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A mug is an item that gives the player an extra life in most of the games. They are mostly found in Crash Crates but can also be found floating in the air. Mugs appear next to the player's life counter and next to the boss's health meter. There are also extra life mugs for Nina, Coco, Mecha Bandicoot, and Dr. Cortex when players control them. They are replaced by a counter showing Crash's remaining lives in Crash of the Titans. If the player loses all lives, the game over screen occurs.

Mugs also appear in spin-offs. In the racing games, the leading four players' mugs are displayed at the side of the screen. In Crash Bash, mugs appear on top of the players' health, points, etc.

In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, there exists a category of Stickers consisting entirely of unique mugs (in this game known as Portraits) for each playable character, as well as a few non-playable ones. Like any other Sticker in the game, these can be used to customize the player's kart, and can be purchased in the Pit Stop. Some of these Portrait Stickers are unlocked via Adventure mode.


Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

Crash Team Racing

Crash Bash

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced

Crash Nitro Kart

The NTSC-U release of the game uses an older version of certain characters' mugshots.

Crash Twinsanity

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled



  • In Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku was originally going to have a 2D mug as a pickup for him, before eventually being replaced with just his 3D model.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, if the player is playing as Coco, Crash's mug will still be displayed. This was changed in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.
  • In the original three Crash games, mugs could be spun away like wumpa fruit. This also could be done with Aku Aku's mug in Crash 1.
    • In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, spinning an extra life Mug away during the remastered version of the first game will earn the player a Tropy/Achievement.
  • In The Wrath of Cortex, Crash's mug in the status bar is animated, while Coco's isn't.
    • Upon death, Crash's mug in the status bar will close its eyes. This doesn't occur when playing as Coco.
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