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Concept art of a Gnorc for Spyro Reignited Trilogy
First appearance Spyro the Dragon (1998)
Latest appearance Spyro Reignited Trilogy (2019)
Notable member(s)
Gnasty Gnorc
Showman Gnorc
“Something complex that those brainless Gnorcs would never figure out.”
Phil, Spyro: A Hero's Tail

Gnorcs are an orc-like species that appear in a few Spyro games. They are the main enemies in Spyro the Dragon and Spyro: A Hero's Tail, and they are led by Gnasty Gnorc in both games.

Gnorcs are humanoid creatures with pointy ears, crooked teeth, four fingers, three toes and dark tone spots. They appear in a variety of colors such as green, yellow, purple, blue, and pink.


Spyro the Dragon[edit]

In Spyro the Dragon, Gnorcs make up the majority of enemies. According to the game manual, Gnasty Gnorc created them from gems that he stole from the Dragon Worlds. With them, Gnasty Gnorc would attempt to take over the Dragon Worlds. There are some types of Gnorcs who wear metal armor, which protects them from Spyro's flame attack, but they can still be defeated by his charge attack. Conversely, the larger Gnorcs cannot be defeated by Spyro's charge attack but only his flame attack. Large Gnorcs who wear metal armor cannot be defeated by either attack. Usually, when a Gnorc is defeated, they release gems unless Spyro has already collected them.

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage![edit]

In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Gnorcs do not appear as enemies. Instead, there is a non-hostile variant of Gnorcs, known as Showman Gnorcs, who run a theme park at Dragon Shores.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail[edit]

In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Gnorcs with their leader, Gnasty Gnorc, reappear as enemies and are under the control of Red. This time there are 3 types of Gnorcs, for example: A huge pink Gnorc which attack with ax & hammer, a middle blue Gnorc that attack with a sword and a small green Gnorc that shoot arrows. In each realms, the Gnorcs have have different outfits depending on where they are. After Red lose the battle, the Gnorcs are transformed into robots in Volcanic Isle by Red as a way to gain potential armor.


There are several variants of Gnorcs.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail[edit]

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Image Name Description
Armored Gnorc Similar to Unarmored Gnorcs except they wear a metal armor for protection. After breaking the armor from a charge attack, Spyro can use his fire breath to defeat the Armored Gnorc.
Huge Gnorc (Cloudy Domain).png Balloon-a-rang A variant of Unarmored Gnorc that hangs from a balloon.
Small Gnorc.png Gnorc Archer These are small, light green Gnorcs that carry a crossbow, which they use to shoot at Spyro. Gnorc Archers can be defeated from any attack.
Mer-Gnorc.png Mer-gnorc These are a hybrid between a Gnorc and a fish, and serve as aquatic enemies.
Middle Gnorc.png Middle Gnorc These are muscular blue Gnorcs who wield a knife.
Huge Gnorc (robot).png Robo-gnorc These are Gnorcs that have been converted into robots by Red to serve in his personal army.
Huge Gnorc.png Unarmored Gnorc Large, pink Gnorc that serve as basic grunts and common enemies. They can be quickly defeated from Spyro's flame attack.


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