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Sandwaste Dragons were released on December 1, 2019, alongside Aranoa Dragons.

Official descriptions[]


This egg was buried in a sand dune.


Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. Despite the heat of the desert, it loves to run around.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. Despite the heat of the desert, it loves to run around.

And look! It has gotten bigger! It must be close to maturing.


Sandwaste Dragons are sparsely distributed across very hot, sandy, dry deserts. They grow to large sizes, but very slowly, and they are well adapted to the harshness of the desert, being capable of surviving for long periods with very little water and food. They are constantly on the hunt for prey large enough to sate them, catching it mostly by ambush or, rarely, running it down. However, Sandwaste dragons are opportunistic and will not shun carrion, insects, and even plants when desperate. They are solitary and nomadic and build no lasting bonds with one another, though there is little animosity among Sandwaste dragons when they encounter each other.

Sprite artists[]


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

Egg sequence[]

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

Retired sprites[]

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

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Sandwastes are large, powerfully built dragons. Their bodies are covered with large scales.
  • Females are a pale sandy color while males are a rich brownish-purple. Their manes are short and rough; males’ manes are red, while females’ manes are blue-grey.
  • Their horns curve backward and outward. They may give the impression of large ears from certain angles.
  • They have heavy jaws with long, sharp teeth.
  • Their feet are big and the toes spread out to walk more easily on sand.
  • Sandwastes have very short, thin tails with a small tuft of fur at the tip.
  • Their wings are large, but they mainly reserve flight until they need to travel long distances.
  • All young hatchlings are, like their eggs, a pale sandy color for camouflage. Males begin to darken when their manes start growing in.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Hatchlings are active and like to chase their mothers’ tails.
  • Sandwaste hatchlings remain immature for a long time, remaining in their mother’s care for many years.
  • Orphaned hatchlings under a certain age stand little chance of surviving on their own.
  • Hatchlings enjoy trips to oases, because it is these few times when they can meet up with other hatchlings.

Adult Behavior

  • Sandwastes make little to no noise. When encountering one another, a brief and respectful nod is usually exchanged before they continue on their ways.
  • Mothers caring for young may interact more, such that they can trade information on the nearest oasis or herd movements.
  • Sandwastes can hold their own in a fight, but nearby sandwastes may come to the aid of another sandwaste under attack, despite their usual solitude.
  • They have no set breeding season; they only mate if males and females encounter one another and are interested.


  • Sandwastes live only in deserts with large sand dunes.
  • They are extremely heat tolerant and can be seen wandering even at midday.
  • Sandwastes try to bury their eggs near a landmark such as a boulder, and remain nearby until the eggs hatch.
  • Sandwastes are nomadic; they can be found anywhere within the confines of the desert.
  • These dragons prefer their space and are spread thinly over the desert. It is rare to encounter more than two when crossing the desert.


  • Sandwastes are mainly carnivorous, preferring to hunt down large ungulates for food.
  • They will chase away other animals from their kills if the opportunity presents itself.
  • Insects and plants are typically only hunted in desperation, as insects are too small and plants not nutritious enough for an adult sandwaste.
  • Hatchlings will readily eat large insects.
  • Sandwastes often ambush prey by dropping down on it from above.
  • Hatchlings need water and food more often than adults, so mothers caring for young normally stay close to oases.
  • Sandwastes can survive on little food and water for long periods of time. As a result, they grow very slowly, and may take more than a decade to finish growing.


  • The Sandwaste's horns are modeled after Old Irish goats.[1]


  1. Forum post by artist Infinis; 2019-12-01 - December Dragon Release