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Gems (Known as Diamonds in Japanese localizations) are collectible stones that appear throughout the Crash Bandicoot series. Like crystals, they are powerful artifacts capable of harnessing planetary energy when collected (as stated by N. Brio in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back). They are usually collected through different means and special tasks like breaking all the crates in a certain level. In Crash Twinsanity, there are six gems hidden in each level for Crash to collect, which count towards 100% completion.

Overview

The gems appear in every main Crash Bandicoot console game to date. They are typically collected in every level that contains a crystal. The gems are different from crystals though. Crash is forced to collect the crystals in every level in order to advance in the game and plot, but gems are more optional for him to collect. However, they are still required to collect if the player wants to reach 100% completion.

According to N. Brio, the gems, like crystals, they are powerful artifacts capable of harnessing planetary energy and can be used to power machines. Also like the crystals, the gems possess vast amounts of energy on their own.

Clear Gems

The most common way to collect gems is by breaking all the crates in a specific level. This requires Crash to go out and search every route and complete every bonus round to ensure that he earns the gem at the end of every level (except in Crash Bandicoot where crates in bonus rounds don't count towards the crates in the level). There are also different methods to collect the normal gems like completing a death route, specific task, or secret level.

N. Verted Gems

The n. verted gems, just like colored gems are similar to clear gems but inverted and they are unlocked after defeat N. Brio in Trouble Brewing. The method to collect these gems is complete every level in N. Verted Mode, getting Bumpa Berries, find them hidden in somewhere of the levels and by breaking all the crates. They are required for the 100% and 106% completion in It's About Time.

Grey Gems

Only appearing in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, these function like clear gems but can only be obtained by completing Gem Routes, discovery and objectives. These share the same model as the Red Gem.

Colored Gems

Colored gems are similar to the regular gems, but function differently and are more rare. There is only one of each color gem in most Crash Bandicoot games. Types of colored gems include blue, red, green, purple, yellow, and orange, though not all colors appear in all games. Colored gems are usually awarded to Crash for completing a certain challenge, task, or puzzle in a level. Most often this is beating a death route, but it also can be from discovering a secret area of the level or completing a special task. Once a colored gem is obtained, it is counted towards the regular gem total.

The difference between the colored and clear gems is that the colored gems provide a special lift in certain levels once they are obtained. These special gem lifts allow Crash to access different areas in a level in order to break more crates he couldn't break earlier or take him to a completely different route to collect more clear gems. These gem lifts will only work once the color gem has been collected though. Otherwise, only an outline of the lift will appear if the gem has not been collected yet. In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, in any level that has a colored gem, the secret path to it will become outlined if the player has died anywhere but the special areas.

What follows is a list of each kind of gem and where they can be found in the various games.

Crash Bandicoot

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (20) Every level except for The Great Hall, the bosses, and the ones listed below. Breaking all boxes without losing a life. The Great Hall gem path leading to second ending
Green
The Lost City (Hog Wild in NTSC-J) Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in Jungle Rollers and Castle Machinery
Orange
Generator Room Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem path in Upstream
Blue
Toxic Waste Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in Rolling Stones, Cortex Power, and Jaws of Darkness
Red
Slippery Climb (The Lost City in NTSC-J) Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in Native Fortress and Road to Nowhere
Purple
Lights Out Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem path in Boulder Dash
Yellow
The Lab Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in The Great Gate and Lights Out

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Obtaining all gems is one of the requirements for 102% completion and the second ending.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (37) All levels Varies, but most are obtained by breaking all the boxes in a given level, and many others are found by taking alternative paths
Blue
Turtle Woods Going through the level without destroying any boxes. Hang Eight gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Red
Snow Go Completing the secret route using the secret portal from Air Crash. Also obtainable directly from Snow Go's main path using a glitched jump. Snow Biz gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Green
The Eel Deal Completing a secret route behind a fake wall. Ruination gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Yellow
Plant Food Reaching the end of the level before timer runs out. Sewer or Later gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Purple
Bee-Having Entering a secret route from fake nitro stairs. Spaced Out multicolor gem path

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Obtaining gems is one of the requirements for maximum 105% completion and the second ending.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (40) All levels Varies, but most are obtained by breaking all the boxes in a given level, and many others are found in gem paths accessed via colored gems
Red
Deep Trouble Secret area unlocked with ! crate at the end Bone Yard gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Purple
High Time Death route. Tomb Time gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Blue
Tomb Wader Death route Sphynxinator gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Green
Flaming Passion Death route Gone Tomorrow gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Yellow
Hang'em High Secret entrance (level 27) in Warp Room 6 (requires 10 relics) Dino Might! gem path (with access to level 32 - Eggipus Rex) and Bug Lite multicolor gem path

Crash Team Racing

In this game, there are five colored gems: blue, red, green, yellow, and purple. Each of these gems is acquired by winning the corresponding gem cup. The gem cups are unlocked by obtained all CTR tokens of the same color. Obtaining all five colored gems unlocks Turbo Track.

Crash Bash

Each minigame (except boss fights) contains a green gem. These are the only gems in the game. They are obtained by either winning a round in a short amount of time, or with the odds against the player. Gems are required to unlock boss fights and move on in the game. 25 gems are required to unlock Keg Kaboom.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Obtaining gems is one of the requirements for maximum 106% completion and the second ending.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (41) All levels Varies, but most are obtained by breaking all the boxes in a given level, and many others are found in gem paths accessed via colored gems
Blue
Arctic Antics Death route Gem path in Tsunami
Green
Wizards and Lizards Death route Gem path in Cortex Vortex
Purple
The Gauntlet Death route. Gem path in Droid Void
Red
Crash and Burn Death route Gem path in Banzai Bonsai in which the Super Belly Flop power-up is found
Yellow
Gold Rush Death route Gem path in Compactor Reactor

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure

Obtaining gems is required to access the Mega-Mix hidden boss fight in which the final clear gem can be obtained and the second ending.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (25) All levels Breaking all boxes in a given level, or found in gem paths accessed via colored gems
Blue
Ruined Hidden in level Gem path in Snow Crash
Green
Sunken City Hidden in level Gem path in Just Hangin'
Red
Star to Finish Hidden in level Gem path in Temple of Boom
Yellow
Final Countdown Hidden in level Gem path in Ace of Space

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced

In this game, all clear gems are obtained by breaking all boxes in a given level. There are three secret levels unlocked by obtaining all gem shards of a given color (and level theme) which are hidden in most platforming levels. These secret levels each contain a colored gem. To enter N. Tropy's boss fight, Crash has to obtain the three colored gems. Each of these colored gems is required in order to play the time trial in the respective level.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (24) All levels Breaking all boxes in the level
Red
Wild Nile Ride Near the end of the level Time trial in Wild Nile Ride, and N. Tropy boss fight
Green
101 Arabian Kites Near the end of the level Time trial in 101 Arabian Kites, and N. Tropy boss fight
Blue
Fire Walker Near the end of the level Time trial in Fire Walker, and N. Tropy boss fight

Crash Nitro Kart

In this game, there are four colored gems: blue, red, green, and purple. Each of these gems is acquired by winning the corresponding gem cup. The gem cups are unlocked by obtained all CNK tokens of the same color. Obtaining all four colored gems unlocks Hyper Spaceway in adventure mode.

Crash Twinsanity

In this game, there are six gems hidden in every level, each of a different color: blue, clear, green, purple, red, and yellow. Unlike other games in the series, all gems share the same shape. Collecting gems unlocks concept art, storyboards, and cutscenes, located in the pause menu. The color of the gem indicates what type of gallery it unlocks.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

The clear and colored gems reappear in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remakes of the first three games, where they reprise the same roles they had in the original versions. Unlike the original version of the first game, the player can obtain a clear gem in the remake even after losing one or more lives, making the clear gems easier to obtain. Colored gems in the remake of the first game still require the player to break all the boxes in their respective levels without losing a life, however. Most importantly, there are also new gems added into the trilogy. Here are the updated tables:

Crash Bandicoot

Get all gems to get 104%. There is also the Stormy Ascent gem which adds an additional 1%.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (21) Every level except for The Great Hall, the bosses, and the ones listed below. Breaking all boxes. The Great Hall gem path leading to second ending (does not require the Stormy Ascent clear gem)
Green
The Lost City (Hog Wild in NTSC-J) Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in Jungle Rollers and Castle Machinery
Orange
Generator Room Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem path in Upstream
Blue
Toxic Waste Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in Rolling Stones, Cortex Power, and Jaws of Darkness
Red
Slippery Climb (The Lost City in NTSC-J) Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in Native Fortress and Road to Nowhere
Purple
Lights Out Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem path in Boulder Dash
Yellow
The Lab Breaking all boxes without losing a life. Gem paths in The Great Gate and Lights Out

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Obtaining all gems is one of the requirements for 102% completion and the second ending.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (37) Every level except for the boss levels. Varies, but most are obtained by breaking all the boxes in a given level, and many others are found by taking alternative paths Access to Nitrus Brio's base of operations and the 100% ending (with the colored gems)
Blue
Turtle Woods Going through the level without destroying any boxes. Hang Eight gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Red
Snow Go Completing the secret route using the secret portal from Air Crash. Also obtainable directly from Snow Go's main path using a glitched jump. Snow Biz gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Green
The Eel Deal Completing a secret route behind a fake wall. Ruination gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Yellow
Plant Food Reaching the end of the level before timer runs out. Sewer or Later gem path and Spaced Out multicolor gem path
Purple
Bee-Having Entering a secret route from fake nitro stairs. Spaced Out multicolor gem path

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Obtaining gems is one of the requirements for maximum 105% completion and the second ending. There is also a newly added level, Future Tense, which adds an additional 3%.

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (42) All levels Varies, but most are obtained by breaking all the boxes in a given level, and many others are found in gem paths accessed via colored gems Unlocks the 105% ending (does not require the Future Tense gems)
Red
Deep Trouble Secret area unlocked with ! crate at the end Bone Yard gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Purple
High Time Death route. Tomb Time gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Blue
Tomb Wader Death route Sphynxinator gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Green
Flaming Passion Death route Gone Tomorrow gem path and Bug Lite multicolor gem path
Yellow
Hang'em High Secret entrance (level 27) in Warp Room 6 (requires 10 relics) Dino Might! gem path (with access to level 32 - Eggipus Rex) and Bug Lite multicolor gem path

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

The red, green, blue, yellow, and purple gems reappear in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled where they serve the same purpose that they had in the original version of Crash Team Racing. Orange and clear gems also appear in Dragon Mines and Twilight Tour (alongside the other colors of gem) as props, but serve no other purpose.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Gem Color Level Method of Collection Unlocks
Clear (228) The story levels and timeline levels have 6 clear gems. Gems 1-3: Collecting 40%, 60%, and 80% of the Wumpa Fruits respectively.
Gem 4: Breaking all Crates.
Gem 5: Dying during the level no more than three times.
Gem 6: Hidden somewhere in the level.
Unlocks the 100% ending
N. Verted (228) N. Verted gems are like clear gems upside down and can only be obtained in N. Verted Mode. Gems 1-3: Collecting 40%, 60%, and 80% of the Bumpa Berries respectively.
Gem 4: Breaking all Crates.
Gem 5: Dying during the level no more than three times.
Gem 6: Hidden somewhere in the level (but not in the same place as the one in normal mode).
Unlocks the 106% ending
Red
N. Sanity Peak Step into the nine regularly phasing platforms before Lani-Loli's resting place in certain order, starting on the bottom left: right, right, up, up, left, left, down, right. Crash Compactor gem path and Toxic Tunnels multicolor gem path
Green
Hit the Road or Truck Stopped Player must spin a vibrating trash can and then keep spinning a remote controller that jumps out of the can until the controlled toy car collides with a Nitro Crate, making it explode and reveal the gem. Player can obtain from Truck Stopped only if is not already obtained in Hit the Road. Jetboard Jetty gem path and Toxic Tunnels multicolor gem path
Blue
Draggin' On Going through the level without destroying any crates. Crash Landed gem path and Toxic Tunnels multicolor gem path
Yellow
Run It Bayou In the beginning of the level, instead of jumping into the jet board, player must jump via the floating crates to a moving platform and then jump of the four crates on the left to reach the gem. Bears Repeating gem path and Toxic Tunnels multicolor gem path

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Trivia

  • In The Wrath of Cortex, all gems can be obtained by shooting them with the Fruit Bazooka.
  • In the N. Sane Trilogy version of the Cortex Strikes Back 100% ending cutscene, the orange gem can be seen along with the other colored gems, despite not being featured in-game.