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“Lights Out!”
    —Dark Spyro's catchphrase

Dark Spyro is the dark counterpart of Spyro who comes with the Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and in a single pack in certain countries. He is currently the only variant to have a different catchphrase and moveset (3DS only) than his normal counterpart. He has a Series 3 Mega Ram counterpart.

In Skylanders: Ring of Heroes, Dark Spyro has been renamed as Shadow Spyro and is part of the Dark element.



Dark Spyro is more wild, erratic, and darker than his normal counterpart, as seen in his 3DS gameplay. While in this form, he is always at risk of being consumed by the dark magic. This process worries his fellow Skylanders at times as they fear that the evil forces may eventually corrupt their friend.[1]


Spyro is a rare magical dragon with the ability to harness the power of the other elements, though he prefers to master fire. However, this innate power also leaves him vulnerable to the influence of dark magic. When The Darkness is nearby, Spyro can channel his energy and combine its power with his own, becoming Dark Spyro. Over the years, he has learned to focus and control his power, using this dark magic to fight the forces of evil.



Spyro had some sensational skills. Unlike the other Skylanders, he could harness the power of every element, but still preferred his original favorite - Fire. But there was a sinister side to Spyro's ability. Master Eon observed this first-hand when The Darkness attempted to corrupt the Core of Light. Spyro began to shudder and shake. His purple skin seemed to flush and flare as dark magic flowed through him like lightning. Only Master Eon's speedily cast spells saved Spyro from a foul fate. With time, and Eon's tutelage, Spyro had learned to master this dark magic know-how. And when he harnessed energy, he transformed into Dark Spyro! However, only Spyro's brave heart and careful control prevented him from being consumed by darkness.[2]


Although Dark Spyro has the exact same abilities as Spyro in the console version of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (and thus the same as Legendary Spyro, with only a color swap), his changes are quite dramatic in the Nintendo 3DS versions of the game and later handheld installments.

In the Nintendo 3DS versions, Spyro and Legendary Spyro are quite masterful shooting just regular fireballs and using their Horn Charge. However, Dark Spyro is more adept at physical slashes and using magical thunder. At first he can use only a three-hit slashing combo, and of course dash and jump, and is also one of the characters able to glide. As he levels up, he learns to shoot thunder balls (which he can later run over to get power and speed boosts) and shoot powerful rays of lightning energy.


These are the starting and maximum Statistics for this Skylander in the Skylanders games.

  • Health: 280 (max. 560)
  • Speed: 50 (max. 98)
  • Armor: 24 (max. 54)
  • Critical Hit: 20 (max. 70)
  • Elemental Power: 25 (max. 75)

Warning: These stats are not used in any of the Skylander games. They are only listed for completeness reasons.

  • Strength: 70
  • Defense: 40
  • Agility: 90
  • Luck: 60

These are the starting and maximum Statistics for this Skylander in the Skylanders games.

  • Health: 280 (max. 560)
  • Speed: 50 (max. 98)
  • Armor: 18 (max. 48)
  • Critical Hit: 6 (max. 56)
  • Elemental Power: 35 (max. 85)

Warning: These stats are not used in any of the Skylander games. They are only listed for completeness reasons.

  • Strength: 85
  • Defense: 65
  • Agility: 110
  • Luck: 60


Basic Abilities
Dark Spyro's fireballs can damage Rotting Robbies.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Crawling Catacombs

Wow Pow Ability
Requires Dark Mega Ram Spyro

Dragon's Fire Charge
Spyro's Earth Pound
Head Start!
Primary Ability
Dark Spyro breathes balls of flame from his mouth, incinerating enemies.
Secondary Ability
Dark Spyro runs head down knocking over enemies with his horns.
Price: 4000
Dark Spyro performs a devastating dive-bomb head smash while flying, damaging enemies all around him.
View Wow Pow
Price: 5000
Summon a magic worm ally at the end of your charge and send it after your enemies.
View Soul Gem
Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone/Power Pods.
Long Range Raze Spyro's Flight Sprint Charge Triple Flameballs
Price: 500
Enhancing Dark Spyro's lung capacity, this ability lets Spyro shoot flameballs that travel much farther than before.
Price: 700
Can fly over water and move at great speed.
Price: 900
Dark Spyro is able to charge for a longer distance with this upgrade.
Price: 1200
Shoot 3 Flameballs instead of one.
Sheep Burner Spyro
View Blitz Spyro
This upgrade path lets Dark Spyro further develop his Flameball attacks.
Fire Shield Exploding Fireblast The Daybringer Flame
Price: 1700
This upgrade generates fire shields around Dark Spyro when he uses his Flameball attack.
Price: 2200
Dark Spyro's central Flameball ignites into an explosive force that not only does more damage but hits multiple enemies.
Price: 3000
Hold down the primary power button to build up this attack, which generates a flame so big and bright it is said to bring daylight to the sky.
Blitz Spyro
View Sheep Burner Spyro
This upgrade path lets Dark Spyro further develop his Charging attacks.
Stun Charge Comet Dash Ibex's Wrath Charge
Price: 1700
Enemies hit by Dark Spyro's charge become temporarily stunned.
Price: 2200
A magic aura surrounds Dark Spyro's horns imbuing them with extra power and damage that burns enemies in its path.
Price: 3000
Find Dark Spyro's extra gear. With this upgrade, Dark Spyro builds up speed and such a destructive force that it causes the very air around him to ignite into the magical form of fiery ibex horns.

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Dark Fire Shot (Active)

1 enemy
Inflicts 85% of ATK as damage to 1 enemy, and grants the [Explosion] Effect for 3 turn(s) with a 45% chance when you attack accurately.

Mana cost: 2
Cooldown: 4 seconds

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Enraged Charge (Active)

1 enemy
Inflicts 121% of ATK as damage to 1 enemy, and grants the [ATK DOWN] 20% Effect for 2 turn(s) with a 45% chance when you attack accurately. Able to put the enemy in Knockdown Status.

Mana cost: 3
Cooldown: 3 seconds

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Capture Opportunity (Passive)

If there's a team member with the [Provoke] Effect, excluding yourself, steals the beneficial effect x0 whenever you attack the enemy.

Mana cost:

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Smooth Scales (Leader)

Increases the Evasion Rate by 10% if your HP is above 90%.

Mana cost:

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Dragon's Fury (Primary Attack): Press (Y) repeatedly to strike with Dark Spyro's tail, wings, and lightning breath.
  • Shadow Spark (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to fire a burst of dark energy. The burst will leave an energy field on the ground that damages enemies overtime.


  • Airburn (requires level: 3): Press (X) in midair to burn a circle of powerful energy beneath Dark Spyro.
  • Energy Conduit (requires level: 6): Create a Shadow Spark, then run through the Spark to energize Dark Spyro. While energized, Dark Spyro moves faster and his (Y) a ttacks will send a wave of energy outwards.
  • Shadowbeam (requires level: 9): Hold (X) and release to shoot a beam of dark energy. The beam will leave a trail of fire that damages enemies.

Mystic Seeker Scroll

Gain a 20% Damage bonus while in the Radiant Isles. The scroll for this upgrade can be found in Lava Flow Grotto.

Character Trailers

See also


Dark Spyro/Gallery


  • Dark Spyro's voice is described as one that isn't recognizable by those around him. "It was deeper, with an edge they'd never heard before - like something from the depths of a nightmare."[3]
  • Dark Spyro originated from The Legend of Spyro series, as Spyro the Dragon's dark form.
    • His current appearance resembles Dark Spyro in the Gameboy Advance version of The Eternal Night, with silver claws and teeth instead of red, unlike the console versions, where Dark Spyro had dark orange horns, spikes and claws.
    • Unlike his Legend of Spyro counterpart, Dark Spyro is capable of controlling his dark impulses.
  • Despite having a completely different catchphrase, Dark Spyro still says normal Spyro's catchphrase in the games. However, he does say "Lights Out" as one of his Battle Cries in Swap Force and in his regular form in Battlecast.
  • While viewing Dark Spyro's biography in Skylanders: Swap Force, the game reveals a screenshot from an unreleased Dark Spyro trailer.

    Dark Spyro was the only "Dark" variant until the Dark Skylanders made their debut. Before Swap Force, his scales were also dark purple, and were changed to black like the other variants.
  • He slightly resembles the Ender Dragon from Minecraft.
  • Dark Spyro has been released as a single pack in some countries.
  • His Mega Blok figure has a Viking Helmet, a hat found in the first level in Spyro's Adventure.
  • Dark Spyro is the first Alter Ego to be reposed (the second being Dark Stealth Elf and the third being Legendary Jet-Vac).
    • He is only Alter Ego with a repose that is not a SuperCharger.
  • While viewing his biography in the Skylander Collection in Skylanders: Swap Force, Dark Spyro's story background shows an unreleased screenshot of a Dark Spyro trailer that was never released.
  • Dark Spyro manipulates the power of darkness, which turns his fire breath light purple, not unlike Malefor.
    • In addition to this, his horns glow purple when using his Charge attack in Swap Force
  • Despite being a reposed version of Dark Spyro, Dark Mega Ram Spyro appears as regular Spyro in Spyro's Adventure and Giants.
  • Dark Spyro is the only variant that has different movesets on the Nintendo 3DS.
    • Despite having a different moveset, his Dark Mega Ram counterpart has the same wow pow as the regular Mega Ram Spyro.


  1. Skylanders Universe: Molten Hot Dog's Quiz Quest, page 31
  2. Skylanders Official Sticker Book, page 9
  3. Skylanders Official 2015 Annual, page 50

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