Skylanders SWAP Force Wave 1 – Predictions

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UPDATE: We now have some confirmation of what will be released in Wave 1. Check out this article for details.

It might be a little bit early for this yet, but I think it could be fun to see just how close I can get. Everybody wants to know, “Which characters will be released in Wave 1?”

Well, the truth is we might not know for sure until October 13th, but I think we can get pretty close.

Let's start with the obvious. We have the Starter Pack.

SWAP Force Starter Pack

This will give us Wash Buckler, Blast Zone, and Ninja Stealth Elf. Although these figures may eventually make it into single packs, I do not think we will see them right away.

Then we have the 3DS Starter Pack.

Nintendo 3DS SWAP Force Starter Pack

This will allow us to get our hands on two more SWAP Force characters, Free Ranger and Rattle Shake. This set will also provide easy access to your first variant, Volcanic Eruptor.

Then, to round out the Starter Packs you could also pick up the Dark Edition. This set will provide you with the same types of figures as the normal Starter Packs, but you won't actually get any base figures. The Dark Edition will allow you to pick up an amazing five variant figures at once.


The Dark Edition will include Dark Wash Buckler, Dark Blast Zone, Dark Stealth Elf, Dark Spyro, and Dark Slobber Tooth.

Next up we know about the Tower of Time Adventure Pack.

Tower Of Time Adventure Pack

So we can add Pop Thorn to the list. I don't know for sure, but I'm going to guess that Pop Thorn will not be released in a single pack. I think it will be just like the SSA Adventure Packs that contained exclusive figures.

We also have the Fiery Forge Battle Pack confirmed.

Fiery Forge Battle Pack

This means we can add Bumble Blast and Knockout Terrafin to our list. Here as well I'm going to follow the brief precedent they've set. I think Bumble Blast will eventually have a Single Pack (although not in Wave 1), but Knockout Terrafin will be exclusive to the Battle Pack.

Now that is the end of what we know at this time. However, based on other pictures, leaks, and tidbits I've heard so far I'll venture a few guesses.

I think Wave 1 will see four SWAP Force members in Single Packs:

Magna Charge
Stink Bomb
Hoot Loop
Doom Stone

These guesses are more hopeful than practical as this would give us one of each element in a SWAP Force member. This decision becomes even tougher if you try to figure in each of the eight movement types of the SWAP Force, but I'll stick with my guess for now.

I think we'll be able to find three new LightCore Skylanders right off the bat:

LightCore Smolderdash
LightCore Flashwing
LightCore Warnado

These are more educated guesses. Wave 1 of Skylanders Giants showed us three LightCore characters and I have already seen box art for these three figures.

This is where it get a little tougher. Just how big will Wave 1 be? Each year more and more figures are added so the size of each wave grows a little, but how much?

I'm gonna stick to the conservative side for now. If I recall correctly, I have seen box art for all of the following characters and I think eight sounds like a good number. To round out my predictions I give you:

Mega Ram Spyro
Super Gulp Pop Fizz
Blizzard Chill
Lava Barf Eruptor

Roller Brawl
Slobber Tooth
Zoo Lou

Finally, I would imagine that we will see 3-4 Triple Packs at the launch. These could contain just about anything. If they contain any of the characters I listed above then I don't think we'd see that character in a single pack until a later wave. So basically, these Triple Packs could throw off my whole list.

Once again, I do not have any confirmation on the second half of this list. These are simply my predictions for Wave 1 of SWAP Force.

What do you think? Do you agree? What would you change?

Comment below.

  • torchie4269

    Magna Charge wave 1 is a sure thing. Why? Because he was one of the earliest reveals, has been shown extensively in promos and demos, and is in the main game logo. I’m also guessing Nitro Magna Charge will be a wave 1 store exclusive, maybe for Target.

    I think your other SF character predictions are probably really close, but may be a bit off, because I would guess they would cover all the eight movement types first, since that’s the new thing that only SF guys can access. So I’d not include Doom Stone (spin-type) because that’s covered by Free Ranger. I’d say Grilla Drilla is a more likely candidate.

    I’d also say for LC, Star Strike is a likely wave 1, since she was the earliest LC reveal. I have no idea about the reposes and regular figures though, except I think Roller Brawl is probably a wave 1 candidate.

    • Josh Youngblut

      I don’t know if you saw the ads for Giants or looked at the boxes for Giants, but Thumpback was in almost all of the ads and on the Box if I remember right. He was in the second to last wave of Giants, with Eye Brawl which was released in February or late January. So, even though they put stuff in ads it might not mean they are coming out right away.

      Also, I think Activision may have learned a little bit from the Giants release and may hold on to one or two of the new Swap Force Figures until later in the games cycle. I know, I was a bit upset and lost a bit of interest when all of the Giants were out. Anyways, I don’t make a lot of predictions due to I am never right! Getting excited though!

      • torchie4269

        I’m a relative newbie. Only just got Giants two months ago, so I don’t know much of the history of the waves and don’t have much to judge against. The only thing I knew at the time was that Ninjini was the newest. I guess it was more the Scarlet Ninjini that was a big deal in late May/early June though. The regular one had been one since February, right? But the logo I always think of for Giants is the one that has Tree Rex, Crusher, and Hot Head over the top.

        But I agree, with sixteen SF figures they can definitely drag it out longer. Same with sixteen new Core figures.

        • Josh Youngblut

          One thing that you will learn with Activision is that they don’t reveal a lot of secrets when it comes to Waves. Usually we know a new wave it out when they start popping up for sale on Ebay. Usually in CA and TX first then they work their way east. I will have to look at the boxes today for Giants but I am pretty sure that Thumpback was on the back, and he was in a lot of the commercials. People were complaining (Shocking, I know.) about him being everywhere on ads and the boxes but not being out at all. They do it to drum up business and that scarcity factor and it works.

          • torchie4269

            I’ve still got my fingers crossed that the last missing repose is going to be Tree Rex.

      • torchie4269

        Looks like I called it on Target getting Nitro! 🙂

  • torchie4269

    It’s also really neat that they’re doing starter pack variations with completely different sets of figures, instead of with a bunch of overlap and only one different figure like they did with the first two games.

    • Josh Youngblut

      In a way it does. But, you are going to have people who don’t have a 3ds and be stuck with a game and no way to play it.

  • torchie4269

    Okay, I went over the Swap Force guys, and there are two groups of characters intertwined as far as elements and movement types. To get all eight of both covered, you would have to get either:

    Free Ranger, Rubble Rouser, Blast Zone, Stink Bomb, Rattle Shake, and Hoot Loop.
    Boom Jet, Doom Stone, Fire Kracken, Grilla Drilla, Night Shift, and Trap Shadow.


    Wash Buckler and Magna Charge
    Freeze Blade and Spy Rise

    Looking at it that way, they’ve already guaranteed three guys from the first group and one from the third, so I’m betting they’ll fill those groups out first, then start adding alternates. Or maybe not, just to encourage more buying. Otherwise, more people might end up satisfied with just eight figures. But that lines up more or less with your prediction except for the Rubble Rouser part.

    • rayman

      or you could do night shift stink bomb blast zone wash buckler fire kraken rubble rouser free ranger and magna charge

      • torchie4269

        That gives you two fire (Fire Kracken and Blast Zone) and no magic though.

  • rayman

    i really really wanted night shift to be in wave one i wanted him blast zone, wash buckler, and stink bomb

  • Mark Gardner

    When GameStop offered preorders for Infinity, you could also preorder the single figure. It was about a month before launch. I hope to see preorder availability at GS within the first two weeks of September.

    • Josh Youngblut

      Interesting fact… EB Games in Australia (which is owned by Gamestop) let Giants figures be pre-ordered. It would be nice to see pre-orders for figures however, in some ways that takes the fun out of hunting. I also don’t like to spend money at GameStops due to various reasons however, you know I will have the Dark Starter pack on Oct. 13th.

  • torchie4269

    Oh, something else. On the official Skylanders website for Swap Force, they only show five of the Swap Force figures: Blast Zone, Wash Buckler, Magna Charge, Hoot Loop, and Rattle Shake. So it seems possible that those (plus Free Ranger) could be the entire wave 1 swappable group, or at least guaranteed to be in it.

  • Christopher Dillard

    Scorp is in one of the confirmed Triple packs with Chop Chop and Sprocket, so we should count on that too. They’ve been including him in all the Gamescom footage as well.

  • Weren’t the legendary toys r us triple packs available at launch for giants? Shouldn’t we expect them to be this time around as well?

  • DinoRang562003

    Just Remember. Thumpback was one of the last characters last time. It could be the same deal wirh Magna Charge. :


    i have a question how many waves do you think will come out before christmas im planning on getting my sons the “swappable” skylanders but not all of them come out at once would any of you guys know?

    • There are generally 5 Waves. Wave 1 and 2 have already been released. This covers 10 of 16 swappable figures. Wave 3 will be coming in late November. While it has not been confirmed, we are expecting 3 more swappable characters in Wave 3.

      If we’re lucky Wave 4 may come out just before the end of the year, but I wouldn’t count on it. I expect Waves 4 and 5 to be in the early part of 2014. Each of these Waves will contain at least one swappable figure.