Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Trophy Guide & Roadmap


Author: Foggy

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Published: October 11, 2020


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  • Estimated trophy difficulty: 9/10
  • Approximate amount of time to platinum: 50-80h (Highly skill dependent)
  • Offline Trophies: 52 (40 , 9 , 2 , 1 )
  • Online Trophies: 0 (0 , 0 , 0 )
  • Number of missable trophies: None
  • Glitched trophies: None
  • Does difficulty affect trophies?: No, you can play either on Retro or Modern
  • Minimum Playthroughs: 3 (100% No Death Runs Normal, 100% No Death Runs Normal Inverted, Time Trials)
  • Welcome to the trophy guide for Crash Bandicoot 4! He is back and he is...sillier than ever! Also, hard, very hard. Let me leave the links to all subtopics where you can find everything you need. Check them out, there are even timestamps for easier and faster navigation:

    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 01 - Insanity Island
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 02 - The Hazardous Wastes
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 03 - Salty Wharf
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 04 - Tranquility Falls
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 05 - Mosquito Marsh
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 06 - The 11th Dimension
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 07 - Eggipus Dimension
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 08 - Bermugula's Orbit
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 09 - The Sn@xx Dimension
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - Walkthrough 10 - Cortex Island

    Step 1 - Finish the game first

    Don't even try anything other! You can play on Modern difficulty/playstyle - You don't lose lives and this is recommended if you struggle with the game. I suggest beating the game first and unlocking all levels along the way. With doing this you will unlock Triple Spin skill - the best skill for time trial relics.

    Step 2 - Do the time trials

    Unpopular opinion, but this is the best way to learn all the levels and reduce dying. You will also need to beat all the levels, each by no deaths and collecting everything inside, so doing the time platinum relics in each level will improve your skill and reduce dying. Plus, you will memorize the level that way.

    Hint: When you do the time trials, notice if time boxes are close to Nitro boxes. If yes, you can avoid those to spare time and just destroy the "!" at the end, you will get minus time for all boxes that the Nitro will destroy this way.

    Step 2.1 - Do the 100% collectibles/No Death Runs + grab Tapes + colored gems

    Each leves has 6 gems to collect in Normal and 6 in Inverted mode. You need to collect all the boxes and you can't die! Make sure to also grab the tape where there is one. You can do the time trial and afterwards 100% run - this will for sure mean you know the level by now and you are ready to do what you need to do. Note that you do NOT need the 80% Gem and Hidden gem for N.Sanely Perfect Relics

    Step 3 - Beat all the tape levels

    When you collect them all, you need to beat them and get all the boxes in each. Easier said then done! Maybe 3 tape levels are tricky, the rest is really easy comparing to every other challenges you need to overcome.

    Step 4 - Unlock what you may miss at this point

    Like miscelanious trophies in levels or whatever you may miss at this point.

    Make sure to check all my topics for this game, I will do all islands walkthroughs where you can find everything you will need for each level. I also plan to do all the tape level videos. You can find the full youtube playlist here -> Crash Bandicoot 4 - All Videos

    Master Marsupial
    Get EVERY trophy

    Good luck getting all other trophies :)

    Beat ‘Em Any Which Way
    Beat any boss in N. Verted mode

    N. Verted mode is unlocked after you finish the Tranquility Falls area, level - Trouble Brewing. This lets you replay all levels in "Inverted Mode". Simly beat any boss in Inverted mode and that will unlock the trophy.

    Backwards & Forwards
    Complete ALL levels in N. Verted mode

    N. Verted mode is unlocked after you finish the Tranquility Falls area, level - Trouble Brewing. This lets you replay all levels in "Inverted Mode". You need to complete all 43 levels (5 of those are boss levels) in Inverted mode and that will unlock the trophy.

    IT’S MESSING WITH MY HEAD, MAN!!!
    Beat a level in N. Verted mode

    N. Verted mode is unlocked after you finish the Tranquility Falls area, level - Trouble Brewing. This lets you replay all levels in "Inverted Mode". You need to complete 1 level in Inverted mode and that will unlock the trophy.

    Taking the Side Road
    Complete a Bonus Path

    Bonus path is a bonus stage in a level. This should come naturally if you aim to get 100% in all levels. Simply beat the bonus stage to unlock this trophy.

    The Whole Picture
    Complete all Timelines

    There are 9 alternate timeline levels. By beating the required story levels, you will unlock from time to time their alternative side (usualy when you observe "???" icon above Crash's head in levels that will mean you will unlock different timeline after beating it). Complete them all for the trophy.

    Those are: Truck Stopped, Thar He Blows!, Potion Commotion, No Dillo Dallying, Ship Happens, Building Bridges, Rock Blocked, Shipping Error and Seeing Double.

    Putting Things In Perspective
    Complete any Timeline

    This will come naturally when you aim to unlock "The Whole Picture" trophy. It requires you to finish only 1 alternative level.

    Fleet of Feet
    Play a game of Checkpoint Race

    You need to win one match in Bandicoot Battle -> 2 Players -> Checkpoint Race. Do the "Rude Awakening", do it offline and take your time, you will unlock this as you finish the level with any player. Those are accessible throug the main menu. Easy one.

    Settle the Score
    Play a game of Crate Combo

    You need to win one match in Bandicoot Battle -> 2 Players -> Crate Combo. Do the "Rude Awakening", do it offline and take your time, you will unlock this as you finish the level with any player. Those are accessible through the main menu. Easy one.

    What Has Been, Will Be Again
    STORY

    Defeat Dr. Neo Cortex… again.

    You will unlock this automatically by defeating the last boss in the game.

    The Fourth Time
    STORY

    Defeat Dr. Neo Cortex

    You will unlock this automatically by defeating the Dr. Neo Cortex boss

    Master Mixologist
    STORY

    Defeat N. Brio

    You will unlock this automatically by defeating the N. Brio boss.

    Beaten With His Own Drum
    STORY

    Defeat N. Gin and his Weapon of Mass Percussion

    You will unlock this automatically by defeating the N. Gin boss.

    Twinsanity
    STORY

    Defeat the Doctors N. Tropy

    You will unlock this automatically by defeating the Doctors N. boss.

    Overachiever
    GRIND

    Watch the 100% bonus ending

    This will come naturally as you hunt for the 106% completion trophy. For this one you can collect all gems on all Normal & Inverted levels.

    OVER-Overachiever
    GRIND

    Watch the 106% bonus ending

    You need 106% completion. 

    Collect all gems in Normal & Inverted Levels.
    Collect 4 Colored Gems (Red, Green, Yellow, Blue)
    Collect 38 Platinum Time Trial Relics
    Collect 21 Platinum Flashback Relics (All boxes in every tape level - you can die as much as you like here)
    Collect 38 N.Sanely Perfect Relics (finish the level and collect all boxes without dying - you do NOT need 80% wumpa gem and hidden gem for this relic)

    Check out the topics for guide for all islands. You can find everything there.

    Sapphire-er Acquirer
    Find the hidden Blue Gem

    You need to finish the "Draggin’ On" level in the Tranquility Falls without destroying a single crate! That will grant you the blue gem.

    **Blue Gem Run**
    0:05 - Blue Gem (Finish the level without destroying any box)

    Like a Rhinestone Bandicoot
    Earn half of the Clear Gems

    You only need 3 clear gems for this trophy. Those you get by collecting certain amout of fruit (which is inside of boxes). Check details under King of Bling trophy.

    King of Bling
    GRIND

    Earn ALL of the Clear Gems

    You need all clear gems in all Normal levels in this game. You get them by:

    Finding 40% of all Fruits
    Finding 60% of all Fruits
    Finding 80% of all Fruits
    Destroying all Crates
    Dying less than 3 times
    Finding the Hidden Gem

    38 levels x 6 gems = 228 gems.

    gnilB fo gniK
    GRIND

    Earn ALL N. Verted Gems

    You need all clear gems in all Inverted levels in this game. N. Verted mode is unlocked after you finish the Tranquility Falls area, level - Trouble Brewing.  You get them by:

    Finding 40% of all Fruits
    Finding 60% of all Fruits
    Finding 80% of all Fruits
    Destroying all Crates
    Dying less than 3 times
    Finding the Hidden Gem

    38 levels x 6 gems = 228 gems.

    Emerald Gemerald
    Find the hidden Green Gem

    This one can be found inside the Nitro box almost at the end of the "Hit The Road" level in The hazardous wastes island. When you finish the part when you are chased and land just a bit above the Nitro box, spin in the trash can and then spin in the toy remote to destroy the Nitro box and reveal the green gem.

    **Normal Run**
    5:48 - Green Gem Location (Spin into the trash can and then spin the remote until the destroys the nitro box) (Emeral Gemerald Trophy - finish the level after picking up the gem)

    Ruby Red
    Find the hidden Red Gem

    Red gem is in the "N.Sanity Peak" level on the Insanity Island (first island in the game). When you reach the 9 dissapearing platforms, you need to jump in certain pattern for the red gem to appear. Just before entering this room you can find the pattern on the wall, just look to the right.

    **Normal Run**
    2:07 - Red Color Gem (Ruby Red Trophy - Finish the level to unlock it)

    Topaz Pizazz
    Find the hidden Yellow Gem

    This one is at the start of the "Run It Bayou" level in the "Mosquito Marsh". When you reach your ride at the start, do not use it, instead go right, jump on the 3 crates, then left where the 4 crates are. Double jump from the upper left crate to reach the Yellow gem.

    **Normal Run**
    0:22 - Yellow Gem Location

    Altitude Sickness
    Crouch or slide into a double jump

    Hold Circle or R1 and jump twice. Simple as that.

    Silent Protagonist
    STORY

    Meet 'Akano

    Automatic story unlock.

    Ups & Downs
    STORY

    Meet Ika-Ika

    Automatic story unlock.

    Reality-Shattering Proportions
    STORY

    Meet Lani-Loli

    Automatic story unlock.

    I Can See Through Time
    STORY

    Meet Kupuna-Wa

    Automatic story unlock.

    No It’s MY Turn
    Complete a level with Pass N. Play enabled

    You need to set next in the Options -> Pass N. Play -> Players = 2 Players / Pass Condition = Checkpoint. Now finish any level. You can do it offline by yourself.

    Ladies First
    Complete a level as Coco

    You will unlock Coco when you finish the second level in the game. When you are on the map, change to Coco by pressing the Square button and beat any level with her from start to the end.

    Sudden But Inevitable
    STORY

    Betrayed! By your worst enemy.

    Automatic story unlock.

    Model Test Subject
    Earn any Flashback Relic

    There are 21 Flash tapes to be found. You can see when you are entering a level if there is a tape icon. If yes, you need to reach the tape in that level without dying until that point. When you find the tape, you can play those levels. For this trophy you just need finish one level with doing the condition for one relic.

    Closing the Experiment Log
    Earn ALL of the platinum Flashback Relics

    There are 21 Flash tapes to be found. You can see when you are entering a level if there is a tape icon. If yes, you need to reach the tape in that level without dying until that point. When you find the tape, you can play those levels. For this trophy you just need all flashback levels with doing all 3 relic conditions.

    For location of all tapes, refer to my walkthrough topics where you can find the timestamps of tape locations in cronological order.

    Perfectionist
    GRIND

    Earn ALL N.Sanely Perfect Relics

    In order to unlock N.Sanely Perfect Relics you must collect all boxes in a level, but you DON'T need the Hidden Gem and 80% wumpa gem. The hardest part is that you need to finish the level without dying. There are 38 levels, so do the Normal runs with mentioned conditions. You can die in the Bonus stage, that doesn't count as death - which will make this easier. Otherwise, if you die, you need to Restart the level from the Options.

    You can find the full chronological guide in topics of this trophy guide. I will cover all levels there.

    So-Called Perfectionist
    Earn any N.Sanely Perfect Relic

    In order to unlock N.Sanely Perfect Relics you must collect all Gems in a level, but you DON'T need the Hidden Gem. The hardest part is that you need to finish the level without dying. There are 38 levels, so do the Normal runs with mentioned conditions. You can die in the Bonus stage, that doesn't count as death - which will make this easier. Otherwise, if you die, you need to Restart the level from the Options.

    You can find the full chronological guide in topics of this trophy guide. I will cover all levels there.

    Faster Than a Tortoise
    Earn any Time Trial Relic

    To unlock time trials you need to finish the level first. For this trophy, start any level, pick up the clock at the start and finish the level bellow the slowest time.

    Faster Than Sound
    GRIND

    Earn ALL of the platinum Time Trial Relics

    Aaaand here we are.

    This is what grades this game a 9/10 difficulty. Platinum times are really tricky on some levels. Do not even try this without the triple spin skill (which you will unlock after beating the game). I made videos for all levels and how to get the platinum relic, so check out the topics for each island where you can find everything you will need.

    Hint: When you do the time trials, notice if time boxes are close to Nitro boxes. If yes, you can avoid those to spare time and just destroy the "!" at the end, you will get minus time for all boxes that the Nitro will destroy this way.

    Good luck!

    All Gussied Up
    Try on a Skin

    You will unlocks skins by collecting enough gems on each level. Some you will get by beating the bosses. When you are on the map, press the triangle button and change to some skin. That is it.

    Whoa!
    Pull off a Triple Spin

    Triple Spin is unlocked by beating the game. Then to perform it, you need to press the square 3 times in intervals of half second. Easier said than done! For sure you will get this naturally by doing the platinum time trials. 

    Showoff
    Defeat an enemy with Triple Spin

    Triple Spin is unlocked by beating the game. Then to perform it, you need to press the square 3 times in intervals of half second. When you are in that 3rd spin stage, defeat an enemy. This will for sure come naturally when doing the time trials.

    N. Vincible
    Beat a story level without dying

    This should come naturally by doing the N.Sane relic runs; for those you need to finish the level without dying. Not so hard in first few levels.

    A/V Club Founder
    Acquire a Flashback Tape

    There are 21 Flash tapes to be found. You can see when you are entering a level if there is a tape icon. If yes, you need to reach the tape in that level without dying until that point. After that you can die, but you need to finisn the level for it to count. You need 1 for this trophy.

    Tree Droppings
    Find the source of the Bumpa Berries

    This can be unlock in the "Off-Balance" level in the Tranquility Falls. At the start, jump next to the 3 crates on the right side and spin. The berry will fall on your head from the branch and you will unlock the trophy.

    **Normal Run**
    0:07 - Tree Droppings Trophy (Spin at the branch next to the boxes at the beginning)

    Here Kitty Kitty
    Scare the cat hiding from a party

    This can be unlocked in the "Off Beat" level in the Mosquito Marsh. Before the second checkpoint, just after the 3 Nitro boxes - attack the dumpster on the right.

    **Normal Run**
    0:50 - Here Kitty Kitty Trophy (Spin at the dumpster)

    Give 'Em a Broadside!
    Aim and fire!

    This can be unlock in the "Thar He Blows!" level in the Salty Wharf. Just before the part with Crash (bridge where you need to destroy the locked fence on the right), you can see 2 canons. Spin into them.

    **Normal Run**
    0:27 - Hidden Gem
    1:00 - Give 'Em a Broadside! Trophy (Destroy 2 cannons just before reaching the part with Crash)

    Bad Signs
    Do some target practice

    This can be unlock in the  "Home Cookin" level in the Mosquito Marsh.

    There will be 5 purple bat signs throughout the level. You must shoot them all to unlock this trophy. Do this by vacuuming the TNT box or crate and shooting those into the signs.

    **Normal Run**
    0:57 - Sign 1/5
    1:23 - Sign 2/5
    2:45 - Sign 3/5
    3:31 - Sign 4/5
    6:05 - Sign 5/5 - Bad Signs Trophy (Destroy 5 signs across the level)

    Junkyard Jams
    Make music in an unlikely place

    This can be unlocked in the "Hit The Road" level in The Hazardous Wastes. You need to spin into the 6 barrels (3 left at the start, 3 next to the bonus stage).

    **Normal Run**
    0:01 - Barrels 1-3/6 (6 needed for Junkyard Jams Trophy - spin into them)
    1:20 - Barrels 4-6/ (Junkyard Jams Trophy)

    WOAH YEAH!
    Grabbed a bushel of Bumpa

    Collect 18 grappes in the "A Hole in Space" level in the Bermugula’s Orbit. They are in the railway section at the start of the level. Should be pretty easy to do so and you can always repeat as much as you need to.

    Silence the Scientist
    Shut N. Brio up

    This can be unlocked in the "Give it a Spin" level in the Tranquility Falls. When you see the first potion and hear N.Brio talking, spin to destroy it.

    **Normal Run**
    0:34 - Silence the Scientist Trophy (destroy the potion)

    Megaphoning It In
    Shut N. Gin up

    Destroy the Megaphone in the "A Real Grind" level in the The Hazardous Wastes. You can find the first one just before jumping on the platforms after the first bridge.

    **Normal Run**
    0:19 - Megaphoning It In Trophy (Destroy the megaphone just after the start, before jumping to the platforms)

    Hammer it Home
    Make some noise!

    This can be unlocked in the "Draggin’ On" level in the Tranquility Falls. You need to spin into the 4 bells (3 are hanging from the gates as you walk through them, 1 is a bit later when you need to use the purple mask spin to reach high ground).

    **Normal Run**
    3:07 - Normal Run start
    3:10 - Bell 1/4
    3:22 - Bell 2/4
    4:30 - Bell 3/4
    4:40 - Bell 4/4 (Hammer it Home Trophy)

    Channel Surfer
    Spend some time surfin' the waves

    You can unlock this in the "Rude Awakening" - first in-game level by spinning into the TV for a few times. It is just at the start of the level.

    **Normal Run**
    0:05 - Channel Surfer Trophy (Spin few times at the TV at the beginning of the level)

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