The Yellow Gem.
yellow gem, also known as The Topaz, is a rare type of gem belonging to the colored gems in the Crash Bandicoot series. Like the other colored gems, the yellow gem is usually collected by completing a special task. Once it is recovered, the yellow gem will unlock special routes by usually activating a platform or platforms in certain levels, known as gem paths.
In the original game, the yellow gem appears similar in shape to the
green gem, with a flat and oblong shape, however, its ends are more flat than the pointed-end green gem, and thus it appears more rectangular.
The yellow gem is obtained by breaking all the
crates and not losing a life after the first checkpoint in The Lab. It opens up the yellow gem paths in Lights Out and The Great Gate. However, the yellow gem isn't exactly necessary to get to the yellow gem path in The Great Gate, as there are two methods of bypassing the exit portal without the gem's use. Refer to Jumps Not Intended To Be Possible for further elaboration.
The yellow gem appears drastically different to in the first game, similar in cut and shape to a clear gem, but taller and more robust. It is also much darker in color. Much like all the colored gems, it has become opaque instead of translucent.
It can be obtained in
Plant Food by reaching the end of the level before the timer, which appears just before the first checkpoint and gives a time of ~1:03-1:13, reaches zero. Doing so requires at least one Aku Aku mask as there is a point near the end of the stage where Crash cannot avoid taking damage from a nearby Venus Fly Trap. It opens up the yellow gem path in Sewer or Later and part of the multicolor gem path in Spaced Out. The yellow gem platform is also the widest.
The yellow gem appears exactly the same as in
Cortex Strikes Back.
It can be obtained by completing the secret route in
Hang'em High, which opens as level 27 when the player collects ten relics, although this is not obligatory, as the player can get from the main path to the secret route by two different methods. It opens up the yellow gem path in Dino Might!, which in turn contains the secret warp for Eggipus Rex, and in addition part of the multicolor gem path in Bug Lite. Again, its corresponding gem platform is much wider than the others.
The yellow gem appears similar in color, perhaps slightly lighter, than in
Crash 2 and Crash 3. However, much like all five colored gems in the game, it has assumed the shape of a typical clear gem from Crash 2 or Crash 3.
It is obtained by completing the
Yellow Gem Cup tournament. If the player completes the CTR Challenges on the race tracks Dingo Canyon, Tiny Arena, Hot Air Skyway and Oxide Station to collect all yellow CTR tokens, then the Yellow Gem Cup will be available to play, where the four races can be raced again in a tournament. If the player wins the most points from all four races, they win the yellow gem. It is required to complete the game because the other four gems are needed to unlock Turbo Track. The yellow gem also unlocks Pinstripe Potoroo as a playable character.
The yellow gem has a slightly different model to
Crash 2 and Crash 3, it becomes more clear, smaller, a less intricate pentagonal cut and is slightly less distinguishable in shape to a clear gem, but nevertheless remains taller. It is also a much brighter yellow color.
It can be obtained by completing the
death route in Gold Rush. It opens up the yellow gem path in Compactor Reactor.
Like all the game's colored gems, the yellow gem is identical in shape to the clear gems, but bright yellow in color.
It is located in
Final Countdown. It unlocks the yellow gem path in Ace of Space, which is the only section of the game that uses the space motorcycle.
The yellow gem reappears in the
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remasters of the first three games where it reprises the same role it had in the original versions of those games. It is customly drawn on the pause screen and looks the same throughout all three games.
A Yellow Gem in
A Yellow Gem in
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back.
A Yellow Gem cup from
Crash Team Racing.
A Yellow Gem in
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.
Yellow Gem sprite from
Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage.
A Yellow Gem in
A Yellow Gem in the
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
An icon of the Yellow Gem from the
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
The yellow gem often appears later in the games, or generally more difficult to obtain. In the original game and The Huge Adventure, it is located in the final regular level of the game. In Wrath of Cortex, it is the final colored gem in level numerical order. In Crash 2, it is fourth colored gem of five in level numerical order, and arguably the hardest to obtain with considerable skill required. In Crash 3, it is the earliest colored gem in level numerical order, but possibly the last the player will obtain if the player saves time trials for after defeating Cortex the first time and obtaining the Crash Dash. Finally, in Crash Team Racing, the Yellow Gem Cup is composed of the 8th, 12th, 15th and 16th of the game's 16 main race tracks, some of the longest and most challenging tracks.
As it is often mistakenly called the 'gold gem', it is perhaps highly appropriate that it should appear in the level, Gold Rush, in The Wrath of Cortex.
It is the only one of the five gems to be featured in CTR that did not reappear in .
Crash Nitro Kart
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot • Aku Aku • Coco Bandicoot • Doctor Nitrus Brio • Polar
Ripper Roo • Komodo Brothers • Tiny Tiger • Doctor N. Gin • Doctor Neo Cortex
Crates ( Basic Crate, ? Crate, Bounce Crate, Aku Aku Crate, Checkpoint Crate, Crash Crate, Arrow Crate, Locked Crate, TNT Crate, Nitro Crate, Nitro Switch Crate, ! Crate, Iron Crate, Iron Arrow Crate) • Wumpa Fruit • Crystal • Gem
Intro, First Warp Room ( Turtle Woods, Snow Go, Hang Eight, The Pits, Crash Dash) • Second Warp Room ( Snow Biz, Air Crash, Bear It, Crash Crush, The Eel Deal) • Third Warp Room ( Plant Food, Sewer or Later, Bear Down, Road to Ruin, Un-Bearable) • Fourth Warp Room ( Hangin' Out, Diggin' It, Cold Hard Crash, Ruination, Bee-Having) • Fifth Warp Room ( Piston It Away, Rock It, Night Fight, Pack Attack, Spaced Out) • Sixth Warp Room ( Totally Bear, Totally Fly)
Armadillo • Bee • Bird • Cyborg Clamidosaur • Echidna • Electric Eel • Gorilla • Lab Assistant • Lizard • Mechanical Piranha • Monkey • Orca • Penguin • Polar Bear • Possum • Rat • Robot Walker • Scrubbing Bubbletron • Seal • Sparky Tentaclebot Unit • Spike Rat • Spiked Saucer • Spitter Plant • Tiki • Turtle • Venus Fly Trap
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Protagonists Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Coco Bandicoot | Pura | Penta Penguin | 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
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, Tsunami, 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 | Doctor Neo Cortex | Aku Aku | Nina Cortex
Nitros Oxide | Polar | Crunch Bandicoot | Doctor N. Gin | Doctor Nitrus Brio | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Ripper Roo | Tiny Tiger | Farmer Ernest | Evil Crash | Pinstripe Potoroo | Koala Kong | Papu Papu | Rusty Walrus | Cortex's mother | Spyro the Dragon | Mecha-Bandicoot | Coco Bandicoot | Removed: Evil Coco | Good Cortex | Capu Capu | Evil Capu Capu | Fake Crash | Komodo Brothers | N. Trance |
Doctor Neo Cortex | Mecha-Bandicoot | Tikimon | Uka Uka | Doctor N. Gin | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Doctor Nitrus Brio | Dingodile | Madame Amberly | Evil Twins | Removed: | Ant Leader | Rusty Walrus
Crates ( Crash Crate - Bounce Crate - Basic Crate - ? Crate - Locked Crate - Iron Crate - Iron Arrow Crate - Arrow Crate - Ammo Crate - Nitro Switch Crate - Nitro Crate - TNT Crate - Checkpoint Crate - World Crate - Aku Aku Crate - Detonator Crate - Activation Crate - Outline Crate) - Wumpa Fruit - Crystal - Gem - Weak platforms - Sequence platforms Removed: Unused Robot Crate - Relic
( N. Sanity Island Jungle Bungle, Cavern Catastrophe, Totem Hokum) | ( Iceberg Lab Ice Climb, Slip Slide Icecapades, High Seas Hi-Jinks) | ( Academy of Evil Boiler Room Doom, Classroom Chaos, Rooftop Rampage) | ( Twinsanity Island Rockslide Rumble, Bandicoot Pursuit, Ant Agony) | Removed: Gone a Bit Coco, Megalomaniac Mind Mania, Harbor level, Uka Tree level, Lava Caves, Rehab Lab, Security Insanity, Cut Rollerbrawl level, | Train Express | | 9th Dimension | 11th Dimension Canyon Level | | Wumpa Island Komodo Bros. Race | | Space Dimension | Temple Level ( Ocean Dimension Coco sub level, Ocean Commotion ) Cut UFO level | Cut Ant lab level | Cut Sport level
Crab | Fish | Chicken | Tikimon's Minions | Monkey | Skunk | Venus Fly Trap | Worm | Ant | Rat | Bees | Bear | Tribesman | Hog | Bat | Penguin | Hologram Probe | Barrel Throwing Rhino | Guard Dog | Hall Monitor | Robot Dummy | Robotic Janitor | Experimental Frog | Beetle | Gargolye | Removed: Ant Pet | Flying Swordfish | Greyscale Ant | Pink Elephant | Flowers | Teddy Bear | Robots | Lizards | Pigs | Turtles | Solid Rock Bee | Walking fly trap | Fire-Breathing Creature | Striped Snake | Lab Assistant | Twin Tech Robotic Snake | Lion | Ostrich | Snake Pirates | Pirate Platypus | Piranhas | Sharks | Sea Monster
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Protagonists Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Tawna | Coco Bandicoot | Fake Crash | Polar | Pura | Penta Penguin | Baby T | Doctor Nitrus Brio (Crash 2 only)
Levels Crash Bandicoot N. Sanity Island ( N. Sanity Beach • Jungle Rollers • The Great Gate • Boulders • Upstream • Rolling Stones • Hog Wild • Native Fortress) | Wumpa Island ( Up the Creek • The Lost City • Temple Ruins • Road to Nowhere • Boulder Dash • Whole Hog • Sunset Vista) | Cortex Island ( Heavy Machinery • Cortex Power • Generator Room • Toxic Waste • The High Road • Slippery Climb • Lights Out • Fumbling in the Dark • Jaws of Darkness • Castle Machinery • The Lab • The Great Hall) | DLC ( Stormy Ascent)
Cortex Strikes Back Intro, First Warp Room ( Turtle Woods, Snow Go, Hang Eight, The Pits, Crash Dash) • Second Warp Room ( Snow Biz, Air Crash, Bear It, Crash Crush, The Eel Deal) • Third Warp Room ( Plant Food, Sewer or Later, Bear Down, Road to Ruin, Un-Bearable) • Fourth Warp Room ( Hangin' Out, Diggin' It, Cold Hard Crash, Ruination, Bee-Having) • Fifth Warp Room ( Piston It Away, Rock It, Night Fight, Pack Attack, Spaced Out) • Sixth Warp Room ( Totally Bear, Totally Fly)
Warped 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)
Items Crates ( Basic Crate • Aku Aku Crate • Bounce Crate • Arrow Crate • ? Crate • Time Crate • ! Crate • TNT Crate • Big TNT Crate • Crash Crate • Checkpoint Crate • Iron Crate • Iron Arrow Crate • Nitro Crate • Nitro Switch Crate • Locked Crate • Slot Crate • Iron Checkpoint Crate) | Wumpa Fruit | Gem | Key | Relic | Crystal
Enemies Crab | Turtle | Skunk | Venus Fly Trap | Monkey | Tribesman | Flying Fish | Bat | Lizard | Snake | Spider | Hog | Holo-Projector | Crawling | Robot | Spiked Saucer | Machine Gunner | Barrel Thrower | Bird | Evil Hand | Lab Assistant | Beaker-Throwing Lab Assistant | Rat | Blob | Electric Lab Assistant | Armadillo | Echidna | Penguin | Seal | Mechanical Piranha | Orca | Electric Eel | Scrubbing Bubbletron | Spike Rat | Sewer Worker Lab Assistant | Parka Lab Assistant | Cyborg Clamidosaur | Gorilla | Possum | Hunter Lab Assistant | Polar Bear | Bee | Sledgehammer Lab Assistant | Spitter Plant | Tiki | Barricading Lab Assistant | Robot Walker | Sparky Tentaclebot Unit | Frog | Goat | Knight Lab Assistant | Moray Eel | Pufferfish | Shark | Pterodactyl | Triceratops | Wave Lab Assistant | Seagull | Wizard Lab Assistant | Scorpion | Crocodile | Bandifish | Arsonist | Double-Headed Lab Assistant | Beetle
Bosses Papu Papu | Ripper Roo | Koala Kong | Pinstripe Potoroo | Doctor Nitrus Brio (Crash 1 only) | Doctor Neo Cortex | Komodo Brothers | Tiny Tiger | Doctor N. Gin | Dingodile | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Uka Uka