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“No Chain, No Gain!”
    —Ghost Roaster's official catchphrase

Ghost Roaster, formerly known as Olav, is an Undead skeletal ghoul Skylander in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. He is only available for purchase in the Darklight Crypt Adventure Pack.


Physical Traits

Ghost Roaster is very curved and skeletal in appearance prior to falling into the Valley of the Undead. His head is skull-like with seeming razor sharp teeth, yellow eyes with orange pupils, and four pointy spikes atop of it. The bones that make up his arm and elbow are completely exposed with four fingers on each hand. He wears a black and almost worn out suit with a red neck collar that exposes the outline of his ribs. In place of legs is his tail which connects to his spiked ball and chain.


Ghost Roaster is known for his relentless, undying appetite for ghosts (particularly evil ghosts). However, being a chef, he is good in the kitchen for making delicious recipes. Despite his scary behavior, he seems unfazed by pranks such as Camo's.[2] In Secret Agent Secrets, Ghost Roaster's flaw is revealed to be a desire to have his work recognized, even if by the side of the villains. Years being put aside in favor of newcomer Skylanders made him bitter towards them, until Stormblade expressed respect for what he did regardless of his threats.


There was a time when Ghost Roaster was neither a ghost nor a roaster. Instead he was a chef living in a village high in the mountains. One day, while clipping wool from a sheep to use in a recipe, he accidentally fell into the Valley of the Undead and transformed into a ghost-eating ghoul! After eating an entire spectral village, its Ethereal Ruler chained Ghost Roaster to a spiked ball as punishment -- its rattle heard as he wanders the night, warning nearby spirits. When Master Eon eventually heard of his predicament, he figured even a ghost eater could be useful. So he made Ghost Roaster a Skylander... after he promised to eat only evil ghosts.



Ghost Roaster absolutely loved food. From spectre soup to phantasm fries, he regarded any Undead recipe with relish (and sometimes tops them with relish too). But Ghost Roaster wasn't always a gobbling soul; he was once a simple chef called Olav. Olav lived in a mountain-top village and was said to serve the best sheep-wool stew in all of Skylands (not that anyone had ever tried it anywhere else there). One day, when Olav was wandering the hills searching for sheep (or, more specifically, their wool), he slipped down the mountain side. Luckily he bounced on his behind and made a soft landing in the valley below. Unluckily his bottom was badly bruised. More unluckily still, he had entered the Valley of the Undead, and his days as a friendly foodie were over.

A famished Olav, or 'Ghost Roaster' as he decided to call himself, went in immediate search for a bite to eat. Luckily, a nearby ghost town was spilling over with puffy white spooks - which Ghostie promptly treated as a paranormal all-you-can-eat buffet. Understandably, the town's ethereal ruler was a little irritated to find its inhabitants completely devoured. So, as punishment, he chained Ghost Roaster to a rattling spiked ball to warn any wandering spirits. Taking pity on the skeletal ghoul, Master Eon made Ghost Roaster a Skylander - but only after he swore not to turn Hex into a hamburger.[3]

Secret Agent Secrets

Ghost Roaster, Voodood, and Boomer were Buzz's elite team of Skylanders when they mysteriously disappeared while on a mission at Motleyville and haven't returned for months. SuperChargers, Spitfire, Stormblade and Nightfall, were assigned to find the lost Skylanders at their last known location. Upon getting ambushed by Spell Punks lead by Spellslamzer, the SuperChargers were suddenly defeated and knocked unconscious by Ghost Roaster, Voodood, and Boomer, who were now working for Spellslamzer.

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Boomer, Voodood and Ghost Roaster celebrating the capture of the SuperChargers with Spellslamzer

With the three SuperChargers detained, Spellslamzer announced his plan to raid the Mabu Radiance mines of its rare and powerful minerals, therefore controlling the crystal supply to become the supreme power in all of Skylands. As Stormblade wondered why Voodood, Ghost Roaster, and Boomer would turn their backs on Skylands and Master Eon, Ghost Roaster revealed that he and the other two Elites grew tired of being tossed aside and forgotten while the Skylanders such as the SuperChargers, SWAP Force and the Giants are more appreciated. The ghoul Skylander would later stop Spitfire, Stormblade and Nightfall when they attempted to escape and Spellslamzer had the three SuperChargers strapped helplessly to the front of their own vehicles as the evil Spell Punk and his army ride out towards the Mabu mines.

During their attack on the Radiance Mines, Voodood and Boomer turned against Spellslamzer, revealing that all three Elites were pretending to be evil from the start. However Ghost Roaster held onto the belief that he and the Elites would simply be tossed aside and forgotten even if they turn in Spellslamzer; the ghoul remained on Spellslamzer's side, eventually engaging his former friends in battle. He fought against Stormblade and got his ball and chain stuck to the ground during the struggle. Ghost Roaster demanded Stormblade to take him down like any other bad guy, but she refused, reminding Ghost Roaster that he was a hero and someone who takes a special kind of courage to risk so much for no reward.

Moved by Stormblade's words, Ghost Roaster threw his ball and chain at the Radiance crystals under Spellslamzer, blowing them up and knocking Spellslamzer unconscious. The ghoul Skylander returned to the side of good, complimenting Stormblade's heroism and receiving forgiveness for his actions from his fellow Skylanders.


Being a ghoul, Ghost Roaster can turn intangible to avoid enemy attacks, at the cost of his health, before returning to physical form to attack his opponents. He can also turn into a large flaming and speeding skull, and strikes his enemies using his spiked ball tail.


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

  • Health: 280 (max. 560)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • 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: 60
  • Defense: 85
  • Agility: 40
  • Luck: 40


Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Darklight Crypt
Chain Whip Skull Charge
Lingering Curse
Ghost Roasterprimarypower
Primary Ability
Swing your chain tail at enemies.
Ghost Roastersecondarypower
Secondary Ability
Transform into a ghostly head that barrels through enemies.
Ghost Roastersoulgempower
Price: 4000
Ghosts have a bigger attack range and knocks enemies away.
Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone/Power Pods.
Pain Chain Metalhead Ectoplasm Mode Haunt
Ghost Roasterbasicupgrade1
Price: 500
Chain Whip attacks do increased damage.
Ghost Roasterbasicupgrade2
Price: 700
The Skull Charge attacks last longer.
Ghost Roasterbasicupgrade3
Price: 900
Enter Ectoplasm Mode and be immune to all attacks, but lose health over time.
Ghost Roasterbasicupgrade4
Price: 1200
Defeating an enemy with the Chain Whip turns them into a ghost that attacks other enemies.
Fear Eater
View Skull Master
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Ectoplasmic abilities.
Phase Shift Burst Ecto-Friendly Nightmare Touch
Ghost Roasterpath1upgrade1
Price: 1700
All nearby enemies take damage when you enter Ectoplasm Mode.
Ghost Roasterpath1upgrade2
Price: 2200
While in Ectoplasm Mode, you move faster and lose less health over time.
Ghost Roasterpath1upgrade3
Price: 3000
Touching a ghost while in Ectoplasm Mode creates a powerful explosion.
Skull Master
View Fear Eater
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Skull Dash attack.
Fright Bite Unfinished Business Life Transfer
Ghost Roasterpath2upgrade1
Price: 1700
Skull Charge does increased damage.
Ghost Roasterpath2upgrade2
Price: 2200
Defeating an enemy with Skull Charge creates a ghost.
Ghost Roasterpath2upgrade3
Price: 3000
Devouring a ghost while doing a Skull Charge heals you.

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Tail Flail (Primary Attack): Press (Y) repeatedly to whip enemies with Ghost Roaster's ball and chain.
  • Ghostly Gathering (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to summon two ghosts. Press (X) again to send a ghost at the nearest enemy. The enemy will be haunted and take damage for a few seconds.


  • Skull Sprint (requires level: 2): Press (X) to summon ghosts, then Sprint (A) to consume a ghost and turn Ghost Roaster into a giant skull. When in skull form, Ghost Roaster will damage nearby enemies.
  • Flailspin (requires level: 5): Press (Y), (Y), then hold (Y) to keep spinning Ghost Roaster's ball and chain. Use the Circle Pad to move Ghost Roaster during a Flailspin and reach more enemies.
  • Scary Stun (requires level: 8): Press (X) for Ghost Roaster's Ghostly Gathering. Nearby enemies will be stunned when he summons ghosts.

Mystic Seeker Scroll

Gain a 20% Speed bonus while in the Radiant Isles. The scroll for this upgrade can be found in Wighthaunt.


Basic Quests

  • Monster Masher: Defeat 1000 enemies.
  • Chow Hound: Eat 50 pieces of food.
  • Arena Artist: Complete an arena without taking any damage.
  • Battle Champ: Win 10 PvP matches.
  • Heroic Challenger: Complete a heroic challenge without taking any damage.

Elemental Quests

  • Elementalist: Cause 7500 elemental bonus damage.
  • By a Thread: Defeat an Undead Minion.
  • Bossed Around: Be defeated by a boss 3 times.

Unique Quest

  • Grave Circumstances: Defeat 100 enemies with Skull Charge.

Basic Quests

  • Bad Guy Basher: Defeat 1000 enemies.
  • Fruit Frontiersman: Eat 15 fruit.
  • Flawless Challenger: Complete a non-Story Mode level at full health.
  • True Gladiator: Win 10 PVP matches.
  • Totally Maxed Out: Reach level 20 and purchase all Upgrades for this Skylander.

Elemental Quests

  • Elementalist: Deal 7500 elemental bonus damage.
  • Witherer: Defeat 25 Life Spell Punks.
  • Back From the Brink: Defeat a boss while at critically low health.

Unique Quest

  • Grave Circumstances: Defeat 100 enemies with Skull Charge.


Battle Cries

  • "No Chain, No Gain! AHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!"
  • "Bad to the bone!"
  • "Spooky good!"
  • "Didn't see me coming did ya?!"
  • "Gonna slip right through!"
  • "Fun fun fun!"
  • "Boo!"
  • "It's scary how good I am!"
  • "Easy as ghost pie!"
  • "It's beautiful in the underworld this time of year!"
  • "Good enough to eat!" - When opening a treasure chest
  • "Stopping by my old haunts!" - When entering an Undead elemental area
  • "The ghost with the most!" - When checking stats
  • "Shall we engrave these numbers?"
  • "Oh! Good look for me!" - When given a hat
  • "Ooh! I'll look great in this!"
  • "Ooh, scary!" - When given a nickname
  • "Think I can get used to this."

Character Trailers

See Also


Ghost Roaster/Gallery


  • Ghost Roaster's catchphrase 'No Chain, No Gain' is a joke on the saying 'No Pain, No Gain'.
  • He is the first Skylander that has an upgrade that damages the user. Therefore, he is also the first who can get knocked out in the hub worlds of the Skylanders series.
    • ​Since Imaginators, he, High Five and Knight Imaginators can drain their own health. However, High Five and Knight Imaginators cannot drain all of their health and get defeated when performing their upgrades while Ghost Roaster can.
  • Like Pac Man, Ghost Roaster eats ghosts.
  • Ghost Roaster is voiced by John Kassir, best known as the voice of the Cryptkeeper in Tales from the Crypt. Both characters also have Undead traits. He also provides the vocal effects for Elliott in the 2016 adaptation of Pete's Dragon.
  • His name may have been a reference to Marvel's Ghost Rider.
    • It may also be a reference to the Ghostbusters franchise.
  • Ghost Roaster was originally called Ghost Eater.[4]
  • There is a glitch in Swap Force where if you jump while in Ectoplasm Mode, Ghost Roaster's chain becomes transparent until he enters Ectoplasm Mode again.
  • He, Bash, and Bop both have spikeballs attached to them.
  • There is a glitch in Giants where you cannot complete his quest Grave Circumstances after getting the Fright Bite upgrade.
  • One time Ghost Roaster was about to unknowingly crack open one of Sonic Boom's eggs into a mixing bowl to whip up a batch of pancakes. Needless to say Sonic Boom wasn't happy, and poor Ghost Roaster didn't know what hit him![5]
  • He and Smash Hit have spiked balls at the end of their chains.
  • A skin texture map of Ghost Roaster was leaked in the 1.0 version of Skylanders: Ring of Heroes, but he never appeared in the final game.
  • If Ghost Roaster is interrupted by a dialogue scene or cinematic while using Skull Charge in the Xbox 360 version of Spyro's Adventure, he will revert to his normal form but float gradually forward in the direction that he's facing.


  1. John Kassir ┃ DPN Talent. Commercial Talent Agency.
  2. Skylanders: Book of Elements - Life & Undead, 28-29
  3. Skylanders Official Sticker Book: Meet the Skylanders
  4. The Secret Skylanders You've Never Seen. (Date Posted - Oct 18, 2012). Activision Blog.
  5. Skylanders: Universe - Book of Elements: Air & Earth, page 18

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