Crossy Road is an endless Frogger-like from Hipster Whale. In our previous guide, we provided tips on dodging traffic and other hazards in order to snag a high score. This guide will explicitly cover the different characters in Crossy Road, and how to unlock those that have special requirements. We will update this Crossy Road characters list with new info on any additional characters added to Crossy Road in the future.

Below, all currently available characters are grouped into different types: those that are winnable but do not visually change the world (Basic), those that are winnable but do visually change the world (Special), and those that must be unlocked in a certain way/cannot be won in the randomized gacha lottery (Unlockable). Within these individual groups, characters are generally listed in the order they appear on the character select screen in-game.

This was mentioned in our previous guide but is worth clarifying again: no character has an advantage while playing. No one runs faster, jumps farther, or earns more points. You may find some characters easier to play than others—e.g., characters that run in the dark make it harder to see obstacles ahead—but there is no specific technical advantage to playing one over the other. Play with whomever you want, and have fun!

Basic Characters

These characters run on the normal daytime road. They do not change the appearance of the world. They may make unique sounds or movements, but these are self-contained.

  • Chicken:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Chicken
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Chicken

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: You begin the game with the Chicken.
    • Traits: The starter character and iconic chicken. She clucks while jumping.
  • Mallard:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Mallard
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Mallard

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: He quacks. Used to unlock Andy Sum.
  • Baby Duck:CrossyRoad_Portrait_BabyDuck
    CrossyRoad_InAction_BabyDuck

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: He has a slightly higher-pitched quack than Mallard.
  • Poopy Pigeon:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PoopyPigeon
    CrossyRoad_InAction_PoopyPigeon

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: About every ten seconds, Poopy Pigeon lets out a fart noise and leaves a pile of white bird droppings on the ground.
  • Giddy Goat:CrossyRoad_Portrait_GiddyGoat
    CrossyRoad_InAction_GiddyGoat

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Alternates between a high-pitched goat bleat and a lower-pitched, grumpy growl.
  • Fluffy Sheep:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FluffySheep
    CrossyRoad_InAction_FluffySheep

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Baas while jumping.
  • Black Sheep:CrossyRoad_Portrait_BlackSheep
    CrossyRoad_InAction_BlackSheep

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Lets out a slightly deeper “baa” than Fluffy Sheep while jumping.
  • Cow:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Cow
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Cow

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Occasionally “moos” while jumping.
  • Mad Bull:CrossyRoad_Portrait_MadBull
    CrossyRoad_InAction_MadBull

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Lets out a deeper moo than Cow while jumping.
  • Big Fat Pig:CrossyRoad_Portrait_BigFatPig
    CrossyRoad_InAction_BigFatPig

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Oinks softly, sometimes squeals like a pig.
  • Thoroughbred:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Thoroughbred
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Thoroughbred

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Whinnies.
  • Unihorse:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Unihorse
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Unihorse

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Whinnies, snorts, and has a short rainbow that trails behind him.
  • Scruffy Dog:CrossyRoad_Portrait_ScruffyDog
    CrossyRoad_InAction_ScruffyDog

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Is the only dog wearing a collar. Barks.
  • Marmalade Dog:CrossyRoad_Portrait_MarmaladeDog
    CrossyRoad_InAction_MarmaladeDog

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Woofs.
  • Pew Die Pug:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PewDiePug
    CrossyRoad_InAction_PewDiePug

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Yips.
  • Lucky Cat:CrossyRoad_Portrait_LuckyCat
    CrossyRoad_InAction_LuckyCat

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Lucky Cat only has three legs, but jumps and moves just as well as the other characters. Gameplay-wise, he is not any luckier than the other cats in terms of finding coins, etc. He occasionally lets out a high-pitched yowl. Used to unlock Matt Hall.
  • Unlucky Cat:CrossyRoad_Portrait_UnluckyCat
    CrossyRoad_InAction_UnluckyCat

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Occasionally lets out a low-pitched yowl. Gameplay-wise, is not any unluckier than the other cats.
  • Tabby Cat:CrossyRoad_Portrait_TabbyCat
    CrossyRoad_InAction_TabbyCat

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Let’s out a high-pitched yowl.
  • Brown Bunny:CrossyRoad_Portrait_BrownBunny
    CrossyRoad_InAction_BrownBunny

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Makes a very soft patter sound while hopping.
  • Grey Bunny:CrossyRoad_Portrait_GreyBunny
    CrossyRoad_InAction_GreyBunny

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Makes a slightly louder patter sound than Brown Bunny.
  • Lovely Bunny:CrossyRoad_Portrait_LovelyBunny
    CrossyRoad_InAction_LovelyBunny

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Has hearts that float above him while hopping. When he dies, the hearts break. Makes a muted jumping sound.
  • Capybara:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Capybara
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Capybara

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Purrs softly every once in awhile.
  • Tree Frog:CrossyRoad_Portrait_TreeFrog
    CrossyRoad_InAction_TreeFrog

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Is the only frog that’s not smiling. Croaks.
  • Swamp Frog:CrossyRoad_Portrait_SwampFrog
    CrossyRoad_InAction_SwampFrog

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Has a deeper, slower croak than Tree Frog.
  • Desert Frog:CrossyRoad_Portrait_DesertFrog
    CrossyRoad_InAction_DesertFrog

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Has a higher-pitched, faster croak than Tree Frog.
  • Jungle Frog:CrossyRoad_Portrait_JungleFrog
    CrossyRoad_InAction_JungleFrog

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Has a very high-pitched, extremely short croak, almost like a bird’s chirp.
  • Floppy Fish:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FloppyFish
    CrossyRoad_InAction_FloppyFish

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Flops back and forth while jumping so he will be facing a different direction every time he moves. Makes a wet, splatty sound.
  • Fast Tortoise:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FastTortoise
    CrossyRoad_InAction_FastTortoise

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: His tongue hangs past his chin. Silent besides the standard soft jumping sound.
  • Swift Snail:CrossyRoad_Portrait_SwiftSnail
    CrossyRoad_InAction_SwiftSnail

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Instead of hopping, he slides forward and leaves a trail of slime behind him. Silent except for the soft sliding sound.
  • Flea:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Flea
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Flea

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: He’s just a tiny, single voxel and makes a twangy, classic cartoon-style bouncing sound.
  • Crazy Ol’ Ben:CrossyRoad_Portrait_CrazyOlBen
    CrossyRoad_InAction_CrazyOlBen

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Crazy Ol’ Ben mumbles gibberish and occasionally cackles “whee-hee-hee-hee!”
  • Hot Shot:CrossyRoad_Portrait_HotShot
    CrossyRoad_InAction_HotShot

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Every once in a while, a baseball will fly at the Hot Shot and he’ll automatically hit it “out of the park.” He’s silent except for the accompanying homerun music after this hit.
  • Baller:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Baller
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Baller

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: He dribbles his basketball while running/hopping. When he dies, his basketball is not destroyed but instead goes flying away from him. He is silent except for the sound of dribbling.
  • Mad Wizard:CrossyRoad_Portrait_MadWizard
    CrossyRoad_InAction_MadWizard

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: He will occasionally fire a lightning bolt out of his staff at a nearby tree, frying it into a burnt crisp. This does not destroy the tree; a burnt tree is still impassable. The Wizard is silent except for the zapping sound of his lightning attack and an accompanying grunt.
  • Rusty Robot:CrossyRoad_Portrait_RustyRobot
    CrossyRoad_InAction_RustyRobot

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Rusty Robot has sparks flying off his body and will explode into dozens of pieces when killed. He makes a rusty spring sound when moving.
  • Dragon:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Dragon
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Dragon

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.0, Christmas theme, Dec. 7th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Dragon randomly spews fire from his mouth. If a car, tree, or other object is caught in this fire, it will explode and turn black. Dragon is silent except for the guttural fire-spewing.
  • Epoch:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Epoch
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Epoch

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Similar to Dragon, Epoch will randomly shoot bullets from his arm gun and “destroy” any objects immediately in front of him (they explode and turn black but can still harm you). Epoch is a guest star from the game EPOCH.
  • #TheDress:CrossyRoad_Portrait_TheDress
    CrossyRoad_InAction_TheDress

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: When playing as #TheDress, she will sometimes be blue/black, and sometimes white/gold. Or is she? (#TheDress is a reference to the viral debate over what color a certain dress appeared to be.)
  • Llama:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Llama
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Llama

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: When playing as Llama, there will be two Llamas on screen: a white Llama in front and a black Llama following. You control only the white Llama and the black one will follow directly one step behind. If the black Llama is killed, you will continue playing as just the white Llama. However, if the white Llama is killed, you won’t play as the black Llama; your run will be over. If you jump fast enough, you can actually get a few spaces ahead of the black Llama, as he won’t match your pace exactly. (Llama is a reference to the llama escape from Arizona earlier this month.)
  • Bag-It!:CrossyRoad_Portrait_BagIt
    CrossyRoad_InAction_BagIt

    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.2, Micro update, May 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Bag-It! spills drops of milk while hopping. If he stands still for any length of time, a pool of milk will begin appearing around him. He gives a deep grunt when he dies; otherwise he is silent. He is a guest star from the game Bag It!
  • Skip:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Skip
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Skip

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.0, Micro update 2, August 18th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Skip is a female jump roper endlessly jumping rope. Her jump rope is always spinning, even while standing in place. She is silent while standing still and makes the sound of a rope slicing through air when moving.
  • Rattles:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Rattles
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Rattles

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.0, Micro update 2, August 18th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Rattles is a coiled snake wearing a cowboy hat. During his run, little black and gray cubes will float up from the bottom of the screen, like smoke. He makes a rattly hiss sound while jumping. When killed, his cowboy hat flies off his head and lands elsewhere, unharmed. He is a guest star from the upcoming Mighty Games Group game Shooty Skies.
  • 3.1:CrossyRoad_Portrait_3Point1
    CrossyRoad_InAction_3Point1

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.0, Micro update 2, August 18th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: 3.1 is an older model of computer displaying the DOS prompt and smiley face. He makes classic computer boops and beeps while moving, along with a clacky jump sound that would make sense for a chunk of plastic and electronics capable of independent movement. He is a guest star from the upcoming Mighty Games Group game Shooty Skies. (We think. He might also be from their upcoming game Ice Cream Age—he looks somewhat related to the time machine computer.)
  • Gazelle:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Gazelle
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Gazelle

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.0, Micro update 2, August 18th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Gazelle is one of the few characters whose legs move while running (although with this update, that number has increased greatly). He is also one of the only characters to have just black dots for eyes instead of black dots with white around them. He is completely silent while running.
  • Giraffe:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Giraffe
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Giraffe

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.0, Micro update 2, August 18th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Like Gazelle, Giraffe’s legs move while running. Giraffe is the tallest character in the game currently and the only one to intersect with its own name on the character select screen. The look of disdain he has on the menu goes away while jumping, as his eyes open wide while in movement. However, if you stand still, his eyelids will drop again and return to an air of annoyance. Giraffe is silent.
  • Zebra:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Zebra
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Zebra

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.0, Micro update 2, August 18th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Like Gazelle and Giraffe, Zebra’s legs also move while running. Zebra is smaller than Thoroughbred, which is technically accurate but also makes him extra adorable. His mane is striped, which is another weird-but-true zebra fact we just now learned thanks to Crossy Road.
  • Turny:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_TurnyCrossyRoad_InAction_Turny

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Turny runs on the normal daytime map. Instead of hopping, he slides and his body leans heavily in the direction he’s moving. When he stops, he leans back the opposite direction, resulting in a slight wobble before standing still. Turny will occasionally let out a “Whoo!” while sliding. He is the star of the game Land Sliders.
  • Astronaut:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_AstronautCrossyRoad_InAction_Astronaut

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits:Astronaut runs on the normal daytime map. Like Turny, he slides instead of hopping, leans while moving, and wobbles before coming to a stop. Astronaut occasionally lets out gibberish radio communication noises. He is an unlockable character in Land Sliders.
  • Runner:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_Runner
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Runner

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.5, Sporty update, November 9th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Runner runs on the normal daytime road. Her arms and legs swing back and forth while running and she makes a grunting sound that is a softer variation of Hurdler’s. She wears a wristband on her left arm and her hair is in a bun.
  • Cyclist:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_Cyclist
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Cyclist

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.5, Sporty update, November 9th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Cyclist runs on the normal daytime road. His legs move back and forth as he pedals his bike while running. The only sound he makes it the slick swishing of his bike tires with each movement.

Special Characters

These characters change the appearance of the world around them when in use. These characters can all be won from the randomized gacha machine, or can be purchased for 99 cents apiece.

  • Emo Goose:CrossyRoad_Portrait_EmoGoose
    CrossyRoad_InAction_EmoGoose

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Emo Goose runs in the rain while it’s overcast. He has an emo comb-over and his eyeliner is smudged like his soul. He lets out a very sad honk while jumping.
  • Kiwi:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Kiwi
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Kiwi

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The world will be filled with sheep who become agitated when you approach. Kiwi is silent otherwise.
  • Doge:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Doge
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Doge

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: As he runs, Doge-styled phrases will pop up on the screen, like “many car,” “so danger,” and “amaze.” These phrases will remain for quite a while and can fill the majority of the screen.
  • Wolf:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Wolf
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Wolf

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Wolf runs at night in a soft, ambient light, so you can still see all the roads ahead of you. He lets out a low, deep bark.
  • Penguin:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Penguin
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Penguin

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Turns the world into a snowy winter scene complete with snowmen. Makes a croaky penguin trill sound.
  • Celebrity:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Celebrity
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Celebrity

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Photographers will appear in the world and snap pictures of the Celebrity as she passes. When she dies, money flies out of her body. She is silent except for the sounds of camera shutters.
  • The Dark Lord:CrossyRoad_Portrait_TheDarkLord
    CrossyRoad_InAction_TheDarkLord

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Dark Lord gives the entire world a red overcast. Some of the trees will also be burnt. When The Dark Lord passes these trees, they will occasionally erupt with a fountain of fire. He has a short trail of fire behind him and is silent except for the sound of tree eruptions. Used to unlock Ben Weatherall.
  • Grave Digger:CrossyRoad_Portrait_GraveDigger
    CrossyRoad_InAction_GraveDigger

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The world is extremely dark and only illuminated by Grave Digger’s lantern, making it hard to see more than three lanes ahead. Many of the trees have been turned into gravestones. Ghosts will occasionally materialize and then vanish near the gravestones. Grave Digger is silent except for the standard jumping noise.
  • Ghost:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Ghost
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Ghost

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Ghost is almost identical to Grave Digger: the world is dark and visibility is about three lanes ahead. Your only illumination is the Ghost’s body itself. Trees have been turned into gravestones. You will occasionally come across the Grave Digger: if you hop near him, he’ll shake and make a nervous rattling sound. Ghost is silent (besides the jumping sound) otherwise. In the April 1st, 2015 1.1.21 update, Ghost’s portrait was changed to be a much lighter color, now more white than green.
  • Vampire:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Vampire
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Vampire

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Vampire’s world has a dark blue overtone, as if it’s right at dusk. Visibility is not impaired. Vampire randomly turns into a bat while running and will stay as a bat for a few seconds, requiring you to control him in two different forms. Sometimes a swarm of bats will fly overhead. Vampire has a very soft red glow around him that will illuminate items that come very close. He is silent as a man, makes a flapping noise as a bat, and then says “mwa ha ha ha” when turning from a bat back into a man.
  • Frankenstein:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Frankenstein
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Frankenstein

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Frankenstein’s world is black and white with an old timey film grain. Thunder and lightning occasionally strike in the background, making a booming sound and causing the screen to flash briefly. Frankenstein lets out a low growl every once in a while.
  • Zombie:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Zombie
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Zombie

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Zombie’s world is slightly darkened but lit from the front, creating deep shadows on most of the world’s objects. There’s also a constant plume of gray smoke behind Zombie, indicating that there’s a giant fire behind him that is the cause of the unique lighting. Zombie lets out a subdued growl occasionally.
  • Specimen 115:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Specimen115
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Specimen115

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Specimen 115’s world has cows scattered around it. If he gets near a cow, it is captured in a green tractor beam and transported upward. Specimen 115 makes weird alien “bwoop” and “whirr” noises.
  • Forget-Me-Not:CrossyRoad_Portrait_ForgetMeNot
    CrossyRoad_InAction_ForgetMeNot

    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Pink flowers appear in the world in addition to coins. You don’t earn points or money for these, but if you collect 10 flowers, you’ll begin receiving flashes of color upon picking them up. Collect another 10, and a ghost will appear and float around the center of the screen. Forget-Me-Not makes old school arcade “bwoop” sounds and is a guest star from the game Forget-Me-Not.
  • Disco Zoo:CrossyRoad_Portrait_DiscoZoo
    CrossyRoad_InAction_DiscoZoo

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The world will be filled with other Crossy Road animals that watch you as you run. About every 10 seconds, a disco ball will drop from the top of the screen, the world will get darker, disco music will begin playing, and all of the animals will twirl and dance to the music. Even if you haven’t unlocked some animals yet, they may still appear in Disco Zoo’s run. He is inspired by/a guest star from the game Disco Zoo.
  • Xi:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Xi
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Xi

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.19, Chinese New Year theme, Feb. 2nd, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Changes the world to the Chinese New Year theme, which contains snow, colorful trees, fireworks, red lanterns, and pagodas. Lets out a soft growl every once in awhile.
  • Fancy Lady: CrossyRoad_Portrait_FancyLady
    CrossyRoad_InAction_FancyLady

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Fancy Lady plays on a sepia-toned variation of the UK/Ireland-themed world. Ragtime classic “The Entertainer” plays over her run. The Fancy Lady herself is, of course, silent (but cars/trains/etc. are not). When killed, the music speeds up to a flourish finale.
  • Fancy Gent:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FancyGentCrossyRoad_InAction_FancyGent
    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Fancy Gent plays on a sepia-toned variation of the UK/Ireland-themed world, just like Fancy Lady. Their playstyles / aesthetics are identical except that he is a gent, whereas she is a lady.
  • Framed: CrossyRoad_Portrait_Framed
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Framed

    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.2, Micro update, May 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays on a purple-toned and somewhat inverted version of the normal world. Objects like railroad tracks and birds are black, cars are purple. There are large buildings decorating the side of the world, though these are inaccessible. Shadowy police officers stand around and will produce an alert exclamation point if they see you. The Framed detective swings his arms and legs while hopping. A smooth jazz tune plays during his run. He is a guest star from the game Framed.
  • Archie: CrossyRoad_Portrait_Archie
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Archie

    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.2, Micro update, May 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays on the normal world, but it is populated by mailboxes and hamburgers/cheeseburgers. When passing a mailbox, Archie will open it or, if he’s already opened it, close it again. He can pick up the burgers by walking over them, making a chewing sound. Archie is used to unlock Jughead. He is a guest star from the game Archie Riverdale Rescue. Note: In a recent update, Archie’s name was changed to “Rocky.”
  • Pac-Chicken:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PacChicken
    CrossyRoad_InAction_PacChicken

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.1, Pac-Man update, August 22nd, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha. Also, currently and for a limited time, Pac-Chicken can be “purchased” directly for free from the character menu.
    • Traits: Pac-Chicken looks like the other chickens of Crossy Road, except she is wearing a yellow Pac-Man t-shirt. She runs on the Pac-Man-themed world: everything is black with neon outlines that change color every few seconds. White pellets dot the landscape and a Pac-Man “cop car” sometimes zooms by. Instead of being captured by the eagle, Pac-Chicken is devoured by the Pac-Man 256 glitch if she stands still for too long. Unlike the original chicken which clucks, Pac-Chicken is silent while running.
  • Ida:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_IdaCrossyRoad_InAction_Ida

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Ida runs on a Monument Valley-themed world. The entire perspective of the game is shifted to match that of Monument Valley, with a more angled view than the standard characters. Within this perspective, your character or other aspects of the environment may hide one another—for instance, lily pads will sometimes be hidden behind towers—making it a slightly harder world to run on. Instead of trees, the environment is populated with the stairs and towers from Ida’s world, as well as buttons which, when stepped on, raise or lower nearby towers slightly. This is merely for fun and doesn’t affect gameplay (Ida cannot enter the stairs or towers). Crows from Monument Valley are scattered about and will caw when Ida draws near, although Ida herself is silent. The entire world has a lovely red/pink hue, although the cars are the same color as on the normal, daytime map. The logs and trains match the blocky aesthetic of the world. Ida is the star of Monument Valley.
  • A Crow:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_ACrowCrossyRoad_InAction_ACrow

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: A Crow runs on the Monument Valley-themed world described above, identical to Ida’s map. He will occasionally caw while running. He is a recurring character from Monument Valley.
  • The Storyteller:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_TheStorytellerCrossyRoad_InAction_TheStoryteller

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Storyteller runs on a variation of the Monument Valley-themed world described above. Instead of the reddish/pink hue, his world is grayish/blue and contains less detail. For instance, the trains in Ida’s world have a geometric pattern on them, while The Storyteller’s trains are flat, gray boxes. There are also no crows in The Storyteller’s world. He is silent, and also a character from Monument Valley.
  • Shooty Cat:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_ShootyCatCrossyRoad_InAction_ShootyCat

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Shooty Cat runs on a Shooty Skies-themed variation of the standard daytime map. His version of the world is littered with debris from aerial dogfights which are still going on during your run. Shooty Cat starts next to a downed airplane, indicating he was shot down from his game and must now huff it on foot. While running, a dogfight will occasionally occur overhead, with enemies and characters from Shooty Skies flying past and raining bullets on one another. Shooty Cat is a cat in an aviator helmet, silk scarf, and bomber jacket. He occasionally lets out a variety of “meow”s while running. He is the star of the game Shooty Skies.
  • Hooty:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_HootyCrossyRoad_InAction_Hooty

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Hooty runs on the Shooty Skies-themed world described above. He is a bespectacled owl holding a cup of coffee. While running, Hooty makes the sounds of sipping his drink as well as a long owl hoot. When he dies, he lets out a sad “Hoooo!” He is an unlockable character in Shooty Skies.
  • Qw33goorpps:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_Qw33goorppsCrossyRoad_InAction_Qw33goorpps

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Qw33goorpps runs on the Shooty Skies-themed world described above. He is a purple alien with a laser pistol and a “What of it?” shrug-it-off attitude. He makes deep alien gorbles while running, and lets out a short, high-pitched “Oh!” when killed. He is an unlockable character in Shooty Skies.
  • Hurdler:
    CrossyRoad_Portrait_HurdlerCrossyRoad_InAction_Hurdler

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.5, Sporty mini-update, November 9th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Hurdler runs on the normal daytime road, but there are now white hurdles scattered about the landscape. If she runs into one of these hurdles, it will be knocked over. When running, Hurdler’s arms and legs swing back and forth and she makes a deep grunting sound.
  • Birthday Kid:
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    CrossyRoad_InAction_BirthdayKid
  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Birthday Kid runs on the standard daytime road, but with groups of balloons and fireworks poppers dotting the landscape. When she gets near the balloons, they float away; when she’s near the fireworks, they pop into the air and explode into confetti, similar to the fireworks in the Chinese New Year map. Birthday Kid “raises the roof” while standing still and flails her arms while jumping. She has a party horn that she blows while jumping, occasionally making the “bwee-ooo” sound. As of November 20th, Crossy Road turned one year old, so Birthday Kid is an appropriate celebration.
  • Grablin:
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    CrossyRoad_InAction_Grablin
  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits:Grablin runs on the Halloween-themed map, minus the jack-o-lanterns. The grass is orangey-yellow, the trees are bare, and the lighting is dusk-like. At the top of the screen during Grablin’s run, different Crossy Road characters appear as if they are an enemy in an RPG: they will have their name, level, and HP bar visible. Every time you jump, it reduces their HP bar, until it is depleted and they are replaced by another character. The sound of “attacking” the characters while jumping makes a harsh smacking noise. Grablin is a crossover from the game Clicker Heroes. He is used to unlock Purple Bloop.

Special Characters – Australian Themed

All of the following Australian characters change the world/background to an Outback theme. This includes: brown sand instead of green grass, thorny shrubs interspersed with the trees, utility trucks on the roads, demonic koalas in the trees, and crocodiles in the rivers.

Note: crocodiles can be ridden like logs, but only if you jump on their bodies. If you jump on a crocodile’s head, he will eat you.

  • Kangaroo:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Kangaroo
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Kangaroo

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Kangaroo makes a very cartoony, boingy sound while bouncing. Also, his tongue is permanently sticking out.
  • Platypus:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Platypus
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Platypus

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Unlike most of the four-legged Crossy Road characters whose limbs are positioned beneath them, Platypus’s legs stick straight out from his body. This makes his movement especially hilarious. Platypus makes a wet, flapping sound while jumping, just like Floppy Fish.
  • Echidna:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Echidna
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Echidna

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. When playing as Echidna, colonies of ants will appear as swarming black dots in the world. If you walk within one square of these and face them, Echidna will stick out his tongue and catch them. The only sound he makes is a slurp when doing so.
  • Kookaburra:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Kookaburra
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Kookaburra

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Kookaburra makes a very loud cackling sound, similar to a monkey.
  • Wombat:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Wombat
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Wombat

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Wombat makes a soft snort/snuffle sound when jumping.
  • Koala:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Koala
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Koala

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Koala makes a deep, guttural growl that is kind of terrifying.
  • Dingo:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Dingo
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Dingo

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Dingo gives off a very short, gruff bark.
  • Cockatoo:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Cockatoo
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Cockatoo

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Every once in awhile, the Cockatoo will give off a low-pitched scream that sounds like a death threat. Shortly after, a huge swarm of cockatoos will pass overhead. It’s…unnerving.
  • Emu:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Emu
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Emu

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Plays in the Australian Outback-themed world described above. Emu occasionally makes a very, very soft clucking sound that’s so quiet it may just be our imagination.

Special Characters – UK/Ireland Themed

All of the following UK/Ireland characters change the world to a UK/Ireland theme. This includes: a warmer, more blue/green grass than the original theme, darker green trees, additional variations on cars including black police cars and double-decker buses, guardrails along the ends of some roads, and collectable clovers dotting the landscape.

The UK map can be either clear or rainy, and the weather is randomly chosen at the start of a run (so if it’s rainy, it will remain rainy, and vice versa).

  • Butterfly:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Butterfly
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Butterfly

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Butterfly runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. Butterfly flaps while jumping like the bat version of Vampire, yet doesn’t appear to be floating off the ground, resulting in a sense of very small jumps, a bit similar to Swift Snail. She is completely silent.
  • Badger:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Badger
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Badger

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Badger runs on a nighttime variation of the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. Similar to Wolf, it is dark in Badger’s run but he emits a light that softens the darkness and allows you to see ahead easily. He lets out a soft snorty growl occasionally.
  • Fox:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Fox
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Fox

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Fox runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. What does the Fox say? Nothing. He’s completely silent, even in death.
  • Squirrel: CrossyRoad_Portrait_Squirrel
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Squirrel

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Squirrel runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. There are tiny acorns dotting his map that you can pick up. Although he makes a crunching sound when collecting acorns as if eating them, the Squirrel actually holds and hoards them. As you collect more acorns, he will develop a large pile in his tiny arms that is visible even from behind. In our action image above, he’s carrying about ten acorns. When killed, his pile of collected acorns goes flying.
  • Queen’s Guard:CrossyRoad_Portrait_QueensGuard
    CrossyRoad_InAction_QueensGuard

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Queen’s Guard runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. A soft snare drum roll accompanies his jumps, creating a very satisfying continuity if you jump quickly in a row. He never turns, so even when jumping sideways or backwards, he will be facing forward. When he dies, a single cymbal chime is heard.
  • Bobby:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Bobby
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Bobby

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Bobby runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. She will occasionally blow her whistle at traffic and noise/whistle lines come out of her face. (This may be a coincidence, but we’ve never seen a fast-driving cop car while playing as the Bobby.)
  • Piper: CrossyRoad_InAction_Piper
    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: The Piper runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. The song “Scotland the Brave” played on bagpipes accompanies him as he jumps and musical notes float out of his head. When killed, his bagpipes cut off in a discordant, sad sound.
  • Chimney Sweep:CrossyRoad_Portrait_ChimneySweep
    CrossyRoad_InAction_ChimneySweep

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Chimney Sweep runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. He’s the only human character to move his legs while jumping, putting one leg forward and one back in a Mario-esque pose. When he jumps, clouds of soot disperse from his feet.
  • Schoolgirl: CrossyRoad_Portrait_Schoolgirl
    CrossyRoad_InAction_Schoolgirl

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Schoolgirl runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. She is extremely small, like Leprechaun. She blurts out random youthful phrases like “Nah,” “Is it?” “But!” “Whatever,” “You know what I mean?” When she dies, she lets out a loud and shocked “Wha!?”
  • Fish ‘n Chips:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FishNChips
    CrossyRoad_InAction_FishNChips

    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Fish ‘n Chips runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. He is a box of fish ‘n chips that opens slightly with each jump, spewing French fries everywhere. This is, for some reason, adorable. The only sound he makes is the soft flapping of an anthropomorphic box jumping.

Special Characters – Korean Themed

All of the following Korean characters change the world to a Korean theme. This includes: yellowish-green grass like in the original, daytime theme; shorter, rounder trees; yellower lily pads; skyscrapers dotting the edges of the map; a wider variety of vehicles, including fruit trucks and smart cars; and dark gray trains with green accents. The logo for Crossy Road that appears before each run is written in Korean when playing as these characters.

  • Seoul Chicken:CrossyRoad_Portrait_SeoulChickenCrossyRoad_InAction_SeoulChicken
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Seoul Chicken is currently free to download as part of the Korean update. After the initial update period has passed, it will be the standard 99 cents. It’s also available to be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Seoul Chicken runs on the Korean-themed world described above. She is another variation on the original Chicken character, featuring bright and festive garments and rosy cheeks—a first for any of the Chickens. Seoul Chicken will occasionally bow while running, sticking her head out, down, and back up. She clucks softly while running.
  • K-Drama Actor:CrossyRoad_Portrait_KDramaActorCrossyRoad_InAction_KDramaActor
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: K-Drama Actor runs on the Korean-themed world described above. He begins each run on a red carpet. Similar to Celebrity, there are paparazzi scattered about K-Drama Actor’s map, taking pictures. There are also adoring schoolgirl fans holding signs and jumping up and down for his attention. K-Drama Actor will occasionally raise his arm and wave back to them while running. He sparkles endlessly.
  • Jindo:CrossyRoad_Portrait_JindoCrossyRoad_InAction_Jindo
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Jindo runs on the Korean-themed world described above. He is similar in size and shape to Wolf, except all white. He occasionally barks while running. Jindo is a dog breed that originated in South Korea.
  • Kimchi:CrossyRoad_Portrait_KimchiCrossyRoad_InAction_Kimchi
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Kimchi runs on the Korean-themed world described above. Similar to Fish ‘n Chips, it spews bits of food along the map while running. Kimchi is a popular side dish in Korean cuisine. It is silent except for a soft jumping sound.
  • Seonbi:CrossyRoad_Portrait_SeonbiCrossyRoad_InAction_Seonbi
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Seonbi runs on the Korean-themed world described above. As he runs, pages and sometimes entire books fly from his body. Seonbi means “virtuous scholar.” He wears a light blue dopo and a gat. He is silent except for the soothing sound of pages turning.
  • Taekwondo Master:CrossyRoad_Portrait_TaekwondoMasterCrossyRoad_InAction_TaekwondoMaster
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Taekwondo Master runs on the Korean-themed world described above. As he runs, he punches with his fists and sometimes lunges forward to one side in an attack stance. He wears a dobok with a black belt. He occasionally yells “kihap” and other shouts.
  • Korean BBQ:CrossyRoad_Portrait_KoreanBBQCrossyRoad_InAction_KoreanBBQ
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Korean BBQ runs on the Korean-themed world described above. As it jumps, the individual pieces of the grill come apart slightly to allow it forward momentum. Small puffs of gray smoke constantly float up off the grill. When it dies, its pieces go flying. It is silent except for a soft hopping sound.
  • Korean Drummer:CrossyRoad_Portrait_KoreanDrummerCrossyRoad_InAction_KoreanDrummer
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Korean Drummer runs on the Korean-themed world described above. He wears a traditional outfit and sets off a resounding drum chime with each jump.

Special Characters – Halloween Themed

All of the following characters change the world to a Halloween theme. This includes: orangey-yellow grass and dead trees, indicative of a late-Autumn timeframe. A dark overcast to the world, as if it were dusk. Orange water in the rivers. And jack-o-lanterns dotting the landscape. This update also makes train horns sound slightly dissonant as they drive away, in a minor chord, although this change affects all characters (not just the Halloween ones).

  • Pumpkin:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.3, Halloween update, October 20th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Pumpkin runs on the Halloween-themed world described above. While jumping, Pumpkin’s top pops off and candies fly out of him. He makes a squishy, farty sound while moving, about what you’d expect from a hollowed-out mushy candy container. When he dies, a large pile of candy goes flying out of him.
  • Skeleton:
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.3, Halloween update, October 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Skeleton runs on the Halloween-themed world described above. While jumping, his head pops up off his body, vaguely reminiscent of Canadians in South Park. He swings both arms and legs while jumping, making him one of the more active characters. He makes a clicking sound that very similar to Crab’s, although slightly softer. He does not doot doot.
  • Witch:
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.3, Halloween update, October 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Witch runs on the Halloween-themed world described above. While running, she will sometimes cackle maniacally and at other times giggle “Heeheehee.” When she dies, she lets out an “Owww” in a sort of half-laugh.
  • Mummy:
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    CrossyRoad_InAction_Mummy

    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.3, Halloween update, October 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Mummy runs on the Halloween-themed world described above. While running, he moves his legs back and forth but keeps his arms out straight in front of him. He lets out a breathy groan while jumping and sometimes a soft growl, reminiscent of Zombie.
  • Scaredy Cat:
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.3, Halloween update, October 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
    • Traits: Scaredy Cat runs on the Halloween-themed world described above. He looks like an arched-back variation on Unlucky Cat, but with yellow eyes, a darker undercoat, and a tail that sticks up instead of down. Scaredy Cat swings his legs while jumping, although it’s difficult to see as he often blends in with the dark background and shadows. He makes noises while jumping that are a cross between a hiss and a yowl.

Special Characters – Holiday/Christmas Themed

All of the following characters change the world to a Christmas/winter theme. This includes: snow on the ground and trees, colorful piles of presents dotting the landscape, and blocks of ice instead of logs floating in the rivers.

  • Snowman:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Snowman runs on the Holiday-themed world described above. When jumping, Snowman’s hat pops off his body and his arms flail to the left and right. He leaves a flurry of snow behind him while running. Snowman makes a high-pitched “whee” sound that is almost kazoo-like.
  • Elf:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Elf runs on the Holiday-themed world described above. When jumping, Elf’s arms swing back and forth, similar to Runner or Hurdler. He is smaller than the other characters, about the same size as Leprechaun. He makes a trill gargling sound and occasionally giggles softly.
  • Pudding:
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    CrossyRoad_InAction_Pudding
  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Pudding runs on the Holiday-themed world described above. It appears to be a form of figgy pudding, complete with mistletoe garinsh. Pudding makes a wet, flapping sound while jumping, just like Hipster Whale or Floppy Fish and a farting noise upon dying.
  • Reindeer:
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    CrossyRoad_InAction_Reindeer
  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Reindeer runs on the Holiday-themed world described above. His legs swing back and forth when jumping, similar to Zebra or Gazelle. He is completely silent while running.
  • Tió De Nadal:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Tió De Nadal runs on the Holiday-themed world described above. It is a Christmas log and a part of Catalonian holiday tradition: during the weeks leading up to Christmas, the log is given a face, wrapped in a blanket, and eventually beaten with a stick until it “poops” out presents. Thus, in Crossy Road, Tió De Nadal is a log draped in a blanket that makes a farting noise while jumping and farts out confetti and small gifts. Upon death, it gives out one final gift-giving toot.

Unlockable Characters

These characters are not available in the gacha lottery; they can only be earned through special means. The way to earn each character is detailed below. These characters may or may not change the appearance of the world around them, which is covered in their “Traits.”

  • Festive Chicken:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FestiveChicken
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.0, Christmas theme, Dec. 7th, 2014.
    • How to get: Festive Chicken was a special free character during the Christmas season, but now costs 99 cents like the rest of the characters. She can also be won via gacha. Update: she is currently free again for the 2015 holiday season.
    • Traits: Like Penguin, Festive Chicken changes the world to winter with snow covering the ground and snowmen dotting the landscape. There are also pine trees in addition to the standard ones, and snowflakes flutter around as well. Visually herself, Festive Chicken looks just like standard Chicken except with a Santa hat on.
  • Fortune Chicken:CrossyRoad_Portrait_FortuneChicken
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.19, Chinese New Year theme, Feb. 2nd, 2015.
    • How to get: Fortune Chicken was previously free in the in-game store for the Chinese New Year. She now costs 99 cents to buy, or can be won via the gacha.
    • Traits: Fortune Chicken makes a number of visual changes to the world: it becomes winter and snow-covered, a number of colorful plants appear alongside trees, there are pagodas that you can walk underneath, fireworks dot the landscape and are set off when you walk nearby, red lanterns float in the sky, and red envelopes appear occasionally along the ground. Personally, Fortune Chicken herself looks and plays just like the standard Chicken, except for her red and yellow outfit.
  • Hipster Whale:CrossyRoad_Portrait_HipsterWhale
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    • Release date: Original cast, Nov. 20th, 2014.
    • How to get: To unlock Hipster Whale: play as any standard character. (Australian characters work, too.) You will sometimes see a blue blob with a brown square float by in a river alongside the usual logs. This is the Hipster Whale. You need to jump on him, like you would a log. At the end of the run in which you jumped on him, he will be unlocked.
    • Traits: Hipster Whale takes pictures while jumping, giving off a slight flash and the sound of the camera shutter. His jumps are wet and flappy-sounding, like Floppy Fish.
  • Gifty:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Gifty
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.0, Christmas theme, Dec. 7th, 2014.
    • How to get: To unlock Gifty: play as Festive Chicken. At a certain point (usually between 70-100 points), you’ll enter a large clearing. In the middle of the clearing is a giant Christmas tree. Run up next to the tree and it should explode with presents and coins. After this event, you can move on and at the end of your run, Gifty will be unlocked.
    • Traits: Visually, Gifty is just a chicken in a gift box: you can see her feet sticking out the bottom. Gifty plays on the standard grassy map and makes a soft rustling sound while jumping. When she dies, confetti flies out of her.
  • Crab:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Crab
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Crab: play as any of the Australian characters (Kangaroo, Platypus, Echidna, etc.). [Update: A reader has informed us that the Crab can be unlocked while playing as any character, not just the Australian-themed ones. Thanks for the tip!] On the sandy median areas, swipe back and forth so you’re moving left and right instead of backward or forward. (Essentially, shuffling sideways like a crab.) You’ll need to swipe back and forth over 100 times in a single run to unlock the Crab, so it’s best to just do it a few times every time you come to a median. If you stay in one lane too long, the eagle comes, so limit your swipes to 5-10 times per lane. We unlocked the Crab after swiping somewhere between 130-150 times in one run, so aim for at least that many. After you die, if you swiped enough, you’ll receive the Crab.
    • Traits: Visually, Crab runs on the standard grass map. His forward movement is sideways while looking back over his shoulder. He lifts his pinchers with each jump and makes a satisfying clicking sound.
  • Drop Bear:CrossyRoad_Portrait_DropBear
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Drop Bear: play as any of the Australian characters (Kangaroo, Platypus, Echidna, etc.). The Drop Bear is a part of their environment and, like the Hipster Whale, will show up randomly. He perches at the top of the tall, green trees. If you come within two squares of him, he will jump off his tree and onto your character: this kills your character and ends the run, but unlocks Drop Bear. Even after you unlock the Drop Bear, he will still show up in the Australian characters’ worlds, so avoid him afterwards.
    • Traits: Drop Bear runs in the Outback world. He is a slightly darker-furred koala and makes a similar, although lower-pitched and more menacing, growl.
  • Cai Shen:CrossyRoad_Portrait_CaiShen
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.19, Chinese New Year theme, Feb. 2nd, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Cai Shen: play as Fortune Chicken or Xi. You need to pick up the red envelopes scattered along the ground. You’ll need to collect a total of 21 red envelopes to unlock Cai Shen. However, unlike most other requirements, these envelopes are cumulative and can be collected over multiple runs: if you play five times and collect five envelopes each time, you’ll unlock him after the fifth run.
    • Traits: Cai Shen runs in the same world as Fortune Chicken and shouts things in Chinese as he runs. Fun fact: Cai Shen is the Chinese god of wealth and the red envelopes you use to collect him are traditionally used to present monetary gifts.
  • Michael Boom: CrossyRoad_Portrait_MichaelBoom
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.2, Micro update, May 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Play as any character on a standard-themed map (normal, Australian, UK/Ireland, etc.) While running, you will occasionally see a green truck carrying a large rocket. You need to run into this rocket truck, which will cause a massive explosion. Note: you cannot be run over the truck from front or back. You must run into it from the side to cause the explosion and unlock Michael Boom. The truck’s appearance is random, similar to Hipster Whale or Nessie, but it can appear as early as the first road in the game. Because of this, if you’re hunting for the truck, it might be easier to continually die and check the first section of roads for it. After you cause the explosion and die, Michael Boom will be unlocked.
    • Traits: Michael Boom runs on a slight variation of the normal daytime road. There is a sunburst in the upper right corner making everything a bit brighter. Major explosions will randomly occur and the shadows of jet fighter planes fly overhead. The intro screen when playing as Michael Boom is stylized as a film title: “Hipster Whale Presents a Michael Boom Film: Crossy Road.”
  • Jughead: CrossyRoad_Portrait_Jughead
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.2, Micro update, May 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: Play as Archie. You need to pick up the hamburgers/cheeseburgers scattered around his world. Pick up 50 burgers total to unlock Jughead. The burgers will accumulate over multiple runs, so you can get a few each time and eventually unlock him.
    • Traits: Similar to Archie, Jughead runs on the standard map with interactive mailboxes, but no hamburgers. When he dies, he grows into a giant, hatless Jughead. He is a guest star from Archie Riverdale Rescue. Note: In a recent update, Jughead’s name was changed to “Ace.”
  • Rugby Player: CrossyRoad_Portrait_RugbyPlayer
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.2, Micro update, May 20th, 2015.
    • How to get: The exact method to unlock Rugby Player is currently unknown. Many theories have been presented, but the one we used successfully was as follows: play as the Squirrel. Collect acorns along your run (the predominant theory is four, but we collected seven before seeing any results). At some point, you should see a tiny, white rugby ball on top of a tree. Run into this tree from any direction to knock the rugby ball off. After this and once you die, you will unlock Rugby Player. Note: It’s possible and likely that any UK/Ireland-themed character can be used to find the rugby ball and unlock Rugby Player. However, players seem to be having the most luck with the Squirrel strategy.
    • Traits: Rugby Player runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world. When running, yellow flowers (or possibly penalty cards / goal posts?) sprout behind him. He grunts while hopping. When he dies, his rugby ball flies off, similar to Baller.
      The following three secret characters are the developers of Crossy Road. To unlock them, you have to play as each developer’s favorite character and earn a “Great” score. A “Great” score either tops your current high score, or comes extremely close. As of the April update, a “Great” score has to be at least 80% of your high score. So, we were able to unlock Andy Sum by getting a score of 355 with the Mallard when our high score is 421. Only a score of 50 or above will count as “Great,” however, even if your current high score is lower. So, as an example: if your high score is 50, a score of 50 will be considered “Great.” If your high score is 400, a high score of 320 will be “Great.” Unfortunately, since “Great” scores are entirely dependent upon your personal best, if you have an extremely high top score, earning the developers will be very challenging. Try our

tips guide

    for help on beating your high score.

  • Andy Sum:CrossyRoad_Portrait_AndySum
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Andy Sum: play as the Mallard and earn a “Great” score (see explanation above).
    • Traits: Andy Sum twirls and spins as he jumps, and a red trail follows him in similar fashion to the Unihorse’s.
  • Ben Weatherall:CrossyRoad_Portrait_BenWeatherall
    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Ben Weatherall: play as The Dark Lord and earn a “Great” score (see explanation above).
    • Traits: Ben Weatherall plays on the standard map but populated by colorful, floating voxels.
  • Matt Hall:CrossyRoad_Portrait_MattHall
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.15, Australia Day theme, Jan. 17th, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Matt Hall: play as the Lucky Cat and earn a “Great” score (see explanation above).
    • Traits: Matt Hall runs in a light rain shower. His map is populated with sheep and kangaroos that watch as you pass. If you stand next to the sheep, they will shake in…fear? Joy? We’re not sure how the sheep feel about Matt.
  • Piggy Bank:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PiggyBank
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.0, Christmas theme, Dec. 7th, 2014.
    • How to get: To unlock: you have to purchase the Piggy Bank in the in-game store for $3.99. You cannot win it or unlock it in any other way.
    • Traits: The Piggy Bank adds red coins to every playthrough that are worth five gold apiece, in addition to the standard yellow coins worth one gold. These red coins will be present no matter which character you use: you don’t have to play as the Piggy Bank to collect them, you only have to have him unlocked. Having the Piggy Bank also makes every video ad you watch worth 40 coins instead of 20. The Piggy Bank runs on the standard grassy map. When he jumps, coins fly out of the coin slot on his back. He occasionally snorts softly, but mostly makes the jangly noise of raining coins.
  • Phone Box:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PhoneBox
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play with any of the UK/Ireland characters and reach about score 100. This varies, and you may not receive the option to win the Phone Box on every playthrough. Around this point, if Phone Box is available, you should enter a large grass clearing with the Phone Box in the middle of it. It will be ringing. Stand near the Phone Box for a few seconds until it stops ringing and turns to a dial tone, then move on. (Nothing visually happens, but you should still unlock it.) This is similar to how you unlock Gifty from the Christmas update.
    • Traits: Phone Box runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. It is a red version of the Tardis from Doctor Who. It makes a heavy, mechanical thumping sound on each jump and the sound of a phone ringing comes from it every few seconds.
  • Nessy:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Nessy
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play as any of the UK/Ireland-world characters. Nessy will be found randomly floating alongside the logs in a river, just like Hipster Whale. And, like Hipster Whale, to unlock her you need to jump on her back when she floats past. If you make it onto her back and die (she swims offscreen with you), you will still unlock her. You do not need to reach any specific score: she can be found at any river point in the level, but her appearance is random.
    • Traits: Nessy runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. She makes a wet, flapping sound like Hipster Whale and Floppy Fish, with droplets of water splashing off her. She uses her long neck to check for traffic by turning her head left and right. She emits a low, growly groan every once in awhile.
  • Leprechaun:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Leprechaun
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.1.21, UK/Ireland update, April 1st, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play with any of the UK/Ireland characters and pick up the tiny, green clovers that dot the map. Most of these are normal clovers, but you’ll occasionally come across a slightly larger, four-leaf version. The four-leaf clover will make a soft “ding!” sound when picked up, while the regular version just sounds like a leaf rustling. Pick up one four-leaf clover to unlock the Leprechaun.
    • Traits: Leprechaun runs on the UK/Ireland-themed world described above. He is a tiny character, about 1/3 the size of other humanesque avatars, similar to Schoolgirl. On his runs, coins are highlighted with shiny bubbles floating above them, and they will bounce up and down. Rainbow arches also appear randomly on his stage. Leprechaun makes mumbly gibberish noises similar to Crazy Ol’ Ben.
  • Pro Gamer:CrossyRoad_Portrait_ProGamerCrossyRoad_InAction_ProGamer
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock Pro Gamer: play as any of the Korean-themed characters. You need to play quickly, with frequent taps: your goal is to get a high “actions per minute” score during your run. The main goal is to not stand still for very long—you can swipe side to side and these will count towards your “actions” total. Anytime you are interacting with the screen you are performing an “action.” Get a normal score over 100, and a high enough “actions per minute” score (which is invisible, you just have to tap frequently enough) and you’ll unlock Pro Gamer.
    • Traits: Pro Gamer runs on the Korean-themed world. He has a running timer under your normal score of “APM” (actions per minute). This is here just for fun (currently). The sound of a crowd cheering accompanies his run and an announcer commentates on your progress in Korean. Sometimes a swarm of pink, six-legged platypi run past on the road (a stand-in for the zerg?).
  • Psy:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PsyCrossyRoad_InAction_Psy
    • Release date: Added in update 1.2.5, Korean Update, June 25th, 2015.
    • How to get: Psy is only available as an in-app purchase with real money, for $2.99. He will supposedly only be available to purchase for a limited time, until September 25th—and not available at all after that date. You earn an automatic 1,000 in-game gold for purchasing Psy.
    • Traits: Psy runs on the Korean-themed world. He introduces a new “dance” game mode which is separate from the other characters: your high score as Psy is unique to him and unrelated to your main Crossy Road top score. Psy’s map features a black dance path that lights up in blue, yellow, and purple squares. As you run along this path, you will get exponentially greater bonus points added to your total for each second you stay on the path: after 2 seconds, 2 points are added to your total, after 10 seconds, 10 points are added, etc. These points pop up over Psy as they are earned. If you step off the black path at any time, your bonus tally will reset back to 1 and will rebuild as you stay on the black path again.If you are on the dance path, Psy will perform moves from his signature Gangnam Style music video as he runs, a chiptunes variation of the song plays in the background, and explosions occur around him. If you step off the path, the dance moves and song stop. There are paparazzi and Psy fans scattered around the map, taking pictures and dancing along. Psy shouts a number of things while running, including “Let’s gooo” and “Crossy Road!” while running. Note that Psy does not apply towards the total character count: without Psy you can still have 104/104 characters.
  • Pac-Man:CrossyRoad_Portrait_PacMan
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.1, Pac-Man update, August 22nd, 2015.
    • How to get: Pac-Man is only available as an in-app purchase, although he is free to download. To acquire Pac-Man, enter the character menu and scroll all the way to the far right. Tap on Pac-Man and the info button; there should be a download button here.
    • Traits: Pac-Man runs on the Pac-Man-themed world. Pac-Man’s world is black with neon outlines that change color, just like Pac-Chicken and the ghosts. However, instead of cars, the four ghosts patrol his roads. Like Psy, Pac-Man introduces an entirely new game mode with its own separate leaderboard. To earn points, you have to eat the white pellets that dot the ground—one point each—or eat ghosts after ingesting a larger, white power pellet—five points per ghost. Pac-Man does not earn any points for distance, only for eating. If he stands still for too long, the 256 glitch captures him instead of the eagle. This is a reference to the glitch from the original game as well as Hipster Whale’s new title, Pac-Man 256. Pac-Man makes his classic “waka waka” sound while eating, “wah-wah-wah-wah” upon dying, and chases ghosts to the original “chnchnchnchn” alert.
  • Blinky:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Blinky
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.1, Pac-Man update, August 22nd, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play as Pac-Chicken. While running, you will occasionally see a “cop car” as found in the other maps—a car that moves extremely fast across the screen and flashes red and blue. While playing as Pac-Chicken or the four ghosts, however, this “cop car” will be Pac-Man. You need to get hit (killed) by the Pac-Man car to unlock Blinky. This is really just random luck, but your best bet of doing so is to cross roads slowly: when you come up to a road, especially a multi-lane highway, wait a few seconds for the normal cars to pass and to see if a Pac-Man car appears.
    • Traits: Blinky runs on the Pac-Man-themed world, like Pac-Chicken, except without the white pellets. All of the ghosts have the same traits while running: their ghostly tendrils twitch even when standing still, their eyes follow the direction you swipe and run away once they die, and they make a “fwoo whoo” sound while jumping. Blinky is the red ghost.
  • Pinky:CrossyRoad_InAction_PacManUpdate
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.1, Pac-Man update, August 22nd, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play as Pac-Chicken. Collect the white pellets scattered around the map until you come across a cherry, like the power-up from the original Pac-Man. Eat the cherry and after you die, you’ll unlock Pinky. Note: the cherry’s appearance seems to be random, but we didn’t start seeing it appear until we’d collected about 120 pellets as Pac-Chicken (cumulatively, over many runs).
    • Traits: Pinky runs on the Pac-Man-themed world, like Pac-Chicken, except without the white pellets. All of the ghosts have the same traits while running: their ghostly tendrils twitch even when standing still, their eyes follow the direction you swipe and run away once they die, and they make a “fwoo whoo” sound while jumping. Pinky is the pink ghost.
  • Inky:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Inky
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.1, Pac-Man update, August 22nd, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play as Pac-Man. There have been a number of theories on how to get Inky, and many of them did not work for us. One was that you need to eat a total of 50 power pellets, but we ate a total of 120 and he did not unlock. Another involved dying to Inky specifically, but we’ve unlocked him twice after dying to other means—Blinky and a river. The theory that seems most accurate at this point belongs to YouTube user BitStern. He claims that you have to get a score of 50 or better while playing Pac-Man, and do this about 30 times. This means getting to 50+ points, dying, and then doing it again. It’s also possible that you just have to earn a cumulative total of points or pellets (large or small) while playing as Pac-Man. Both times we’ve unlocked him was after playing as Pac-Man many, many times, so it seems like if you just keep at it and keep earning points as Pac-Man, you’ll eventually get him. We’ll update this guide if we figure out any more specific details on unlocking Inky or if any of our readers share how they managed to get him.
    • Traits: Inky runs on the Pac-Man-themed world, like Pac-Chicken, except without the white pellets. All of the ghosts have the same traits while running: their ghostly tendrils twitch even when standing still, their eyes follow the direction you swipe and run away once they die, and they make a “fwoo whoo” sound while jumping. Inky is the blue ghost.
  • Clyde:CrossyRoad_Portrait_Clyde
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.1, Pac-Man update, August 22nd, 2015.
    • How to get: To unlock: play as Pac-Man. You need to eat a total of seven ghosts in a single powered-up state. This means: eat a large, white power pellet to turn the ghosts blue. Then eat seven of them before they revert back to their original colors. If they revert back before you eat seven, you’ll have to start over at zero ghosts. However, you can eat another power pellet to extend the powered-up state and the chain will continue. So, if you eat a power pellet, eat four ghosts, then eat a second power pellet while they’re still blue and eat three more, that will count as seven on a single pellet. Once you’ve eaten seven ghosts in a row like this and die, you’ll unlock Clyde.
    • Traits: Clyde runs on the Pac-Man-themed world, like Pac-Chicken, except without the white pellets. All of the ghosts have the same traits while running: their ghostly tendrils twitch even when standing still, their eyes follow the direction you swipe and run away once they die, and they make a “fwoo whoo” sound while jumping. Clyde is the orange ghost.
  • The Totem:
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    • Release date: Added in update 1.3.2, Indie games update, October 4th, 2015.
    • How to get: Play as any of the Monument Valley characters: Ida, A Crow, or The Storyteller. The Totem is unlocked just like Hipster Whale or Nessy: while running on the Monument Valley-themed world, he will randomly appear floating in the river. To unlock him, you just need to jump on his head. After doing so, and dying, The Totem will be unlocked.
    • Traits:The Totem runs on the Monument Valley-themed world described in Ida’s profile. Instead of hopping, The Totem slides across the ground. If he stands still for a couple of seconds, he will jump slightly, separating his different body segments. When killed, he splits into four separate pieces. Totem is silent while sliding. He is a beloved character from Monument Valley.
  • Yeti:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Play as any of the Holiday/Christmas-themed characters listed above. While running, you will occasionally come across the Yeti in the map. He will be throwing snowballs in one direction. You need to stand between the Yeti and his snowball direction and get hit by one; this will kill you, and upon your death, you will unlock Yeti. For a look at the Yeti in action in-map, YouTube user CraniumCode has a good video here. Like Hipster Whale or Nessie, Yeti shows up randomly, so if you are having trouble finding him, just keep playing. Tip: we recommend playing with the sound on while searching for Yeti. You will be able to hear him throwing snowballs from about 10 jumps away, even before he is visible onscreen. His throwing sounds like a bird’s wings flapping and will occur every couple seconds. If you touch Yeti, you will not die, and you can jump through him if need be to get into his snowball trajectory.
  • Traits:Yeti runs on the Holiday-themed map described above. His legs swing back and forth while running, and he raises his arms up together while jumping, almost like Zombie. He will occasionally throw snowballs that will cover cars in snow if they are hit (but this does not stop the car or prevent it from running you over). He is one of the largest characters in the game and makes soft, grunty breaths.
  • Purple Bloop:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.6, Holiday update, December 12th, 2015.
  • How to get: Play as Grablin. You need to “kill” a certain number of the enemy Crossy Road characters that appear. This is done simply by hopping; however, every jump—whether it moves you forward or not—counts as a “hit” on the enemy character. Because of this, jumping back and forth on a single lane or running into a tree over and over are the best strategy to get enough kills to unlock Purple Bloop. As you kill characters, you’ll face higher level challengers. By the time you defeat a character that is level 36 or above, you should have enough jumps for the unlock. Upon dying on a run after you’ve defeated at least a level 36 character, you should get Purple Bloop. Credit to YouTube user BitStern for both the requirement and strategy for this unlock.
  • Traits:Purple Bloop runs on the Halloween-themed map, minus the jack-o-lanterns, just like Grablin. He has the same enemy RPG window at the top of the screen. Purple Bloop is a crossover from the game Clicker Heroes.

Special Characters – Brazil Themed

All of the following characters change the world to a Brazilian theme. This includes: a bustling cityscape with colorful skyscrapers; potted palm trees; mosaic black-and-white sidewalks; wooden utility poles; yellow trains; lighter-colored logs in the rivers; sandy beach lanes interspersed with roads; and cargo trucks carrying large speakers that play music as they pass. The river creature in Brazil is Hipster Whale. Also note: in this update, the order of characters on the character select screen has been rearranged significantly. The original set of characters is on the far right end of the list now, while newer characters (including the Brazil additions) are towards the beginning.

  • Brazil Chicken:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha. For a limited time, Brazil Chicken is also free to download.
  • Traits: Brazil Chicken runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. She is a variation on the standard Crossy Chicken, wearing a Brazil football uniform in yellow with green accents. Soccer balls will randomly appear on Brazil Chicken’s map and if she runs into one, she will kick it in the direction she is facing. She can continue kicking the same ball throughout a single run if it does not land off-screen or in the water. She “bawks” while jumping, like all of the chickens.
  • Flag Bearer:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Flag Bearer runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. She wears an elaborate green dress with headdress and carries the Brazilian flag with her. As she runs, fireworks randomly go off and the Brazilian national anthem plays.
  • Carnaval:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Carnaval runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above, but at night. She wears a bright orange costume with headdress and festive music plays in the background. Multi-colored light orbs fall from the sky as she runs and dancers line the streets. Her arms move back and forth to the music.
  • Capoeira:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Capoeira runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. Every time he jumps, he moves into a different position: his poses vary from standing straight up with arms outstretched to standing on his head to crab-walking. He is one of the most fluid characters and jumps into his poses like he is somersaulting or cartwheeling. He makes a determined grunt when jumping. Capoeira is a form of martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music.
  • Jaguar:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Jaguar runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. His world is dotted with capybaras that will run away if you draw too close to them. However, while running, the world will randomly turn dark with an ambient light surrounding Jaguar. If you run over a capybara in this state, you will catch it and flatten it. Jaguar makes occasional growling sounds while running.
  • Blue Macaw:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Blue Macaw runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. He makes an awful screech while jumping, which makes him ideal to play with the sound off.
  • Marmoset:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Marmoset runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. He is one of the smallest characters in the game, and primarily a dark gray, which makes him blend in with the streets quite easily. He is silent except for the soft sound of jumping, a soft cry when he dies.
  • Football Player:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Football Player runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. Like Brazil Chicken, his world is dotted with soccer balls that can be kicked when run into. His map also features soccer goals, although scoring a goal with a ball doesn’t win you anything. The sound of a cheering crowd accompanies Football Player at all times, and a whistle blows when he dies.
  • Pandeiro:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Pandeiro runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. It is a musical instrument which resembles a tambourine. While running, it makes a soft clanging sound and musical notes float up from its body.
  • Toucan:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Toucan runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. His world is dotted with oranges that he will eat if you run over them, making a noise similar to Squirrel when he picks up acorns. Toucan occasionally makes a soft chirping sound while running.
  • Tourist:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Tourist runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. He is a pasty white man with a pot belly, who either has tank top suntan lines or is wearing a skin-colored shirt. His world is dotted with coconut water that he can collect. When he dies, his hat flies off his head. He is used to unlock the secret character Coconut Water.
  • Maned Wolf:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Can be won via gacha.
  • Traits: Maned Wolf runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. He looks like a taller version of Fox, with a dark snout. He barks while running.
  • Coconut Water:
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  • Release date: Added in update 1.3.7, Brazil update, January 26th, 2016.
  • How to get: Play as Tourist. Collect the coconut water dotting the map as you run. We unlocked the Coconut Water character after collecting 10 waters in a single run as Tourist.
  • Traits: Coconut Water runs on the Brazilian-themed world described above. As it jumps, its water sloshes out of the coconut cup. Once empty, it will be refilled by another color of coconut water, which will slosh out while jumping, continually being replaced by a new color. Its colors include green, red, pink, beige, and yellow. It takes about ten jumps for the coconut to be empty and refill. Coconut Water is silent while running, without even the sound of sloshing.