Dragons live in legends and video games. There is no proof that these beast ever existed, some even say they came from outer space. In video games, however, dragons are very real.
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Throughout history, humankind spoke and wrote of legendary beasts. No wonder they became almost an inventory in fantasy based video games. Every culture throughout history had its own legends featuring these powerful creatures. Breathing fire, hard to kill and sometimes even described as gods, gave dragons an iconic status.
My favourite game at the moment is Skyrim and it’s full of dragons, but ever since I can remember there were video games featuring beasts that that were either a mighty friend or dreaded foe. The following ones have brought joy and fear to gamers in a good way.
Ash – Kameo: Elements of Power
Ash is a Fire-elemental warrior who was given to Kameo by her great uncle Halis. He might not be a true dragon, but is close enough. This dragon-like beast can breathe fire in several ways. Aside from throwing fire at enemies every time its mouth open, Ash can also shoot fireballs up the wall and set devastating fire traps.
Thanatos – Thanatos
Thanatos was one of the first video games featuring a dragon. Player assumed a role of Thanatos who was tasked with rescuing a sorceress. His two resources were flame and heart, with flame being the ultimate weapon of a destruction. The game let us experience what it is like to be a flying beast who leaves chaos everywhere it goes. It’s worth mentioning that back in days that feeling wasn’t all too realistic. Although the dragon gave a unique gaming experience.
Flemeth – Dragon Age: Origins
Flemeth is a shapeshifter and yes she turns into a dragon. Being bad tempered, her melee attacks bring death to players in mere moments. It is wise to keep your ranged attackers as far as possible when facing Flemeth, as her elemental attacks have a long range. She has many daughters and they are all witches. Wild and terrible, the shapeshifter brought fear to many players in Dragon Age: Origins.
The Ender Dragon – Minecraft
The Ender Dragon is the first boss mob that appeared in Minecraft. He comes in The End and resembles an Enderman. He might be built of blocks, but his power is enormous. Destroying blocks is a joke to this one, except End Stone, Obsidian and Bedrock. Defeating The Ender Dragon is not that hard if you have a good strategy. Still a big challenge as you try to stay alive. The thing is, this beast has a tendency to splat the character whenever it can. That’s why you can go from level zero all the way up to level 78 if you manage to kill the cubed creature.
Alduin – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Alduin, also known as the World Eater, lives in the Skyrim game, which is full of dragons. Ancient Nord heroes used an Elder Scroll to send the dragon away. He was supposed to be lost in time, but as messy as time travel can be, Alduin ended up in the Forth Era where Skyrim takes place. Only a Dovahkiin, you as a player, can defeat the infamous dragon. He is fearless, even when you acquire the weapons of ancient heroes. One of the hardest dragons to defeat in video games.
Spyro the Dragon
From the game that bares the same name all the way to Skylanders series, Spyro is a young dragon, adventurous and sometimes charming. Unlike most of his kind, he possesses a quick wit. Spyro is the famous dragon in video games, his character endure the test of time. They changed his attributes several times, but the cute purple beast remains the most love dragon of all times.
Wu’s Dragon – True Crime: Streets of L. A.
The dragon spawns out of lava, faces Kang and attacks. Simple as that, but you have to defeat the beats with your pistol. Seriously fighting a dragon with an ordinary weapon seemed doomed. Strategy involved shooting it in the head then running and dodging its fire breathe as fast as you could. Wu’s Dragon appeared in the mission called Nightmare, the name speaks for itself. If you wanted a true challenge, you would go fight the beast.
Deathwing – World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Deathwing the Destroyer was a leader of the black dragonflight. Pain and agony were his favourite things. Many believed he was dead, but the dragon returned in Cataclysm expansion to spread terror across the land. The abilities to control lava and to withstand extreme temperatures, made him a fearsome enemy. Azeroth lived in fear from his random attacks, until Thrall used power of the Dragon Soul to put an end to it.
Charizard – Pokémon
By evolving from Charmeleon into a Mega Charizard X or Y, this is one bad-ass Pokémon. He comes in many colours and forms, but one thing is always there. He can fly and breathe fire to deliver a devastating damage to an enemy. Flaming tail and the instant kill power makes Charizard the most wanted Pokémon. Got to have them all, or at least one bad-ass dragon that will make your gaming life easier.
Bahamut – Final Fantasy
Bahamut is also known as The Dragon King. Brought to life in several Final Fantasy series, he was one of the most prominent summons. The dragon is considered to be the strongest among summons in the Final Fantasy series and has the Megaflare for an attack. Megaflare deals non-elemental magic damage and ignores evasion and defense. He is one of the reasons why Final Fantasy games are worth playing.
Several other dragons are worth mentioning, such as Alexstrasza from World of Warcrfaft and Singe from Dragon’s Lair. They had big roles in gaming evolution, though I had to choose the ten best beats for the list. If you want the ultimate dragon experience, than you should play The Elder Scrolls game series as it has all kinds of those beasts. You will see how squishy and vulnerable you are when facing a mighty dragon that towers over you like some gigantic creature that can kill you in an instant.
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