Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

A brand new direction for Spyro the Dragon. Skylanders sees Spyro introduced to a whole new universe of characters and real world toys that are used as part of the game.

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
North America October 16th, 2011
Europe October 14th, 2011
Japan July 12th, 2013
Platform Developer Age Rating
Win/MacPlayStation 3Xbox 360
Toys for Bob
7+ E10+ - Everyone 10+ CERO A - All ages
Nintendo 3DS
Vicarious Visions
Nintendo Wii U Square-Enix -


Once again Spyro has been reset, so this will not be continuing the storyline found within the The Legend of Spyro trilogy. Here is the premise of the game as told by a press release:

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure lets kids take on the role of a powerful Portal Master, who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved purple dragon Spyro. Each of these heroes is a protector of an amazing, mysterious world, but they have been ejected from their world by the sinister Portal Master known as Kaos and now they are frozen in our world as toys. Only the players of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure can get them back into their world, by embarking on a fantastical journey where they will explore mythical lands, battle menacing, outlandish creatures, collect treasures, and solve challenging puzzles as a part of the quest to save their world.


Instead of just playing as Spyro you will have a wide selection of 32 characters to choose from, each of these unique in their own way. The toys themselves store information inside that relates to your ingame character's progress and levelling to make it simple to use on another's system.

Here are all 32 of the characters, some have multiple forms but they only count as one of the 32.

Skylanders Lineup

First row: Spyro, Double Trouble, Wrecking Ball, Voodood, Slam Bam, Zap, Wham-Shell, Gill Grunt, Legendary Spyro, Dark Spyro

Second row: Bash, Dino-rang, Prism Break, Terrafin, Hex, Cynder, Chop Chop, Ghost Roaster, Legendary Chop Chop, Legendary Bash

Third row: Ignitor, Sunburn, Flameslinger, Eruptor, Whirlwind, Warnado, Sonic Boom, Lightning Rod, Legendary Trigger Happy

Fourth row: Boomer, Drill Sergeant, Drobot, Trigger Happy, Camo, Stump Smash, Zook, Stealth Elf

In the United States the individual single pack toys were priced at $7.99 each, and there are also larger packs containing three characters. With the console and PC Starter Packs you get your first three "interaction figures" to start you off; Spyro, Trigger Happy, and Gill Grunt. In the 3DS Starter Pack you instead get Ignitor, Stealth Elf and Dark Spyro, an exclusive character.

As well as the 37 different recognised toys there are also rare variations of some characters. In-game these do not have a different appearance to their normally painted counterparts so other than the toy's coat of paint they are exactly the same. The current confirmed variations are Silver Boomer, Silver Eruptor, Silver Dino-Rang, Gold Drill Sergeant, Gold Flameslinger, and Gold Chop Chop. There are also two even rarer Skylanders that were only made available at retail events; Metalic Purple Cynder and Pearl Hex.

Not all of the characters were released at launch, they have been put out in gradual waves containing new characters and adventure packs every few months, with several still waiting for release.


The characters of Skylanders will each have one of eight elements, these are shown by the type of base their toy has.

Air Life Undead Earth Fire Water Magic Tech

Air, Life, Undead, Earth, Fire, Water, Magic, Tech

There are some enemies that are weak to certain elements but this is not a widespread feature, the main use in-game for the different elements is to unlock extra parts of each level. The levels are also broken down into sections where a specific element has its Elemental Power bonus active.

During PvP battles you will also find that when fighting a certain element your Skylander's Elemental Power is used. The order of this is as follows: Undead > Life > Water > Fire > Air > Earth > Tech > Magic > Undead

Portal of Power

Portal of Power

To bring your toys into the game you'll need the included Portal of Power, you simply place the toy in the centre of the Portal and instantly the character you've used will appear in-game. This circular device glows different colours and has the ability to recognise two characters placed on it at once to allow for multiplayer co-op or PvP battles.

The Xbox 360 and PC Portals are wired and just plug straight into the console/computer, no batteries required. The PS3 and Wii Portals are wireless and require three AA batteries, they come with a small adaptor that plugs into a USB port on the console. The 3DS portal is also wireless and is powered by three AAA batteries. Your first set of batteries are included of course.

The only portal that works with the Xbox 360 is the portal that comes with the Xbox 360 and the Xbox 360 portal will only work with the Xbox 360 version of the game (and the web game).

Due to its unique method of infra-red communication with the 3DS, the 3DS portal is the only one that will work with the 3DS game. However the 3DS portal can work with the PS3, Wii and PC versions of the game, simply connect it to your system using the included USB cable. This cable also allows you to use your 3DS portal with the web game. Despite its smaller size, when connected to a console it functions exactly like the larger portals in regards to the number of Skylanders and Magic Items it can read at the same time.

Trading Cards

As well as the physical plastic toy you receive a trading card with a picture of the Skylander and some stats. The stats on these cards do not appear to have any relation to their in-game stats. There are no official rules for games using the cards.

Adventure Packs

As well as all of the different characters you can supplement the game with the four Adventure Packs. These contain a Skylander that is unique to the pack, two small Magic Item toys that will help during your game, and a larger Adventure Item that unlocks a brand new level in the game for you to complete.


The game appeared on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, and 3DS as well as on the web with Skylanders: Spyro's Universe. There is also a mobile version that has yet to be released.


Toys R Us
A pack of three Legendary Skylanders: Spyro, Bash, Chop Chop.
A single pack of Legendary Trigger Happy.
For first 30 days from launch: Darklight Crypt
For first 30 days after its release: Dragon's Peak.
Target / Tesco
At launch Whirlwind was exclusive, has since been more widely released.
Best Buy / GAME, Gamestation
The Volcanic Vault battle arena toy, it came free with the game at launch.
Sam's Club, Walmart / Asda, Smyths Toys / Big W
At launch Drill Sergeant was exclusive, has since been more widely released.


USA Today
First article about the game.
Official Website
The official website, currently has the first trailer.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us's promo page for the game.
Toys for Bob
The website of the developers of Skylanders.
A Kotaku article from the Toy Fair, gives the bios of a few characters.

#14852 SuperSpyro700 22:31:52 19/06/2015
I did first play this game in 2011, but then I stopped playing it in 2014. So I'm actually not playing this game or any of the Skylanders games ever again.
#14851 Alydol 21:58:05 18/06/2015
When I first got this (at first I had legend of spyro the eternal night) I thought spyro had become a big selfish dragon!
#14850 spyrothe111 21:59:03 06/06/2015
I just did all the speed heroic challenges with smilie.
He's so much faster now! smilie

Also did the same with smilie smilie smilie
#14849 SkylandersGamer 02:33:29 05/06/2015
VV and VVV I agree with you guys
#14848 KeybasHedKey 02:41:53 03/06/2015
The game that Started all...And too bad that Japan has a WiiU version of this game.
And i can't believed that Square Enix actually published this game in Japan!
#14847 Swap Force Fan 21:02:16 11/05/2015
This game will always be the best of them. Always.
#14846 NinThumpEye 01:43:36 12/04/2015
This must be the only Skylander game where getting the enemy goal is actually a problem for me
#14845 Greeble 13:42:47 26/03/2015
VVV I think Spyro was the first to be recruited to the core team, but what people forget is that there were others that came way before him.

Giants, Swap Force and Trap Team.

More than likely there will be others revealed.
#14844 SkylandersGamer 20:49:37 25/03/2015
V I agree, it has the best gameplay, soundtrack, graphics, Skylanders, levels, hub and story (opinion)
#14843 chowderberry 20:11:42 24/03/2015
By far this is the best Skylander game of all (in my opinion)

#14842 Poseidon133 04:39:57 12/03/2015
True, I always got the idea that Spyro was a recent recruit to the Skylanders.
#14841 Greeble 23:57:18 03/03/2015
This isn't a Spyro game.

The reason it has the title Spyro's adventure is to show that he's moved away from his own series and joined another as part of a larger team.
#14840 APewdiepieBro 16:24:42 02/03/2015
this game is a cancer to the spyro series,they cancelled the movie for a 'spyro' game which doesnt have to do with spyro
#14839 Greeble 09:24:09 20/02/2015
VV Well there's nothing stopping them reusing him.

They re-used Krypt King's design, with a few tweaks so why not Sun Dragon?
#14838 Spyro Lover122 10:44:26 19/02/2015
I'm playing through this again. It's nice to stop playing Trap Team a little and go back to what made Skylanders. smilie
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