|This article is about a/an artifact in Power Rangers Zeo, the second season in the Zordon Era.|
The Zeo Crystal is an extremely powerful object which produces enormous amounts of energy, becoming stronger with the passage of time. It was a central element in the lead-up to Power Rangers Zeo as well as the power source for the Zeo Rangers.
The exact origins of the Zeo Crystal are unknown but, in "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor-part I", it is explained that it had been brought to the Earth's Moon by an ancient race from the M51 Galaxy. They hid the Zeo Crystal in the Caves of Deception located beneath the Moon Palace.
To protect the Zeo Crystal from anybody who would try to harness its power for evil, namely Master Vile, the denizens of the M51 Galaxy surrounded the crystal in a force field that would destroy anybody not purely good who came in to contact with it. Lord Zedd was aware of this, which led Rita Repulsa to remark, in jest, "He tried to get the Zeo Crystal once, and look what happened to Zeddy's face!"
Knowing that Master Vile had plans for the crystal, Zordon asks the Rangers to acquire and destroy it. Tommy Oliver, the White Ranger, was able to successfully gain the Zeo Crystal and release it from the Caves of Deception. However, Master Vile managed to obtain the crystal briefly, and used its powers to wage his war against the cities of Earth. However, the Power Rangers managed to break Vile's link to the crystal and retrieve it from him. Deciding that the Zeo Crystal had to be sent to a place where Master Vile could never find it, Tommy split the Zeo Crystal into its five Sub Crystals with Saba. Zordon then teleported the Sub Crystals through holes in time and space, sending them to various locations in Earth's history.
After his second Defeat, Master Vile summoned the Orb of Doom, which he used along with his powers to turn back time on Earth, turning the Power Rangers into kids and rendering them powerless. Zordon determined that the only object capable of restoring the Earth and the rangers' powers was the Zeo Crystal. While Billy, who was the only one to have regained his age at that point, volunteered to go, Zordon explained that the crystals would only respond to those still affected by the time reversal. Thus Zordon sent the five child Rangers through time and space to find their Zeo Sub Crystals.
Rocky's journey took him to a volcano in Latin America, circa 1936. Adam traveled centuries into Korea's past to find his piece of the Zeo Crystal located within a waterfall. Tommy journeyed into the past of North America, taking him to a Native American tribe where he learned to trust his inner self. Kat traveled to mid-20th century Australia, where magic surrounded her quest. Aisha traveled to the wilderness of Africa, circa the 1980s, where she discovered an unexpected answer to her Zeo quest: Aisha was persuaded by a tribal wise woman named Ashalla to stay in Africa and try to help find a cure for the dying animals. Aisha sent Tanya, an orphan living with the tribe she encountered, to the future Angel Grove with her Zeo Sub Crystal, changing the course of Aisha's family's history so that her family was now living with her in Africa in the present.
With the reunited Zeo Crystal in the hands of good, Billy used a device he constructed powered by the Crystal itself to reverse Master Vile's time spell. Shortly after time was restored, Goldar and Rito Revolto, who had managed to infiltrate the caves beneath the Command Center and circumvent the "only those with Power Coins can enter" limitation, stole the reassembled Zeo Crystal and escaped just as an implosion device that they had previously set went off.
Goldar and Rito, after stealing the crystal, lost it through unknown means. It was later found undamaged amongst the wreckage of the Command Center. After the Command Center was rebuilt as the Power Chamber, Zordon once again divided the Zeo Crystal into five subdivisions to power his new team of Rangers. Billy stepped down and became a technical advisor, as the Zeo Crystal only has enough power for five Rangers. The remaining five became the new Zeo Rangers.
However, the fact that he lost his powers once he revealed his identity despite Tommy revealing his own to his brother David Trueheart in the earlier episode "Brother, Can You Spare an Arrowhead?" suggests it was a more direct connection to the Morphin Grid.; regardless of the validity of this statement, Trey did identify with the Zeo Rangers, whatever the origins of his powers.
- See also: Zeo–Turbo transition gap
What became of the Zeo Crystal following "Good as Gold" has never been explained although Tommy was later able to use his pair of Zeonizers to become the Red Zeo Ranger again in "Forever Red," as well as the four other Zeo powers' being used in the finale of Super Megaforce. Additionally, when Tommy faced his White Mighty Morphin' Ranger self in "Fighting Spirit," he reasoned that this should be impossible since Original Power Coins had been destroyed by Rito Revolto and the Ninja Coins had been destroyed by Lord Zedd and Rita. (Of course since the fights with his old ranger powers in the episode "Fighting Spirit," take place in his head while Tommy was effectively in a coma, that means that the fate of the Original Power Coins and the Ninja Coins is irrelevant.) He made no such reference to the Zeo Crystal having been lost when he faced his Red Zeo Ranger self, implying that it should still be possible to access his Zeo powers but not at that current time.
By 2018, Tommy had incorporated his Zeo Sub Crystal into his Master Morpher, allowing him to morph into his Red Zeo Ranger form at any time.
- The Zeo Crystal was created by Mark Litton (the writer of MVATMA) to give a logical explanation for the Zeo powers. In Ohranger, the Ohrangers' powers somehow came from the ancient continent of Pangaea.
- The individual sub crystals are cut into elongated shapes representing what would become the representing symbols of the Zeo Rangers to explain why they have shapes on their visors.
- The Zeo Subcrystals themselves were used to morph instead of the Zeonizers in select comic adaptions of Power Rangers Zeo.
- The Zeo Crystal is mentioned in the comic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual #1 (2016), as having damaged Lord Zedd's appearance, the fact that Zedd stored it on the Moon Palace with Rita, and the idea that Zordon might have been after the crystal's power as well.
- The Power Rangers' search for the Zeo sub crystals is quite similar to the Kakurangers' search for the Shinobi Scrolls.
- On December 1, 2020, YouTuber Pomelo Retro asked Zeo actors Jason David Frank, Nakia Burrise, David Yost, Hilary Shepard Turner, and Catherine Sutherland of what happen to the Zeo powers, with many of them answering it was never explained to them either and wonder themselves about what happened.
- Superpower - Super Sentai counterpart in Chouriki Sentai Ohranger. See comparison page. (Equivalent power source)