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Fright Rider Promo

Species: Elf (Rider)
Skeletal Ostrich (Fright)
Gender: Male
Element: Undead
Role: Skylander
World: Skylands
Appears in: Skylanders: Giants
Skylanders: Swap Force
Skylanders: Trap Team
Cameos: Skylanders: Gill Grunt and the Curse of the Fish Master
Skylanders: Trigger Happy Targets the Evil Kaos
Attacks/Actions: Melee Attacks
Jousting Charge
Burrow Bomber
Ghoul Glaive
Halberd Horror
English Voice Actor: Yuri Lowenthal
First Release: Skylanders: Giants
"Fear the Spear!"
    —Fright Rider's official catchphrase

Fright Rider is an Undead jousting team, and one of the new Skylanders in Skylanders: Giants.



Gallant and brave, Rider is always ready to rush headlong into action.[1] Together with Fright, they are a courageous pair, honour-bound to right wrongs wherever they roam.[2]

Before becoming one of the Undead, Fright was terrified of pretty much everything. His list of fears included shadows, curtains, certain types of sandwiches and having a jousting spear accidentally plunged into his head. All that changed when he munched a bag of skele-oats so that he could be transformed into a skeleton and rescued Rider. Now he isn't scared of much, apart from getting a spear through his skull. And certain types of sandwiches.[3]


Rider and his magnificent ostrich, Fright, were the finest jousting team in all of Skylands. But after winning the championship for the third straight year, a jealous competitor placed a curse on the elf that sent him to the land of Undead. Not wanting to be without his partner, Fright, who up until this point had been afraid of nearly everything, ate a bag of skele-oats that turned him into a skeleton so that he could brace the journey to the underworld to save his friend. Grateful for being rescued, Fright Rider returned to the surface dedicated to helping others - while still dominating an occasional jousting tournament from time to time.



Back before he was a skeletal Undead ostrich, Fright was just a plain old ostrich. With Rider on his back, they formed the most successful, and weirdest, jousting team in all of Skylands, winning the championships three years in a row. Sick of coming second, a jealous competitor put a curse on Rider, banishing him to the Undead realm. Despite being terrified of pretty much everything, Fright was determined to not abandon his friend. Scoffing a bag of skele-oats, he was transformed into a living skeleton, which allowed him to journey to the land of the Undead on a rescue mission. Once free, the pair decided to use their combined skills to protect others, and Master Eon was quick to sign them up as Skylanders.[4]

Skylanders: Gill Grunt and the Curse of the Fish Master

As the Skylanders finished repairing the walls of the Eternal Archives, Fright Rider was mentioned as one of the Skylanders present during its restoration. Gill Grunt was about to sing a song about their accomplishment, but Rider quickly got onto his skeletal steed, Fright, and rode off into the distance to avoid hearing the Gillman's horrible singing.

Skylanders: Trigger Happy Targets the Evil Kaos

WARNING: This section contains spoilers below! (Skip section)

Fright Rider was one of the Skylanders whose powers were stolen by Kaos when he was empowered by the Mask of Power. As a result, Rider had "given up the ghost" and Fright was weakened from having his power drained.

Spoilers end here.



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

  • Health: 270 (max. 540)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • Armor: 12 (max. 42)
  • Critical Hit: 30 (max. 80)
  • 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: 70
  • Agility: 90
  • Luck: 30


Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Aerial Attack!

Melee Attacks Jousting Charge A Real Drag
Fright Riderprimarypower

Primary Ability
Press the Attack 1 button to perfom melee attacks with the ostrich and spear. Press Attack 1, Attack 1, and Hold Attack 1 for a special combo.

Fright Ridersecondarypower

Secondary Ability
Press and Hold Attack 2 button to charge towards enemies with spear extended.

Fright Ridersoulgempower

Price: 4000
While burrowing, the spear can drag enemies underground.

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

Ghoul Glaive Burrow Bomber Phantasm Strike Halberd of Horror
Fright Riderbasicupgrade1

Price: 500
Melee attacks do increased damage.

Fright Riderbasicupgrade2

Price: 700
Hold Attack 3 to burrow and set the ostrich's head underground. Release Attack 3 to teleport to that location.

Fright Riderbasicupgrade3

Price: 900
Jousting Charge does increased damage.

Fright Riderbasicupgrade4

Price: 1200
Melee attacks do even more increased damage.

Sir Lance A Lot
Further develop Fright Rider's melee combat skills.

Fright Rider Combos Flock of Fury Supreme Spear

Price: 1700
Press Attack 1, Attack 1, and Hold Attack 2 for Spear Vault.
Press Attack 1, Attack 1, and then Hold Attack 3 for Skull Slam.

Price: 2200
Hold Attack 1 to unleash a fury of multiple ostrich heads.

Price: 3000
Melee Attacks do maximum damage.

Joust Jockey
Further develop Jousting Charge abilities.

Joust Juice Entombment Strike 360 Degrees of Spear
Fright Riderpath2upgrade1

Price: 1700
Jousting Charge is faster and does increased damage.

Fright Riderpath2upgrade2

Price: 2200
While charging, press Attack 3 to perform a powerful, downward strike.

Fright Riderpath2upgrade3

Price: 3000
While charging, press Attack 1 to swing the spear around in a 360-degree attack.

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Price: 5000
This Skylander has no Wow Pow power.

Price: 5000

Price: 5000

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Melee Combo (Primary Attack): Press (Y) to perform a bite and spear attack.
  • Bird Head Dive (Secondary Attack): Press (X) to dive the bird's head into the ground and attack an enemy at a ranged distance.


  • Unknown (requires level: 3): Unknown
  • Unknown (requires level: 6): Unknown
  • Unknown (requires level: 9): Unknown


Battle Cries

  • "Fear the Spear!"
  • "Ride like the wind!"
  • "Charge ahead!"
  • "Let's ride!"
  • "Let's joust!"
  • "We reign as champions!"
  • "A worthy victory!"
  • "We're quite an impressive team!"
  • "A hat fit for a champion!" - Putting on a hat
  • "I'll wear this with pride!"
  • "Let's ride in!" - Opening an elmemental gate
  • "No matter what you call us, we are still champions!" - when given a nickname
  • "I like the new name! ...Not...sure about Ozzy though....." - when given a nickname
  • "These are the numbers of Champions!" - Checking out stats.

Character Trailers

Skylanders Giants - Meet the Skylanders - Fright Rider (Fear the Spear)00:47

Skylanders Giants - Meet the Skylanders - Fright Rider (Fear the Spear)

Skylanders Giants - Fright Rider Preview Trailer (Fear the Spear)00:37

Skylanders Giants - Fright Rider Preview Trailer (Fear the Spear)

Skylanders Giants - Fright Rider's Soul Gem Preview (Fear the Spear)00:11

Skylanders Giants - Fright Rider's Soul Gem Preview (Fear the Spear)





  • Fright Rider's catchphrase is similar to Hex's, whose catchphrase is 'Fear the Dark!, and Gill Grunt's catchphrase 'Fear the Fish!'
    • Also, Rider shares the same skin color with Hex since both of them are Undead Elf Skylanders.
  • Fright Rider, along with Eye-Brawl and Rocky Roll , are the only Skylanders who are composed of two different characters in a symbiotic relationship.
    • Oddly enough, both Fright Rider and Eye-Brawl are the new Undead Skylanders from Giants.
      • They both also have pumpkin variations.
  • In the primary combo, burrow move, and Flock of Fury attack; Fright sticks his head in the ground. This is a reference to the misconception that real ostritches poke their heads in the ground.
  • Rider is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, who is best known for voicing Teenage Ben Tennyson from the later Ben 10 series and Sasuke Uchida from Naruto.
  • The name is a pun on the iconic TV series Knight Rider.
  • In the Skylanders Universe 2014 Annual[1], Skylanders: Giants Sticker Book[4], and later The Complete Collection[2], Fright is called by the name of 'Ozzy', and Rider is called by 'Fright Rider'. These names were approved by Activision, who asked certain Skylander writers including Cavan Scott to change Fright Rider's original name. It is unknown if future games will take on this name change, or the names themselves are pointed out exclusively in certain Skylanders books.
    • Rider does refer to Fright as "Ozzy" if you change his name, however.
  • Although in game Fright's eyes are blue, in his trailer and upgrade pictures his eyes are green.
  • While most Weapon Skylanders hold their weaponry in their right hands (not counting the ones with two in both hands who could be ambidextrous) Rider appears to be left-handed because he is holding a spear in his left hand while holding Fright's harness with his right hand.
  • Out of all the core Skylanders who first appeared in Giants, Fright Rider is the only one who was never reposed as a Series 2 or Lightcore.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Skylanders Universe Official 2014 Annual, Page 15
  2. 2.0 2.1 Skylanders: The Universe - The Complete Collection, page 169
  3. Skylanders: Universe - Book of Elements Life & Undead, page 51
  4. 4.0 4.1 Skylanders: Universe - Official Sticker Book, page 45
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