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TLoS Elemental Class Ice by That-Spyro-Guy TLoS Elemental Class Ice by That-Spyro-Guy
Ice; the bitter heart of Winter's chill, but there is beauty here... Dressed in a strong blue colour key, the ice elemental class abilities offered a cooler solution when powers of fire would not suffice. Being a solid element, ice brought contrast and served as an impressive utility weapon in Spyro's arsenal. Largely offensive but also defensive, this elemental ability could dispatch foes at long range on attack, or freeze them solid to make the quick getaway, adding the option to encapsulate enemies in snow and use them as projectile weapons against their own ranks. In this regard elemental ice was unique... certainly it was one of the more interactive breath weapons among the primary elements and this made for some memorable game moments. Its Winter theme underpins the very nature of Cyril himself and suggested creative ways in which we could have Spyro use this class of ability to interesting effect.

The concept art seen here is an indication of the final outcome, and not entirely consistent with the finished ice effect in the games. Images like this one served as a quick datum point to reflect stated design specifications and get a gauge on how to balance all the elemental breaths against eachother in terms of both colour and form before investing heavily in effects development. We went back and forth getting these abilities right, and many tweaks were made long after the concept art had been delivered -  for the breath weapons were the key gameplay mechanics of the game and needed to be well conceived, contrasting and beautiful.

In TLoS lore Ice is a weapon of great contrasts and a tool of many uses. For the mightiest of Ice dragons it can slow the advance of an approaching army, or provide drinking water to a thirsty village. To harness it's abilities a dragon must first learn to understand the nature of water and embrace a steely resolve deep within themselves... for only then can a frozen solid be produced. Moisture is drawn in from the air and (in dire emergencies) from the dragon's own body. In combat it is plausible that a master of Ice could suppliment his or her defences by magically sheathing parts of their body in magically projected pack ice, or when on the offensive adorn themselves with impressive protrusions of needle sharp ice. It is the tool of the true survivalist.
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Miss-dreamerkat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ice, my personal favorite element alongside Earth. Although i didn't use it as much as i did the others. 
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Emissary4Penguins Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
What's the other weapon's name?
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Shadow-Arcanist Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ice was always one of my favorite elements to use

it's nice to look at and helps out a lot
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Mairwynn Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah ice, such a magnificent element, thank you very much so for this elemental lore, I have been in need of some guidance in my progression to create a world of mine, is it all right if I reflect back upon these for help? :) 

This has definitely been an enlightening find.  

Your art is stupendous by the way!
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:iconthat-spyro-guy:
That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly LadyArchangel, if it helps then go for it :) Kind thanks for visiting!
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Mairwynn Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Student General Artist
You are very welcome! Your art is vibrant and phenomenal!
Thank you very much for your permission, credit will certainly be given! :)
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Tank-Dragon2014 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How cold can an ice dragon actually freeze its surroundings? always curious about that, like....can they cause self harm? body temperature for example.

Ice can be such a powerful element in such a large scale, as our own planet as shown (the last ice age and the like) is there a limit to how cold an ice dragons abilities can become?
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Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Freezing some foes to deal with later, or using them as makeshift walls or tools.
It was a very useful ability
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SuperSmashCynderLum Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This looks really beautiful! :D Ice is actually my favorite ability of all time and I made my own OC dragon Crystal an Ice Dragon myself. :) supersmashcynderlum.deviantart… :) I love how beautiful the Ice element is especially in A New Beginning and I didn't know Ice can be used to give drinkable water to thirsty villages, That is so cool! ^^ Say, I heard that Spyro was originally going to use the water ability in A New beginning instead of Ice. If Water was used instead in A New Beginning, would Ice have been a secondary Element/attack to water or would it have never been used at all?
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sapphire3690 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
How was Spyro able to learn Ice? Was it from the surrounding moisture in Tall Plains?
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Sapphire3690, Spyro was exposed to trauma that triggered his latent ice ability... the Atlawa Kane (in Tall Plains) was in mortal danger and it was this peril that awoke the powers of ice that lay dormant within Spyro :) Hope that helps!
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sapphire3690 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see! I also sent you a note too ;3
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TheDarkPegasus52 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Ice has always been my favorite element, as well as the element of my favorite Guardian! It was not only useful in countless situations (Especially with the Time Element) It was also, at least to me, the best from an aesthetic stand point. Great job on this one! 
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
My thanks to you TheDarkPregasus52! 
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TheDarkPegasus52 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
^-^ You are welcome.
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ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Always was a fan of ice power. :)
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! It was a fun element to mess about with :D
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SwaffyX Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist
The ice shards were my favorite!
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes they were a great long range option!
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JacobTheDragon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
Neat! ^W^
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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JacobTheDragon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
Your Welcome ^.=.^
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, you know, I theorised at one point in time that the dragon attacks were fueled not by an internal organ providing a stockpile of fire or electricity or something like that, but by magic inside the dragon's body that itself got the material for the attacks from the surrounding area...I'd been wondering how an Earth Dragon could manipulate their element without...well, violently puking up earth (which I know has been drawn in comic form by somebody!), and I noticed that all the Earth elements Spyro used in ANB and TEN appeared to be wind-related or using a green energy to manipulate rocks, so I concluded that an Earth Dragon's ability was to use "use a Green Energy that can be used as an attack on its own, or to influence Earth - and possibly also plants - around it; either channelling it through the ground, or using it to bind bits of Earth together into a boulder." What you're saying now about the Fire and Ice elements seems to be confirming my theory, which is awesome! 
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Very astute observations AMCAlmaron :) Yes all elemental ability is derived from magical essences found within the natural world, be they the tangible things like ice and stone, or more nebulous forces like fire and electricity. Ignitus alludes to this connection at the close of DotD, stating that a dragon's spirit can 'bind itself with nature'. It's that connection with the mana of the natural world and it's elemental forces that allows dragons to manipulate their repective elements. They tap into power using focused technique and channel it. So glad you're enjoying!
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! And of course, how could I not enjoy all this?

Heh, I'd send you the big concept document that my quote was from, but I fear it'd overwhelm you...ages back I wrote up a big speculative document about elements and some other parts of the Spyro series (for example, I concluded that TLOS was a prequel to the original Spyro series, which featured a distant descendant of Spyro and Cynder), and attempted to explain how things could work...good to know my section on dragon magic was pretty accurate!
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Wow! I adore the bright colors here, it really gives off an icy feel! The choice of blue fits really well here, it looks truly mystical.
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes colours were so very important with these breath based attacks. They had to read instantly at a glance to inform the player which element was active. Many thanks!
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Jaeger15 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
I've seen pictures of turquoise blue ice on Lake Baikal in Russia. It's very close to the color in TLoS.
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ice is an incredible thing to be sure... and the colours found within ice can vary wildly depending on the light passing through it. We tried to push this element into those over-bright turquoise hues in the mid tones and highlights to pick out edges and protrusions. When sections overlapped, things would blow out to white :)
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Jaeger15 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
It was a beautiful effect, beyond any doubt.
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SnickerToodles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ice is more difficult to learn than water. I can see Cyril using this point to his advantage. XD I always loved those ice shards, by the way. :D
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes there would be some kind of elitest high ground to be gained here, if a certain Ice dragon were to be keeping score of course... ;)
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ChocolateQuill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Thank you so much for being willing to share this with us spyro lovers! This is a really wonderful series you're doing and it really makes me want to get back into my dragon drawing. 
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Kind thanks ChocolateQuill, you're very welcome. It's always humbling when one can inspire! Keep drawing those dragons :D
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SwiftLightening75 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was my favourite element in the game until I fell in love with the element of electricity.
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely have a soft spot for the Electricity breath based attacks too.
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
A beautiful snowflake of doom for all the enemies
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed the finest kind of snowflake available! Frosted doom all round ;)
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
it lets the enemy know that despite the battle and anger that they are beautiful and unique just like a snowflake...a snowflake that is being used to wreck their day.
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AliStarLune Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Man, it looks so pretty~ 
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers and thanks!
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AliStarLune Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No problem~! :D icon: Spyro Dat Ass or cool Spro 
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UniverseDragon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"To harness it's abilities a dragon must first learn to understand the nature of water and embrace a steely resolve deep within themselves... for only then can a frozen solid be produced." Sounds like Ice and Water dragons would be rather similar to one another, like close cousin elements :) I don't know if that's a thing, but it's very interesting that an Ice dragon would have to understand Water before it could master Ice!
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've always believed there to be a strong connection between Water and Ice Dragons... although if Cyril is anything to go by, Ice Dragons are perhaps more aloof and elitest when dealing with their more affable and flexible water 'cousins'. It makes for some interesting cultural scenarios for sure :)
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, so there are Water Dragons? :la:
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That-Spyro-Guy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'd have to say they're out there ;) Have fun!
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent...:iconddraigtanto:, we might need to work them into the story at some point...
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Well, I kinda had been to some extent or another. Sunny was supposed to be bi-elemental, if you recall? :p
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, that's right...
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Indeed.
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