Trappable Villains were first introduced in Skylanders Trap Team. As you might imagine they were a main attraction in the game. I mean, who wouldn't want to take control of the bad guys and defeat more bad guys with them?
In all, there are 46 Trappable Villains scattered throughout the Skylands in Trap Team.
In fact, you can complete the game and defeat the final boss with zero (yes 0) Traps.
Traps are only necessary if you wish to play as the Villains.
Ultimately, as I've said before, you can pretend this is just another Skylanders game and play with your Skylanders the whole way through – but what's the fun in that?
I would recommend getting at least one Trap from each element so that you can play as any Villain. Each Trap can only hold one Villain at a time, but you can change which Villain is trapped between levels. Having multiple Traps of the same element will simply allow you to have easier access to more Villains all the time.
First you must find the Villain. Some of them you come across naturally through gameplay, but others are a bit more secluded and off the beaten path. For this reason I've compiled a complete list of where you can find all the Trappable Villains.
Then once you've located the Villain, you must defeat them. After you defeat the Villain you will be presented with two options: 1) you can put a Trap in the Portal and trap him immediately or 2) you can send him to the Villain Vault.
NOTE: Either option will mark the Villain as trapped in the Collection menu so it really doesn't matter if you have a Trap right away.
Finally, once you have a Villain in the Trap you can place the Trap in the trap slot on the Portal. Then at any time during gameplay you can swap between your Skylander and the Villain with just the press of a button (L1 on PS3).
Chapter 1 – Soda Springs
Chapter 2 – Know-It-All Island
Chapter 3 – Chompy Mountain
Chapter 4 – The Phoenix Psanctuary
Chapter 5 – Chef Zeppelin
Chapter 6 – Rainfish Riviera
Chapter 7 – Monster Marsh
Chapter 8 – Telescope Towers
Chapter 9 – Mystic Mill
Chapter 10 – Secret Sewers of Supreme Stink
Chapter 11 – Wilikin Workshop
Chapter 12 – Time Town
Chapter 13 – The Future of Skylands
Chapter 14 – Operation: Troll Rocket Steal
Chapter 15 – Skyhighlands
Chapter 16 – The Golden Desert
Chapter 17 – Lair of the Golden Queen
Chapter 18 – The Ultimate Weapon
Chapter 19 – Midnight Museum (Expansion Pack)
Chapter 20 – Sunscraper Spire (Expansion Pack)
Chapter 21 – Nightmare Express (Adventure Pack)
Chapter 22 – Mirror of Mystery (Adventure Pack)