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The 25 Best Fighters In Game Of Thrones

In a world full of darkness and brutality, fighters arose from everywhere around Westeros and Essos. Whether it be from the cold, icy North or across the Narrow Sea in the humid Free Cities. Men and women alike wield weapons of wood, dragonglass and Valyrian steel. Many warriors have graced the Seven Kingdoms, some more notably than others.

While we already covered some of the Best Weapons in Game Of Thrones, as well as some of the Best Weapons/Tools Of War in Game Of Thrones, we have now composed a list of 25 of the best fighters from the universe to stand and fight.

Jon Snow

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Having been trained since infancy by Rodrick Cassel at Winterfell, Jon Snow – the white wolf – was a highly skilled fighter before he even stepped foot in Castle Black.

While Jon prepared to leave Hardhome with the Wildlings, the White Walkers and their army of Wights ambushed them and a massacre ensued. Jon fought a White Walker in single combat and killed it with the Valyrian steel blade, Longclaw, that Jeor Mormont had gifted him with many years prior.

Ramsey Bolton refused his offer of single combat because he knew that Jon would beat him, which led to the Battle of the Bastards. Despite his skill as a warrior, Jon’s side was defeated and the end seemed near until the knights of the Vale came to their aid. When inside Winterfell, Jon beat Ramsey almost to death until he saw the frightened face of his cousin, believed to be half-sister – Sansa Stark.

Jon encountered the White Walkers and their Wight army several years later when he and a small ranging party venture out beyond the Wall to capture a Wight. He fought the Wights until his uncle, Benjen Stark, forced him upon his horse and made him flee while he stayed to distract the Wights.

Tormund Giantsbane

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Tormund, a wilding more commonly known as “Tormund Giantsbane”, is a dangerous fighter as well as a respected leader amongst the Free Folk. Having joined his forces with that of Mance Rayder – “The King Beyond The Wall” – Tormund became one of Mance’s most trusted lieutenants.

Alongside Styr, a carnivorous Thenn, Tormund led several raiding parties south of the Wall throughout small towns. Their biggest target was Castle Black.

He killed many brothers of the Nights Watch during the Battle of Castle Black and outmatched Ser Allister Thorne, seriously wounding him in single combat. Despite receiving a multitude of wounds from swords and arrows alike, he continued fighting until he was incapacitated by a crossbow bolt from Jon Snow.

When the large host of wights attacked Hardhome, Tormund and Jon Snow fought them off to give as many people as possible the chance to leave safely.

During the Battle of the Bastards, Tormund fought alongside his enemy-turned-friend – Jon Snow – and eventually fought Lord Smalljon Umber, though was overpowered while being trapped in by the Bolton forces. When Lord Smalljon was distracted, Tormund bit out his throat.

He ventured north of the Wall with Jon Snow to capture a Wight and fought against the undead fiercely. Tormund was present at Eastwatch when the Night King destroyed the wall with the wight Viserion, leaving it unknown as to whether he is still alive.


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Despite being lowborn, Bronn was a highly skilled and extremely cunning sellsword. His childhood was tough and he supposedly killed for the first time before he was even twelve years old.

He fights for Tyrion Lannister as his champion during his trial for combat at the Vale and kills Ser Vardis Egen, which saved Tyrion’s life.

At the Battle of Blackwater, Bronn was charged with the task of pulling the giant chain across Blackwater Rush at the right time when Stannis Baratheon’s fleet arrive. His task was successful and Stannis’ fleet is destroyed by wildfire. Bronn was put forward to be knighted by Tywin Lannister and became known as Ser Bronn of the Blackwater.

He refused to be Tyrion Lannister’s champion during his trial by combat for Joffrey’s murder because Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane was the crown’s champion.

While Bronn and Jaime Lannister took back their garrison after the Sack of Highgarden, they were attacked by Daenerys Targaryen and her Dothraki horde. When Daenerys used Drogon to burn the soldiers, Bronn used Qyburn’s scorpion ballista to shoot him in the shoulder on his second attempt after having got Daenerys’ attention the first time.

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  1. Freya

    Love this!!

  2. L

    Lol Jon was never a prominent fighter, let alone one of the best in Westeros. He even says Robb was a better fighter than him, he’d always beat him when they sparred and it’s obvious that Robb himself was never outstanding.
    Ramsay refusing to fight him in single combat isn’t a reference to Jon’s fighting skills, Ramsay is not a fighter to begin with, pretty sure most average knights would beat him.

    • Joel

      Clearly his triumph in battle against White Walkers, the army of the dead, wildlings and northern armies count for nothing.

      Reply (in reply to L)

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