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“Twists of Fury!”
    —Whirlwind's official catchphrase

Whirlwind is a unicorn/dragon hybrid Air Skylander from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Her winter counterpart is called Polar Whirlwind, and her Series 3 counterpart is called Horn Blast Whirlwind.

Character Development

Whirlwind was a Skylander influenced by ships from Star Control 2; her Tempest Cloud ability functions very much like the spinning blade discs of the game's Kohr-Ah Marauder ships. Originally, her primary attack was an attempt as a wind projectile but after many iterations, the wind project was deemed visually weak. After multiple meetings, one designer jokingly said "what if she shoots rainbows" to which Paul Reiche responded enthusiastically "Yes! Make them the deadliest rainbows ever." Whirlwind would go on to really set the bar for crazy Skylander abilities. The rainbow theme really let her upgrades shine with the Rainbow Singularity being a benchmark for over-the-top powers. The slow methodical approach of its harmless-seeming projectile conveys a disarming sense of calm before it explodes into rainbow death. The Dual Rainbow upgrade was to be named Double Rainbow after the Yosemitebear Mountain meme, but was changed due to a legal issue (there is an ice cream company of that name).[1]



Whirlwind is as brave as she is graceful. Her mood swings can be as changeable as the weather, but since becoming a Skylander, she has tried to keep her temper in check.[2] However, she doesn't keep a calm head when provoked.[3] Whirlwind is strong-winged, wild and ferocious. But deep down, she is pure of heart, having held no grudge against the dragons and unicorns for shunning her. 


Whirlwind is an air dragon with unicorn ancestry – two species that could not be more opposite in nature, which made her never quite fit in with either group. Other dragons were envious of her beauty, while unicorns shunned her for her ability to fly. But Whirlwind found peace within the dark and stormy clouds, where she learned to harness the tempest power within her. Despite her turbulent youth, she was the first to defend both dragons and unicorns when the trolls began hunting them, unleashing her ferocity in a brilliant and powerful rainbow that could be seen throughout many regions of Skylands. From that day forward, evil-doers would quake when dark clouds brewed, and run from the rainbow that followed the storm.



Born of both unicorn and dragon descent, Whirlwind often felt like an oddball outsider. Unicorns were unimpressed with her wings and dragons disliked the horn on her head. Shunned and seeking solace, Whirlwind retreated to the cover of storm clouds, where she learned to harness her tempest power. When a troublesome troupe of trolls came searching for unicorn tails and dragon scales, Whirlwind burst from her cover and unleashed a blinding rainbow to send them fleeing. From that day on, unicorns and dragons saw her in a new light. Seeing her purity of heart, Master Eon made her a Skylander. Today, nothing makes a troll tremble like a small, stormy cloud moving speedily towards him.[4]

Some time after joining the Skylanders, Whirlwind would encounter and recruit Warnado.

Years later, Whirlwind rescued the Frost Elves of Winter Keep from a curse of eternal midnight by enchanting a crystal horn called the Illuminator to grant eternal daylight to the elves. This not only helped break the curse, but also protected the Keep and gave the elves courage during their fight against potential attacks. However, by granting eternal daylight, the Elves never know when it is time for bed.

Return of the Dragon King

Whirlwind was one of the many Skylanders that were summoned to stop Malefor from attacking the Skylanders Academy. Under Blades' command, she and the other aerial dragons charged towards Malefor to attack his eyes, but were all swiftly shot down by the evil dragon's powerful flamethrower. Whirlwind's powers were then absorbed by Malefor when he defeated the other Skylanders with a single strike of his tail. When Spyro, Cynder, Hex and Wallop destroyed the crystal Malefor used to steal Skylander powers, the act restored all of the Skylanders' strength and abilities, including Whirlwind's.


As a result of spending time within dark storm clouds, Whirlwind gained the ability to shoot rainbow energy from her horn, which can also be used to heal her allies. She can launch storm clouds at her enemies with a single clap of her wings. Being part dragon, Whirlwind has the ability to fly.

Opting for the Ultimate Rainbower path further improves Whirlwind's 'Rainbow of Doom' attack, leaning to more offensive gameplay. The attack can be upgraded to launch a second rainbow, effectively extending the attack distance, and also deal more damage. The attack can also be charged up and then unleashed to create a 'Rainbow Singularity' black hole, sucking in enemies and leaving them susceptible to attacks.

Opting for the Tempest Dragon path further improves Whirlwind's tempest clouds, leaning to more defensive gameplay. The attack can be upgraded to do more damage, but also unleash more rainbows when hit by one. With the 'Tempest Matrix' upgrade, Whirlwind can create lightning between the clouds, allowing her to create a barrier that electrocutes enemies and protects her from attackers.

She holds the ability to enchant an object with her power, as evident when she empowered the Illuminator in Winter Keep. In Skylanders: Battlecast, Whirlwind also has the ability to conduct lightning through her horn to shock enemies and drain their health with a vortex or tornado. Her Special Ability is the Dragon's Wisdom, which raises the XP of her team, and her signature Gear is the Chromatic Bauble, which restores health to whichever ally is active.


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

  • Health: 270 (max. 540)
  • Speed: 50 (max. 98)
  • Armor: 18 (max. 48)
  • 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: 65
  • Defense: 30
  • Agility: 65
  • Luck: 75

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

  • Health: N/A (max. Expression error: Unrecognized word "n".)
  • Speed: N/A (max. Expression error: Unrecognized word "n".)
  • Armor: N/A (max. Expression error: Unrecognized word "n".)
  • Critical Hit: N/A (max. Expression error: Unrecognized word "n".)
  • Elemental Power: N/A (max. Expression error: Unrecognized word "n".)

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

  • Strength: 70
  • Defense: 40
  • Agility: 65
  • Luck: 95

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

  • Health: 270 (max. 540)
  • Speed: 50 (max. 98)
  • Armor: 18 (max. 48)
  • Critical Hit: 10 (max. 60)
  • 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: 75
  • Defense: 40
  • Agility: 65
  • Luck: 150


Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Creepy Citadel

Wow Pow Ability

Requires Series 2 Whirlwind
View S3 >
Requires Horn Blast Whirlwind
< View S2
Rainbow of Doom Tempest Cloud
Rainbow of Healing
Rainbow Rush
Primary Ability
An arced blast of rainbow energy.
Secondary Ability
Send forth clouds that electrocute nearby enemies.
Price: 4000
"Rainbows HEAL your allies!"
View Wow Pow
Price: 5000
When clouds disappear, they explode into rainbows.
Price: 5000
Hold Attack 3 to take flight and release powerful rainbow shockwaves with each wing flap.
View Soul Gem
Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone/Power Pods.
Rainbow Chain Triple Tempest Dragon Flight Dual Rainbows
Price: 500
Rainbows do extra damage. Shoot a Tempest Cloud and a second rainbow comes off of it.
Price: 700
Have 3 Tempest Clouds active. Tempest Clouds do extra damage as well.
Price: 900
Allows Whirlwind to fly.
Price: 1200
Shoot a Tempest Cloud and two rainbows will chain off it.
Ultimate Rainbower
View Tempest Dragon
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Rainbow of Doom attacks.
Double Dose of Doom Atomic Rainbow Rainbow Singularity
Price: 1700
Shoot two Rainbows of Doom at once.
Price: 2200
Rainbow of Doom attack does increased damage.
Price: 3000
Press and hold Attack 1 to charge up a super powerful Rainbow of Doom, release to fire. Rainbow Singularity also draws in enemies.
Tempest Dragon
View Ultimate Rainbower
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Tempest Cloud attack.
Triple Rainbow, It's Full On Tempest Tantrum Tempest Matrix
Price: 1700
Shoot a Tempest Cloud and 3 rainbows will chain off of it.
Price: 2200
Biggest Tempest Cloud does increased damage with increased range.
Price: 3000
Electricity forms between Tempest Clouds that hurt enemies.

Chromatic Bauble - Gear Drainy Day Forked Lightning
Chromatic Bauble - Gearcard.png

At the end of your turn, restore 20 health to your active ally.

Drainy Daycard.png

When an ally deals damage this turn, restore that much health to it.

Forked Lightningcard.png

Shock an enemy for 60 damage. Shock each other enemy for 40 damage.

Heart of the Rainbow Whirl and Swirl Special Ability - Dragon's Wisdom
Heart of the Rainbowcard.png

Restore 50 health to each ally for each rank it has.

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Whirlwind drains 80 health from the active enemy.

Special Ability - Dragon's Wisdomcard.png

Give each other ally +1 XP.

Dragon's Secret

This card's description has not been found.


Storm Charge (Active)

[1 enemy]
Inflicts 53% of ATK as damage to 1 enemy, and grants the [DEF DOWN] 10% Effect for 2 turn(s) with a 40% chance when you attack accurately.

Mana cost: 3
Cooldown: 4 seconds


Rainbow of Destruction (Active)

[1 enemy]
Inflicts 46% of ATK as damage to 1 enemy, and inflicts 70% of ATK as damage to a random enemy additionally.

Mana cost: 3
Cooldown: 3 seconds


Seven-colored Healing (Passive)

[All Allies]
If your HP is 90% or above when the turn begins, grants the [Effect Resistance Rate UP] 10% Effect on yourself for 1 turn(s).

Mana cost: 0
Cooldown: 0

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Rainbow Strike (Primary Attack): Press (Y) to shoot Whirlwind's rainbow burst.
  • Tempest Cloud (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to have Whirlwind summon a powerful tempest that damages all nearby enemies. Hold (X) to extend its range.


  • Refraction Index (requires level: 3): Whirlwind's Rainbow Strike (Y) fires a Double Rainbow.
  • Lightspeed (requires level: 6): Sprint (A) into enemies to damage them. Sprint through a Tempest Cloud (X) to make it explode, damaging and stunning nearby enemies.
  • Full Spectrum (requires level: 9): Hold (Y) and then release to create a Rainbow Singularity. The Singularity will move forward, pulling enemies in, then explode, damaging nearby enemies.

Mystic Seeker Scroll

Gain a 20% Health bonus while in the Radiant Isles. The scroll for this upgrade can be found in Leaflook Village.


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

  • What does it mean?: Create 50 double rainbows.

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

  • What does it mean?: Deal 10000 damage with Rainbows.


Battle Cries

  • "Twists of Fury!"
  • "Natural strength!"
  • "Away we go!"
  • "Skyward!"
  • "Hmmm... Impressive!"
  • "Bow to my beauty!"
  • "The wind howls victory!"
  • "Quite a gust!"
  • "How majestic!"
  • "I will adorn this with pride!"
  • "A name worthy of me!"
  • "The wind whispers my name!"
  • "I shall proceed!"
  • "Throw caution to the wind!" When opening an air elemental zone
  • "Gale force!" - when leveling up
  • "Felt the wind on my back!"

Battlecast Quotes

  • "Ready to roll!" - scanned in
  • "Time to give it a whirl!"
  • "Ready to fly!" - when selected
  • "Soaring into action!"
  • "Storm rolling in!" - Battle Introduction
  • "Twists of fury!"
  • "Rolling in!" - swapping in
  • "Go time!"
  • "Taking a breather!" - swapping out
  • "Rolling out!"
  • "Power blast!" - rank up
  • "Flying high!"
  • "Right on!" - Summoning a Gear
  • "Awesome!"
  • "Excellent play!" - Summoning a Relic
  • "A real twist!"
  • "Perfect!" - randomly when playing spells
  • "Impressive!"
  • "The healing power of nature!" - Drainy Day
  • "Forecast calls for friendly skies!"
  • "A helping hand!" - Chromatic Bauble
  • "How about a pick-me-up?"
  • "Rejuvenation!" - Heart of the Rainbow
  • "Rainbow power!"
  • "Two for the price of one!" - Forked Lightning
  • "Lightning strikes twice!"
  • "How do you like that?!" - Whirl and Swirl
  • "Your pain is my gain!"
  • "Ha ha! Easy breezy!" - KOed an enemy
  • "A force of nature!"
  • "Not cool..." - when defeated
  • "Blowing away!"
  • "Down I go...!" - defeat at the end of battle
  • "A cruel twist of fate..."
  • "A gale-force victory!" - Victory
  • "Can't hold back the storm!"
  • "Consider this a warning." - when poked
  • "Hey there!"
  • "Is that really necessary?"
  • "Your fate is being sealed."
  • "Yep."
  • "Easy now!"
  • "Power surge!" - Card Level Up
  • "Quite a gust!"

Character Trailers

See also




  • Whirlwind was originally called Stormee.
  • Though she is a unicorn/dragon hybrid, Whirlwind has feathered wings like a Pegasus.
  • Prior to Skylanders: Imaginators, she was the only Skylander to be mentioned in a story chapter and a Story Scroll, as Winter Keep seems to be a level dedicated to the unicorn/dragon Skylander.
  • Her early promotional title in her Toy Fair 2011 debut was called "Tempest Dragon."
  • Like Cynder, Echo, Spotlight and Flashwing, Whirlwind has no visible teeth.
    • Incidentally, they are all the only dragon Skylanders in the games who are female.
  • When Whirlwind revealed that one of her attacks was called the Rainbow of Doom, Flynn laughed, which proved to be a mistake when Whirlwind lashed out at him. Afterwards Flynn was back on his feet after just a few weeks, implying that Whirlwind went easy on him than she normally would when angered.[5]
  • Her catchphrase is a play on "Fists of Fury."
  • Despite her hatred for Trolls, Whirlwind is seen healing the troll Skylander Boomer in her Soul Gem upgrade picture.
  • Whirlwind can also use her rainbow energy to heal her friends in battle.
  • She bears a few similarities to the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic character, Rainbow Dash (both possess rainbow and storm manipulation, are blue, and can fly).
  • When shooting a rainbow once the Rainbow of Healing upgrade is purchased and as a Series 2 figure, Whirlwind's unicorn horn is colored from yellow and pink.
  • When she obtains the Wow-Pow ability, Whirlwind's horn begins glowing in colors of the rainbow. In Swap Force, she cannot. However, there is a glitch where Horn Blast Whirlwind's horn will continue to glow in the colors of the rainbow after using a rainbow based attack, and if the Rainbow Singularity isn't charged all the way, then her horn will glow colorfully until it is fully charged and then shot.
  • The Tempest Matrix upgrade resembles the attacks of the Arkeyan Blasters from Spyro's Adventure.
  • There is a glitch that Whirlwind is still able to fly even after jumping.
  • In Trap Team, Horn Blast Whirlwind appears to have two Wow Pows instead of one. She can perform "Cloudbursting" much like her Series 2 version.
  • She, Breeze, and Astroblast are the only Skylanders capable of healing others.
  • Although not a bird herself, Whirlwind is able to access the Bird House in Skylanders: Lost Islands.
  • At the Skylanders Academy, there is a glitch that prevents Whirlwind from jumping over the entrance of one of the coin mazes near the Adventure Pack gate.
  • Whirlwind's name is the base for Scratch's upgrade 'Whirlwing' and the attack of the villainess Bad Juju.
    • Coincidentally, they are all females of the Air element.
  • She, Spyro and Chop Chop are the only Skylanders with Elite counterparts who have not been reposed for Skylanders: SuperChargers.
  • Though her tempest clouds can create electricity, Whirlwind only uses it herself in Skylanders: Battlecast, as well as manipulate wind currents to drain a foe's health in contrast to her Healing Rainbows.
  • Her unique quest, "What does it mean?", is a reference to a popular Youtube video where a double rainbow is recorded, with "What does it mean?" being one of the quotes.
  • It is possible that Whirlwind could be over a hundred years old, considering she created the Illuminator on Winter Keep and the Cloudbreak Islands are known to have been unprotected for a hundred years after the SWAP Force got banished from Skylands.


  1. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Nat Loh
  2. Skylanders Official Annual 2013, page 14
  3. Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection, page 9
  4. Skylanders Official Sticker Book: Meet the Skylanders
  5. Skylanders Universe: Book of Elements - Air & Earth, page 20

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