Skylanders: Swap Force

Skylanders: Swap Force

The third in the Skylanders series, follow up to 2012's Skylanders: Giants.

Skylanders: Swap Force
Platform Developer Release Date
Europe North America
PlayStation 4Xbox One Vicarious Visions
Nov 15th 2013 Nov 12th 2013
PlayStation 3Wii UXbox 360 Oct 18th 2013 Oct 13th 2013
Wii
Beenox
Nintendo 3DS
n-Space

Story

The story and background for the new types of toys is as detailed below:

In Skylanders: Swap Force, Portal Masters embark on an all-new adventure in the mysterious Cloudbreak Islands, home to a mystical volcano that erupts every hundred years to replenish the magic in Skylands. During an epic battle, a brave group of Skylanders were caught in the volcano's eruption, which blasted them apart and sent them to Earth. But, the magic of the volcano gave these heroes a remarkable new power -- the ability to swap halves -- turning them into a special team known as the Swap Force.

Meanwhile, Kaos is back with a new evil plan. And now, Portal Masters everywhere must reassemble the Swap Force -- in their original form or in new combinations -- and send them back to Cloudbreak to save Skylands!

Characters

As well as being able to use all of the Skylanders from the original two games, Skylanders: Swap Force introduces 32 brand new characters to play as. This new lineup is made up of 16 Swap Force Skylanders which break apart into two pieces that can be mixed-and-matched between them all and 16 new regular "core" Skylanders that won't have the swapping feature.

TechTech
Magna Charge
Magna Charge
Spy Rise
Spy Rise
Countdown
Countdown
Wind-Up
Wind-Up
Heavy Duty Sprocket
Heavy Duty Sprocket
Big Bang Trigger Happy
Big Bang Trigger Happy
Lightcore Countdown
Lightcore Countdown
Nitro Magna Charge
Nitro Magna Charge
Kickoff Countdown
Kickoff Countdown
Springtime Trigger Happy
Springtime Trigger Happy
WaterWater
Wash Buckler
Wash Buckler
Freeze Blade
Freeze Blade
Riptide
Riptide
Punk Shock
Punk Shock
Blizzard Chill
Blizzard Chill
Anchors Away Gill Grunt
Anchors Away Gill Grunt
Lightcore Wham-Shell
Lightcore Wham-Shell
Dark Wash Buckler
Dark Wash Buckler
Nitro Freeze Blade
Nitro Freeze Blade
FireFire
Blast Zone
Blast Zone
Fire Kraken
Fire Kraken
Fryno
Fryno
Smolderdash
Smolderdash
Fire Bone Hot Dog
Fire Bone Hot Dog
Lava Barf Eruptor
Lava Barf Eruptor
Lightcore Smolderdash
Lightcore Smolderdash
Volcanic Eruptor
Volcanic Eruptor
Dark Blast Zone
Dark Blast Zone
Jade Fire Kraken
Jade Fire Kraken
UndeadUndead
Night Shift
Night Shift
Rattle Shake
Rattle Shake
Roller Brawl
Roller Brawl
Grim Creeper
Grim Creeper
Phantom Cynder
Phantom Cynder
Twin Blade Chop Chop
Twin Blade Chop Chop
Lightcore Grim Creeper
Lightcore Grim Creeper
Legendary Night Shift
Legendary Night Shift
Legendary Lightcore Grim Creeper
Legendary Lightcore Grim Creeper
Quickdraw Rattle Shake
Quickdraw Rattle Shake
LifeLife
Stink Bomb
Stink Bomb
Grilla Drilla
Grilla Drilla
Bumble Blast
Bumble Blast
Zoo Lou
Zoo Lou
Thorn Horn Camo
Thorn Horn Camo
Ninja Stealth Elf
Ninja Stealth Elf
Lightcore Bumble Blast
Lightcore Bumble Blast
Dark Ninja Stealth Elf
Dark Ninja Stealth Elf
Legendary Zoo Lou
Legendary Zoo Lou
Jolly Bumble Blast
Jolly Bumble Blast
MagicMagic
Hoot Loop
Hoot Loop
Trap Shadow
Trap Shadow
Star Strike
Star Strike
Dune Bug
Dune Bug
Super Gulp Pop Fizz
Super Gulp Pop Fizz
Mega Ram Spyro
Mega Ram Spyro
Lightcore Star Strike
Lightcore Star Strike
Dark Mega Ram Spyro
Dark Mega Ram Spyro
Enchanted Hoot Loop
Enchanted Hoot Loop
Enchanted Lightcore Star Strike
Enchanted Lightcore Star Strike
AirAir
Free Ranger
Free Ranger
Boom Jet
Boom Jet
Pop Thorn
Pop Thorn
Scratch
Scratch
Turbo Jet-Vac
Turbo Jet-Vac
Horn Blast Whirlwind
Horn Blast Whirlwind
Lightcore Warnado
Lightcore Warnado
Legendary Free Ranger
Legendary Free Ranger
EarthEarth
Rubble Rouser
Rubble Rouser
Doom Stone
Doom Stone
Slobber Tooth
Slobber Tooth
Scorp
Scorp
Hyper Beam Prism Break
Hyper Beam Prism Break
Knockout Terrafin
Knockout Terrafin
Lightcore Flashwing
Lightcore Flashwing
Dark Slobber Tooth
Dark Slobber Tooth

That includes new poses for 16 old characters from the first two games and eight Lightcore versions of new and old, bringing the total number of new playable toys to 75. That's a grand total of 174 toys if you include the 99 from Spyro's Adventure and Giants.

In the brand new Starter Pack you will get three Skylanders, that's two Swap Force and one Series 3 returning Skylander. It'll be Wash Buckler, Blast Zone and Ninja Stealth Elf for the consoles and Free Ranger, Rattle Shake and Volcanic Eruptor for the 3DS. There is no Portal Owner's Pack this time due to the need to use the new portal.

To help differentiate between the old and new sets, the base of the Skylanders for Skylanders: Swap Force will be blue instead of the green/orange currently seen on the Spyro's Adventure and Giants toys.

Adventure Packs and Battle Packs

There will be two new Adventure Packs and two new Battle Packs as part of Swap Force. The Adventure Packs are called Tower of Time and Sheep Wreck Island. The Battle Packs are called Fiery Forge and Arkeyan Crossbow.

Tower of Time includes new Skylander "Pop Thorn" as well as the Tower itself and two Magic Items "Battle Hammer" and "Sky Diamond".

Fiery Forge includes new Skylander "Bumble Blast", reposed Series 3 "Knockout Terrafin" and the battle item "Fiery Forge".

Triple Packs

Again there will be triple packs with three characters in them.

A: Slobber Tooth, Lava Barf Eruptor, Super Gulp Pop Fizz
B: Zoo Lou, Mega Ram Spyro, Blizzard Chill
C: Star Strike, Anchors Away Gill Grunt, Big Bang Trigger Happy
D: Scorp, Twin Blade Chop Chop, Heavy Duty Sprocket
Magic: Mega Ram Spyro, Super Gulp Pop Fizz, Star Strike (Walmart exclusive)

Swap Force Abilities

The new Swappable characters can do more than just swap, each of them has a movement ability associated with their lower half, this ability can unlock the special Swap Zones that you'll find in each level.

Bounce Climb Sneak Teleport Speed Spin Rocket Dig

These abilities are exclusive to the swappable Swap Force characters and have not been retroactively given to existing characters. Just like there are two new characters for each element there are two characters for each ability (you can still manage to get one of each element and have one of each movement type if you choose them carefully).

Portal of Power

Portal of Power

The game uses a brand new Portal of Power, redesigned to be able to recognise the ever changing forms of the Swap Force toys. It is unknown whether the new portal will work with Spyro's Adventure and Giants so don't go throwing the old portal out just yet.

To help with the swapping in the 3DS game you will be able to load in all of your figures rather than be stuck with the limit of just two figures that you had in the last two games.

Platforms

The game will appear on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS as well as on mobile devices and the web.


Comments
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#16896 1206514 01:18:50 13/06/2020
Skylanders swap force is awesome!
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#16895 Super Spyro 49 00:36:33 30/03/2020
The story on how good/bad this game is, or at least my experience with it, is kinda a long one.
During the era of Giants, I think that’s when Skylanders was at its peak popularity and basically there was nothing to hate. As well, the Skylanders Universe online world, as well as 3 super addicting mobile apps, just kept the fun going wherever you were. Arguably, that time was perfect. However, after a certain point, 2 of the 3 mobile apps weren’t being kept up to date and one was completely thrown out the window, but thankfully the best app (you know the one: Lost Islands) was still being attended to, kept getting updated, and it was still addicting. Then came what was the most devastating withdrawal of the entire series: removing the online world that was Spyro’s Universe. After that, about 30% of my interest in Skylanders was slightly shattering, and was a bit more into Minecraft from then on, and the console games were only kinda fun, but I still played lost Islands on a daily basis. Then < 1 month before SWAP Force was released, I hit a huge depression and deep dive in my self-esteem, I stopped playing Lost Islands and was barely excited about the arrival of SWAP Force. In fact, my mental state was so rough I cared more about my Skylanders looking like their toy forms than them being strong in game, so I formatted so many of my Level 15, fully upgraded, gold ranked Skylanders from the previous games, and with that, playing SWAP Force became more of a way for me to be un-self-conscious than actually have fun, since I started feeling super insecure and decided to completely hide my love for the series. After that year, I was forced to go to boarding school, where I only had the little times I had at home to play Trap Team, but that’s a different story. Either way, when Trap Team came out, I’d never thought I’d play Swap Force again.
Seeing as how the series has kinda come to an end (unless Activision decides to update Ring of Heroes another couple of times) I played back through all the games, and now I see how Swap Force could have been the ultimate game if I had the same mindset for it as I did with Giants. I would continue my present day views of SWAP Force, but I don’t want to make this comment too long. Bottom line is, the game is masterful, beautiful, and a definite up from the other games, even though that doesn’t exactly mean a step FORWARD, although it might be. More on that in another comment.
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#16894 wreckingballbob 03:09:33 29/02/2020
This game made me into a man.
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#16893 hats88 23:45:56 12/12/2019
I've been away from the site for more than a few years now (I think the last time I was on was 2013), but this game just popped into my head a few days ago. I think it might be because I was thinking about the Spyro reignited trilogy, but that's for a different post.

I really loved Spyro's Adventure and was really into it. I was also a big fan of Giants. I got Swap Force a little after it's release and I remember I thought the concept was so cool, but it wasn't a game that I anticipated like I did Giants (mainly because of my love for the first game). This was the last Skylanders game that I got, mainly because I was getting older and focusing more on other things.

I haven't played the game in a while, but I remember that the levels were a bit longer than I liked and I actually never completed the game.

Unike the first game, I only bought the starter pack and 2 other new characters (Rattle Shake and Grilla Drilla). I remember I always wanted Stink Bomb and really did love the whole concept of being able to swap top and bottom halves of characters. I actually went on ebay and saw that some of the characters were pretty good prices so I ended up purchasing a used Stink Bomb, Night Shift, and Free Ranger, as well as a Series 3 Trigger Happy and Series 2 Pop Fizz. (I am currently debating on getting either Magna Charge or Freeze Blade and I'm not sure which one to get so any help would be much appreciated)

I am currently in college, just finishing up Finals week, and i'm actually pretty excited to get back into this game when I get home. Hopefully giving it another go will reignite the magic from the first game.

Although I am excited to try this game again, I definitely will not be getting any of the newer ones. I think that Swap Force is one of the most innovative ideas that they came up with and the new ones just aren't for me anymore. That being said, I hope that anyone who enjoys them keeps enjoying them and everyone has a great Holiday!
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#16892 Blue Gaudreau 23:02:56 18/02/2019
I really like this game now.
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#16891 Drawdler 01:58:34 22/01/2019
Second best; nonparie combat and balance for the series create thrilling fights paired with properly placed platforming and puzzles to breathe in. The levels feel like a rollercoaster as a result. Everything feels satisfying and clever to play, and there is a ****ton to do. This is easily the most satisfying entry to "master" playing, as its challenge actually asks for this without becoming overly difficult, slow, or ever being bull****. The nick is that the art is subpar and story is lame, and grindy quests are a poor replacement for Heroics and Giants' own quests. Due to the story and art, though I would argue this is the best entry as a pure game (just edging out the original), it's not the absolute best experience on the whole.
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#16890 wreckingballbob 17:12:19 03/02/2018
True that.
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#16889 Kevin16 08:21:21 08/01/2018
The kid under me probably played the Wii version lol
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#16888 goldenwolf 22:31:05 04/11/2017
first of the number 16873 poster ghost fury is right. it sucked it felt rushed bad graphics man I hate this game nothing more than a letdown of the greatis game searis. horible skylanders worst game ever in skylanders. the only kinda good thing is the fact that I beat it in under 6 houres.
like WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO TO CALI!!! you saying they know each other after swap force!?!?!?! the frosty levels were a bad thing just been there cose someone sead "this looks like a good AI!" and then they aded it for that guy and olso that aciant man bad bad. all I want is this game to be out of here!
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#16887 wreckingballbob 09:24:37 02/10/2017
Best Skylanders game fam.
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#16886 Blue Gaudreau 20:28:21 04/09/2017
This game wasn't fun.
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#16885 Zekrom Prime 01:30:15 18/06/2017
Worst Game Yet
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#16884 MLG Skylander 08:31:35 02/04/2017
You can sill play it
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#16883 KingMed 13:11:40 07/02/2017
RIP the best skylanders game .
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#16882 GadtheGreat 00:59:07 01/11/2016
@chowderberry Thanks, I'll take all of that as a compliment. I think I got a bit carried away but all the games have something special to offer.
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