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A Gadgetron vendor from Ratchet & Clank.

Ratchet & Clank features two types of vendors. In the Solana Galaxy the most common are the segmented blue cubes, owned and operated by Gadgetron Corporation. These sell weapons and ammunition, the latter of which is also done by the Gadgetron Personal Delivery Assistant, albeit at an inflated price. They are available at essentially any location ever visited, updating their stock as you progress through the game. The other vendor is the so-called 'gold weapons room', a secret room where gold weapons can be purchased, more powerful versions of a select group of ten total, that require gold bolts alongside a large sum of normal bolts.

Technically not a vendor, the Shady Salesman does sell the unique R.Y.N.O. for the price of 150,000 bolts. Similarly the Gadgetron PDA is sold by 'Steve McQwark' in "Purchase Gadgetron PDA from 'Steve'". Other characters also sell various gadgets and items, but the most relevant is the Persuader from "Bring raritanium to inventor", a black market device that lowers the price of Gadgetron weapons.

Vendors

Gadgetron vendor

The blue Gadgetron vendors sell most weapons in the game. The exceptions are the Bomb Glove (it being already owned by Ratchet), the R.Y.N.O. (purchased from the Shady Salesman on Rilgar), the Suck Cannon (obtained on Eudora after "Explore the mills"), the Morph-o-Ray (obtained on Oltanis after "Search the destroyed city"), and the gold weapons.

They appear as a segmented blue cube, with four antenna jutting out from each side's center. Each vendor has a large black "G", in fact a hologram, denoting their location, with the word "Gadgetron" revolving around. When activating the vendor, the segmented pieces of the vendor will separate out to form the menu screens. The top screen contains a scrolling message describing the product (or gags if left idle). The bottom screen contained weapon icons for either the weapon or ammo to be purchased. The left screen contains an image of the product, while the right contains a transmission of Moby. The middle of the menu contains a rotating model of the selected weapon, while the "Buy" and "Exit options" appear below the left and right screens.

Moby

Moby

Moby[1] is a green reptilian Gadgetron tradesman operating vendors, appearing on screen. He sold weapons to Ratchet, often making comments on Ratchet's purchase and sometimes jokes. He appears to be of the same species as Wendell Lumos, the Gadgetron CEO. Moby could be seen at the premiere for the Secret Agent Clank movie, appearing near the back of the audience on the right.

In demo versions of the game, the names of the audio files of his lines contain the word "moby," suggesting it is his name.[1] This name is not used in the audio files of the final game. After Moby, no vendors made comments about Ratchet's purchases until the GrummelNet vendors in Tools of Destruction.

Gold weapons room

The Tobruk Crater gold weapons room.

The only other vendor is the so-called 'gold weapons room', a secret room where gold weapons can be purchased. Two gold weapon rooms are found, with one hidden on the Gemlik Base available on the first playthrough, and one accessed in the Tobruk Crater on planet Novalis in challenge mode. The Gemlik room contains five gold weapons in the first playthrough, and all ten are available in both during challenge mode. Each gold weapon here can be purchased for four gold bolts and between ten to sixty thousand normal bolts.

The Gemlik Base gold weapons room is located inside the tall observation tower at the end, next to the landing strip Qwark uses to take off for his bossfight. It is reached by wall-jumping to the top of the tower where the room is found. The Novalis gold weapons room is instead reached with a teleporter by the ship's landing point in challenge mode.

Trophy: Ratchet, King Midas
Purchase all gold weapons Gold

Purchasing all gold upgrades unlocks the 'Making Of' and Commercials videos in the goodies menu. In the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Ratchet & Clank, this will also unlock the gold trophy Ratchet, King Midas.

Pricing

Note that the R.Y.N.O. is the only weapon with ammo sold at vendors, while not being available itself from one. The Gemlik room weapons are the Gold Bomb Glove, Pyrocitor, Blaster, Glove of Doom, and the Suck Cannon, but only prior to challenge mode, which is when all ten are available. The Persuader discount comes down to 33% for the majority of the weapons, with instead 50% off for the weakest, and only 25% off for the strongest.

Weapon Purchase price Ammo price First available Gold weapon price
Normal Persuader Vendor PDA
Bomb Glove 5 25 20,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Pyrocitor 2,500 1,250 1 5 Tobruk Crater, Novalis 30,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Blaster 2,500 1,250 1 10 Metropolis, Kerwan 20,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Glove of Doom 7,500 5,000 40 100 Logging site, Eudora 10,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Suck Cannon Logging site, Eudora 20,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Mine Glove 7,500 5,000 5 15 Blackwater City, Rilgar 10,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Taunter 2,500 1,250 BTS, Nebula G34
Devastator 10,000 7,500 50 100 Fort Krontos, Batalia 60,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Walloper 7,500 5,000 Blarg Depot, Gaspar
Visibomb Gun 15,000 10,000 100 200 Kogor Refinery, Orxon
Decoy Glove 7,500 5,000 10 50 Jowai Resort, Pokitaru 10,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Drone Device 7,500 5,000 40 100 Bomb factory, Hoven
Tesla Claw 40,000 30,000 1 10 Gorda City, Oltanis 60,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
Morph-o-Ray Gorda City, Oltanis 20,000 bolts, 4 gold bolts
R.Y.N.O. 150,000 20 50 Blackwater City, Rilgar

Behind the scenes

The original vendor.

The original vendor design was cut to save memory.[2]

References

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