“Bring the Sting!”
    —Swarm's official catchphrase


Swarm is a giant hymenopteran insect who is one of the eight Giants in Skylanders: Giants. He is of the Air element.

Background

Personality

Swarm is as adventurous as he is unique. He always adds a barbeed insult to a stinging attack. He never gets caught short of ideas, always having a 'plan bee' up his sleeve.[1]

Biography

Swarm was once a prince from a proud race of mysterious insect warriors that had built their entire civilization inside a giant honeycombed pyramid. Growing up as one of the 9,000 members of the royal family, he was never permitted to leave the hive. But unlike his brethren, there was a magical quality to Swarm that caused him to grow much larger than the rest of his kind. No longer able to fit amongst the rest of his colony, the young prince broke the long standing tradition and stepped out into the open world - where his size and strength would be put to good use in the legendary battle between the Giants and the Arkeyans.

Story

History

As one of the nine thousand members of an insect royal family all crammed together in a hive, it was difficult for Swarm to stand out. All that changed when, without any explanation, the young prince began to grow. And grow. And grow. Although it was forbidden for any member of the royal family to ever leave the hive, they were forced to make an exception for Swarm when his head starting growing through the roof.

Emerging into an unfamiliar world, Swarm struggled to find a place to fit in. He wandered for months, and discovered that stinging insects, particularly enormous talking monster stinging insects, are not very popular. He soon became homesick, and longed for the days he was being trampled by several thousands of his closet relatives. However, when he was discovered by the other Giants, he finally found a purpose - using his brute strength and stinger attacks to ruin the Arkeyans' picnic and restore peace to Skylands.[2]

Return of the Dragon King

When Malefor was on his way to attack the Skylanders Academy, Swarm was one of the many Skylanders that were summoned to stop the evil dragon. Tree Rex, Eye-Brawl and Crusher managed to grab hold of the Malefor's tail and hold him down, allowing Swarm and Bouncer to attack the dragon. However the Giants were caught off guard when Malefor's mechanical tail was also made as a weapon and he was able to defeat all of the attacking Skylanders, including the Giants, with a powerful tail whip. Malefor then proceeded to absorb their powers to make himself more powerful before advancing towards the Academy. Swarm's powers were later returned to him when Spyro destroyed Malefor's crystal that was used to steal the powers of Skylanders.

Gameplay

Stats

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

  • Health: 400 (max. 800)
  • Speed: 20 (max. 68)
  • Armor: 12 (max. 42)
  • Critical Hit: 50 (max. 100)
  • 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: 110
  • Defense: 150
  • Agility: 80
  • Luck: 50

Abilities

Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Cutthroat Carnival
Barb Blades Flight of the Wasp
Bee is for the Butt Stinger
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Primary Ability
Press the Attack 1 button to slash enemies.
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Secondary Ability
Press Attack 2 to hover in the air. While flying, press Attack 1 to shoot Barb Blades.
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Price: 4000
While flying, press Attack 3 to fire but stinger missiles that track enemies.

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

Sharpened Barbs Wingin' It Swarm Form Stinger Shot
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Price: 500
Barb Blades melee attacks do increased damage.
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Price: 700
Can fly faster and for longer durations.
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Price: 900
Press Attack 3 to turn into a swarm of bugs which damage everything they touch.
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Price: 1200
Hold Attack 1 to charge up and release to shoot a stinging energy blast.
Barberous Avenger
View Wasp Stormer
Further develop Swarm's Barb Blade attacks.
Razor Wings Better Barb Blast Ultimate Barbs
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Price: 1700
Wings damage any enemies they touch.
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Price: 2200
Barb Blades shot while flying do increased damage.
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Price: 3000
All Barb Blade attacks do maximum damage.
Wasp Stormer
View Barberous Avenger
Further develop Swarm's Swarm Form attacks.
Swarm Storm Insectsplosion Bee Cleaver
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Price: 1700
Swarm Form is bigger and does increased damage.
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Price: 2200
While in Swarm Form, press Attack 2 to do shockwave damage.
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Price: 3000
While in Swarm Form, press Attack 1 to form a giant axe and swing at enemies.

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Stinger Slice (Primary Attack): Press (Y) repeatedly to slice enemies with Swarm's Stingers.
  • Stinger Shot (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to shoot Swarm's stingers.
Upgrades
  • Charged Air Blades (requires level: 3): Hold (Y) during any of Swarm's combo attacks to charge up air blades. Release (Y) once fully charged to fire the air blades.
  • Bug Swarm (requires level: 6): Turn into a swarm of wasps that damages anything in your path while sprinting.
  • Explosive Stingers (requires level: 9): Swarm's stingers now explode on impact when fired.

Quests

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.
  • Skylooter: Collect 500 gold while in midair.
  • From Above: Defeat 25 enemies while in midair.
Unique Quest
  • Swarm Feelings: Defeat 100 enemies in Swarm Form.

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.
  • Geronimo!: Travel over 250 feet in one fall.
  • Skylooter: Collect 500 gold while in midair.
Unique Quest
  • Swarm Feelings: Defeat 100 enemies in Swarm Form.

Quotes

Battle Cries

  • "Bring the Sting!"
  • "Prepare to buzz!"
  • "Form the swarm!"
  • "Go to plan bee!"
  • "Trouble with the bumble!"
  • "Hide and seek!"
  • "The buzz and the swarm!"
  • "Buzz on through!"
  • "Moving on."
  • "Going up!"
  • "Boung boing!"
  • "A buzz-worthy victory!"
  • "I'm the king of sting!"
  • "The king of the sting!"
  • "Woohoo!"
  • "Buzz off!"
  • "Oh yeah!"
  • "Let's buzz on in!" - when in Elemental Zone
  • "Strength in numbers!" - when checking stats
  • "Looking good!" - when checking stats
  • "Nice!" - when given a hat
  • "Hopefully, this will fit over my antennas!" - when given a hat
  • "The name is buzzing in my ears!" - when given a nickname
  • "Not a bad name." - when given a nickname

Character Trailers

Gallery

Swarm/Gallery

Trivia

  • Swarm speaks in a Spanish accent, though the original inspiration was an Italian voice actor, who couldn't be hired due to SAG-AFTRA restrictions. [3]
  • He has the lowest health out of the other Giants.
  • Unlike most flying Skylanders, Swarm (and Gill Grunt) flies in a standing position rather than in a quadruped stance. However, Swarm can slightly turn during the process of flight.
  • He and Drobot are the only two Skylanders who can damage enemies by just flying.
  • There is a glitch where if Swarm enters a cutscene or is otherwise interrupted whilst flying, he will land although still be showing the animation of his wings buzzing.
  • He resembles more of a bombardier beetle than a bee or wasp.
  • He, Hot Dog and Bumble Blast are the only Skylanders with bee related moves.
  • He and Scratch are the only air Skylanders without a blue color scheme.
  • Although Swarm can only fly for a limited amount of time, he can fly infinitely if he goes over water.
  • Swarm has the shortest name of all Giants.
  • Swarm is one of the nine Skylanders with one syllable in his name (others are BashChill, Hex, Scratch, Scorp, SplatZap, and Zook).
  • Swarm is the only giant who can fly, although Ninjini can float.
  • Having 8,999 other insect siblings makes it hard to wrap presents and write birthday cards for each of them everyday. But on the bright side, on Swarm's birthday, he gets a whole pile of presents and cards.
  • Swarm is one of the Skylanders who appear to be based upon insects (others being Dune Bug and High Five).
  • It is unclear whether or not Swarm is a bee or wasp, as his moves and voice dialogue contain references to both bees and wasps. Examples being the "Wasp Stormer" Path, "Bee is for Butt-Stinger" Soul Gem power, and his "Bee Cleaver" attack.

References

  1. Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection, page 8
  2. Skylanders: Universe - Official Sticker Book, page 48
  3. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure DEVELOPER COMMENTARY - Episode 8: Senior Character Designer, Nat Loh

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