“This is an evil place, Spyro. It is called the Mountain of Malefor...asylum to the wandering phantoms and lost spirits of those who turned to darkness. But to the spirits themselves and the black-hearted it goes by another name....”
    —The Chronicler
“The Well of Souls.”
    —Gaul, the Ape King

The Mountain of Malefor, also known as the Well of Souls, was the stronghold that was the Dark Master's original fortress as well as his prison. Inside its halls are many traps and chambers lurking with Gaul's dark forces, including a large shrine that houses a statue of Malefor. It made its first appearance in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, and later reappeared in the prologue of The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.



The Mountain of Malefor was Malefor's main fortress when he was exiled by the dragon elders after he turned to evil. He formed an army of Apes and taught them how to artificially harness the power of the Spirit Gems, which are the Dragons' life force. In his seclusion, his malice was so great, that it split the earth and created a pit of despair where all the unruly souls of the world could go to rest, called the Mountain of Malefor, also known as the Well of Souls, where he was later imprisoned.

On the Night of Eternal Darkness, all those black-hearted souls would awaken from their eternal rest and walk free within the halls of the mountain during the eclipse only for a short while. However a powerful spirit, like Malefor, is fully able to escape the Well of Souls when the Night of Eternal Darkness occurs, after his essence was freed from Convexity by Cynder.

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night


In his isolation, Malefor's evil created what would become the Well of Souls that laid before him.

Spyro initially saw visions of the Mountain of Malefor in his dreams before the events of The Eternal Night. He later ventured to the Well of Souls to save Cynder from the Ape King Gaul and his horde of apes, as well as to stop Malefor himself from escaping his imprisonment within the mountain. In the ensuing fight, the Lunar Alignment occurred, temporarily infusing Spyro with its dark energies, with which Spyro used to destroy Gaul. After the Lunar Alignment passed, the mountain began to crumble, trapping Spyro, Cynder, and Sparx. In an effort to save them all, Spyro encased them in crystal using his Time Fury, protecting them from harm as the entire mountain collapsed around them. They were later seen sleeping inside the crystal within the ruins of the mountain, with Hunter of Avalar observing them from nearby. Shortly after the heroes' disappearance, Malefor finally escaped from the Well of Souls and began his reign of terror upon the realm, shrouding the world in darkness.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

The crumbled remains of the Mountain of Malefor can be seen briefly in the prologue as Grublins ventured into the ruins and freed Spyro and Cynder from their three-year slumber, chaining them together to be sacrificed to the Golem under Malefor's orders.



  • In the Gameboy Advance Version of The Eternal Night, The Well of Souls is called "The Well of the Night".
  • Despite the area's description as a fortress of undead and evil characters, there are critters in most of the outdoor and cave areas; harmless and long-eared variants of Ice Snouts, gray bugs and green butterflies.
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