The Magic Dragon is the latest rebrand of the popular Kodi addon The Pyramid. This addon was taken over by a new developer and briefly rebranded as The Dogs Bollocks before they eventually settled on their present name. Like its predecessor, Magic Dragon is a great all-round addon with plenty of content on offer. Today, we’re taking a closer look at its user interface, available content, installation process, and going over the pros and cons. We’ll also show you how to stay safe when using unofficial Kodi addons. Read on!
Stay Safe on Kodi with a VPN
It is strongly recommended that you always use a VPN when streaming content on Kodi. Unofficial addons can sometimes enable access to copyrighted content. This is illegal in some parts of the world and copyright holders are cracking down hard at the moment. Unfortunately, that means authorities paint Kodi users with broad brush strokes, and may levy preemptive measures even on lawful usage. This can range from simple warnings to fines, legal action or service interruption.
Using a virtual private network is a simple and affordable way to protect yourself. A VPN obscures your activity online by wrapping your data in layers of encryption, then routing your traffic through proxy servers, giving you an anonymous IP address. In plain English, that means your identity, location, and activity are all completely masked when you use a VPN, making it virtually impossible for copyright trolls and ISPs to make your life difficult.
IPVanish – Best VPN for Kodi
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The Magic Dragon User Experience
When you launch The Magic Dragon, you’ll notice a nicely colorized main menu. For the most part, these categories are self-explanatory, though we struggled to come up with a solid explanation for “People Watching”. Click on any of them to bring up another (generally well populated) list of links. We found that the vast majority worked well, and often in strikingly high quality.
Also on the main menu is a search function that, while rudimentary, performed its task well enough considering the number of links available. Browsing isn’t always a breeze since there isn’t much in the way of organization, but with minimal patience, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy.
Links are often adorned with attractive covers related to the series or movie, along with a release date. No, there’s not a ton of metadata to go with, but therein lies one of The Magic Dragon’s key strengths: simplicity. With just a few clicks, you are routed to reliably good content you’ll actually want to watch without any headaches. This puts it head and shoulders above many rival addons in the Kodi-sphere!
How to Install the Magic Dragon Kodi Add-on
- On the Kodi homepage, navigate to SYSTEM (the cog icon) > File Manager > Add Source > None
- Type the following EXACTLY http://mavericktv.net/mavrepo and select OK.
- Highlight the box underneath and give this media source a name like Maverick and then click OK
- Go back to your home screen.
- For Kodi 17 Krypton or later: Select Add-ons > Add-on Browser (open box icon)
- For Kodi 16 or earlier: Select SYSTEM > Add-Ons
- Select Install from Zip File > Maverick > repository.maverickrepo-x.x.zip and wait for the Add-on enabled notification
- Select Install from Repository > MaverickTV Repository > Video Add-ons > The magic Dragon > Install
- Wait for Add-on enabled notification
The Magic Dragon Kodi addon Pros and Cons
Because Magic Dragon is built on the Pyramid, it already has the feel of an established addon despite its relative youth. There is a plethora of content to explore and, for users seeking a comprehensive on-demand addon, it is definitely a contender for the best around right now. Links play with a single-click which most users prefer, and the quality of streams is generally high. Broken links are kept to a minimum and in testing, we encountered very few issues with buffering.
The Magic Dragon is not the easiest addon to navigate around. The main menu is easy enough but the submenus list content in no discernable order, meaning you have no choice but to keep scrolling down to find what you want. There is a search feature at the top of the main menu which helps, but it would be better if the content was listed in some sort of order.
The Magic Dragon is definitely an addon worth incorporating into your Kodi library. No matter what you are interested in watching, it is likely to have something you’ll like. Its single-play feature and the quality of links and streams available is impressive. It could be more user-friendly, but this is still an addon well-worth having.