Dragonglass: how can the Night's Watch fight the white walkers?

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  • Dragonglass, or obsidian, is one of the only weaknesses of the white walkers in Game of Thrones / ASOIAF. What is obsidian? Where can the Night’s Watch get more of it? And what are glass candles?
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  • PhantomSavage
    PhantomSavage 2 tháng trước +36

    Going to Valyria to for Dragonglass is like going to Chernobyl for uranium.
    Yeah... you'll find it, but uh... I wouldn't advise it.

    • Student 1
      Student 1 2 tháng trước

      @PhantomSavage Well, yeah but what I meant was that I would like if you would go back to the day when you did let's plays and such.

    • PhantomSavage
      PhantomSavage 2 tháng trước

      @Student 1 Thanks! I'm a huge GoT fan, been binge watching this entire channel.
      Also, my channel is still active, actually! Post two videos a week and I still have an ongoing yet sparsely updated series on Hitman =P

    • Student 1
      Student 1 2 tháng trước

      Huh.. Who would have expected to find you here? It's been a while since I followed your VN-plus channel. I hope you get back to it someday. You are really awesome man and I am a huge fan (and I am very rarely a fan of someone).

  • Hugh James-Berry
    Hugh James-Berry 3 tháng trước +6

    watching these episodes when they came out was so exciting, thinking of all the possibilities, but Arya ends up killing all of them... :(

  • Setting Sun
    Setting Sun 4 tháng trước +4

    what if we're seeing the story from the wrong perspective
    what if the Night King is the prince who was promised
    and he leads his army of Wights to take his kingdom from the corruption of Man

  • Setting Sun
    Setting Sun 4 tháng trước +1

    Beyond the Wall
    in the Land of Always Winter
    the Others live in prosperous cities of Ice

    • Setting Sun
      Setting Sun 4 tháng trước +1

      when Winter comes
      and the Long night begins
      A Pale King will sit on his Throne

  • Mr4luc4rd
    Mr4luc4rd 4 tháng trước

    at the beginning of every your video i have hopes to find something interesting but you just fuckin fail every single time. for fuck sake man if you dont know a thing DONT FUCKING DO THIS SHIT

  • John johnson
    John johnson 5 tháng trước

    Is it just me of dose anyone else miss wun wun the giant

  • AniEpic
    AniEpic 6 tháng trước

    In the world of ice an fire STOP SAYING THAT ICE AND FIRE ISNT THE NAME OF THE WORLD SAY SOMETHING LIKE “In the land of Westeros or Essos”

    • Voyager Landing
      Voyager Landing 4 tháng trước +2

      AniEpic are you actually that retarded ?

    • Will Wolkoff III
      Will Wolkoff III 5 tháng trước +1

      AniEpic he’s using it to differentiate between the world of the books and the world of the tv show.

  • Social Awkwardness
    Social Awkwardness 6 tháng trước +1

    About Rickon...

  • Noora Black
    Noora Black 7 tháng trước

    Seems to me as though magic simply sucks in ASOIAF.

  • Steffani Elsey
    Steffani Elsey 7 tháng trước

    Cersei should fashion a harpoon made of dragon glass and have Bron use that harpoon shooter he used on Drogo the Dragon and just injured him. Bron should aim for the ice dragon with the harpoon fashioned from dragon glass.

  • Cali Braxus
    Cali Braxus 8 tháng trước

    I'm gonna go out on a limb, and predict that while everyone's running about looking for Valyrian steel swords, Jon and Sam make an alliance with Bran and Bloodraven, who mobilises his old bannermen the Raven's teeth and Jon gives them a fuckload of Dragonglass arrowheads, and it's Agincourt time for the Night King's wight power army.

  • jmw150
    jmw150 8 tháng trước

    Makes me thing of Elder Scrolls

  • Meg Jones
    Meg Jones 8 tháng trước

    Fun Fact: the traditional "healing properties" of obsidian include being a mirror of the soul revealing and protecting the user from their shadow self (ie addiction, vice, ego, etc) and it clears away negative energies.
    Interesting if you follow the theory that the white walkers are created at least symbolically by humans and children's darkness, greed, and inability to work together. They are like a dark reflection of humanity.

  • The Insider
    The Insider 9 tháng trước

    Guys, Can The Dragon Glass kill the dragons as well?

  • varun009
    varun009 9 tháng trước

    If I were in the show, I would make obsidian frag grenades. No better way to kill white walkers en masse in my opinion.

  • Darby.LeStrange
    Darby.LeStrange 11 tháng trước

    I love these videos so much.

  • Willy Wanka
    Willy Wanka 11 tháng trước

    A Dragonglass Sword with Blazing Fire?

  • Koko
    Koko Năm trước

    I love how one of the measurements for the value of Obsidian in real life is that it appears in Minecraft.

  • Omar J
    Omar J Năm trước

    You put so much work into everyone in your videos, keep up the great job man

  • ERNi ENGIish
    ERNi ENGIish Năm trước

    brilliant presentation

  • Michael Grant
    Michael Grant Năm trước

    Too many PEOPLES are SELFISH... ONLY thinking of what they can get in this moment... not what WE can give to other in the future! We have to think in terms of the human races future and stop this what can I get for myself in this moment! because it won't matter 500 years from NOW when the Earth is unlivable! Nature will have the last laugh! We are making changes to our environment faster than the Earth can absorb it. And WE all will pay a dear price for a few GREEDY peoples! There are those peoples who have NO idea what our constant need snd use of fossils fuels... means to the rest of the WORLD... There will be tails of great conspiracies... instead of us all coming together to fix the problem!

  • Katelyn Hill
    Katelyn Hill Năm trước

    Quaithe using the glass candles may support the theory that she is secretly Shiera Seastar, too.

  • Ilustrado
    Ilustrado Năm trước

    Jon - just killed a White Walker for the first time, gasping for air, and an army of wights are killing everybody... while Ed, running towards to boats, stumbled upon him:
    Jon: "Ed, the dragon glass..."

  • Alicia Horton
    Alicia Horton Năm trước

    you know the Skaggs become a lot less threatening when you imagine them riding Twilight sparkle into battle

  • The Shadow Man
    The Shadow Man Năm trước

    Lightbringer might just be a sword made of pristine obsidian.
    Seeing as how Valyrian Steel wasn’t ‘popular’ back then.

  • Josef Ishak
    Josef Ishak Năm trước

    Glass candles are basically Skype.

  • theCrpldOrphnPrjct
    theCrpldOrphnPrjct Năm trước

    I recently thought "They have cannons... why not set up a line of them and fodder the undead with dragonglass shards"
    I wonder if dragonglass could kill an ice dragon

  • Katerine459
    Katerine459 Năm trước

    A relatively minor point, but... mold can't exist in frozen temperatures, so ice can preserve cloth almost indefinitely. The fact that the Night's Watch cloak isn't rotted therefore doesn't mean that it's recent; in fact it could be recent, or it could be thousands of years old.

  • keeganshigh
    keeganshigh Năm trước

    I always thought that dany would make the Dragon glass with her dragons, maybe even just roast a mountain and have reign down on a shit load of white walkers at once

  • Vartan G
    Vartan G Năm trước

    Or go to Armenia there is literally mountains of obsidian literally xD

  • Joshua Lund
    Joshua Lund 2 năm trước

    Does anyone think the knights watch should just make obsidian arrows

  • Tejoncita
    Tejoncita 2 năm trước

    So...The Glass Candles are the Palantir of LOTR, but a lil more portable? You know, like a Cellphone Candle? Lol

  • Novo Eduardo AC
    Novo Eduardo AC 2 năm trước

    Or maybe @5:09 Mace Tyrell didn't think dragonglass was valuable at all

  • Goya Jumbo
    Goya Jumbo 2 năm trước

    What I really want to know is why everybody that is revived say they only saw darkness while dead ?

  • Ella Christina
    Ella Christina 2 năm trước

    Azor kind of sounds like Jesus and that heart looks a bit like the Sacred heart...js

  • FunkySableye
    FunkySableye 2 năm trước

    Had to get the minecraft reference😂

  • EarthIsA BigNigga
    EarthIsA BigNigga 2 năm trước +1

    And now Jon is with Dany and has tons of dragonglasd

  • LegitCadable
    LegitCadable 2 năm trước

    Does dragon glass kill to the touch? If so, hey might as well just built a wall that is made of dragon glass lol.

  • Armando Rubio
    Armando Rubio 2 năm trước +1

    I have a theory...dragon glass naturally kills whites with its magical elements...but why would valyrian steal sword kill whites??? I think valyrian steal is a mix of regular steal and obsidian...we all know that there hasn't been any valyrian steal swords made since the doom...people seem to forget that valyria was built around/near a group of volcanos called "the 14 fires" ...I think valyrians would get obsidian from the volcanos and mix them to make valyrian steal..

  • matthew tackaberry
    matthew tackaberry 2 năm trước

    I would cry tears of joy if sammy tarly ended up being the second coming of Arzia Ahai (idk how to spell, don't crucify me)

  • Jorge Navarro
    Jorge Navarro 2 năm trước

    val steel is probably made from dragonsblood and dragonglass.

  • Coda Mission
    Coda Mission 2 năm trước

    "Benjen Stark *or maybe Coldhands*"
    Oh, how naive we were.

  • Adam B.
    Adam B. 2 năm trước

    Dragons will be able to create it I bet.

  • Divine Potato
    Divine Potato 2 năm trước

    i honestly think that the faceless men are right and that all the gods are just death taking on different forms/faces throughout history

  • Big P
    Big P 2 năm trước

    I have a theory that Dragon glass is made out of dead dragons and the walkers glassy looking weapons are made out of dead ice dragons.

  • Arnab Gon
    Arnab Gon 2 năm trước

    what if sam is azor ahai?

  • Black Lion
    Black Lion 2 năm trước

    I believe valyrian steel is normal steel mixed up with dragon glass...

  • Spencer Lamb
    Spencer Lamb 2 năm trước

    I know Mace says that nothing valuable was on Dragonstone, but is obsidian considered a precious item like gold or jewels? I haven't read the epilogue in a while and can't remember if that was specified.

  • pat rick
    pat rick 2 năm trước

    asshai is the Mother land of dragon glace and dragons not valyria ;)

  • Daniel Vezina
    Daniel Vezina 2 năm trước

    normal steel + obsidian+ magic = valaryan steel

  • FeathertopDT
    FeathertopDT 2 năm trước

    My guess is The White Walkers can only be killed by weapons with magic built into them because it disrupts the magic that animates the Walkers and reduces them to pieces

  • Chandler Paulk
    Chandler Paulk 2 năm trước

    Hey Dany can you come help us not die soon please

  • kwwildchild1
    kwwildchild1 2 năm trước +1

    Does anyone else think that the "mystery instructions" for making valyrian steel/dragonglass involves dragonfire? My theory is that valyrian steel is forged basically the same way as regular steel except instead of using regular fire, it must be forged using dragon's fire. same with the dragonglass, it's forged the same way as regular glass except it also must be forged using dragon's fire? I think it makes sense. If this is the case, then Dany's dragon's can technically be used to make more valyrian steel/ dragon glass in order to fight the others in the coming war. Valyrian steel was also forged in Valyria (obviously). You know, where dragons are said to have originated???

  • drippin wet
    drippin wet 2 năm trước

    Rage, Sarah, Rage!

  • Tom Padget
    Tom Padget 2 năm trước

    There is another possible source - that Dany's dragons can somehow make more dragonglass.

    • Alt Shift X
      Alt Shift X  2 năm trước

      +Tom Padget Yeah there's a pretty fun theory that dragonglass is dragon poop

  • Hagonm
    Hagonm 2 năm trước

    You should read all the books and make an unofficial audiobook only available for your patreons, I would defo give you my money. I think your voice would be great for it!

  • Philip Gater
    Philip Gater 2 năm trước

    just a thought may not be right but
    what if the secret to valerian steal is has dragon stone in it and needs dragon fire to forge them together. just a thought

  • akeel brown
    akeel brown 2 năm trước

    So glass candles are pretty much smartphones

  • Aboe Bobington
    Aboe Bobington 2 năm trước

    This comment is perhaps a little premature given that I'm only ~2 minutes in, but I couldn't help noticing some (perhaps quite weak) similarities between the lore of Westeros (particularly, how it came to become populated) and the history of America - the Giants and the CotF representing Native Americans, and the Andals representing the those who invaded the land and wiped out 'all but most' of the natives. Hell, Andals even sounds like Angles - a name once given to/used by people native to the UK at some point, IINM.
    Having said that, it's probably quite similar to most stories of foreign invaders, tbh.

  • SeadogRO
    SeadogRO 2 năm trước

    maybe that's the secret ingredient of making valyrian stell ... obsydian

  • Alex R
    Alex R 2 năm trước

    Actually, valarian steel is anti white walker spray

  • Connor Duffy
    Connor Duffy 2 năm trước

    volume is a big low

  • pchelamaja88
    pchelamaja88 2 năm trước

    dragon poop bhahahah

  • Robin Binder
    Robin Binder 2 năm trước

    it can be sharpened to a edge of, buckle up,
    3 NANO- yes NANOmetres

  • Jordan Lu
    Jordan Lu 2 năm trước

    The way he said Terraria 😂

    • Eznove
      Eznove 2 năm trước

      Jordan Lu he said it right

  • Shawn yetman
    Shawn yetman 2 năm trước

    do u have any beleif jon snow is ned and ashara daynes son. aegon is the child of rahgar and lynna. I find it very interesting

  • Spleandor
    Spleandor 2 năm trước +3

    So here it goes..after a long battle, the Night King goes on to sit in the Iron Throne, and the moment his sits, he melts and shatters. The Iron Throne is fused together by Dragon fire, and so it probably has the same properties as the Dragon glass.

  • saturnthunder
    saturnthunder 2 năm trước


  • Aaron Leeper
    Aaron Leeper 2 năm trước

    Could Valerian steel possibly be an alloy made with obsidian somehow? Just a thought and wonder what you may think.

  • Aaron Leeper
    Aaron Leeper 2 năm trước

    Could Valerian steel possibly be an alloy made with obsidian somehow? Just a thought and wonder what you may think.

  • James Dooling
    James Dooling 2 năm trước +4

    Have I said this before? I believe the Wall is full of dragonglass. Ancient crossbows, trebuchets, landslides, and amazing weapons meant to fight the Others when the Wall collapses.

  • xd Peeksterr
    xd Peeksterr 2 năm trước

    Essos and Westoros looks like Asia and North and south america

  • pepeman2
    pepeman2 2 năm trước

    Quathe looks like that bitch who took over Dorne.

  • Chris J
    Chris J 2 năm trước +9

    I had always just assumed that another method of creating obsidian was hinted at in its name: dragon glass. That is, get a dragon to blast fire at the right stones in order to melt it, and when it cools, voila -- dragon glass. If it can be created volcanically, why not also by other (magical) fires?

    • Alexander Supertramp
      Alexander Supertramp 7 tháng trước

      No, it’s called Dragonglass because the only way to shape it into weapons is using dragon fire. That’s the only thing that is hot enough to melt it-other than a fucking volcano, of course.

    • Mamãe, sou cult
      Mamãe, sou cult 2 năm trước

      Chris J I always thought the same

  • Meena Devade
    Meena Devade 2 năm trước

    I love your videos. Thankyou.

  • Meena Devade
    Meena Devade 2 năm trước

    I love your videos. Thankyou.

  • The Fitness-Fool
    The Fitness-Fool 2 năm trước

    What if Valerian steel was just a combination of steel and obsidian?

  • GlitchKing
    GlitchKing 3 năm trước

    What about the obsidian at EastWatch that Davos mentions in A storm of swords? That a smuggler named Roro Uhoris got his hands on before his ship and cargo was confiscated by the nights watch. Shouldnt there still be dragonglass at east watch? This is from the end of chapter 55 of a storm of swords by the way if anyone wants to check it themselves.

  • KGN football
    KGN football 3 năm trước

    sam could be azor ahai

  • a f
    a f 3 năm trước +1

    what if thoros' sword is lightbringer? or is/was it beric's now? except beric is dead so.. stoneheart?

  • Sam Furlonger
    Sam Furlonger 3 năm trước

    What about valerian steel?... Also just pointing out the iron throne is technically made of velerian steel

    • Sam Furlonger
      Sam Furlonger 2 năm trước +1

      It's because it's the two ways auto correct spells it so I thought using both would give me a better chance of getting it right

    • Adam
      Adam 2 năm trước

      I like how you spell 'Valyrian' wrong twice, in two different ways haha

  • maroon
    maroon 3 năm trước

    These videos are extremely good quality, I'm surprised you don't have at least 1M subs right now. Best of luck in the future and thank you for these interesting videos!

  • Fonetiker
    Fonetiker 3 năm trước

    Nice video, but forcing me to watch two ads of 5 min+ to watch your video is annonying. Have experianced it on more of this channels videos, and nowhere else. It really makes me consider bother watching them.

  • Daniel Olarnick
    Daniel Olarnick 3 năm trước

    You've given a clear and precise answer to a readers questions. An excellent presentation

  • Skimdeer
    Skimdeer 3 năm trước

    Obsidian isn't used for blades. its so brittle it would break on impact.

  • Nicole Arends
    Nicole Arends 3 năm trước

    Well, I think Quaithe does warn Dany of Marwin... who else could be the perfumed senechal? (ok maybe Varys..? Or another maester sent by the Citadel... IDk)

  • Ernest101au
    Ernest101au 3 năm trước

    Notice the horn?

  • The Warfreak
    The Warfreak 3 năm trước

    the question is how withe walcers can pritect they self from theat dragon glas and valeryand steel?
    caz the die almoust instantli after the get touch by this weapon!
    in my apinion the withe wolkers are very week!

  • Troy A walters
    Troy A walters 3 năm trước

    ok this is why dragonglass (obsidian) and valyrian steel kill white walkers. they both are formed from the hottest fires. obsidian is made from cooled lava and valyrian steel from the the fire of dragons.

  • Jorlok Zander
    Jorlok Zander 3 năm trước +2

    Honestly, it really looks like Others are the easiest creatures in the world to kill, at least in the show. I mean really, you don't even have to wound them anyhow, it really looks like a pierce with obsidian/valyrian steel is enough. Like we've seen two deaths of White Walkers, and both were just stabbed. And then they apparently just self-destructed to ice bits.
    If that's all that required to kill them, then all Jon needs to win this war is to chip obsidian to little bits/reforge his sword to arrow tips, and quickscope all of them with a bow from some kind of uphill position. It doesn't even seem like there are a lot of walkers in general.
    I don't know if it is only actual for show or for books as well, but whenever I try to look at it from 1st person, it seems like it's harder to kill a wight than a walker, just cause you actually need to cut his limbs/burn him.

    • The Hermit Man
      The Hermit Man 2 năm trước +8

      Wear obsidian spike armor and just run around hugging them to death.

    • Adam
      Adam 2 năm trước

      You could just throw obsidian darts at them.

  • Angus Sclater
    Angus Sclater 3 năm trước

    The show is shite don't quote quote it for the benefit of show-watching proletarians.

  • CrazyEddy
    CrazyEddy 3 năm trước

    01:28 "The great part of it was black... some green as well, some red, even purple." So that's where the doppler knives in CS:GO come from!

  • Dylan Do Couto
    Dylan Do Couto 3 năm trước

    its worth noting though, that in the show jon kills one of the others with his sword which might be a slight nudge that his sword is the light bringer or at least one of the weapons made by the children of the forest

  • Jeremy Fisher
    Jeremy Fisher 3 năm trước

    Oh Rickon why didn't you zig-zag

  • Timothy Reheht
    Timothy Reheht 3 năm trước +3

    Is westeros still in the EU?

    • Cali Braxus
      Cali Braxus 8 tháng trước

      Not since Brexteros voted to leave.

    • Adam
      Adam 2 năm trước


  • Laszlo Neumann
    Laszlo Neumann 3 năm trước

    Isn't Valeyrian Steel an Obsidian alloy? I think that would make a lot of sense.

  • Pepo Mbumba
    Pepo Mbumba 3 năm trước

    LOL rip rickon #shouldazigzagged

  • Lewis Day
    Lewis Day 3 năm trước

    Do you think dragon scale is obsidian?

  • tadhgx 987654321
    tadhgx 987654321 3 năm trước

    in season 4 episode 10 when the army of the dead passes Sam why do too of them have stark shields??

  • Michael Gagliardi
    Michael Gagliardi 3 năm trước

    glass candles are going to be important in the future in the show, you're correct in my opinion. Sam is on his way to the Citadel and I think he's going to acquire a glass candle when he gets there also I'd really like to see a video more on Quaithe. im really interested in her... and here's a question for you, where the hell is the iron bank while all this stuff is going down? Doesn't the crown owe an ass ton of gold?