hints, tips, tricks and cheat codes. Hit the Dragon
Shores page if you want to find out all about the super fireball and
skill points ...
1) This is spelled
out in the "Ripto's Rage" instruction book, but not the "Gateway
to Glimmer" version: There's a "Crash Team Racing" demo
hidden inside Spyro 2. You can access the demo pressing and holding
L1 and R2, then press the "square" button simultaneously while in the
intro menu screen.
In the United States and Canada, the game is called "Spyro 2: Ripto's
Rage." Elsewhere around the world, it's called "Spyro 2: Gateway
to Glimmer." The games have different covers, even. "Ripto's
Rage" can be seen in our shop, while
the cover to "Gateway to Glimmer" can be seen to the right.
(Thanks to Zoe Kind for sending that in!) The name"Ripto," incidentally,
is what the Insomniac team thought "Spyro," written in Japanese,
looked like. They got used to saying the name "Ripto," and decided
to incorporate it into the sequel to "Spyro the Dragon."
John of Cerny Games told us having two different names "was just
a marketing decision made by Sony Europe. No trademark violations or anything
sinister ... they just liked the name better and it didn't bother us any."
The games are identical. Do not buy the version not commonly available
in your area expecting it to work properly on your Playstation. It won't.
3) Spyro's got a new
voice this time around. The actor who does Spyro's voice in Spyro
2 and 3 is Tom Kenny, whom you might also know as the voice of the narrator
and mayor on "The Powerpuff Girls."
4) Nail as many fodder
animals (sheep, frogs, little egg guys, et cetera) as you can. Every 10th
one you flame (or fireball, which is even easier) produces a blue butterfly
that will give Spyro an extra life when Sparx eats it.
5) OK, so you know that
Spyro learns new moves in this game. For starters, Spyro can now
dragon-paddle on the surface of water and Hunter will train Spyro to hover
early on in Summer Forest. And Moneybags will teach Spyro other skills in
return for hard-earned gems:
- Swimming Underwater
: Find Moneybags by the moat in the middle of Summer Forest.
Find Moneybags at the beginning of the Autumn Plains level, by the transporter
back to Summer Forest.
Find Moneybags in front of the castle at the very beginning of Winter
- Permanent super
fireball: See the Dragon Shores page.
6) Pigs love bagpipe
music. Just thought I should mention that so you can look for a pig
next time bagpipe music plays nearby.
7) The Internet's
most complete listing of Spyro 2 cheat codes is here! We've got a
whole bunch, for that matter. Some
of these codes are the ones people who are stuck "need" to get
ahead. And some are just-for-fun codes that can be used without shame.
Good call, Insomniac, for making stuff like the color change, big head
and flat codes!
- Make Sparx point
to the nearest gem: Hold down all four shoulder buttons
- All learned
Pause the game, and press O, O, O, O, Square
- Big Head Mode
(think the N64 Game "Goldeneye"): Pause the game, and press
up, up, up, up, R1, R1, R1, R1, O
- Flat Mode
("Help, help! I'm a side scrolling game character stuck in a 3D
game!"): Pause the game, and press left, right, left, right, L2,
R2, L2, R2, Square
- Change Spyro's
Pause the game and press up, right, down, left, up, Square, R1, R2,
L1, L2, up, left, down, right, up, and then choose a color from the
- Red: O
- Blue: X
- Pink: Square
- Green: Triangle
- Yellow: Up
- Black: Down
- Normal (purple):
- See the end
credits: Pause the game, and press Square, O, Square, O, Square,
O, left, right, left right, left, right
- Exclusive SpyroHints.com
"Go to the pause menu and press the following sequence of keys:
Square, up, Square, down, Square, left, Square, right, O." As far
as I can tell, this makes Sparx be able to take one more hit than he
can normally, even if he's fully healed up. No, it's not 99 lives, but
it's a little extra edge for those who only need a bit of help. (Thanks
to Insomniac team member Matthew Whiting!)
8) Spyro 2 has some
neat bugs in the game that let careful players get away with murder.
Of course, it's also possible that you'll get stuck in the glitch and
have to reboot your Playstation:
- Go to the top of
the hill via the underwater passage in Summer Forest (where an orb is
found). Jump and glide left. You can fly 'outside' the world and get
a very strange view of the underwater passage!
- In Breeze Harbor
(Autumn Plains) you can swim out of water, through the air ... everywhere.
To swim out of water, start the fire under the burner next to the pool
of water. This will raise the water level to the same level as one of
the steps. Float on top of the water facing this step at the right side
of the step ... right up next to it. Now dive! You'll be in/on the step
and swimming and can now swim everywhere!
- There's a similar
bug in Mystic Marsh, but it's not easy to utilize: When you are catching
the spark plug thieves, make sure that the last one you catch is the
one that swims through the water, and if you catch him in the water
it takes you to Basil and he gives you the orb, while you are still
swimming. You'll be able to swim everywhere.
- In Hurricos, when
you reach the first two big windmills, use the supercharge to destroy
the windmills in front of the buttons. DO NOT ACTIVATE THE BUTTONS.
Jump up on top of button and get stuck up there (or off to the side
of it) ... when the screen starts vibrating move to the right, left
or jump and it will shoot Spyro up into the air so high you will lose
track of the rest of the game at first until you glide down and start
seeing things from very high up.
- You can also use
the bug to polish off Hurricos early: When you get in the air, glide
over to the upper left of the map. This is where the guy gives you the
last orb. Glide down to the big roof in the middle of the map. Look
for the little man on the upper left roof. Once on the middle roof,
jump and glide over to the man. This will get you the final orb. You
can also use this technique to get the final gems that are on the high
plateau in the baskets.