Nitro Crates are powerful, explosive crates, filled with nitroglycerin, seen in the Crash Bandicoot series.These explosive crates are extremely sensitive and should not be touched under most conditions unless supplied with invincibility. These are the most dangerous Crates there are. In Crash of the Titans for the DS they appear with only an "N" on them, meanwhile in its GBA version, they have a yellow explosion. To destroy them at the end of a level you must press the Nitro Switch. It is similar to that of the TNT Crate except it does does not count down from three to one before exploding.
In Crash 2 and 3, the Nitro crates occasionally jump in the air to make passing them more difficult. They also are used in the boss battle against Ripper Roo. There is also a staircase of 'dud' (probably inactive) Nitro Crates in Bee-Having which leads to a secret stage, containing the purple gem.
If Crash touches them, they will explode and he will lose one of his masks or lose a life if he has none. If Crash does lose a life in this fashion in Crash 2 or 3, he will be shown as an angel like in usual deaths, except he will be playing the didgeridoo.
In Crash Team Racing they are one of the weapons available of as an upgraded TNT Crate for racers with max 10 Wumpa fruit. As usual if it is hit it explodes, and the player loses 3 wumpa fruits as well. Any racer can get them at any time, Komodo Joe and Nitros Oxide also use them in boss challenges. They are much more common if you are leading the race.
In Crash Bash, they appear in Crate Crush levels as well as the Crystal challenge for El Pogo Loco.In Crash Twinsanity, you will still be blown up if Crash touches them even if you have Aku Aku invincibillity. Nitro Crates will destroy enemies also if you knock them into them or sometimes they run into them. They apear alot in Crash Twinsanity. The Nitro Crates in this game appear very different to the versions in the previous games
The only way to touch a Nitro Crate and not be blown up is by using the Tip Toe power up In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, or having an Aku Aku mask.
- Crash of the Titans (Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions only)
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