Part of the fun of Skylanders is collecting lots of different characters. Because different Skylanders come with different powers and abilities, playing with them in the Skylanders games opens up all sorts of new gameplay possibilities. There are, however, many different Skylanders available for sale and not all of them are compatible with every game in the series. This FAQ will help you in sorting out Skylanders toy compatibility.
The answer to that is simple: it will. All Skylanders toys are forward compatible. That means every Skylanders toy that has ever been released will always work in games released after it. So, when future games are released, those Skylanders that you currently have in your collection will work in it. Skylanders toys never become obsolete.
The chart below will give more information on specific types of Skylanders:
No. A Skylanders toy will not work in a game that came out before the toy was released.
To illustrate this, let’s start from the very beginning. Here are the current major Skylanders games in order of their release:
Please note: there is one category of Skylanders compatibility you should be aware of: the console-specific Skylander. These are special Skylanders that will only work on specific consoles.
Yes! The official Skylanders website has a Character section where you can see which game a particular figure works in. Follow these steps to check a figure:
It’s understandable that the different types of Skylanders can be a bit confusing. However, there are really only three important things to remember:
All of the Skylanders types refer to different characteristics found on the Skylanders toys. They have nothing to do with the video games, and are used as a reference for different versions of Skylanders toys.
The major difference between types of Skylanders toys is simply whether they are part of the regular product line or rare variants. Regular Skylanders are just what they sound like. They can usually be found at most retailers that carry Skylanders.
Rare Skylanders are different. They will look different than the regular version of Skylanders. They may have a different color scheme or be covered with an unusual material. Sometimes, they’re slipped into a shipment of regular Skylanders destined for a retail store, sometimes they’re given out at events or are available around certain holidays. Rare Skylanders are always limited edition, which means they are made in very small numbers and are difficult to find or hard to get. That makes getting one a rare treat indeed!
Each Skylander has an affinity for a special force called an Element. The Element a Skylander is attuned to can be recognized by the symbol engraved on the the base of the toy. For example, a Fire Skylander has a Fire symbol engraved on the bottom. All the Elements and symbols are:
There are locked areas in the game that can only be unlocked by a Skylanders of a particular Element. For example, only a Fire Skylander can open up a Fire area. When picking a new Skylander to buy, take a look at the Elements in your collection and consider a Skylander whose Element is missing.