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For the Monolith sub-group, see Crystal.
Crystal
Artifact Crystal
General Characteristics
In-game code

af_cristall

Parent Anomaly

Burner

Weight

0.50 kg

Statistics
Shadow of Chernobyl
Radiation SOC Protect Icon Rad A

-30%

Endurance SOC Protect Icon Endu

-18%

Best Price

5000 RU Sakharov

Clear Sky
Burn CSiconBurn

+1

Radiation CSiconRada

+1

Call of Pripyat
Thermal Prot. CoP Thermal

+3

Radiation CoP RadBad

+1

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The Crystal is an artifact that can be found in all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.

Appearances Edit

Shadow of Chernobyl Edit

Description Edit

Is created when heavy metals fall into the Burner anomaly. This artifact eliminates radiation wonderfully. It is highly valued by stalkers and hard to find.
- In-game description

The Crystal provides a -30% in radiation, in exchange of -18% in endurance. This makes the Crystal a valuable artifact as it can slowly purge the player from the radiation they accumulated while walking through irradiated areas. When combined, Crystals can make the use of vodka/anti-rads nearly redundant as they can quickly remove radiation. However, considering they lower the player's endurance, it is advised to use a Flash or a Moonlight to counter the Crystal's downside.

Crystals are a very good choice paired with an Exoskeleton for the Sarcophagus and other final levels. Since the player, while wearing the Exoskeleton, is not able to run, the endurance downside is nearly irrelevant, and considering most of the inside of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is irradiated, the player could use Crystal artifacts to eliminate radiation without having to rely on anti-rads or vodka.

Acquisition Edit

The player will be rewarded with this artifact by Skinflint after completing the Kill the bloodsuckers in the village mission that can be taken either from Skinflint or Murk. This artifact can be found in few locations, including Lab X-18, sometimes hidden in a random box or near the Vortex anomaly. Another can be found in a box in the Monolith Control Center or the Sarcophagus, but one may get another artifact instead as this is a random spawn. Several stashes contain this artifact, usually later in the game, such as one in the Army Warehouses. It is possible to find this artifact out in the open near the tunnel entrance at Freedom's base in the Army Warehouses.

Clear Sky Edit

Description Edit

This artifact is formed in anomalous zones with intense thermal activity. Actively consumes excessive heat, remaining cool to the touch throughout. Emits radiation.
- In-game description

The Crystal returns in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, providing a small +1 in fire protection, in exchange of a +1 in radiation. Considering the very poor advantage, it is best traded than used.

Call of Pripyat Edit

DescriptionEdit

This artifact is formed in anomalous zones with intense thermal activity. Actively consumes excessive heat, remaining cool to the touch throughout. Emits radiation.In-game description

The Crystal returns in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, providing a +3 in fire protection and a +1 in radiation. Again, the protection granted by the Crystal is nearly insignificant unless combined - the very low radiation penalty mean one could combine max. four of these resulting in a +12 in fire protection and contain the radiation with a single Bubble.

Acquisition Edit

This artifact is commonly spawned in fire anomalies. It is a default spawn in the Zaton Burnt Farmstead. Beard also sells Crystals once the player gets the One of Ours achievement.

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