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 . There are 3 types of relics:
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
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.
A Sapphire Relic from
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.
A Gold Relic from
A Platinum Relic from
A Sapphire Relic from
Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure.
Cut relic icon in
The Sapphire relics were originally called Silver relics in the alpha of . Due to confusion because Silver looks similar to Platinum, it was changed to Bronze, but it eventually ended up as Sapphire.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped On (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.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped A prototype of the Relic system exists in , where two of the levels ( Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back 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 , 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 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.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Protagonists Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Coco Bandicoot | Pura | Baby T | Polar | Fake Crash
Bosses Tiny Tiger | Dingodile | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Doctor N. Gin | Doctor Neo Cortex | Uka Uka
Items Crates | Wumpa Fruit | Crystals | Gems | Relics
Levels First Chamber ( Toad Village, Under Pressure, Orient Express, Bone Yard, Makin' Waves) | Second Chamber ( Gee Wiz, Hang'em High, Hog Ride, Tomb Time, Midnight Run) | Third Chamber ( Dino Might!, Deep Trouble, High Time, Road Crash, Double Header) | Fourth Chamber ( Sphynxinator, Bye Bye Blimps, Tell No Tales, Future Frenzy, Tomb Wader) | Fifth Chamber ( Gone Tomorrow, Orange Asphalt, Flaming Passion, Mad Bombers, Bug Lite) | Sixth Chamber ( Ski Crazed, Area 51?, Rings of Power) | Secret Levels ( Hot Coco, Eggipus Rex)
Enemies Bandifish | Beetle | Snake | Arsonist | Crocodile | Eel | Goat | Lab Assistant | Monkey | Pufferfish | Scorpion | Seagull | Shark | Triceratops | Pterodactyl | Wave Lab Assistant | Double-Headed Lab Assistant | Wizard Lab Assistant | Frog
Crash Team Racing
Racers Crash Bandicoot | Doctor Neo Cortex | Coco Bandicoot | Doctor N. Gin | Tiny Tiger | Dingodile | Polar | Pura | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Fake Crash | Penta Penguin
Bosses Ripper Roo | Papu Papu | Komodo Joe | Pinstripe Potoroo | Nitros Oxide
Supporting characters Aku Aku | Uka Uka | Ami | Isabella | Liz | Megumi
Race tracks ( N. Sanity Beach Crash Cove, Roo's Tubes, Mystery Caves, Sewer Speedway) ( The Lost Ruins Coco Park, Tiger Temple, Papu's Pyramid, Dingo Canyon) ( Glacier Park Blizzard Bluff, Dragon Mines, Polar Pass, Tiny Arena) ( Citadel City N. Gin Labs, Cortex Castle, Hot Air Skyway, Oxide Station) ( Gem Stone Valley Slide Coliseum, Turbo Track)
Battle Arenas Skull Rock | Rampage Ruins | Rocky Road | Nitro Court | The North Bowl | Parking Lot | Lab Basement
Items Trophies | Crystals | Gems | Relics | CTR Tokens | Keys
Power Ups Missiles | Bowling Bombs | Warp Orbs | Power Shields | N. Tropy Clocks | N. Brio's Beakers | Turbos | Invisibility | Super Engines | Aku Aku/Uka Uka Masks
Good Aku Aku | Crash Bandicoot | Coco Bandicoot | Tiny Tiger | Dingodile
Evil Uka Uka | Doctor Neo Cortex | Doctor Nitrus Brio | Koala Kong | Rilla Roo
Others Doctor N. Gin | Ripper Roo | Penta Penguin | Fake Crash
Items Anvil | Arrow | Balloon | Block | Bomb | Crystal | Electro Stun Beam | Force Field | Gem | Gold Relic | Homing Energy Orb | Hover Boots | Jewel | Lightning | Locked Crate | Mine | Missile | Mushroom | Nitro Crate | Padlock | Platinum Relic | Pogo Stick | Powder Keg | Purple ? and ! crate | Shock Wave | Sonic Ring | Speedy Boots | TNT Crate | Trophy | Vacuum Cleaner | Wumpa Fruit | Z
Minigames ( Crate Crush Jungle Bash, Space Bash, Snow Bash, Drain Bash, Tie Breaker) ( Polar Push Polar Panic, Tilt Panic, Melt Panic, Manic Panic) ( Ballistix Crashball, Beach Ball, N. Ballism, Sky Balls) ( Pogo Pandemonium Pogo Painter, Pogo-a-Gogo, El Pogo Loco, Pogo Padlock, cut minigame) ( Tank Wars Desert Fox, Metal Fox, Jungle Fox, Swamp Fox) ( Crash Dash Dot Dash, Toxic Dash, Dante's Dash, Splash Dash) ( Medieval Mayhem Ring Ding, Dragon Drop, Mallet Mash, Keg Kaboom)
Bosses Papu Pummel ( Papu Papu) | Bearminator ( Bearminator) | Big Bad Fox ( Komodo Brothers) | Oxide Ride ( Nitros Oxide)
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
Crash Bandicoot • Aku Aku • Coco Bandicoot • Pura
Doctor Neo Cortex • Crunch Bandicoot • The Elementals (Rok-Ko, Wa-Wa, Lo-Lo and Py-Ro) • Uka Uka • Doctor Nefarious Tropy • Doctor N. Gin • Tiny Tiger • Dingodile
Crates ( Basic Crate, ? Crate, ! Crate, Activation Crate, Outline Crate, Crash Crate, Locked Crate, Invisibility Crate, Iron Crate, Iron Arrow Crate, Checkpoint Crate, Arrow Crate, Nitro Crate, Nitro Switch Crate, TNT Crate) • Wumpa Fruit • Crystal • Gem • Relic
Tip Toe • Double Jump • Death Tornado Spin • Fruit Bazooka • Crash Dash (Super Power) • Super Belly Flop
First Chamber ( Arctic Antics, Tornado Alley, Bamboozled, Wizards and Lizards, Compactor Reactor) • Second Chamber ( Jungle Rumble, Sea Shell Shenanigans, Banzai Bonsai, That Sinking Feeling, H2 Oh No) • Third Chamber ( The Gauntlet, Tsunami, Smokey and the Bandicoot, Eskimo Roll, Fahrenheit Frenzy) • Fourth Chamber ( Avalanche, Droid Void, Crashteroids, Coral Canyon, Weathering Heights) • Fifth Chamber ( Crash and Burn, Gold Rush, Medieval Madness, Crate Balls of Fire, Cortex Vortex) • Boss Levels ( Rumble in the Roks, Drain Damage, Crashes to Ashes, Atmospheric Pressure, Crunch Time) • Sixth Chamber ( Knight Time, Ghost Town, Ice Station Bandicoot, Solar Bowler, Force of Nature) • Cut levels ( Cut Chinese harbour level, Cut scooter level, Cut Glider level, Cut oriental level, Fire Island)
Seal • Penguin • Narwhale • Lab Assistant • Bat • Fish • Lizard • Koi Fish • Crane • Salmon • Robot • Monkey • Parrot • Crab • Donkey • Inflating Cactus • Scorpion • Knight Lab Assistant • Ninja Lab Assistant • Skiing Lab Assistant • Gold Miners
Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure
Protagonists Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Coco Bandicoot
Bosses Dingodile | Doctor N. Gin | Tiny Tiger | Doctor Neo Cortex | Uka Uka | Mega-Mix
Items Crates | Wumpa Fruit | Crystals | Gems
Levels First Chamber ( Jungle Jam, Shipwrecked, Temple of Boom, Frostbite Cavern, Just in Slime) | Second Chamber ( Snow Crash, Rocket Racket, Just Hangin', Shark Attack, Ruined) | Third Chamber ( Snow Job, Ace of Space, Sunken City, Down the Hole, Blimp Bonanza) | Fourth Chamber ( Star to Finish, Air Supply, No-Fly Zone, Drip, Drip, Drip, Final Countdown)
Enemies Bird | Eel | Electric Eel | Frog | Jellyfish | Lab Assistant | Lizard | Penguin | Polar Bear | Pufferfish | Rat | Scrubbing Bubbletron | Seal | Shark | Sparky Tentaclebot Unit | Spike Lizard | Squid | Steam-Powered Hover-Spike-O-Trons | Venus Fly Trap | Yeti
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced
Protagonists Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Coco Bandicoot | Crunch Bandicoot | Fake Crash
Antagonists Doctor Nefarious Tropy | N. Trance | Uka Uka | Evil Crunch | Evil Coco
Items Crates | Wumpa Fruit | Crystals | Gems | Gem Shards | Super Slide | Rocket Jump | Death Tornado Spin | Crash Dash
Levels First Chamber ( Island Intro, Prints of Persia, Lagoony Tunes, Globe Trottin', Pharaoh's Funhouse, Runaway Rug) | Second Chamber ( Tiki Torture, Hoppin' Coffins, Barrel Roll, Flockful of Seagulls, Magma Mania) | Third Chamber ( Run from the Sun, Now It's Istanbul, Mister Lava Lava, Water Logged, Slip-N-Slidin' Sphinx) | Fourth Chamber ( Rocks Can Roll, Rock the Casaba, Eruption Disruption, Spaced Out, King Too Uncommon) | Fifth Chamber ( Wild Nile Ride, 101 Arabian Kites, Fire Walker)
Enemies Arsonist | Beetle | Crocodile | Lab Assistant | Monkey | Scorpion | Seagull | Shark | Snake
Crash Nitro Kart
Racers ( Team Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot, Coco Bandicoot, Crunch Bandicoot, Fake Crash) | ( Team Cortex Doctor Neo Cortex, Doctor N. Gin, Tiny Tiger, Doctor Nefarious Tropy) | ( Team Oxide Nitros Oxide, Zem, Zam, Velo) | ( Team Trance N. Trance, Polar, Dingodile, Pura) | GBA Only ( Krunk, Nash, Norm, Geary, Spyro the Dragon) | Removed: ( Nina, Doctor Nitrus Brio, Rilla Roo, Komodo Brothers, Ripper Roo)
Bosses Krunk | Nash | Norm | Geary | Emperor Velo XXVII
Supporting characters Aku Aku | Uka Uka
Race tracks ( Terra Inferno Island, Jungle Boogie, Tiny Temple) | ( Barin Meteor Gorge, Barin Ruins, Deep Sea Driving (Crash Nitro Kart)) | ( Fenomena Out of Time, Clockwork Wumpa, Thunder Struck) | ( Teknee Assembly Lane, Android Alley, Electron Avenue) | ( Velo's Vault Gem Cups, Hyper Spaceway)
Battle Arenas Temple Turmoil | Frozen Frenzy | Desert Storm | Magnetic Mayhem | Terra Drome
Items Wumpa Fruit | ? Crates | Trophies | Crystals | Gems | Relics | CNK Tokens | Keys
Power Ups Missiles | Bowling Bombs | TNT Crates | Static Orbs | N. Tropy Clocks | Turbo | Ice Mines | Power Shields | Aku Aku/Uka Uka/Velo Masks | Tornado Tops | Invisibility | Super Engines | Red Eye Missiles | Removed: Voodoo Doll