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by Ben McSweeney
Abilities Flight
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Skyeels are a flying creature on Roshar, typically found in coastal regions. Adult skyeels are typically 4-5 feet long, but are known to grow as long as 7 feet.[1]

A flying skyeel with its "luckspren" by User: KalynaAnne

Appearance and Anatomy[edit]

They look similar to the moray eels found on Earth, but have an extra pair of larger flowing fins along their sides with air pouches tucked under them that help the skyeel fly. These pouches deflate as the skyeel dives and are refilled as the skyeel extracts lighter-than-air gasses from its prey during the digestive process. Small, blue, fish-like spren are usually found darting around flying skyeels and are believed to help them fly. Like moray eels, skyeels have a second set of jaws, known as pharyngeal jaws.[2]

Skyeels have pale bellies so that they camouflage with the sky from below and dappled skin on their back that lets them blend in with the water they fly over from above.[2]


Skyeels are graceful as they undulate through the air, but somewhat awkward on land.[1]

Their diet consists of fish, small rodents (such as rats) and crabs. When a skyeel spots prey, they go into a sharp dive and coil around it as they snatch it up. It can take an hour or two for a skyeel to refill its gas pouches after diving. During this time, they usually find somewhere to hide.[2] Skyeels are known to fight over their prey.[3]

Skyeels nest and watch carefully over their young.[4]

Cultural References[edit]

Sebarial's banner has its glyphs stylized to look like a skyeel.[5]

S is for Skyeel by User: KalynaAnne


Hundreds of arrows split the sky, dimming the sun. They arced and fell, dropping like skyeels upon their prey.
...Szeth moved among them, graceful as a skyeel,...
Jasnah's words fought in her mind, like skyeels with only one rat between them.
...watching over her like nesting skyeels with a single pup.
Nearby, Wyndle grew up around one of the bedposts, coiled like a skyeel.
In the strange manner of Shardeplate, the armor constricted on its own, like a skyeel curling around its rat, pulling to a comfortable tightness around his wrists.


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