Peckbots are enemies in Ratchet & Clank and the 2016 re-imagined release, encountered in the Tobruk Crater on Novalis. They are relatively small, blargian, bird-like robots sent by Drek Industries that appear in groups and are encountered by Ratchet and Clank during the blarg's attack on Novalis, alongside birdbots.
In the original appearance, peckbots were encountered alongside birdbots during the missions "Find a new ship", "Explore the waterworks", and in the caves behind the ship's landing spot. In the re-imagining, peckbots were fought in the equivalent missions "Find someone to help you repair your ship" and "Defend the planet", though they were not fought in the caves, as they were replaced by amoeboids.
Peckbots have a bird-like appearance, with a yellow, black, and metallic framing. They have large jaws, sharp teeth, two large green eyes, and a pair of yellow wings. Outdoor peckbots will hover around and remain aerial, but they will descend to the ground when spotting a target and then return to flight when no target is in view. Peckbots move in a slightly erratic, zig-zag pattern towards a target and chase with their spiked jaws. Their appearance somewhat resembles robotic sandsharks.
In the re-imagined release, their eyes are yellow, while their wings are green. They run slightly quicker and have a more direct movement.
When spotting targets, peckbots will run towards them with their spiked jaws. When attacking, they will stop moving and remain stationary (though they are still able to rotate), then quickly strike with a loud clank when their jaws close. Peckbots have very low durability and are limited to close-range attacks, meaning they can be easily dispatched with the OmniWrench or the Pyrocitor. They only pose a major threat in large groups.
Behind the scenes
- Ratchet & Clank (2002 game), Ratchet & Clank Prima's Official Strategy Guide, p. 5