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Gem
Gem
First Appearance: Crash Bandicoot (Game)
Latest Appearance: Crash of the Titans(DS version)
Colours: Silver, Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Orange
Owners: Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku, Doctor Neo Cortex, Ebenezer Von Clutch
Other Names: Power Gem, Diamond, Emerald

Gems are collectible stones that appear throughout the Crash Bandicoot series. Gems are typically different than the power crystals, as in they are more powerful than the crystals as stated by N. Brio in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Whether that information is accurate is questionable as it seems that Uka Uka wants the crystals more than the gems since Crash collects these throughout the series. They are usually collected through different means and special tasks like breaking all the crates in a certain level. The gems also appear in different colors, which are more special and rare than the regular gems. In Crash Twinsanity there are six gems hidden in each level for Crash to collect which count towards 100% completion.

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Overview

The gems appear in every main Crash Bandicoot console game to date. They are typically collected in every level that contains a crystal. The gems are different from crystals though. Crash is forced to collect the crystals in every level in order to advance in the game and plot, but gems are more optional for him to collect. However, they are still required to collect if the player wants to reach 100% completion.

Clear Gems

The most common way to collect gems is by breaking all the crates in a specific level. This requires Crash to go out and search every route and complete every bonus round to ensure that he earns the gem at the end of every level (except in Crash 1 where crates in bonus rounds don't count towards the crates in the level). There are also different methods to collect the normal gems like completing a death route, completing a specific task, or completing a secret level.

Colored Gems

Colored gems are similar to the regular gems, but function differently and are more rare. There is only one of each color gem in every Crash Bandicoot game and the common colors include blue, red, green, purple, and yellow. The colored gems usually require a different and more difficult task to obtain them. Most often this is beating a death route, but it also can be scouting a secret area of the level or completing a special task for a certain level. Once a colored gem is obtained, it is counted towards the regular gem total.

The difference between the colored and clear gems is that the colored gems provide a special lift in certain levels once they are obtained. These special gem lifts allow Crash to access different areas in a level in order to break more crates he couldn't break earlier or take him to a completely different route to collect more clear gems. These gem lifts will only work once the color gem has been collected though. Otherwise, only an outline of the lift will appear if the gem has not been collected yet. In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, in any level that has a colored gem, the secret path to it will become outlined if the player has died anywhere but the special areas.

What follows is a list of each kind of gem and where they can be found in the first four Crash Bandicoot games from the main series.

Crash Bandicoot

Common Name(s) Level(s) Found Unlocks
Gem; Clear Gem, Every level except for The Great Hall, the bosses, and the ones listed below. The Great Hall Gem path
Green Gem, Emerald The Lost City Jungle Rollers Gem path, Castle Machinery Gem path
Orange Gem, Tourmaline Generator Room Upstream Gem path
Blue Gem, Sapphire Toxic Waste Jaws of Darkness Gem path, Rolling Stones Gem path, Cortex Power Gem path
Red Gem, Ruby Slippery Climb Native Fortress Gem path, Road to Nowhere Gem path
Purple Gem, Amethyst Lights Out Boulder Dash Gem path
Yellow Gem, Topaz The Lab Lights Out Gem path, The Great Gate Gem path

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Common Name(s) Levels Found Description Unlocks
Gem, Diamond All levels This gem is obtained by breaking every box in the level and can also be found in alternate routes Secret Ending.
Blue Gem, Sapphire Turtle Woods This gem is obtained by not breaking a single crate in the level. Hang Eight Blue Gem Route, Spaced Out Multicolour Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Red Gem, Ruby Snow Go via Air Crash (optionally) This gem is obtained by super-jumping off a certain iron arrow box or seal in Snow Go, or by going through a secret portal in Air Crash. Snow Biz Red Gem Route, Spaced Out Multicolour Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Green Gem, Emerald The Eel Deal This gem is obtained by stepping through the dead end in the room filled with Nitro Crates in The Eel Deal, then going on a secret route. Ruination Green Gem Route, Spaced Out Multicolour Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Yellow Gem, Topaz Plant Food This gem is obtained by completing the Time Trial of Plant Food. Sewer or Later Yellow Gem Route, Spaced Out Multiicolour Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Purple Gem, Amethyst Bee-Having This gem is obtained by stepping on the fake Nitro Crates in Bee-Having then going on a secret route. Spaced Out Multicolour Gem Route, Secret Ending.

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

Common Name(s) Levels Found Description Unlocks
Clear Gem All levels This gem is obtained by breaking every box in the level and in alternate routes. Secret ending.
Blue Gem Tomb Wader This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in Tomb Wader. Sphynxinator Blue Gem Route, Bug Lite Multicolour Gem Route, Secret ending.
Red Gem Deep Trouble This gem is obtained by breaking the switch box at the end of Deep Trouble, and then following the secret route. Bone Yard Red Gem Route, Bug Lite Multicolour Gem Route, Secret ending.
Green Gem Flaming Passion This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in Flaming Passion. Gone Tomorrow Green Gem Route, Bug Lite Multicolour Gem Route, Secret ending.
Yellow Gem Hang'em High via Warp Room 6 This gem is obtained either by gathering 10 relics and entering the secret level 27, Hang'em High, or performing a glitch on the level 7 version of Hang'em High. Dino Might! Yellow Gem Route with Level 32 (Eggipus Rex), Bug Lite Multicolour Gem Route, Secret ending.
Purple Gem High Time This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in High Time. Tomb Time Purple Gem Door, Bug Lite Multicolour Gem Route, Secret ending.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex

Common Name(s) Levels Found Description Unlocks
Clear Gem All Levels This gem is obtained by breaking every box in the level and in alternate routes. Secret Ending.
Blue Gem Arctic Antics This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in Arctic Antics. Tsunami Blue Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Red Gem Crash and Burn This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in Crash and Burn. Banzai Bonsai Red Gem Route & Super Belly Flop Power-Up, Secret Ending.
Green Gem Wizards and Lizards This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in Wizards and Lizards. Cortex Vortex Green Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Yellow Gem Gold Rush This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in Gold Rush. Compactor Reactor Yellow Gem Route, Secret Ending.
Purple Gem The Gauntlet This gem is obtained by using the skull route platform in The Gauntlet. Droid Void Purple Gem Route, Secret Ending.

Trivia

  • Spyro also has a usage for gems. They act as wumpa fruit except if he collects 100 (in value) he does not get an extra life.

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