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“It's Crunch Time!”
    —Barbella's official catchphrase

Barbella is a crystalline Earth Sensei in Skylanders: Imaginators, who trains Imaginators of the Sentinel Battle Class.

Character Development

During Skylanders: Giants development, character designer I-Wei Huang started with the idea of a strong Water female Giant, but eventually developed the idea of a living statue character for the Earth element, first used to create the Weapon Master. Though the statue design would later be finalized as the Golden Queen, many of its ideas such as the square barbells, large armor and the textured skin would later surface in Imaginators with Barbella. Her pose, skin and barbells went through many attempts and iterations for a look that fit her concept perfectly. [1]

  • Initial concepts from Giants, with qualities that Golden Queen and Barbella would later show.[2]
  • Giants concepts of a Water Giant that would later become Barbella.
  • Initial concepts from Giants
  • Barbella Concepts from Imaginators.
  • Barbella Imaginators concepts before she was given the crystal skin.
  • Finalized design for Barbella Imaginators with studies for the barbell weapon.
  • Barbella pose studies for the final figure. Pictures courtesy of YrocTheEliteSlayer.

Background

Biography

Barbella was the best fitness trainer in all of Skylands. Not only did she possess otherworldly strength, she was also a firm believer that a healthy diet and exercise led to true happiness. With such a positive message to spread, Barbella decided to open her own fitness center called “Flex-a-lot”, where she hoped to instill good eating and workout habits with all of her patrons. But one day, the gelatinous villain known as The Gulper destroyed her gym, and it took all of Barbella’s strength to keep it from collapsing while everyone fled to safety. It was then that Barbella realized that bad guys were more hazardous to your health than anything else, so she began to train in the ways of the Sentinel, where she quickly became one of the greatest masters in the world!

Gameplay

Barbella uses her super-strength and boulder barbells in battle. With her boulder barbells she can smash enemies, and even use them to summon rock constructs, ranging from a large pair of stone hands, or a runic cube that she can push at enemies with great force. Her Sky-Chi has her lift her barbells which causes crystal shards to shoot out towards her foes.

Stats

These are the starting and maximum Statistics for this Skylander in the Skylanders games.

  • Health: (max. Expression error: Missing operand for +.)
  • Speed: (max. 48)
  • Armor: (max. 30)
  • Critical Hit: (max. 50)
  • Elemental Power: (max. 50)

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

  • Strength: 210
  • Defense: 330
  • Agility: 100
  • Luck: 160

Abilities

Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Cradle of Creation
Sky-Chi Ability
Requires unlocking from the
Sentinel Sensei Shrine
Barbell Bash Rocky Rep
Taken for Granite
Do You Even Lift?

Primary Ability
Press Attack 1 to whack, thwack and smash with your Boulder Barbells.

Secondary Ability
Press Attack 2 to create stone hands that pull enemies towards you.

Price: 4000
Press Attack 2 five times to buff yourself. You take less damage. Rock Crystals spawn over time. Attack 1 pulls Rock Crystals.
View Sky-Chi
The ultimate Sensei attack! Hold Special Attack for a Sensei-tional workout! Aim with Left Stick to shoot out Crystal Shards at your enemies!
View Soul Gem

Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone/Power Pods.

Cubic Runic Rock Unsteady Ground Have a Gneiss Day Rocks in a Hard Place
Price: 500

Press Attack 3 to conjure a giant rock that damages enemies near it and can be launched to explode into Rock Crystals.

Price: 700

Attack 1 triple-combo covers a larger area, dealing more bonus damage to closer enemies.

Price: 900

Rocky Rep's stone hands create Rock Crystals you can launch at foes with Barbell Bash.

Price: 1200

Press Attack 2 during Rocky Rep to create Rock Crystals.


Seismic Smasher
View Ruler of Rocks
Improves Barbell Bash with earth-shattering perks!
Gifts of the Deadlift Caving In Rocky Roads
Price: 1700

Rock Crystals will pound the ground when you press Attack 1. Press Attack 1 thrice to create Rock Crystals.

Price: 2200

Barbell Bash does even more damage and the shockwave extends further.

Price: 3000

Press Attack 1 thrice to send out cascading earthquakes.

Ruler of Rocks
View Seismic Smasher
Rock Crystals are easier to make and are stronger!
For the Crater Good Rocky Rebound Boulder and All the Wiser
Price: 1700

Damaging enemies sometimes spawns a Rock Crystal.

Price: 2200

Rock Crystals will return to their targets when they fly out.

Price: 3000

Rock Crystals spawn more frequently when damaging enemies. Rock Crystals critically hit on their return trip.



Quotes

Battle Cries

  • "It's Crunch Time!"
  • "I'll whip all your Imaginators into shape with my workout program!" - Sensei Training Bonus
  • "And I can train all of your Sentinel Imaginators in this awesome secret technique." - Secret Technique Bonus
  • "Bring it on, I'm always up for a challenge!"
  • "I should probably warn you: I've been training for this." - before a battle
  • "Work it!"
  • "Oh yeah, feel that burn!"
  • "No pain, no gain. Right, bad guys?" - after a battle
  • "Nothing stands between me and where I want to go!" - opening a gate
  • "Oh, I'm in the zone right now!"
  • "And that's how you get results!" - level up
  • "All that hard work has paid off!" - level up
  • "I can definitely improve on these numbers!" - checking stats
  • "Oh yeah, check out those measurements!"
  • "One, and two, and Sky-Chi!" - activating Sky-Chi (Do You Even Lift?)
  • "I've been weighting for that!" - after Sky-Chi

Gallery

Trivia

  • Barbella is a pun on both barbell, a type of exercise equipment, and the Italian word bella, meaning beautiful.
  • In earlier versions of the game, Barbella had an icon based on concept art, and had white instead of yellow hair. [3]
  • Surprisingly, the element and battle class Barbella is in each have more female senseis than males.

References

Skylanders
EarthSymbolSkylanders Earth Skylanders EarthSymbolSkylanders

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Bash - Dino-Rang - Prism Break - Terrafin
Skylanders: Giants
Crusher - Flashwing
Skylanders: Swap Force
Doom Stone - Rubble Rouser - Scorp - Slobber Tooth
Skylanders: Trap Team
Fist Bump - Head Rush - Rocky Roll -Wallop
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Shark Shooter Terrafin - Smash Hit
Skylanders: Imaginators
Barbella - Golden Queen - Tri-Tip
Minis / Eon's Elite
Bop - Terrabite / Elite Dino-Rang - Elite Terrafin
Alt Decos
Dark Golden Queen - Dark Slobber Tooth - Granite Crusher - Jade Flashwing
Legendary Bash - Legendary Tri-Tip - Nitro Head Rush - Steel Plated Smash Hit
Lost Islands Alter Egos
Birthday Bash - Rocky Egg Roll - Sundae Slobber Tooth

KaosSymbolSkylanders Sensei Kaos KaosSymbolSkylanders

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