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Candelabra Dragons were released on May 21, 2016, alongside Nexus Dragons, Morphodrakes and Tarantula Hawk Drakes as part of Dragon Cave's 10th Birthday release.

Official descriptions[]


This mottled red egg almost glows from within.


Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It sleeps through most of the day, but almost never leaves your side when awake.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It sleeps through most of the day, but almost never leaves your side when awake.

And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.


Candelabra Dragons are a spectacular sight against the dark midnight sky. The glowing orbs that decorate their golden wings can be seen from far away and give them the unparalleled brilliance they are recognizable for. Proudly earnest, Candelabra Dragons will often go to extreme lengths to protect those close to them, even giving their lives to rescue a loved one from peril. However, they do not take lightly the breaking of a promise, and have been known unleash a furious wrath when betrayed.

Sprite artists[]


Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Candelabra Dragon Candelabra egg.gif Candelabra hatchling.png Candelabra mature hatchling.png Candelabra adult.png

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Candelabra egg.gif Candelabra crack 1.png Candelabra crack 2.png Candelabra crack 3.png Candelabra crack 4.png Candelabra crack 5.png Candelabra dead egg.gif

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
April Fools' Day 2018 Candelabra adult AF 2018.png
April Fools' Day 2020 Candelabra adult AF 2020.png
April Fools' Day 2022 Candelabra adult AF 2022.png

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Tips of their wing fingers and tail are adorned with glowing orbs created with light mana.
  • Wing membranes are coated in a thin film of light mana, causing their dull red wings to become a shiny, striking gold when hit with direct light.
  • Mana coating is thinner on the backsides of their wings, making the effect less apparent there.
  • Candelabras’ wings are too small for proper flight, resulting in a reliance on magic for flight.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Hatchlings bond quite quickly to whoever is raising them.
  • They’re not very good around other hatchlings, either shying away or “on guard” around the.
  • Reluctant to leave their eggshells behind after hatching, often trying (unsuccessfully) to use them as a shelter of sorts.
  • They don’t like sunlight and are usually only active at night.

Adult Behavior

  • They seem to have complete control over their balls of light, dimming and lowering them at will.
  • The orb between their horns can be moved freely and used as a hypnotizing lure to attract prey.
  • Not very agile, and so rely on the orb’s alluring properties to attract and mesmerize prey.
  • Candelabras bond quite closely to their family, guarding them at all costs.
  • Though generally good-natured, they do not take kindly to promises being broken, and will often respond to betrayal with an outburst of rage.
  • Mating displays involve elaborate aerial maneuvers with intricate flickering of their wing lights in attempt to woo a potential mate.
  • Betraying a Candelabra can sometimes trigger a permanent shift in their personality, making them more prone to violence.


  • They prefer warm, humid climates to colder, drier ones.
  • They tend to live in caverns, though will sometimes dig their own dens.
  • Candelabras typically share their homes only with those individuals to whom they have granted their trust.


  • Though fully omnivorous, Candelabras typically stick to eating plants and insects.
  • Some members of the population lean toward the carnivorous side of things.
  • They are rather good at using the entirety of a food source and leaving behind little waste.

Additional information[]

Background information

Despite them being coincidentally candle-themed, they actually were not designed with the birthday in mind; rather, they were originally a Valentine’s concept that looked like this:

Old Candelabra series.png

With a spriter’s alt that looked like this:

Old Alt Candelabra series.png

I’m sure the latter set looks a bit familiar, heheh. After they went unused, I decided the original coloration was pretty horrible, so I messed with the alt set to come up with the final sprites, and edited the concept a bit to work for a regular release! I think it all turned out for the better, truthfully, since these buggers were still able to find a place in the cave (and in a better form), and we get to enjoy the lovely (and snarly) Mutamores!

Concept information

Candelabras are attuned to light mana, and though this, generate lights at the ends of their wing fingers (I know, huge shocker there). These lights don’t actually ever disappear until an individual dies, though they can be dimmed and brightened to suit the needs of each dragon. Though Candelabras are fairly strong, they are not particularly agile, and as such, rely on their wing lights to attract prey for easy kills. The light between their horns glows brighter than the other eight, and can actually be manipulated so that it moves within a small nearby radius, which furthers their ability to lure prey.

The orangey glow to their wings is also the result of light mana; actually a reddish color similar to their maroon scales, the wing membranes are coated in a thin film containing light mana which causes the wings to become a shiny, striking gold when hit with direct light. This effect is also apparent on the backs of their wings, but to a lesser degree.

As mentioned in their descriptions, Candelabras are fiercely devoted to those who have earned their trust, even giving their lives to save those close to them. It is for this reason hatchlings follow around their keepers; they view them as parental figures, and as such, want to remain close to them. By the time a captive-raised Candelabra reaches adulthood, it is almost certain to commit fully to protecting its keeper—unless betrayed, that is. Though generally good-natured, they do not take kindly to promises being broken, and will often respond to acts deemed betrayals with an outburst of rage, sometimes large enough to trigger a permanent shift in an individual’s personality. Speaking of these outbursts, don’t betray a Candelabra. Just don’t do it. You might end up nearly the same shade of red as they are, if you catch my drift.

Mating displays involve elaborate aerial maneuvers with intricate flickering of their wing lights—a sight that’s equal parts majestic and hilarious, since their wings are on the small side (they require a slight boost from magic to be able to fly well).

In terms of personality, they’re actually quite clumsy, and are sometimes considered to be a bit lunkish. Though not the brightest, they're quite loving and affectionate (unless you do a stupid and anger them), and make great companions.
Pixxelation (Forum Post)
  • Regarding what kinds of prey can be attracted by the Candelabra's lights:
The lights have a weak hypnotic quality. It's strong enough to affect non-magical, less intelligent creatures like birds and deer, but doesn't really have much of an effect on dragons and such.

I didn't mention it earlier, but Candelabras are omnivorous, and prefer to stick to eating insects, anyway--they merely have the ability to lure prey when necessary. However, 'converted' individuals tend to hunt more often, and use thus rely on this alluring quality, which strengthens a bit in response to its heightened usage, like a magical 'muscle' of sorts.
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