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Cynder

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
Cameos:
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.

As an egg, Cynder was stolen and corrupted by the Undead Dragon King Malefor, who gifted her with sinister abilities powered by the darkness of the Undead element. She used these unnatural powers to terrorize the land until she was bested by Spyro. Freed from the influence of evil, Cynder joined the Skylanders to make amends for her past by using her Undead powers for good.

Background

Personality

Stolen as an egg, Cynder was brainwashed and trained in the ways of evil and darkness. She was a sinister dragon, a harbringer of despair and misery taught to strike fear into the hearts of Malefor's subjects and spread terror far and wide. However a speck of goodness burned somewhere in her black heart, which made her internally aware of the malicious actions she was committing unwillingly. After being freed from Malefor's spell, Cynder desires to make amends by battling evildoers with her dark powers, but she still struggles with her past.

As a result of being corrupted under the Undead element, Cynder retains a wicked side and can occasionally be menacing, but is trying hard to control her dark impulses from time to time. This omnious trait causes most of the Skylanders to try and keep a safe distance from Cynder just in case her inner darkness takes over. While she is loyal to the Skylanders, she is snarky, spiky when riled, witty, fierce and can be a terrifying force for good in the battle against the Darkness. Cynder also possesses a liking towards dark and brooding places, a trait shared by all Undead Skylanders. However she doesn't enjoy pranks or jokes of any kind.[1]

Biography

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.

Story

History

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.[2]

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.

Skylanders: Cynder Confronts the Weather Wizard

WARNING: This section contains spoilers below! (Skip section)

Cynder and Zook were relaxing in the sunrays at the Cloudless Desert, but the dragoness felt that they were wasting time when they should looking for the next fragment to the Mask of Power. Soon, Hex arrived via portal to inform Cynder and Zook that Master Eon has requested their presence, but were forced into action when a freak rainstorm caused the sand dunes of the desert to start pulling the surrounding Mabu beachgoers underground like quicksand. After saving the inhabitants, the trio of Skylanders return to Eon's citadel where they learned that there have been numerous unusual weather strikes on numerous parts of Skylands. Master Eon then assigned Cynder, Zook, and Hex to venture to the Isle of the Dead, where they believe they'll find the cause of the storms, the Undead fragment to the Mask of Power, and answer the call for help by the undead inhabitants.

Cynder Zook Cloudless Desert

A seemingly reluctantly Cynder enjoying the sunrays of the Cloudless Desert with Zook.

After being attacked by a Gargantula and a swarm of Spiderlings, the Skylanders were saved by a ghoul named Flunky and his pet Stump Demon, Dogwood. They were escorted to Ghost Town where they learn from the Night Mayor, Morbo, of the unusual sunny weather conditions surrounding the area. The source of the weather is caused by a powerful wizard named Hurrikazam, who suddenly arrived in town and demanded tributes in the form the villagers giving Batterson's pies to him all the while whisking away the villagers offering the pies. In spite of Cynder trying to rescue the undead villagers, Hurrikazam retreated, promising that if the inhabitants don't tend to his demands for pies and if Skylanders angered him further, the weather wizard would bring endless sunshine which would destroy the undead crops.

Morbo soon revealed what happened to the villagers Hurrikazam had taken along with the pies: they have been turned back into living, breathing creatures, the opposite of undead. Wondering how Hurrikazam possessed such a power to bring the undead back to life, the Skylanders allowed themselves to be taken by Morbo's Gargantulas to the weather wizard's Cloud Citadel, where they fought against Brock and his group of Drow upon being discovered. The Skylanders soon realized that Hurrikazam is innocent and was forcefully doing his evil deeds by none other than Kaos. The evil Portal Master gloated that he was draining the undead villagers of their undeadliness to store it up in a tank of Undead energy to shower every island of Skylands with undead rain to turn the living into undead and destroy the other element.

Cynder Hex

Cynder attempts to reason with Hex after the sorceress imprisons her and Zook.

When Hurrikazam refused to drain the Skylanders of their element, Kaos clipped the wizard's precious flower for defying him and tried to proceed with the draining process anyway, but inadvertanty released the Skylanders from their hold. Just as the Skylanders had Kaos cornered, Hex suddenly trapped Cynder and Zook in her bone fortresses. The elf sorceress revealed that she has switched sides, now serving Kaos but was concerned if the Undead Energy Extractor was still functional. When it still was, Hex allowed herself to provide Kaos with her powerful Undead energy, claiming that she was tired of being feared and longed to be normal again. Kaos eagerly began the procedure, however the machine was overloading due to the massive amount of Hex's power, which the elf sorceress had planned all along and never actually defected to Kaos.

The machine soon exploded, and after a brief moment of seeing Hex's true form, the Skylanders return their attention to Kaos. While Cynder was busy repelling the evil Portal Master's pottery spells, she tricked Kaos into going near a soon-to-be revived Dogwood, who seized Kaos and Glumshanks upon being revived. With Kaos driven away, the Skylanders celebrated their victory back in Ghost Town, where the undead returned to their normal states and Hurrikazam apologized for his actions and announced to redeem himself by bringing storm clouds suitable for the Undead. As a token of his gratitude, the weather wizard handed Cynder an Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, Suprising, Unfathomable, All-Coloured Rose seed, the Undead segment to the Mask of Power. 

Upon returning to the Eternal Archive, Cynder, Zook and Hex were given the horrible news by Spyro that Squirmgrub had kidnapped Master Eon and took five of the pieces to the Mask of Power with him.

Spoilers end here.

Relationships

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.[3] It is unknown if Cynder still holds some animosity towards Wrecking Ball after that.

Hex

Cynder sympathizes with Hex as she too knew what it was like to be feared.

Zook

The dragoness is sometimes irritated by Zook's laidback personality but tolerates him.

Abilities

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.

Stats

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.


Shadowdancer
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.

Upgrades

  • 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
SSUSkyDefenseundead

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

SSUCastleAssaultundead

Launch a projectile that accelerates to a high velocity instantly.

SSUGroundDefenseundead

Curse enemies in range and inflict damage.

Quotes

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?"

Book Quotes

Skylanders: Cynder Confronts the Weather Wizard

  • "Now to deal with Hurrikaboo-boo. I predict someone is about to be weather-beaten."
  • "If those jaws come anywhere near me, it'll be scorched spider, sister."
  • "Sorry to spoil your snack. Now, send those spectres right back."

Character Trailers

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Cynder Preview Trailer (Volts and Lightning)00:16

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Cynder Preview Trailer (Volts and Lightning)

Meet the Skylanders Cynder (extended)00:30

Meet the Skylanders Cynder (extended)

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Cynder Trailer (Volts and Lightning)00:55

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - Cynder Trailer (Volts and Lightning)

Skylanders Giants - Meet the Skylanders - Series 2 Cynder (Volts and Lightning)00:49

Skylanders Giants - Meet the Skylanders - Series 2 Cynder (Volts and Lightning)

Skylanders Swap Force -Meet the Skylanders - Phantom Cynder (Volts and Lightning)00:29

Skylanders Swap Force -Meet the Skylanders - Phantom Cynder (Volts and Lightning)

 

See also

Gallery

 

Trivia

  • 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.[4]
  • Cynder's spiked collar and bracelets are part of the Undead punk fashion.[4]
  • 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 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.

References

  1. Skylanders Universe: Chronicles, page 81
  2. Skylanders Universe: Life & Undead - Book of Elements, Hugo's Notes: The Dark Dragoness, page 70-71
  3. Skylanders: Book of Elements - Life & Undead, page 53
  4. 4.0 4.1 Skylanders Official Sticker Book: Meet the Skylanders, page 81
Characters
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
Villains
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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