Pokitaru is a planet in the Solana Galaxy featured in Ratchet & Clank and Size Matters. It is a small, tropical world filled with oceans and islands, and most notably home to the Jowai Resort, a very popular galactic tourist destination. It was also a destination to find Raritanium.
Ratchet and Clank first came to Jowai Resort in search of an O2 Mask that was given to tourists for them to swim underwater. Once they arrived, they found the planet was under attack by the blarg dumping toxic waste into the ocean, and could only obtain a mask by destroying the blarg. The toxic waste had also made it impossible to obtain Raritanium. Later, the two visited Pokitaru on vacation, before being visited by Luna, who claimed to be researching on the two heroes for a school project.
Ratchet & Clank
Prior to Ratchet and Clank's arrival, several blarg waste disposal tankers had began dumping toxic waste into Pokitaru's waters, which mutated the wildlife to become hostile, and caused all customers to either be eaten or flee. This led the Resort Owner to close the resort.
On Orxon, during "Traverse the wilderness", Clank found an infobot with a commercial for Jowai Resort, and reluctantly showed it to Ratchet. After an argument, the two agreed to visit the planet in search of the advertised O2 Mask. Once they arrived, they found the Resort Owner from the commercial, who claimed he had only one O2 Mask remaining, and gave them the mission "Help the resort owner" in which they had to follow him to the hangar bay where a jet fighter was located, and pilot it to destroy the blarg waste disposal tankers.
Once they arrived at the bay, the resort owner claimed he could not access the hangar bay due to a lock that had been placed after a tourist crashed a jet, which he had been unable to lift due to lack of trust from the board of directors. He pointed them instead to Bob's RoboShack. There, they purchased the Thruster-Pack upgrade for Clank for 2,000 bolts, allowing them to access the lock and use the jet fighter, leading to "Destroy the blarg ships". With the Pilot's Helmet, Ratchet could then pilot the fighter and destroy the blarg waste disposal tankers, earning him the O2 Mask.
In "Navigate the sewers", the two were teleported to the sewers, infested with amoeboids. Here, they found Fred, who had been searching the planet for Raritanium, which he could not find due to the blarg's toxic dump. Fred was in possession of the Persuader, a gadget that had been designed to mind control people but that he could only use to obtain a discount at Gadgetron vendors. After finding Raritanium on Hoven, the two gave him Raritanium to use the Persuader.
In Qwark's version of events, Pokitaru was home to Felton Razz, the brother of Ratchet's mentor Grimroth Razz, and Felton had lived here to begin a new life of fishing. Grimroth Razz sent Ratchet and Clank a message via an infobot, which they obtained after "Ride the rail" on Batalia, asking them to help Felton Razz.
When they arrived, they found blarg hydroharvesters attacking the planet, draining its water supply from a Pumping Station. After finding Felton Razz, he told them that a technician was here on the planet for a comic book convention who could upgrade their class-g Star Jumper ship with teslarockets that could destroy the hydroharvesters. This commenced "Find the technician" in which he took them to the Pokitaru Tiki Longue and Karaoke Bar to find Al. While fighting through puffoids and telepathopuses along the way, Felton and Ratchet told one another stories, and upon arriving at the inner Jowai Resort, found it under attack by blarg troopers and blarg space commandos.
After meeting up with Al, they took the boat back to their ship, allowing Al to install the teslarockets, commencing "Destroy the hydroharvesters". Once destroyed, Al installed the Thrusterpack for Clank. This allowed them to unlock special bolt cranks, which they then used to unlock a forcefield to the Pumping Station. The two traveled there to fight the amoeboids inside in "Clean up Amoeboids in Puming Station", and found the O2 Mask at the end of the station. Finally, the two found an underwater passage and climbed the Torgoff Waterfall in "Find a way to the top of the waterfall", rewarding them with a gold bolt.
After Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet and Clank took a vacation in Jowai Resort, before it was interrupted by Luna, who claimed to be doing research on heroes for her school project. At her request, the two took a look around the island and fought robots for her to use in pictures. Eventually, she was kidnapped by mysterious robots, which Clank identified as Technomites, but Ratchet believed did not exist. Nonetheless, the two along with Qwark traveled to Kalidon, where the robots appeared to be going, to rescue Luna.
Ratchet & Clank
The Resort is an archipelago located somewhat in the center of a large body of water, with tall mountaintops visible in the distance. Three large islands make up the majority of the Resort's accessible terrain, though there is a ring of many smaller islands that surrounds the entire location. It is on these smaller islands that a few scattered palm trees are visible, and although the island resort is rich in plant-life, it appears that only leafy trees grow on the main few.
Despite the location at sea, there are scarce few beaches, with the islands rather forming tall rock plateaus, in return there is a large prevalence of natural waterfalls. The only constructions seen are a collection of towers on top of the sewer system, a scattered number of short and stubby buildings dotting the hilltops of the islands, and the large group of tall structures and towers that make up the heart of the Resort.
The landing pad is located at the south end of the archipelago, and connects to a large wooden platform constructed on top of a small rock island, which in turns has two off-shoots. One leads to the sewers, though stops abruptly and only contains a teleporter to the "scenic Jowai Resort sewers". The other connects to a small strip of sandy beach, from where a watercraft can be reached, which when operated by the Resort Owner will tour the waters a little, but park at the second island shortly. Notably there is an underwater cave entrance at the north side of the first island, which leads to a hidden mutant-infested river area.
The boat, when parked at the second island, will hover into the air and allow access to a platform that connects to the island itself. From here it is a short walk to a shallow pool of water top a waterfall, constantly fed by two smaller waterfalls higher up the cliff. A lone rock platform stands in the center. Past this is a wooden slope that leads downwards, to another beach, where yet another waterfall will form a shallow river through the middle of the beach. At the end is a second boat, that the Resort Owner used to travel to the final and most densely constructed area of the Resort.
The boat will park next to a metal platform, with the only path leading up a short staircase. A button must be pressed here, which activates an oddly-shaped bridge made out of zigzagging panels. Past this bridge, the road will curve around the largest building in the entire Resort, notable for the top platform, which features a nearly entirely open roof. Another bridge must be activated to proceed, this time forming an eight-shape, using a lone platform in the center as the centerpiece of the eight. The road will then curve left, ending at a large circular area, with in the center a shallow round pool. On the other side stands the jet fighter hangar, with the button serving as the lock in front of it. To the left of the pool is Bob's RoboShack, with the opposite end being empty, allow for a view over the water.
The waterfall is unnamed in the original release, though Felton Razz makes reference to it, saying he would dare his brother Grim to ride down the waterfall in a barrel, which would anger their father.
The aforementioned underwater cave contains a series of constructed blocks that serve as platforms to reach a ledge overlooking a gap leading to the top of the Torgoff Waterfall. A button must be hit with the Thruster-Pack to activate a tied arch bridge, after which another gap must be crossed using the Swingshot on a versa-target. At this point the apparent mutant-infestation will become clear, with a large number of puffoids and psy-tcopus being present. The river will form the waterfall, and although shallow, will sweep away anything caught in it. A number of plateaus will lead to the source of the river and end of this area, as well as a gold bolt.
Sewers / Pumping Station
This area reached by a teleporter is referred to as the "sewers" in the original release, and known as the "Pumping Station" in the re-imagined release.
Although the sewers lie hidden underground, it is possible to pinpoint their location by the large metal towers that rise up out of water at the south-east end of the Resort region. Accessible only by teleporter, they are similar to those seen in Blackwater City, albeit featuring a red trim instead of yellow, which is also visible on the top-side structures. The interior showcases a large number of pipes, lights and other fixtures and machinery lining the walls, there is also an amoeboid presence located throughout the non-flooded rooms.
The first chamber is flooded, with only a tunnel to the right being accessible, where an Insta-Faucet will allow drainage through the Hydrodisplacer. Upon returning to the chamber there will be an Invinco-Lock that opens the gate, after which the room must be flooded again to reach the next chamber. This cylindrical room contains a series of platforms mounted on the walls, a few of which are in fact seesaws and have a contrasting yellow trim, which leads to another locked gate. This leads to a flooded corridor, and finally to the second-last room and last lock and gate, behind which is the final room, an exit teleporter and Fred, the Persuader engineer.
Qwark's version of Pokitaru's Jowai Resort has a very similar layout, with the main differences being that the sewers containing amoeboids are instead the Pumping Station, Bob's RoboShack is absent with an inaccessible hut replacing it, and the hangar bay containing the jet fighter is instead the Pokitaru Tiki Lounge and Karaoke Bar where Al, and some tourist fongoids, test dummy robots, and tharpods are found instead. Telepathopuses are occasionally found throughout, replacing psy-tcopuses, and on top of the Torgoff Waterfall, darters and toxic crabs are found alongside puffoids.
The area underwater is notably more detailed, with corals, seaweed, undersea magma, and a pirate treasure chest with a gold bolt found underneath a reef. Additionally, harmless puffoids are found swimming out in water, and if swimming too far out in sea, a sharkigator will arrive and kill Ratchet. Additionally, two small islands can be found out in the sea away from the resort, one with Raritanium, and another with a gold bolt.
When Ratchet and Clank revisited the planet, they were unable to swim in the water, due to it being inhabited by sharkigators. The island was also home to deadly Scuttle Crabs and Vacationing Robots that the duo encountered during their first mission. During their second mission, they were attacked this time by guard torsos, which were only found within the eastern side of the island.
Upon completing the first mission, Ratchet came across his first set of armor, located on a small bridge connecting back to their initial spot. The path that the duo took during their first mission can be traversed again, allowing the player to easily obtain the "Train Faster" skill point.
In several areas on the beach, there were several lounge chairs and tables, which could be broken for a few extra bolts. There were also some taxis that would take the duo to other parts of the island.
The duo's ship was also located on the eastern edge of the island, sitting in a spot right before the elevator they rode up to confront Luna's captors. Upon returning to the planet, this is where the player will start off at, but a nearby teleporter can take the player back to Ratchet & Clank's original vacation spot.
Behind the scenes
An early version of Pokitaru was one of two levels showcased to Sony while seeking the greenlight for Ratchet & Clank, shown as the "'Jungle' Diorama" along with Kerwan's "'Metropolis' Diorama" in the same presentation, before an engine had been developed.
Pokitaru is likely inspired by Hawaii. It has similar tropical temperatures, islands, is a tourist destination, and has a similar name in "Jowai" Resort.
The starfish found on the beaches will have an image of Dan Johnson's face on them.
Pokitaru was originally going to feature a three-headed hydra, a large, seafaring predator native to Pokitaru with four flippers and three heads. This was originally going to be fought as a boss battle as a dangerous wild creature, but was cut from the game and featured instead in the Insomniac Museum in Going Commando.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "You ARE friendly, aren't you?"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) script § "...where's that fighter?"
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2016 game), Felton Razz mentions this during "Find the technician"
- ↑ 15 Years of Ratchet & Clank: A Lombax Story (@10:50) published by GDC on June 26, 2018 on YouTube. Accessed September 1, 2018.