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Fire in the Sky is the fourth episode of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. It is set in the Kunlun Mountains of China, where the Panda King resides.




(Boss Fight)

  • Panda King: I see you carry the cane of the notorious Cooper thief clan. Did you come here for revenge the steal back the Thievius Raccoonus?
  • Sly: That was my plan at first, but now I'm more interested in putting an end to your avalanche extortion racket.
  • Panda King: Why should you care if bury a few worthless villages in snow? You are a thief, just like me.
  • Sly: That's only half right. I am a thief, from a long line of master thieves. Why you? You're just a frustrated firework artist turned homicidal pyro-maniac.
  • Panda King: Insolent child, you shall pay dearly for your disrespect. Still, to honor your Cooper ancestry, I will send you to your doom with the beauty of my new firework technique — Flame Fu!
  • Panda King: (after being beaten) Your skill with that cane is unparalleled. (coughs and passes out)
  • Bentley: (on radio) Sly, I did an analysis on the metal used in that high-tech blasting vehicle and it turns out it can only be found in one place — the Krack-Karov Volcano in Russia. That's got to be where we'll find the fifth member of the Fiendish Five. So get what you came for and lets get out of here.

Level ending

Retrieving the Panda King's section of the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly was able to get enough time to learn about him technically-minded ancestor, Otto van Cooper. While not known for his physical dexterity, Otto relied on vehicles to aid in his criminal endeavors. Armed with his designs, Sly was sure Murray would be able to make some cool modifications to the team van.

A frustrated Inspector Fox, having missed Sly coming down the mountain, threw the Panda King in jail, which put an end to his avalanche protection services and insuring the safety of mountain villages throughout China.

The Cooper gang then took a little time off and did some shopping in Hong Kong. Thoroughly relaxed, the gang headed home to plan their next move.


  • This is the second episode with a gunner level, the first being Vicious Voodoo, and the third being The Cold Heart of Hate.
  • This is also the last episode with a Carmelita chase level, where Carmelita Fox chases Sly while he tries to get to a treasure key.
  • Ironically, the name of the level mentions fire, while the level takes place in the snowy mountains. This goes vice versa for The Cold Heart of Hate, where it mentions the cold but the level takes place in a volcano.
  • This is the only episode in which the episode's boss did not mention the next member of the Fiendish Five.
  • This episode has a second part in Sly 3 (A Cold Alliance), when the gang needs to free the Panda King's daughter so he will become their demolitions expert.
  • The way the gang did their shopping in the getaway of this episode is used again in Sly 3, but the difference is that in this game, it takes place in Hong Kong with just the three of them. In Sly 3, it takes place in Shanghai, and Penelope, Panda King, and The Guru is with them.
  • This is the second episode with a racing mission, and a mission where you have to protect Murray while he runs for a key.
  • The music for the "Unseen Foe" mission is the same as Raleigh's boat from "Tide of Terror".
  • The "Unseen Foe" mission originally was going to feature a barrel like in "A Cunning Disguise" and "A Daring Rescue".[1]
  • This is the first and only episode in the game in which the music for the setup movie continues into the title screen.
  • This is the first episode in which the main antagonist is seen on the title screen.
  • In the Panda King's line "Why should you care if I bury a few worthless village in snow" he says "village" in singular form. It should be plural. It is spelled correctly in the subtitles.


  1. On the middle and right screenshots of an advertisement featuring three screenshots on the bottom.

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