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Painted Ray Pygmies were released on September 25, 2022, alongside Berry Drakes. Like all pygmies, their eggs cannot be bitten by Vampire Dragons, and they can only breed with other pygmy dragons.

Adult Painted Ray Pygmies have a Breed Specific Action called Metachrosis, which must be activated before the dragon can be bred. When Metachrosis is used on a Painted Ray Pygmy, it changes to its colorful "breeding colors". Although the BSA description says it should wear off after 7 days, currently the dragon will display its breeding colors until it is bred regardless of how much time has passed. Breeding may produce a multi-clutch of up to 4 eggs. The action has a 28 day cooldown between uses.

Official descriptions[]


This little egg blends into the sand.


Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It seems to be attracted to mana and tends to cuddle by the nearest source.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It seems to be attracted to mana and tends to cuddle by the nearest source.

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


Painted Ray Pygmies are found in the ocean where their coloration helps them to blend in to the sea floor. They will cover their heads and bodies in a thin coating of sand and sense nearby prey by feeling the vibrations of the water with their dorsal fins. Once suitable prey draws near, they will spring out in ambush. Painted Ray Pygmies tend to breed large clutches at once, laying their eggs in a pile where the ocean currents can supply the eggs with warm water. Sometimes these currents will pull a stray egg from the clutch and wash it ashore.

These tiny dragons are picky breeders, and will only breed when they feel ready and able to tend to a nest. Once they are ready, they will use mana they have collected in their scales to shift their colors and signal to their potential partners that they are seeking to reproduce.

Sprite artists[]


Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Female Painted Ray egg Painted Ray hatchling Painted Ray mature hatchling Painted Ray adult female
Male Painted Ray adult male
Female metachrosis Painted Ray adult female metachrosis
Male metachrosis Painted Ray adult male metachrosis

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Painted Ray egg Painted Ray crack 1 Painted Ray crack 2 Painted Ray crack 3 Painted Ray crack 4 Painted Ray crack 5 Painted Ray dead egg

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Additional information[]

Painted Ray concept art

Painted Rays have venomous spines along their necks that they use primarily for defense. These spines grow in as they mature and are only potent once they reach adulthood. The venom won't kill anything bigger than them, but it'll make whatever is stung sick long enough for them to make their escape. The spines detach easily and will regrow fully within just a few weeks. Their tails they use like whips to stun small fish. Babies can eat fish right out of the egg, but might need it to be torn into smaller bite sized pieces first.
Groups of Painted Rays will often nest in the same area since that will be where the ideal water temperature is for their eggs, creating a pygmy kindergarten for all the eggs and newborns.
Their wings are too thick and heavy to fly in the air, but adults can leap out of the water with enough force to glide for a bit above the water. Babies can be seen trying to practice this behavior and belly flopping at the surface, especially during the rain. They love to play in the rain.
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