All the characters and how to unlock them in Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled

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The lifeblood of Kart racers, whether it be Mario Kart, Sonic racing or Crash Team Racing, is the large cast of colorful characters that make quips and bring some personality to the games where other arcade racers don’t. Nitro Fueled brings back both the casts of the original CTR as well as the characters that its sequel Crash Nitro Kart.

But how do you unlock this huge cast of characters?

Firstly, the cast of Crash Nitro Kart cannot be added by completing any mode in the game, including adventure mode. To unlock all of the cast for Nitro Kart, you must gather Wumpa coins from playing the game and keep your eyes on the games store, found by going to the main menu and heading to the Pit Stop. It will refresh the items regularly, and if you pick the right times, you should be able to grab each character. They are relatively inexpensive, so timing is the only concern.

All the characters and how to unlock them

For all of the characters in the original CTR, unlocking them works almost identical in Nitro Fueled, with the majority being unlocked by completing the game’s Adventure Mode. With that said, here are all the characters in the game, their specialist racing stat, and how to unlock them.

CTR Characters
Crash Bandicoot
  • Speciality: Balanced
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Coco Bandicoot
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Dr. Neo Cortex
  • Speciality: Balanced
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Dr. N. Gin
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Tiny Tiger
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Dingodile
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Polar
  • Speciality: Turning
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Pura
  • Speciality: Turning
  • Available from the beginning of the game.
Ripper Roo
  • Speciality: Turning
  • Available after defeating him in Adventure Mode.
Papu Papu
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Available after defeating him in Adventure Mode.
Komodo Joe
  • Speciality: Balanced
  • Available after defeating him in Adventure Mode.
Pinstripe Potoroo
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Available after defeating him in Adventure Mode.
Fake Crash
  • Speciality: Balanced
  • Available after winning the Purple Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
Dr. Nefarious Tropy
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Available after defeating all of his ghosts in Time Trial Mode.
Nitros Oxide
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Available after completing the Adventure Mode. Also unlocked at the beginning if you ordered the Oxide Edition of the game.
Penta Penguin
Nitro Kart Characters
Crunch Bandicoot
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins/available immediately with Nitros Oxide Edition
Krunk
  • Speciality: Turning
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins
Small Norm
  • Speciality: Balanced
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins
Big Norm
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins
Nash
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins
N. Trance
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Pit Stop Cost: 7200 Wumpa Coins (via the Summer Pack)
Emperor Velo XVII
  • Speciality: Turning
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins
Zem
  • Speciality: Top Speed
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins/available immediately with Nitros Oxide Edition
Zam
  • Speciality: Turning
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins/available immediately with Nitros Oxide Edition
Geary
  • Speciality: Acceleration
  • Pit Stop Cost: 1500 Wumpa Coins

DLC is also going to be adding to the extensive roster of characters, although their full cost or unlock method is not yet entirely clear. Characters that are confirmed for the Grand Prix DLC pack coming in the future include the following:

Tawana Bandicoot
  • Speciality: Acceleration
Megumi
  • Specialty: Turning
Ami
  • Specialty: Top Speed
Liz
  • Specialty: Turning
Isabella
  • Speciality: Acceleration

Others confirmed (though no class confirmed) include Baby T., Baby Crash, Baby Coco and Spyro the Dragon.

We hope you enjoy unlocking all of the rosters!