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

Crash Bandicoot 2 The Pits

It’s not too difficult to get the Clear Gem in The Pits in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, the second game in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. You just need to smash every box in the stage. Unlike some of the gems in the original Crash Bandicoot — such as the Green Gem in Lost City or the Red Gem in Slippery Climb —  you don’t need to clear the stage in a single life. Still, there are a couple things that are handy to know before you try getting the Clear Gem in The Pits.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that there will be backtracking involved, because the stage splits into two and there are boxes to smash on both paths.

Crash Bandicoot 2 The Pits

When you come to a fork in the road, take the left-hand path first. There’s an exclamation mark box you’ll need to hit in order to get some of the boxes in the right-hand path.

Crash Bandicoot 2 The Pits

Once you get the exclamation mark box, you can press on and get the last box on the left-hand path, which is just ahead. However, we decided to loop back around and approach that last box from the back instead, because we weren’t in the mood to deal with two Cyborg Vultures at once. Both of these approaches are valid.

Crash Bandicoot 2 The Pits

Be very careful when backtracking on this stage. Your visibility isn’t great when you’re moving backward, and there are quite a few deadly pits to fall into.

There is a Bonus Round in this stage, and it has one part in particular that can be tricky. To access the Bonus Round, ride the question mark platform downward.

Crash Bandicoot 2 The Pits

When you get to the steel boxes pictured below, slide underneath them.

Crash Bandicoot 2 The Pits

There are three crates of Wumpa fruit after this, hovering over a pit. Do not break them. You will need them to get back up once you’ve activated the exclamation mark box, which is just ahead. Once you hit the exclamation mark box, carefully make your way back up to get the once-transparent boxes, which should now be solid. Be careful once again to leave yourself at least one box so you can get back across the pit one more time.

If you want to see how we handled this section, skip to the 4:17 mark in the video at the bottom of this article.

And that’s pretty much it. If you can clear the Bonus Round, the rest of the boxes are pretty easy. You should have yourself a Clear Gem in no time,

To see our full Clear Gem run in The Pits in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, check out the video below.

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