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Pop Thorn

Species: Pufferthorn
Gender: Male
Element: Air
Role: Skylander
World: Skylands
Appears in: Skylanders: Swap Force
Skylanders: Battlegrounds
Skylanders: Lost Islands
Skylanders: Trap Team
Attacks/Actions: Puff
Fresh Breath
Puffball Pound
English Voice Actor: Chris Edgerly
First Release: Skylanders: Swap Force
"Straight to the Point!"
    —Pop Thorn's official catchphrase

Pop Thorn is a pufferthorn who is one of the two new Air Skylanders in Skylanders: Swap Force. He is part of the Tower of Time Adventure Pack, but is also available in a single pack.



Pop Thorn is sweetness and light until something ruffles his spines. Nothing needles him more than being taken for granted. He doesn't let anyone walk all over him, and ensures that his foes get the point.[1]


Pop Thorn hails from a race of creatures known as Pufferthorns. Often considered one of the cutest creatures in all of Skylands, they are generally quite timid and puff out sharp spines when scared. It is this ability that long ago led to the unfortunate legacy of being used as combs by giant trolls everywhere, being the sharp spines are perfect for brushing out tangles from their long, matted hair. But not long ago, one Pufferthorn took a stand. Tired of his race being used for nothing more than good grooming, Pop Thorn used his naturally thorny abilities to stand up and fight back against the giant trolls. Soon after, Master Eon made Pop Thorn a Skylander. And to this day, no trolls dare to comb their hair.



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

  • Health: 280 (max. 560)
  • Speed: 43 (max. 91)
  • Armor: 24 (max. 54)
  • 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: 90
  • Defense: 110
  • Agility: 45
  • Luck: 65


Several images are missing in Pop Thorn's upgrade list. If you have the high quality images of their respective upgrades from the game of Skylanders, please add them in the links that are on the list.

NOTE: Do NOT upload the upgrade pictures from due to the site watermarks plastered on those pictures. If there are already watermarked upgrade images, please feel free to replace them with un-watermarked versions.

Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Mount Cloudbreak

Puff Pop To Puff or Not to Puff

Primary Ability
Press Attack 1 to Puff and damage nearby enemies. While puffed, rapidly press Attack 1 to shoot out homing spikes at nearby enemies.

Secondary Ability
Press Attack 2 to Pop and shoot a large wind blast. While popped, hold Attack 2 to shoot gusts of wind at enemies.

Price: 4000
While popped, speed is increased. While puffed, armor is increased, which reduces damage taken.

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

Fresh Breath Puffball Pound Polished Spikes Wind Trap

Price: 500
Press Attack 2 to Pop. After popping, hold Attack 2 to shoot more powerful air projectiles for a short time.

Price: 700
Press Attack 1 to Puff. Press Attack 3 while puffed to slam into the ground, damaging all nearby enemies.

Price: 900
Press Attack 1 to Puff. After puffing, press Attack 1 rapidly to shoot more powerful spike projectiles for a short time.

Price: 1200
While popped, press Attack 3 to leave behind a spiny mine. The mine puffs and explodes when enemies approach, launching them into the air.

Tough and Puffed
Gain new puffing abilities to bowl over enemies!

Rollerpuff Bounceback Prickly Body

Price: 1700
While puffed, hold Attack 3 to roll forward, damaging all enemies in the way.

Price: 2200
Puffing deals increased damage and reflects nearby projectiles.

Price: 3000
While puffed, taking damage releases a spike projectile that damages an attacker.

Controlled Breather
New air blasts and bouncing attacks will toss enemies all around!

Aero Trampoline Deep Breath Scattered Winds

Price: 1700
While puffed, hold Attack 3 to charge a powerful slam attack, release to bounce multiple times, damaging all enemies in the way.

Price: 2200
While puffed, press Attack 2 to shoot three air blasts instead of one.

Price: 3000
While popped, air beams now shoot multiple projectiles that spread

None. None.

Price: 5000
This Skylander has no Wow Pow.

Price: 5000
This Skylander has no Wow Pow.

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • Airstrike (Primary Attack): Tap (Y) to launch a projectile, hold for continuous fire. Tapping fires faster when inflated.
  • Roll Over (Secondary Attack): Press (X) while deflated to inflate. When inflated, hold (X) to slam the ground, deflating Pop Thorn and damaging nearby enemies.


  • Pouncing Twirl (requires level: ??): Hold (X) while inflated for a short time and then release to perform a multiple-hit slam attack.
  • Ice Bomb (requires level: ??): Deflated Pop Thorn, now can drop bombs while sprinting (A). Bombs damage and slow down enemies for a short time.
  • The Power of the Wind (requires level: ??): Pop Thorn's Airstrike (Y) is now filled with strong air, causing it to deal much more damage to the enemies.


Battle Cries

  • "Straight to the Point!"
  • "You've hit the point of no return!
  • "Popping up!"
  • "Sharp as a Tack!"
  • "Scoring major points."
  • "A thorn in your side."
  • "Puffing along."
  • "A clear cut success."
  • "Pointing the way."
  • "Point of Fact: You lose."
  • " A cool place to stick around."
  • "Nice haul."
  • "I'll take it."
  • "Power blast."
  • "Razor sharp."
  • "Not a bad look for me." - When wearing a hat
  • "I'm looking pretty sharp." - When wearing a hat

Media Quotes

  • "Agghh! These cards are AWFUL!"- The Card Game Short Cut
  • "Yes! I do have a two! And a four and a king and a queen- maybe they're married."

Character Trailers

Skylanders Swap Force - Meet the Skylanders - Pop Thorn (Straight to the Point)00:18

Skylanders Swap Force - Meet the Skylanders - Pop Thorn (Straight to the Point)

Skylanders Swap Force - Pop Thorn Soul Gem Preview (Straight to the Point)00:13

Skylanders Swap Force - Pop Thorn Soul Gem Preview (Straight to the Point)


See also




  • Pop Thorn resembles a pufferfish.
  • He and Pop Fizz are the only Skylanders that have "Pop" in their names.
    • Coincidently, they both also have two changeable forms and were voiced by two American stand-up comedians.
  • His name is a play on the food "popcorn."
    • Ironically, his Lost Islands alter ego, Buttered Pop Thorn, is based on popcorn.
  • Soon after Pop Thorn was born, the Pufferthorns held a competition to find the cutest baby. The entries were all so adorable that every single one of them tied for first place. Except, that is, for Pop Thorn, who came second. Even back then, it seems, there was a hint of danger about him that was not present in other Pufferthorns.[2]
  • Pop Thorn's single pack toy figure has a completely different mold and is more vibrant in color compared his toy figure in the Tower of Time adventure pack. 
  • He appears to make squeaking noises whenever he walks.
  • Pop Thorn is mostly portrayed in his Puffed form.
  • Pop Thorn is a bit similar to Wrecking Ball, both are blue, small, roundish, and have a cute appearance.
  • Pop Thorn was originally called Gasteroid.[3]
  • Whenever Pop Thorn changes from Pop to Puff form and vice versa, the resulting transformation can deal damage, but this is not mentioned in the upgrades.
  • Pop Thorn and Free Ranger are the only Air Skylanders who can't fly in-game.
  • As seen in the Skylanders Short Cuts, Pop Thorn puffs up when he bluffs.
  • On the 3DS, the art of Puffed Pop Thorn will switch to a picture of his Popped form, not seen anywhere else, when switched.


  1. Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection, page 14
  2. Skylanders: Universe: Book of Elements - Air & Earth, page 15
  3. Gasteroid and the Tower of Time
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