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The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

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The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
TheLegendofSpyro DawnoftheDragon GameCover.jpg
Developer(s) Étranges Libellules (Console)
Tantalus Media (DS)
The Mighty Troglodytes (Mobile)
Publisher Vivendi Universal
Sierra Entertainment
Release date(s) USA October 21, 2008
Europe November 21, 2007
Genre(s) Action
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Console(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Mobile
Mode(s) Single player
Media Disc
Input Controller

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is the third and final installment of The Legend of Spyro continuity, the direct sequel to The Eternal Night. It was released on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, DS, and Playstation 2. Unlike the previous installments, Étranges Libellules has taken the helm in developing the console ports of Dawn of the Dragon. Tantalus Media produced the Nintendo DS version, while The Mighty Troglodytes did the mobile port.

Press Release summaries[edit]

“In the final chapter of the trilogy, players find Spyro teaming up with an unlikely ally - Cynder, his former enemy, to face his most challenging mission to date. As the evil of the Dark Master, Malefor, envelopes the world like a plague, Spyro must fulfill his destiny and unlock the true power of the purple dragon within him to stop the Dark Master in his tracks.”
Sierra Entertainment[1]

“Three long years have passed since Spyro and Cynder were trapped in the crystal, since then Malefor has unleashed his evil onto the world. In this third chapter of the epic Legend of Spyro trilogy, Spyro must fulfill his destiny and face the Dark Master. As evil spreads over the world, Spyro and Cynder must discover new abilities and unlock their true powers to defeat Malefor and stop him from destroying the world.”
Spyro the Dragon website (Dawn of the Dragon Edition)


Console version[edit]

Early screenshot of Spyro and Cynder in the Catacombs level

Developed by Étranges Libellules, Dawn of the Dragon is more advanced than The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning and The Eternal Night, both of which were previously done by Krome Studios. Spyro and Cynder have undergone a small makeover to make them seem older to allow new gameplay opportunities, but they strangely remain the same size as their younger selves in The Eternal Night. The game environments are much larger and a majority of them have a bit more exploration to them. In previous titles of The Legend of Spyro series, Spyro had to travel through the level and defeat enemies in a linear fashion. This time however, Dawn of the Dragon allows more freedom for the player to explore larger areas and collecting items in order to progress through the game. This game allows the player to fly at any time, expanding exploration.

Dawn of the Dragon also features a co-operative play with Cynder. This feature allows players to have the option of completing the game as either Spyro or Cynder, along with giving them the power to switch between both dragons, giving them more freedom to explore the world in completely new ways. Spyro retains his command over the elements of Fire, Electricity, Earth, and Ice, while Cynder is given the power to wield the elements of Poison, Fear, Wind, and Shadow, abilities that were given to her as a result of being exposed to the Dark Master's magic. While Spyro is stronger but slower in combat, Cynder is faster but weaker than Spyro. Along with the standard powerups that gems will bring, Spyro and Cynder can both equip pieces of Dragon Armor that they can find within the levels of the game.

Another feature called melee combos is introduced. The more times the player hits the enemy, the more Blue Gems the players will earn. Blue Gems grant Spyro and Cynder's experience points that allow them to upgrade moves. Along with blue gems, there are also red gems that restore lost health and green gems that give Spyro and Cynder mana to replenish their breath meter, allowing them to use their elemental attacks. The Fury gems from previous titles have been removed; instead the Fury Meter now goes up depending on the number of times Spyro or Cynder score attacks on enemies. In addition to normal enemies, there are elite enemies, which are enemies that are stronger than normal ones who are powered by the masks they wear that make them invincible to normal attacks. The player must use an element of a designated color that matches that of the mask in order to knock the mask off. Once off, normal attacks and other elemental powers will be allowed.


Character Description Voice Actor
Spyro A purple dragon who is destined to save the world. After being freed from the time crystal, Spyro finds himself teaming up with Cynder and discover that in their absence, the world has been ravaged by the Dark Master, Malefor. Elijah Wood
Sparx Spyro's dragonfly sidekick and foster brother. Despite being cowardly, he never leaves Spyro's side and serves as a confidant and comic relief throughout Spyro's adventures. Wayne Brady
Cynder A black dragon and Spyro's former enemy. She finds herself teaming up with Spyro when they were released from the time crystal and discovered that the Dark Master had been unleashed. Now, Cynder must face her former master and battle alongside Spyro to ensure Malefor's twisted magic never hurts anyone again. Christina Ricci
Hunter of Avalar A cheetah warrior who was sent by Ignitus to find Spyro. He guides him, Cynder and Sparx through the first portion of their journey. Blair Underwood
Ignitus A red Guardian dragon who is master of the Fire element. He serves as a father figure and mentor to Spyro. Gary Oldman
Volteer A yellow Guardian dragon who is master of the Electricity element. Corey Burton
Cyril A blue Guardian dragon who is master of the Ice element. Jeff Bennett
Terrador A green Guardian dragon who is master of the Earth element. Kevin Michael Richardson
The Chronicler A mystical dragon who guards the history of the dragon race. Martin Jarvis
Malefor The Dark Master himself. After being resurrected on the Night of Eternal Darkness, he proceeded to plague the world in darkness and seeks its destruction. Mark Hamill
Chief Prowlus Leader of the Cheetah Village. He is incredibly distrustful of Dragons and anything from outside the village that is a threat. Kevin Michael Richardson
Hermit An old cheetah that lives on the outskirts of the Valley of Avalar. He is familiar with Cynder's past as Malefor's puppet. Kevin Michael Richardson


Number Name
1 The Catacombs
2 Twilight Falls
3 Valley of Avalar
4 Dragon City
5 Attack of the Golem
6 Ruins of Warfang
7 The Dam
8 The Destroyer (level)
9 Burned Lands
10 Floating Islands
11 Malefor's Lair


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.


  • This game was originally called The Legend of Spyro: Darkest Hour.[2]


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