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Gnasty Gnorc is a character from the Spyro the Dragon series. He is the main antagonist of the first game in the series and an antagonist in Spyro: A Hero's Tail.

History with the Crash Bandicoot series

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage

Gnasty Gnorc has a cameo in Purple's sister game, Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy as a Trading Card. This card can be traded over to Purple via link cable, making it Gnasty Gnorc's first appearance in the Crash series.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Gnasty's first true appearance within the Crash series is within Nitro-Fueled. He is a playable racer, added with the Spyro N. Friends Grand Prix. He can be purchased from the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins.


Speed: 3/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner
Driving Style: Turning

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Gnasty Gnorc appears as a limited time boss in On the Run! for Crash or Coco to defeat in Season 3: Battle of the Dragons, having teamed up with Dark Spyro to take over Crash's dimension. A Gnasty Gnorc themed skin for Crash was also added.

During his boss fight, he attacks by slamming his staff into the ground to make shock-waves across all three lanes, and by casting large green fireballs that take up two lanes. He has a green force-field around him throughout the boss. He is a bit more difficult to damage than other bosses; the player must throw a Boom Berry that will deflect off of his shield, charging it with magic in the process. Catching the charged berry and throwing it again allows the player to damage Gnasty. Reduce his health bar to zero, then use the Portal Weapons crafted beforehand to send him back to his own dimension.

At the end of the season's story, Dark Spyro was successfully sent back through the portal to the Dragon Realms, but Gnasty Gnorc managed to escape, and is said to still be lurking around the Wumpa Islands.



In the original Spyro the Dragon game, Gnasty Gnorc is described as an unpleasant creature with the short temper of a gnome, and the bad attitude of an orc. He is shown to be self-conscious about his appearance, envies and resents dragons, and especially detests their Gems, as they not only look pretty, but their shiny surfaces show Gnasty his own reflections, reminding him of his unappealing appearance. He takes full offense in being called simpleminded, unthreatening, and especially ugly.

Some of this is reflected back in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, in which he occasionally retorts to racers he passes by saying they are ugly instead, as well proudly proclaiming that he is a threat after all when winning a race. Likewise, upon losing a race, he blames his loss on a dragon.

Physical appearance

As a Gnorc, Gnasty is a large, green, orc-like creature with two fangs protruding on his lower jaw. He possesses golden armor with spikes on the arm pads, and has a Viking helmet. He possesses a belt, which holds his clothing, and has knee pads. He wields a large, blue scepter, which has multiple spikes on it.


Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

  • Promo

"Face the classic Spyro villain in COTR! But you gotta be quick, as the cowardly leader of the Gnorcs will run when things get tough! Even though his appearance may not show it, Gnasty Gnorc is a tactical genius who should not be underestimated!"

See also

The Spyro Wiki's page on Gnasty Gnorc.



See: Gnasty Gnorc/Gallery

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Arabic ناستي نورك
Nasti Noork
(same as English)
Traditional Chinese 納斯提諾可
Nà sī tí nuò kě
(same as English)
Simplified Chinese 怒斯第·诺克
Nù sī dì·nuò kè
(same as English)
Japanese ナスティ・ノーク
Nasuti nōku
(same as English)
Korean 네스티 노크
neseuti nokeu
(same as English)
Russian Гнасти Гнорк
Gnasti Gnork
(same as English)
Thai แนสตี้ นอร์ก
Næ s̄tī̂ nxr̒k
(same as English)
Turkish Zirhli Gnork Armoured Gnorc
Vietnamese Gnork Nghiến Răng Tooth-Gnashing Gnorc