The Lacerator is a weapon manufactured by Gadgetron in Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank. It is a pistol that is used both on its own, and dual-wielded as the Dual Lacerators. It fires super-heated plasma slugs at enemies.
In Size Matters, the Lacerator is wielded in one hand by Ratchet and upgrades to the Dual Lacerators at V4, with the Titan Dual Lacerators available in challenge mode. In Secret Agent Clank, the weapon begins dual-wielded as the Dual Lacerators, and instead upgrades to the Dual Vindicators at V4, with the Titan Dual Vindicators available in challenge mode.
The Lacerator was distributed by Gadgetron as a weapon that was an "easy-to-use, durable, basic blaster" designed to mow enemies down one-by-one. Nine out of ten movie celebrities chose to wield two Lacerators in a Dual Lacerator combo, for their strength in "dishing out damage and looking cool at the same time".
Ratchet possessed the Lacerator from the beginning, on planet Pokitaru. Ratchet was also able to purchase illegal mods from Slim Cognito for the weapon, including the Lock On mod and the Double Barrel mods. Upon upgrading the weapon to LV4, it upgraded to the Dual Lacerators.
Secret Agent Clank
The Dual Lacerators were available to Ratchet for free. Clank acquired fully-functional replicas of Ratchet's Lacerators on display in the Boltaire Museum, and sent them him on Prison Planet under the guise of a "Dual Gingerbread cake". Ratchet could purchase the hunter mod for 10,000 bolts and the seeker mode for 15,000 bolts. The Dual Lacerators could be upgraded to the Dual Vindicators with use. In challenge mode, the Titan Dual Vindicators could be purchased.
The Lacerator is a metallic, orange pistol with silver and blue effects. It fires super-heated plasma slugs that strike enemies. The weapon fires orange slugs at V1, blue slugs at V2, purple slugs at V3, and orange slugs again at V4.
When the Double Barrel mod is purchased in Size Matters, or the weapon is upgraded to the Dual Vindicators in Secret Agent Clank, the weapon features two barrels instead of one.
The Lacerator has a slow rate of fire but deals decent damage. Initially, its versatility makes it useful against almost all types of enemies, however, as the game progresses, the weapon becomes quickly obsolete as other enemies outpace it in becoming more durable, while it is outclassed by other, more powerful weapons that are more specialized against specific threats.
In Size Matters, the Lacerator can be upgraded with the Lock On mod and the Double Barrel mod. The former makes the weapon slightly easier to aim, while the latter more substantially improves its damage. The Double Barrel Mod is extremely valuable, allowing the Lacerator to better keep pace with more durable enemies and more powerful weapons, meaning it remains useful even near the end of the game. Upon reaching V4, it reaches the Dual Lacerators, doubling its fire rate and making it more broadly useful. The weapon retains is value when fully modded, and is effective against many bosses.
In Secret Agent Clank, the Dual Lacerators can be upgraded with the seeker mod for 15,000 bolts and the hunter mod for 10,000 bolts. The seeker mod allows its shots that have hit an opponent to refract and attack nearby enemies, while the hunter mod allows all its shots to hit the current target. The hunter mod makes it easier to use and is a decent choice, while the seeker mod allows it to deal more damage to a larger number of enemies, meaning it is a solid choice. However, as the player is more likely to have more weapons available at this point, they may choose to spend bolts on other weapons instead.