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Changing paths without losing progression
Can you change paths with the series 1, giants, and the new skylanders? If so how do you change paths? Or what do you do? Is there a cheat, or glitch? Oh yeah! I almost forgot if you can't how do you reset without losing your progress?
Answer from: NiceGuy1
To sum this all up, Nope. You can't. Sorry. You can't path switch, you can't reset without losing progress.
Series 2 guys - characters who had a figure for the first game and were re-released for Giants, who now have an orange base - can change paths just by visiting Persephone after you've picked a path for them. FYI, once you change paths, any upgrades you bought on the other path are saved, so that money isn't wasted. In other words, all the guys BESIDES who you mentioned.
Series 1 (green base figures, i.e. figures from the first game), Giants and Newlanders can't change paths. The only way is to reset them to new, Level 1, 0 experience, 0 gold, no upgrades, no completed quests, nothing. Like brand new from the store. Yes, losing all your progress. Which is why it's good to be sure of your path. There are some variants who come from the store at Level 5 and (I think) 2100 gold, they even lose that.
It's widely agreed that it stinks that they only put path switching on Series 2. Between this, the WowPow (the extra upgrade each S2 gets), and the fact that only S2 can unlock Heroic Challenges, it seems clear that these things were designed to push people who have Series 1 to buy the Series 2 of the characters they already have. Actually, all of these are agreed to stink. It's a cheap gimmick to suck more money out of the consumers.
For future reference, when Persephone asks you to choose a path, I refuse. I exit out, then open the Skylander Info screen (alternate Start on your controller: Select, Back, whatever. [-] on the Wii). Choose Upgrades, then go Right, to the path choice. Here you can go to each upgrade to see what it does, so you can figure out which path looks better to you. THEN go activate Persephone again and you can pick the path you like best.