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Moneybags Reignited.jpg
Promotional game screenshot from the Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Species Bear
Gender Male
Affiliation Spyro
First appearance Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (1999)
Latest appearance Spyro Reignited Trilogy (2019)
Portrayed by Richard Barnes (1999)
Neil Ross (2000-2004)
Jess Harnell (2004)
JB Blanc (2018-present)

Moneybags is a greedy, rich bear from Avalar who first appeared in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!



Moneybags is a neutral character, although his antagonistic side is more prominent since he is greedy and has an obsession with Gems and his personal wealth. Moneybags sometimes works on behalf of a villain for profit. In the PlayStation games and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, he is an upper class snob who travels around looking for opportunities to con people out of their gems.

Spyro often has to pay an exorbitant number of gems to Moneybags in order to progress, usually by unlocking a level or opening a new path within a Home World or realm.

In Spyro: A Hero's Tail and Shadow Legacy, Moneybags' personality was changed almost entirely, possessing a more jolly temperament but still has a love for gems.


Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage![edit]

Spyro's first encounter with Moneybags in Glimmer in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!

Moneybags met with Spyro several times in Avalar. There are twelve different occasions when Spyro has to pay Moneybags a certain number of Gems to either learn a move, access a portal (or a path to one), or to otherwise use something that allows him to progress. In total, Spyro has to pay 4,100 Gems to Moneybags during his journey.

Spyro first encounters Moneybags in the Glimmer realm, where he must pay 100 Gems to use a bridge that leads to the other part of Glimmer.

There are three moves that Spyro can learn from Moneybags in each of the three Home Worlds. In Summer Forest, Spyro can learn to swim for 500 Gems. In Autumn Plains, Spyro can learn to climb for 500 Gems. In Winter Tundra, Spyro can learn the headbash technique for 1,000 Gems.

Aside from allowing Spyro to use a bridge in Glimmer, there are three other instances where Moneybags allows Spyro to use something to progress. In Aquaria Towers, Moneybags offers Spyro to borrow a submarine whenever he wants for 100 Gems. In Crystal Glacier, Moneybags once again allows Spyro to cross a bridge for a fee, specifically 200 Gems. In Magma Cone, Spyro can freely use an elevator if he pays 200 Gems to Moneybags.

There are five instances where Spyro can pay Moneybags to access a specific portal. In Summer Forest, if Spyro pays 400 Gems to Moneybags, he lowers the wall to Aquaria Towers. This is the only instance where Moneybags does not directly block the portal himself when offering access to a realm. In Autumn Plains, there are three different portals that become accessible once Spyro pays Moneybags for each of them: Zephyr and Shady Oasis for 400 Gems each and Icy Speedway for 100 Gems. In Winter Tundra, Spyro can pay 200 Gems to Moneybags to access Canyon Speedway.

In the ending, after Spyro defeats Ripto, Elora speaks for Moneybags by saying that he wants to give Spyro back all the Gems. Moneybags refuses to give him anything, so Hunter pins down Moneybags and takes his bag of Gems from him. Elora speaks for Moneybags again by saying that he is very sorry for making Spyro pay so many Gems throughout his journey, and that all the Gems are to reward Spyro for helping Avalar.

In the epilogue of the original version, a Lava Lizard in Skelos Badlands is seen with Moneybags in his mouth because he kept swindling the bonebuilders of their money.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon[edit]

Moneybags had a Dragon Egg and was eager to sell it for gems. Spyro angrily chases Moneybags around Midnight Mountain. Along the way, Moneybags drops all of the gems that he took from Spyro during the course of the game before reluctantly handing over the dragon egg. Earlier in his journey, Spyro also has to pay Moneybags along the way to free characters that defied the Sorceress, including Sheila, Sgt. Byrd, Bentley and Agent 9.

Spyro: Season of Ice[edit]

Moneybags SSoI sprite.png

Spyro encounters Moneybags in all four realms. In each of them, Moneybags is guarding the portal to a Sparx level. He allows Sparx to access it if Spyro pays a certain fee of gems. Once Spyro has unlocked the fourth and final Sparx level has been unlocked, Moneybags gives Spyro all of his gems back.

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly[edit]

Moneybags makes only one appearance, which is at the Dragonfly Dojo. He claims to have found a new and better life through generosity. However, Moneybags admits that money still owns his soul, and even admits that their shine helps him write his poetry, so he charges Spyro 200 Gems in exchange for raising a bridge.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail[edit]

Moneybags's appearance and role was changed. He runs several shops throughout the Dragon Realms, and his main one is located in the Dragon Village. Spyro can purchase items from Moneybags to progress in his adventure.


“Moneybags will always help, for a price. You have to pay him with your collected gems. He will open passages, rent equipment or show you how to perform moves. His high-priced services are definitely worth the investment.”
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! instruction booklet

“Moneybags is all business. For a stiff fee, in Gems of course, he will deliver some amazing things. He can open up travel routes, activate doors and bridges, and sell you the services of some talented critters for a "small" fee. If you can afford it, always say "Yes!" to Moneybags. If you say "No" you’re likely to annoy the greedy bear, which can be its own reward.”
Spyro: Year of the Dragon instruction booklet

“Sheesh! Won't this bear ever get a real job? Moneybags spends his days charging the denizens of the Dragon Realms for passage to all manner of special areas and socking away every penny he makes. And while he can be pushy, he always opens up new avenues for Spyro to explore ... for a small fee, of course.”
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly instruction booklet

“A self-made bear and entrepreneur, this penny-pinching ursus arctos has made his fortune on being at the right place at the right time, namely in Spyro's way. For a "reasonable" fee, Moneybags might help you on your adventure.”
Spyro: Season of Ice instruction booklet

Voice portrayals[edit]

Voice Actor Appearance
Milton James Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
Neil Ross Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
Jess Harnell Spyro: A Hero's Tail
JB Blanc Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Voice portrayals in other languages[edit]

Language Voice Actor
French Patrice Melennec (Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Spyro Reignited Trilogy)
Japanese Masuo Amada (Spyro: Year of the Dragon)


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Moneybags.