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Yaya Panda is a panda bear residing in a bamboo forest. She made her first appearance in Crash Nitro Kart 2. When Nitros Oxide teamed up with Dr. Neo Cortex and Ripper Roo to deforest her habitat, Yaya joined forces with Crash and Coco to prevent their nefarious plan.

Her appearances include Crash Nitro Kart 2, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2, and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. She is also the only character from the Crash Bandicoot series to originate from a mobile phone game, and up until joining Nitro-Fueled, had only ever appeared on that platform.


Crash Nitro Kart 2

Yaya made her debut in CNK2. She calls on Crash and Coco to help her when Nitros Oxide and Cortex threaten to destroy her bamboo forest home. She is unlocked as playable upon players completing the fifth and sixth challenges in Challenge Mode.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Yaya can be unlocked by collecting enough wumpa fruit or by collecting all C.R.A.S.H. letters in the Fairy track of the Wumpa Cup. The kart she drives in this installment is the Zwergauto, originally from Crash Tag Team Racing and previously driven by Ebenezer Von Clutch.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2

Yaya can be unlocked by accumulating 52 mission points. The kart she drives in this installment is the Yellow Horde, again originating from Crash Tag Team Racing and previously driven by Crash Bandicoot.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Yaya was added as a playable racer as part of the Winter Festival Grand Prix. She can be purchased from the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins.


Speed: 7/7
Accel: 3/7
Turn: 2/7
Difficulty: Advanced
Driving Style: Speed

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

While Yaya herself doesn't physically appear in On the Run!, a Yaya-themed skin for Coco was added in Season 5: 25th Anniversary!.



Yaya is a hyperactive little girl who loves extreme speeds and is very confident. She loves cute and fluffy things, constantly mentioning her own adorableness, which is juxtaposed by her competitive and aggressive attitude on the track. She seems well aware of how cute and skilled she is to the point of being almost egotistical at times.

During races in Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2, she can also be heard shouting "Hi-yah!", possibly hinting that she practices kung fu or karate.

Physical Appearance

Yaya is a mutant panda whose origins are unknown. She has black and white fur, all black ears, green eyes, pink blush on her cheeks, and long black hair braided into a ponytail with a red clip in her bangs. Her attire comprises a green cheongsam with red stitching. However, she is not seen from the waist down in the mobile games.

In Nitro-Fueled, Yaya's design has been updated; the skin in her ears is pink, she now has eyelashes, pink lipstick, fainter blush, white fur on the palms of her hands and a white water lily behind her right ear. Her green cheongsam now has shorter sleeves, a faint white tree pattern and red trim. She also wears a red bow on her waist as well as puffy red pants with green and red shoes.


Crash Nitro Kart 2

  • In-Game

“She likes speed and accuracy, but her acceleration is gradual.”



Coco Bandicoot

Yaya is stated to be Coco's best friend, though given Yaya's appearances being mainly limited to mobile games, the two of them haven't been seen interacting.

Crash Bandicoot

Yaya seems aware of Crash's status as a hero, calling on him for help in CNK2 when Nitros Oxide and Cortex threaten to destroy her home.


See: Yaya Panda/Gallery

Names In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Arabic يايا باندا
Yaya Banda
(same as English)
Traditional Chinese 熊猫芽芽
Xióngmāo yá yá
(same as English)
Simplified Chinese 熊猫丫丫
Xióngmāo yā yā
(same as English)
Japanese ヤヤ・パンダ
Yaya Panda
(same as English)
Korean 야야 판다
Yaya Panda
(same as English)
Russian Панда Йяйя
Panda Ĭyaĭya
(same as English)
Thai ยาย่า แพนด้า
Yā ỳā phænd̂ā
(same as English)
Vietnamese Gấu Trúc Yaya (same as English)