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Pura is a tiger cub who was first introduced in Crash Bandicoot: Warped. In the levels of Orient Express and Midnight Run, Coco Bandicoot can ride him like Crash Bandicoot rides Polar in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, meaning he is Coco's pet. He helped Coco during her fight against Doctor N. Gin, making her spaceship more powerful.


Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Pura was first found in two various levels of Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Coco rides him through levels of Orient Express and Midnight Run, back when the Great Wall of China was being built. He then helps in the battle against N. Gin on the moon, backing up Coco and making Coco's ship more powerful. He can also be seen in the ending inside Crash's house with Coco.

Crash Team Racing

Crash Team Racing Pura

Pura in Crash Team Racing.

In Crash Team Racing, Pura is seen resting with Coco when Nitros Oxide came to Earth. Pura's indigo/purple coloured kart specializes in turning and along with Polar, Penta and Ripper Roo, is classed as a beginner in difficulty. His garage, where he keeps his kart, resembles an ancient ruin featuring carvings of his face and large, green, leafy plants. When the player chooses to play as either N. Tropy, Ripper Roo, Papu Papu, Komodo Joe, Pinstripe, Penta Penguin or Fake Crash in Arcade Mode, Pura is the character out of the original 8 racers that's not included in the race. In the epilogue, Pura joined the Las Vegas tiger show of Zigfield and Floyd. His role came to an end when he closed his mouth "a tad bit too early" on Floyd.


Speed: 1/6
Accel: 3/4
Turn: 4/4
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Pura made a small appearance in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, taking a similar role to Polar in Crash Bandicoot: Warped. He is seen in the opening cut-scene building a sandcastle on the beach, while Aku Aku was resting before the Elementals announced their presence. He is also seen at the bandicoots' house when Aku Aku returns from a meeting with Uka Uka. Pura is also seen entering Coco's lab. Like Polar in Warped, Pura disappears from the game and does not feature in any of the levels. His final appearance is in the true ending when Crash, Aku Aku, Coco and the reformed Crunch return home after escaping Cortex's space station. Pura's physical appearance has changed slightly, as he seems slightly larger and stockier and now has whiskers.

Crash Nitro Kart

Pura would later be a racer in Crash Nitro Kart. In this game, N. Trance kidnapped and brainwashed him along with Polar and Dingodile. Pura can be unlocked as a playable character. In order to unlock him, the player needs to perform 50 turbo boosts in adventure mode with Team Bandicoot. In the GBA version, he is replaced with Spyro. He has good turning like Coco, N. Gin, Polar and Zam.

In Crash Nitro Kart, Pura is seen showing traits of cowardice. Examples of this are present when he has his head down during a particularly high jump. It is believed that this trait stems from being under the hypnosis of N. Trance, and is not present when he is not under his mind control. Pura appears to be much more insane and psychotic in this game, rather like Dingodile, and judging by his hissing sounds, more aggressive.

In the ending for Team Bandicoot, Polar is shown to have been released from N. Trance's mind control because he's relaxing on the beach with Crash, Coco and Crunch, and assuming Pura was released too, seeing as Pura, Fake Crash or N. Tropy are in no cutscenes for Crash Nitro Kart but it's very likely he was released.


Speed: 2/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Tag Team Racing

There was going to be a costume for Coco in Pura's likeness, but it was cut and replaced with her Princess outfit.

Crash Boom Bang!

Pura made an appearance in Crash Boom Bang! as a playable character. In the game, he is now an anthropomorphic animal, and wears pants similar to Crash along with Polar.

Crash of the Titans

Originally, Pura and Baby T were going to get kidnapped in Crash of the Titans, instead of Coco and Aku Aku. There is no concept art for them, however.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2

Pura made his latest appearance in Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2, where he is a playable character. However he did have a voice in this game, he says "Strike" when he hits another player while racing.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Pura reprises his original role as in Warped.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Pura's retains his role and stats in the remake of the game. While his epilogue remains relatively the same, after his role in Zigfield and Floyd met its abrupt end, he instead opts to debut as a solo act in the next month instead.


Speed: 3/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner
Driving Style: Turning



Pura is an energetic, playful tiger cub. Being a normal, non-anthropomorphic tiger, Pura usually isn't portrayed as sapient, having a similar level of intelligence as a domestic house cat. He can be very affectionate, licking Coco's face to cheer her up after wiping out in his levels.

Physical Appearance

Pura is a small orange tiger cub. He is patterned with brown stripes, and a cream muzzle, underbelly and paws. The insides of his ears are dark, and his nose and paw pads are black. He has green eyes and black claws.

In Wrath of Cortex, he was given black whiskers and his claws were made white.

In CNK his fur was made a lighter shade of orange, his stripes and claws were made black, his whispers were removed and he now wears one of N. Trance's Helmets.

In Boom Bang! his design has a major difference; he is now anthropomorphic and bipedal. He wears blue jeans and his eyes were made blue.

In the N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled he was mostly returned to his original design, with a few differences. His fur is lighter, he has black whiskers and his ears are black with white insides.


Coco Bandicoot

After helping Coco across the Great Wall of China and beat N. Gin, Pura became Coco's pet and the only one who's not under Crash's care. He can easily be said to be very close to her due to all the references to their bond.

In Crash Nitro Kart, despite being brainwashed into racing for N. Trance, Pura does not show any signs of malice towards any of the characters, suggesting that he became a neutral character, rather than an evil one for this game.

Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku, Polar, Crunch Bandicoot, Baby T

Even though Pura has not had any proper cut-scenes with any of the other heroes (Aku Aku, Crash, Pura, Crunch and Baby T), it is definite that he has a good relationship with them all. In all racing games he uses Aku Aku as his guardian mask (except for in CNK, when he was hypnotised into racing on Team Trance and therefore uses the Velo Mask).

N. Trance

In CNK, N. Trance kidnapped and hypnotised Pura into racing for him along with Dingodile and Polar, due to a racing team being required for the galactic circuit. Due to the fact he was brainwashed throughout the game and doesn't appear in any cutscenes, his true opinion of N. Trance is unknown. N. Trance seems to like or at least respect Pura, seeing as he selected him for his team.



See: Pura/Gallery


  • Contrary to popular belief, Pura is male.
  • Pura was originally intended to be a panda bear in Warped, but he was too similar to Polar who is a polar bear, so Pura instead became a tiger.
  • In CTR, if the player selects an unlockable character in arcade mode, Pura gets taken out of the race (whilst all other 7 starter characters race).
  • Pura has a voice box in Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2.
  • Pura's name may come from the word "pura", meaning "temple" in Indonesian.
  • "Pura" is actually a female given name in Spanish speaking countries, but this is not likely where his name comes from, particularly considering that he is male.
  • Pura wears blue shorts in Crash Boom Bang!.
  • Pura has green eyes. However, in Crash Boom Bang!, his eyes were changed from green to blue.
  • Pura has a purple kart in the European version of CTR and indigo in the American version.
  • Even though Pura is a tiger, he meows and makes noises like a cat; just like how Polar barks like a dog. Pura's sounds are more sensible than the latter, as tigers can usually only meow rather than roar at Pura's age.
  • Because of his shading of orange, meaning of name and his level location it is plausible that Pura could either be a South China Tiger or a Indochinese tiger.
  • Pura has a default Inferno Island race time in lap the trial mode for Crash Nitro Kart which is strange, given that he doesn't appear unless played.
  • Pura is absent in the GBA version of Crash Nitro Kart. Instead of Pura, Spyro was in the game.
  • Pura (alongside Baby T) was originally going to be in Crash of the Titans. They would've been kidnapped instead of Coco and Aku Aku.
  • In Crash Nitro Kart, Pura has the same idle animation as Polar.

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    • Could someone upload a CTR-NF picture of Pura?
    • Also could someone upload a CTR-NF picture of Nash? He seems to be the only character that doesn't have any.
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