Hugo explaining rune sets to Spyro. Runes are magical stones used as equipment in . Coming in various sets obtained at Skylanders: Ring of Heroes Shattered Islands or from Rune Crates, they can be equipped in 6 different slots in a Skylander, with each slot having a different effect; as well as higher grade Runes having additional boons.
Runes are made out of stones infused with
Mind Magic, according to Enigma, which explains the gathering of Cyclopses and Ruins Guardians in the Distorted Dimensions that want to exploit that power.
Energy - Sets of 2 - 10%+ HP
Strike - Sets of 4 - 25%+ Attack
Rage - Sets of 4 - 30%+ Critical Hit Damage
Resist - Sets of 2 - 10%+ Status Effect Resistance
Ward - Sets of 2 - 10%+ Defense
Hope - Sets of 4 - 20% Decreased Block Damage
Focus - Sets of 2 - 20%+ Effect Accuracy
Fatal - Sets of 2 - 10%+ Crit Rate
Hit - Sets of 2 - 5%+ Accuracy
Dodge - Sets of 2 - 5%+ Evasion
All runes are engraved with Skylands Runes, some using rarer symbols only seen in a few games.
During the game's beta, there was a set that increased Endurance, possibly removed to give the Strength Status Effect a bigger focus.
The Hope rune shares the symbol of the Shattering Sigil, being one of the more iconic Skylands Runes.
The usage of Runes possibly indirectly led to the events of , as Skylanders: Imaginators Hugo suggests that using otherworldly Mind Magic would bring it back to Skylands.