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The Dragon Temple is a structure within the Swamp where the Dragon elders train and take care of young dragons, only appearing in The Legend of Spyro series. Inside there is a room, called the Grotto, where there is a pool of water known as the Pool of Visions, in which certain dragons, such as Ignitus, can see visions: the dreams, thoughts, and memories of others and to see what is happening in places far away.

Description

An ancient structure of great importance, the Dragon Temple has survived the test of time and is still filled with spells and enchantments to ensure its protection. These, however, prove to be inadequate at times. The temple has suffered its share of attacks made by the Dark Armies, wearing the beautiful sandstone and rock-carved statues down to missing chunks and spiderweb cracks. It hasn't had a decent dusting in a while, so anyone with indoor sinuses might want to steer clear. It is home to the four remaining Elemental Guardians,[1] Ignitus, Volteer, Cyril, and Terrador, and is often used as a training ground for young heroes.

Story

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

After the war between the Dark Master's forces and the Dragons, the Dragon Temple was overtaken by Cynder's Ape forces, but was reclaimed when Spyro eventually drove them out, accompanied by Ignitus and Sparx. It served as a shelter and home to the Guardians, and eventually Spyro and Sparx. In the prologue of the game, the dragon eggs were in the Grotto with the Pool of Visions.

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night

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The Temple under attack

The Dragon Temple appeared again as the current home for the Guardians, Spyro, and Sparx, and also a temporary shelter for Cynder before she left, blaming herself for what happened when she was under the Dark Master's control. The temple then came under attack, and Spyro battled his way through the grounds of the temple to get back to the Guardians. After driving off the forces of the Ape King, Gaul, the Dragon Temple was damaged during the surprise assault and wasn't seen again in the game after Ignitus sent Spyro off to the Ancient Grove where the Chronicler was supposedly hiding.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

During the three years before the events of Dawn of the Dragon, the Guardians lost their hold on the Dragon Temple while fending against the Dark Master, Malefor. The evil dragon raised the temple above the volcano as a symbol of his dominance, earning its name, Malefor's Lair. It was later destroyed when the Destroyer broke the world apart in a torrent of fire during the final battle between Spyro, Cynder and Malefor.

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Trivia

  • In the Dragon Dojo, a statue of a great dragon stands proudly in the center of the room, which was later revealed to be Malefor before his corruption. The statue can sink into the floor to allow the training room to be more expansive for the young dragons to train.
    • According to the art lead, Jared Pullen, the image of the Dragon Statue was a homage to general Dragon culture but more specifically a stately and regal representation of the last Purple Dragon before Spyro's time, who was an ancient hero. It was Jared's intention to have the statue foreshadow Spyro's future, and set down a clue as to what he may even look like in the coming decades. From the very outset he wanted to portray what a fully grown adult Purple Dragon would look like, how it might stand and carry itself, and Jared pitched the idea that the statue itself was actually a representation of the Dark Master before he renounced the path of good. This shows that the players had already caught a glimpse of the Dark Master right from the beginning, which Jared thought it was a very fitting and 'full circle' type thing to do.[1]
  • Somehow, the Dragon Temple is where Spyro starts and ends his adventure (as Malefor's Lair) in The Legend of Spyro series.

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