“Roast 'N' Toast!”
    —Sunburn's official catchphrase

Sunburn (サンバーン in Japanese) is a phoenix dragon hybrid who is one of the playable Skylanders in the Skylanders series, first appearing in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. The Dragon's Peak Adventure Pack is the only product he is included in.

Character Development

Sunburn was originally more reptilian with no hint of avian features on him. His prototype name was Fire Dragon, and he existed back during the early days of Spyro's Kingdom.

Gameplay designer Nat Loh developed this character, using inspirations from Star Control 2 for Sunburn's teleportation abilities. Unlike the random teleportation of the Arilou Lalee'lay Skiff, Sunburn needed to reflect the player's intentions so that he always teleported to where the player wanted. In his Guided Teleportation upgrade, Nat built upon this concept to layer in complexity which comes together beautifully in his Flame Lord path. The Flight of the Phoenix upgrade and its art is a reference to the Phoenix's Firebird Mode from Battle of the Plants / G-Force / Gatchaman anime series that Nat saw as a child.[1]



Like all dragons, Sunburn is quite the prankster, but hates evil with a passion.[2]


Born in the center of an active volcano, Sunburn is part dragon, part phoenix, and 100% fire power. He is very proud of his unique heritage, and is the only dragon and phoenix hybrid known to exist in Skylands. This rare combination makes him a desirable target for dark wizards and bounty hunters who seek to gain power by unlocking the secrets behind Sunburn’s ability to teleport. Joining the Skylanders gave Sunburn a way to help defend the world from evil, but also provided him with protection, as he remains one of the most sought after creatures in Skylands.



For years, soothsayers and psychics had predicted the birth of a dragon-phoenix cross. So, when the newly hatched Sunburn was catapulted into the world from his cozy volcanic nest, he became the drag-nix (or phoe-gon?) everyone wanted to meet. Sunburn became a target for every thief, bandit and evil sorcerer who wanted a piece of his powers. Thankfully, being able to both throw flames and teleport was a handy defense. Still for Sunburn, Skylands was not a safe place. Luckily, Master Eon also noticed his amazing abilities and made him a Skylander. This not only provided Sunburn with protection, but gave him a license to incinerate evil. It also provided plenty of opportunities to play teleporting pranks on his new teammates.[3]


Sunburn has the ability to breathe streams of fire. He also has a unique ability to teleport from one place to another, leaving a trail of flames behind. It is said that his body temperature is so hot that his very molecules can't remain in one place and will teleport to a new location. Truth to be told, this ability has nothing to do with temperature, but is in fact a side effect of Sunburn being the only known half-dragon half-phoenix to exist.


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: 30 (max. 80)
  • 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: 60
  • Agility: 65
  • Defense: 65
  • Luck: 70

Powers and Upgrades

Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Dragon's Peak

Flamethrower Breath Immolation Teleport Flight of the Phoenix

Primary Ability
Unleash a stream of flame breath


Secondary Ability
Teleport to another location, leaving a damaging flame behind.


Price: 4000
Phoenix Dash does more damage and ends with a blast.

Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone.

Guided Teleportation Blazethrower Phoenix Dash Immolation Inflammation

Price: 500
Control the direction of your teleport.


Price: 700
Flamethrower Breath does increased damage.


Price: 900
Perform a Phoenix Dash.


Price: 1200
Flames left behind after teleporting do increased damage.

Blaze Dragon
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Flamethrower attacks.

Infinite Flame Intense Heat Phoenix Grand Blaze

Price: 1700
Endlessly use the Flamethrower Breath attack.


Price: 2200
Hold the Flamethrow Breath attack longer for extra damage.


Price: 3000
Hold Flamethrower Breath long enough to be surrounded by flame and do extra damage.

Flame Lord
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Teleportation skills.

Immolation Destruction Flame Streaks Burning Trail

Price: 1700
Flames left behind after teleporting are larger and do extra damage.


Price: 2200
Teleporting creates streaks of flames that damage enemies.


Price: 3000
Streaks of flames do increased damage.

Skylanders gain new abilities automatically based on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Flamethrower (Primary Attack): Unleash a fiery breath attack. You can also keep movng during a Flamethrower attack.
  • Fireblink (Secondary Attack): Teleport forwards and damage nearby enemies whenever you teleport.
  • Sunshine (requires level: 2): When Sunburn damages an enemy with a Fireblink (X), he will glow with energy for a few seconds. While glowing, he will move faster and deal more damage.
  • Solar Flare (requires level: 5): Sprint (A) to form a circle of flares around Sunburn. These flares will damage any enemies they touch.
  • Blue Sunburst (requires level: 8): Damage an enemy with a Flamethrower (Y) for a few seconds to shift to a blue flame. Release (Y) when the flame is blue to create an explosion, damaging nearby enemies.

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

Sky Defense Castle Assault Ground Defense

Inflict fire damage to enemies in range for a short time.


Launch a projectile that explodes into smaller fragments that fly away in all directions.


Inflict fire damage to enemies in range for a short time.


Battle Cries

  • "Rise and shine!"
  • "Roast-N-Toast!"
  • "I'll take it all!" - opening a treasure chest in Giants
  • "More treasure!" 
  • "You got burned!"
  • "Roasted!"
  • "Feel the flame!"
  • "No problem."
  • "Gettin' stronger." - on stats screen.
  • "Lookin' good!" 
  • "Woah!"- using a bounce pad.
  • "It's toasty in here..." - in a fire elemental area
  • "Not bad..." - comment on nickname
  • "A name is a name." - comment on nickname
  • "Okay, let's go with that." - being given a hat
  • "That should work."
  • "Blazin' through!" - opening a door
  • "Movin' ahead."
  • "Heat wave!" - leveling up/getting an upgrade
  • "Fire it up!"

Character Trailers

See also




  • In his earlier promotional design, Sunburn looked more reptilian compared to his current bird-like design.
  • If it hadn't have been for his forelegs, he would resemble a Liver Bird, the symbol to the city of Liverpool, England or Fawkes from the Harry Potter series.
  • He slightly resembles Sonic Boom, due to having bird-like qualities.
  • Despite having wings, Sunburn doesn't possess the ability to fly in the game. This may be due to Sunburn having two upgrades that already involve speed, Teleportation and Dashing, and also due to Sunburn having the ability to walk on lava as a shortcut due to being a Fire Skylander. However, he is able to glide in the 3DS version of the game.
  • The Phoenix Dash appears to be Sunburn's way of flying, as he appears to be floating above the ground when using it.
    • Although not being able to fly in-game, in the 3DS versions, Sunburn is seen flying a little above the ground when he is using his Flamethrower attack.
      • Despite his Soul Gem Ability being called "Flight of the Phoenix," it does not give Sunburn the ability to fly.
  • Sunburn and Flashwing are the only two Dragon Skylanders who don't have the Flight upgrade in the console versions, despite having wings, although both Skylanders can soar above ground as their dashing ability in the 3DS version.
  • Sunburn's feathers are so hot, you can fry a troll egg on them![2]
  • If you look closely when you teleport, you will see that Sunburn dissolves into ashes; a reference to the fact that phoenixes can catch fire and be reborn.
  • Sunburn is the only Skylander on the Carrying Case that has his earlier design.
  • In Giants, Sunburn is voiced by Troy Baker, who also voiced Brock, and is also known for voicing Espio the Chameleon in the recent Sonic the Hedgehog games, and Jetfire in Transformers: War for Cybertron, and other voiceover works.
  • Sunburn and Camo are the only dragon Skylanders not to get Series 2 counterparts.
  • In the Giants version of Dragon's Peak, the area where Sunburn's soul gem is found is named after him: Sunburn's Rest.
  • Sunburn is briefly seen in Skylanders: The Beginning trailer flying while Spyro is talking to Gill Grunt.
  • He and Jet-Vac share a battle cry when opening a treasure chest.


  1. Senior character Gameplay designer
  2. 2.0 2.1 Skylanders Official Annual 2013, page 15
  3. Skylanders Official Sticker Book: Meet the Skylanders, page 24
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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