"That's what I said! I didn't want this job! It was Mother's idea, and she's friends with Princess Greatness, so that's, you know, they made it happen. But I told them the dumbest NightWing ever hatched shouldn't be Mastermind's assistant."
—Strongwings to Fierceteeth about his job, Prisoners

Strongwings is an adult male NightWing who was introduced in The Dark Secret. Formerly a scientific assistant to Mastermind, he is currently living in the Rainforest Kingdom. He is in a relationship with Fierceteeth.


Strongwings has black scales[1] and black eyes.[2] He is large and burly, nearly twice the size of Fierceteeth, with a large back and massive shoulders.[3] He looks ill and underfed,[4] with huge, strong wings.[1]


Fierceteeth describes Strongwings as "not the sharpest claw on the dragon," meaning he is clumsy and not very clever. He seems to have low self-esteem (or this may be a sense of humor) as he seems to frequently express that he believes he is stupid.

Even so, he cares deeply about Fierceteeth, a feeling she returns. He often gets himself into trouble with Mastermind and fights when he is frightened. Sunny notes that he lowers his head in order to talk with Fierceteeth, most likely as an act of respect and care towards her.


The Dragonet Prophecy

The Dark Secret
Strongwings was the lab assistant of Mastermind. He was shown asking when he would be able to get an anti-RainWing venom helmet. However, since Mastermind only had one, and that one was only a prototype, Strongwings was unable to have one. Tsunami forced Strongwings to swear allegiance to Glory when the NightWings evacuated their island, which he did not seem pleased about. However, after the volcano obligingly rumbled, he reluctantly blurted "Queen Glory!", so that he could pass into the rainforest.
The Brightest Night
Strongwings was one of the three dragons who captured Sunny. Their plan was to hold Sunny hostage so that a NightWing could overthrow Glory and take control of the rainforest. Strongwings hoped to be the king, explaining why he helped Fierceteeth.

He, Fierceteeth, and Preyhunter fell asleep when Sunny played a prank on them so she could steal the Obsidian Mirror. She wrote them a message that stated "TURN BACK. YOU FLY TOWARD YOUR DEATH," which arose Strongwings' superstitions of The Darkstalker and the legends of him, causing him to panic.

When they arrived at the Scorpion Den to send a message to Burn, Thorn killed Preyhunter and the other two NightWings were put "somewhere unpleasant."

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Winter Turning
Glory mentions to Winter that she has two prisoners she needs to deal with, but Thorn had agreed to keep them in her SandWing prison temporarily, referring to Strongwings and Fierceteeth. In the epilogue, Darkstalker reads the mind of a young NightWing, who had received a letter from old friends saying they had escaped Thorn's prison, presumably Strongwings and Fierceteeth.
Escaping Peril
When a NightWing followed Turtle and Peril, she believed it may have been one of the NightWings who had escaped Thorn's prison.
Talons of Power
After Darkstalker looked into the future and saw a band of criminals led by Fierceteeth killing Queen Glory, he decided to stop it as an act to earn more trust from the RainWing queen. Strongwings was among the dragons captured by Darkstalker. As shown in The Brightest Night, Strongwings was very afraid of Darkstalker and was very wimpy and scared when he realized the legendary nightmare dragon had captured him. He and Fierceteeth were imprisoned for the night, but Darkstalker secretly freed them so they could fly with him to the Night Kingdom and rejoin the tribe. It is unknown what happened to him after Darkstalker's defeat.
Darkness of Dragons
He and Fierceteeth are indirectly mentioned to have escaped from the SandWing dungeon by Thorn.


During Prisoners, Strongwings and Fierceteeth were trapped in a SandWing dungeon. Fierceteeth said that he snored while she was making all the plans.

In one of Fierceteeth's letters to Saguaro, she told a story about her relationship with Strongwings. According to the story, Strongwings and Fierceteeth once snuck to the rainforest and were punished together. Fierceteeth said that if Saguaro decided to help her escape, Strongwings had to go with her. 

According to Fierceteeth, Strongwings had been a loyal friend to her, even if he snored, ate, and maybe didn't do much.
Deathbringer overhears snoring while attempting to kill Slaughter, mentioning that the snoring of the other NightWings was nothing like the giant snores from Strongwings, calling him "the noisiest sleeper in the fortress."



Strongwings is in love with Fierceteeth. He is shown to be loyal and caring to her, and even though she hides her feelings well, she feels the same way about him. Sunny describes them as an odd couple.


Strongwings used to work as a lab assistant to Mastermind. He didn't like the job but his parents forced him to. He was always stumbling and crashing into things because of his big build and size, causing Mastermind to be constantly yelling at him.



  1. 1.0 1.1 The Brightest Night, page 9
  2. Prisoners, page 26
  3. Prisoners, page 23
  4. The Brightest Night, page 30


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