The Swamp is a large wetland that encircles the Dragon Temple, appearing in The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning and serving as Spyro's birthplace. The Silver River is the reason why this large swamp exists.


These remote wetlands are home to countless water-loving life forms. Giant mushrooms tower above the rest of the swamp residents, providing shelter and hiding places for any creature that needs such. It is a dark and foreboding place a majority of the day, due to the forest and mushroom cover overheard. However, the swamp is not without its dangers. Native predators such as frogweeds and Bulb Spiders can be aggressive at times. Apes also lurk amidst the greenery ready to ambush any creature that arouses their suspicion. Dragonflies are among the friendlier residents of the Swamp, hinting that most of the inhabitants are bugs. However, there are still local predator threats from Frog Weeds, Bulb Spiders, to Growths.


As the purple dragon's egg floated down the Silver River and came to rest near the shore, it was discovered by a family of dragonflies, Flash and Nina. The egg soon hatched, and the baby purple dragon was eventually adopted by the dragonflies, and was named Spyro. On the same day Spyro hatched, Sparx was also born, and the two grew up together like brothers.

Years later, Spyro and Sparx were playing Hide and Seek, when they are suddenly attacked by Apes. During this attack, at the sight of seeing Sparx about to stepped on by the Ape leader, Spyro breathed fire and used this sudden ability to defeat the remaining Apes and free Sparx when the Ape Leader fled. That night, Spyro and Sparx told their parents, Flash and Nina, about what happened, and Spyro was told that he was not a dragonfly himself, but a stranger from a distant land. Spyro decided to leave the Swamp soon afterwards in search of his true home; Sparx, though reluctant at first, decided to follow along. Spyro was soon pursued by hostile forces of the Apes, but eventually came into contact with a distraught Ignitus, who although pleased that Spyro is alive, feared that with the Dragon Temple under occupation by their enemy, led by a large black dragon named Cynder, their war was already lost.




  • Although not mentioned in the game itself, it is presumed that the Swamp surrounding the Dragon Temple was reduced to the Burned Lands after Malefor reclaimed the temple and turned the surrounding swamp into a barren wasteland before the events of The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. Considering the geography set for the series was retconned in Dawn of the Dragon however, and the land behind Malefor's domain is mostly forest area, it is unknown if this is the case.
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