The Mine Glove is a weapon manufactured by Gadgetron, featured in Ratchet & Clank and the multiplayer mode for Up Your Arsenal. It drops mines in front of Ratchet which home in on enemies that get close.
The Mine Glove can be upgraded to the Gold Mine Glove upon completion of Ratchet & Clank. It can also be upgraded in the multiplayer mode of Up Your Arsenal.
Ratchet & Clank
It may be upgraded to the Gold Mine Glove with 10,000 bolts and 4 gold bolts. This upgrade is first available in the gold weapons room on the Gemlik Base, and later available in challenge mode in the gold weapons room, which is accessible via a teleporter at the Tobruk Crater, Novalis.
Up Your Arsenal
The Mine Glove is only available in the multiplayer mode for Up Your Arsenal. It can be found around the map, and three mines deployed is typically enough to kill an enemy player. Killing three players upgrades the weapon.
The Mine Glove is a metallic weapon, with red fingers, a green triangular mark, and a green mark on the wrist. It launches spike mines that can home in on nearby enemies. When upgraded to the Gold Mine Glove, the entire glove is gold aside from the green markings, and the explosions of the mines have a green tint.
The Mine Glove drops hovering mines, which will home in on approaching targets and deal moderate damage with a small effect radius. The Mine Glove is useful against enemies that will attack Ratchet in close range. It is best used in conjunction with the Taunter, to lure enemies to be attacked by the Mine Glove. Furthermore, using the Taunter on the mines themselves will increase their range significantly, ultimately activating them, causing them to home in on enemies from farther away. Also, despite exploding in contact with water, the mines can float on lethal surfaces such as mud or lava, which can be taken advantage of to attack otherwise out of reach enemies.
The Mine Glove is often best used with other weapons if the player fears being overwhelmed by large number of enemies. It is mostly useful against enemies with close range attacks, as ranged attackers will not come within reach of the mines, unless the Taunter is used alongside this weapon. The Mine Glove is a non-essential weapon, as the Walloper or even the wrench can be used to defeat enemies in close combat just as easily without the need for ammunition. The same goes for the Taunter. The Glove of Doom allows its dispensed weapons to defeat targets.
In multiplayer for Up Your Arsenal, the Mine Glove is useful when used to defend nodes or other strategic vantage points such as bases, as players can often overcome the defenses they provide. This makes the Mine Glove very useful against unsuspecting opponents. Only 8 mines can be placed in a level, and exceeding this would cause existing mines to explode harmlessly instead of the column explosion. The player only has a maximum of 6, so the only way it would be possible to add 8 at once would be if it had infinite ammo, or if the player got more ammo.
Behind the scenes
Originally, in the beta of Ratchet & Clank, the mines emitted by the glove were actually proper mines placed onto the floor and could hurt Ratchet. These were removed and replaced by mines identical in appearance and behavior to the homing mines in the final game, while the mines dropped by the original glove are still seen by the mine layer on Kerwan. This version of the Mine Glove can also be seen in the Goodies menu of Ratchet & Clank.
A similar weapon exists in the files of Going Commando. This version of the Mine Glove fires red mines which connect with each other with lasers. When an enemy touches a laser, one of the two connected mines homes in and deals damage. The weapon cannot be equipped unless the game's memory is directly accessed and manipulated via an external program.