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Copying and/or distribution of any Nintendo game is illegal and is strictly prohibited by intellectual property laws. TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction.................................................................................2 Portal of Power®.........................................................................2 Gameplay Controls.....................................................................3 Menus............................................................................................ 4 Playing the Game........................................................................5 Arena Modes............................................................................... 9 Save Features............................................................................. 9 Software License Agreement................................................10 Customer Care........................................................ Back Cover 1 Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Wii U is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2012 Nintendo. INTRODUCTION Skylands need your help, Portal Master! Prepare yourself for an all new adventure with the Skylanders and the SWAP Force. For generations, the SWAP Force protected the Cloudbreak Islands, home to a mystic volcano that erupts every one hundred years to replenish all of the magic in Skylands. During the last eruption, the SWAP Force became caught in the magical blast, which sent them to Earth and gave them the unique ability to swap powers! Now a new evil is threatening the Cloudbreak Islands, and it’s up to you, Portal Master, to send the Skylanders and the SWAP Force back into Skylands to save the day! PORTAL OF POWER To begin Skylanders SWAP Force™, the Portal of Power must first be connected up to your Wii U console. With the Wii U console powered off, insert the Portal of Power into an available USB port. Power on your Wii U console and the Portal of Power will automatically be ready for use. It is through the Portal of Power that the Skylanders can enter the ancient islands that make up Skylands. Once placed on the Portal of Power, the Skylander will come to life and be playable in game. Toy Placement You may place up to 3 toys on the Portal of Power at once, which includes 2 playable Skylanders (for 2 player mode only) and 1 Magic Item or 1 Location Piece (sold separately). 2 GAMEPLAY CONTROLS The Portal of Power and at least one Skylander figure are required to start a new profile and to proceed in the first part of the tutorial. The following controllers can be paired with the Wii U console and used with this software. • To play multiplayer modes, each player needs a separate controller. • Only one Wii U GamePad can be paired with the console at a time. • A Sensor Bar is required when using the Wii Remote/Wii Remote Plus. For more information, read the Wii U Operations Manual. • A Classic Controller can be used instead of a Classic Controller Pro. L Button/ Attack 3 ZL/Interact R Button/ Attack 2 ZR/Interact Attack 1 Attack 3 Movement/ Aim Turret Jump Navigate Menu Attack 2 Pause Game Skylander Stats Wii U Basic Action + Button Pauses Game - Button Skylander Stats L Stick Movement/Aim Turret B Button Jump Y Button Attack 1 X Button Attack 3 A Button Attack 2 ZL/ZRInteract Repetitively Press Y Button Open Treasure +Control Pad Navigate Menu Touch Screen Navigate Menu Move Character / Menu Navigation Menu Navigation Jump Attack 3 Attack 1 Attack 2 Pause Skylander Stats Interact CAUTION: WRIST STRAP USE Please use the wrist strap to help prevent injury to other people or damage to surrounding objects or the Wii Remote in case you accidentally let go of the Wii Remote during gameplay. • • • • • • Also remember the following: Make sure all players put on the wrist strap properly when it is their turn. Do not let go of the Wii Remote during game play. Dry your hands if they become moist. Allow adequate room around you during gameplay and make sure that all areas you might move into are clear of other people and objects. Stay at least three feet from the television. Use the Wii Remote Jacket. 3 MENUS MENU NAVIGATION +Control Pad/Control Stick - Navigate menus A Button – Press to accept B Button – Press to go back to the previous menu or cancel MAIN MENU Story Mode – Begin your adventure in either Single Player or with a friend in Co-op. Arena Modes – Survive by yourself or with a friend in a variety of challenging stages, or battle against a friend in various arena modes. Options – View Controls, Adjust Audio Settings (Music, Voice, and Effects), Turn On/Off Subtitles, Adjust Brightness, and View the Credits! PAUSE MENU Skylander – View and Manage your Skylander’s Stats, Hats, Unique Quests, and Unique Upgrades on both Top and Bottom Parts of your Skylander. Portal Master – View your Portal Master Rank as well as the number of stars you have acquired. Collection – View your collection of Hats, Legendary Treasures, Story Scrolls, Bonus Mission Maps, Charms and Acquired Skylanders. Options – View your Controller Settings, adjust the game’s Difficulty, Adjust Audio Settings, Turn On/Off Subtitles, Adjust GamePad Output and Adjust the brightness. Level Select – Visit previously completed levels as well as access your Bonus Missions! Main Menu – Exit the game and return to the Main Menu. 4 PLAYING THE GAME 7 6 8 1 3 5 4 2 1.Life Meter – This green meter displays the amount of Health your Skylander has. If the life meter of any Skylander reaches zero, they must be removed from the Portal of Power and replaced with a different Skylander, or you will have to restart the level. If the life meter of a SWAP Force Skylander reaches zero, then both the top and bottom halves must be removed from the Portal of Power. Neither half will work in any other SWAP combinations until the next level is reached or the level is restarted. 2.Level and Level Meter – This meter displays the current level of your Skylander. When this meter fills up completely, your Skylander will level up. The maximum level a Skylander can reach is 20. Skylanders from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders Giants™ can also reach level 20 while being used in Skylanders SWAP Force. 3.Elemental Symbol – Displays the elemental symbol of your Skylander. If you are using SWAP Force parts with different elements, it will display both of your elements. 4.Elemental Bonus Symbol – While in one of these areas, if you place a Skylander that has the matching element type on the Portal of Power, the Skylander will be more powerful than normal. 5.Dual Elemental Gate – This gate can be unlocked by a SWAP Force Skylander that is of both featured elements. If playing in Co-Op, this gate can be unlocked if both featured elements are represented by one of the Skylanders. 6.Elemental Gate – This gate can be unlocked with a Skylander that is of that element. 7.Health Pick Up – Collecting food pick-ups will restore some of your Life Meter. 8.Currency – Collecting various forms of treasure will allow you to purchase upgrades. 5 PLAYING THE GAME Skylander Info Press the “-” Button to view and manage each of your Skylanders in the “Skylander Info” Section. The below menus and sub menus can be found under “Skylander Info”: Stats – Displays your current Skylander’s Stats. Hats – View which hats your Skylander has collected and equip or remove them here. Upgrades - View which upgrades your Skylander has acquired on both the Top and Bottom Half. Quests – Defines your individual Skylander Quests and shows your rank, which is dependent on how many quests you have completed. Manage – Allows you to reset the progress of your Skylander’s Top or Bottom Half, give a nickname to your Skylander or take ownership. Upgrades Spending coins in the Mega Power Pod located within Woodburrow or in the smaller Power Pods throughout the Cloudbreak Islands will allow your Skylanders to power up their abilities, and even gain new abilities! ELEMENTAL CLASSES Each Skylander possesses the power of one of 8 Elemental Classes. The Elemental Classes included are: Air Air Life Life Undead Undead Earth Earth Fire Fire Water Water Magic Magic Tech Tech ELEMENTAL GATES Throughout Skylands, there are Elemental Gates that only Skylanders of that element can open. Inside are special areas containing new challenges, collectibles, and other rewards for you to discover! Some elemental gates require two elements to open. Open these doors with either two Skylanders of the matching elements in Co-op, or use a SWAP Force character with a top and bottom that match both of the elements in Single Player mode. 6 PLAYING THE GAME SWAP Force PowerS Each SWAP Force Skylander possesses one of 8 SWAP Force Powers. The SWAP Force powers included are: Dig Bounce Teleport Sneak Rocket Speed Climb Spin SWAP Force Power Zones Also throughout Skylands, there are SWAP Force Power Zones that only Skylanders of that SWAP Force Power can open. To enter, the bottom half of the Skylander should have the same matching icon as on the Zone, which signifies they have that SWAP Force Power. Once inside a SWAP Force Power Zone, be prepared to face new challenges that are unique for each SWAP Force Power. Earn collectibles, such as Hats, Legendary Items, and Bonus Missions, by bouncing, flying, and racing to name a few new actions, through these SWAP Force Power Zones. Leveling Up Your Skylanders will gain experience as they defeat enemies. As your Skylander levels up, their health will increase as well. The maximum level a Skylander can reach is 20. Woodburrow The town of Woodburrow has been the meeting place of the Ancient Elementals for generations, and is located very close to the magical volcano Mount Cloudbreak. It is here that you may train your Skylanders to become stronger, either by purchasing new upgrades or items for your Skylanders, or by honing their skills with the use of Arena challenges. Rufus – Rufus is the Village Crier of Woodburrow and knows everything about the village. If you are ever confused about what to do while you’re in town, talk to him and he’ll show you where to go. Chieftess – The Chieftess is the only one in the village who can communicate with the Ancient Elementals. She will be invaluable on your quest to protect them from Kaos. HipBros (Tuk and Gorm) – These brothers aren’t always on the friendliest terms, but Gorm protects the only Mega Power Pod in the town, and Tuk runs the only shop in town, so you should get to know them both so you can turn in your currency you have earned on your quest for upgrades. 7 PLAYING THE GAME AirDocks – Whenever there’s adventuring to be done or journeys to undertake, this is the place to go! Flynn can always be found there keeping a watchful eye on his ship the Dread Yacht, and Tessa can usually be seen there, taking care of her bird Whiskers. Eon – Go see Eon on his altar by the AirDocks to view your portal master rank, and view your portal master accolades. The more stars you collect, the higher your rank will reach. Snagglescale’s Arena Challenges – Come to the arena to test your and a friend’s strength in a variety of modes, including challenge modes like Solo Survival, Team Survival, Rival Survival, and head-to-head modes like Battle and Ring Out. Legendary Treasure Pedestals – These pedestals are located throughout Woodburrow, but you can only use them when you have a high enough portal master rank. Consult with Eon on his altar to see how you can achieve a higher portal master rank. Wheellock – Visit Wheellock after you’ve completed the game to revisit some levels and complete various Score Mode Challenges. Avril – If speed is more your game than points, you can also visit Avril after you’ve completed the game to try out some Time Attack Challenges. Toys Skylanders SWAP Force can be played with both Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Figures as well as the new Skylanders SWAP Force characters. During gameplay you can switch Skylanders at any time. Skylanders can be used on their home Portal of Power or as a guest on a friend’s Portal of Power in both Story Mode and the Arena Modes. All experience points, currency and upgrades are automatically saved to each toy. Co-op Play At any time during Story Mode, a second player can join the game by hitting the A Button on a second controller, and placing a Skylander on the Portal of Power. To drop out of the game, Player 1 or Player 2 must remove their Skylander from the Portal of Power and press the B Button on their Wii Remote or GamePad. 8 arena modes In the various Battle Modes, choose from a variety of arenas and have a brawl against your friends. Use items, traps and jump pads to your advantage as you try to become the ultimate Portal Master. Challenge a friend in five different head to head modes: Solo Survival – Survive Multiple stages of enemies of increasing difficulty. Team Survival – Survive multiple stages of enemies of increasing difficulty with a friend. Rival Survival – Rank more points than your opponent as you fight enemies. Battle Arena – Defeat your opponent with your attacks and by triggering hazards in the arena. Ring Out – Knock your opponent out of the arena with well-timed power hits. SAVE FEATURES Toy Save Feature While on your home Portal of Power the following are saved to your toys: • Experience Level • The “Nickname” that you give to your Skylander • Currency • Upgraded abilities and Statistics • The hat your Skylander is wearing • The Quest ranking of your Skylander This allows you to take your Skylander to enter another Portal of Power and still play with your very own upgraded and personalized collection of Skylanders. While at your friend’s house, your Skylander will continue to remember and will save all of the Currency, Items, Character Quests, and Experience it has earned and collected. Take your own personalized Skylanders to a friend’s house and help them with their quest…or fight against them in the Arena Modes! 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