Spyro: A Hero's Tail


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Before we get started with the game, here are a few basics that you might find useful if you haven't played the game before.

The Controls

All five of the characters need controlling. There's little you could do without it. Here's a rundown of all the controls for all the characters on all of the consoles.

Spyro the Dragon
Function PS2 GameCube Xbox
Jump X A A
Double Jump X + X A + A A + A
Glide X + X HOLD A + A HOLD A + A HOLD
Horn Dive X + X + O A + A + X A + A + B
Charge O X B
Breath Attack Square Y X
Secondary Breath R1 R R
Breath Selection D-Pad D-Pad D-Pad
Wing Shield Triangle B Y
Dive Underwater O, hold to swim X, hold to swim B, hold to swim
Paddle Underwater Hold X Hold A Hold A
Sgt. Byrd
Function PS2 GameCube Xbox
Fly Hold X Hold A Hold A
Turbo Boost Square X X
Fire Missiles R1 R Right
Drop Bombs L1 L Left
Blink the Mole
Function PS2 GameCube Xbox
Jump X A A
Double Jump X + X A + A A + A
Butt Bounce X + O A + X A + B
Claw Attack O X B
Dig O (cracked) X (cracked) B (cracked)
Shoot Lasers Square Y X
Throw Bomb R1 R Right
FP Target L1 L Left
Crouch Triangle B Y
Function PS2 GameCube Xbox
Jump X A A
Double Jump X + X A + A A + A
Pounce Stomp X + X + O A + A + X A + A + B
Punch O X B
Bow Swipe X + Square A + Y A + X
Shoot Arrow Square Y X
Flaming Arrow R1 R Right
FP Target L1 L Left
Bow Spin Triangle B Y
Slide Attack X + O A + X A + B
Sparx the Dragonfly
Function PS2 GameCube Xbox
Shoot X A A
Fire Missiles O B X
Smart Bomb Square Y Y
Turbo R1 R Right
Brake L1 L Left


Since Spyro's last adventure, the Dragon Realms have enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity. However, a shadowy figure from the distant past has returned to disrupt the serenity of the land - the evil dragon, Red! Now he has come back for vengeance!

There is but one dragon who has the courage and strength to battle Red and foil his diabolical plan - the mighty Spyro!


You'll find his shops in every level of the game, except boss levels, and he'll charge prices depending on where you are. Unfortunately he doesn't have exactly a wide range of items to sell, and all can be bought at all shops, it's just a matter of being able to buy or use them.

Item Realm Shop Remote Shop
Extra Health Unit50006250
Fire Bomb5062
Ball Lightning250312
Aqua Bomb5062
Ice Missile100125
Fire Bomb Magazine500625
Ball Lightning Magazine10001250
Aqua Bomb Magazine250312
Ice Missile Magazine750937
Butterfly Jar15001875
Double Value Gems10001250
Teleport Pass100100

That's a extra markup of 25% for items bought at the Remote Shops, so I'd suggest buying the expensive items back in the Realm's main shop.

There are also limitations on how much ammo you can hold at a time. You can hold eight magazines for each Power-Up, with a different boost to the total number of Power-Ups you can hold for each breath Power-Up.

Maximum of 50 Fire Bomb
Maximum of 10 Ball Lightning
Maximum of 100 Aqua Bomb
Maximum of 20 Ice Missile

And the gems that you'll be paying with have a slightly different value to that of previous games.

Gem Values : Yellow = 100, Purple = 25, Green = 5, Red = 1

Well, that's about all you might need to know, let's get started and begin in the Dragon Kingdom.

#46 Alydol 05:00:55 25/05/2015
I REALLY want to play as flame
#45 Glimmer 13:51:19 14/02/2013
Where are the light gems? Please help I have 3 of them
#44 Jaggedstar 15:41:38 31/08/2012
vSame here!
#43 Joemama 15:30:26 19/01/2012
I hate how they changed the controlls!
#42 Anastasia 13:43:18 27/11/2011
A Hero's Tail, I remember playing this game constantly! I still have not fully completed it...
#41 daimondcynder21 04:54:11 15/12/2010
i luv playig as ember...but... she sounds like a guy!
#40 Eternaly Spyro 18:22:14 04/07/2010
this game is much better than EtD it is still hard though smilie
#39 mitchell2440 03:47:18 17/04/2010
spyro lover ,

how can you accsess the cloudy domain because iv'e looked everywhere and can't find it
#38 AngelsSpirit 07:40:40 06/02/2009
light the furnace with flame breath and an elevator will take you up. Fly around the corner to the left, pole jump to the temporary platforms until you get to the platform with the shooting critter and the is a drop down to the egg.
#37 scunnybabe 19:54:20 30/12/2008
hi im in aroom where theres lasers wth a dragon egg behind it and 3 shelves after pole spinnin to emm how do i get em to go up plz help
#36 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 14:43:30 18/12/2008
Approach the lock and Sparx will automatically use the lock pick to open it. They get used up so you'll have to buy a new one for each lock.
#35 Mariah 13:27:52 18/12/2008
lol, this probably sounds lame but.... how do I use the lockpick? I've tried constantly and am getting very frestraited.
#34 spyro lover 21:44:21 13/12/2008
iv beaten the game so many time iv lost count and im 13 yrs old
#33 cynder_234449 15:15:54 07/12/2008
i used the walkthrough and beat the game except i only got 90%
#32 Thunder 13:40:10 06/12/2008
I have 29 dark gems and i cant find anymore.The game is HARD!!!in spyro a heros tail.Im only nine and i have spyro heros tail for Gamecube.Help me!!
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