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Jacaerys introduces Sara Snow to Vermax by Jota Saraiva.jpg
Jacaerys introduces Sara Snow to Vermax, by Jota Saraiva.

Owner Jacaerys Velaryon
Species Dragon
Born In 114120 AC
Died In 5th day of the 1st moon of 130 AC, the Gullet[1]

TV series House of the Dragon: Season 1

Vermax was a dragon ridden by Prince Jacaerys Velaryon.[2]

Appearance and Character

Vermax was thriving and growing larger every year.[2] Vermax became ill-tempered when in proximity of snow, ice and cold.[3]

Vermax's coloring is not described in the books. In the television adaptation House of the Dragon, Vermax has olive green scales and pale orange wing membranes.[4]


Dragon Egg

When Prince Jacaerys Velaryon was young, there were rumours that he was a bastard, fathered by Ser Harwin Strong, instead of his mother Rhaenyra Targaryen's husband, Ser Laenor Velaryon. The rumours were spread by Queen Alicent Hightower and her followers at court. Those who doubted the paternity of Jacaerys and his brothers also doubted that the dragon eggs the boys had been given would ever hatch, but they were quickly disappointed, as each of the eggs soon hatched in turn. The hatchling that bonded with Prince Jacaerys was Vermax.[5]

Dance of the Dragons

By the time the Dance of the Dragons began, Vermax was big enough to ride. Prince Jacaerys flew north on his back, as a messenger for his mother, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, to treat with Jeyne Arryn, the Lady of the Eyrie, Desmond Manderly, the Lord of White Harbor, and Cregan Stark, the Lord of Winterfell. The mission was a success as all three declared for Rhaenyra and her blacks.[3] In his testimony, Mushroom claims that Vermax laid a clutch of eggs in the depths of the crypts of Winterfell, but this tale is most likely false.[6]

Prince Jacaerys used Vermax in battle, during the Battle in the Gullet. There, Vermax attacked a fleet, but he flew too low and went crashing down into the sea. Differing tales are told of how and why the dragon fell. Jacaerys also perished.[1]

Known dragonriders of Vermax


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  4. HBO Official Dragon Index: Vermax
  5. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: Winterfell.