Spooky Swamp is, as the name implies, a swamp realm in Spyro: Year of the Dragon and in the Reignited Trilogy remaster of the third game. It can be accessed in the Midday Gardens homeworld after collecting 25 Dragon Eggs.

The fireflies that inhabit the Swamp speak in constant haiku and are peaceful creatures. Unfortunately, they are bullied by alligators and Rhynocs, and live in fear of the Wizard whose lair is opened once all of the tea lamps are lit. Spyro will have to eliminate these enemies, and take down the Wizard, in order to bring back peace to the realm.

The swamp has water filled with piranhas that will attack anyone that dares enter it, so it is advised to stay on land.

After the Sorceress' initial defeat and Spyro takes back his gems, Moneybags eventually retires here (somehow getting here via Crystal Islands) to become a haiku poet.



  • Find Shiny the Firefly (Thelonious): Reach Shiny the Firefly at the end of the realm to get the egg and complete the level.
  • Jump to the Island (Michael): On an island in between the second and third tea lamps.
  • Escort the Twins I (Peggy): In Sheila's sub-level, get Basho or Buson to the end of the path without either hitting any rocks or mushrooms. The rocks can be cleared with a kick, and the mushrooms can be stomped with a head bash. Don't go too far ahead, as they may reverse their direction suddenly, and the rocks and mushrooms will re-appear after a short time.
  • Escort the Twins II (Michele): After getting one of the twins to the end of the path, get the other twin to the end as well. His path is different, and he's faster this time, so make sure you can keep up.
  • Defeat Sleepy Head (Herbi): In order to access the challenge portal that leads to this mini-boss, you will have to light all four tea lamps around the realm. The door to his lair will open up, and you will be able to confront him. Simply put, defeat him to get the egg.
  • Across the Treetops (Frank): On top of one of the trees near Moneybags. You can get there by jumping onto a ledge from the fourth tea lamp, and then gliding across the trees.

Skill Point

Destroy All Piranha Signs

  • There are piranha signs all over the realm, and destroying them all will earn you a skill point.

Achievement & Trophy (Reignited Trilogy)

Tucked in for a Long Slumber





Main article: Lost Gem Glitch

Sometimes, there will be a chance that you'll be unable to obtain one gem in this realm, and Sparx will not point out where it is. If this happens, and you cannot find it, then it will be impossible to enter Super Bonus Round without cheats, and even then, you cannot fight the Sorceress the second time without hacking. This is known to happen in the PAL version.


Spooky Swamp - Spyro: Year of the Dragon

Spyro Year of the Dragon - 100% - Spooky Swamp




  • The text in all the dialogue boxes in this level is centered, because every character, including Sheila and Moneybags, speaks in Haiku.
    • Interestingly enough, if Shiny is spoken to in Midday Gardens, his text is not centred despite still being in Haiku. This is likely an oversight.
  • It's possible to avoid paying Moneybags by using the water to get across to the end of the level. It is advised that Sparx should have at least one hit left before performing this though, as it is likely the player will take a point of damage from the piranhas.
  • Buson and Basho are named after the Edo period Haiku poets, Yosa Buson and Matsuo Bashō.
  • In Sheila the Kangaroo's sub-level, on the sign at the entrance it has "Come on in." written with a full-stop. In her other sub-levels, it's written with an exclamation mark.

Original Game

  • If you manage to complete Sheila's Alp without freeing her, then come to this realm, the sign next to the portal will be blank.
  • If the piracy detection is triggered on one of the PAL versions of the game, the language may change while the player is in this realm. The same may also occur in Frozen Altars.

Reignited Trilogy

  • For some reason, the rocks in Sheila's sub-level do not re-spawn after being broken, making the challenge somewhat easier. Also, the second twin takes a slightly different route to the route taken in the original game.


Playable Characters
Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah
Sheila the Kangaroo - Sgt. Byrd - Bentley the Yeti - Agent 9 the Monkey
Sorceress - Buzz - Spike - Scorch
Bluto the Rhynoc - Sleepyhead - Colossus Yeti - Twin Fire Dragons - Moneybags - Sasquatch Six
Non-playable characters
Astor - Ami - Azrael - Bartholomew - Basho - Bianca - Buson - Crazy Ed - Egyptian Dogs - Elora
Fairies - Fireflies - Fluffy - Gnome Wizards - Greta - Gus - Handel - Holiday - Hummingbirds - Isabelle - Lindar
Lions - Marco - Mountain Goats - Nancy - Ooga and Mr. Bones - Pandas - Penguins - Polar Bears - Professor - Purple Villagers
Roy - Scarlet Lizards - Seals - Tara - Tikis - Weather Imps - Wyatt - Zoe
Sunrise Spring - Midday Gardens - Evening Lake - Midnight Mountain
Sunny Villa - Cloud Spires - Molten Crater - Seashell Shore - Sheila's Alp - Icy Peak - Enchanted Towers - Spooky Swamp
Bamboo Terrace - Sgt. Byrd's Base - Frozen Altars - Lost Fleet - Charmed Ridge - Fireworks Factory - Bentley's Outpost
Crystal Islands - Desert Ruins - Haunted Tomb - Dino Mines - Agent 9's Lab - Super Bonus Round
Mushroom Speedway - Country Speedway - Honey Speedway - Harbor Speedway
Boss Arenas
Buzz's Dungeon - Spike's Arena - Scorch's Pit - Sorceress's Lair
Sparx Areas
Crawdad Farm - Spider Town - Starfish Reef - Bugbot Factory
Dragon Eggs - Gems - Rhynocs
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