Rhaegal is a bronze and green dragon. His dark scales and wings are jade-green, while his eyes are initially characterized as molten gold and then as bronze. The dragon possesses black claws and needle-like fangs. His dragonflame has been characterized as yellow, red and yellow, and “orange-and-yellow fire shot through with veins of green”.
Events Where Rhaegal Appeared or Mentioned
A Game of Thrones
At Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding to Khal Drogo by Pentos, she receives several bride gifts, including three petrified dragon eggs from Magister Illyrio Mopatis. Rhaegal’s egg is a deep green with burnished bronze flecks that appear and disappear depending on how Daenerys rotates it.
According to the maegi Mirri Maz Duur, one must first give life to bring new life. Daenerys burns Drogo’s body and Mirri and the three eggs, giving birth to Rhaegal and his brothers, Viserion and Drogon.
A Clash of Kings
Daenerys names the green dragon Rhaegal after her late brother Rhaegar in the red waste. Rhaegal tries to fly in Daenerys’ tent at Vaes Tolorro and screams after landing on her carpet.
When Daenerys lands in Qarth, Rhaegal and the other dragons are a sight to see. When King Robert I Baratheon passes away, Rhaegal is with Daenerys when she receives the news from Quhuru Mo.
Daenerys carries Rhaegal on her shoulder as she petitions the Pureborn in the Hall of a Thousand Thrones, and later travels in his palanquin with Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
A Storm of Swords
Rhaegal swells to be the size of a small dog and soars over Daenerys as she sails near Astapor. Jhiqui frees Rhaegal to assault the slavers when Daenerys orders the Unsullied to attack the Good Masters during the sack of Astapor.
When Daenerys meets with the envoy outside Yunkai, Rhaegal hisses at Grazdan mo Eraz. When an enraged Daenerys approaches Ser Jorah Mormont and Ser Barristan Selmy, the green dragon erupts in flames.
Daenerys discovers Rhaegal sunning himself on the pyramid’s terrace after capturing Meereen and seizing the Great Pyramid.
A Dance with Dragons
Rhaegal and the other dragons start behaving badly, with Rhaegal snapping at Irri. His head expands to the size of a horse’s.
Daenerys chains Viserion and Rhaegal in a makeshift “dragon pit” in the Great Pyramid after Drogon reportedly murders the young girl Hazzea outside Meereen. Rhaegal fights ferociously as he is lifted from the terrace, and six men are burnt in the three days it takes to transfer the green dragon. During his captivity, Rhaegar gets more aggressive.
In the pit, Daenerys presents Prince Quentyn Martell to Rhaegel and Viserion.
After Daenerys vanishes from Daznak’s Pit on Drogon’s back, Quentyn seeks to steal a dragon with the help of the Windblown. Quentyn whips Viserion to subdue him while Rhaegal is hidden behind him. The green dragon lets go of his dragonflame, fatally burning Quentyn.
Rhaegal attempts to establish his lair atop Hazkar’s pyramid, killing many slavers, but the structure crashes into ruin. Rhaegal then establishes his new home in the Yherizan pyramid. Ser Barristan Selmy observes that Rhaegal has proven to be more dangerous than his brother Viserion thus far.
The Winds of Winter
Rhaegal and Viserion are both drawn to the battle as the second siege of Meereen starts. Tyrion Lannister notices Rhaegal circling over the harbor, banking and turning as longships and galleys collide and burn beneath him. When Rhaegal General and his companions return from the camp of Malazza, the Girl General, Ben Plumm is still prowling, soaring in broad circles over the city and the water on great green wings.