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The Hydro-Pack is a gadget in Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, Tools of Destruction, and Ratchet & Clank (2016 game). It is a black market upgrade for Clank not endorsed by Gadgetron[2], due to licensing issues with company Minton Incorporated,[1] that grants him jets to propel Ratchet underwater and swim faster (by holding L1 or Shoulder R). In the original Ratchet & Clank, the player must obtain the Hydro-Pack from Edwina on Hoven. It is used to swim against currents and reach otherwise inaccessible areas. In subsequent releases in which it appears (including the 2016 re-imagined release), it is initially available with Clank, and is not mandatory.

History

Hydro-Pack gameplay

Ratchet swimming with the Hydro-Pack.

The Hydro-Pack was installed by Edwina on planet Hoven for 2,000 bolts during the mission "Buy Hydro-Pack from Ed". It allowed Ratchet to reach a gold bolt in Tobruk Crater, planet Novalis, by swimming against the river currents to reach a secret area, though the river currents in the 2016 reboot no longer lead to such a place. He also used it on Quartu to explore the coolant system and look for any interesting items, finding a Bolt Grabber as a result.[3] Later on he used it again for the same reason to swim through the water tanker on Drek's fleet, after which he found a CodeBot.[4]

After this, Clank kept the Hydro-Pack, and Ratchet used it various times while swimming.

Behind the scenes

Gunsled

The Gunsled.

In Going Commando, one gadget that would have been included was a modification for the Hydro-Pack named the Gunsled. This would have attached two torpedo launches next to the Hydro-Pack to fight underwater, and would have been used in the "Scout the ruined machinery" on Barlow route.[5] This would have been obtained at the end of the "Explore the Promenade" section in Canal City on Notak, though its removal led to a nanotech boost being added as a reward at the end in its place.[6]

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