How to unlock all characters in Crash Team Racing

Unlock the full roster of characters available in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, a common question asked by gamers is how to unlock all characters. While some characters are available right at the beginning of the game, others have certain requirements that must be met before they unlock. Some of these requirements are as simple as grabbing them from the Pit Stop, while others are tied to in-game play.

If you’re struggling to unlock one or more characters in Crash Team Racing, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve put together a guide breaking down how to unlock all 25 characters in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled!

How to Unlock All Characters in Crash Team Racing

To unlock all characters in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, you'll need to play through the game, and earn Wumpa Coins to purchase characters from the Pit Stop.
To unlock all characters in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, you'll need to play through the game, and earn Wumpa Coins to purchase characters from the Pit Stop.
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As noted above, there are 25 unlockable characters in total, and several of these characters are unlocked and available at the beginning of Crash Team Racing. Using these characters, you’ll be able to unlock other characters through in-game play. You can also unlock characters via the Pit Stop. Below, we’ve listed all characters available at the start of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

  • Coco
  • Crash
  • Dingodile
  • Dr. N. Gin
  • Dr. Neo Cortex
  • Polar
  • Pura
  • Tiny

Using these 8 characters that are unlocked and available at the start of Crash Team Racing, you’ll be able to play through the game and unlock additional characters. There are 7 characters in Crash Team Racing that can be unlocked by progressing through the game, each of which we’ve listed below.

  • Fake Crash: Earn the Purple Gem in Adventure Mode to unlock.
  • Komodo Joe: Defeat Komodo Joe in Adventure Mode to unlock.
  • N. Tropy: Beat all of N. Tropy’s Times in Time Trial Mode.
  • Nitros Oxide: Defeat Nitros Oxide in Adventure Mode to unlock.
  • Papu Papu: Defeat Papu Papu in Adventure Mode to unlock.
  • Pinstripe: Defeat Pinstripe in Adventure Mode to unlock.
  • Ripper Roo: Defeat Ripper Roo in Adventure Mode to unlock.
Play through Adventure Mode and defeat characters like Papu Papu to unlock them in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
Play through Adventure Mode and defeat characters like Papu Papu to unlock them in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
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Outside of playing through Adventure Mode and defeating characters like Komodo Joe to unlock them in Crash Team Racing, you can acquire additional characters in the Pit Stop. In Crash Team Racing, the Pit Stop acts like a store where you’re able to purchase cosmetics like skins as well as characters in exchange for Wumpa Coins.

To earn Wumpa Coins, you’ll need to play through various aspects of the game, like Adventure Mode. Note that the Pit Stop inventory changes daily, meaning you can’t just hop in and purchase the rest of the game’s characters at once. Instead, you need to keep earning Wumpa Coins and checking back to see what new character is available for purchase.

Below, we’ve listed all characters that can be purchased from the Pit Stop in exchange for Wumpa Coins in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

  • Big Norm
  • Crunch
  • Geary
  • Krunk
  • Nash
  • N. Trance
  • Real Velo
  • Small Norm
  • Zam
  • Zem

Cheat Code to Unlock Penta Penguin

To unlock characters like Penta Penguin, you'll need to enter a special cheat code from the Main Menu of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
To unlock characters like Penta Penguin, you'll need to enter a special cheat code from the Main Menu of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
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Acting like a fun blast from the past, you can unlock Penta Penguin in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled by entering a cheat code from the Main Menu. As of right now, the only way to unlock Penta Penguin is by correctly entering the cheat code from the Main Menu of Crash Team Racing. While the code is essentially the same on each platform, the inputs will differ based on your controller.

Because of this, we’ve listed the cheat codes for each platform below. Again, to successfully unlock Penta Penguin, make sure you input these in order from the Main Menu of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

  • Unlock Penta Penguin on Xbox One: Hold LB + RB, Down, Right, Y, Down, Left, Y, Up.
  • Unlock Penta Penguin on Nintendo Switch: Hold L + R, Down, Right, X, Down, Left, X, Up.
  • Unlock Penta Penguin on PlayStation 4: Hold L1 + R1, Down, Right, Triangle, Down, Left, Triangle, Up.

In the future, additional characters may be added to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as DLC. Until then, the characters listed above are all of the ones available to unlock. What’s nice is that you’re given 8 characters right at the beginning of the game. This makes it easy to grab characters like Papu Papu in Adventure Mode, and earn Wumpa Coins to purchase additional characters and expand your roster even further.

Now that you know how to unlock all characters in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, what are your thoughts? Are you happy with the 8 available starter characters? Were you able to unlock Penta Penguin by entering the cheat code from the game’s Main Menu? Let us know down in the comments below!

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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