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Relics

The three relics (from left to right); sapphire, gold and platinum.

Relics are items that are achieved after getting a record time in Time Trial mode below a certain time. They first appeared in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. There are 3 types of relics:

  1. Sapphire Relics
  2. Gold Relics
  3. Platinum Relics

Sapphire Relics are the easiest to obtain and have the longest time to obtain them. After this comes the Gold Relic and finally the Platinum Relic which are the hardest to obtain and have the shortest time to obtain them. Better relics are awarded when the player complete a certain course in a better time, by beating the record set by the CPU.

Although only the easiest time appears on screen, you do not have to have the Sapphire Relic to obtain the Gold Relics (except for Crash Bash). The same applies for the Platinum Relic with the Sapphire and Gold Relics.

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Trivia

  • The Sapphire relics were originally called Silver relics in the alpha of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Due to confusion because Silver looks similar to Platinum, it was changed to Bronze, but it eventually ended up as Sapphire.
  • On Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (as well as the later platform games), a good tactic is to wait until you get the Crash Dash power, which makes getting the relics much easier.
  • A prototype of the Relic system exists in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, where two of the levels (Hang Eight and Plant Food) have hidden Time Trials with Gems as prizes instead of Relics. It's possible that this hidden feature received good feedback, and therefore Naughty Dog decided to make this a full feature in its successor.
    • However, in the upcoming Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remake, the Relics will be made as a full feature in the first two games as well. If the criteria of getting the two hidden gems remain unchanged, it will be some sort of repetition.
  • In Crash Bash, there are only two types of relics: Gold and Platinum. However, Gold relics have a green jewel in them instead of red, and platinum relics look like Sapphire relics.  Also, in Crash Bash, relics are not obtained in a time trial mode, but rather in relic challenges.
  • The Platinum times in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped are not displayed until after the 100% ending.
  • The Time Relics each resemble the ankh, an ancient Egyptian symbol of life.
  • Relics were going to be used in Twinsanity, but they were cut.


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