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The Bomb Glove is a weapon manufactured by Gadgetron Corporation, featured in Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando. It is a glove which tosses a small explosive at enemies at close to medium range, which deals moderate damage and 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 was granted to Ratchet at the beginning of the game as a free offer to all first-time Gadgetron customers. It contains 10 ammo when first bought.
The Bomb Glove could later be upgraded to Gold Bomb Glove with 4 gold bolts and 20,000 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 reached with a teleporter at the Tobruk Crater, Novalis.
The Bomb Glove was acquired from planet Barlow when Ratchet met the Help Matron, the Gadgetron 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 connect 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 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. While the Mega Bomb Glove retains the appearance of the basic Bomb Glove, its bombs also set off green explosions rather than red.
The Bomb Glove is a versatile weapon that can be used on various types of threats. It can 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 which 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 fired larger bombs which created shockwaves.
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.