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7:25 PM - Tuesday the 22nd of January, 2019 - by dark52
As they continue to prepare for a wider release, Skylanders: Ring of Heroes today updated to add a real time friendly arena mode that lets you fight against other randomly selected players. There's no ranking in this mode so no penalty for losing and there is not yet a way to battle a specific opponent but that is apparently on its way in a future update.

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They've also kicked off a couple of new events. The "Create Your 5* Dream Team" event asks you to use the Ultra Premium Summon (800 Gems) and they'll then give you a Legendary 5* Skylander (or 50 Soul Stones for it if you already own it) on the 3rd time, the 10th time, and the 20th time you use the summon. The event lasts 14 days but that's an awful lot of gems to spend....

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The second event they've started is "Hugo's Portal Master Mission Book" which is a lot more manageable and gives you smaller rewards for completing a variety of basic tasks. Every three you complete will get you a bunch of bonus gems. This one lasts until the beginning of April.


And there were also a whole slew of other changes as detailed in the full patch notes below:

Quote: Update Notice
1. New Content: Friendly Match

  • This is a REALTIME Arena mode where you can compete against other Portal Masters!
  • You can enter Friendly Match from the Duels menu then to Friendly Match.
  • Quick: Random matches with current participants.
  • Unlike the Arena, no Gears will be needed to play a match on Friendly Match.
  • Private mode (against friends) will be added on future updates.

2. New Packages

  • 4 brand new packages will be added.

1) Energy Package
  • 300 Energy + 20 Red Potions (S)

2) Value Package 1
  • 1,250 Gems + 450 Energy

3) Value Package 2
  • 1,250 Gems + 45,000 Gold

4) Power-up Package
  • 1,250 Gems + 250 Energy + 15 Red Potions (L)

3. Town Background Change

  • Winter themed Skylands are now over! We’re going back to original Skylands.

4. Improvements

1) UI Improvements
  • Tutorial and Quest menus are revised to be more intuitive.
  • Rune menu layout and usability has been improved.
  • Tutorial features are added for more user-friendly experience.
  • The battle result screen has been improved.
  • The currency you get when defeated are displayed.
  • Recommended guild display conditions are added.
  • The info of Watcher stones in boss stages are now displayed in the battle preparation screen.
  • The enemy team's power rating is also displayed in the battle prep screen.

2) Battle
  • Invincibility buff will now remove all debuffs granted on the target.
  • Behavior of Hot Dog when in auto-battle will be improved. (Fire Bark skill is now used more frequently when HP is low.)

3) Summoning
  • You will be able to summon Skylanders with sufficient Soul Stones right from the result screen.
  • The tutorial summoning has been re-vamped. (Previously: 1 type of 4? ? Changed to: 1 type of 4? and Soul Stones of 2~4?)

4) Others
  • You do not need to build a Spring of Souls anymore. We've done that for you.
  • Amount of Gold required to use Red/ Blue Potions (L) and (XL) has been reduced!

1) Red Potion (L)
2,500 Gold → 2,000 Gold

2) Red Potion (XL)
12,500 Gold → 7,500 Gold

3) Blue Potion (L)
300 Gold → 250 Gold

4) Blue Potion (XL)
900 Gold → 550 Gold

* Gold cost per potion usage.

  • More precise Power Rating calculations.

  • Displayed power rating may look different than previous rating due to the improvements in calculation method.
  • Summon Villain’s power will also be included in the power rating calculation.

5. Bug Fixes

  • Addressed typos on several skill descriptions translations.
  • Correct Arena grade icons will be displayed at the top ranks.
  • Incomplete requests will now show at the top of the guild support menu.
  • Battle play time will now stop counting at the end of each battles.
  • Skylanders will not be defeated anymore when Instant Defeat debuff is removed with a debuff removing effect.
  • Distorted Dimensions' drop Rune info will show properly.
  • Fixed a bug where buffs did not activate when summoning characters.
  • No damage will be done with damaging effects while Invincible buff is active.
  • Additional damage will be done to enemies for Awakened Chain Reaction while shield is active.
  • Enigma's skill "Mystic Staff" now casts ATK UP to correct ally target.
  • Skylander Soul Stones required to summon Krypt King has been addressed to the correct amount.
  • The battle pause pop-up won't be exposed while auto battle is on.
  • Nightshade will now activate counterattack when using a skill right after using the Clone skill.
  • Fixed an issue where Shadow King Pen did not return to its original position during battles.
  • The limits on deletions of friends per day will now reset every day.
  • Auto battle won't be disabled if you tap the auto battle button while using the auto battle function.
  • Fixed an issue where Tidepool's Whale Tale skill heals a random target.
  • Fixed an issue where Cynder’s passive skill ‘Ghost effect’ did not show when activated.
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12:29 PM - Monday the 24th of December, 2018 - by dark52
Today a patch was released for Skylanders: Ring of Heroes that added a whole new type of dungeon to the game: the Cave of Gold.

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The Cave of Gold is a new source of coins giving you several thousand gold each time you successfully complete a floor, the catch being that you can only enter three times a day across its five floors so you'll have to be cautious not to venture too high for your Skylanders' abilities. You'll also first have to complete level 2-4 on Normal difficulty to unlock access to the dungeon.
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6:27 PM - Tuesday the 18th of December, 2018 - by dark52
It's still in a limited launch in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada but as it's rapidly approaching Christmas the brand new mobile game Skylanders: Ring of Heroes has started its first in-game event.

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Running until the 3rd of January this event simply requires you to complete three very basic daily missions and then spin a wheel to win a prize. There are extra bonuses for every five times you do that up to 30 times so with a limit of three spins per day it'll take at least ten days to earn the final reward of 800 Gems.

It doesn't look like there's anything exclusive to win, just in-game currency, so those not yet able to play won't miss out on too much.

Beta Test Participation Event Coupons

Anyone who took part in the beta earlier this year should check their emails for their coupon, make sure to check your spam folders as that's where it ended up for me. While it says it won't expire until the 30th of June 2019 your email provider might delete the message a lot sooner if it's left sitting in your spam folder unnoticed.
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12:20 PM - Tuesday the 11th of December, 2018 - by dark52
For those of you in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada it has been announced on the official Facebook page that tomorrow is the day when the mobile game Skylanders: Ring of Heroes finally launches.

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Launching Schedule: Dec. 12th 5pm PST
  • Australia: Dec. 13th 12pm (GMT+11)
  • Canada: Dec. 12th 8pm (GMT-5)
  • New Zealand: Dec. 13th 2pm (GMT+13)


Other regions will have to continue waiting for a release in their local app stores but as of yet there is no clear schedule for when that will happen or in what order.
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5:45 PM - Monday the 12th of November, 2018 - by dark52
The reviews have started to roll in so here we go once again with the round-up for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The reviews all seem to be generally positive with praise for the collection's updated graphics and quality of life improvements but do call the game out for issues with camera controls as well as other general criticisms of the core gameplay that also apply to the originals.

Quote: Glitched Africa - 9.8/10
Everything in Spyro Reignited Trilogy just works. Toys for Bob took the original games and made them from scratch without changing anything but the visuals and you would never believe that the core of the experience is over twenty years old now.


Quote: Gamereactor - 9/10
Everything from the individual blades of grass that singe when you breathe fire, the lighting as the sun beats down on Cliff Town from the first game, to Spyro's own facial animations is smooth and polished, so much so that it really feels like a game made for 2018.


Quote: PlayStation Lifestyle - 9/10
Many video games don’t age well, but Spyro Reignited Trilogy feels like the game didn’t age at all. Toys for Bob applied the fountain of youth to a 20-year old series, and the little purple dragon is just as perky and fired up as ever.


Quote: Press Start - 9/10
Visually the game is absolutely stunning – the level of detail in each world looks as good as my imagination saw it as a child. The colours are vibrant and vivid, and gone are the jagged polygons that were once buildings; it is here we can see that the games have come a long way.


Quote: Hardcore Gamer - 4.5/5
The Spyro games were legitimately great for the time, though, and thanks to an near-perfect balance between preservation and updating, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is every bit as excellent by today’s standards.


Quote: Venture Beat - 88/100
Similar to what the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy did last year with its trio of PlayStation classics, Reignited Trilogy makes Spyro look modern without abandoning the tone and style of the originals.


Quote: Game Informer - 8.5/10
Given just how different the worlds look in remastered form, I found this trilogy to be more interesting and enjoyable to return to than Crash’s. These games don’t preserve history as well, but that’s okay. Having already lived through them, it’s fascinating to see how the worlds have been reimagined and differ from the vision I had in my head.


Quote: IGN - 8.5/10
Toys for Bob has nailed the feel of controlling Spyro. He leaps, glides, and charges with the momentum I remember, but with much more adorable animations.


Quote: God is a Geek - 8/10
Whether you played it back in the 90s or are trying it out for the first time, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a laidback platformer that offers plenty of hours of gameplay and a humour that’s relatable to kids and adults alike.


Quote: The Sixth Axis - 8/10
As a package, Spyro Reignited is a fantastic experience, and Toys for Bob have done an amazing job in updating the series whilst maintaining its feel. This truly is a Spyro for today rather than a quick cash-in that plays off your nostalgia.


Quote: Critical Hit - 7.5/10
This easy platformer is as charming and engaging as ever, with its slapstick humour, colourful worlds and improving level and objective designs. But it’s the smaller details that let it down, with persistently troublesome camera controls in some stages and some jarring audio implementations in others.


Quote: Sirus Gaming - 7/10
Despite the new look and personality that Unreal Engine 4 is able to give the game, it isn’t without its flaws. For one, the character details, mainly for the supporting cast, can at times look a bit smudged and plastic-like.


The game is out on Tuesday the 13th of November worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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3:12 PM - Tuesday the 23rd of October, 2018 - by dark52
We're just three weeks away from the launch of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on November the 13th and they've released a brand new trailer to show off more of the games:

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7:58 AM - Monday the 15th of October, 2018 - by dark52
The pre-registration event for Skylanders: Ring of Heroes has gone live, to take part you just enter your email address on the site to register your interest in the game, the more people that sign up the greater the in-game reward once the game finally launches.

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You can also pre-register with Google Play.

But with no displayed end date for the event it still isn't actually clear when the game is going to launch, but hopefully it'll only be a few weeks now.
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6:00 PM - Tuesday the 18th of September, 2018 - by dark52
The third season of Skylanders Academy is due to hit Netflix on Friday next week so just in time they've released a trailer for the brand new season (complete with plenty of spoilers):


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Returning September 28th, the Skylanders are faced with their greatest challenge ever! With Spyro turned evil at the hands of uber-villain Strykore, it will take all of the Skylanders uniting together to help Spyro remember the true hero he really is and restore peace to the realm.
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2:45 PM - Thursday the 23rd of August, 2018 - by dark52
Another release date to add to the pile, the launch date of the third season of the Netflix exclusive animated show Skylanders Academy has been revealed as Friday the 28th of September.

If you're not all that bothered by knowing upcoming plot points then a rather spoiler heavy interview with the two new showrunners, Clayton Sakoda and Ian Weinreich, can be found on Collider.
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9:37 AM - Friday the 17th of August, 2018 - by dark52
In a message on the official Activision Blog, Paul Yan of Toys for Bob has confirmed that the release of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy has been delayed by two months to November 13th.

Quote: Paul Yan
Everyone here at Toys for Bob is so proud to be reigniting the original Spyro trilogy after all these years. We're deeply committed to getting these games right, so we’ve decided to move the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to November 13, 2018. I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care. In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avalar and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.


In the meantime we'll be getting our first proper look at the Year of the Dragon remaster in action next week as they're taking a playable demo featuring it to Gamescom (August 21-25).
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1:46 PM - Thursday the 9th of August, 2018 - by dark52
During com2us's Q2 Financial Results yesterday they revealed that the launch of their mobile game, Skylanders Ring of Heroes, has been delayed a little from the original August release to an October release instead.

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Hopefully this means that they're making good use of the data and feedback from the recent beta.
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6:33 PM - Monday the 30th of July, 2018 - by dark52
In case you somehow weren't able to make it out to the San Diego Comic Con panel that was held a couple of weeks back, the official Spyro Youtube channel has uploaded the entire hour long event for you to watch.


It features a massive panel of nine people who were either involved with the original game or are taking part in the remake.
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10:17 PM - Wednesday the 11th of July, 2018 - by dark52
PlayStation Underground today posted a lengthy look at the Spyro 2 level Idol Springs, marking our first real look at the second game in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.


They're joined by Peter Kavic, Nick Livingston, and Josh Nadelberg from Toys for Bob so there's plenty to hear too.
2:17 AM - Thursday the 14th of June, 2018 - by dark52
The beta for Skylanders Ring of Heroes has gone live on Google Play, the beta will last until the 25th of June and is only available on Android (the final game will be available on iOS, it's just the beta that isn't).

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There's an extra 611MB download once you've started the app so make sure you've got space for it all.
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4:35 PM - Wednesday the 13th of June, 2018 - by dark52
Just before the beta is due to start the first trailer for the mobile game Skylanders Ring of Heroes has been added to the game's official website:


It starts off with some pre-rendered cutscenes of a few Skylanders in their Awakened forms before showing a bit of the actual gameplay.

The video's description on Youtube also offers some details on the game:

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Reassemble the Squad.
Master your Skills. Awaken your Champion.

The ALL-NEW Skylanders mobile RPG is finally here.
Join Spyro, Stealth Elf, and many more of your favorite Skylanders in this epic adventure of Skylanders Ring of Heroes.

Build the ultimate Skylanders team.
  • Collect from more than 60+ Skylanders.
  • Level up, evolve, and awaken your Skylanders to make them stronger than ever before.
  • Equip your Skylanders with up to 10 magical Rune abilities.
  • Summon Skylanders and Villains alike to fight by your side

Become the #1 champion.
  • Mix and match Skylanders with unique skills and abilities to create the ultimate team.
  • Time your attacks and use mana wisely to overcome your enemies.
  • Knock down your enemies defenseless, use elements to your advantage, trigger the status effects.
  • Intuitive game play for on-the-go: just tap on skills and your Skylanders are ready to fight.
  • Test your strength against Portal Masters from all over the world.

Watch the Skylands come to life.
  • Experience the rich and colorful world of Skylanders.
  • Reimagine Skylands and give it your personal touch.



And while there's been no major announcements about the Spyro Reignited Trilogy the game is at E3 and has a playable demo there featuring the levels Toasty and Tree Tops so there's a lot of new footage of them on Youtube. And there's a whole load of new screenshots and pieces of concept art in our Spyro Reignited Trilogy Gallery.
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