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“Volts and Lightning!”
    —Cynder's official catchphrase

Cynder is a violet dragoness who is one of the Undead Skylanders in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. She and Jet-Vac are the two Skylanders that come with Tree Rex in the normal Starter Pack of Skylanders: Giants. Her Series 3 counterpart is called Phantom Cynder, and she has a skeletal October counterpart called Skeletal Cynder.



Kidnapped as an egg by the evil Malefor, 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 evil she was committing. 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 she 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]


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.



Corrupted Cynder Spyro

A corrupted Cynder battles against Spyro with Malefor watching on.

Cynder is a dangerous dragon with a dark past. While still in her egg, Cynder was stolen by the henchmen of the evil Dragon King named Malefor. He brought the youngster up as a black-hearted harbringer of despair, but deep inside Malefor's monstrous apprentice shone a small speck of goodness. It was none other than Spyro who released Cynder from Malefor's grip by defeating her in battle. Once defeated, the red mist lifted and the spell of evil was broken. Cynder quickly renounced her evil ways and vowed to fight for good. She even joined Spyro on a dangerous quest and came out smiling. Trusting Spyro's judgement, Master Eon signed Cynder up to become one of the scariest Skylanders.[2]

Skylanders: Spyro versus The Mega Monsters

Cynder was mentioned 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.

Cynder Confronts the Weather Wizard

Cynder and Zook were relaxing in the sunrays at the Cloudless Desert, though 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 reluctant 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 weather is caused by a powerful wizard named Hurrikazam, who suddenly arrived in town and demanded tributes in the form of 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 an endless sunlight that 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 Elements.

Cynder Hex

Hex imprisoning Cynder as the dragoness tried to reason with her companion.

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 with Hex's power, which the elf sorceress 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 returned their attention to Kaos. While Cynder was busy repelling the evil Portal Master's pottery spells, she tricked Kaos into going near Dogwood, who became revived and seized both Kaos and Glumshanks upon being awakened. With Kaos driven away, the Skylanders celebrated their victory back in Ghost Town, where the Undead were returned to their normal forms and Hurrikazam apologized for his actions. As a token of his gratitude, the Weather Wizard handed Cynder an Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, Suprising, Unfathomable, All-Coloured Rose seed, which is the Undead segment to the Mask of Power. 

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

Trigger Happy Targets the Evil Kaos

Skylanders Mask of Power

Cynder along with the other Skylanders attempting to stop Kaos from using the Mask of Power.

Cynder was one of the Skylanders who assembled to stop Kaos from reforming the Mask of Power. Despite getting through Kaos's defenses in his castle, the Skylanders were unable to stop Kaos from putting on the Mask of Power, which allowed him to steal the powers of the Skylanders, including Cynder's, rendering them defenseless. Cynder and the other Skylanders were teleported back to Eon's Citadel by Master Eon before they can be finished off. Without her ghost powers, she worked with the Skylanders in creating a makeshift tower to protect the Core of Light from Kaos.

Despite their efforts, Kaos once again overwhelmed the heroes by using their powers against them. Trigger Happy, along with Cynder and the other Skylanders, tricked Kaos into using all of their powers at the same time, causing him to lose control. At that moment of weakness, the Mask of Power was yanked off of Kaos's face by Trigger Happy, allowing the Skylanders to recover their abilities and use them to fully destroy the Mask of Power once and for all.

Return of the Dragon King

Cynder was putting on a exhibition show at the Rumbletown Arena by taking on many challengers, including Enfuego Chompies and a Crystal Golem. After the battle, the dragoness goes to meet and greet her eager fans, one of them being the fairy, Calliope. The two shook hands, and while Cynder suddenly felt weak, the sensation went away almost instantly. As she and Calliope parted ways, Cynder was unaware that the fairy had unwillingly stolen Cynder's powers under orders of a returning enemy.

Cynder Rotting Robbies

Cynder being cornered by a group of Rotting Robbies and Bone Chompies

After feeling weak from shaking hands with Calliope, Cynder began tracking down the fairy with a charm she bought from Auric. However while following the trail at the Cadaverous Crypts, she lost the charm during a battle with a group of Rotting Robbies and Bone Chompies, who weren't affected by her weakened Spectral Lightning attacks and pursued Cynder. Luckily, Cynder was saved by Wallop, Hex and Spyro, who had also been following Calliope's trail. Realizing that she, Hex and Spyro were the only ones targeted by the fairy, Cynder joined her fellow Skylanders to the caves and followed Calliope to its depths.

While navigating through the tunnels, Cynder felt as if she had been through the caves before. She and the other Skylanders soon spotted Calliope and quickly gave chase. Unfortunately, they arrived too late to stop Calliope from releasing their powers to a hidden shadow who absorbed their magic and became revived. Upon discovering the mastermind behind Calliope's actions, Cynder, Hex, Spyro, and Wallop were easily overwhelmed and knocked unconscious by the renewed fire power of the Undead Dragon King Malefor.

Upon awakening, Cynder found herself imprisoned in the Crypts along with Spyro, Hex and Wallop. She expressed animosity towards Calliope for allowing Malefor to return at full strength and insisted that the fairy must pay for what she had done. When it was revealed that Malefor was going after the Skylanders Academy to make her, Spyro and Hex suffer for the trouble they caused him, Cynder struggled in vain to break free to go and stop Malefor. In a fit of fustration, she lashed out at Spyro then Calliope before the purple dragon stopped her remarks.

With some encouragement from Spyro, Cynder shared her experiences as Malefor's minion from the day she was hatched and how Spyro and Master Eon gave her a second chance despite her previous actions. She, along with the group, tried to convince Calliope that she could make up for what she had done. However, the fairy ran away, ashamed of her actions and refused their help, leaving Flynn and Mags to find the Skylanders and rescue them. They immediately set off to stop Malefor, arriving at the demolished Skylanders Academy in time to challenge the evil dragon to a fight.

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Spyro, Cynder and Hex challenging Malefor.

With Spyro, Hex and Wallop, Cynder began distracting Malefor in order to lead him away from the Academy and its students. They used Mags to trap Malefor using chewing gum and redirected the Dread-Yacht into crashing into the evil dragon. However the collision only slightly damaged his armor, further angering Malefor who directs his fury to Spyro, angrily swearing that the young dragon will fall no matter how many times Spyro has stopped the evil dragon. This confused the four Skylanders as Hex was the who defeated Malefor. Unable to do any further damage, they were starting to lose the fight until Calliope and Persephone intervened, and directed Spyro to attack Malefor's chestplate to reveal the crystal he used to drain the Skylanders' powers.

To destroy the chestplate, Hex used a spell on Spyro that would redirect his speed into a stronger impact with an orb. Cynder assisted Spyro by increasing his speed fast enough to smash Malefor's chestplate. Once it was out of the way, Spyro destroyed the crystal inside and released the powers of all defeated Skylanders. As Cynder spoke true about Malefor's persistent nature, the Undead Dragon King attempted to continue his attack despite now facing against a large number of rejuvenated Skylanders. Now back at full power, the Skylanders quickly tied Malefor's tail to the Dread-Yacht's anchor and Malefor was dragged towards the endless abyss when Wallop knocked the ship over the island's edge. Despite his pleas for help to Calliope, she and the others only watched as Malefor fell to the lower parts of Skylands. The fairy regretted having started the trouble to begin with, but Master Eon assured that the Academy would be rebuilt and the Skylanders and their allies would help her regardless.



When Spyro defeated Cynder, he gave her a second chance despite her evil actions in the past, and they have been friends ever since. It is 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 out of Cynder's way to be on the safe side, Wrecking Ball once thought it would be funny to trip up Cynder with his long tongue as a joke. 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.


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


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


At first, Cynder was happy to meet Calliope, who was another fan of hers. When Cynder discovered that the fairy was responsible for stealing her powers and allowing Malefor to return, the dragoness was hostile towards Calliope, proclaiming that the fairy must face the consequences for her actions. Spyro soon reminded Cynder that the one to blame for their predicament is Malefor, and Cynder apologized to Calliope for her behavior.


Cynder expresses animosity towards Malefor as he was the cause of her dark past. Having been brought up under his control, she is fully aware of what the evil dragon is capable of.


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.

Being a dragon, Cynder has the ability to fly using her wings.


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

  • Health: 260 (max. 520)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • Armor: 18 (max. 48)
  • Critical Hit: 30 (max. 80)
  • Elemental Power: 39 (max. 89)

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

  • Strength: 55
  • Defense: 75
  • Agility: 85
  • Luck: 45

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

  • Health: 0 (max. 0)
  • Speed: 0 (max. 48)
  • Armor: 0 (max. 30)
  • Critical Hit: 0 (max. 50)
  • Elemental Power: 0 (max. 50)

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

  • Strength: 55
  • Defense: 75
  • Agility: 85
  • Luck: 45

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

  • Health: 260 (max. 520)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • Armor: 18 (max. 48)
  • Critical Hit: 6 (max. 56)
  • Elemental Power: 25 (max. 75)

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

  • Strength: 80
  • Defense: 85
  • Agility: 110
  • Luck: 55


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


Primary Ability
Press and hold your primary power button to shock enemies with bolts of lightning.


Secondary Ability
Dash forward in shadow form. Ghost allies are summoned in your wake.

Price: 4000
A ghost ally travels with you and damages enemies.

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

Cynder Flight Black Lightning Double Spooky! Shadow Reach

Price: 500
Press the button to fly.


Price: 700
Spectral Lightning does increased damage.


Price: 900
Ghosts do increased damage.


Price: 1200
Shadow Dash range is increased.

Nether Wielder
View Shadowdancer
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Spectral Lightning attacks.
Unstable Forces Breath Control Breath of Power

Price: 1700
Hitting a ghost with spectral lightning makes it explode, damaging enemies.


Price: 2200
Spectral Lightning hold duration is increased.


Price: 3000
Spectral Lightning damages enemies in a larger area.

View Nether Wielder
This upgrade path lets you further develop your Ghosts and Shadow Dash attacks.
Death Bound Ghost Haunter Shadow Strike

Price: 1700
Enemies hit by ghosts move slower.


Price: 2200
Ghosts last longer and have a greater attack range.


Price: 3000
Shadow Dash does damage to enemies.

Lightning Rain Skull-Splosion!

Price: 5000
While flying, press Attack 2 to bring a great lightning blast down from the sky. In the 3DS version, jump and press the Y button to perform it.


Price: 5000
While in a Shadow Dash, hold Attack 2 to morph into a giant skull, which explodes on release.

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Death Bolts (Primary Attack): Hold (Y) to expel a storm of dark enemy at Cynder's enemies.
  • Haunt (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to cast a curse at enemies, damaging them and surrounding them with hazardous ghosts for a few seconds.


  • 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.


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!"
  • "This should give me a jolt!"
  • "I'm wicked, so what?"
  • "This is my kind of place!" - when opening an Undead elemental zone in Giants
  • "You call that a challenge?"
  • "My power will haunt you!" - when checking Cynder's stats
  • "Shocking abilities, aren't they?"
  • "Power is scary!" - when getting upgraded
  • "Take flight!"

Media Quotes

  • "I've heard fairytales that they can smash 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." - E3 2012 Tall Tales Trailer
  • "Pop Fizz, enough with the soda." 
  • "If they're so real, then where are they?"
  • "We've been spotted!" - Obey TV commercial

Book Quotes

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."

Trigger Happy Targets the Evil Kaos

  • "Who would have thought that Kaos looked worse with hair,"

Comic Quotes

Return of the Dragon King

  • "My Spectral Lightning isn't even slowing down these Rotting Robbies. But they won't take me without a fight..."
  • "Hex defeated Malefor in single combat years ago. We thought she finished him for good, but it looks like he was just licking his wounds and hatching a new plan. And thanks to Calliope here, he might actually succeed!"
  • "How can you sit there while Malefor is tearing apart the Skylander Academy? Everyone we care about is in danger!"
  • "Everyone still feared me. No one believed I could ever be anything else... Except Spyro and Master Eon."
  • "We're all at full power. Which is a good thing... because Malefor has never been good when knowing when to quit!"

Character Trailers

See also



  • Like Spyro, Cynder is also the most recognizable of the Skylanders, since they both appeared in a game series outside the Skylanders franchise: the Spyro series.
    • She is one of four characters from the Spyro game series to be featured in the Skylanders series (the other three are Spyro, Sparx and Malefor).
  • Cynder's appearance is similar to her Legend of Spyro counterpart, but she lacks teeth and has a different scale color.
    • The original Cynder was planned to have been from the Wind element before her corruption[4], which is the equivalent to the Skylanders series' Air element. As the producers who worked on The Legend of Spyro trilogy are now managing the Skylanders franchise, it may be the possible reasoning behind Skylanders Cynder's electric powers.
  • In the Darklight Crypt, there are head statues who resemble Cynder at the entrance to the maze.
    • Beta footage of Spyro's Adventure also shows The Necropolis listed as "Cynder's Expansion - Battle Land".[5]
  • Before her egg was taken by Malefor's minions, Cynder had a biological mother.[6]
  • In The Beginning trailer, Cynder is not present. However, she is seen in The Director's Cut version 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.
  • Though Cynder is one of few who speaks English in Spyro's Adventure, she does not say her official catchphrase until Skylanders: Giants.
    • Despite having English lines since Spyro's Adventure, Cynder occasionally speaks in gibberish during her Shadow Dash.
  • 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, although this could be because they have had time since before the events of Spyro's Adventure to get to know and trust her.
  • In the 3DS version of Skylanders, Cynder doesn't have spikes on her bracers, while in the console versions, she does.
  • The symbol on Cynder's forehead is the Brand of the Undead, which unleashes ghostly allies from beyond the grave.[2]
  • Cynder's spiked collar and bracelets are part of the Undead punk fashion.[2]
  • Vathek was originally going to be the Undead dragon Skylander of Spyro's Adventure, but the role was already taken by Cynder.[7]
  • The Cynder from the Skylanders: Giants Starter Pack has a slighty different wing position with them being a bit more apart and less raised than the ones from the single package.
  • Not counting the clear chase variants, (Series 3) Phantom Cynder is the second figure to have a translucent appearance while Slam Bam is the first one.
    • The forehead and lightning bolts markings on her wings glow in the dark much like her Undead pedestal.
  • Like WhirlwindFlashwing, Spotlight and Echo, Cynder has no visible teeth.
    • Coincidentally, they are all female dragons.
  • One of Cynder's battle cries, "No Rest for the Wicked!", would later be used as the catchphrase for Bat Spin.
  • In Trap Team, Phantom Cynder's new appearance even after her Wow Pow is purchased is no longer shown. This does not occur in Skylanders: SuperChargers.
  • Cynder is the only dragon with a Series 3 counterpart who has neither an Elite counterpart nor a Mini counterpart in Skylanders: Trap Team.
  • Cynder's Metallic Purple variant and Mega Blok figure resemble her appearance when she was under the control of Malefor.
  • Though an old version of the official Skylanders site indicated her main power as her bladed tail, she doesn't use it in any of her normal upgrades or Wow Pows.


  1. Skylanders Universe: Chronicles, page 81
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Skylanders Official Sticker Book: Meet the Skylanders, page 81
  3. Skylanders: Book of Elements - Life & Undead, page 53
  4. Q&A with Jared Pullen Lead Concept Artist of TLoS
  5. spyro
  6. Skylanders Universe: Molten Hot Dog's Quiz Quest, page 16
  7. Dragon's Peak Villain originally planned as a Skylander
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