When a game is a trilogy there are a lot of boss battles. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogyfor PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC features a total of 16 bosses to fight, so we’ve put together this Crash Bandicoot Boss Guide, Crash Bandicoot 2 Boss Guide, and Crash Bandicoot 3 Boss Guide to help you beat each one. On this page you’ll find detailed walkthroughs to defeat the toughest bosses from the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. With our help you’ll be beating Neo Cortex in no time! We've also got guides to beat Ripper Roo, Dr Nefarious Tropy, Dr Neo Cortex, The Evil Twins, Dr Nitrus Brio, Lo-lo and Crunch, and Dingodile
If you need help with any other parts of the game, then head over to our Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Guide and Walkthrough hub.
Crash Bandicoot Boss Guide - Beat Every Boss in the N.Sane Trilogy
The original Crash Bandicoot featured six main boss battles, and each one has been recreated in the N.Sane Trilogy remaster of the game. Check out the best tactics to defeat each of them in our Crash Bandicoot boss guides below.
Crash Bandicoot - How to Beat Papu Papu
As the first boss in the entire Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, Papu Papu isn’t hard to beat. After slamming his hammer down he’ll proceed to swing it around the small arena. Simply jump over the swinging hammer and jump into Papu Papu. Repeat this five times and he’ll be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot - How to Beat Ripper Roo
Ripper Roo, a dangerous kangaroo, is fought on a floating grid of 3x3 platforms. Floating between them are TNT crates. Ripper Roo jumps around the grid, so Crash must stay out of the way and activate the TNT so it explodes and hurts Ripper. To the side of each row is a safe place that Crash can stand in without risk of being jumped on, so jump on a TNT crate then get out of the way and hope Ripper lands near the explosion. Land three explosive blows and Ripper Roo will be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot - How to Beat Koala Kong
Koala Kong can be defeated using the classic boss battle technique of using his own weapons against him. He throws massive rocks at Crash, which must either be spun into or dodged. Spin into them when the area to the side of crash is covered with TNT crates. Once the crates are gone, dodge out of the way of the incoming rock and wait for it to settle. Then spin it back into Koala Kong. Take your time and Koala Kong will be defeated in four hits.
Crash Bandicoot - How to Beat Pinstripe Potoroo
Crash is a platformer, but this didn’t stop a bit of cover-shooting making an appearance. Pinstripe has a gun, so make sure Crash is behind one of the chairs at the front of the room whenever he’s about to fire. After each round of fire you can nip out and spin attack him. This works for the first three attacks. After this you’ll need to remain in cover until Pinstripe has trouble with his gun. He’ll get annoyed and hit his gun, and at this point you should hop out and spin attack him. After a total of six hits he’ll be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot - How to Beat Dr. Nitrus Brio (N. Brio)
Dr. Nitrus Brio will attack using two chemicals. When he throws out a green chemical it will land on the floor and turn into a green monster. Avoid where it lands and then jump on it to cause Nitrus to take a hit. When he throws out purple chemicals you should just avoid where they are going to land. After six hits he’ll drink some chemicals and turn into a Hulk-like version of himself.
Once Nitrus has transformed he’ll slam his arms down and cause some concrete blocks to fall down. Wait for them to stop falling, then jump onto the one that remains. As Nitrus walks towards you, simply jump on his head. Do this three times and he’ll fall out of the window and be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot - How to Beat Dr. Neo Cortex
Despite being the final boss in the original Crash Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex isn’t very hard to beat. He has one attack, which is to fire out purple orbs. These are deadly to Crash, so avoid them. Some will float across the screen after you’ve dodged them, so be careful. When he throws out a green orb, spin it back. Once you’ve done this a couple of times Cortex will take damage.
Over the course of the Neo Cortex boss battle his attacks will increase in speed, so be careful, but the basics remain the same. Attack him five times and Neo Cortex will be defeated and you’ll have beaten the original Crash Bandicoot on PS4, Xbox One, Switch or PC.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Boss Guide - Beat Every Boss in the N.Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot 2 lost a boss battle, meaning it featured five main boss battles, and each one has been lovingly remastered in the N.Sane Trilogy. We’ve got tips and tricks to beat them all in the boss battles guide below.
Crash Bandicoot 2 - How to Beat Ripper Roo
Ripper Roo returns in Crash Bandicoot 2, this time hopping around a large area and planting TNT and Nitro. He alternates between planting the two. No matter what he’s planting, avoid the areas where is there is TNT or Nitro. After all the TNT explodes nothing will happen, but after the Nitro explodes there is a brief period in which Ripper is vulnerable. Spin attack him then prepare for the next wave of TNT. Hit him three times and you’ll defeat Ripper Roo.
Crash Bandicoot 2 - How to Beat the Komodo Brothers
The Komodo Brothers work as a pair, but aren’t difficult to beat once you know how. The larger brother will remain in the centre and send his sibling spinning out to attack Crash. Simply avoid the spinning and then spin attack him back to his brother once he’s sat on floor recuperating. After each successful hit the central brother will throw out knives in an anti-clockwise circle. Just keep out of their way. Now repeat the attack using the spinning brother (once he’s recovering), and then avoid the knives once more. After two successful strikes there will be a combination spin and knife attack. Avoid the knives until the spinning stops, then perform one more spin attack on the recovering brother to defeat the Komodo Brothers.
Crash Bandicoot 2 - How to Beat Tiny Tiger
Tiny Tiger is another boss in Crash Bandicoot that likes to jump around a 3x3 grid. Tiny follows you around, so the goal is to get him to follow you onto a platform that falls away beneath him. The platforms turn red and then flash when they’re about to fall, so time your jump to safety as he jumps on the platform. Get him to fall three times and Tiny Tiger is defeated.
Crash Bandicoot 2 - How to Beat Dr. N. Gin
Dr N. Gin is a tricky boss, but can be defeated with our boss guide. Crash must throw fruit at the yellow areas of the weapons N. Gin is using, while at the same time avoiding being hit himself.
Phase one sees N. Gin firing lasers, so just make sure you stay out of its way. Watch out as it moves up and down as well as across the screen. Phase 2 sees N. Gin firing missiles. Again, just stay out of their way by avoiding the red target zones on the floor. Following this he’ll fire a single missile at you that follows you around. Avoid and continue firing on the yellow area.
In the final phase N. Gin will use a ray that makes platforms disappear. In order to target him with fruit you must stand in front of the ray and fire, before quickly jumping to a safe platform. It’ll take a few goes to down him, but as long as you don’t get too over confident you should be fine.
Crash Bandicoot 2 - How to Beat Dr. Neo Cortex
As a final boss for Crash Bandicoot 2, Neo Cortex is rather disappointing and very easy to beat. You must follow him through a series of rings, avoiding obstacles as you get up close. When you’re close enough, perform a spin attack. Repeat this three times and Neo Cortex is defeated and you’ve completed Crash Bandicoot 2 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Boss Guide - Beat Every Boss in the N.Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot 3 also only featured five main boss battles (instead of the six in the original game). We’ve looked at the remastered N.Sane Trilogy and written up complete boss guides for all of them in the handy section just below this paragraph.
Crash Bandicoot 3 - How to Beat Tiny Tiger
As the first boss in Crash Bandicoot 3 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC, Tiny Tiger isn’t hard to beat. His first attack sees him trying to jump on you, before he slams his weapon into the ground. Avoid those attacks and then spin attack him after his weapon slam.
Tiny Tiger will now retreat and Crash will have to avoid a horde of stampeding lions. After this Tiny will repeat his attacks from before, so wait until he’s slammed his weapon down and then hit him. This sequence will happen once more, and then Tiny Tiger will be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot 3 - How to Beat Dingodile
Dingodile has a rather nifty flamethrower that can fire projectiles. He also creates a trio of hard barriers to protect himself. In order to get to him Crash must first dodge the incoming fireballs (you can see their shadows before they hit), then avoid his fire blasts. After three blasts you can run in and spin attack him.
In his second phase the fireballs are fired in more random places, while in phase 3 they are fired in pairs. In both phases, wait until he’s blasted a path through the barrier, then run in and spin attack him. Dingodile will now be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot 3 - How to Beat Dr. N. Tropy
Dr. N. Tropy appears to be a rather tough boss to beat, due to his dramatic attacks, but he’s actually pretty simple as long as you stay calm. N. Tropy stands on a platform Crash can’t reach. Initially you must avoid his missile attacks and then his laser beams (just jump over them). Once you’ve done this he’ll open up a path to him. Jump over and then spin attack N. Tropy. Follow the same formula two more times and Dr N. Tropy will be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot 3 - How to Beat Dr. N. Gin
Dr N. Gin’s boss battle in Crash Bandicoot 3 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC gives off a few Star Fox vibes, and comes in two phases. Phase one will see Gin firing a number of weapons at you from within a giant mech. Crash must target the yellow areas around each weapon. Just keep firing at them until you’ve depleted his health, shooting any missiles out of the sky as they appear.
Phase 2 isn’t drastically different to phase 1, although the mech has transformed into more of a spacecraft. Once again, target the yellow areas, avoid projectiles and shoot down missiles. Keep doing this and Dr. N. Gin will be defeated.
Crash Bandicoot 3 - How to Beat Dr. Neo Cortex and Uka Uka
The Crash games aren’t great at delivering tough final boss battles, are they? Defeating Neo Cortex and Uka Uka at the end of Crash Bandicoot 3 isn’t hard at all once you know what to do.
Cortex will fire out projectiles while Uka Uka and Aku Aku battle on the floor below. Avoid the masks (they will either have a laser between them or be spinning), keep out of the way of Cortex’s projectiles, then avoid setting off the mines Cortex drops. After he has dropped the final mine he’ll become vulnerable. Make sure you don’t accidentally trigger a mine and run over to him, then spin attack him into the hole a the center of the room - this might take numerous spins.
Repeat this process two more times and Dr Neo Cortex is defeated for the final time in the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. Well done, you’ve completed all three games in the package!
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Boss Video Walkthrough
If you want more help beating any of the bosses in Crash Bandicoot PS4 N.Sane Trilogy, you can check out the video below. In the video all the bosses are defeated without Crash taking any damage.
For more help, check out our guide to collecting all the gems in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, and our guide to unlocking the secret levels in Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot 3.