|This article is about the creature from The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. You may be looking for the level in the same game.|
- “The Destroyer has commenced its journey to form the ring of annihilation. At the end of its journey, the Belt of Fire will spread across the surface of this world in a torrent of fire and ash. There will be no escape.”
- “The ancients believed that this creature brings about the birth of a new world... by issuing its destruction.”
The Destroyer is a massive ancient golem summoned by Malefor and one of the two secondary antagonists in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. It was said to be a legendary creature that would bring about the creation of a new world by destroying the old one.
The Destroyer has the ability to form a wall of fire wherever it walks, known as the "Ring of Annihilation." Once it has completed its journey and returned to the volcano from whence it came, the massive golem would spread the Belt of Fire across the surface of the world in a torrent of fire and ash, issuing the planet's destruction.
The Destroyer, which had rested within the volcano beneath Malefor's Lair, emerged amidst a gigantic eruption of fire. Malefor announced the resurrection to the citizens of Warfang the night of the Golem's defeat, and the Destroyer began to walk across the world, leaving behind a fiery trail known as the Ring of Annihilation. Determining that they would be unable to catch up to the titan, the Dragons, along with their army, set about ambushing the Destroyer as it neared the end of its journey.
At The Dam, Spyro and Cynder opened the floodgates, flooding the canyon with millions of gallons of water from the sea and stalling the Destroyer. Once they had successfully stopped it, Spyro and Cynder flew in and attacked several key dark crystals on and inside its body. Unfortunately, even though the two had destroyed the titan's center crystal, this failed to stop the Destroyer, as Malefor controlled the creature himself through some form of dark magic, and it reached the Belt of Fire to continue onwards. Despite Spyro and Cynder's efforts, the Destroyer completed its journey right as they confronted Malefor, fracturing the planet below them.
- In the cutscene following the level Attack of the Golem, when the Destroyer is emerging from the volcano, a large dark crystal is shown emanating dark energy in an area that appears to be in Malefor's Lair. It is possible that this is how Malefor was able to control the Destroyer and kept it animated after Spyro and Cynder had destroyed the dark crystals around its body and its dark crystal heart. If so, then it was likely a back-up crystal for the Destroyer that Malefor could use in the event this occurred. Further evidence of this may be seen in the cutscene following The Dam level as when Malefor takes control of the creature, the same dark energy is seen emanating downwards from around his lair.
- Despite being made of lava and molten rock, and having no organs, the Destroyer is capable of inhaling and exhaling, as shown when the player flies around its chest during the first section of the Destroyer level.
- The ruins of the buildings on top of the Destroyer appear to be identical to the buildings in Warfang. This could imply that the Destroyer has been unleashed on the world in the past, perhaps supporting Malefor's statement that there have been purple dragons before him and that they have, like him, attempted to destroy the world. It is not likely that Malefor unleashed this creature in his first attempt at destroying the world, as the Destroyer is thought of as a legendary, if not mythical, creature, and if Malefor did unleash the creature the first time, its existence would have been recorded as fact. The ruins may also have come from beneath the volcano as the Catacombs and the Ruins of Warfang are underground and have architecture very similar to that seen on the Destroyer. Therefore, it is possible that there are ruins underneath the volcano. Either way, the ruins' presence on the Destroyer could support Malefor's claim.
- Out of all the characters in all the Spyro games, the Destroyer is by far the largest, being roughly the size of a mountain.
- The Destroyer can be seen attempting to scale the volcano in the background of the Burned Lands, but strangely cannot be seen in the Floating Islands when flying over the volcano.
- Although the Destroyer is considered an enemy, it has more of a neutral role; it does not destroy out of its own free will. As the legend claims, it can bring about the dawn of a new world.
The Dam - The Destroyer - The Burned Lands - Floating Islands - Malefor's Lair
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