Gadgetron Corporation is a large gadget and weapons supplier in the Ratchet & Clank series. Based in the Gadgetron site on planet Kalebo III, it is one of the largest corporations in the Solana Galaxy. It has Gadgetron vendors stationed on all inhabited planets throughout the galaxy and some uninhabited planets. Ratchet and Clank have made use of Gadgetron products throughout all of their adventures, such as the OmniWrench, Swingshot, nanotech, and the RYNO series of weapons.
Gadgetron is based primarily in the Solana Galaxy, but also had a small presence in the Bogon Galaxy, originally based on planet Barlow, before Megacorp drove them out of business. In the Polaris Galaxy, Gadgetron does not operate, driven out of business by Grummel Net Industries. In both galaxies, Ratchet continues to use Gadgetron products, and RYNO weapons (or plans for RYNO weapons) can be found.
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet used the Gadgetron HelpDesk when building his first ship. After finding Clank, he then went on to use weapons from Gadgetron vendors in order to defeat Chairman Drek. The Bomb Glove was provided to first-time customers for free,, while other weapons such as the Blaster, Glove of Doom, and the Devastator were purchased from Gadgetron vendors found throughout the galaxy. At this time, the Devastator at the time was considered a perfect weapon that Gadgetron could not improve on until they later created the Gold Devastator upgrade, and the Tesla Claw was the pinnacle of Gadgetron's weapons technology. All the weapons Ratchet used were Gadgetron products, with the exception of the Suck Cannon prototype developed by the blarg (though the Gold Suck Cannon was released by Gadgetron). One Gadgetron weapon, the R.Y.N.O., was deemed too dangerous for civilian use, and so Ratchet acquired it from the Shady Salesman on Rilgar instead. Ratchet also acquired many gadgets by Gadgetron from other characters, including the Swingshot, Heli-Pack, and Thruster-Pack, which he would use in most his following adventures.
Ratchet and Clank visited the Gadgetron site on planet Kalebo III while searching for the Hologuise. Chairman Drek sent his blarg elite commandos to defeat them, giving them permission to destroy Gadgetron in the process if it were necessary. Ratchet and Clank fought through the blarg in "Get past the blarg" to reach the CEO, Wendell Lumos. However, he was unconcerned about the invasion, as Gadgetron's defenses were the best many could buy, meaning that the company would be safe.
After Ratchet won the hoverboard race against the Gadgetron test dummy robots, Lumos filmed Ratchet and Clank as spokespeople for Gadgetron's new hoverboard line, though he was unimpressed by their performance on camera, and offered Ratchet the employee discount beginning in two years' time as well as giving him the Hologuise. They also rode a grind rail at the site that took them to the HelpDesk Girl, who gave them a Map-o-Matic.
During this time, licensing issues with company Minton Incorporated meant that Gadgetron were unable to sell the Hydro-Pack in stores, and its lawyers Brushling, Flynn, and Culverhouse worked to resolve the issue.
In Qwark's version of events, Gadgetron also supplied the weapons Ratchet purchased from Gadgetron vendors, though the vendors also provided Raritanium upgrades for weapons. These vendors sold many weapons from other manufacturers, such as GrummelNet and Megacorp. Ratchet also acquired all the same Gadgetron gadgets, though they were acquired in different location.
Ratchet also visited the Gadgetron Headquarters on Kalebo III, again looking for a Hologuise. However, the blarg threatened Wendell Lumos, and the blarg destroyed a dam which caused the hoverboard race track to be flooded. In "Find the Focus Lab", Ratchet and Clank fought through the blarg, including fighting through many weapons testing rooms in which the blarg took over Gadgetron's test dummies to send them to fight Ratchet, and reached Wendell Lumos. After using the Hydrodisplacer to drain the flood, he could then participate in the hoverboard race. Ratchet won the hoverboard race and was awarded with the Hologuise. While on the planet, Ratchet also rode the grindrail and found the Map-o-Matic room.
In the Bogon Galaxy, Ratchet visited planet Barlow to participate in hoverbike racing. While there, he found the location of an abandoned Gadgetron site in Vukovar Canyon, overrun by Vukovar tribesmen. He found the old Help Matron, who sold several Gadgetron weapons that Ratchet had used in his previous adventure, as well as the RYNO II. He also found a frozen Inventor that had invented the Thermanator. Ratchet broke the Inventor from the ice, who was dismayed to learn that Gadgetron had been driven out of business by Megacorp while frozen in the ice, and then sold Ratchet the Thermanator for 1,000 bolts.
Apparently Gadgetron was also creating the ultimate pet on Barlow, prior to the Protopet's existence, which became known as the Gadgetron Hound of Cuddly Death. After Gadgetron abandoned the Bogon Galaxy, these genetic pets went from docile creatures into killing machines, becoming deadly pack predators to take down prey.
Up Your Arsenal
When Ratchet and Clank returned to the Solana Galaxy, the Gadgetron HelpDesk once again provided Ratchet support throughout his adventure. Gadgetron vendors, now orange, sold new and more powerful weapons, such as the N60 Storm, the Annihilator, and the Plasma Whip. These weapons could now be upgraded with use, similar to Megacorp's weapons. Gadgetron also sold more powerful and upgradeable versions of the Agents of Doom and the Suck Cannon.
Ratchet purchased weapons from Gadgetron vendors during their adventure. Gadgetron sold new weapons, including the Concussion Gun, the Shock Rocket, and the Bee Mine Glove. They also sold new versions of the Agents of Doom, the Suck Cannon, and a new iteration of the Bomb Glove known as the Acid Bomb Glove.
Secret Agent Clank
Clank delivered many Gadgetron weapons to Ratchet while on the Prison Planet, though Ratchet did not purchase from a vendor.
Tools of Destruction
On Kerwan, Ratchet used the Gadgetron HelpDesk to provide him with help during Emperor Tachyon's attack on the planet, though he used the GrummelNet Combuster and Fusion Grenade. When Ratchet followed Tachyon back to the Polaris Galaxy, Ratchet instead used GrummelNet weapons from GrummelNet vendors throughout his adventure, though the Gadgetron HelpDesk still provided him support throughout.
Though Gadgetron did not operate in Polaris, the holo-plans for the Gadgetron RYNO IV, an illegal weapon, could be acquired. The Smuggler assembled this weapon for Ratchet after acquiring all the holo-plans.
During the Ratchet & Clank comic series, many Gadgetron weapons, such as the Blaster, were featured, alongside weapons from other providers.
Gadgetron is a large manufacturer of weapons and gadgets with a large presence throughout the Solana Galaxy. They have vendors on all inhabited planets in the galaxy, in addition to the uninhabited planet Trachea Five. Gadgetron appears to have a monopoly on weapons and gadgets sold in Solana, and admitted that critics have described them as a power-hungry monopoly bent on galactic domination. The only known competitors in Solana are Vox Industries, which developed many weapons in the Shadow Sector used in its DreadZone tournament, and Minton Incorporated, which developed the Hydro-Pack but was unable to sell it due to a legal battle with Gadgetron.
Many Gadgetron employees are either female robots with a hotbot appearance, including the HelpDesk Girl and the Help Matron, or members of a green reptillian species from Kalebo III, of which Wendell Lumos and Moby are members. Gadgetron appear to sponsor or sell most products throughout the galaxy.
|Acid Bomb Glove||Next generation replacement of the Bomb Glove. Glove which throws bombs with a high yield Gammachlorian acid warhead and an area-of-effect acid spray.||Size Matters|
|Agents of Doom||Also referred to as the Glove of Doom, from which the Agents are deployed. Deploys a DoomEgg which launches a group of four Agents of Doom, which attack enemies normally by self-destructing to kill them. Some upgrades give them additional weapons.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters, Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Annihilator||Shoulder mounted missile launcher with a high rate of fire.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Bee Mine Glove||Glove which throws a metallic hive containing robotabees which then seek and attack enemies by self-destructing when in contact with them.||Size Matters|
|Bee Mine Mk. II||Later edition of the Bee Mine Glove, though otherwise identical in functionality.||Secret Agent Clank|
|Blaster||Pistol with medium range and high rate of fire, automatically targets enemies.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), comic series|
|Bomb Glove||Glove which tosses explosives in medium range with a moderate blast radius.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando|
|Concussion Gun||Shotgun which fires a blast of devastation titanium pellets which deal more damage the closer it is to the enemy. Weapon of choice for the Galactic Ranger's riot squad.||Size Matters|
|Decoy Glove||Glove which throws a balloon decoys modeled after Ratchet which distract enemies and lure them to attack the decoy rather than Ratchet.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando|
|Devastator||Rocket launcher which fires rockets that automatically target and home in on enemies, capable of destroying armored enemies. Was considered perfect until the Gold Devastator upgrade was created.||Ratchet & Clank (2002)|
|Disc Blade Gun||Gun which fires a large rotating saw blade-like disc that home in on and deal heavy damage to enemies.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Drone Device||Device which launches six drones that surround and protect Ratchet by absorbing many forms of damage and damaging nearby enemies that attack.||Ratchet & Clank (2002)|
|Flux Rifle||Long range sniper rifle with a scope that zooms in on enemies, dealing heavy damage and having a long range but low ammo and low rate of fire.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Holoshield Glove||Glove which throws down holoshields that can serve as cover, absorbing most projectiles until they sustain too much damage.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Infector||Gun which fires a green brainwashing serum that causes enemies to turn against one another until the effect wears off.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Lacerator||Pistol that fires super-heated plasma slugs at enemies with a moderate rate of fire and medium range.||Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank|
|Laser Tracer||Large vehicular-sized laser cannon retrofitted to be wielded by a single user. Fires a continuous laser beam, with Ratchet standing still while firing.||Size Matters|
|Mine Glove||Glove which throws down hovering mines that will detect enemies which come close, then float towards and explode.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal (multiplayer only)|
|Mine Launcher||Gun that launchers hovering mines which will seek enemies that approach and explode. Based on the Hunter Mine Launcher by Vox Industries.||Secret Agent Clank|
|Mootator||Pistol which fires a continuous beam that can transform enemies into cows by morphing their DNA, which explode upon reaching enemies.||Size Matters|
|Morph-o-Ray||Pistol which fires a continuous beam that can transform enemies into chickens.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal (multiplayer only)|
|N60 Storm||Double-barrel pistol which fires energy blasts, has medium range but relatively low rate of fire.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Nitro Launcher||Bomb launcher which fires a grenade with a large blast radius and good range.||Up Your Arsenal|
|OmniWrench 8000||Large wrench which doubles up as a melee weapon for Ratchet.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando, Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Pixelizer||Pistol which fires blasts that damage enemies, knock them back, and briefly transform them into pixelated versions of themselves.||Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Plasma Whip||Melee plasma weapon that has larger radius than most melee weapons.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Pork Bomb Gun||Pistol which fires pig bombs which transform enemies into pigs when exploding||Secret Agent Clank|
|Proton Drum||Gun which launches a metallic ball which retracts its walls on the ground to reveal a pulsating orb of pink energy.||Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Pyrocitor||Flamethrower which fires a continuous stream of fire to damage enemies.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Qwack-O-Ray||Pistol which fires a continuous beam that can transform enemies into ducks.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Rift Inducer||Gun which creates a miniature black hole that sucks enemies in before expiring.||Up Your Arsenal|
|R.Y.N.O.||Illegal missile launcher which fires a large array of missiles that destroy most nearby enemies.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank|
|RYNO II||Missile launcher which fires missiles in rapid fire.||Going Commando|
|RY3NO||Missile launcher which fires a large array of missiles that destroy most nearby enemies.||Up Your Arsenal|
|RYNO IV||Gun which rapidly fires dark matter lasers at enemies, dealing heavy amounts of damage in a long range.||Tools of Destruction|
|RYNO V||Missile launcher which rapidly fires a spray of missiles.||A Crack in Time|
|Scorcher||Flamethrower which fires a continuous stream of fire to damage enemies.||Size Matters|
|Shard Gun||Shotgun that fires ice shards, and achieves freezing power through quantum-tunneled heat sink into nearby deep space. Damages enemies as well as slowing their reaction time and move speeds.||Secret Agent Clank|
|Shock Blaster||Close-to-medium range semi-automatic shotgun which fires blasts of energy and has a wide area of effect.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Shock Rocket||Shoulder-mounted rocket launcher which fires a rocket-propelled explosive electrical charge that can clear out packs of enemies with an electrical flare and deal significant damage to singular targets.||Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank|
|Sniper Mine||Sniper rifle in the form of a crossbow that fires a long range explosive dart that deals more damage the further away it is fired.||Size Matters|
|Spitting Hydra||Electric weapon which locks onto targets as it is held down before unleashing tendrils of electricity to damage them.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Static Barrier||Defensive forcefield which uses residual static electricity in the air to create a forcefield that protects the user from enemy fire until it sustains too much damage.||Size Matters|
|Suck Cannon||Vacuum that pulls small enemies in and then fires them out as damage. Originally a prototype created by the blarg, though Gadgetron later released the Gold Suck Cannon upgrade due to the prototype's popularity, before then releasing their own variant.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters|
|Taunter||Pistol which makes comedic noises that alert nearby enemies and force them to attack Ratchet.||Ratchet & Clank (2002)|
|Tesla Claw||Fires electricity using electrostatic technology that automatically targets enemies. At the time of release, was the pinnacle of Gadgetron's weapons technology.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando|
|Visibomb Gun||Missile launcher which fires a remotely controlled missile that can be guided up to a certain range to destroy a target. At the time of release, was Gadgetron's most effective long range weapon.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando|
|Walloper||Melee weapon in the form of a large boxing glove.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando, Secret Agent Clank|
|Heli-Pack||Upgrade for Clank which creators helicopter propellers allowing Ratchet to glide, stretch jump, and long jump.||Series|
|Hacker||Handheld gadget which hacks into certain hacking terminals.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Hologuise||Handheld gadget that creates a holographic disguise which disguises Ratchet to fool enemies and reach certain areas.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Hydrodisplacer||Handheld gadget that uses quantum compression technology allowing it to hold up to 50,000 liters of water. Can drain or fill pools of water.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Hypershot||Combination of the Swingshot and Dynamo. Swings across versa-targets and activates machinery.||Up Your Arsenal, Deadlocked, Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank|
|Magneboots||Boots that allow the wearer to walk on Magne-Strips||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|O2 Mask||Mask that allows the wearer to breathe in space, underwater, or in toxic environments.||Ratchet & Clank (2002) Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Platinum Zoomerator||Hoverboard attachment that allows tricks to be converted to speed boosts.||Ratchet & Clank (2002)|
|Refractor||Handheld gadget that redirects lasers, allowing lasers to be redirected to open door.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Swingshot||Handheld gadget that swings across versa-targets to reach further distances.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando, Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty, A Crack in Time, All 4 One, Full Frontal Assault, Into the Nexus, Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Thruster-Pack||Upgrade for Clank which creators thrusters allowing Ratchet to glide, stretch jump, and long jump. In the original release, can also be used to ground slam.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Trespasser||Handheld gadget that hacks into Invinco-Locks.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Warp Pad||Handheld gadget that allows the user to activate a warp pad and then warp to it at any moment.||Up Your Arsenal|
|Gadgetron HelpDesk||Used to provide instructions or tips throughout, provided by the HelpDesk Girl.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters, Tools of Destruction|
|Gadgetron vendor||Used to distribute Gadgetron weapons and ammo, located on every inhabited planet in the galaxy as well as the uninhabited Trachea Five.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters, Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Hoverboard||Used in hoverboard racing.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
|Test dummy||Robot used to test weapons and hoverboards.||Ratchet & Clank (2002), Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet & Clank (2016)|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ratchet & Clank (2002 game), game manual (NTSC-U/C), p. 1
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Bomb Glove"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Gold Devastator"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Tesla Claw"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Suck Cannon"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Gold Suck Cannon"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "R.Y.N.O."
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "This is starting to become annoying."
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "You ever been on a hoverboard?"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "That was terrific!"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Ratchet & Clank (2002 game), game manual (PAL), p. 9
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, game manual (NTSC-U/C), p. 20
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "Visibomb Gun"