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Crabs are decapod crustaceans which are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton and come armed with a pair of pincers. They make a few appearances as generic enemies as well.


Crash Bandicoot[]

Crabs are the first enemies encountered in this game, and, by extension, the entire series. They only appear in the beach section of the level N. Sanity Beach. They do not directly attack Crash. Instead, they simply walk from side to side while blindly snapping their pincers. They are easily defeated with a jump or spin attack.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back[]

A crab makes a cameo appearance in the first ending, passing by Crash and Coco as she wonders what happened to Doctor Neo Cortex and his Cortex Vortex.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex[]

Crabs make a reappearance in the level Crash and Burn, where they randomly scuttle from left to right, shadowboxing at Crash. They can first be found at the beginning of the level when crossing the dock after riding the turtle there. When Crash gets near them, they start punching at the air with their pincers.

Crash Twinsanity[]

Crabs reappear as generic enemies. They appear on N. Sanity Beach and Jungle Bungle where they block Crash by his every movement.

Green Gem 5-A

Their appearance seems to be a deliberate throwback to the first game in the series. However, these crabs wear blue shells, implying that they are hermit crabs and, therefore, not the same crabs that Crash fought in Crash Bandicoot. In this game, they can dig underground to pop out of the sand, and ambush Crash.

Barrel Hermit Crab

Scrapped barrel crab

Another variant of the Twinsanity hermit crab was planned but ultimately cut from the game; a "Barrel Hermit Crab". This crab was almost identical to the regular crab except its shell consisted of a metal barrel. This version was originally intended for a zone taking place on Earth where the Evil Twins had drained the ocean for their nefarious needs.[1] One can also be seen on the deck of N. Gin's Battleship in a concept art for the High Seas Hi-Jinks level.

Crash Nitro Kart 2[]

In Crash Nitro Kart 2, crabs appear as obstacles in The Sandcastles courses, Crash's Creek and Coco's Track. They poke out of the ground and burst your tires if you collide with them, slowing you down for a short time.

Skylanders: Imaginators[]

Crabs reappear in Skylanders: Imaginators in the Crash Bandicoot-themed level Thumpin' Wumpa Islands, under the name Bongo Beat Crabs. They are introduced with Hula Chompies.

Their appearance is very similar to how they appeared in the first game, except now they have bongo drums on their back that they beat with their pincers, and they move and attack in time to the music.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy[]

Crabs reappear in the N. Sane Trilogy, reprising the role they had in the first two games. Unlike previously, they have blue eyes instead of white.

Additionally, the crab that appears in the first ending of the second game has a bigger role. While Coco is talking to Crash, the crab walks by them, notices the sleeping Crash, grabs him by the foot, and drags him off-screen.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time[]

Crabs appear in It's About Time, appearing at the beginning of the level Rude Awakening and acting much the same way that they did in Crash Bandicoot. In the in-game concept art gallery, they are referred to as cantankerous crabs.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run![]

Crabs are members of a boss's gang, and must be fought as well as with other henchmen in the gang before the boss itself can be fought. A Crab's main method of attack is rolling large boulders towards the player. Like all henchmen, Crabs are defeated by simply avoiding obstacles to reach it and using the Portal Weapons crafted beforehand to send it back to its own dimension.

Crash Team Rumble[]

Crabs have a minor role in Rumble, being one of the randomly selected animals that enemies can be turned into using Cortex's transformation ability. Backpacks resembling crabs are also available as equippable items.


These crabs have bred in different places, but almost never off of N. Sanity Island. This is demonstrated in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, where the first crab seen away from N. Sanity Island is a different species, living on the volcanic island in Crash and Burn. Hermit crabs have been seen living on N. Sanity Beach in Twinsanity. They can also be found in the jungle, but not too far from the beach, making only three appearances there.


Crash Bandicoot: On the Run![]

  • In-game

"Native to N. Sanity Island, this Crab henchman gets snippy with all who come near. Its dual pinchers and tough exoskeleton make it one dangerous crustacean to cross."



Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name
Traditional Chinese 鋼甲蟹
Gāng jiǎ xiè
Simplified Chinese 素钢甲蟹
Sù gāng jiǎ xiè
French Crabe
German Krabbe
Italian Granchio
Japanese カニくん (1)
ガニ (OtR!)
Gani (OtR!)
Portuguese Caranguejo
Russian Краб
Spanish Cangrejo
Thai แครบ
Turkish Yengeç
Vietnamese Cua
  • Cantankerous Crab
Language Name
Arabic السلطعون الشرس
alsaltieun alshars
French Crabe Grincheux
German Zänkische Krabbe
Italian Granchio Bisbetico
Japanese ひねくれたカニ
Hinekureta kani
Polish Kłotliwy Krab
Russian Крикливый Краб
Kriklivyy Krab
Spanish Cangrejo Cascarrabias


  • The crab is the very first enemy to be encountered in the series.