Skrill is a minor antagonist in the episodes of Defenders of Berk, A View to a Skrill Part I and A View to a Skrill Part II untill reforms in the episodes of Race to the Edge, A Time To Skrill. The Skrill was found and honored by the berserkers. The dragon riders soon learned about its whereabouts from Mulch and Bucket, and took the frozen Skrill back to Berk, so that they can learn about it.
How to Train Your Dragon
The Skrill is mentioned briefly as Hiccup reads the Dragon Manual for information on Night Furies. As with most of the dragons in the dragon manual, it is listed as being "extremely dangerous" and the manual instructs readers to "kill on sight", although its name was only mentioned.
Book of Dragons
The Skrill was touched on by Gobber, stating "The Skrill is said to be highly secretive and is known to ride lightning bolts like air torpedoes to reach supersonic speeds, and usually only comes out during electrical storms. It can shoot bursts of white fire as its entire body crackles with static electricity. Just being close to a Skrill is enough to make one's hair stand on end." Skrills are here shown to belong to the Strike Class of dragons. Bork and his sheep Willy found one that caused their hair to stand on edge.
Defenders of Berk
A View to a Skrill, Part 1 The Skrill was found and honored by the Berserkers. The Dragon Riders soon learned about its whereabouts from Mulch and Bucket, and took it back to Berk, so that they can learn about it.
The twins and Snotlout then blew the Skrill out off the ice, despite being warned to leave it be by Hiccup.
The Skrill escaped, easily knocking aside Stormfly, and the Dragon Riders tried to stop it before Dagur the Deranged finds it to use against Berk.
The Skrill disappeared quickly after it was free, but the riders found out that it just went to Silent Sven's farm and attacked his sheep, before being shooed away. After several twists and turns, the Skrill's lightning attack was countered by Toothless's plasma blast, creating a giant electric explosion, sending Barf and Belch, Toothless, their riders, and the Skrill itself flying away.
The Skrill, however, fell into the water and was found by Alvin the Treacherous. The twins, who crash landed near the scene, decided to follow Alvin. The Skrill was taken to Outcast island, where the Berserker and Outcast tribes had allied together. The deal is Alvin will give Dagur the Skrill, and Dagur will have to help Alvin destroy Berk. However, both sides are secretly double crossing the other tribe to get the Skrill.
When being investigated by Hiccup, they find the Skrill is gone. However when Dagur and Alvin were arguing about who gets the Skrill, it is revealed that Dagur double crosses Alvin and takes the Skrill on his ship, behind his sail, tied with two ropes. In rage, Alvin jumped onto the Berserker ship and fought with Dagur. When Dagur was nearly defeated, he unleashes the Skrill. Now with the tables turned, Alvin started to dodge the Skrill's lightning. In desperation, Alvin jumped into the water, and Dagur used the Skrill to shoot lighting at the water, seeming to 'kill' Alvin once and for all. Leaving Dagur now in full control of the Skrill, and both tribes.
Dagur then used the Skrill to battle Hiccup and Toothless. The Skrill takes hits from Toothless' plasma blasts, yet they tricked Dagur into stepping in a puddle, electrocuting him. The Skrill, which is still in a wild state, escaped and chased Hiccup and his dragon. They enter an iceberg and a chase is started, with the Skrill's speed and stealth being nearly as good as Toothless. But the Skrill lost sight of Hiccup and Toothless at one point but saw their reflections on a ice wall. It charged at the ice wall, knocking itself out. The Skrill is later refrozen by the twins and Barf and Belch.
Race to the Edge
A Time to Skrill
After three years of being frozen, the glacier began to thaw and was struck by lightning, releasing the Skrill. After being freed, the Skrill began to search for Hiccup and Toothless, as they were the ones that trapped him. He first went to Outcast Island, sending all the Vikings off the island. It then headed to Berk, where it was confronted by Berk's backup riders. The Skrill was able to blast them all, until the other riders showed up. Toothless immediately shot at the Skrill and the two blasts caused an explosion. The Skrill retreated afterwards.
It soon ran into Hiccup and Toothless again as they tried to lure the dragon back to the glacier to freeze him again. However, the Skrill did not fall for it, and tried to seal Hiccup and Toothless in. Fortunately, they broke out, and the three headed to the Ship Graveyard. The Skrill tried to draw them out, but one of its blasts burned Toothless' tail, forcing Hiccup to use the sail from the Reaper. In a desperate attempt, Hiccup led the Skrill to the Dragon Hunters, hoping they would immobilize it long enough for him to grab it. This backfired, and the Skrill fell into the hands of Dagur, Ryker and the hunters.
The Dragon Riders tracked the hunters to an island to free the Skrill. They were soon caught in an ambush. Hiccup came up with a crazy idea to free the Skrill, hoping that by helping him, he would attack the hunters. Toothless knocked over the cage, releasing the Skrill. Ryker tried to knock out him out with the Dragon Root arrows, but Hiccup and Toothless shielded the Skrill, with the latter taking the arrow. The Skrill fired only at the Dragon Hunters, chasing them off. Spitelout, who joined the riders since he was struck by the Skrill, then shot an arrow at the dragon for payback.
The Dragon Riders took the Skrill back to the glacier to freeze him again, but Hiccup decided not to. He released the Skrill from the net, and after a pause, bowed to Hiccup and Toothless, letting go of its revenge. He then flew off, now having freedom for the first time in many years.
Power and Abilities
The Skrill is an extremely difficult opponent for any creature, Viking or Dragon.
Internal Body Temperature: Skrills can stay alive in extremely difficult situations, such as being frozen due to their intense internal body temperature.
Electrokinesis: While most Dragons use fire as their ranged attacks, the Skrill is one of the few dragons to use electricity instead. They absorb their lightning from the clouds, hence the reason they are often seen during thunder storms, and can redirect it from its mouth. They can recharge their lightning and store it in their body for use at a later of time.
Speed and Agility: The Skrill, being in the Strike class, is an incredibly fast flier it was seen to be able to keep up with Toothless whenever it chased them while in normal flight. The Skrills have the distinct ability to ride lightning to reach supersonic speeds, while it did this it was seen to travel far faster than any dragon seen before. They are also extremely agile, allowing them to make fast and sharp turns.
Stealth: The Skrill is shown to be not only a fast and agile flier, but also quite a stealthy one. It managed to sneak behind the riders by hiding in the clouds.
Stamina and Endurance: The Skrill has shown to have amazing stamina. Even after it had just awoken from its slumber, it could already operate quite well, and not feeling tired after flying long distances without stopping.
Strength: Despite its size, the Skrill has demonstrated to be a very powerful Dragon, as it was shown to defeat Stormfly with just one effortless slap of its wings.
Intelligence: As a Strike Class dragon, the Skrill is extremely smart. He was able to tell when Hiccup was trying to trap him once again but instead caused his plan to backfire, trapping them instead. He was able to remember his old encounters of Outcast Island and Berk to destroy for revenge as he made a sign on Stoick House.
Riders of Berk
- Twinsanity (Berserker Crest)
Defenders of Berk
Race to the Edge
- A Time to Skrill
- Triple Cross
- King of Dragons, Part 2
- He is called Dagur's Skrill in Rise of Berk.
- This is so far the only Skrill the Dragon Riders have ever encountered.
- The Skrill's coloring is slightly different than his first appearance.