- Wizards have been noticing, and repairing, dents to their decorations for some time. The cause... hail dragons. The damage was unintentional. Hail dragons simply wag their tails enthusiastically when they see cool decorations. Now that they live in cold and lightning habitats, rest assured your decorations are safe.
- —Nogard's description of the hail dragon in The Book of Dragons
This dragon has a thick body and a short, stubby tail. Its chubby look comes from the blubber beneath its skin which keeps it warm. Its skin is purple, but its wing membranes are bright yellow. Unusually for dragons, it has four wings, and the hind wings are much larger than the forewings. The hail dragon has an underbite. It has huge chin horns and a large club on its tail that looks like an enormous chunk of ice.
The hail dragon uses its chin horns to duel rivals, for, like the lightning dragon, it is territorial. It also has a huge tail club that it can swing with surprising force. A bite from a hail dragon can crush bone.
Hail dragons, despite their tough looks, are sometimes timid and would rather run away than confront a predator. However, if they are protecting, or stealing, food they can be rather vicious. The many horns crowning their heads protect them from deadly bites and their jaws are very strong.
Though not the fastest dragons, the hail dragon's four wings allow it to maneuver very well, even in turbulent winds and fierce storms.
The hail dragon breathes balls of ice, or big hail, at extreme speeds.
Hail dragons cannot roar; they only produce bleating noises, which makes it harder to be menacing. They tend to be clumsy while walking as well.
Hail dragons are found throughout the Frozen Highlands and Verulos, but the Far North is too cold for them. They are also found in various mountainous regions, such as The Berrywhite Mountains and The Windswept Peaks.
Hail dragons love barren, rocky, icy regions.
Hail dragons nest on piles of ice or pebbles. They collect hailstones, bits of icebergs and icicles, as well as pebbles, stones and small rocks and make large piles with a hollow in the middle in which they curl up to sleep. These nests can be more than 20 feet high when the dragon is very old.
Hail dragons are opportunistic eaters. They mostly eat meat, sometimes hunting it down themselves but usually just bullying other dragons away from their kills or scavenging the scraps. They also eat fish. They will feed on rotting carcasses and take bones from ruin dragons' nests to gnaw on.
Behavior and Personality
Hail dragons are stubborn and can be bullies, but when confronted outright they usually run away, as they are not very brave. They are more friendly than their relative the storm dragon and can be goofy. Unfortunately, when happy they often wag their tails and quiver with excitement, which can lead to some bashed buildings and dented decorations. Sometimes wild hail dragons fly up to floating islands and explore them, accidentally destroying everything in sight. They are often rowdy and ill-mannered, especially as juveniles.
Hail dragons are typically solitary, but some have learned to befriend larger dragons so they can more easily bully smaller ones and can eat without having to hunt or fight.
Relationship to Wizards
Hail dragons are definitely not eager to please and only listen to you after firmly understanding the benefits. Building a relationship with one takes time. A wild hail dragon will probably beat you up for trespassing on their territory. They can be good friends, but they must be taught manners.
DDLA has ranked them as 3 for being easily provoked into aggression by just entering their territory.
When in a park
How to care for
Better place decorations a bit further from their habitat than with other habitats...
Hail dragons search for mates as juveniles, when they do not yet have a territory.
The egg is dragged to another territory and hidden in the leaves. As the baby cannot hunt for itself and adults like to share their prey with babies, this provides meal for the baby. However, the baby is raised on its own and not by the territory owner.
The infant feeds on another hail dragon's prey. They are allowed to eat along with them as longs as they are infants.
The adolescent mostly is still allowed to live in another dragon's territory, but must hunt for itself and not bully the owner of the territory.
Adults in another dragon's territory are attacked, driven away and when they still stay after that, killed. They have to find their own territory along with their mate from their adolescence.
A hail dragon can become 170 years old.
Origin of Name
Julian named them after their ice on their tail, which can cause damage to things like hail.
|Lightning Element Dragons|
Cactus Dragon - Ash Dragon - Firefly Dragon - Scorch Dragon - Quake Dragon - Crystal Dragon - Storm Dragon - Hail Dragon - Plasma Dragon - Current Dragon - Sonic Dragon - Thunder Dragon - Magnetic Dragon - Copper Dragon - Flash Dragon - Gamma Dragon - Spark Dragon - Wraith Dragon
|Cold Element Dragons|
Lichen Dragon - Evergreen Dragon - Frostfire Dragon - Blue Fire Dragon - Mountain Dragon - Glacier Dragon - Storm Dragon - Hail Dragon - Ice Dragon - Iceberg Dragon - Snow Dragon - Blizzard Dragon - Mine Dragon - Steel Dragon - Phantom Dragon - Glare Dragon - Ruin Dragon - Crypt Dragon