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Monarch Dragons were released on September 25, 2016, alongside Diamondwing Dragons.

Official descriptions[]


This egg is buried in leaf litter.


Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It has a voracious appetite.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It has a voracious appetite.

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


Monarch Dragons feed on large waterfowl, supplementing with a diet of eggs and fish as needed. Driven by the arrival of cold weather and the need to follow their prey, Monarchs are themselves migratory, leaving the forests in early fall and heading to the warmer climates of deserts and jungles. These migrations are a sight to see, as along the way smaller groups join with one another to form a single large group that can blot out the sunlight as they fly over. Until they reach their destination, they only land for short periods of time to rest. Monarchs spread out across the land at the end of their journey, breaking up once more into their small family groups until the time comes to return to the forest.

Sprite artists[]


Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Female Monarch egg Monarch hatchling Monarch mature hatchling female Monarch adult female
Male Monarch mature hatchling male Monarch adult male

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Monarch egg Monarch crack 1 Monarch crack 2 Monarch crack 3 Monarch crack 4 Monarch crack 5 Monarch dead egg

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
April Fools' Day 2018
Monarch adult female AF 2018
April Fools' Day 2018
Monarch adult male AF 2018
April Fools' Day 2022
Monarch adult female AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Monarch adult male AF 2022

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Monarchs are heavily muscled, medium-sized dragons.
  • Male monarchs are black, while females are a silvery grey with a striking orange splash across their chests. Both sexes have rich orange and black wing patterns.
  • They have two relatively short and blunt horns on their heads and one or two pairs along the jawline.
  • Monarchs are strong fliers, though in the forest they typically walk unless they are flying from branch to branch.
  • The white spots on females’ wings and tail fan are darker than those of males.
  • Hatchlings are plain grey until they are about a year old, when they begin to grow in horns and develop the distinctive wing markings.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Hatchlings are not very active. Much of the time they can be found snoozing in a sunbeam.
  • When they aren’t sleeping, they are eating. They are positively ravenous for the first year.
  • Younger hatchlings especially like to play-fight and chase one another.
  • Monarch young typically remain with their parents for two to three years. They are then chased away to join, or form their own, group.
  • Because they nest in trees, monarch hatchlings do not leave the nest for several months, until they have gained enough strength to glide down safely.

Adult Behavior

  • Monarchs can be quite vain and prideful; they strive to keep their wing patterns clean and visible.
  • They love to wallow in rivers and lakes during the hottest part of the day.
  • Monarchs live in small family groups, most commonly a mated pair and their young from the previous two clutches.
  • They are not very aggressive, but will attack if provoked and will shun those who hurt their pride.
  • Communication is mostly through low growls, trills, and chitters. They can mimic some bird calls.
  • Both parents care for their hatchlings, as do any two and three year old hatchlings among the group.


  • Temperate forests are their primary habitats.
  • Monarchs remain in their forests until the cold of winter forces them to migrate. They head for jungles and deserts.
  • Because they join en masse as they migrate, monarchs can decimate the game in a region. Settlements along migration routes are encouraged to stock extra supplies.
  • Most monarchs head for jungles; those who head for deserts are often seeking a change of scenery, and they have a knack for sniffing out water and oases.
  • Temporary nests are made in deserts and jungles, usually on the ground. In their primary forest homes, monarchs nest in trees, crafting large nests that they reuse every year.


  • Monarchs are exclusively carnivorous.
  • Large waterfowl such as ducks make up most of their diet.
  • Monarchs are not adept at hunting them, so fish make up only a smart part of their diet.
  • Sometimes they eat eggs, most often after they hunted a nesting bird.

Additional information[]

So, at no point are monarchs fluffy, not even the hatchies. XD;

The male's white spots are lighter than the female's.

The male has the same dark points the female does (dark muzzle, horns, feet, tail), but they're less obvious because his whole body is darker.

[Sub-quote: Wait are the monarchs really the first bug based dragon?]

Caligenes are based on a specific species of death's head hawkmoth (Acherontia lachesis).

I don't know if you want to count drakes in this, but morphodrakes and t hawk drakes are also based on insects (peleides blue morpho butterfly and tarantula hawk wasp, respectively).
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The frill at the ends of monarch tails are just little frills, no relation to oak (or any other tree) leaves. o3o
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