The Bomb Glove is a weapon in Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando. Manufactured by Gadgetron Corporation, it is a glove that tosses a small explosive at enemies at close to medium range, dealing moderate damage, plus it has a small radius of effect.
The Bomb Glove can be upgraded to the Gold Bomb Glove in Ratchet & Clank, and the Mega Bomb Glove in Going Commando.
Ratchet & Clank
The Bomb Glove could later be upgraded to the Gold Bomb Glove with 20,000 bolts and four gold bolts. This upgrade could first be purchased in the gold weapons room on the Gemlik Base and later accessed in challenge mode in the gold weapons room, which the player could access via a teleporter at the Tobruk Crater, Novalis.
The Bomb Glove was acquired on planet Barlow when Ratchet met the Help Matron, the vendor. It could either be purchased for 1,000 bolts or acquired for free, depending on whether or not the player had a Ratchet & Clank save file. During challenge mode, the player could purchase the Mega Bomb Glove from any Megacorp vendor for 1,000 bolts.
Up Your Arsenal
The Bomb Glove was used by test dummies in the testing arena, as in Ratchet & Clank, though it was not usable by Ratchet.
At its base, the Bomb Glove has a simple black sleeve. At the knuckles and wrist is blue, metallic plating, which connects to each other via two large tubes with orange bases. The bombs that the glove dispenses are spherical with white and black markings, with the white sections pulsing red and setting off red explosions. Its icon is a simple spherical bomb with a lit fuse.
Bomb Glove ammo is silver and spherical with copper caps on the top and bottom, with three rims placed equidistant from each other around the perimeter, across the vertical diameter. On the front is the Bomb Glove icon.
The Gold Bomb Glove is a version of the Bomb Glove coated in gold. Its bombs set off green explosions rather than red, plus the explosions are larger. While the Mega Bomb Glove retains the appearance of the basic Bomb Glove, its bombs also set off green explosions.
The Bomb Glove is a versatile weapon that can be used against various types of threats. It can also be used on small groups of enemies, due to its small damage radius, and it can easily destroy several groups at once. Its impacting damage also allows it to be useful against larger enemies. However, because the Bomb Glove is only acquired very early, it is later outclassed by weapons that do more damage to larger targets, and by rapid-fire weapons with a greater damage radius that can more easily take down smaller enemies.
When upgraded to the Gold Bomb Glove or Mega Bomb Glove, it has a greater range when aimed, and explosions have a greater blast radius. In Going Commando, the Mega Bomb Glove could defeat Chainblade within a few shots.
Behind the scenes
The Bomb Glove was originally featured in the Ratchet & Clank demo. It could be purchased for 2,000 bolts. Originally, it was not going to be initially available for free in the final game but was made free to introduce players to weapons aside from the wrench immediately. In early builds of the game, the bombs thrown by the Bomb Glove featured a different model.
The bombs thrown by the Bomb Glove in the final game were also used by various enemies throughout the series. Megapede used similar bombs, while Chairman Drek's mech suit would fire larger bombs, which would create shockwaves.
There is a fully functional Bomb Glove in the files of Up Your Arsenal. However, it is impossible to obtain it without directly gaining access to the game's memory. This weapon's explosions can also harm Ratchet.
Though future bomb weapons were planned to also be gloves similar to the Bomb Glove, for the PlayStation 2 games, they were made into handheld weapons such as the Gravity Bomb and Nitro Launcher to save animation resources. Later games made use of gloves again, as seen with the Fusion Grenade introduced in Tools of Destruction.
In Going Commando, it is possible for Ratchet to harm himself with the Bomb Glove. On any planet with a Levitator pad, the player can toss a bomb into the air and ascend; if done right, the bomb will collide with the player and deal damage. The same thing happens when a bomb is tossed into the water and the player dives into it, or when one is tossed and boosted into at the right time using the Charge Boots.
When a bomb from the Bomb Glove is thrown in water, it slowly sinks deeper and deeper until it touches the bottom, unlike bombs in the other games.
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