The Green Chains are a pair of green snake-like artifacts that were crafted by Malefor's dark magic in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. These devices are responsible for tethering Spyro and Cynder together at all times throughout the game.
The Chains were originally magical green snakes created by Malefor. Upon attaching themselves to the wearer's necks, the snakes are permanently turned into chains that can't be removed, also linking themselves to another being who is wearing the same exact chain. Only Malefor has the ability to completely remove the chains and place them back on, as he was the one who created them.
In gameplay, whenever Spyro and Cynder move apart, a green magical tether will appear connected to the snake chains around their necks to keep the dragons from moving far away from each other. The green chains are usually invisible, but can become visible to the naked eye if Spyro and Cynder attempt to move away from one another, if one of them irritates either the chain or the tether, and if one of them summons the green chain. Fortunately, Spyro and Cynder can use the chain to their advantage to get through obstacles, solve puzzles, and swing up to high places that are unreachable.
On the Floating Islands, small machines created by the Grublins will throw black locks to the ground that will link onto the green chains if Spyro and Cynder are nearby. This will limit their movement until the black locks are destroyed along with the machines that shoots them out.
The Grublins released Spyro and Cynder from the time crystal and shackled them together using a pair of green snakes. These snakes instantly transformed into unremovable chains upon coiling around Spyro and Cynder's necks, as a means of linking them together and preventing them from being able to move freely or away from each other. The Grublins then proceeded to drag the two dragons away to the Catacombs.
Soon afterward, Spyro and Cynder roused from their three-year slumber to find themselves chained to the platform they were sleeping on, unaware that they were originally planned to be sacrificed to the Golem under orders of Malefor. The two dragons managed to escape the Catacombs and the Golem with the help of Hunter, but remained tethered together because of the chain. Along the way to safety, Cynder attempted to bite at the tether generated by the chains in an attempt free herself and Spyro to no avail. Spyro suggested twisting the chain, only to receive a sharp retort from Cynder stating that the tether was magic, displaying her irritation, much to Sparx's amusement.
When they were soon taken captive by the Cheetah tribe along with Hunter, the green chains acted as Spyro and Cynder's shackles connected to a magic-infused lookout post in the Cheetah Village to keep the two dragons restrained.
After Spyro and Cynder saved the City of Warfang from Malefor's army and the Golem, Cynder showed Ignitus the chain she and Spyro still wore. After inspecting the chain with a mole named Mason, the Fire Guardian responded that it was irremovable. As Spyro and Cynder wondered on how they would fight back if they were forced to fight tethered together, Ignitus added that the chain was more than a hindrance, but a reminder of the bond Spyro and Cynder shared, and that their destinies were intertwined.
On their way through the Burned Lands, Cynder claimed to Spyro that she would face Malefor with him only because she wanted to get rid of the chain around her neck. However, it was evident that this wasn't the only reason.
When they reached Malefor's Lair, Malefor dismissed the chain completely off Spyro and Cynder to make them feel "more comfortable". After Cynder, who was turned Dark again by Malefor to attack Spyro, broke free from his control to be with Spyro, Malefor became enraged and shackled Cynder back to Spyro with the green chains in order to kill them both at once. Upon Malefor's defeat at the power of the spirits of the Ancestors, the green chain that binded Spyro and Cynder together disappeared completely along with Malefor's magic, freeing the two dragons at last.
- It is displayed throughout Dawn of the Dragon that Cynder was the only one of the two dragons who was greatly irritated that she was tethered to Spyro, and wanted to get the green chain off as soon as possible.
- In the Cheetah Village, there is a green device on a lookout post where Spyro and Cynder were chained to, having the same kind of magic as the green chain Malefor created since it binded them to the post. It is unknown how the Cheetahs acquired this, as the green chains were created by Malefor's dark magic. It is possible that the Cheetahs use these devices to restrain intruders through magical means, until they are released by Chief Prowlus, who is the only one in the tribe who has the key to release prisoners.
- Though the green crackling tether linking to the snake chains on Spyro and Cynder's necks is supposed to be magically ethereal, Cynder is seen biting the chain in the cutscene in Twilight Falls when she tries to get it off.
- In Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, whenever player 1 or player 2 are too far apart, a green tether can be seen in between them to prevent them from going too far apart. This is similar to how the Green Chains kept Spyro and Cynder from moving apart from one another freely when playing Dawn of the Dragon in co-op mode.
|Spyro - Sparx - Cynder - Hunter - Malefor - Ignitus - Volteer - Terrador - Cyril - Chronicler|
|Catacombs - Twilight Falls - Valley of Avalar - Warfang - Ruins of Warfang - Attack of the Golem|
The Dam - Burned Lands - Floating Islands - Malefor's Lair
|Grublins - Grublin Flies -Hero Grublins - Orcs - Hero Orcs -|
Trolls - Bowman Orcs - Wyverns - Shadow Apes
|Fire - Electricity - Ice - Earth - Aether - Poison - Fear - Wind - Shadow|
|Dragons - Grublins - Spirit Gems - Armor - Green Chains - Elite Enemies|