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Horny toads,[1] occasionally known as sand toads,[2] are enemies in Ratchet & Clank and the 2016 re-imagined game, encountered on planet Veldin. They are common, wild, bipedal toads that are often seen hopping around in groups.

In the original release, horny toads were encountered by Ratchet during the missions "Investigate crash site" and "Save Ratchet's planet". In the re-imagining, these toads were encountered during "Head to the fairgrounds‎‎" but not at night during "Return to the garage", in which only blarg enemies appeared.

Characteristics

Concept art from the re-imagined game.

Horny toads are orange, toad-like creatures that bounce on their two back legs to move in a hopping fashion. Though bipedal in movement, they have two smaller front legs used for balance, and two large back legs. Horny toads have orange skin, with white spikes and dark brown strikes across their back, matching the arid planet's surface.

In the re-imagining, these toads have dark blue skin rather than orange on their back, but have peachy, yellow skin below. They also only appear during the daytime. If they happen to spot Ratchet, they will react by making a croaking noise, and their eyes will widen. Horny toads are also much faster at jumping.

Combat

Ratchet using his wrench against a horny toad.

Horny toads attack in numbers, using their agility to their advantage. Their large jaws produce their only attack, an offensive bite done at melee range. It is signified by them pausing in their movements to face the player, followed by bellowing a loud croak and then delivering the bite. They have very little defense and can be easily defeated with a single strike from the OmniWrench, though a multi-strike is effective against multiples of them. Other weapons can also be effective at clearing out large groups of toads encountered upon returning to Veldin.

References

  1. Ratchet & Clank (2002 game), Ratchet & Clank Prima's Official Strategy Guide, p. 2
  2. Ratchet & Clank (2016 game), Extras § "Enemy gallery"
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