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Oh, you think it looks pretty? Try eating fresh quartz for a solid month and see if you think it's pretty, then!

"The crystal trees among them were hung with glass-like trellises of moss. The air was markedly cooler, as if everything was sheathed in ice, but a ceaseless play of light poured through the canopy overhead. The process of crystallization was more advanced. The fences along the road were so encrusted that they formed a continuous palisade, a white frost at least six inches thick on either side of the palings. The few houses between the trees glistened like wedding cakes, white roofs and chimneys transformed into exotic miniarets and baroque domes. On a lawn of green glass spurs, a child's tricycle gleamed like a Faberge gem, the wheels starred into brilliant jasper crowns."
J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World

All That Glitters isn't just gold. They can also be diamonds.

This is the area comprised mostly — if not entirely — out of crystals and gemstone minerals. They may be protruding from the ground and could have been placed there by people or formed naturally. Such landscapes usually possess magical properties in one form or another, whether created through the Applied Phlebotinum of advanced societies or through the innate magical energy of a landscape.

Due to its simultaneous beauty, mystery and danger, the magical nature of this kind of world makes them an Eldritch Location. Given that many types of gemstones can be found in caves, this trope often overlaps with Underground Level and Beneath the Earth. If made with evil intentions, it could be made as a form of Crystal Prison. Expect entities native to the area to use Gemstone Assault.


Cousin to the City of Gold.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Pokémon 3, the Unown collectively grant the wishes of the young girl Molly, transforming her family's mansion into a palace made of pure crystal. Their corrupting influence proceeds to spread outward, turning everything else into pure crystal.
  • Crystal Tokyo from Sailor Moon is a future Tokyo with a massive crystal palace in the center of the city.
  • Played with in Digimon Frontier as these ones are made of solid metal rather than a magical mineral. Sephirotmon/Sakkakumon's uppermost sphere contains a Pocket Dimension full of jagged metal formations shaped just like the crystals seen many in other examples of this trope. They even jut out of the landscape in the same way. As they are made of polished metal, Mercurymon can use them in the exact same way as the actual mirrors scattered around the area.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Meaning Of Harmony the landscape directly around the Forges often look like this. In Sunset's nightmares, the entire world ends up becoming one of these.

  • Present to varying degrees in the Land of Oz series. Some depictions (such as in the movie) of the Emerald City portray nearly everything there as being made of crystal. The books are inconsistent about many architectural details but the city is full of large crystals in The Marvelous Land of Oz. The Nome Kingdom has areas covered in crystals as well.
  • In My Posthumous Adventures, a field of crystal flowers is one of the regions in Heaven.
  • In On The Gem Planet by Cordwainer Smith, the titular world of Anderson is compromised mostly of precious gems and crystals. As a result the human inhabitants need to import soil, which they consider more valuable than rubies and diamonds.
  • The forest around the Ice Citadel in Pandora's Star consists of crystalline trees. Ozzy finds this out the hard way when he tries to use one of the trees as firewood, only to discover that it isn't made of wood at all. The trees either evolved or were bio-engineered that way to survive the extreme cold.
  • The intrepid soldier in the Fairy Tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses surreptitiously follows the titular royalty through three groves of magical trees — one of gold, one of silver, and one of diamonds. The diamond tree grove is a Crystal Landscape.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: "Midnight" has the titular planet. An entire planet composed of crystal, said to even have diamond waterfalls. Unfortunately it orbits a star which produces extremely lethal "extonic radiation".
  • On Threshold people infected by the alien signal tend to dream about a forest of glass trees.

    Video Games 
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: The Saecelium Mine, whose walls are covered in blue crystal formations.
  • Child of Light has crystal caves beneath the Cynbel Sea, and some of the crystals deal damage via spikes or electricity.
  • In the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series, Tiberium can grow and extrude green or blue crystals. These crystal fields can spout out of the land, a rich source of resources... and full of dangers. Tiberium emits radiation, mutates lifeforms (including turning corpses into blob monsters), and can keep on growing without stopping. By the events of Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, whole countries are covered in the stuff, with glowing rock glaciers and dried up bays full of crystals.
  • Dark Souls I has the Crystal Cave, lair of Seath the Scaleless; a deep chasm covered in giant (mostly blue) crystals and populated by crystal golems. The crystals have significance beyond just prettiness, since in the game, they are associated with sorcery (Seath's original invention)—and with the uglier sides of it in particular. "Golems" are actually people trapped in crystal shells, while prolonged tinkering with crystal-based magic chips away at the sorcerers' sanity.
  • Space maps in Empire Earth have crystalline carbon deposits instead of trees.
  • The last part of the Interdimensional Rift in Final Fantasy V is a series of floating crystal paths connected by teleporters with trees growing out of random points, with the battle screen showing vines spreading out among the crystals. Its last section makes a return in Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015).
  • The lands of Mor Dhona in Final Fantasy XIV is mostly crystallized due to a event known as the Battle of Silvertear Skies where the Garlean Empire moved to dominate the land of Eorzea with their flying super-dreadnought, the Agrius. Not long after the invasion was started it was ended when the Keeper of the Lake, Midgardsormr, summoned an army of dragons with mutual destruction of both parties. Over the next five years, the fuel used by the airships and the bodies of the decaying dragons caused the land to crystallize and large crystal structures to emerge from the ground. Shinryu's Realm is another example, being comprised of mountains of blue crystal sticking up out of the colorful cloud layer below.
  • Babus's postgame recruitment mission in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance takes you to the Ambervale. Instead of the palace where you fought the final boss, however, the battle takes place in a cave made of colorful crystals. Some of the maps for Tubola Cave are also made mostly of mythril formations.
  • The Dragonbrand of Guild Wars 2 has many landscape features (plants, rocks, and even animals) turned to crystal. The Brand is a menacing, Mordor-like area, primarily due to the crystals, the scar of the crystal dragon Krakatorik's arrival.
  • Hollow Knight has the mountainous Crystal Peak area aboveground next to the town of Dirtmouth, which is filled with pink crystalline caverns that were once mined for their abundant riches. The area is crawling with crystalized bug enemies, and the reanimated remains of the civilized bugs who still dig away endlessly with their mining equipment, long after their own death and fall of their kingdom.
  • In the forests of the West Zone in Hyper Light Drifter. Vast amounts of pale green crystals litter the ground. Large crystals can be broken to refuel weapon energy, but the small shards on the ground are very dangerous.
  • The first two areas of the End of the World in Kingdom Hearts I handle this trope in different ways. The first area, called the Final Dimension, at first appears to be an empty sky with invisible walls to keep you on the path. The preset battles in the area reveal that you are walking on solid ground and the invisible walls are actually cliffs made of columnar crystals of various dull colors. The Giant Crevasse after that is a huge, colorful canyon with ledges everywhere and giant crystals jutting out of random points on every surface. The ground in both areas is covered by thick layers of a fine crystal dust, which can also be seen dripping off the cliffs in the Final Dimension if one looks closely.
  • The Moon Kingdom from Klonoa: Door to Phantomile sits on (or perhaps is) a giant floating castle, with many parts of the castle made from crystal as well.
  • Mega Man:
    • Crystal Man's stage from Mega Man 5 takes place in a crystal cave with crystal-shooting enemies, falling crystal traps, and crystal spikes.
    • Jewel Man's stage from Mega Man 9 takes place in another crystal mine with crystalline enemies as well as crystal spike hazards.
    • Mega Man X2 has Crystal Snail's stage which takes place in a crystal cave. Stage hazards include crystal spikes as well as large chunks of crystal that loosen from their location and slide down, crushing X if it traps him between a wall. Notably, if he uses the Silk Shot which attracts random debris around the location he's in, it attracts crystals instead of scrap.
  • In NiGHTS into Dreams..., one of Helen Cartwright's Dream Lands in Nightopia manifests as Crystal Castle, also known as the Land of Glass. As its name implies, the world and everything in it is made of a crystalline glass.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers has the dungeon Crystal Cave, an underground cave system made of blue and green crystals. The deepest part of the caves, Crystal Crossing, is where the Olympus Mon Azelf dwells, guarding a Cosmic Keystone.
  • Pu·Li·Ru·La: The second level is full of crystals jutting out of the ground.
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale: The Lapis Core room, which has large formations of elemental crystals scattered around the area.
  • In RuneScape elves use a technique called "crystal singing" to reshape existing crystal. This crystal was mostly from the body of their Goddess, Seren and their homeworld, Tarddiad, which is more or less an entire planet of beautiful forests and lakes partially made of crystal. The whole world is covered of dark blue and cyan due to the refracted light, making it a haunting experience. Their capital city, Prifddinas is a partial example of this trope. The city is largely make of marble and jade, but sizable portions of it are also made of crystal, especially Seren's. This becomes a problem when Seren is tries to remake herself when the ban on gods is brought down, causing severe earthquakes.
  • In Solar Jetman, one of the planet types is a surface laced with jagged crystals. Curiously, colliding with the surface on these stages doesn't damage your ship any more than bumping into the walls on the non-crystalline planets.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Spyro the Dragon:
  • Tales of Hearts: The Spir Mazes, labyrinths formed inside people's hearts where the core of their Spiria (the essence of their feelings) resides. They are composed entirely of crystal pathways and gemstones, and the only living beings are the Xerom who invade them in an attempt to consume that person.
  • The World of Warcraft zone Deepholm, the earth-elemental area, has vast tracts of crystal terrain.

  • The Crystal Kingdom from Cucumber Quest, despite being a Hailfire Peaks land, is filled with and made out of crystals.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, the underground village and caves leading to it in chapters 6-8 feature glowing crystals protruding from the ground and walls.

    Western Animation 
  • The Crystal Dimension from Adventure Time is a dimension composed almost entirely of crystal, inhabited by magical beings like crystal people, Rainicorns and anthropomorphic dogs.
  • As depicted in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, the catacombs beneath Ba Sing Se are littered with luminous green crystals, which come in handy for any Earthbenders nearby. The catacombs often are used to hold enemies of the Earth Kingdom, since they're deep underground and naturally well-lit.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Crystal Empire, introduced in the episode of the same name", is an entire city of crystal architecture. The houses are all made of colorful crystalline material — some appear to simply be enormous crystals hollowed out and fitted with doors and window — and shrubs and trees are replaced by clusters and spikes of bluish crystals. In "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place", it turns out that even the royal gardens follow this trend, being filled with delicate plants and flowers made entirely out of shaped crystal.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", when Rarity goes mad with power after learning a powerful spell that lets her reshape reality around her, her quest to make everything beautiful does a fair job of turning Ponyville into a partial example of this. By the end of the episode, multiple buildings and trees have been transformed into colorful crystal replicas of themselves, while the town's roads have all been turned into gold.
  • Steven Universe loves this trope. Numerous rooms in the temple are decorated with crystal outcroppings and many of the locations the protagonists visit early in the series are full of sparkly crystal ornaments.
  • Because Trolls from Trollhunters live underground, the various caverns are filled with vast mountains of crystals, many of which are magical in nature.

    Real Life 
  • The Cave of the Crystals in Mexico is filled with gypsum crystal formations larger than a person — the largest is twelve meters long and four thick.


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Crystal Flight

Crystal Flight is the Magic Crafters Speedway. This realm is directly behind a crystallized dragon and is filled with crystals in a body of water and semi-dark sky. The time limit in this level is twenty-five seconds.

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