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This article is about the character from the Skylanders series. You may be looking for the character from the Legend of Spyro series.


Cynder 03

Species: Dragon
Gender: Female
Role: Ally
Homeworld: Skylands
Element: Undead
Appearances: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Skylanders: Spyro versus The Mega Monsters (mentioned)
Skylanders: Cynder Confronts the Weather Wizard
Attacks/Actions: Spectral Lightning
Shadow Dash
Cynder Flight
Black Lightning
Shadow Reach
English Voice Actor: Tobie LaSalandra (2012)
First Release: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
"Volts and Lightning!"
—Cynder's official catchphrase

Cynder (シンダー Cinder in Japanese) is a violet dragoness who is one of the playable Skylanders in the Skylanders series, first appearing in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Her Series 3 counterpart is called Phantom Cynder.

She was corrupted by the Undead Dragon King of the Underworld, Malefor, and therefore, was gifted with sinister abilities due to her exposure to the darkness of the Undead element. Cynder was later bested by Spyro, who freed her from the influence of evil, and the violet dragoness joined the Skylanders to make amends for her past.



While under Malefor's control, Cynder was an evil dragon who spread terror far and wide throughout Skylands. But in her heart, she knew it was wrong. Although Cynder was freed from Malefor's control, she still struggles with her dark past, and can occasionally be menacing, which causes most of the Skylanders to be wary of Cynder. But she's learning... slowly.[1]

While she is loyal to the Skylanders, Cynder has a sharp tongue and can be spiky when riled. Like all Undead Skylanders, she prefers the dark.[2]


While just an egg, Cynder was stolen by the henchmen of an evil dragon named Malefor and raised to do his bidding. For years, she spread fear throughout the land until she was defeated by Spyro the Dragon and freed from the grip of Malefor. But dark powers still flow through her, and despite her desire to make amends for her past, most Skylanders try to keep a safe distance...just in case.



Before being recruited by Master Eon into the ranks of the Skylanders, Cynder was feared in almost every corner of the world. Kidnapped as an egg by the Undead Dragon King, Malefor, Cynder was raised to serve the forces of evil. As she grew, the dark power of the Undead granted her incredible abilities, which she used to terrorize innocent people. Whole villages fell beneath her mystical lightning attacks, and even the bravest warriors would turn and flee when they saw her swooping down from the clouds with her talons outstretched. Twisted and corrupted by evil, Cynder was Malefor's black-hearted harbringer of misery and despair. But Spyro believed there was good in her, deep down.

When he confronted her, a ferocious battle ensued. Despite Cynder's dark powers, Spyro was able to defeat her. When he did, Malefor's control over her was broken. No longer was she the puppet of the Undead Dragon King, and she was determined to make amends for all the suffering she had caused while under his control. Realizing how much she had changed, Master Eon recruited her into the Skylanders. Although she now fights for good, she still struggles with her dark side from time to time, and most of her fellow Skylanders try to keep out of her way - just in case her inner darkness takes over once more.[3]

Skylanders: Spyro versus The Mega Monsters

Cynder was mentioned by Jet-Vac as one of the two Skylanders (the other being Hex) who was assigned by Master Eon to investigate a mega-sized cockroach that was terrorizing Lucky Lagoon. However Kaos, who had claimed to be turning over a new leaf by battling evildoers, dealt with the problem long before the two Undead Skylanders arrived on the scene.


Spyro the Dragon

Although it is currently unknown if Spyro and Cynder are in a relationship or not, it was mentioned that after a dangerous quest with Spyro, Cynder came out smiling, presumably for the first time.

Wrecking Ball

While most Skylanders try to keep a distance from Cynder to be on the safe side, Wrecking Ball once thought it would be funny to trip up Cynder with his long tongue. However Cynder didn't find that funny, and she zapped Wrecking Ball's tongue with her Spectral Lightning, leaving the grub worm to not eat properly for a fortnight.[4] It is unknown if Cynder still holds some animosity towards Wrecking Ball after that.


Due to her exposure to the darkness of Malefor's corruption, Cynder gained abilities that are related to the elements of Undead, such as breathing dark electricity and temporarily turning into her shadow form to dash past enemies, leaving behind a trail of ghostly allies in her wake that will harm her foes.

Cynder has the ability to fly using her wings.


These are the starting and maximum statistics for this Skylander in the console version of the games.

  • Health: 260 (max. 520)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • Armor: 18 (max. 48)
  • 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: 55
  • Agility: 85
  • Defense: 75
  • Luck: 45

Warning: These stats are not used in any of the Skylander games. They are only listed for completeness reasons.

  • Strength: 55
  • Agility: 85
  • Defense: 75
  • Luck: 45

Powers and Upgrades

Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Molekin Mine

Spectral Lightning Shadow Dash Haunted Ally
Cynder (Skylanders)primarypower

Primary Ability
Press and hold your primary power button to shock enemies with bolts of lightning.

Cynder (Skylanders)secondarypower

Secondary Ability
Dash forward in shadow form. Ghost allies are summoned in your wake.

Cynder (Skylanders)soulgempower

Price: 4000
A ghost ally travels with you and damages enemies.

Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone.

Cynder Flight Black Lightning Double Spooky! Shadow Reach
Cynder (Skylanders)basicupgrade1

Price: 500
Press the button to fly.

Cynder (Skylanders)basicupgrade2

Price: 700
Spectral Lightning does increased damage.

Cynder (Skylanders)basicupgrade3

Price: 900
Ghosts do increased damage.

Cynder (Skylanders)basicupgrade4

Price: 1200
Shadow Dash is increased.

Nether Wielder
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Spectral Lightning attacks.

Unstable Forces Breath Control Breath of Power
Cynder (Skylanders)path1upgrade1

Price: 1700
Hitting a ghost with spectral lightning makes it explode, damaging enemies.

Cynder (Skylanders)path1upgrade2

Price: 2200
Spectral Lightning hold duration is increased.

Cynder (Skylanders)path1upgrade3

Price: 3000
Spectral Lightning damages enemies in a larger area.

This upgrade path lets you further develop your Ghosts and Shadow Dash attacks.

Death Bound Ghost Haunter Shadow Strike
Cynder (Skylanders)path2upgrade1

Price: 1700
Enemies hit by ghosts move slower.

Cynder (Skylanders)path2upgrade2

Price: 2200
Ghosts last longer and have a greater attack range.

Cynder (Skylanders)path2upgrade3

Price: 3000
Shadow Dash does damage to enemies.

Skylanders gain new abilities automatically based on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Death Bolts (Primary Attack): Expel a storm of dark enemy at your enemies.
  • Haunt (Secondary Attack): Cast a curse at your enemies that will damage them and surround them with hazardous ghosts for a few seconds.


  • Frozen Fright (requires level: 3): Cynder's Haunt (x) will now stun enemies with fright while they are surrounded by ghosts. It also deals bonus damage.
  • Shadow Sprint (requires level: 6): Sprint (a) with Cynder to leave a trail of ghosts behind her. Strike these ghosts with Death Bolts (Y) to make them explode, damaging nearby enemies.
  • Horrifying Haunt (requires level: 9): Hold (X) and then release to conjure an enhanced curse that will Haunt enemies with larger, more dangerous ghosts.

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

Sky Defense Castle Assault Ground Defense

Curse enemies in range and make them more vulnerable to attacks for a certain time.


Launch a projectile that accelerates to a high velocity instantly.


Curse enemies in range and inflict damage.


Battle Cries

  • "Volts and Lightning!"
  • "Leading the charge!"
  • "Fully charged!"
  • "All charged up!"
  • "No rest for the wicked!"
  • "Time for trouble!"
  • "Born to scorch!"
  • "Never stood a chance!"
  • "Hehe, I'm to die for!"
  • "I'd tell you nice try, but it wasn't!"
  • "I'm wicked, so what?"
  • "Dare to try again?"
  • "Well that was a blast!"
  • "This is my kind of place!" - when opening an Undead elemental zone in Giants
  • "Never looked better!"- when putting on a hat
  • "Becoming, isn't it?"- when putting on a hat
  • "Take flight!"
  • "You call that a challenge?"
  • "My power will haunt you!" - when checking Cynder's stats
  • "Shocking abilities, aren't they?"
  • "Jackpot!" - when opening a treasure chest
  • "I fear nothing!"
  • "Oh yeah!"
  • "Wahoo!"

Commercial Quotes

  • "Uh-uh! I don't think so!" - The Beginning Trailer
  • "Pop Fizz, enough with the soda."
  • "I've heard fairytales that they can punch holes in the ground. I don't believe it! You show me a pig that can fly, I'll show you a Giant that can smash a hole in the ground." - Giants 2012 trailer
  • "We've been spotted!" - Obey commercial
  • "If they're so real, then where are they?"

Character Trailers

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Cynder Preview Trailer (Volts and Lightning)(00:16)
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Meet the Skylanders Cynder (extended)(00:30)
Aura24Added by Aura24
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Cynder Trailer (Volts and Lightning)(00:55)
Aura24Added by Aura24
Skylanders Giants - Meet the Skylanders - Series 2 Cynder (Volts and Lightning)(00:49)
Aura24Added by Aura24
Skylanders Swap Force -Meet the Skylanders - Phantom Cynder (Volts and Lightning)(00:29)
Aura24Added by Aura24

See also




  • Cynder is one of the two characters, besides Spyro and Sparx, from the Legend series to appear in Skylanders. They are also one of the few characters to come from previous games.
  • She bears the same coloration as her Legend of Spyro counterpart's Dawn of the Dragon design.
  • Despite being purple in color, Cynder isn't counted as a rare Purple Dragon.
    • She also appears to be more violet in color than purple.
  • In the 3DS version of Skylanders, Cynder doesn't have spikes on her bracelets, while in the console versions, she does.
  • As seen in media and in the game, Cynder occasionally looks at her claws, much like a lady checking her fingernails.
  • It is mentioned by Quigley in Spyro's Adventure that he heard that Cynder came back from the dead.
  • Unlike her Legend of Spyro counterpart, Cynder has violet scales, blue eyes, no visible teeth nor silver spines on the back of her head, and doesn't have the silver bracelet on her tail, and the silver bracelets she wears on her neck and front legs have spikes.
  • Cynder has a few story elements that are based on her Legend of Spyro counterpart: both were taken and raised under the influence of their universe's Malefor, defeated by Spyro, and both desire to redeem themselves for all the evil things they have done while under their former masters' control.
  • Both Cynder and Hex share a few story qualities in their backstories: both have encountered the Undead Dragon King, Malefor, and both people and the Skylanders are still wary of them due to their dark powers.
  • Cynder as a Skylander was at first fan speculation among the Spyro fanbase, until her sudden appearance in the Spyro's Adventure's Character Poster confirmed that she was indeed a playable Skylander, catching the fanbase completely by surprise.
  • It is unknown if Spyro and Cynder are in a relationship or not in Skylanders.
  • She is the only Undead Skylander to be a quadraped.
  • Cynder didn't say her official catchphrase until Skylanders: Giants.
  • The symbol on Cynder's forehead is the Brand of the Undead, which unleashes ghostly allies from beyond the grave.[1]
  • Cynder's spiked collar and bracelets are part of the Undead punk fashion.[1]
  • Despite Cynder's biography mentioning that the other Skylanders keep a safe distance from Cynder due to her dark past and sinister powers, in the Tall Tales trailer, the Skylanders present are calm around Cynder, implying that they trust her.
  • In the The Beginning trailer, Cynder is not present. However, she is seen in The Director's Cut trailer flying alongside Spyro and Gill Grunt at the beginning of the battle and carrying away a recolored, enemy version of Cali that was about to harm Gill Grunt.
  • In Spyro's Adventure, Cynder cannot be harmed while she's using the Shadow Dash. In the future installments of Skylanders however, she is now vulnerable to attacks while in Shadow form, plus the dash instantly ends.
  • Cynder is the only Skylander whose amounts of power stats remain the same even though she has a Series 2 figure.
  • In Spyro's Adventure, Cynder is the only Undead Skylander who does not have an evil counterpart in the boss battles.
  • Cynder is the only starter pack Skylander in Giants who doesn't have an additional counterpart.
  • In a Spyro's Adventure triple pack and a Giants Starter pack, Cynder comes with an Air Skylander (Lightning Rod and Jet-Vac) and a Life Skylander (Zook and Tree Rex).
  • In Spyro's Adventure, Cynder has visible pink marking beside her eyes while in her figure she doesn't have them. These markings also bear a slight resemblance to Camo's.
  • Despite her chest being red on her figure and art, her chest is pink in-game.
  • In the Darklight Crypt, there are head statues who resemble Cynder at the entrance to the maze.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Skylanders Official Annual 2013, page 15
  2. Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection, page 165
  3. Skylanders Universe: Life & Undead - Book of Elements, Hugo's Notes: The Dark Dragoness, page 70-71
  4. Skylanders: Book of Elements - Life & Undead, page 53
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

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