“Go Fish!”
    —Rip Tide's official catchphrase

Rip Tide is an Aqua Fighter who is one of the core Skylanders in Skylanders: Swap Force. He is of the Water element.

Character Development

Rip Tide underwent numerous design changes during the development of Skylanders: Swap Force. His first incarnation was a fish-like creature named Krayken that possessed electrical abilities and had a sentient fish head as his left arm. The design was later scrapped and a frog-like warrior named Bubble Trouble was brought in. However the design and name evolved into Rip Tide, resulting with the traits from Bubble Trouble being passed down to Punk Shock and Wash Buckler.[2]

  • Riptide's first incarnation: Krayken
  • One of Rip Tide's other concept incarnations: Bubble Trouble



Highly adaptable, Rip Tide can master any fighting style in minutes.[1] In Skylanders: Battlecast, he has gallant and proud mannerisms.


Rip Tide was known far and wide as one of the best Aqua-Fighters in Skylands. He mastered a multitude of water techniques and astonished tournament spectators with his ability to adapt his fighting style to any opponent. Amongst his repertoire were Swordfish Fencing, Hammerhead Heaving, and even the rare Blubber Whale Wallop -- which he had used on numerous occasions in the legendary Rumble in the Reef. His unrivaled skill as a swordsman soon drew the attention of Master Eon. But when Kaos learned of this, he sent forth a legion of Squidface Brutes to stop Rip Tide before he could join the Skylanders... and everyone knows how that turned out, except for the Squidface Brutes, who after being knocked senseless can't remember a thing.



As perhaps the most skilled Aqua-Fighter in all of Skylands, Rip Tide thrilled audiences with his incredible water-based combat techniques. His talents drew the attention of Master Eon, but before the Portal Master could recruit him to the Skylanders, Kaos dispatched a squad of Squidface Brutes to take the Aqua-Fighter down. Needless to say, it didn't work. Those Squidface Brutes didn't know what hit them, and now Rip Tide uses his fighting skills in the battle against evil.[3]


Being a skilled Aqua-Fighter, Rip Tide can swipe and slash his enemies with his Swordfish and Sharkfish like swords. He can also summon a large whale from his sleeve and slam it down on his enemies.

In Skylanders: Battlecast, he can use fish for a variety of effects, from food for his allies, to draining health with jellyfish, electrifying his swordfish for a debuff, and even summoning sharks and piranhas to add to his team's own damage. His Special Ability is Fish Feast, healing his allies, and his signature Gear is an Electric Eel, which mutes enemies who have Gear themselves. His scrapped card is Feeding Frenzy, which summons piranhas to attack and immobilize damaged enemies.



Character Trailers



  • He slightly resembles the DC Comics villain Deathstroke as both carry various weapons.
    • His voice actor, Patrick Seitz also voiced Deathstroke in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe as well as Hot Head in Giants. He also voiced Scorpion from Mortal Kombat (2011) and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
  • He bears a slight resemblance to the Battletoads.
    • He also resembles the Lord of the Atlantis from Monster Legends.
  • Some of his battle quotes are shared with Gill Grunt.
  • Rip Tide,Chill and Tidepool have the ability to summon cetacean allies.
  • His face slightly resembles Captain Qwark from the Ratchet & Clank series.
    • When he uses his primary attack with the hammerhead shark three times, he'll peform a move similar to Ratchet's Multi-strike move from Ratchet & Clank.
  • When Rip Tide grind rails, he uses the hammerhead shark as a board and holds his swordfish no matter which fish he has active.
  • He has the shortest catchphrase out of every Skylander.
  • In the Skylanders: Swap Force; Master Eon's Official Guide handbook, it incorrectly states that his Soul Gem is found in the Rampant Ruins.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection, page 197
  2. Live Demonstration of Character and Toy Design for Skylanders
  3. Skylanders Official Sticker Book (2014), page 12
WaterSymbolSkylanders Water Skylanders WaterSymbolSkylanders

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Gill Grunt - Slam Bam - Wham-Shell - Zap
Skylanders: Giants
Chill - Thumpback
Skylanders: Swap Force
Freeze Blade - Punk Shock - Rip Tide - Wash Buckler
Skylanders: Trap Team
Echo - Flip Wreck - Lob-Star - Snap Shot
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Deep Dive Gill Grunt - Dive-Clops
Skylanders: Imaginators
Grave Clobber - King Pen - Tidepool
Minis / Eon's Elite
Gill Runt - Thumpling / Elite Gill Grunt - Elite Slam Bam
Alt Decos
Dark King Pen - Dark Snap Shot - Dark Wash Buckler - Instant Dive-Clops
Instant Snap Shot - Legendary Chill - Legendary Slam Bam - Missile-Tow Dive-Clops
Nitro Freeze Blade - Winterfest Lob-Star
Lost Islands Alter Egos
Admiral Thumpback - Holiday Wash Buckler - Merry Snap Shot - Surfer Slam Bam

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