There's a lot to collect in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. From all the Clear Gems, to the tapes, and even Wumpa Fruit, there's a lot on your mind. While the Clear Gems all work toward unlocking different costumes, the Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gems have a different purpose. Collect them all and they'll unlock a door in the final world of the game. What's behind that door? You'll just have to find out!
One big note to have here at the top of the guide is that after collecting the Colored Gem you still need to complete the level for it to count.
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Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gem #1 Red - N. Sanity Peak
The first of the Colored Gems is available on the second level of the game, N. Sanity Peak. The checkpoint before you go into the room where Lani-Loli sleeps (where you first encounter the shift power) there's some hieroglyphics on the rock to the side. It shows a 3x3 grid with arrows starting in the bottom left and working their way around the grid counterclockwise until reaching the center. At the top of the hieroglyphic is an etching of a shiny gem.
Quite simply in the next room, you need to follow the pattern laid out by the grid, and the Red Colored Gem will appear.
You will also unlock the Achievement/Trophy "Ruby Red."
Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gem #2 Green - Hit the Road
After getting chased by the Mad Max truck for the first time, you'll end up in a safe area with a checkpoint. Surrounding Crash is a number of trash cans, one of them being on fire. Spin the trash can to the left and a device will appear. Spin the newly appeared device and the Nitro Box will explode. Inside it is the Green Colored Gem.
You will also unlock the Achievement/Trophy "Emerald Gemerald."
Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gem #3 Blue - Draggin' On
To get the Blue Gem is probably the hardest of the Colored Gems in the game. To get it, you need to complete the entire Draggin' On level without destroying a SINGLE box. This even includes checkpoints, so if you die at the last part of the level, you'll have to start all over again.
The only reprieve you have is by going into the bonus level and then immediately dying. That sets a checkpoint for you, but doesn't require you to break any boxes. From here on out if you accidentally break a box then dying will bring you back to the midway point. Just make sure you don't break a checkpoint box, otherwise you'll need to restart from the beginning. It took me 23 tries to complete this level without breaking a single box. Patience is your friend!
You will also unlock the Achievement/Trophy "Sapphire-er Acquirer."
Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gem #4 Yellow - Run It Bayou
At the very beginning of the level before jumping on the motorboard, do a long double jump to the platform on the left. Bounce on the crates and then jump again onto the sliding platform to reach the 2x2 boxes stacked up on one another.
The Yellow Colored Gem is off screen above those boxes. Hold the jump button for extra height, and then double jump at the top of your leap. You'll collect the Yellow Gem. At this point you can make your way back across the way you came... or just jump into the water. The Colored Gem progress will have already saved.
You will also unlock the Achievement/Trophy "Topaz Pizazz."
What to Do With the Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gems When You Have Them All?
Partway through the penultimate non-boss level of the game, Toxic Tunnels, there's a large door with symbols for the four Colored Gems on it. If you arrived here during your normal playthrough, you will have gotten the message to return here with all four Colored Gems to open the door. Well we now have them, so lets head inside.
You'll complete a series of difficult platforming with no gaps between them, and at the end of this gauntlet you'll get.... the Hidden Gem for the Toxic Tunnels level. Yeah, it's a bit disappointing after going through all of that effort. But I'd say the Blue Colored Gem alone is worth the bragging rights.
What did you think of the reward at the end of the Crash Bandicoot 4 Colored Gem quest? How many tries did it take for you to get the Blue Colored Gem? What did you think was behind the door?