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Crash Bandicoot Gems walkthrough: All green, white, red, blue, purple, yellow coloured Gem locations, Key locations, Secret Levels and how to 100% each game

How to fully unlock everything in each game.

Crash Bandicoot is back! The N Sane trilogy features remakes of the original three PlayStation adventures, with a glossy facelift that keeps the levels and incredible challenge intact, and is now availably on Switch, PC, and Xbox as well as the PS4.

While completing each stage is one thing, finishing them 100% is another thing entirely. Not only that, but the way you find all Gem locations and Key locations is slightly different in each game, so knowing how that works will save you a lot of time and hassle.

If you're looking for more general tips and an explanation of what's new meanwhile, you'll want to take a look at our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Guide and tips.

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Crash Bandicoot Gem Locations, Coloured Gems and Key Locations

Each stage has one Gem to unlock, which is done by smashing every crate on a single runthrough of a level.

On White Gem stages, you can lose a life while you attempt this, but coloured Gems require you to complete it in a single attempt, with no lives lost. In both cases, you need to also clear their special stages, but thankfully you can at least die as many times as you like in those without risk of losing a life or the Gem.

IslandStageGem RequiredGem Unlocked
1N. Sanity BeachNoneWhite
1Jungle RollersGreenWhite
1The Great GateYellowWhite
1BouldersNoneWhite
1UpstreamYellowWhite
1Rolling StonesBlueWhite
1Hog WildNoneWhite
1Native FortressRedWhite
2Up The CreakNoneWhite
2The Lost CityNoneGreen
2Temple RuinsNoneWhite
2Road To NowhereRedWhite
2Boulder DashPurpleWhite
2Whole Hog (Secret)NoneWhite
2Sunset VistaNoneWhite, Key 1
3Heavy MachineryNoneWhite
3Cortex PowerBlueWhite
3Generator RoomNoneOrange
3Toxic WasteNoneBlue
3The High RoadNoneWhite
3Slippery ClimbNoneRed
3Lights OutYellowPurple
3Fumbling In the Dark (Secret)NoneWhite
3Jaws Of DarknessBlueWhite, Key 2
3Castle MachineryNoneWhite
3The LabNoneYellow
3The Great HallN/AN/A

Crash Bandicoot 2 Gem Locations, Coloured Gems and Secret Levels

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back mixed things up, introducing Warp Rooms and Crystals for the first time, and with them a series of pretty complex secret entrances and exits to various levels.

There's also an added layer of complexity to how you get coloured Gems. Instead of simply clearing a level without dying, you now have to perform a variety of actions - like finishing a level without destroying any crates.

Finally, Death Routes were introduced. These are special platforms that take you to Bonus Rounds, but are only available if you reach them without dying in that level. Throw in the fact that you'll need to double back for one or two of them, and they're a pretty dastardly mechanic. Good luck!

Warp RoomLevelWhite GemColoured Gem and Secrets
JungleTurtle WoodsDestroy all cratesBlue - Finish level without destroying any crates.
JungleSnow GoDestroy all cratesRed - from bonus entrance, via Air Crash level.
JungleHang Eight1. Destroy all crates (requires Blue Gem)
2. Beat the time trial
None
JungleThe PitsDestroy all cratesNone
JungleCrash DashDestroy all cratesNone
IceSnow BizDestroy all cratesNone
IceAir Crash1. Clear the Death Path
2. Destroy all crates (requires access via secret entrance from Bear Down)
Secret Warp to Snow Go - after the first checkpoint crate by arrow crate, hop over the jetski to right-hand platform via the floating crates.
IceBear ItDestroy all cratesNone
IceCrash CrushDestroy all cratesNone
IceThe Eel DealDestroy all cratesGreen - go right on the fork, walk through back wall behind nitro crates.
SewerPlant FoodDestroy all cratesYellow - complete the timed section.
SewerSewer or Later1. Destroy all crates
2. Access platform (requires Yellow Gem)
None
SewerBear DownDestroy all cratesSecret Warp to Air Crash - at the very end of the level, double back across the floating platforms on foot.
SewerRoad to Ruin1. Clear the Death Path
2. Destroy all crates (requires access via Diggin' It Secret Warp)
None
SewerUn-BearableDestroy all cratesSecret Warp to Totally Bear - When you get thrown off the bear at the end, walk back to it by slide-jumping over the chasm and jumping behind the cub.
AlpineHangin' OutDestroy all cratesSecret Warp to Totally Fly - After dropping into the hole that takes you to a checkpoint and the Crystal, walk towards the camera to drop down another hole, and a short secret passage.
AlpineDiggin' It1. Clear the Death Path
2. Destroy all crates.
Secret Warp to Road to Ruin - Jump on the platform with the bomb-throwing plant near the end of the level and kill it with belly flop.
AlpineCold Hard Crash1. Clear the Death Path
2. Destroy all crates.
None
AlpineRuination1. Destroy all crates
2. Clear the Green path (requires Green Gem).
None
AlpineBee-HavingDestroy all cratesPurple - jump onto Nitro stairs.
High-TechPiston It Away1. Clear Death Path
2. Destroy all crates and double back to exit via Death Path.
None
High-TechRock ItDestroy all cratesNone
High-TechNight Fight1. Clear Death Path
2. Destroy all crates
None
High-TechPack AttackDestroy all cratesNone
High-TechSpaced Out1. Destroy all crates
2. Complete level (requires all coloured Gems)
None
Secret (via Un-Bearable)Totally BearDestroy all cratesNone
Secret (via Hangin' Out)Totally FlyDestroy all cratesNone

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Gem Locations, Coloured Gems and Secret Levels

The final game in the trilogy, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped built on the concept of the Warp Rooms and Crystals added in Crash 2. While the secret entrances and exits are slightly less complicated than those in the previous entry, that certainly doesn't make them easy.

Two completely hidden levels, a 105 per cent maximum completion rate, and hidden Warps all mean this Crash is still as challenging as ever.

Warp RoomLevelWhite GemColoured Gem and Secrets
MedievalToad VillageDestroy all cratesNone
MedievalUnder PressureDestroy all cratesNone
MedievalOrient ExpressDestroy all cratesNone
MedievalBone Yard1. Destroy all crates
2. Red Gem path
None
MedievalMakin' WavesDestroy all cratesNone
ArabianGee WizDestroy all cratesNone
ArabianHang'em highDestroy all cratesNone
ArabianHog rideDestroy all cratesNone
ArabianTomb Time1. Destroy all crates
2. Death Route
None
ArabianMidnight RunDestroy all cratesNone
OrientalDino Might!1. Destroy all crates
2. Yellow Gem path
On Yellow Gem Path, jump on the second Pterodactyl sitting on the tree trunk after the dinosaur chase to access Hot Coco.
OrientalDeep TroubleDestroy all cratesRed Gem - shoot ! crate near the end of the level, then backtrack to wall of TNT and metal crates, detonate them, and complete exta level section.
OrientalHigh TimeDestroy all cratesPurple Gem - on Death Route.
OrientalRoad CrashDestroy all cratesKnock over the Yellow sign with a black alien head on it to access Eggipus Rex.
OrientalDouble HeaderDestroy all cratesNone
EgyptianSphynxinator1. Destroy all crates
2. Blue Gem path
None
EgyptianBye Bye BlimpsDestroy all cratesNone
EgyptianTell No TalesDestroy all cratesNone
EgyptianFuture Frenzy1. Destroy all crates
2. Destroy all crates on secret route
None
EgyptianTomb WaderDestroy all cratesBlue Gem - on Death Route
FutureGone Tomorrow1. Destroy all crates
2. Green Gem path
None
FutureOrange AsphaltDestroy all cratesNone
FutureFlaming PassionDestroy all cratesGreen gem - on Death Route
FutureMad BombersDestroy all cratesNone
FutureBug lite1. Destroy all crates
2. on Multicoloured Gem path, requires all coloured Gems
None
Neo-Cortex System (Basement Warp)Ski CrazedDestroy all cratesAccessed via secret Basement Warp Room, which requies 5 Relics. This level requires 5 Relics to unlock.
Neo-Cortex System (Basement Warp)Hang'em High (secret)Destroy all cratesAccessed via secret Basement Warp Room, which requies 5 Relics. This level requires 10 Relics to unlock.
Yellow Gem - end of level.
Neo-Cortex System (Basement Warp)Area 51?1. Destroy all crates
2. Win race.
Accessed via secret Basement Warp Room, which requies 5 Relics. This level requires 15 Relics to unlock.
Neo-Cortex System (Basement Warp)Future Frenzy (secret)Destroy all cratesAccessed via secret Basement Warp Room, which requies 5 Relics. This level requires 20 Relics to unlock.
Neo-Cortex System (Basement Warp)Rings of Power1. Destroy all crates
2. Win race.
Accessed via secret Basement Warp Room, which requies 5 Relics. This level requires 25 Relics to unlock.
Secret LevelsHot CocoDestroy all cratesAccessed via Warp in Road Crash.
Secret LevelsEggipus RexDestroy all cratesAccessed via Warp in Dino Might!

For more general tips and an explanation of what's new, be sure to take a look at our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Guide and tips.

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.

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