This article is about the swirling columns of wind seen in the Original series. You may be looking for the Skylander from the Skylanders series.

Whirlwinds appear as swirling columns of sparks/magic in the original Spyro series that, when stepped into, will cause Spyro to travel upward, usually allowing Spyro to reach a new area that he couldn't without the whirlwind. Their appearance has changed over time.

Appearances

Spyro the Dragon

The original whirlwind design consisted of only blue sparkles swirling around and upwards towards where Spyro needed to go. There were also special whirlwinds in Lofty Castle that were created by the fairies who were locked in cages. The sparkles for these whirlwinds were rainbow colored. All whirlwinds make a slight tinkling noise.

Whirlwinds appear in many realms and homeworlds within these games. Notable examples include the many whirlwinds in Dream Weavers and Lofty Castle, which take the player up to the difficult-to-reach platforms. The whirlwind in Stone Hill takes Spyro up the central tower, allowing him to glide to the banks on the edge where the Egg Thief is, and the whirlwinds that appear in (e.g.) Cliff Town and Beast Makers after the player has reached a certain area once. This is to save the player from having to take the long way to reach an area again, if they have already gone there once.

Whirlwinds also appear in areas below the ground. If the whirlwind did not appear, the player would then be stuck. For example, the cave in Beast Makers and the well in Stone Hill. The whirlwind appears after a the player has been down there for a few seconds.

Ripto's Rage!, Year of the Dragon, and Enter the Dragonfly

Whirlwinds got an update in these games. The blue sparkles are still a part of them, but now there are small streams of light that go straight up along with the swirling sparkles. Also, some whirlwinds could be unlocked after performing a certain task, such as completing a realm (like Cloud Spires). This was very evident in Year of the Dragon, since many of the realm designs placed the end within a reachable distance from the beginning with a whirlwind to access it.

A Hero's Tail

The whirlwinds in this game, now known as "thermals," include sparkles and more of a swirling mist around them, and they also make more of a whooshing noise.

Characters
Protagonists
Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly
Fairies - Balloonists
Antagonists
Gnasty Gnorc
Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Egg Thieves
Locations
Homeworlds
Artisans - Peace Keepers - Magic Crafters - Beast Makers - Dream Weavers - Gnorc Gnexus
Realms
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 Harbor - Gnasty's Loot
Flights
Sunny Flight - Night Flight - Crystal Flight - Wild Flight - Icy Flight
Boss Realms
Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Gnasty Gnorc
Terms
Dragons - Treasure - Dragon Eggs
Characters
Main Characters
Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah
Elora - Professor - Zoe - Moneybags
Villains
Ripto - Crush - Gulp
Colossus Yeti - Master Chef - Bombo - Ox
Non-playable characters
Agent Zero - Alchemist - Bazil - Big Gnorcs - Bonebuilders - Breezebuilders - Brother Kipp - Droids
Electrolls - Fairies - Fauns - Fisher - Foreman Bud - Gemcutters - Green Colosi - Greta - Handel
Hippos - Ice Builders - Inventor Droid - Juliet - Land Blubbers - Little Bo Peep - Logistics Droid - Mayor
Ooga and Mr. Bones - Queen Finny - Robot Farmers - Romeo - Scarlet Lizards - Seahorses - Turtles
Water Wizards - Water Workers - Wizards - Yellow Colosi Monks
Locations
Worlds
Summer Forest - Autumn Plains - Winter Tundra
Glimmer - Colossus - Idol Springs - Hurricos - Sunny Beach - Aquaria Towers - Skelos Badlands - Crystal Glacier
Breeze Harbor - Zephyr - Scorch - Fracture Hills - Magma Cone - Shady Oasis - Mystic Marsh - Cloud Temples
Robotica Farms - Metropolis - Dragon Shores
Speedways
Ocean Speedway - Metro Speedway - Icy Speedway - Canyon Speedway
Boss Arenas
Crush's Dungeon - Gulp's Overlook - Ripto's Arena
Terms
Talisman - Spirit Particles - Gems - Orbs
Media
Snowman Ads - Mikey Ad
Characters
Playable Characters
Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah
Sheila the Kangaroo - Sgt. Byrd - Bentley the Yeti - Agent 9 the Monkey
Villains
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
Locations
Worlds
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
Speedways
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
Terms
Dragon Eggs - Gems - Rhynocs
Characters
Main Characters
Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah
Bianca the Rabbit - Spirit - Zoe
Villains
Ripto
Crush - Gulp
Non-Playable Characters
Alligator Farmers - Bartholomew - Bears - Dragons - Dragonflies - Moneybags - Monkey Monks
Dragon Masters - Rodtikiney - Pigs - Professors - Thieves - Yetis
Locations
Worlds
Dragon Realms
Dragonfly Dojo - Crop Circle Country - Luau Island - Cloud 9 - Monkey Monastery
Honey Marsh - Thieves Den - Jurassic Jungle - Chateau Ripto
Terms
Dragonflies - Gems
Characters
Playable Characters
Spyro the Dragon - Hunter the Cheetah
Sparx the Dragonfly - Sgt. Byrd - Blink the Mole
Villains
Red (Mecha Form)
Gnasty Gnorc - Ineptune - Mammoth
Non-playable characters
Amp - Aqua - Astor - Bentley the Yeti - Ember - Flame - Fredneck - Freezia - Ice Princess - Lily - Magnus
- Mergatroids - Moneybags - Mrs. Shoutfire - Otto - Peggy - Phil - Professor - Teena - Titan
- Tomas - Trina - Turtle Mother - Wally - Zoe
Locations
Worlds
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
Boss Arenas
Gnasty's Cave - Watery Tomb - Red's Chamber - Red's Lair
Speedways
Island Speedway - Cloudy Speedway - Iceberg Aerobatics - Lava Palaver
Terms
Gems - Dark Gems - Light Gems - Dragon Eggs
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