Crystals (結晶, Kesshō?) were a consumable item in Sword Art Online. They were considered to be one of the most convenient types of items and the closest thing to magic in Aincrad. Crystals are divided into multiple, colour-coded types based on their effects. The common trait of all crystals is that they take immediate effect upon being consumed, rather than applying their effect over a certain period of time. Crystals can be used for healing, curing debuffs, teleportation of individuals, opening short-cut corridors to a specified location for a group of players, and displaying images or replaying voice messages. As a downside to their extreme usefulness, all crystals are more or less rare and expensive commodities, which results in players being hesitant to use them outside of emergencies.
Crystals look like eight-sided pillars of various colours.
Most crystals can be obtained through certain NPC shops or monster drops, except for the Corridor Crystal. Corridor Crystals are the rarest of all crystals, obtainable only through trading with other players, from killing monsters, or by finding them in a treasure chest.
Crystals debut in the Drop pool for all monsters starting from the 6th Floor. According to Kirito's empirical observations, the drop rate for crystals on the 6th Floor is about 0.01%, increasing tenfold to 0.1% on the 7th Floor.
|Indigo||Opens a shortcut gateway to any location that the player has marked.|
|Green||Cures the user from poison.|
|Rose Pink||Completely heals the target.|
|Message Recording Crystal||メッセージ録音クリスタル
(Messēji Rokuon Kurisutaru)
|Records what someone has said.|
|Blue||Transports the user to a chosen main town's Teleport Gate plaza.|
In general crystals can be activated through either one of two methods. The first method is to physically tap on the crystal and select the Use (使用, Shiyou?) button from a pop-up window. Alternatively, the player may activate the crystals through voice commands while holding the crystal in one of their hands. When the user desires to use the crystal on another player, they must physically touch the player with their other hand when activating the crystal; otherwise, the effects of the crystal are applied to the user themselves by default.
|Corridor Crystal||Corridor Open||コリドー・オープン |
|Healing Crystal||Heal||ヒール |
|Teleport Crystal||Teleport, [Target Location Name]||転移、[Target Location Name] |
(Ten'i, [Target Location Name])
Conditions Preventing Usage
Crystals can be rendered unusable by anti-crystal fields, encountered either as traps in dungeons or as a feature of boss rooms starting from the 74th Floor. Additionally, since the crystals are primarily used through voice commands, Silencing debuffs afflicted by certain monsters may also render players unable to use their crystals.
- Volume 1, Chapter 5
- Progressive Volume 7, Rhapsody of a Red Blaze, Part 2
- Tweet by the author about the varieties of crystals based on their colours