Flight Rising is a game where you manage a Lair that is filled with dragons. At some point, you are going to run out of space. When that happens, you have two options: sell some dragons on the Auction House, or exalt some of them. According to the Flight Rising lore, a dragon that has been exalted has been honored. It gets to go live with one of the dragon deities as a reward for whatever it accomplished before that point.
From a functional perspective, exalting a dragon opens up space in a player’s Dragon Lair. It also prevents the number of dragons in Flight Rising from increasing exponentially forever and ever. When I started playing Flight Rising I hesitated to exalt a dragon. My experience with the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge made it necessary for me to get used to periodically exalting a bunch of dragons. Consider this blog a tribute to the dragons that are no longer in my Lair. All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.
I exalted all four of these dragons to the Shadowbinder. (I’m in the Shadow Flight).
Unnamed: My intent was to give Unnamed a real name, but I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing at the time, it seems. He was one of the hatchlings in my Second Generation of dragons. He ended up with the Underbelly gene, which earned me the Bellyflop Achievement.
Cambrie: She was the sister of Unnamed and one of the other hatchlings in my Second Generation of dragons.
FairyFloss: She was one of the dragons produced in my failed attempts to earn the Circuit Breaker Achievement. As you can see, she lacks a Circuit gene. One of her parents had the Circuit gene, and the other did not. From this, I learned that the way to end up with a baby dragon that has the Circuit gene is to breed two parent dragons who both have that gene.
Shamika: She was the Heir (and then the Founder) of my Third Generation of Dragons. Shamika was named after a Blues singer. She became the mother of the two dragons that were my Fourth Generation of dragons: Soar and Songmoon.
All four of these baby dragons got exalted to the Windsinger – but not by me. If I exalted them, they would have gone to the Shadowbinder. I made sure to give them names before I sent them into the Auction House. All four sold, and immediately got exalted. All four of these happy fuzzballs were siblings of Shamika and they made up the rest of my Third Generation of dragons.
Fluffy: She was the Heir (and Founder) of my Second Generation of dragons. Her siblings were Unnamed and Cambrie, and all three ended up being exalted to the Shadowbinder. Fluffy became the mother of my Third Generation of dragons: Shamika, Kayden, Oolaatra, Clio, and Murdoc. There were five eggs in that nest, which earned me the Congrats on Quintuplets! Achievement.
Songmoon: She was one of the dragons in my Fourth Generation. I put her in the Auction House and that is where she grew to adulthood. Someone else purchased her and exalted her to the Shadowbinder.
Soar: Soar and Songmoon were sisters. Together, they made up my Fourth Generation of Dragons. Soar was the Heir (and then the Founder). She became the mother of the dragons that made up the Fifth Generation: Chico, Jarna, and Teague.
CocaCola: He and his sibling were part of a previous failed attempt at earning the Circuit Breaker Achievement. His mother had the Circuit gene, but his father did not – so neither of their offspring got it. They both got put on the Auction House as babies. Some other player bought the brother and immediately exalted him to the Stormcatcher. I kept CocaCola in my Lair for a long time, and even dressed him up once in a while. Eventually, I needed the Lair space so I could finish the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge. He was exalted to the Shadowbinder.
Chico: He was the Heir (and then the Founder) of my Fifth Generation of dragons. He became the father of my Sixth generation of dragons: Norbert, Stormweaver, and Xanthia.
Jarna and Teague: This sister and brother are Chico’s siblings. The Flight Rising Legacy Challenge gave me a whole lot of very similar looking dragons and I simply didn’t have enough room to keep them all. I kept all three siblings until they reached adulthood and exalted them all to the Shadowbinder.
Thistle: Her mother was a Fae dragon named Smokey who hatched out of an egg I found (and who didn’t have any parents). Thistle had a brother named Shen and a sister named India. I kept all three of them for while, and dressed them up with a lot of bird stuff. Eventually, I needed more space so I could continue the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge, and I had accumulated way too many Fae dragons. Thistle was exalted to the Shadowbinder.
Shen: Shen was the brother of Thistle and India. His name came from the Name Randomizer, and I picked it because it reminded me of Covetous Shen, the Jeweler in the Diablo III video game. He was the father of Maroo, Four, and Voltt. (Four got exalted a long time ago, and Maroo and Voltt are still in my Lair.)
Sunburst: She and her two siblings (Six and Cinco) were bred specifically for the purpose of exalting them. I was working on the Honorable Achievement where you must exalt 10 dragons from your Lair. Sunburst turned out so pretty that I decided to keep her. She got exalted when I needed to clear more space for the incoming baby dragons from the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge.
Stormweaver and Xanthia: These two dragons made up part of my Sixth Generation of dragons. They were the “extras” from that breeding. (Their brother Norbert was the Heir and Founder and he is still in my Lair). I put these two babies on the Auction House mostly because I had reached the point where it became necessary to get rid of all “extra” babies produced in the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge due to space issues. Someone bought them both and exalted them to the Stormcatcher.
Zazu: He was the offspring of one of the dragons that was produced by my original two starter dragons. Zazu’s parents were bred back when I first started playing and needed more dragons. Zazu’s sister, a female Fae, got traded to another player in return for a very red Tundra dragon (that I named Tomato). This was my very first (and only) trade done through the “Ugly Baby” Forum. The Fae sister got turned into a Guardian dragon and given a prettier skin. Zazu’s brother got traded to a friend who plays Flight Rising (and who unintentionally inspired me to start playing this game). She named the light blue Guardian Bristi. In return, I got a very shiny Fae that I named Trixibelle. This experience was the most interaction I had with players in the entire time I played Flight Rising.
Zazu became the parent of three dragons: Jagar, Arjana, and Kenji. I kept Jagar until he became an adult and then put him on the Auction House. Someone bought him and exalted him to the Tidelord. Kenji was also kept until he became an adult dragon. He got put on the Auction House and someone exalted him to the Shadowbinder. Zazu got exalted (much later) because I needed more space for the incoming babies of the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge and I had accumulated way too many Fae dragons.
Arjana: She was the daughter or Zazu and Trixibelle (the dragon I got in trade from a friend in exchange for Bristi). I kept Arjana for a long time, but never ended up breeding her or putting her in the Coliseum. She got exalted around the same time her father Zazu did, to the Shadowbinder, and for the same reason.
Rynzin: He was a dragon that I purchased from the Auction House for reasons I cannot even remember anymore. He was bred with Trixibelle in the hopes that the two of them would produce a baby with the Iridescent gene. Trixibelle had it; Rynzin didn’t. As such, they produced four babies – and absolutely none of them inherited the Iridescent gene. This was a failed attempt at the Glossy Finish Achievement!
Rynzin became the father of: Rockbreaker, Dazzlenose, Gingersnap, and Glitter. The first three were put on the Auction House and unnamed. Whoever bought them gave them all really cute names and then exalted them to the Earthshaker while they were all still babies. Rynzin got exalted to the Shadowbinder because I needed to make room for incoming Flight Rising Legacy Challenge babies.
Glitter: He was the only dragon I kept from the breeding between Rynzin and Trixibelle. I gave him a cute name (to match his siblings) and dressed him up in fun clothes. He ended up getting exalted to the Shadowbinder because I was running out of Lair space and had to make room for the incoming Flight Rising Legacy Challenge babies.
Impulse and Jade: These two dragons were brother and sister. Jade had Emerald Clown/ Green Eye Spots / Forest Basic. Impulse had Banana Tiger/ Leaf Eye Spots/ Forest Basic. Between the two of them, I ended up earning the Eye-Catching Achievement, the Think You’re Funny Achievement, and the Grr, Baby, Grr…Achievement. Impulse was the father of four babies that were destined to be exalted so I could earn the Honorable Achievement. (Ten, Nine, Ocho, and Seven). Jade was the mother of Serifys and Chicago (two dragons that are still in my Lair). Impulse and Jade both got exalted to the Shadowbinder due to lack of space from the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge.
Freckles: Was a from a batch of four baby dragons. She was a sister to three brothers, Fergus, Ruckus, and Speckles. She got exalted to the Shadowbinder (as did her siblings Ruckus and Speckles before her.) Fergus is still in my Lair. Freckles got exalted due to lack of space during the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge.
Irelia: She was part of my Seventh Generation of dragons. Her brothers were Nenkal (who was the Heir and Founder of my Seventh Generation) and Malkin. I put Irelia on the Auction House because I needed to make space for incoming baby dragons from the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge. I accidentally left out a few zeros on her price. Oops! She sold right away and got exalted to the Tidelord.
Malkin: He was the brother of Irelia and Nenkal. I put him on the Auction House at a reasonable price, and he didn’t sell. So, I kept him until he turned into an adult and then exalted him to the Shadowbinder for the same reason as so many of the dragons I exalted – to make room for incoming babies from the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge.
Nenkal: He was the brother of Malkin and Irelia. Nenkal was the Heir (and Founder) of my Seventh Generation of dragons. He became the father of Polly and Shipwreck (who were my Eighth Generation of dragons). I exalted Nenkal to the Shadowbinder in part due to lack of space, but also because he looked exactly like his father Norbert (and I didn’t need two identical dragons).
Gawain, Uther, and Penelope: These three dragons made up my Ninth Generation. Gawain and Uther were the “extras” in that batch. Penelope was the Heir (and Founder). She became the mother of my Tenth, and final, Generation of dragons for the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge. (Ozie and Sven). Gawain, Uther, and Penelope were kept in my Lair until they became adults and then were exalted to the Shadowbinder.
I am now all done with the Flight Rising Legacy Challenge, and have earned all of the Achievements associated with breeding. At the time I am writing this blog, I’ve got no desire to breed any more dragons. I need to give that a break for a while. I have no regrets about the dragons I exalted (or that I sold and who then got exalted anyway). It’s all part of the game.
I’ve reached the point where I’m having food shortage issues in Flight Rising. This is happening because I still have what feels like a lot of dragons and I haven’t been able to play the game often enough to accrue enough food to feed them all. There will very likely be another “exalted dragons” blog appearing here in the near future.