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Model of a Crystal from Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Crystals, also known as Power Crystals in some of the later games, are a recurring item in the Crash Bandicoot franchise.

Location and uses[edit]

Crystals are bright purple minerals containing a lot of energy. Due to their power, they are coveted by villains, especially Neo Cortex, who uses them as a power source for his inventions. In several of the platforming games, there is a Crystal in every level, appearing usually near or at the end. The games usually have a total of 25 Crystals, owing to there being the same number of levels.

Crash Bandicoot series[edit]

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back[edit]

Crystals first appear in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Neo Cortex lands in a cavern that contains a large Master Crystal, which he decides to use to harness the power of the upcoming planetary alignment and use it to power up his new Cortex Vortex and enslave the Earth. But a year later, it is discovered that 25 "Slave Crystals" scattered across the surface are also needed for the Cortex Vortex to be fully powered. Without any earthbound operatives left under his control, Cortex decides to deceive Crash into collecting the Crystals for him. Coco manages to reveal Cortex's plot to Crash just before he can hand the Crystals to him. After pursuing and stranding Cortex in the depths of outer space, Crash discards the Crystals into space, so that they cannot be used again.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped[edit]

In Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Uka Uka and Doctor Cortex decide to gather the Crystals in their original places in time using N. Tropy's Time Twister so that Uka Uka can achieve ultimate power and enslave the Earth. Once again, Crash manages to foil this plot and banish Uka Uka, Doctor Cortex, and N. Tropy to a prison in time.

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure[edit]

In Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure, the Crystals are needed for Coco to reverse the effect of Cortex's Planetary Minimizer and return the Earth to its original size.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex[edit]

In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, the Crystals are needed to subdue the destructive nature of the Elementals. Each Elemental can be returned to their hibernation state with a total of five Crystals.

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced[edit]

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is the first game in which the Crystals are named Power Crystals. In the game, the Power Crystals are needed for Aku Aku to replenish his diminished power and open new areas in Hyperspace to allow Crash to proceed in his journey to defeat N. Trance.

Crash Twinsanity[edit]

In Crash Twinsanity, the first Power Crystal is found in Cavern Catastrophe, after the rollerbrawl segment. Both Crash and Cortex grab the Power Crystal, refusing to let go, as they argue over who gets to keep it. For a portion of the level, Crash and Cortex hold on the Power Crystal as they make their way through the cavern.

The Power Crystals are needed to power Cortex's Psychetron and access the Tenth Dimension. Six Power Crystals were needed at first, but thanks to Coco's intervention, four more Power Crystals were needed. There are 12 Power Crystals to collect.

Racing games[edit]

Crash Team Racing[edit]

In Crash Team Racing, 20 Crystals are scattered in an enclosed arena. If the player succeeds in collecting all of them, Purple Tokens can be achieved.

Crash Nitro Kart[edit]

In Crash Nitro Kart, the Crystals have the same role as in Crash Team Racing, and are used to achieve Purple Tokens.

Crash Tag Team Racing[edit]

In Crash Tag Team Racing, Power Crystals are a dark purple color. They are needed to unlock the Jump Pads throughout the park and gain access to the stolen Power Gems. There is a total of 142 Power Crystals to collect, which includes those in on-foot mini-games.

Party games[edit]

Crash Bash[edit]

In Crash Bash, the Crystals are wanted by Aku Aku and Uka Uka for different reasons; Aku Aku wants the Crystals to never be used again as they're too dangerous to be left lying around, while Uka Uka wants to use the Crystals to achieve ultimate power and enslave the universe. The fate of the Crystals depends on which side the playing character is on.

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage[edit]

In Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage, the Power Crystals are wanted by Cortex and Ripto to conquer the world. Besides this, they have no other purpose.

Crash Boom Bang![edit]

In Crash Boom Bang!, it is revealed that a wish-granting Super Big Power Crystal, a big crystal with smaller crystals sticking out of it, is known to exist in an ancient lost city. The Viscount decides to use the contestants of the World Cannonball Race to find it himself, promising the winner one-hundred million dollars for its discovery. The normal Power Crystals can be used as items during minigames.