The Year of the Dragon is the time when new dragon eggs are brought into the Spyro's world to bring about the new generation of dragons.

Around the introduction of A New Beginning, the Year of the Dragon was taking place as Ignitus and the other remaining Guardians were watching over the dragon eggs inside the Dragon Temple, including the egg that contained the next purple dragon, Spyro.

However, The Dark Master, Malefor, heard of the prophecy of the next purple dragon, and sent his Ape army to the Dragon Temple to destroy the eggs to prevent Spyro's birth. He also ordered Gaul, the Ape King, to steal one of the dragon eggs as Malefor needed a dragon born in the Year of the Dragon to open the gateway that served as his prison. Fortunately, Spyro's egg was safely rescued by Ignitus and was sent down the calm stream of the Silver River. Unfortunately, the other Guardians were overwhelmed, and by the time Ignitus returned to the Temple, the dragon eggs were smashed by the Apes, except Cynder's egg which was taken by Gaul to be corrupted by Malefor's influence as ordered.