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Ripto is Spyro the Dragon's arch-nemesis, appearing as a recurring antagonist in a handful of Spyro the Dragon games. He appears in Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy where he teams up with Neo Cortex in a plot to exterminate Spyro and Crash.

History with the Crash Bandicoot series[]

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage[]

In Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage, Ripto appears as one of the game's main antagonist, teaming up with Dr. Cortex to destroy their common enemies. Ripto and Cortex initially attempt to turn Crash and Spyro against each other by disguising their lackeys as the two heroes and making them cause havoc, but Crash and Spyro soon discover their ruse and work together to defeat them. He is the penultimate boss and then he unites with Cortex in a battle ship, which the player has one minute to destroy. After destroying the battle ship, the player beats the game.

Crash Team Rumble[]

Ripto features as a playable character in Crash Team Rumble, being added during the Ripto's Ragin' Rumble event in season 2. He is in the Booster role, which makes a Cortex player's main goal activating gem platforms and collecting relics to activate relic stations. He is available for early access from October 26th to November 2nd, then his full release will occur on November 21st.

Crash Team Rumble attributes
Health: 3.5/5
Capacity: 2.5/5
Combat: 4/5
Mobility: 2/5
Difficulty: 4/5
Playstyle: Booster
PS4/5 Controls XBox One/S Controls Move
X A Jump
"It's jump! Press it again to double jump."
Square X Fireball
"Cast a large, magical Fireball in front of you. It doesn't stop if it hits crates or enemies, because it's magic."
R2 (HOLD to CHARGE) RT (HOLD to CHARGE) Call Lightning
"Summon a bolt of Lightning that hurls airborne enemies to the ground. Hold the button to aim the Lightning farther in front of you, then release to call it."
R2 RT Catch Lightning
"When Ripto touches a Lightning bolt he created, he erupts in a huge explosion of electricity. Great for knocking enemies away from you, or gems and banks are standing on."
Circle B Tsunami
"Conjure a wave of water that carries you and nearby enemies up into the air. Call Lightning can be activated during Tsunami for a powerful combo."

Other appearances[]

While Ripto himself did not appear in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!, a Ripto themed skin for Coco was added in Season 3: Battle of the Dragons.

How Ripto came to be in Crash Team Rumble is explained in the promotional comics; after a mysterious portal appears in his castle, he mistakes the silhouettes of Cortex, Ripper Roo and N. Gin for a dragon and enters the portal, ending up in Crash's dimension. After a brief squabble when Cortex and his associates attempt to steal Ripto's scepter, Ripto storms off, stating his intention to take over Crash's world and name it "New Riptonia".


Physical description[]

Ripto is an orange, toad-like, and abysmally short Riptoc, a dinosaurian species. He has a pear-shaped head with a wide maw and a large, crooked horn protruding from his forehead. He wears a caped cloak with an oversized collar, as well as a large, necklaced red jewel. Ripto is often seen with a magic scepter, a thin one made of gold, with a large, red jewel on its tip.


In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Ripto is described as a classic example of the "Napoleon complex", given his short stature and bad temper. He utterly despises dragons and will attempt to destroy Spyro at every opportunity. He usually sends out his lackeys, Crush and Gulp, to do his dirty work. He uses his scepter to cast evil spells, but isn't quite as good as a master dragon.

Additional information[]

See also[]

The Spyro Wiki's page on Ripto.


See: Ripto/Gallery