The 10 Best Warriors in Game of Thrones

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Everyone is placing their bets on who is getting the iron throne. But, before we reach this thrilling conclusion of A Song of Ice and Fire, let us look back on 10 of the greatest warriors who have stepped foot in Westerosi soil.



10. Ramsay Bolton


Ramsay Bolton is last on this list because he’s an utter sociopath. He knows how to diminish his enemies before even crossing swords by psychologically robbing his opponents of their confidence in battle. He uses to torture and scare tactics to beat his opponents by demoralizing them. Kind of tenderizing meat before cooking it.

When in battle, he proved to be a master tactician when he faced Jon Snow at the Battle of the Bastards.

He refuses a one-on-one combat because he knows that he can bested by the skilled swordplay of the Stark bastard. Instead, he used his army and his bow. He shot Jon Snow’s half-brother from an impressive range. And, when overrun by the Knights of the Veil, he takes up Jon Snow’s offer and uses a bow to fight Jon. Sadly, Jon Snow’s drive for revenge proved to be stronger, and the fight ends with Ramsay being fed to his own dogs.



9. Bronn


Bronn is a sellsword who is known for his quick quips of sarcasm. He is lured by the prospect of gold and always sells his services to the highest bidder. Because of his love for gold, he is known to accompany Tyrion Lannister since, as the saying goes, “A Lannister always pays his debts..”.

Bronn enjoys fighting because he is always thirsty for blood. His fighting style is known to be one that uses a lot of movement - he paces himself whenever it comes to fighting.

Known for his dodgy tactics in swordfights, he would rather do quick dodges to get out of the way of a sword rather than face attacks head on. After successfully dodging an attack, he would slice up his enemies when their defenses are down ala Bronn style.



8. Jon Snow


Known to inherit Ned Stark’s strict observance of honor and skill in dueling, Jon Snow is arguably one of the best fighters on this list. He has proven his skill with the sword several times – especially during his battle against the wildlings, the less honorable members of the Night’s Watch, and the Boltons.

Filled with hatred and vengeance because of his half-brother’s death at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, he was the first man to charge a full approach of Bolton cavalry. In the confusion and chaos of battle, all the soldiers that tried to best him only fell dead because of his quick strikes and unpredictable counter attacks.



7. Ned Stark


Heading the northern territories of Westeros, Ned known as the Lord of the North. He believes that whenever there is need for a person’s execution, it is his hands that should deliver the deathly blow.

The old wolf, as Ned is also fondly called, is an extremely skilled swordsman. He got in a battle with Jaime Lannister, one of the greatest warriors to ever wield a sword in Westeros. The two had a heated exchange of steel - Jaime flaunted his fluid movements and Ned used brute force. Ned almost defeated Jaime. But, unfortunately, a spear went through his knee before he could finish the life of the Lannister, ending the battle.



6. It’s a Tie! Daario Naharis and Jaime Lannister

Daario Naharis


Once a lieutenant of the second sons, Daario is one of the few mercenaries to have played their cards right in the game of power within the world of Westeros. When he got the chance, he killed off the Second Son’s co-captains so he could rise in power and fight alongside Daenerys Targaryen.

Known as a skilled sellsword of Tyroshi origin, his fighting style is defined by a mix of Dothraki, Norvoshi, and Westerosi styles of fighting. He learned all of these during the long time he was forced to spend in the fighting pits.

Daario best displayed his fighting prowess when he, Ser Jorah, and Grey Worm managed to fight off a group of guards of Yunkai.


Jamie Lannister


Jaime Lannister may look quite frail, but this should not fool any of the skilled warriors of Westeros. Known as the King Slayer, Jaime is the one who basically ended the rule of the Targaryens in Westeros by betraying the king he served.


Before being captured and having his right hand chopped off, Jaime is known to be one of the most skilled duelists in Westeros. Using quick movements and his expert parrying technique, he has bested quite a number of opponents. In fact, he almost bested Brienne of Tarth despite his body still weak from his time as a prisoner.


5. Sandor “The Hound” Clegane


Sandor Clegane, also known to many as The Hound, towers over his enemies with his tall stature and grumpy demeanor. In the beginning, The Hound was a man that enjoys the thrill heated combat. That’s probably rooted from growing up with his brother Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane. But, eventually, he starts showing his soft side when Sansa Stark was abused by King Geoffrey. He offers his coat to cover up the bruised and naked heir to Winterfell.

Though morally driven during the later parts of the Song of Ice and Fire, Sandor Clegane is still a formidable warrior. He is known to use brute force and his towering figure to beat his enemies into submission. With fierce strokes and an unyielding fighting style, Sandor is known to never back down from a fight.



4. Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane


A giant of a man, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane is one of the biggest warriors on this list. Said to be over eight feet in height, The Mountain is known to be a loyal knight that serves The House Lannister.

Aside from great strength, The Mountain also has a volatile temper that basically is a ticking time bomb which can leave his victims dead or, when the occasion calls for it, crushed by his vice-grip like hands.

His fighting style is unique. He uses a great sword that only warriors matching his strength can wield. Fully armored, The Mountain is like a walking, talking tank that does not only kill, but violently mutilate his opponents. He showed his great strength when he battled Oberyn Martell, which ended with him crushing the Red Viper’s head.



3. It a Tie! Brienne of Tarth and Oberyn Martell

Brienne of Tarth



A warrior that is no stranger to rejection, Brienne of Tarth has lived her life being scorned by both women and warriors alike. This is because of how she is built – tall and quite the sight to behold. She is one of the more empowered women in Westeros and is strongly driven by her code of honor.

Though frequently ridiculed for her gender and chosen profession, she cannot be underestimated when it comes to her skills with a sword. The combination of her size, armor, and her determined fighting style is what makes her a worthy opponent even for the skilled Jaime Lannister. She has also proven her worth by battling The Hound and besting him even after she was disarmed.


Oberyn Martell


Oberyn Martell is known as the Red Viper of Dorne. He is seen as a rock-star figure in a Song of Ice and Fire and for a good reason. By bedding countless individuals and flaunting his love of wine, people may not believe that there is great skill behind this cocky fighter.

Unlike the many warriors of Westeros, Oberyn uses a long spear with a poisoned tip that gives him incredible reach when in battle. His unmatched skill in acrobatic fighting makes his movement in battle is hard to predict. It’s a pity that he was killed by The Mountain when he let his confidence diminish his skill in battle.



2. Ser Barristan Selmy


Ser Barristan Selmy is a knight who is well-trained in the art of sword fighting. His skill earned him the name “Barristan the Bold.” He is known to be one of the best swordsmen in Westeros and served as the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

As a seasoned knight of Westeros, Ser Barristan is also known for his achievements in battle and his unfaltering loyalty. During his battle in protecting Daenerys, the old knight showed his prowess as a fighter – being able to fight against a number of warriors from the Sons of the Harpy despite his old age.



1. Ser Arthur Dayne


Making it to the number one spot is the legendary knight Ser Arthur Dayne. His skill with a sword can only be rivaled by Ser Barristan Selmy, but many fans argue that Arthur Dayne is at an advantage because two swords are always better than one.

Wielding the ancestral sword of the House Dayne, named Dawn, and another sword, he fights with a flurry of swings, parries, and counters. Even when outnumbered, he can defeat anyone that gets in his way. He is even remembered by Eddard Stark as an honorable knight that is worthy of respect because of his seemingly unnatural skill at sword fighting.

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