Speedways (known as Flights in the original game) are a flying type of realm in the original Spyro series. In these speedways, Spyro, or, in Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Sgt. Byrd, must fly around in an obstacle course, either flaming/charging obstacles (or using missiles if playing AHT) or going through obstacles before the allotted time finishes.
In Spyro the Dragon, Speedways are called "Flights." There are four different obstacles per flight, and each obstacle comes in sets of eight. Spyro must fly around and destroy or activate all these obstacles by either flaming them or going through them. For each set, Spyro will earn 60 gems, and once all sets are completed in one go, Spyro will receive the remaining sixty gems for the flight, for a total of a possible 300 gems.
Spyro has 25-30 seconds to complete this task at the beginning of the flights, though each item collected will earn Spyro a few seconds extra.
In Year of the Dragon, the speedways are different. Each speedway is hosted by Sparx, and you are given the choice of the traditional Time Attack or a Race. Time Attack is similar to the previous games, except gems are now earned instantaneously from destroying obstacles and Spyro cannot add seconds to the timer. Race is when you have to race against a group of characters from the speedway, such as pilots or giant butterflies. As with the previous game, Hunter is hiding around in each speedway with a hidden challenge. Completing each challenge will earn the player up to three Dragon Eggs per speedway.
In the PAL and non-Greatest Hits versions of the game, all speedways share the same theme, although the first three speedways are given new themes in the Greatest Hits version.
In Enter the Dragonfly, speedways are similar to Year of the Dragon as Sparx hosts the speedways and you can choose whether to do a Time Attack or Race. However, in this game, speedways appear as minigames and can be accessed through portals in realms. These speedways do not contain hidden Hunter challenges.
In Season of Ice, the speedways are very different. Each object that must be passed through, or each enemy that must be destroyed will come at you one at a time. If you miss one thing in any category, you cannot go back to get it unless you restart the speedway. Each speedway is concluded with a mini-boss battle, each mini-boss being a dragon similar to the Chinese Fire Dragons from the Fireworks Factory, where the dragons have long bodies that are divided into circular sections that can be destroyed until only the head is left.
In A Hero's Tail, you now play as Sgt. James Byrd in speedways. There are four speedways; one for each realm. Like in the previous games, you have to destroy enemies and objects and go through rings to win. Beating the speedway the first time earns a Dragon Egg, while the second time, it earns you a Light Gem.
As the game is a remaster of the first three games in the series, all speedways return with the same objectives as in the original games.
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly|
Fairies - Balloonists
Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Egg Thieves
|Artisans - Peace Keepers - Magic Crafters - Beast Makers - Dream Weavers - Gnorc Gnexus|
|Stone Hill - Dark Hollow - Town Square - Dry Canyon - Cliff Town - Ice Cavern - Alpine Ridge|
High Caves - Wizard Peak - Terrace Village - Misty Bog - Tree Tops - Dark Passage - Lofty Castle
- Haunted Towers - Gnorc Cove - Twilight Harbour - Gnasty's Loot
|Sunny Flight - Night Flight - Crystal Flight - Wild Flight - Icy Flight|
|Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Gnasty Gnorc|
|Dragons - Treasure - Dragon Eggs|
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah|
Bianca the Rabbit - Spirit - Zoe
Crush - Gulp
|Alligator Farmers - Bartholomew - Bears - Dragons - Dragonflies - Moneybags - Monkey Monks|
Rodtikiney - Pigs - Professors - Thieves - Yetis
Dragonfly Dojo - Crop Circle Country - Luau Island - Cloud 9 - Monkey Monastery
Honey Marsh - Thieves Den - Jurassic Jungle - Chateau Ripto
|Dragonflies - Gems|
|Spyro the Dragon - Hunter the Cheetah|
Sparx the Dragonfly - Sgt. James Byrd - Blink the Mole
|Red (Mecha Form)|
Gnasty Gnorc - Ineptune - Mammoth
|Amp - Aqua - Astor - Bentley the Yeti - Ember - Flame - Fredneck - Freezia - Ice Princess - Lily - Magnus|
- Mergatroids - Moneybags - Mother Turtle - Mrs. Shoutfire - Otto - Peggy - Phil - Professor - Teena - Titan
- Tomas - Trina - Wally - Zoe
|Dragon Kingdom - Lost Cities - Icy Wilderness - Volcanic Isle|
Dragon Village - Crocovile Swamp - Dragonfly Falls - Coastal Remains - Cloudy Domain - Sunken Ruins
- Frostbite Village - Gloomy Glacier - Ice Citadel - Stormy Beach - Molten Mount - Magma Falls - Dark Mine
- Red's Lab
|Gnasty's Cave - Watery Tomb - Red's Chamber - Red's Lair|
|Island Speedway - Cloudy Speedway - Iceberg Aerobatics - Lava Palaver|
|Gems - Dark Gems - Light Gems - Dragon Eggs|