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“Stay Frosty!”
    —King Pen's official catchphrase

King Pen is a Brawler Sensei in Skylanders: Imaginators, who also serves as the leader of the Skylander Senseis.

Character Development

King Pen, being the leader of the Senseis and a Starter Pack character, was the most difficult to design.[2] The first concepts for King Pen, with the idea of a penguin warrior, didn't seem to be fighting-capable. So I-Wei Huang experimented with the idea of more focus on the character's upper body muscles. Weapons were also experimented along with wing blade armor, however, as they disrupted his shape, they made the blades his main weapons instead.[3]


Physical Traits

While penguins in reality have short legs, the same does not seem to apply to King Pen, whose legs are less stubby and have toes instead of webbed feet. King Pen has a large white-bellied torso that is covered with black and gold armor that reaches behind his head, with two black straps from front to back and a gold colored belt around his waist. He also dons large metal "Flipper Blades" in order to combat enemies and golden shoulder plating. He has a yellow beak, yellow eyes with black pupils, and wears a black helmet with a blue ponytail on the top.


King Pen hails from a militaristic unit of penguins who protect the Cloudmelt Glaciers. During an epic battle, King Pen was trapped in an avalanche and had to take refuge in a nearby cave for the remainder of the winter season. During his solitude, he was visited by a mysterious Yeti Master, named Snow Wah, who began teaching him an ancient combat style known as “Flipper-Fu”. King Pen was already a skilled fighter, but the wise teacher helped him to understand the spiritual and philosophical nature of warfare, turning the penguin into an unstoppable force. When he finally emerged from the cave, tales of his newfound abilities spread far and wide. When Master Eon caught wind, he recruited King Pen into his top secret training program, where he quickly rose up the ranks to become the leader of the Skylander Sensei. Years later, King Pen returned to the site of the avalanche to thank his teacher, but no evidence of Snow Wah or the cave was ever found – leaving many to wonder if the Yeti had ever existed at all.


King Pen can slash his enemies with his bladed wings, and even infuse ice into his attacks. King Pen can use his frost breath to leave a path of ice, and freeze his foes. King Pen can also perfrom a corkscrew dash which knocks enemies out of the way, and even create a huge snowball to launch at his enemies after the attack. King Pen is capable of creating a arena of ice to protect himself from attackers.


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

  • Health: ??? (max. 0)
  • Speed: ?? (max. 48)
  • Armor: ?? (max. 30)
  • Critical Hit: ?? (max. 50)
  • Elemental Power: ?? (max. 50)

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

  • Strength: 290
  • Defense: 210
  • Agility: 150
  • Luck: 100


Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Sensei Water Realm
Sky-Chi Ability
Requires unlocking from the
Brawler Sensei Shrine
Penguin Combo Frost Breath
Ice to Meet You
and You
King Penprimarypower
Primary Ability
Press Attack 1 to slash. Press it four times for a Slash Combo.
King Pensecondarypower
Secondary Ability
Press Attack 2 to create an Ice Path in front of King Pen. Enemies that walk over the Ice Path are damaged and frozen.
King Pensoulgempower
Price: 4000
Hold Attack 3 to spawn a Snowball.
View Sky-Chi
King Penskychipower
The ultimate Sensei attack! Hold Special Attack to perform your Sky-Chi Power! Use Left Stick to steer into enemies!
View Soul Gem

Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone/Power Pods.

Penguin Drill Giga Drill Ice Charge Lvl 1:
Ice Arena
Frostier Breath
King Penbasicupgrade1
Price: 500
Press Attack 3 to dash towards enemies.
King Penbasicupgrade2
Price: 700
Increases the damage of Penguin Drill.
King Penbasicupgrade3
Price: 900
Hold Attack 2 to expend an Ice Charge and summon a ring of ice. King Pen has increased armor and damage while inside the Ice Arena. Ice Charges are gained by destroying Ice Paths.
King Penbasicupgrade4
Price: 1200
Frost Breath range increased.
Penguin Combos
View Ice Mastery
Improve your Slashing techniques!
Penguin Combos Ice Blade Emperor Penguin
King Penpath1upgrade1
Price: 1700
Press Attack 1 twice and Attack 2 for a Frozen combo or press Attack 1 twice and Attack 3 for a Spin combo.
King Penpath1upgrade2
Price: 2200
Equip Ice Blades and increase King Pen's damage.
King Penpath1upgrade3
Price: 3000
Hold Attack 1 to enter Emperor Penguin mode to gain a damage bonus.
Ice Mastery
View Penguin Combos
Improves Ice Charge based abilities!
Ice Trail Ice Charge Lvl 2:
Ice Charge Lvl 3:
King Penpath2upgrade1
Price: 1700
Penguin Drill creates an Ice Path
King Penpath2upgrade2
Price: 2200
Hold Attack 3 to consume 3 Ice Charges to create a Blizzard that slows and damages nearby enemies.
King Penpath2upgrade3
Price: 3000
Hold Attack 3 to consume 3 Ice Charges to spawn an Iceberg that deals heavy burst damage.

Penguin Combos (Active)

1 enemy
Attacks an enemy and gains [FOCUS AGGRO] for 2 turn(s). Gains a [Shield] for 2 turn(s) when CRIT HIT lands.

Mana cost: 3
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Frosty Breath (Active)

1 enemy
Breathes out icy air to inflict damage in proportion to the target's DEF. [FREEZES] the target for 1 turn.

Mana cost: 5
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Frostier Breath (Active)

All Enemies
Inflicts damage in proportion to all targets' DEF. Casts [FREEZE] and [ACC DOWN] for 1 turn.

Mana cost: 5
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Ice Tundra (Passive)

All Allies
Grants [Strength] to all allies for 1 turn(s) with the power of ice. Also casts [ATK DOWN] on all enemies for 1 turn(s).

Mana cost: 4
Cooldown: 25 seconds

Strong Skin (Passive)

Gains [DEF UP] for 1 turn when HP is 10% or lower.

Mana cost:

Emperor Penguin's Authority (Leader)

[All Allies]
Increases the [DEF by 10%] of all allies.

Mana cost:


Battle Cries

  • "Stay frosty!"
  • "As you know, I'm a Sensei, which is A; awesome, and B; means I can train your Imaginators." - Sensei Training Bonus
  • "And as for Brawlers like me, I'll teach them my secret technique." - Secret Technique Bonus
  • "Cold cut!"
  • "It is better to give than receive, especially pain."
  • "I've won this battle before it even starts!"
  • "Perseverance is the key to any door! Except for those weird lock puzzle ones."
  • "Keep your friends close, and your enemies sliced up!"
  • "If at first you do succeed, brag about it afterwards."
  • "Enter the penguin!"
  • "I'm King Pen of the world!"
  • "The dream of flightless birds!"
  • "I accept this leveling up, from whoever just sent that." - leveling up
  • "It's like I've grown! Both metaphorically and physically for a second there..."
  • "A chain is only as strong as its weakest stat point!" - checking stats
  • "What this doesn't measure is the size of my heart; I'm pretty sure it's large, though."
  • "Sensei power!" - Sky-Chi - (Ice to Meet You and You)
  • "Fortune favors the cold!" - End of Sky Chi

Character Trailers

See also


King Pen/Gallery


  • His name is a pun on the words "Penguin" and "Kingpin". It may also come from "king penguin", a species of penguin.
  • Despite being shown to have the means to walk during his Sky-Chi, King Pen awkwardly waddles during his running animation.
  • King Pen grants to Imaginators his Ponytail Headpiece when first placed on the portal, and Flipper Blade Knuckles fashioned after his own weapons when his Shrine is opened.
  • He is the fourth Water Skylander with ice related abilities (Behind Slam Bam, Chill and Freeze Blade).
  • He is the second Skylander to be voiced by Rino Romano, the other being Scorp.
  • King Pen and Grave Clobber are both Brawlers of the Water Element.
  • He is similar to Snap Shot, the leader of the Trap Masters, as both are Water-elementals who lead teams of elite Skylanders.
  • His catchphrase was originally planned to be "Cold Cuts".
  • His new catchphrase, "Stay Frosty" may be a reference to Minecraft Youtuber Jackfrostminer's motto of the same name.
  • His quote, "Enter the Penguin", is a reference to the Bruce Lee movie Enter the Dragon.
  • King Pen is the only new Sensei to appear in the starter pack. The other Starter Pack Senseis appeared in previous games (Golden Queen and Wolfgang from Skylanders: Trap Team and Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex from the original Crash Bandicoot franchise).


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