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Not to be confused with Dark Lumina Dragons.

Lumina Dragons were released on May 22, 2012, alongside Ultraviolet Dragons and Tsunami Wyverns as part of the "6th Birthday release". They are a cousin breed to Dark Lumina Dragons.

Lumina dragons change color for 24 hours after they are bred to Albino, Black Truffle, Turpentine, or Waterhorse Dragons. The Lumina color changing phenomenon is a reaction to the oily or gooey secretions which these breeds produce. The Luminas remove their scales in order to get rid of the oil or goo, and their color changes to reflect their scaleless body as per their official description: "... if one of their scales has so much as a scratch or a defect, they'll remove it." Bred eggs of shed-inducing couples are not affected by this and hatch as ordinary Luminae.

Light Luminae are capable of breeding Dark Luminae, and likewise Dark Luminae can produce Light Luminae. The odds of breeding a Light Lumina increase as Valkemare's blue moon, Cirion, waxes fuller, while the odds of getting a Dark Lumina increase as it wanes.

Official descriptions[]


This egg shines brightly in the sunlight.


Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It always seems to be picking over its scales.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It always seems to be picking over its scales.

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


Lumina Dragons received their names from their highly reflective scales, which—at times—seem to glow. They are vain, always strutting about and preening incessantly; if one of their scales has so much as a scratch or a defect, they’ll remove it. Luckily, their scales grow back quickly, and each new growth is more beautiful than the last. These narcissistic dragons live in small groups and prefer to surround themselves with beauty. The females guard their territory and eggs while the males search for vegetation to eat.

Sprite artists[]


Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Female Lumina egg.png Lumina hatchi.png Lumina mature hatchi.gif Lumina female.png
Shed form
Lumina female scaleless.png
Male Lumina male.png
Shed form
Lumina male scaleless.png

Egg sequence[]

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

Retired sprites[]

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Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Temporary event sprites
Halloween 2012
Lumina female Halloween 2012.png
Halloween 2012
Lumina male Halloween 2012.png
Retired sprites
Original dead egg Old Lumina dead egg.png

Encyclopedia entry[]

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Use their rear wings for extra lift and steering making them quick and evasive fliers.
  • Luminae pay special attention to their scales, and spend a large amount of their time picking over them and removing less than perfect scales.
  • Can fly for long distances without tiring.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Hatchlings are very calm.
  • Need to be taught to preen themselves.
  • Hatchlings will play but get tired quickly.
  • Lumina hatchlings love shiny things and seem to collect them.

Adult Behavior

  • The older a dragon gets the shinier it becomes.
  • Lumina Dragons become quite affectionate when raised by a human but are quite aloof if gotten later in their life.
  • Females guard any eggs obsessively, often licking the egg to keep it clean.
  • Luminae live in groups of two to six.
  • Breeding with a Turpentine, Waterhorse, Albinos, or other slimy dragon will cause them to shed/pick out their scales.
  • Polite to other species, but often don’t interact with them.


  • You can find Luminae nearly everywhere.
  • Luminae adapt very quickly to new habitats.
  • Personalities differ based on their habitat—coastal and alpine dragons are often more social (and spend more time grooming).


  • Hatchlings feed from their parents like parrots.
  • If the dragon eats different precious metals, their scale color will change slightly to show different hues. The change isn’t prominent, but can look quite lovely.
  • Lumina dragons will turn to fish before other meats.
  • When breeding, Lumina have special protein-rich diets.


  • On October 14, 2017, this breed's encyclopedia entry was updated to include the following information under Anatomy and Adult sections respectively:
    • "Luminae pay special attention to their scales, and spend a large amount of their time picking over them and removing less than perfect scales."
    • "The older a dragon gets the shinier it becomes."

Additional information[]

The male Lumina was originally going to be my Christmas dragon submission (Wrapping Paper) until I decided I didn't want to try for the holiday and decided to save them for a normal release.
Corteo (Forum Post)
  • Regarding scaleless Luminas:
Just wanted to thank the users for this awesome idea with posts like this
https://forums.dragcave.net/topic/136788-2012-05-21-happy-6th-birthday/page/56/?tab=comments#comment-6277627 xD

Also, a big thank you to TJ for adding this in.

Also, I didn't say this, but don't stop playing around with stuff yet
Corteo (Forum Post)
  • Regarding Luminas' reaction to the oil/secretions:
Well the Luminas don't react to the acid in the Turp oil, they just shed because they find it digusting [sic] and detracting from their beauty. :)
Corteo (Forum Post)