Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Walkthrough (360/PS3/PC/Wii)

A guide for the console version of Activision’s 2011 spin-off to the Spyro the Dragon series, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure by resident Skylanders owner, Owen


Welcome to the magical world of Skylands. You are now an elite Portal Master with the power to controls the Portal of Power and bring the mighty Skylanders to life. Together, your mission is to save Skylands from the evil darkness that has taken over.

Portal of Power


Before you begin Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, your Portal of Power must be connected to your games console. The PS3 and Wii version of the game includes a wireless Portal of Power that requires 3 AAA batteries and includes a small USB adapter that must be removed from battery compartment. Whilst the system is turned on, it is required that you first sync the Portal to your wireless receiver. To do this, turn the Portal of Power on by holding down the button on it’s side. The LED will blink and the portal itself will change between colours. Once you have done that, press the small ‘Sync’ button inside the battery compartment. The LED on the side of the portal when then blink rapidly. Whilst this is blinking, press the button on the wireless receiver whilst the console is turned on. The Xbox 360 and PC version of the game includes a wired Portal of Power, which is to be plugged into an available USB port on the system.

The PS3, PC and Wii version’s of the Portal of Power are interchangeable, meaning they work on each others systems, but not the 3DS version and Xbox 360 version. However, the 3DS version does work on all systems besides the Xbox 360 version. The Xbox 360 Portal of Power only works on that console. All versions of the Portal of Power work on the online game; Skylanders: Universe.

Toy Placement

You can place up to 3 toys on the Portal of Power at one time. This includes 2 playable Skylanders (for 2 player mode only) and 1 magic item or 1 location piece (sold in Adventure Packs).



Main Menu

Skyland Adventure – Enter the Adventure Mode and play with 1 or 2 players.
Battle Mode – Challenge a friend in a variety of battle modes and arenas.
Options – Adjust General Settings (Visiting Nicknames), Screen Settings (PC Only), Audio (Music, Voice and Effects) and View Control Layout.

Pause Menu

Chapter Select – Enter a previously completed level.
Objectives – Display level goals
Collections – View Skylanders, Legendary Treasures, Accolades and Story Scrolls
Options – Adjust General Settings (Visiting Nicknames), Screen Settings (PC Only), Audio (Music, Voice and Effects) and View Control Layout.
Exit – Leave to the Main Menu/Ruins

Skylanders Info

Stats – Allows you to view and track the progress of your Skylander’s abilities. Maximum health is increased when you level up. Speed, Armour, Critical Hit and Elemental Power can be increased by equipping hats to your Skylanders. Heroics are the number of Heroic challenges that your Skylander has completed. Hero Level is the progress of your character on the Skylanders: Spyro’s Universe online world.
Powers – Allows you to view the attacks and upgrades that your Skylander has acquired.
Manage – Allows you to customize your Skylander, these are saved on the toy itself. Each Skylander can have a nickname that will be displayed instead of their standard name. Hats that you have collected can be equipped from this tab. Ownership allows you to take ownership of visiting Skylanders. The web code option generates a web code that can be used to update your characters on the Skylanders: Spyro’s Universe online world based on their current level, stats and hat. The reset option resets your Skylander back to it’s original state.

Toys and Figures


In total, there are 32 Skylanders to collect. Skylanders are bought separately from the game and placed on the Portal of Power to unlock that character whilst playing the game. Each character belongs to one of eight elements, these being Magic, Earth, Water, Fire, Tech, Undead, Air and Life. Each character will save on them their health, experience level, upgrades, nickname, hat and ownership.

Location Items

Location items are figures included in Adventure Packs (sold separately). When placed on the portal whilst you are in the Ruins, these items will permanently unlock a new level for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. When placed on the portal during any other level of the game, they will deal a large amount of damage (most likely killing) all enemies around the player. The location items avalible for purchase are:
  • Empire of Ice
  • Pirate Seas
  • Darklight Crypt
  • Dragon’s Peak

Magic Items

Magic items are figures included in Adventure Packs (sold separately). These items can be used once per chapter and will give the player an item or ability for the rest of the chapter. This item must remain on the portal for as long as the player wishes to use it. The magic items available for purchase are:
  • Sky-Iron Sheild – This item will increase the defense of your Skylander(s)
  • Anvil Rain – Causes Anvil’s to rain for a short time
  • Ghost Pirate Swords – This item spawns 2 swords that will attack enemies
  • Hidden Treasure – This item will locate extra treasure chests in a chapter
  • Healing Elixir – Restores the health of your Skylander(s) at a rate of 30 HP per second
  • Time Twist Hourglass – Slows time for everything except your Skylander(s)
  • Sparx the Dragonfly – This item will spawn a Dragonfly that will attack enemies and destroy breakable objects. For as long as Sparx the Dragonfly is active, enemies that die will become butterflies that you can eat to restore health.
  • Winged Boots – This item will increase the speed of your Skylander(s)

Skylander Sidekicks

Skylander Sidekicks are AI characters that, once placed on the Portal, will follow the player around. Each Skylander Sidekick represents a normal Skylander.  There are 4 Skylander Sidekicks:
  • Trigger Snappy (Trigger Happy)
  • Whisper Elf (Stealth Elf)
  • Terrabite (Terrafin)
  • Gill Runt (Gill Grunt)


Food is used to restore health when your character is low on health. Food can be found around the world, in breakable objects or by killing enemies. Different foods restore more health than others.


Gold, also referred to as treasure or loot is the currency in the game. Gold can be found by destroying breakable objects or killing enemies. Gold is used to purchase upgrades for your characters from Persephone, the fairy in the Ruins.

Victory Points

Victory Points are used to increase your experience level, doing so increases your maximum health. Each Skylander can reach the maximum of 10 levels.

Elemental Gates

Elemental Gates are gates that can only be unlocked by playing as a Skylander of the specific element for each gate. Once you have unlocked an elemental gate you can switch to any character, even of a different element, whilst in this new area. Elemental Gates lead to areas that will include a Hat and Treasure Chest.


Hats are wearable accessories that, when found, can be equipped to any Skylander. These hats will increase certain stats of the characters that they are equipped to.

Treasure Chests

Treasure Chests contain large amounts of gold, these chests can be found in the world and must be unlocked by either shaking the Wii remote (Wii) or the Right Analogue Stick (PS3/Xbox 360)

Legendary Treasure

Legendary Treasures are items that, once collected, give the current Skylander extra gold. Each legendary treasure is worth a different amount of gold.

Story Scrolls

Story Scrolls are small, sections that reveal information on the back story to the game. Each story scroll is read out by Eon once you first collect it but can be found again in the collections section in the pause menu.

Soul Gems

Soul Gems are items that are required to purchase the final upgrade of each Skylander. Each Skylander has their own soul gem and once unlocked you can view a preview for that character. These previews can be viewed again from the Skylanders section under collections in the pause menu.

Winged Sapphires

There are 10 Winged Sapphires located in the Ruins. These special treasures give you a 2% discount on all upgrades for your Skylanders per Winged Sapphire. Without them, a fully upgraded Skylander will set you back 14,200 in-game Gold. The total, 20%, discount will mean that each Skylander will only cost 11,360 Gold each to purchase all upgrades.

Release Schedule

Main Campaign

Shattered Island

Perilous Pastures

Sky Schooner Docks

Stormy Stronghold

Oilspill Island

Dark Water Cove

Leviathan Lagoon

Crystal Eye Castle


Treetop Terrace

Falling Forest

Troll Warehouse

Goo Factory


Crawling Catacombs

Cadaverous Crypt

Creepy Citadel

Molekin Mine

Lava Lake Railway

Quicksilver Vault

Arkeyan Armory

Lair of Kaos

Adventure Packs

Empire of Ice

Pirate Seas

Coming Soon

Darklight Crypt

Dragon’s Peak

Heroic Challenges

This Bomb’s For You! – Ghost Roaster

Where Art Thou, Paintings – Spyro

Lair of the Giant Spiders – Prism Break

Mining for Charms – Bash

Dungeoness Creeps – Cynder

Mining is the Key – Ignitor

Coming Soon

Mission Achomplished – Stump Smash

Pod Gauntlet – Chop Chop

Time’s A-Wastin’ – Sonic Boom

Save the Purple Chompies! – Drobot

Spawner Cave – Terrafin

Coming Soon

Arachnid Antechamber – Sunburn

Hobson’s Choice – Trigger Happy

Isle of the Automatons – Eruptor

Minefield Mishap – Stealth Elf

Coming Soon

Lobs O’ Fun – Whirlwind

Flip the Script – Camo

Bombs to the Wall – Flameslinger

Jailbreak! – Gill Grunt

Chemical Cleanup – Slam Bam

Break the Cats – Zap


Owen is the youngest of the 3 founders of CrassCast, which means he gets away with being stupid and naive. Co-hosting the podcast and writing the most popular articles for the website doesn’t excuse his unhealthy obsession with Skylanders.


  1. Mr. L February 24, 2012 10:43 pm  Reply

    It’s kinda ironic that the very first skylander I wanted was warnado, but he’s going to be one of the last ones released.

  2. Mr. L February 24, 2012 10:46 pm  Reply

    It would be awesome if Skylanders Giants had an online multiplayer!

    • Owen February 25, 2012 12:01 am  Reply

      I highly doubt it will though considering it’s just being built for the Wii again. But, I think if there was a game to be released after Giants it would have online multiplayer.

  3. Gill Grunt February 25, 2012 3:00 am  Reply

    Have you seen the pictures of the air Skylander in Skylanders Giants?

    • Owen February 25, 2012 1:06 pm  Reply

      Yes, I have.

  4. Gill Grunt February 26, 2012 9:26 pm  Reply

    I think that getting the remodeled Skylanders will be a waste of time. It’s just giving more money to Activision.

    • Owen February 26, 2012 10:50 pm  Reply

      Why? You have no reason to buy the new remodeled characters if you have the original. It’s just a way for people to be able to buy the characters when they discontinue the current models.

      • Mr. L February 28, 2012 11:18 pm  Reply

        I hate that the game is going to come with a remodeled version of a character I will already have!!!!!!!

        • Owen February 29, 2012 12:12 am  Reply

          Not unless you buy all the characters. If anything, it’ll either be Cynder or Zook. Most likely Cynder considering that Tree Rex is a life Skylander. Just like with the first game, the first few characters we had name confirmation of where Spyro (obviously) Gill Grunt and Trigger Happy. Surprise surprise, they were the characters we got with the game. I think it’ll come with Tree Rex, Alchemist and Cynder.

          • Mr.L February 29, 2012 12:17 am 


            P..S. I am listening to Non-stop nyan cat!

          • Owen February 29, 2012 6:30 pm 

            It’s just speculation, we don’t have any confirmation on any of the characters that will come with the game yet.

          • Mr.L March 1, 2012 2:09 am 

            It will most likely come with at least one character from the original 32, though. So I’m still sad. :(

  5. Bonnie February 26, 2012 11:03 pm  Reply

    Does anyone know how to get the soul gem for legendary Chop Chop? My son wants to upgrade him, but it is saying the soul gem is required, (even after he tries to buy it) and I know we have gotten the one in shattered island because our other Chop Chop is fully upgraded. Anyone know why? We have even gone back to shattered island to see if it had reappeared, but it hadn’t.

    • Owen February 26, 2012 11:48 pm  Reply

      It’s the same soul gem. You have to buy the actual Bone Bramble upgrade before you buy the soul gem, that’s all I can suggest.

  6. Mr. L February 29, 2012 9:11 pm  Reply

    Tomorrow is the day where the skylanders not yet released could be released at any time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  7. Gill Grunt March 2, 2012 8:02 pm  Reply

    There is going to be two starter packs. One will have a portal and one won’t.

  8. Gill Grunt March 6, 2012 10:34 pm  Reply

    The one with the portal will be more money and I heard it’s coming with a new Skylander.

    • Owen March 7, 2012 5:45 pm  Reply

      All version of the game will be coming with a Giant, New Skylander and Remodeled Skylander. The one with the portal doesn’t come with any extra Skylanders – it’ll just be more expensive.

      • CynderxSpyro March 9, 2012 11:31 pm  Reply

        Will the old portal still be compatible?

  9. Tim March 11, 2012 4:40 am  Reply

    I have a problem that I can’t seem to find an answer for. I have all my figures do every hroic challenge, however some of my charactors heroic challenges aren’t staying in the game after i remove them from the portal. I have used them since first got them and can’t figure out why they dont show up as saved characters in my saved game. I am only missing the final seven from the fourth wave, yet my saved game only shows 21 skylanders..I am missing Ghost Roaster, Boomer, Gill Grunt etc. How do I fix this ?

    • Owen March 11, 2012 12:30 pm  Reply

      They have to be set as ownership on your console. To do this go into the Skylanders info menu and on the furthest tab to the right there is an ‘Ownership’ button. Click it and say yes.

      • Tim March 11, 2012 9:23 pm  Reply

        Thank you

  10. Mr. L March 24, 2012 8:14 pm  Reply

    Is anyone else out there?

  11. Gill Grunt March 28, 2012 8:15 pm  Reply

    Does anyone have any of the Wave 4 Skylanders?

    • Owen March 28, 2012 8:46 pm  Reply

      Yes, quite a lot of people do. I don’t though. I’ve still only got a collection of Wave 1 Skylanders :P

  12. Gill Grunt March 30, 2012 9:08 pm  Reply

    Cool. I just picked up Dragon’s Peak with Sunburn, but have not seen anything about Lightning Rod or Zook.

  13. Mr. L March 31, 2012 12:00 am  Reply

    Dragon’s Peak and L-Trigger Happy are available @ Toys R Us now. Or at least thats what the website says.

    • Owen March 31, 2012 2:48 am  Reply

      Not in the UK

  14. Mr. L March 31, 2012 12:02 am  Reply

    When are you going to make more new videos?

  15. fateorfear April 1, 2012 7:30 pm  Reply

    hi there owen, what is the enemy goal for fallen forest on the ps3?
    ive tried absolutely everything and cannot do it,
    ps i work at TRU in the uk, we should have dragons peak in the next two weeks, then camo/ignitor/warnado triple in a months time and yes, unfortunately wham shell in september, two weeks before the release of giants

    • fateorfear April 1, 2012 9:59 pm  Reply

      dont worry about replying owen, i found two enemies i had missed

  16. Mr. L April 4, 2012 8:32 pm  Reply

    I got L-Trigger Happy at TRU! There where tons of them.

    • Owen April 4, 2012 10:10 pm  Reply

      …I really need to update this release schedule XD

  17. Gill Grunt April 20, 2012 12:35 am  Reply

    Has anyone scored any Wave 5 Skylanders? (Camo, Warnado, or Wham-Shell).

    • Owen April 20, 2012 9:28 pm  Reply

      Yes, some people now have all the Skylanders

  18. Dewman April 22, 2012 1:21 am  Reply

    i got xbox360 my portal wont recognise the skylanders anyone know why?
    and if there isa reset

    • Owen April 22, 2012 9:54 am  Reply

      Its most likely broken, you can either get a new one sent by Activision or return it to where you got it from to get a new copy of the game – both options won’t cost you but I would presume it’d be quicker to return the game rather than wait for Activision to send you a new Portal. But, if you would rather Activision send you a new portal, you just need to go to Activision’s warranty page. A quick Google and you’ll find it.

  19. Mr. L. May 8, 2012 8:06 pm  Reply

    I just got lightning rod, cynder, and zook. I am about to try them out. Thank you eBay!!! :)

  20. kk May 18, 2012 2:08 pm  Reply

    Only need Camo, Warnado and Wham Shell to complete set.

  21. Gill Grunt May 18, 2012 4:42 pm  Reply

    Congrats guys. I just need Wham-Shell to complete my set.

  22. kk May 22, 2012 10:25 am  Reply

    I just need wham shell as well, any ideas when this will be released – only seen it on e-bay for silly money. Although will be in states at weekend so may be able to get over there

    • Gill Grunt May 25, 2012 12:32 am  Reply

      Wham-Shell has already been released. He’s just really hard to find!

  23. sheila May 25, 2012 2:35 am  Reply

    Ok. so i’m in crawling catacombs and i just received the beret….only the gate snapped shut and i’m trapped inside. how do i get out??

    • Owen May 26, 2012 11:04 am  Reply

      You can’t, you’d have to start the level again. But you’ll still have the Beret so you won’t have to do that again.

  24. kk May 29, 2012 11:31 am  Reply

    Just been advised that Wham shell is on his way by Amazon only had it on order for a month…

  25. kk June 13, 2012 9:15 am  Reply

    Now have all 32 skylanders as well as 4 Legendary ones. Only need Dark Spyro, but do not think he is much different to normal one unless on the 3DS.

    • Owen June 13, 2012 12:09 pm  Reply

      He’s just a recoloured version of Spyro on the console, but actually has different attacks on the 3DS version.

  26. kk June 13, 2012 1:00 pm  Reply

    Thanks Owen, that is what I heard was different, my son tells me he shoots through his tail on the 3DS so now wants the 3DS version as well as console, at least all characters are usable whatever the platform, although looks like the version2 skylanders with giants will have different/updated attacks/powers.

  27. dawg July 19, 2012 10:40 pm  Reply

    Hey Owen,

    One thing I have found is a MAJOR disparity between the good PvP Skylanders and the bad. I am working with a small group of people randomly pitting up skylanders against each other and recording W/L records. We make sure arenas are constantly changing, who controls who constantly changes, and switch from fair fight to regular. I was curious to see whether or not you would like to post the final tiers we come up with on this sight. It will seperate the Top 12 from the bottom 20. When the new ones get released this fall, we’ll work on a 12-16-12 format (I presume 12-12-12 at the start since it’s a consensus that only 4 of the brand new minis will be released in October).

    It is meant to increase enjoyment and competition so you don’t have Slam Bam going up against Prism Break and acting like it is going to be a contest. I’ve seen a few lists, but some look more like dad’s characters rocking the socks off of 8 year old daughters characters (From everything I’ve seen, Cynder is top 5, but I’ve seen lists where she is not, so sometimes the players themselves are causes massive numbers incluences). I have lost with Gill Grunt twice EVER, but I he takes a LOT of skill, so rotating the players helps keep the numbers a little cleaner.

    I should have a good test group by the end of the weekend so let me know if you want them!!

  28. Meg December 27, 2012 8:06 pm  Reply

    My weapons master is shut up and i dont know how to open him again, can anyone help plz? He was open for a while and I played a few places and it was fine. After it was turned off it erased what I had completed and and locked him back up. I replayed the levels to open him but still havent had any luck. Eon however, keeps telling me to talk to the portal master. Thank you.

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