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How to Get the Clear Gem in The Great Gate in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot The Great Gate

Getting the Clear Gem in The Great Gate in Crash Bandicoot — the first game in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy — is a tricky task. Keep in mind that before you can access the final portion of this stage, you must have collected the Yellow Gem in The Lab. Check out our Yellow Gem guide to see how to get that.

Even after unlocking the last leg of this stage, it’s not uncommon to finish just a single box short of perfection. That’s because there’s one box that’s exceptionally well hidden. I struggled on this one myself until I had a vivid flashback from the late 1990s. There are two hidden pathways in this level, and, noticing an anomaly in the background of this stage brought the memory flooding back.

In the last portion of the stage, the logs in the background come to spiky points. Except for two, which have flat tops, and are suspiciously located next to Bounce Crates.

Crash Bandicoot The Great Gate

The first one hides an extra life, but the second — pictured above — contains a hidden path that lets you get behind the wall in the background of the stage. Skip to the 2:55 mark in our video below to see this in action.

Crash Bandicoot The Great Gate

Follow this hidden path and you’ll eventually reach the hidden box, which is behind a totem.

There are 38 boxes in total, and none of the other 37 should give you any trouble. They’re all in plain sight.

If you want to see our full playthrough of The Great Gate, including how to get the Clear Gem, check out our video below. (We also have guides for getting the Clear Gem in Rolling Stones, the Green Gem in Lost City, and the Red Gem in Slippery Climb, and more.)

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