Ochre has dark, mahogany-brown scales and dull eyes.
Like Clay, he is described as clumsy and having a gigantic appetite, but Ochre is much more greedy, pushy, and negative than Clay. Sunny feels that while Clay was hungry in a cute and embarrassing way, Ochre was lazy, grouchy, and rude about it. This is especially true in The Brightest Night when Ochre made a pouch to carry fruit in and hung it from his neck so he could eat while he flew. In The Hidden Kingdom (graphic novel), Morrowseer described him as exceptionally dim. Overall, he reflects MudWing stereotypes.
Ochre had a partial fight with the other False Dragonets in the prologue. Squid considered Ochre to be a bully, as well as Flame and Viper. In the epilogue, he got sick from the food the NightWings had brought him (he also ate the other's food) and moaned that he wanted to die. Flame added that he wanted him to die, too, and Viper added that he "smells ghastly". When Fatespeaker claimed she had a "vision", he moaned that he didn't want to hear it.
Ochre first appeared when Starflight was introduced to the false dragonets, and he complained about the food. When Morrowseer mentioned replacing Fatespeaker with Starflight, Ochre mentioned that Starflight seemed quiet, which would be nice. Ochre was then ordered by Morrowseer, with the rest of the False Dragonets, to kill Starflight. He and Flame got close but were thrown in the NightWing prison for the night until Morrowseer got them out. When they were supposed to convince the SkyWings to change alliances to Blister, Ochre gorged himself on their food, and one SkyWing thought that he could be Clay, showing how little attention they paid to MudWings. During the pretend fight, when Viper fell into the lava, Starflight asked him to use his partial immunity to fire to save her, and Ochre said that he didn't know if he hatched from a blood-red egg, making Starflight realize that these dragonets were not born on the brightest night. During the escape from the NightWing island, Ochre asked Starflight if there would be food right before he escapes to the rainforest.
When Sunny returned to the Rainforest Kingdom from the Kingdom of Sand, she ran into Ochre, thinking he was Clay. Ochre then accompanied Sunny and Tsunami to the Talons of Peace camp. He took a big sack full of fruits and slobbered all over it. When Sunny made one last attempt to be friendly to him, he accidentally whacked himself in the snout with a pineapple obnoxiously. As of the end of The Brightest Night, he was staying with the Talons of Peace.
It was revealed that Ochre had somehow helped Flame steal the dreamvisitor from Starflight when Mindreader reads Flame's mind. This led to a funny moment where Mindreader tried to figure out what Flame was thinking, believing at first that he thought Okra or Ogre.
"It was awful, [...] Probably food poisoning. You're lucky I'm still alive."