Skylanders Swap Force Toy Guide: What to Buy?

Now that Skylanders has reached its third iteration it can be difficult to find out what toys work with which game. To help you understand what works with what game, here is a helpful guide detailing all of the types of toy and their compatibility.

 

Skylanders Standard Information:

 

  • ALL Skylanders work on all consoles regardless of what platform it was originally purchased for and is NOT locked to a specific console.
  • ALL Skylanders work with Skylanders Universe (online).
  • ALL the characters from the old games WORK with the new games and their level will NOT be capped even though it was from an older generation.
  • Skylanders can be one (or two if a Swap Force Character) of eight elements: Magic, Life, Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, Tech and Undead.
  • The Starter Packs comes with ALL you require in order to play the game (excluding the Skylanders Giants Portal Owners Pack)
  • You can unlock ALL the Achievements/Trophies without purchasing any additional content.

 

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

Skylanders Spyro's Box

  • Is the first game in the series and the toys have GREEN Bases.
  • All characters and sidekicks work with ALL the games.
  • Has four Adventure Packs and nine Magic Items which work with ALL the games.
  • It is NOT compatible with the Battle Packs.
  • It is NOT compatible with future Adventure Packs, Items or New Skylanders.

 

 

Skylanders: Giants

Skylanders Giant Box

  • Is the second game in the series and the toys have ORANGE Bases.
  • Giant Skylanders ONLY work with Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Swap Force and have Giant only content in both games.
  • The new characters that début in Skylanders Giants will NOT work with Spyro’s Adventure.
  • The new Lightcore Skylanders WORK with Giants and Swap Force and ONLY the reposed characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure can WORK with the previous game but will NOT have the added light effects from Skylanders Giants in game.
  • Any alternative versions of characters with new colours that feature in Giants will NOT work with Spyro’s Adventure.
  • Series 2 characters work with ALL the games.

 

 

Skylanders: SWAP Force

Skylanders Swap Box

  • Is the third game in the series and the toys have BLUE Bases.
  • The Swap Force and the characters that début in Skylanders Swap Force are ONLY compatible with Skylanders: SWAP Force.
  • Swap Force characters have their own ‘Swap Zones’ which can ONLY be opened with a specific bottom half which are: Climb, Speed, Spin, Rocket, Bounce, Teleport, Sneak and Dig.
  • ALL characters from the previous games WORK with Skylanders Swap Force.
  • The Battle and Adventure Packs from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants will NOT unlock bonus content. They ONLY work as Magic Items.
  • The new Lightcore Skylanders ONLY work with Skylanders Swap Force and ONLY the reposed characters from Skylanders Giants can WORK with Skylanders Giants and reposed characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure can WORK with the previous game but will NOT have the added light effects from Skylanders Swap Force in game.
  • ALL Series 2 Skylanders work with Giants and ONLY characters that début in Giants will NOT work in Spyro’s Adventure.
  • Series 3 Characters work with ALL the games.

 

Additional information about Series 2 and 3 figures

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  • Series 2 and 3 figures have an extra abilities at the end of their skill trees called “WOW-POW” and you can also change your Skylander’s upgrade path without having to erase all your characters data.
  • Only Series 2 and 3 Blue Base figures will unlock Heroic Challenges in Skylanders Swap Force which are used for additional performance upgrades and experience boosting accolades can only be unlocked with BLUE Base characters.

 

This post will be updated with new information periodically as new information is released.

Author: Abbie Willett

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  1. This was a great guide – just confused on one thing. 3rd bullet on spyro says that adventure packs/magic is compatible with all. Then bullet 5 says that previous bonus will only work as magic… Which one is it? Thanks!

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    • The Adventure Packs and Magic Items work with All the games but the adventure packs from Spyro’s adventure will not unlock a new level in Swap Force. ONLY in Spyro’s Adventure and Giants.

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  2. I have skylanders giants and would like to buy just the game for swap force, do I need to get a swap force portal or will the giants portal work with the swap force game.

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    • Unfortunately you will need the Swap Force Portal to play Swap Force (and the Trap Team Portal for Trap Team) because the portals have new hardware in order to read the new figures from those sets. However your Skylanders Giants Portal is compatible with the original game, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure.

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  3. My son has Trap Team figures and game. Our local store doesn’t have any Trap Team figures but do have a few Swap Force characters. Will Swap Force figures work with Trap Team game?

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    • Yes, his Swap Force characters will work with the Trap Team game.

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