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What exactly does Dracarys mean in Game of Thrones?

Dracarys is the Valyrian word for “dragonfire”.

Dracarys is a form of magic used by the Targaryens, and it is also the name of one of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons. The term is also often used as an exclamation when referring to her dragons.

In the novels, when Daenerys commands her dragons to breathe fire on an enemy, she says “dracarys”. The TV series has omitted this word from the vocabulary of her dragons, using other terms instead:

In Season 3’s “The Rains of Castamere”, Daenerys orders Drogon to burn a Lannister army encampment with his fire-breath. She says “burn them” (ie. “Breathe”), but does not say “dracarys”. This was probably deliberate, as it would have been too much for viewers to see all three dragons use their fire-breathing abilities at once.

In Season 5’s “Hardhome”, Daenerys commands Drogon to burn some wights that are attacking Jon Snow and her forces with dragonfire. She says “burn them all!” but does not say “dracarys”.

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