One of the greatest things about Game of Thrones is how the fantasy was kept to a minimum during the first few seasons of the show, so that when the writers did begin to sprinkle in more and more supernatural elements everything felt that much more realistic.
Now that the series is approaching its last two seasons, the fantasy has finally taken center stage: White Walkers are descending from the north, dragons are swooping in from the east, and a number of devout believers have shown what their gods are truly capable of. Who you worship and which creatures you have fighting on your side will no doubt play a significant role in the wars to come. So the question remains: which gods or creatures are the most powerful?
Obviously, things can get a bit muddied when comparing creatures to gods. So in order to rank them, we can only go on what we’ve already seen in the series. For instance, we know how useful it is to have a couple of giants at your side if you’re about to go to battle. Just as we know that you’d be better off worshipping the Lord of Light instead of the Seven if you’re about to partake in a trial by combat.
Here are Game of Thrones' Creatures And Gods Ranked, Least To Most Powerful.
15 The Great Stallion
The Great Stallion, also known as the Horse God, is the only deity that is worshipped by the Dothraki people. They believe that the first man emerged a thousand years ago on horseback outside Vaes Dothrak, their only city, despite the fact that other civilizations have histories dating back some twelve thousands years. The Dothraki do acknowledge other cultures' gods, but they believe that they are all inferior to the Great Stallion. Therefore, when the Dothraki sweep in on their horses and lay waste to a village or a city, they believe that the Great Stallion has also defeated the gods that those people may have worshipped.
Religion is so ingrained into the Dothraki that it dictates almost every aspect of their lives. But despite their devout beliefs, the Great Stallion has never exhibited any supernatural powers. In fact, the Dothraki are extremely fearful of any sort of magic or any maegi who wields it. That being said, it is precisely their religious beliefs that make the Dothraki such fearless warriors, which is a power that cannot be overlooked. Especially, now that Daenerys has brought her own khalasar to Westeros.
14 The Drowned God
Since the Iron Islands are such a harsh place to live, it makes sense that the Ironborn would worship such a harsh god. The Drowned God encourages its followers to set sail and rape and pillage other territories since the Iron Islands aren't good at producing any goods of their own. This is called “paying the iron price,” meaning that a true Ironborn takes by force, rather than paying for something with gold.
Every Ironborn is baptized with salt water, and when someone wants to become king, they are literally drowned in the ocean only to be crowned if they come back to life. Clergy, known as Drowned Men, carry out these ceremonies and they are highly regarded within the culture.
The Ironborn believe the Drowned God is constantly in battle with the Storm God, who wishes to kill the Ironborn by capsizing their ships and sweeping them out to sea. This is what has made the Iron Islands home to one of the greatest fleets in all of Westeros. However, their fleet is currently divided, with one-half pledging allegiance to Euron Greyjoy, while the other half has given their ships to Daenerys Targaryen.
13 The Faith of the Seven / The New Gods
The most prominent gods in Westeros, known as the Seven, were first introduced by the Andals some six thousand years ago. Members of this religion pray to seven different gods who each serve a different purpose. There are three male deities (the father, the warrior, and the smith) and three female deities (the mother, the maiden, and the crone). The seventh deity has no sex and is referred to as the Stranger, who largely represents death.
Despite all of these gods, we’ve never seen one of the Seven actually intervene in the events of the Seven Kingdoms. But what this religion does have is followers. And lots of them.
After the lands of Westeros were ravaged during the War of the Five Kings, there was an uprising of religious extremists who felt that the royal families were severely hurting the lives of the commoners with their endless bloodshed. Cersei may have rid herself of the High Sparrow and his band of zealots, but we can’t help but think that the commoners will be none to ohappy with the new queen after she blew up the Great Sept of Baelor and the surrounding areas of King’s Landing.
12 The Many-Faced God
The Many-Faced God is the first religion on this list that has actually displayed some supernatural powers in the physical world. Though the Many-Faced God is not a popular deity throughout Westeros or Essos, it is worshipped by a group of nameless assassins based in Braavos, known as the Faceless Men.
While most religious followers put all their eggs in one basket, worshippers of the Many-Faced God put one egg in each basket -- meaning that they believe that everyone is actually worshipping the same god, just under different names. But all of those gods really only represent one thing: death.
Arya trained under Jaqen H’ghar and the Waif to become a Faceless Man, but ultimately decided that she can never be anything but a Stark. Now that she has returned from Westeros, she has used the powers granted to her by the Many-Faced God by disguising herself while seeking revenge on the Freys.
Though the mechanism to becoming someone else has never been fully explained, it will certainly be an immeasurable aid as Arya continues to cross people off her death list.
11 Children of the Forest
For a race that has survived over 10,000 years, the Children of the Forest aren’t as powerful as you might think. While many Northerners believe that the Children went extinct thousands of years ago, others believe that they never existed in the first place.
However, when Bran ventures north of the Wall he meets Leaf, a Child of the Forest who protects the Three-Eyed Raven. Leaf is able to fend off a number of wights by casting fireballs, though it is unknown if the weapon is previously manufactured or produced solely with magic. In the novels, the Children are also gifted with supernatural speed, which helps them avoid danger.
While training with the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran learns that the Children originally created the White Walkers to help them fight against the First Men, who were cutting down their forests and killing their people. The White Walkers grew more powerful than they could imagine, which is what ultimately results in Leaf’s death at the end of season six, presumably making the Children of the Forest extinct after all.
We’d love to put direwolves higher up our list, but unfortunately, their numbers have been severely dwindling. Out of the six wolves that were discovered in the pilot episode, only two remain — Jon Snow’s Ghost and Arya Stark’s Nymeria. Of course, we haven’t seen Nymeria since Arya was forced to abandon her in the Riverlands, but we doubt the series would end without Nymeria popping back up at some point.
Direwolves are much larger and much more intelligent than the common wolf, and they were largely thought to only exist north of the Wall. The wolves are no doubt loyal to the Starks, but if not properly trained, they can be quite dangerous to anyone around them; friend or foe.
Rickon’s direwolf, Shaggydog, is decapitated by the Umbers, who give the wolf’s head to the Bolton’s as a token of good faith. And even Bran’s direwolf and warging partner, Summer, is no match for a gang of wights — proving that these northern beasts are far from invincible.
Warg is the name given to those with the supernatural ability to inhabit the mind and body of an animal, and, in rare cases, even another human. It seems that many people may not even know that they have this ability, as it often first shows itself through bizarre animal dreams that the person may just brush aside. In the book series, more attention is given to the fact that other Starks aside from Bran also have some warging capabilities as well.
So far, we’ve seen a few characters on the show inhabit the bodies of animals, including a few of the Free Folk. We’ve also seen that when a human dies while warging, their soul can continue to live on in the animals. Bran is by far the most powerful warg within the series, and possibly of all time, as he was able to warg into Hodor without ever being trained.
We haven’t seen wargs make that big of an impact on the show yet, but with Bran continuing to hone his skills and dragons currently on route to Westeros, the youngest Stark could prove to be a giant asset in the wars to come.
Greenseers were once the leaders of the Children of the Forest, known to have a number of magical powers, including the ability to see past, future and, distant events (known as greensight), as well as the power to manipulate nature.
Jojen Reed, a crannogmen, has a touch of greensight, though he is not technically a greenseer because he lacks the ability to warg or manipulate nature. The Three-Eyed Raven that beckons Bran Stark to come north of the Wall was thought to be the last greenseer in existence by the Children of the Forest.
Greenseers, along with the Children of the Forest, were responsible for carving the faces into the Weirwood trees, which would allow the greenseers to see through them. It is also mentioned in the books that while the Children were at war during the Dawn Age, the greenseers were even able to bring these trees to life to fight against the First Men.
7 The Three-Eyed-Raven
It is said that out of every thousand people only one will become a warg, and out of every thousand wargs only one will become a greenseer. Until Bran’s abilities begin to show themselves following his brush with death, it is thought that the Three-Eyed Raven was the last greenseer in existence.
Now that the Three-Eyed Raven has been slain by the Night King, there’s a lot of unanswered questions that remain about the character and his capabilities. But we do know a few things. For starters, the Raven is very old (though not nearly as old as Melisandre in the books). He is able to communicate with Bran telepathically after the boy falls into a coma, and he’s also able to visit the past - and quite possibly the future.
The true extent of these powers is unknown, but now that Bran has taken up the mantle of the Three-Eyed Raven, he could very well use these newfound abilities to aid Jon and Sansa while they try to put an end to the Night King.
6 The Old Gods of the Forest
Before the First Men stepped foot in Westeros, the continent was inhabited by the Children of the Forest, who worshipped the Old Gods. These gods do not have names, nor are they numbered, but instead represent nature itself, with every rock, river, or tree emitting its own spiritual aura.
The Children of the Forest carved faces into the weirwood trees, which were considered sacred in their religion, and wherever the trees remain, the Old Gods have power. The First Men eventually took the Old Gods as their own until the Andals invaded Westeros, bringing the Faith of the Seven with them.
Today, mostly Northerners and Free Folk still worship the Old Gods, and since the weirwood trees were largely cut down south of the Neck, the Old Gods may no longer have any power bellow the Neck. Fortunately, the Starks still have the Old Gods on their side, and even though the Children may now be extinct, they still have the weirwood trees - and a new Three-Eyed Raven - to give them strength against the Long Night.
It’s been said that giants fight with the strength of twelve men, but that may be a bit of an underestimation considering that it’s easily taken more than twelve men to take down the giants that have been featured in the show.
Much like the Children of the Forest and the White Walkers, giants were thought to be the stuff of folklore. Even Jon Snow, a born and raised Northerner, is beside himself when he eyes his first giant north of the Wall. Having a few giants on your side could easily swing any fight in your favor, as they’ve been shown to literally stomp man to death and sustain dozens of blows that would have easily killed a regular man.
Of course, they are not invincible, and being a giant also makes you a giant target to the enemy. We’ve seen Mag the Mighty, Dongo, and Wun Wun all meet their demise on the battlefield, and it’s unknown if any more giants even exist north of the Wall. Though, in the season seven trailers, we have seen Jon Snow back beyond the Wall. Might he be trying to round up a few more giants to fight beside him?
Wights have been a nuisance since season one of the show, but in the last few seasons, we’ve seen the real damage they can do. They're one of the biggest problems that those living south of the Wall will soon face.
Wights are reanimated corpses, brought back from the dead by the White Walkers to destroy the living. They are not as hard to kill as a White Walker, but they are still much harder to put down than a regular man. Wights do not seem to feel pain and will continue to fight until they’re completely dismantled or blown up. Fire has proven to be a key weapon when trying to take down a wight.
To prevent a corpse from being turned into a wight, the body needs to be burned immediately, as the White Walkers can apparently reanimate corpses anytime after the subject is dead. The real problem here is that every battle that is lost makes the wight army that much larger, and we can’t think of anything other than dragon's fire being able to stop this army from growing exponentially.
3 R’hllor, the Lord of Light
Out of all the gods in Game of Thrones, it is the Lord of Light’s powers that are truly impossible to deny. Even if you have disdain for Melisandre, or remain on the fence about the Brotherhood Without Banners, you certainly can’t blame them for worshipping R’hollor.
The Lord of Light has accurately predicted the death of three "kings" and helped spawn the shadow that slayed one of them. The Lord has also granted extended lives to both Melisandre, who is over 400 years old, as well as Beric Dondarrion, who was brought back to life on six occasions. After believing herself a failure following Stannis’s defeat, Melisandre is even able to bring Jon Snow back from the dead by praying to the Lord of Light, and the Red Priestess now believes Jon to be the Prince That Was Promised.
Those who worship the Lord of Light are also among the few that know the Great War is coming, believing the White Walkers to be servants of the Great Other, who seeks to snuff out all the heat and light from the world. Now we can only hope that R'hollor proves as virtuous as his followers believe him to be.
2 White Walkers
Which brings us to the White Walkers, one of the most powerful entities in all of Game of Thrones. The White Walkers, also known as the Others, have been around for thousands of years after being created by the Children of the Forest. The Children lost control of their creation, and it took the entire realm to drive the White Walkers back during the War of the Dawn some eight thousand years ago. Most believe that they have long been extinct or never existed in the first place.
The White Walkers are seemingly immortal, with superhuman strength and the ability to manipulate the cold. They either bring the cold and darkness with them or travel where cold and darkness fall. They have also amassed an army of wights that will fight at their command.
So far, the White Walkers only have two weaknesses: dragonglass and Valyrian steel. Unfortunately, this has proven to be a giant obstacle since both substances are extremely rare in the Seven Kingdoms. Even using fire as a weapon has proven futile, as the cold surrounding the Walkers has been seen snuffing out small fires. Though, dragon’s fire may be a totally different story…
At first thought, it may seem like Dany’s dragons would be no match for the White Walkers. After all, they could swoop in, reign fire, and swoop out without ever getting too close to the enemy. While all of that could be the case -- and while we have ranked Dany’s dragons as the most powerful entity in Game of Thrones -- having dragons doesn’t automatically mean the White Walkers will be easily defeated.
The White Walkers have an entire undead army under their command, while Dany has proven on more than a few occasions that she has little control over her dragons. Dragons are also far from invincible, as shown when Drogon took a number of spears at the Great Pit of Daznak in Meereen. The ideal scenario would be if Bran could warg into one of Dany’s dragons while facing off against the White Walkers. After all, we’ve already been told that Bran will one day fly.
Before we get too excited, let’s not forget the possibility that a dragon could die during battle only to be brought back to life by the White Walkers, which could very well lead to the end of mankind.
So do you agree with our ranking system? What do you think is the most powerful entity in Game of Thrones? Let is known!
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