This article is about the dragon breed from the Legend of Spyro series. You may be looking for the breed from the Spyro: Shadow Legacy, or their Skylanders counterpart.

“There was once a dragon, long ago, whose raw power was far greater than anyone had ever seen or... could imagine. At first, he mastered fire... which was odd because he was not a fire dragon. Then came ice and wind... and other abilities none thought possible.”
    —The Chronicler

In The Legend of Spyro trilogy, Purple Dragons are a rare breed of dragon that are born once every ten generations.


Purple Dragons hold the ability to harness the power of all of the elements (Fire, Ice, Earth, Electricity, Wind, etc.), while all other Dragons are capable of breathing only one particular element. This breed of dragon is also capable of mastering powers that weren't possible to Dragons, including time itself.

The true, signature ability of the Purple Dragon is the element of Aether, both its Light and Dark counterparts. They obtain this power after mastering the four primary elements of Fire, Electricity, Ice and Earth.

Malefor has also stated that he is eternal, which may be another ability that Purple Dragons possess, making them immortal.

Notable Purple Dragons

Throughout Dragon history, there have only been two known Purple Dragons, Malefor and Spyro. It is unknown if there were any other Purple Dragons before them. The Chronicler claimed Malefor to be the first Purple Dragon, though this fact has been challenged by Malefor himself, who assured Spyro that there were many before him.


The destiny of the Purple Dragon is to direct the fate of an era. Malefor believed that their destiny was to destroy the world. However despite what Malefor stated, he abandoned his true calling and embraced the darkness, which twisted his views of the Purple Dragon's destiny.[1] Unlike Malefor, Spyro saved the world instead. It should be noted that while Malefor needed The Destroyer to bring about what he saw was the destiny of the purple dragon by destroying the world, Spyro was capable of undoing the Destroyer's devastation with only his power.

See also


  • According to Jared Pullen, the purple dragon featured in the image above is that of an adult Spyro.[2]


Main series
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning - The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
The Eternal Night Promotional Movies - Cancelled 3D film
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