I may not look it, but I was once a master at finding and taming fantasy creatures. ;)
Before the age of 10, I managed to befriend a whole herd of flying horses (or is it flock since they have wings? Oh well whatever...). The leader of which would often let me ride on her back, and when they were feeling particularly friendly, they'd let the neighborhood kids play with them as well.
I can't say I've had very much experience with dragons--but for the sake of this article--I decided to put on my adventurer's cap and search for one.
Follow along with me and learn how you can find your own dragons too!
- 27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953: Water Dragon
- 13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965: Wood Dragon
- 31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977: Fire Dragon
- 17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989: Earth Dragon
- 5 February 2000 – 23 January 2001: Metal Dragon
- 23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013: Water Dragon
- 10 February 2024 – 28 January 2025: Wood Dragon
List from Year of the Dragon
The Relevance of the Year of the Dragon
Lucky for us it is still my year, the year of the Dragon. The year of the dragon only comes around every 12 years, though it's important to note that it starts and ends according to the Chinese New Year, and not the Western calendar. Currently it's 2012, the year of the Water Dragon. The water dragon's reign will last until February 9th, 2013--so if you're looking for dragon eggs--time is of the essence!
You may be wondering why this year is so important, well they don't call it the year of the dragon for nothing! Dragons only lay eggs during dragon years, then they hatch, grow, and mature until the year of their element comes around again (every 60 years, this may seem like a long time but dragons live for hundreds of years!).
What if it's not the Year of the Dragon?
If you've missed your chance to find a dragon egg, don't worry! You may still be able to find a hatchling or mature dragon. If you befriend or catch two of these you can raise them in captivity and have them lay eggs outside of the Dragon year cycle. However, it's important to noted that dragons born outside of the cycle have substantially shorter lives than dragons born in the wild. They will still outlive you, but they may not live past 500 years of age. This is because they are not energized by a dragon element.
Another issue is that their element will be hard to be determined until they are hatchlings. They may take on the element of the animal year they were born into, they may not--they may even take on an element outside the traditional sphere of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water and become something completely different. Among these strange elements I've heard stories of celestial elements, paranormal elements, and sub elements such as lightning and ice.
The possibilities are endless and though there is not much research on the topic (as breeding dragons is dangerous and discouraged), there is some speculation that the elements of the parent dragons may determine the element of the hatchling. For example, I have heard stories of wood and water dragons breeding flora-elemental dragons and metal and fire dragons breeding steel, silver, bronze, and platinum-elemental dragons (though not gold, because only dragons born on a metal year are pure gold).
In addition to the elemental mutations, I have also heard stories of dragons born outside of their year taking feature of the animal years they were born into. Such as, dragons with rabbit like faces and long ears if born on the rabbit year, or dragons with extremely long serpentine bodies and slithering tongues if born on a snake year, or miniature dragons with canine qualities if born on a dog year. These mutations are very rare, but are important to note.
It's very interesting, but as I mentioned before, not very well researched. If after reading this Hub you decide to breed a dragon outside of the dragon year, please feel free to share your results in the comments below!
Please ask your parents for permission to play outside before you go venturing off looking for dragon eggs! Let them know where you are and make sure they are able to find you if they need to. You don't want to be eaten by a dragon and never seen from again, do you?
If your parents say no, that's okay. You can look for pixie dragon eggs in the house. They're usually found in places that accumulate dust, like under the couch, or the sink, or hidden deep in closets. Watch out for fairies though, they're mischievous.
Searching for a Dragon Egg
It is important to know the element of the dragon year you are in. This will help narrow down places dragon eggs may be hiding--and they are hiding everywhere!
Since it is currently the year of the water dragon, I decided to start my search around a body of water. Fortunately for me, I live right by a lake--but eggs can be found by oceans, streams, rivers, even manmade fountains and reservoirs.
I shuffled through tall grass and muddy waters in search of dragon eggs. After two hours I was freezing, filthy, and certain I would catch a cold if I didn't change my wet, muddy clothing (silly me for doing this so late in the year!). I was about to give up when I stumbled across a well kept nest hidden in some foliage by the water. It contained several white and blue spotted eggs the size of my head.
As excited as I was to find these eggs, I left the nest untouched for two reasons. First, these eggs were much too big for me--any dragon hatched from them would outgrow my small apartment in less than a year. I was also concerned that such a large dragon would fancy a taste of my dog, or even worse--my toddler son! No, no, large dragons are not for me.
My second reason for leaving was how neat the nest was. These eggs were well cared for by a loving parent dragon. A parent dragon who would no doubt be furious if it found any of its eggs missing. I definitely did not want to deal with the wrath of a large momma dragon. So I quickly left the scene, fearing a parent dragon was no doubt very close by.
It is important to be mindful of the state the dragon egg you find is in. If it's in a nice nest like the one I found with other eggs, you should probably leave it alone. However, some dragons don't care about their eggs and have no interest in caring for their offspring. Eggs laid by these dragons are perfect candidates to be cared for as hatchlings from these eggs will grow to be ferocious, mean-spirited, and violent dragons.
There are also cases where loving dragon parents are forced to abandon their nests because they are captured, hunted, or killed or scared of by another dragon. Eggs from these nests will no doubt suffer the same fate as neglected eggs.
Lost, abandoned, or neglected eggs will often be found under leaves or foliage, carelessly left on the ground out in the open, or in nests that have not been tended to for some time.
Re-energized by my discovery of the dragon nest, something motivated me to leave the edge of the lake and venture into the woods. Not long after I found a muddy rain puddle--and a the bottom of that puddle was a small dragon egg. This egg was, without a doubt, unwanted by its parent.
I picked it up gently and cradled it in my hands, to the untrained eye it appeared to be a robin's egg--but the silver speckles on its blue surface were a telltale sign that this was, in fact, a dragon egg!
I had found my egg. :)
Caring for Your Dragon Egg
After you've found your dragon egg, you must keep it within its element for it to grow.
Wood eggs are best kept in gardens by trees, or potted plants, or flower vases. They may also do well in dresser drawers or nests on tables if the furniture is made of wood. It is better to keep them with something living though.
Fire eggs do well by fireplaces, candles, campfires, heaters, radiators, or anything hot.
Earth eggs, like wood eggs, do well by living flora--but are best kept in sand or soil. A homemade terrarium is the best way to assure healthy growth.
Metal eggs do well by metal. Keep them in your jewelry box, your car, your stove, your sink if its metal, by mirrors, pipes, any metal will do.
Since I found a water dragon egg I had to keep it in water. Typically aquariums are perfect for this, but I don't have one. So I bought I went to the pet store and bought a pretty standard rectangular aquarium and some pebbles.
I filled the aquarium with fresh water (if I had found the egg in or by salt water I would have put salt water) and on one side of the tank I piled up the pebbles so when the baby dragon hatched it'd have a place to rest outside of the water.
Dragon eggs don't need to be constantly tended to. They just need to be near their element. So once you've set your egg up some place safe you can leave them alone, only checking on them to see if they've hatched.
Preparing for Your Dragon Hatchling
Your dragon egg will hatch by the end of the dragon year (or within a few months if outside a dragon year). However, it is impossible to know how long a found egg has been in the wild and eggs laid outside the dragon year are completely unpredictable--so it's good to be prepared.
First, do some research on the type of dragon you may have found. Read books, go online, ask other dragon enthusiasts, do whatever it takes!
Try to find out your breed's temperament, the things it likes to eat, and the environment it thrives best in. Through my research I found that my dragon typically lives in lakes and eats algae, bacteria, and dead fish. Essentially, it's the lake maid.
You may find it difficult to find information on your dragon--especially if you breed it yourself. In this case, all you can do is prepare as best you can and then wait until your egg hatches to see what kind of dragon you have.
How to Train Your Dragon
Dragons are typically born with all their teeth and claws, ready to take on the world!
Here are some tips on determining the best way to care for your baby dragon.
If your dragon is born with sharp teeth like your teeth in the front of your mouth or fangs, they are carnivores or meat eaters. Make sure they are well fed, or they may attempt to eat your house pet--or you.
If your dragon is born with flat mashing teeth, like the teeth you have in the back of your mouth, they are herbivores or plant eaters. Feed them lots of fruits, vegetables, and plants.
If your dragon has a combination of both teeth, they are omnivores like you, they eat everything!
If your dragon has gils--KEEP THEM IN WATER!
If your dragon has wings, make sure they have plenty of time to play outside. Otherwise they may start flying around your house and knock things over.
If your dragon seems uncomfortable during the day, or sleeps all day and is up at night, they may be nocturnal. Nocturnal dragons make great dream protectors and are known to guard against other monsters.
If your dragon has a long tail and a long snout it is a boy. If your dragon has a shorter tail and a shorter snout it is a girl. Another way to tell is eye colour, male dragons usually have darker eye shades and female dragons tend to have more vibrant colours.
If your dragon starts to become moody, mopey, and lethargic, it may not be doing well in captivity and should be released.
When to Let Your Dragon Go
Dragons weren't meant to be domesticated. They don't really make great pets. If you befriend a dragon you have a lifelong friend, but it doesn't necessarily need to live with you to be taken care of. Likewise, if you hatch a dragon egg you can still release it and if your bond is strong it will still come to you whenever you call.
If taking care of your dragon has become too difficult, time consuming, or hard to keep up with--don't feel bad about letting your dragon go. They are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. If you befriend a dragon they will always be by your side when you need them. No animal on earth is as loyal as a dragon.
When you release your dragon try to do it somewhere within their element so that they can find other dragons of their elemental clan and be stable.
Things will be harder for dragons with obscure elements, as there aren't many (if any) of their kind. In this case you must go with your dragon to find a clan, befriend them together, and see if they are willing to accept your dragon. You may have to try a couple times before you are successful. Once your dragon is accepted it will always be apart of the clan.
Thank you for joining me on my adventure. I hope you have a wonderful adventure of your own! Please be kind and respectful to our dragon friends and all other beings. We share this world together and need to look out for each other. If you're good to others, they'll be good to you!
I'd love to hear about your dragons and would love to know about any further information you may have found on dragons, so please feel free to share your knowledge and experience below!