This article is about the character from the Skylanders series. You may be looking for the character from The Legend of Spyro series or his TV spinoff counterpart.

“Lights Out!”
    —Dark Spyro's official catchphrase

Dark Spyro is an additional Skylander in the Skylanders series. Like his Legend of Spyro counterpart, Dark Spyro is the dark alter-ego of Spyro. He also has a Mega Ram counterpart who appears in Skylanders: Swap Force.



Dark Spyro is more wild, erratic, and darker than his normal counterpart, according to terms of gameplay and personality. Unlike his Legend of Spyro counterpart, Dark Spyro has full control over the darkness that resides within him, using this trait to fight evil. However he is always at risk of being consumed by the dark magic. This process worries his fellow Skylanders at times.[1]


Spyro is a rare magical dragon with the ability to harness the power of the elements of Skylands, though he prefers to master fire. However, this innate ability with elemental powers also leaves him vulnerable to the influence of darker magic. When The Darkness is nearby, Spyro can channel its energy and combine its power with his own, becoming Dark Spyro. Over the years, he has learned to focus and control his power, using this dark magic to fight the forces of evil.



Spyro has some sensational skills. Unlike the other Skylanders, he can harness the energy of every element, but still prefers his original favorite - Fire. But there is a sinister side to Spyro's ability. Master Eon observed this first-hand when The Darkness attempted to corrupt the Core of Light. Spyro began to shudder and shake. His purple skin seemed to flush and flare as dark magic flowed through him like lightning. Only Master Eon's speedily cast spells saved Spyro from a foul fate. With time, and Eon's tutelage, Spyro has learned to master this dark magic know-how. And when he harnessed energy, he transformed into Dark Spyro! However, only Spyro's brave heart and careful control prevent him from being consumed by darkness.[2]


In the console versions, Dark Spyro's attack methods are similar to his normal counterpart's, but his fire attacks are more tainted with purple energy, having been infused with the energies from The Darkness. His abilites are also the same as normal Spyro's.

In the 3DS version of Skylanders, Regular Dark Spyro attacks his enemies differently by striking them in a flurry of tail, claws, and lightning breath, even blasts his foes with bursts of pure dark energy. However Dark Spyro's Mega Ram counterpart has the same attacks as the all other versions of Spyro.


These are the starting and maximum statistics for this Skylander in the console version of the games.

  • Health: 280 (max. 560)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • Armor: 24 (max. 54)
  • Critical Hit: 20 (max. 70)
  • Elemental Power: 25 (max. 100)

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

  • Strength: 70
  • Agility: 90
  • Defense: 40
  • Luck: 60

Powers and Upgrades

Basic Abilities
Dark Spyro's fireballs can damage Rotting Robbies.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Crawling Catacombs

Dragon's Fire Charge Spyro's Earth Pound
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Primary Ability
Dark Spyro breathes balls of flame from his mouth, incinerating enemies.

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Secondary Ability
Dark Spyro runs head down knocking over enemies with his horns.

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Price: 4000
Dark Spyro performs a devastating dive-bomb head smash while flying, damaging enemies all around him.

Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone.

Long Range Raze Spyro's Flight Sprint Charge Triple Flameballs
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Price: 500
Enhancing Dark Spyro's lung capacity, this ability lets Spyro shoot flameballs that travel much farther than before.

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Price: 700
Dark Spyro takes to the skies. Well, off the ground at least! Fly over water and move at great speed.

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Price: 900
Fitness counts. Dark Spyro is able to charge for a longer distance with this upgrade.

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Price: 1200
Shoot 3 Flameballs instead of one.

Sheep Burner Spyro
This upgrade path lets Dark Spyro further develop his Flameball attacks.

Fire Shield Exploding Fireblast The Daybringer Flame
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Price: 1700
This upgrade generates fire shields around Dark Spyro when he uses his Flameball attack.

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Price: 2200
Dark Spyro's central Flameball ignites into an explosive force that not only does more damage but hits multiple enemies.

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Price: 3000
Hold down the primary power button to build up this attack, which generates a flame so big and bright it is said to bring daylight to the sky.

Blitz Spyro
This upgrade path lets Dark Spyro further develop his Charging attacks.

Stun Charge Comet Dash Ibex's Wrath Charge
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Price: 1700
Enemies hit by Dark Spyro's charge become temporarily stunned.

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Price: 2200
A magic aura surrounds Dark Spyro's horns imbuing them with extra power and damage that burns enemies in its path.

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Price: 3000
Find Dark Spyro's extra gear. With this upgrade, Dark Spyro builds up speed and such a destructive force that it causes the very air around him to ignite into the magical form of fiery ibex horns.

Skylanders gain new abilities automatically based on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Dragon's Fury (Primary Attack): Press (Y) repeatedly to strike with Dark Spyro's tail, wings, and lightning breath.
  • Shadow Spark (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to fire a burst of dark energy. The burst will leave an energy field on the ground that damages enemies overtime.
  • Airburn (requires level: 3): Press (X) in midair to burn a circle of powerful energy beneath Dark Spyro.
  • Energt Conduit (requires level: 6): Create a Shadow Spark, then run through the Spark to energize Dark Spyro. While energized, Dark Spyro moves faster and his (Y) attacks will send a wave of energy outwards.
  • Shadowbeam (requires level: 9): Hold (X) and release to shoot a beam of dark energy. The beam will leave a trail of fire that damages enemies.

Minigame Abilities
Skylanders get special abilities in minigames based on their element.

Sky Defense Castle Assault Ground Defense

Create a vortex that pulls enemies in.


Launch a projectile that creates a magic area that disintegrates blocks.


Create a vortex that pulls enemies in and inflicts damage.

Character Trailers

See also


Dark Spyro (Skylanders)/Gallery


  • Dark Spyro is available as a character in the 3DS Starter Pack of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. He has also been available as a Wave 4 Single Pack character in several countries.
  • Dark Spyro has a different character model in Skylanders: Universe, which is the same model used in the 3DS version of Spyro's Adventure.
    • He is the only additional Skylander who doesn't have the same character model as Spyro and Legendary Spyro on Universe and the 3DS versions.
      • Dark Spyro is also the only additional Skylander who has a different catchphrase than his regular counterpart.
      • His character trailer is also different from his normal and Legendary counterparts.
        • However, he doesn't have his own trailer in Giants.
        • He is also the only variant Skylander who has a different backstory.
          • He is the only Skylander who doesn't share the same moves as Spyro and Legendary Spyro in the 3DS versions.
  • He breathes purple fire, which may be a reference to the Aether element that his Legend of Spyro counterpart wields in the The Legend of Spyro series.
  • Dark Spyro is the first alternate skylanders to be part of the 3DS pack (the second is Punch Pop Fizz).
  • Despite having his own catchphrase, "Lights Out!", Dark Spyro says normal Spyro's catchphrase, "All Fired Up!".
  • In the console versions, Dark Spyro deals +10 more damage than normal Spyro with his attacks, but has 5 less armor.
  • Dark Spyro's backstory bears a great resemblance to that of Riku from the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • His catchphrase, Lights Out, is also the name of a song by Breaking Benjamin.
  • Dark Spyro is the first Dark Skylander before the introduction of the other Dark alter ego Skylanders.
    • Dark Spyro is the first alternate Skylander to be Series 1 and Series 3.
  • Dark Spyro has never said his official catchphrase.


  1. Skylanders Universe: Molten Hot Dog's Quiz Quest, page 31
  2. Skylanders Official Sticker Book, page 9
Playable Characters

Spyro the Dragon (Dark) (Legendary) - Gill Grunt - Trigger Happy (Legendary)
Cynder - Terrafin - Stealth Elf - Chop Chop (Legendary) - Eruptor - Ignitor - Prism Break - Stump Smash
- Flameslinger - Zap - Ghost Roaster - Voodood - Bash (Legendary) - Sonic Boom - Drobot - Boomer - Whirlwind
- Dino-Rang - Zook - Wrecking Ball - Sunburn - Camo - Wham-Shell - Slam Bam - Drill Sergeant
- Lightning Rod - Warnado - Double Trouble - Hex
Kaos - Hektore - The Darkness
Glumshanks - Captain Dreadbeard - Occulous - Vathek
Non-Playable Characters
Master Eon - Hugo - Flynn - Cali - Diggs - Sparx the Dragonfly - Auric - Gurglefin - Clam-tron 4000 - Arbo
- General Robot - T-Bone - Weapon Master - Persephone - Snuckles - Rizzo - Nort - Blobbers -
Jess LeGrand - Batterson - Gallant - Haldor - Flavius - Ramses
- Fargus - Wendel - Esmerelle - Beaufort - Humfry - Tizwig

Playable Characters
Classic series
Spyro - Sparx - Hunter - Sgt Byrd - Agent 9 - Sheila - Bentley - Blink
The Legend of Spyro series
Spyro - Cynder
Skylanders series
Spyro the Dragon (Dark) (Legendary) - Gill Grunt - Trigger Happy (Legendary) - Cynder - Terrafin
Stealth Elf (Legendary) - Chop Chop (Legendary) - Eruptor - Ignitor (Legendary) - Prism Break - Stump Smash
Flameslinger - Zap - Ghost Roaster - Voodood - Bash (Legendary) - Sonic Boom
- Drobot - Boomer - Whirlwind (Polar) - Dino-Rang - Zook - Wrecking Ball - Sunburn - Camo
Wham-Shell - Slam Bam (Legendary) - Drill Sergeant - Lightning Rod - Warnado -
Double Trouble (Royal) - Hex
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