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The Wasteland is a desert canyon located between Wumpa Island and the Junkyard. Dry and inhospitable, few things live here save for crows, cacti, and hostile titans. Crash comes to the Wasteland three times: first to tame RhinoRoller, again to access the Junkyard, and finally to retrieve one of Uka Uka's bones from the Snipe Hero.

A RhinoRoller village can also be found here, though it sparsely populated, as most of the villagers have been brainwashed by the NV. Once the main story mode is completed, a RhinoRoller cub offers minigame rounds to play outside the village.

Geography

A Roller Switch.

The Wasteland is west of Wumpa Island, connected to it through a decrepit coliseum. Crash must topple pillars using TK in order to reach it. Scorporilla and its Magmadon goons are fought inside.

Beyond the coliseum is a section of canyon, where cracked stone walls, falling boulders, and Ratnicians stand in Crash's way. Further on, he crosses a stone bridge that collapses underneath him, leaving him stranded in the Wasteland. Here, Crash encounters a RhinoRoller for the first time. It defeats a wild Scorporilla with its powerful rolling attack. Once defeated and jacked, RhinoRoller can use its ability to roll up cliff slopes and travel further.

Sandstone rails carry Crash and RhinoRoller through disjointed canyon plateaus. A Roller Switch opens a gate to the clifftop, which overlooks the Wasteland entrance. Once Uka Uka is freed later in the story, this area will have a two-way portal to Mount Grimly.

A tunnel leads out to a sandy clearing. One of the Wasteland's most notable landmarks, this huge expanse of desert acts as an arena of sorts for RhinoRoller to bound about in. Here, Crash must collect three keys while fighting off Magmadons and other RhinoRollers. This will open a cave on the arena's north side. Descending within the cave eventually brings Crash to the RhinoRoller village.

The village has only three inhabitants: an elderly RhinoRoller and her two cubs, who've made their den inside a dried-out tree. There are two paths leading out from the village, though only one (the left one) is accessible during Crash's first visit. It is the exit. The right path opens later in the story, when Crash is tasked with retrieving Uka Uka's bones. It leads to the Snipe Hero's lair.

Spike waiting in ambush just outside the village.

Immediately upon exiting the village, Crash is set upon by Spikes. Once they are defeated, the path diverges yet again. The left path is locked at first; the key can only be obtained later by defeating the Spike Hero at Wumpa Island. Opening it makes the Junkyard accessible. Before that, a climbable rock wall lies dead ahead. It leads back to the Wasteland entrance at the clifftop. Upon Crash's return, a group of RhinoRollers reconstruct the collapsed stone bridge, allowing him to return to Wumpa Island and the Ratcicle Kingdom.

Collectibles

Listed by the order in which they are found:

Collectible Location
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"Crash Grab" doll
In the coliseum where Scorporilla is first found, it is visible behind some iron bars. It is reached by climbing a wall on the bottom floor, which takes Crash behind the wall on the middle floor where the doll is.
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"Crash Grab" doll
Found in the canyon area after the coliseum, but before the first RhinoRoller encounter. At the left-most end there is a pie-shaped wheel that spins to reveal four targets. Only a titan that can fire projectiles (Snipe, TK or Stench) can destroy them. Doing so summons a small platform that floats over to Crash, leading him to the doll.
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"Hot Stuff" doll
In the same area, but only accessible on Crash's way out of the Wasteland (i.e. once Mission 12 has begun). Metal springboards will appear, taking Crash to the topmost part of the canyon. The doll sits high above a half-pipe ramp. RhinoRoller is needed to gain the momentum and height needed to reach it.
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"Hot Stuff" doll
Plainly visible on the ground nearby the first Roller Switch.
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"Crash Grab" doll
Found at the end of a co-op puzzle, east of the arena.
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"Hot Stuff" doll
Inside the arena cave, but just prior to reaching the RhinoRoller village. A moving platform at the bottom of a climbable wall allows a titan to shoot at targets. The doll is revealed once all targets are destroyed.
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"Hot Stuff" doll
In the RhinoRoller village, there is a stalagmite with a ledge Crash can climb along. The doll is on top of it.
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Health Upgrade
Found behind the gate to the Junkyard. At the first half-pipe, RhinoRoller must build speed to reach the health upgrade, which is just under the ceiling.
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"Hot Stuff" doll
Just before the Junkyard entrance, there is a ledge to the left of a spybot. Crash can either use RhinoRoller or pocket the titan he's riding to reach the top where the doll is.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Although the RhinoRollers who reconstruct the bridge are supposedly friendly and allied with the village elder, they are still dark-colored, as though under NV control.
  • It is unknown why the RhinoRoller and the Scorporilla fought each other in the debut sequence of the RhinoRoller, as both mutants were under NV control.