51 Different Types of Dragons, Their Origins, & Symbolism

Isn’t it true that dragons existed? The proof (for the most part) is there in front of you. There have been legends about dragons since before Gutenberg’s time. And a quick glance through any dinosaur book will reveal a startling resemblance to the sometimes massive lizard-like animals. Were they able to fly? Is it possible to inhale fire? Protect wealth or lay huge, beautiful eggs? Those are the details that make the dragon legends seem a little hazy. But, even though the number of varieties of dragons that existed is debatable, we’re not ready to let go of the idea just yet. Sadly, so does their very existence.

Types of Dragons

Dragons did not belong to a particular culture. Dragon legends have been told throughout history and throughout the world. Dragons can be found in both Chinese mythology and Scottish tradition. Dragons appear in every corner of our common history and narrative, from terrifying stories spoken in the dark to genuine parables entrenched in faiths. There are also the incredibly detailed dragons of Harry Potter and Skyrim, as well as Pokémon’s dragon-like animals.

Different Types of Dragons Names With Pictures

There are several different types of dragons. Some have wings, some have four paws, and others have two legs. There are also different kinds of dragons that you can find on the ground or in the air.

Here is the latest list of all types of dragons names with pictures and images that you should know about.

1. Amphitere

Amphitere Dragon
These dragons are a cross between a snake and a bird. They have a serpent’s body from head to tail, and their wings (which look like bat wings) grow from their neck. They may or may not have forelimbs, depending on the portrayal, but they never have hind limbs.

2. Drake

Drake Dragon
Drake literally means “dragon” in Middle English. There are four limbs on this kind. Their bodies are hung low to the ground, with their bellies brushing the surface. They resemble lizards in appearance, but they are considerably bigger.

3. Hydra

These dragons are multi-headed aquatic serpents. Every time one is cut off, a new one will sprout in its place. These dragons occasionally have extra tails, wings, or arms.

4. Eastern

Eastern Dragon
These dragons are extremely wise. They have the body of a snake, the belly of a frog, the scales of a carp, the head of a camel, the horns of a huge deer, the eyes of a hare, the ears of a bull, the neck of an iguana, the paws of tigers, and the claws of an eagle.

5. Wyvern

These dragons are quite ferocious. They have a dragon’s head (which is wedge-shaped like a crocodile’s), bat’s wings, and a long serpent’s tail. They can have either lizard or avian legs.

6. Anthropomorphic

Anthropomorphic Dragon
These dragons resemble humans. They have shorter forearms and are tripedal, which means they can’t walk on all fours like other dragons. They will also have human-like digits with fingernails and toes in certain representations. They not only have physical human characteristics, but they also adopt human habits.

7. Dragon Beasts

Dragon Beasts
These animals are a cross between avian and serpentiform species. They’ll either have a dragon’s head, a dragon’s tail, or the power to turn into a dragon. They can also have cobra fangs or crocodile heads if they have characteristics from other animals.

8. Western

Western Dragon
Sorcerers’ servants are these dragons. Their bodies are covered with crocodile scales, and their tails are barbed. Horns, antlers, or a crest can be seen on their heads. They also have the ability to spew fire and other lethal gases.

9. Lindworm

Lindworm Dragon
These dragons have a horse’s head and a mane that covers their neck. Their heads are disproportionately large, with brilliant eyes that blaze like flames and a mouth large enough to devour any human man or woman whole.

10. Wurm

These serpent-like dragons have coils that can wrap over hills. They have the ability to emit toxic gases and move quickly. Their horns, huge fangs, and bright, wide eyes make them easy to identify.

11. African Dragon

African Dragon
Because of their form, some people do not believe these animals to be dragons. They have no legs or limbs, giving them a serpent-like appearance. They have the appearance of enormous snakes.

12. Oriental

Oriental Dragon
Oriental dragons do not pose a threat. They serve as defenders. They look after the skies and the humans. They have four legs, each with four toes, and a serpentine body that is devoid of wings.

13. Dragonnet

Dragonnet Dragon
These dragons have the same appearance as Western dragons, however they are significantly smaller. They might be as little as a finger or as large as a person. They are deadly despite their size because they hunt in packs and have toxic blood that is fatal when it comes into contact with your flesh.

14. Cockatrice

Cockatrice Dragon
These dragons have a golden underbelly and are either red or green. Their bodies are covered in scales, and their wings are made of leather. They have toxic breath and a deadly beak, and they consume anything that moves.

15. Yamata No Orochi

Yamata No Orochi Dragon
This dragon is based on Japanese folklore. It is a dragon with eight heads and eight tails that is wicked. Every year, as a sacrifice, he devours a virgin.

16. Fafnir

Fafnir Dragon
Fafnir is a Norse mythological character. He was once a greedy dwarf who was turned into a dragon by a curse.

17. Fucanglong

Fucanglong Dragon
This dragon is based on Chinese folklore. It’s an underworld dragon that protects hidden treasures, including a mystical pearl that multiplies when touched.

18. Zmey Gorynych

Zmey Gorynych Dragon
Slavic legend gives us Zmey Gorynych. It has seven tails and three heads. It was famously assaulted by the warrior Dobrynya Nikitich, but it took three days of combat to kill it.

19. Jawzahr

Jawzahr Dragon
Jawzahr is a Persian mythological figure. It spends its entire life in the sky, circling the sun and moon. Jawzahr is supposed to have eventually caught up to the sun and moon and devoured them whenever a solar eclipse occurs.

20. Ladon

Ladon Dragon
Ladon is a Greek mythological figure. It had 100 heads and encircled a tree to protect golden fruits. Hercules famously vanquished him by dipping an arrow into the gall of the hydra and injecting the poison into Landon’s skin.

21. Krak’S Dragon

The origins of this dragon may be traced back to Polish legend. It was vanquished by a peasant kid named Krak, who gave it the name Krak. Alongside the dragon’s lair, Krak left a feast of three roasted lambs full with sulphur and spicy spices. Its stomach burst as it ate the food, killing it.

22. Ayida-Weddo

Ayida Weddo Dragon
The rainbow serpent who holds the skies aloft is this dragon. When a rainbow appears in the sky, it represents Ayida-two Weddo’s personalities, with the red portion of the rainbow identifying as male and the blue part identifying as female. Ayida-droppings Weddo’s are also supposed to aid in the nourishment of the soil and mountains.

23. Kukulkan

Kukulkan Dragon
Kulkulkan is a Mesoamerican feathered snake. It is revered as a craftsman’s guardian, a rainmaker, a wind-blower, and a fire-bringer. This peace-loving dragon, on the other hand, was not a fan of murderous sacrifices.

24. Kur

Kur Dragon
Kur is a Sumerian mythological character. It dwells in the vacuum that exists above the earth’s surface and under the sea. It is usually linked with the underworld because to its underground habitat and evil habits.

25. Harry Potter Dragons

Harry Potter Dragons
J.K. Rowling is known for her meticulous attention to even the tiniest details in the wizarding world. Take the existence of dragons and their many species, for example. It would have sufficed to mention a dragon based just on its appearance. Instead, she created a variety of dragon species, complete with fascinating historical facts, so that we might even rank them according to their ferocity. There are about 10 kinds of dragons in her planet, ranging from the Antipodean Opaleye (the least dangerous… if you’re a human) to the Ukrainian Ironbelly. Which one is the most terrifying? Of course, the Hungarian Horntail!

26. Pokémon Dragons

Pokémon Dragons
There are a lot of dragon-type Pokémon to pick from, which is unsurprising. Of course, not all of the 73 kinds are complete dragons. It’s also worth mentioning that in the Poke-verse, dragon-type Pokémon aren’t particularly powerful. For example, just one of the top five highest-ranked dragons in Pokémon, Charizard, makes it into the top 100. Charizard (#3), Exeggutor (#103), Dratini (#147), Dragonair (#148), and Dragonite (#149) are the top five dragon Pokémon.

27. Skyrim Dragons

Skyrim Dragons Dragon
There are 16 named dragons in Skyrim’s realm. Serpentine Dragon, Revered Dragon, Vulthuryol, Naaslaarum, and Voslaarum (you battle them all at once, thus they count together), and Legendary Dragon are the most powerful.

28. Dark Souls Dragon

Dark Souls Dragon
It’s also worth mentioning Dark Souls. While there are numerous dragons throughout the game, one sticks out. The Gaping Dragon is a terrifying creature to see. She/her pronouns are widely used to refer to her, and she looks like something out of Georgia O’Keeffe’s nightmares – if you catch our meaning. It takes a particular kind of person to defeat this woman and emerge unhurt. Her talent and background, though, make her a fan favorite.

29. Chinese Dragon

Chinese Dragon
Whatever image sprang to mind when you heard the words “Chinese Dragons” was most likely correct. You’ve almost certainly seen this serpent-like, four-legged monster before. It’s intended to be a symbol of power.

30. Druk

Druk Dragon
Druk is a mythological figure from Tibetan and Himalayan mythology. The Druk were serpentine-like dragons who resided in distant areas of Mt. Everest, according to legend. Some think the Druk are Shangrila’s guardians, while others believe they provide the sun and storms to Tibet’s inhabitants.

31. Ryūjin

Ryūjin Dragon
This is the Japanese god of the water. He possessed the capacity to turn into a human in various versions of the Ryjin stories.

32. Wyvern

Wyvern Dragon
This winged English dragon has a rather typical appearance. It is currently used interchangeably in relation to dragons from the area, despite the fact that it originally referred to a distinct monster. It’s usually portrayed with only two legs and isn’t seen breathing fire.

33. St. Leonard’s Forest Dragons

St. Leonards Forest Dragons Dragon
There is a tale about a man named “St. Leonard the Dragon Slayer” who lived in a nearby woodland and slayed England’s last dragon.

34. Y Ddraig Goch

Y Ddraig Goch Dragon
The name of this Welsh dragon roughly translates to “the red dragon.” It appears frequently in Arthurian stories and is prominently shown on the Welsh flag.

35. Gaasyendietha

Gaasyendietha Dragon
A lake dragon native to Canada and the United States’ Great Lakes area. Both Iroquois and Seneca mythology include allusions. Because of its unusual genesis storey, it’s frequently referred to as the “meteor dragon.”

36. Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl Dragon
This one is based on Aztec legends. It possesses dragon-like characteristics, yet it’s also known as the “Quetzal-feathered Serpent.” Because, yes, this dragon is covered in feathers.

37. Tiamat

Tiamat Dragon
Tiamat is the five-headed dragon deity that gave birth to the multicolored dragons, and he has a horrifying fighting rating of thirty. With a twenty-five armor class and immunity to virtually every sort of damage in D&D, hitting Tiamat may be a difficult task. Tiamat is destructive in every way, from its five heads, each of which has a distinct type of breath attack, to the fact that it regenerates thirty HP every turn. It’s difficult to compare Tiamat’s unrivalled onslaught to that of a real god of dragons.

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38. The Lernaean Hydra Dragon

The Lernaean Hydra Dragon
Hydra Dragon
This monster has venomous breath, deadly blood, and venomous fangs! A hundred heads are possible for this aquatic snake.

39. Vishap

Vishap Dragon
Armenian legend gives us this winged serpent. It’s generally linked with water and is made up of animal body parts. They create eclipses or thunderstorms when they fall from the sky. Vishaps have also been known to kidnap youngsters and replace them with their own children. They are symbolic of water, fertility, prosperity, and enormous strength.

40. Pakhangba

Pakhangba Dragon
This colossal snake is based on Indian mythology.

41. Vritra

The Vedic religion is the source of this monster. He is the deity of drought and the foe of Indra, the thunder god. This dragon has a reputation for obstructing waterways.

42. Druk

This snake is based on Tibetan and Himalayan mythology and is known as the Thunder Dragon. This dragon dwells near Mt. Everest and is in charge of the Tibetan storms and sunshine.

43. Ancient White Dragon

Ancient White Dragon
Ancient White Dragons are the first of many ancient dragons on our list, with a difficulty rating of twenty and a reputation for being chaotic evil. These dragons are known for their affinity for the cold. They are resistant to cold damage, can traverse ice terrain without penalty, and can unleash a devastating cold breath attack that causes 16d8 cold damage.

They tend to be the least intellectual and most animalistic of dragon breeds, and are most commonly found in the world’s coldest climes. White dragons are the most vulnerable of the chromatic dragons, yet an ancient white dragon should not be underestimated.

44. Ancient Copper Dragon

Ancient Copper Dragon
The ancient copper dragon is the first metallic dragon on our list, with acid breath. Metallic dragons have an inherent positive alignment and are more inclined to help adventurers than to attack them. They may, however, be terrible foes if aroused in the midst of an evil effort. Ancient copper dragons have a chaotic good temperament and are known for their witty personalities.

Ancient copper dragons have a fighting rating of twenty-one, and in addition to acid breath, they may use slowing breath to slow down opponents and prohibit them from doing more than one action each turn.

45. Ancient Black Dragon

Ancient Black Dragon
Ancient Black Dragons, another ancient dragon with corrosive breath, are a chaotic evil dragon breed with a fighting rating of twenty-one. Ancient black dragons are amphibious and immune to acid, making them some of the most vicious and wicked dragons in the world.

They are enraged beyond belief, and would go to any length to vanquish their prey. They even despise other dragons, attempting to kill those they perceive are lesser than themselves while avoiding those they believe are stronger.

46. Ancient Green Dragon

Ancient Green Dragon
Ancient green dragons, lawful evil dragons with a fighting rating of twenty-two, are masters of poison, wielding toxic breath while being entirely resistant to poison.

Ancient green dragons are among of the most cunning of all dragons, and they attempt to outsmart and manipulate their adversaries. They are often found in deep woods and groves. While other dragons collect wealth, these dragons collect living and sentient beings as trophies and use them to their advantage.

47. Ancient Bronze Dragon

Ancient Bronze Dragon
Ancient bronze dragons, in contrast to the preceding entry, are lawful good monsters with both lightning and repulsion breath, capable of displacing opponents up to sixty feet away. Bronze dragons are aquatic monsters with a fighting rating of twenty-two that are most often found in caverns along the shore. Sunken wealth scavenged from shipwrecks makes up a large part of their hoards.

As legal good creatures, they despise injustice and have a strong interest in battle, occasionally choosing to fight tyranny and injustice.

48. Ancient Blue Dragon

Ancient Blue Dragon
Ancient Blue Dragons are one of the most powerful chromatic dragons, with lightning breath and most frequently appearing as lawful evil. To say a blue dragon is haughty would be an understatement. They are frequently seen soaring above huge deserts. They are arrogant monsters who want to establish their supremacy over any adventures they encounter, including other dragons.

Sinkholes, dust devils, and even huge thunder storms frequently surround the lairs of these gigantic adversaries.

49. Ancient Silver Dragon

Ancient Silver Dragon
The second most powerful good-aligned dragon in D&D is the Ancient Silver Dragon. While these dragons share an immunity to cold and a powerful cold breath with ancient white dragons, their behaviour could not be more unlike. These dragons have a twenty-three challenge rating, and in addition to their lethal cold breath, they also have a paralysing breath that may stop their opponents in their tracks.

Silver dragons are one of the most sociable and hospitable dragon species. While all metallic dragons have the ability to change their shape to that of a humanoid, Silver Dragons do it more frequently. While adopting a human shape, these dragons are known to establish strong relationships with individuals they befriend.

50. Ancient Red Dragon

Ancient Red Dragon
Ancient Red Dragons are, by and large, one of the most recognisable sorts of creatures in all of D&D. These chaotic evil entities, with combat ratings of twenty-four, are the classic fire-breathing dragons, with a breath strike that deals 24D6 fire damage.

Red dragons are as strong as they are greedy, looking for riches to possess at any cost, pillaging and wreaking havoc in the process. They, like Blue dragons, see themselves as the most superior form of dragon, even considering themselves monarchs and Tiamat’s chosen ones.

51. Ancient Gold Dragon

Ancient Gold Dragon
Ancient gold dragons, in contrast to ancient red dragons, are the most powerful metallic dragons and have the greatest strength of all the dragons in the Monster Manual. Gold dragons, who are well-intentioned lawful good dragons, frequently take on disguises and assist those in need.

They can use both fire breath and a weakening breath in fight to weaken their opponents. Ancient gold dragons are one of the least aggressive dragon breeds, with a combat rating of twenty-four, an armor class of twenty-two, and a massive five hundred and forty-six HP.

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