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A TNT Crate.

The TNT Crate is an explosive crate that appears in many Crash games. As its name suggests, it is filled with TNT/dynamite. It is by far one of the most dangerous crates, even though destroying it is required to get all the crates in the level. Unlike Nitro Crates, there are no crates designed for detonating all the TNT crates in a level. Trying to destroy a TNT Crate with spin attack is deadly. Instead, they are dealt with individually by jumping on them (or simply headbutting them in space or while underwater), which starts a visible three mark countdown. The player should then retreat to a safe distance as the TNT crate will explode once the countdown expires. Most other methods of attacking it will cause it to detonate immediately, making the player lose a life or a Aku Aku mask.

In the Polar riding levels of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, TNT crates start the timer automatically without Crash touching them. In the Ripper Roo boss fight of Cortex Strikes Back and El Pogo Loco in Crash Bash, he places TNT and nitro tiles on the ground, which count down from six seconds in the former.

In Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, and the Nitro-Fueled remake of Crash Team Racing, the TNT Crate appears as a Power-Up for racers. When one is hit, the driver must jump repeatedly to try and get it off their head before it explodes. If successful, the crate goes flying behind them and explodes upon hitting the floor, damaging anyone too close. If they fail, it sends the driver crashing. If the player is Juiced Up, it becomes a Nitro Crate, which explodes immediately on contact. Ripper Roo uses TNT crates normally in his boss challenge, and Komodo Joe and Nitros Oxide launch TNT crates which explode on impact, as if they were on their head, in conjunction with deploying Nitro Crates as normal. In Nitro-Fueled, the TNT Crate also appears as an alternate skin for the Iron Checkpoint Crate.

In Crash Twinsanity, the TNT crates are used to clear paths, by exploding near Nitro Crates, and take down nearby obstacles. During the battle against N. Gin, he throws TNT crates, and are used to explode his crow's nest.

TNT crates in Crash: Mind Over Mutant count down when touched at all, as opposed to only when bounced on like in most other games. They damage Crash, titans and other crates around them when they explode.

In Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, TNT barrels can be picked up and carried by Dingodile using his weapon. These barrels can be shot at an obstacle to demolish it.

In Skylanders Imaginators, Crash's attacks include throwing TNT crates and spinning them into foes.

In Japan, this crate usually has a bomb symbol instead of "TNT".



Red with bomb symbol

  • Japanese versions of the series

Gray with red LEDs

  • Crash of the Titans

Gray with dynamite bar icon

Red with big yellow letters saying TNT and yellow LEDs


  • Crash Bandicoot.

TNT Barrel



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