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Sharks are recurring enemies in the Crash Bandicoot series.


The first official appearance of the shark enemy is in Crash Bandicoot: Warped, in the underwater levels and in the jet-ski levels. Two versions of the shark can be found in the game: One is blue with a lighter belly, while the other is entirely light gray or white.

The first variant appears in the underwater levels, while the other one appears in the jet-ski levels.

Sharks return in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex, but are now red and a lot smaller than the ones in the previous game.

The blue shark variant reappears in Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure. They look and act exactly as they did in Warped.

In Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced a giant gray shark can be seen chasing the player while they are riding a surfboard.

A blue shark appears as a trading card in Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage.

A playable Shark would have appeared in Crash Landed, but the game got cancelled.

Sharks would have had another reappearance in Crash Twinsanity. As seen in concept art, it would have reprised its role as an enemy. However, like most previously-used concept enemies, it got scrapped during game development. It was set to appear in Ocean Commotion. The shark did actually make a cameo in-game, at the beginning of the level High Sea Hi-Jinks, where if the player looks under the two frozen pools of water with nitro crates on them, they will see a huge frozen shark gaping towards the surface, with an updated model resembling the older one.

Sharks, in Crash Tag Team Racing, are gray with a white belly. They appear in some Die-O-Ramas like Sharked, Soupy Swimmer, and Jawed, and gags like Shark Bait.

Sharks reappear in the N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the third game where they reprise the same roles they had in the original.

Sharks also make appearances in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as background objects in certain tracks. In the remastered Crash Cove, white variants can be seen in the water at several places throughout the course. In the remastered Roo's Tubes, blue sharks can be seen swimming in one of the track's underwater sections. In the remastered Polar Pass, a blue shark can be seen swimming in one of the snowy's track's icy water sections.



The blue variant is seen wandering from left to right in certain areas. The sharks can be defeated by spinning or by shooting torpedoes from the Submergible.

The white variant swims on the surface in the direction of the player, trying to eat them.

The red sharks in "The Wrath of Cortex" swim around really fast from left to right. They can be defeated by a simple spin attack or, if in the submarine, by the torpedoes or mines.

In "N-Tranced", the shark acts like one of the chasing hazards in previous games. A meter on the left side of the screen alert the player as to how close the shark is to them. When the shark is close enough, it will open its jaws towards the player, trying to eat them. During this part the music changes to a more dramatic tune, similar to the famous soundtrack to the movie, Jaws.

In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, the white sharks on Crash Cove can be seen swimming while performing different actions. Three circle round a chicken on a crate in the water between the start/finish line and the long wooden bridge, another leaps out and bites before diving back in, and another chases a Sailor Lab Assistant around in circles near the outside of the last left-hand turn.



  • Charles Zembillas, the main character concept artist for the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy, designed a shark enemy that was supposed to appear in the original game. Like a few other characters and enemies this design was not used, but it was recycled for Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
  • In Crash Tag Team Racing, sharks are never seen in the Mystery Island area itself, only appearing in Die-O-Ramas and a gag video.
  • This is the only known enemy to appear in Naughty Dog, Traveller's Tales, and Radical Entertainment games, and not be changed at all.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Atoran Shāku
Atlan Shark
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