on June 13th to catch your favorite dragons and Hiccup back in action!

All Things HTTYD2 – For Fans Who Just Can’t Wait for June 13

Since the release of the DreamWorks animated blockbuster ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless have become household names for kids and teenagers across the world. In the four years since the movie came out, the HTTYD franchise has inspired a host of spin-off products targeted at faithful fans. With less than two weeks left for the release of the much-awaited sequel ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’, here’s a quick overview of all things dragons to keep fans occupied during the agonizing wait.

Television Series

For most fans of the franchise, the DreamWorks Dragons TV show needs no introduction. It serves as a bridge between the original movie and HTTYD 2, explaining the events that occur in the gap between the two movies. Two seasons have aired so far: Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk, with twenty episodes each. The show revolves around Hiccup and the other dragon riders and their adventures in training dragons on Berk. Several voice actors who lent their voice to the movie characters also voice the same characters in the television series.

Video Games

When not watching the Dragons cartoons, many fans satisfy their HTTYD 2 cravings by playing related video games. There are a host of games related to the subject of bonding and training with the DreamWorks dragons; here are just a few of them. ‘School of Dragons’ is an MMORPG that blends edutainment with the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ storyline, allowing players to raise and train dragons on the exotic island of Berk. Dragons: Rise of Berk is an iOS game that lets players build their own Berk, rescue and raise dragons and explore new lands. A new video game ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ (to be released in June 2014) is inspired by the HTTYD 2 sport of dragon racing. It allows players to compete in epic tournament events, mini-games and training exercises alongside the characters from the movie.


Not every ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ fan is a gamer – some would rather curl up with a good HTTYD 2 book. Luckily, there are plenty such books for devoted fans. Titan Comics has released a graphic novel series ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ targeting pre-readers and young readers with glossy pages and fantastic artwork. The ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ magazine is packed with games, puzzles and quizzes for fans who can’t get enough of the franchise. ‘The Art of How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is another treat for HTTYD lovers. The books introduce fans to the creative process behind the films, from the story and characters, to the development of the art and animation for the movies.


There are many cool toys and collectibles for fans who love that sort of thing. The Power Dragon Toothless is a miniature version of Toothless as shown in HTTYD 2, and even comes with the fire blade Inferno that Hiccup uses in the movie. The Dragon Throw Blanket is another cool item that features Hiccup and Toothless as seen in the sequel. Also available are Dragons T-shirts, skateboards, mugs and lunchboxes with images from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.

Toothless – Feline or Canine?

Apparently, Gabe Hordos, the supervising animator of How to Train Your Dragon, based Toothless’ physical and behavioral characteristics on his own pet cat! The Toothless that we saw and fiercely loved in the movie was passionately competitive, strongly independent, strikingly graceful, yet extremely adorable, exhibiting mostly feline characteristics. Can we therefore safely arrive at the conclusion that Toothless indeed was a cat that accidentally got transformed into a dragon?


DreamWorks released the first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2, sequel to the first dragon movie, as a teaser earlier this month. A particular scene shows Hiccup, the protagonist, getting friendly yet combative with Toothless on a hilltop. Hiccup feigns injury and Toothless promptly ‘brings him back to life’. With each passing second, you’re made to feel Toothless is the adorable feline pet that you’d love to have at home. Hordos reveals in an interview, “At first we wanted him to be like a panther… [Toothless] was full of all this anger and then we had to find ways to make him sweet”. Soon after the discussion on Toothless’ characteristics, he drew inspiration from his red tabby called Stufen, whom he had adopted from Humane Society in Los Angeles. He confesses his friendship with Stufen; first, winning his trust and affection, and then securing a firm friendship; inspired him to create Toothless. “I watched his behaviors and you start to recognize the personality in him … these creatures that have no facial expression can actually be emotive and actually make you feel something,” observed Hordos.

Simon Otto, the head of character animation of both the ‘dragon’ movies, has another interesting story to share, “Most of the animators that were working on [Toothless] are cat people, but our director, Dean DeBlois is a devoted dog lover. This created some really interesting debates during our dailies sessions, but ultimately the best idea would always win.” It’s heartening to know that two very adorable pets inspired one of the legendary dragon characters in the history of animation. So, we have a Toothless who sneers and fights like a feline and cuddles up in good times like a fluffy puppy! Otto explains, “Within a few shots Toothless licks Hiccup the way a large dog would splatter saliva all over his owner, followed by a shot of Toothless tapping Hiccup’s head the way a cat would play with a ball of yarn.”

The animators had to closely study animal behavior, both their own pets and footage available on the internet, to come up with the landmark character of Toothless. Hordos’ association story with Stufen won him a Genesis award in the end; an award that’s given by the Human Society of the United States to commemorate entertainment that involves animal welfare.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits the theaters on June 13. Be sure to watch Toothless on all his glory. Whether he’s feline or canine is for you to decide!

The Main Characters in How To Train Your Dragon 2

Kids (and even some adults) are waiting with bated breath for June 13th when HTTYD 2 (How to Train Your Dragon 2) will release in the U.S. Let’s have a look at the main characters who promise to make this sequel even more interesting!

Astrid Hofferson (dubbed by America Ferrera)

Astrid is the striking, tough Viking teen from How to Train Your Dragon. We saw her as Hiccup’s love interest in the first film. She’s generally uninterested in the other Viking teenagers in Berk and is shown to be short tempered. Though she’s dedicated to fight the dragons out of her village, we encounter her softer side when she goes out of her way in Gift of the Night Fury to bring Snoggletog joy to Berk. Besides Hiccup and Fishlegs, Astrid commands the most knowledge on dragons – breeds, behaviors, weak points, strengths, etc.

Hiccup (dubbed by Jay Baruchel)

The protagonist of HTTYD 2 is named thus because “Parents believe a hideous name will frighten off gnomes and trolls.”His full name is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. The HTTYD 2 teaser shows Hiccup and Toothless flying through the clouds with their trendy safety gear on. We catch a glimpse of Hiccup who seems to have grown up into a handsome Viking lad with strong facial expressions and a prosthetic limb. We leave it to the release to see if Hiccup indeed lives up to his teaser persona.


Toothless is a Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus dragon whom Hiccup adopts as his pet. He is undoubtedly one of the main dragon characters in HTTYD 2. Presumed to be the only living Night Fury, he remains unrivaled in both speed and intelligence.

Stoick the Vast (dubbed by Gerard Butler)

Stoick is the short tempered chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe living in Berk and the father of Hiccup. He hopes to see his son succeed him but unfortunately fears that Hiccup is not suited to the Viking life. He wears a large horned helmet that is significant of the power he commands in Berk.

Valka (dubbed by Cate Blanchett)

Valka is a reclusive vigilante from the Arctic and Hiccup’s mother. She is all set to make a grand entry in HTTYD 2 after her conspicuous absence in the first film. The only references to her in the movie were her breastplate that was transformed to accessorize Hiccup’s and Stoick’s helmets. Valka is one of the many reasons that we’re looking forward to the sequel.

Drago Bludvist (dubbed by Djimon Hounsou)

Drago Bludvist is the main antagonist in HTTYD 2. His motto is to take over the village of Berk with his large army that comprises both humans and evil dragons. It’s not known where Drago’s vast power and army came from as his character is a brand new addition to the film.

Here’s a toast to another legendary Viking fight that promises to be equal parts thrilling and entertaining!

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Clips

A four-year wait for the sequel to an animated movie is bound to get fans impatient, and DreamWorks seems to have understood that only too well. The company has been releasing various clips of the much-awaited ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ to the public, including the first five minutes of the animated movie! While some fans prefer to wait for the theatrical release in June 2014, others have been eagerly devouring every video that the company has released. If you share sentiments with the latter group, here is a complete list of all the ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ videos released so far.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Dragon Racing Clip



This one-minute clip shows the youth of Berk engaged in what seems to be the official village sport. The excitement in the packed arena is reminiscent of the dragon slaying tournament that the village used to engage in – however, this game is more suited to the village’s recent adoption of dragons as pets. The players race each other on dragons to capture the highest number of sheep and drop them into their respective baskets. In this particular game, Astrid emerges victorious after capturing the valuable black sheep worth ten points and dropping it into her basket.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Itchy Armpit Clip – This humorous video is only thirty seconds long, and reveals Hiccup playing cartographer on his adventures with Toothless. Each time they discover a new land, Hiccup adds a new section to his map and sketches it out. As for names, Hiccup seems to take his inspiration from Toothless who in this case scratches his armpit in response to Hiccup’s request for suggestions. “Itchy armpit it is!”, Hiccup concludes, thereby naming his latest discovery.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ First Five Minutes – The first five minutes of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is quite promising. It begins with Hiccup’s introduction to his village, much like in the prequel but with plenty of changes since then. For one thing, dragon racing is the new village pastime and it is played with vigour by the village youth – all except Hiccup, that is. Hiccup seems far more interested in exploring new territories and experimenting with aerodynamics on the back of his faithful dragon Toothless. Their latest adventure leads them to a new land which Hiccup quickly adds to his ever-expanding map of the region. However, his love for exploration seems to be insaturable, as the clip ends with Hiccup resolving to keep on exploring the region and looking for new lands.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Kidnapping Clip – Interestingly, this is the only ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ movie clip that isn’t on the official HTTYD2 website. This means it probably is a leak. The minute-long clip shows Astrid kidnapping Drago Bludvist’s henchman Eret Son of Eret and demanding to know the location of the villain’s camp. When Eret refuses to talk, Astrid commands Stormfly to drop Eret and then swoops down to rescue him at the last moment, by which time Eret promises to take her to the secret location. Not too different from Astrid as we remember her, is she?

Well, what do you think? Will you be watching these videos online or waiting for the real thing to hit the theaters?

Facebook Games Based On Dragons

Riding on the success of digitalized dragon folklores and movies, several brands and franchises have chipped in to make it big with dragon games too. The outcome is for all to see on the most popular human hub, Facebook, which has a number of dragon games that are considerably popular among kids and adults alike. Such Facebook games provide players with the right amount of thrill and visually stimulating graphics that get them promptly addicted. Let’s have a look at the most popular Facebook games based on dragons!

Dragon City

“Become The Dragon Master! What will you get if you cross a Water Dragon with a Fire Dragon? Be the master of all the elements.” – That’s how players are greeted on its Facebook fan-page. This is a game that can be played with one’s network of friends on the popular social media platform. Players have to breed their own dragons, create a fantastic world with them on the little magical islands that form the setup of the game, and combat with other groups of dragons to retain supremacy in the fictitious world.

School of Dragons

Inspired by DreamWorks Animations’ movie “How to Train Your Dragon”, the Facebook game of dragons is slowly gaining immense popularity with kids. The educational angle of the game is a win-win situation for parents too. Become a Viking, choose a pet dragon and train it, explore Berk, make new friends along the game, and complete quests using the scientific method to become a leader. The game’s recognition among parents and kids has led the developers to release its mobile app on Android and Apple platforms, making it an even bigger phenomenon. Berk it is, then!

Dragon Age Legends

Created by BioWare, Dragon Age was a video game that was originally developed as Dragon Age: Origins back in 2009. The popularity of the game led the developers to come up with its Facebook game version very recently. The game is high on fantasy and fiction, and “blends accessible and engaging tactical combat, progression and exploration in the Dragon Age universe”. The game has inspired three novels; Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, Dragon Age: The Calling and Dragon Age: Asunder; which have all occupied the slot of highest-selling fantasy-fiction in the publishing world at one point or the other.

Dragons of Atlantis

Developed by Kabam, this is another of the many dragon games on Facebook. Just as the name suggests, Atlantis forms the backdrop of the game that’s rich with high-resolution graphics and nerve-wracking thrill! The tribes of Atlantis are out there to save themselves from one another. Players have to use the mythical powers of the “Ancient Ones” to build an extensive empire and conquer their enemies (other tribes). According to the developers, it takes “utmost courage and intellect to prevail” among the Dragons of Atlantis! So, hop on to the dragon-wagon and unleash the beast in you!

With the plethora of cool Facebook games based on dragons, we’re sure it won’t be long before we also have Facebook games based on antelopes, mermaids, and elves!