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Draggadons are dragons first appearing in the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Although in said game only Draggadon, the king of an isolated volcano called Pyropuff Peak, and Gold Draggadon, the king of the Golden Realm, were introduced, thus making it ambiguous whether Draggadon was the name of the character or of a species, in Paper Mario: Color Splash, some character dialogue revealed that Draggadons are indeed a species.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Two Draggadons appear as bosses in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The first, named Draggadon, is fought in Episode 1-10: The King of Pyropuff Peak, Episode 2-9: Draggadon's Revenge, and Bonus Episode-11: Mummy-Me at Pyropuff Peak. When Captain Toad is chasing Wingo who kidnapped Toadette, he accidentally comes across Pyropuff Peak. Draggadon attacks him, thinking him to be an intruder, but after the fight realizes that he was innocent, and allows him to ride on his head as the two conquer hordes of enemies. Toadette in her pursuit of Wingo also ends up at Pyropuff Peak, which results in the same situation playing. Once again, Toadette befriends him, and they conquer even more enemies.
Unlike Wingo, Draggadon is not battled directly. Captain Toad and Toadette must avoid his attacks to the end of the level by hiding behind walls, and at the end, knock a pillar on his head. He is then knocked unconscious, and the Toads collect the Power Star.
As an ally, the player is able to control Draggadon in an interstitial page. Toadette will ride on him and command him to do various moves. By pressing , Draggadon will breathe fire that can break blocks and destroy enemies. He can also roar with that can shatter Empty Blocks which are normally unaffected by flames. He raises and lowers by moving the left analog stick.
Another Draggadon, named Gold Draggadon, also appears in a later episode, as the king of the Golden Realm. Like Draggadon, Captain Toad must also fight Gold Draggadon as boss, although fireballs will move faster and the lava will rise quicker, and after defeating him, he lets Captain Toad ride him.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
A Draggadon is featured in Paper Mario: Color Splash. He appears as a fossil on a mountain in Marmalade Valley; however, after Mario retrieves the orange Big Paint Star from Larry, the fossil is covered with a coat of orange paint, causing it to come to life. It's found later in Redpepper Volcano, where the Basin Thing needs to be used in order to stop him being hostile. The Basin hits his head leaving a bump, just like in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker after a rock falls on it. Before Mario can stun him, Draggadon tries to chase and eat him, then attack him with a massive fire breath. If Mario cannot dodge it hiding behind a column or leaving the level, the attack knocks him out in a single hit.
Like Captain Toad in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario is also able to ride and control the Draggadon over lava, this time by suspending a Magma Burger attached to a Fishing Pole in front of him as bait. While controlling him, he can destroy small platforms, and if Mario swings the rod upwards, he will leap up from the lava, allowing Mario to collect any items that are out of reach.
Just like Iggy and unlike most paper characters, the paper version of the Draggadon retains colored circle-like irises.
Draggadons are huge dragons with small wings and a mostly bipedal stance. Most of their body is covered by scales grouped in stripes of two scales having the same color, alternating magenta and purple. The head presents a muzzle having four yellow-colored molar-like protruding teeth that stay on its sides as well as two whiskers.
In Paper Mario: Color Splash small differences can be seen, such as the fingers no longer having claws, the wings only having two fingers and two patagia instead of three of both, and the iris being formed by one circle instead of the two seen in artwork and the three seen in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Gold Draggadon has a similar appearance, the main difference being that the scales alternate gold and orange, while the rest of the body is gold-colored, with the exception of the lower part of the muzzle and the belly, which are still beige, as well as the triangular plates, which are mostly purple just like those of the other Draggadons. Furthermore, the eyes are blue instead of being orange, and the tips of the whiskers are darker, although still gold colored.
Powers and abilities
Draggadons are known to breathe fire, they also are resistant to lava and actually spontanously nest within volcanoes. Even though their wings are very small, Paper Mario: Color Splash shows that they are perfectly able to fly. Even just their roar is a very powerful weapon, able to defeat enemies and shatter blocks. Direct attacks against their body of enemies like Hammer Bros. and Bullet Bills are completely ineffective and their only known weak point is the top of their head: in both Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Paper Mario: Color Splash they only surrender after hitting their head, respectively with a pillar and with the Basin Thing. Paper Mario: Color Splash further elaborates on this weak point, indicating it as stemming from the shape of their skull.
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