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Powerups are special abilities in the Spyro the Dragon series that allow Spyro to defeat certain enemies, reach new areas, or complete certain missions. They often appear as Powerup Gates: two pyramid-shaped poles with magical sparkles in between and a small sign on top indicating the Powerup type. Powerup Gates first appear in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!.

Powerup Types

  • Superflame: powerful, projectile fireballs in place of normal flame breath. Beating the Game one hundred percent awards a permant version superflame.
  • Superfly: flight in place of gliding ability
  • Invincibility: Invulnerability to enemy attacks and the ability to walk on lava, acid, etc.
  • Spring Jump: A sudden launch upwards from the powerup gate site
  • Supercharge: an extra-fast charge, effective for smashing locked treasure chests and catching quick enemies
  • Ice Breath: abliliy to freeze other creatures, encasing them in a block of ice, which makes enemies more susceptible to charge attacks and allies useful as jumping platforms. Only found in Cloud Temples.

In Metroplis (And technically the final boss Ripto's Arena) There's also a Powerup that gives Spyro the power of Superfly and Superflame at the same time.

Superflame, superfly, invincibility and ice breath are limited to a specific amount of time, displayed in a time meter. Supercharge can only be attained if Spyro charges through the powerup gate or along a supercharge track, and will be maintained for as long as Spyro can sustain the charge without hitting anything substantial. The spring jump launches Spyro up into the air straight from the powerup gate, and leaves him with no enduring abilities.

Depiction in Games

Spyro the Dragon

Only the Supercharge powerup officially appears in Spyro the Dragon, available on supercharge tracks.

A type of "superflame" is granted by a fairy's kiss in High Caves and Haunted Towers, which is actually just a more powerful, pink version of Spyro's typical flame breath, capable of killing the metal enemies and obstacles in those realms. There is also an unlimited superflame from a special fairy in Haunted Towers, which remains active until Spyro leaves the level. Also, Spyro is given an unlimited superfly ability in Gnasty's Loot.

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!

Powerup gates are introduced in Ripto's Rage!, and the full range of powerups became available throughout the game. Powerup gates are at first inactive in a realm, but activate once Spyro has defeated a certain number of enemies within that realm. There are powerup gates in each level excluding boss arenas, speedways, and home worlds. A majority of the levels contain one powerup gate, while a handful contain two gates, which helps Spyro complete more challenging tasks. The level Mystic Marsh contains three. The gates also come in a few different colors and patterns.

If Spyro gains all 10,000 gems and 64 orbs (which requires some back-tracking), a magic door opens in Dragon Shores, which contains a permanent Superflame Powerup Gate. Once acquired, the ability will be active in every realm, and will even be active if the player begins a new game.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon

The powerups in Year of the Dragon are similar to those in Ripto's Rage. The Spring Jump has been removed. The Supercharge is only available when chasing thieves on a supercharge track, as in Icy Peak and Molten Crater. Ice Breath is granted only by the Ice Fairy's kiss in Frozen Altars, and remains with Spyro for as long as he is in the realm. Unlike the previous game, the powerup gates are already active upon entering a level, and they do not appear in every level as well. There is also one type of powerup in every home world, excluding the final home world, and acts as a tutorial so the player knows how to use the powerup properly.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail

The powerups during Red's invasion are in the form of mechanical "gadgets" which were invented by the Professor. Spyro needs to collect a certain number of Light Gems to activate them, depending on the type of gadget.

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