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The Thruster-Pack,[1][2] occasionally spelled Thrusterpack,[3] is a gadget in Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, Tools of Destruction, and Ratchet & Clank (2016 game). It is a rocket upgrade for Clank installed at Bob's RoboShack, that allows Clank to change his feet to rocket boosters and his arms to wings. Like the Heli-Pack, this allows Ratchet to glide, hover above the ground, to boost jump, and to stretch jump.

In the original and re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, it provides additional functionality, though in later games, it has the same functionality as the Heli-Pack and is merely an aesthetic choice for the player.

History

Ratchet & Clank

The Thruster Pack was installed in the original Ratchet & Clank in Bob's RoboShack on planet Pokitaru for 2,000 bolts, completing the mission "Buy Thrusterpack from Bob" to help the Resort Owner.[4] Ratchet then used the new gadget on the lock that was stopping him from accessing the jet fighter and destroy the blarg ships. The Thruster-Pack is also used elsewhere on the Resort to access a gold bolt. Much later he had to use the power slam feature again to open a lock while progressing through the "Infiltrate the secure area" mission at the robot factory on planet Quartu.

Near the end he had to use it once more for the same purpose and reason while on the mission to "Save Ratchet's planet". Finally, after defeating Drek, Ratchet was about to fall to his death, but was saved a split second before impact by Clank who managed to catch him using the Thruster-Pack.

Re-imagined

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The 2016 re-imagined game and movie are in-universe fictional accounts of the original Ratchet & Clank.
The re-imagined game describes Captain Qwark's account of events, while the re-imagined film is an in-universe holofilm. As Qwark is an unreliable narrator, and the holofilm is fiction, any events that contradict the original are non-canon (though those which correspond still apply). Please see Project:Bulletin board/Canon for the wiki's coverage of canon.

In the re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, it is granted by Al on Pokitaru for free.

Subsequent appearances

Clank also made use of the Thruster-Pack in Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, and Tools of Destruction, as he stayed equipped with it. However, it provided no power slam functionality, and both the boost jump and stretch jump were identical to the Heli-Pack.

Use

Thruster-Pack gameplay

Ratchet using the strafe feature

The Thruster Pack allows Ratchet to perform the same three moves as the Heli Pack: the boost jump, stretch jump, and glide. It can also smash through crates when stretch jumping through them. In the original Ratchet & Clank, it provides additional functionalities. It has a built in power-slam to unlock special locks on the ground, and the ability to hover and subsequently strafe, and stretch jump in mid-air after boost jumping. The power slam is quite powerful and can be performed by pressing L1 in the mid-air. Hover mode is activated by double-tapping L1, and strafing is done by pressing and holding L2 and R2. The strafe feature is rather unconventional and difficult to use at times, but it does allow weapon usage, making it potentially useful in combat.

Thruster-Pack lock render

A Thruster-Pack lock

The re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, rather than providing a power-slam and hover mode, allows Ratchet to turn special bolt cranks faster, and can also provide the ability to stretch jump in mid-air after boost jumping.

In other entries, the Thruster Pack has the same functionality as the Heli-Pack, and is merely an aesthetic difference. In Up Your Arsenal, the Thruster Pack emits black flames instead of red when using Klunk.

Behind the scenes

Early builds of the original Ratchet & Clank show that the Thruster Pack was going to feature a side jump ability.[5]

The Thruster Pack was absent following Tools of Destruction, though incomplete unused assets for it were present within the files for A Crack in Time.[6]

It reappeared in the 2016 re-imagined game, installed again in Pokitaru, though this time by Al as Bob has been removed. It can long jump after a high jump in mid-air like the original, though it no longer features strafe (which Ratchet can do on his own) or power-slam, and instead can be used to unlock special bolt cranks in combination with the OmniWrench.

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