Special is a menu option that is used to access various miscellaneous content related to Up Your Arsenal. This includes skill points, credits, cheats, cinematics, skins, and a sketchbook.
|Name||Description||How to unlock|
|Big Head Heroes||Enlarges Ratchet and Clank's heads||Unlocked after 5 skill points have been achieved|
|Time Freeze||Spins the camera around Ratchet or Clank if quick select pause is enabled.||Unlocked after 10 skill points have been achieved|
|Secret Agent Clank||Clank wears his Secret Agent Clank outfit during gameplay.||Unlocked after 15 skill points have been achieved|
|Big Head Enemies||Enlarges the heads of all enemies||Unlocked after 20 skill points have been achieved|
|Ships to Ducks||Turns all ships in the background of levels into flying ducks.||Unlocked after 25 skill points have been achieved|
|Mirror Universe||Mirrors the in-game world, left is right, right is left||Unlocked after 30 skill points have been achieved|
|Wrench Replacement||Replaces Ratchet's wrench with a double-edged laser sword.||Pause the game and input Circle, Square, Circle, Square, Up, Down, Left, Left|
Up Your Arsenal featured a much wider variety of skins, including multiplayer skins that each had a different version using either red or blue coloring depending on their team. The singleplayer skins weren't unlocked by collecting skill points (except one), but rather by purchasing them with titanium bolts. Though several also could be unlocked through other means, such as cheat codes or specific requirements. A few of the skins were only available in the Japanese version of the game, but were also made available in the Ratchet & Clank Collection and HD re-releases of the games.
From the skins that are bought with bolts, the 'Snowman' and 'Tuxedo' are reoccurring versions of those seen in Going Commando. The 'Brainius' and 'Trooper' skins were based on the B2 Brawler and soldier bot, respectively. The 'Buginoid', 'Robo' and 'Robo Rooster' were original designs, whereas the 'Santa Ratchet' and 'Pipo-Saru Ratchet' (a character based on the monkeys from the Ape Escape series) skins were only available in the Japanese version at first. The latter two require cheat codes to unlock.
The 'Sumo' and 'Ninja Ratchet' were new additions that only became available in the Collection and HD re-releases. Lastly, there is also a skin in which Ratchet dons his original outfit from Ratchet & Clank, which is unlocked upon loading the Gadgetron Corporation discount at the Starship Phoenix weapon vendor, as well as a skin called the 'Constructobot' that is only unlocked upon collecting all trophies for the Starship Phoenix trophy room
|Name||Description||How to unlock|
|Current Armor||Switch back to your normal armor.||Free|
|Old School Ratchet||Flashback to Ratchet and Clank 1 with this retro Ratchet getup.||Select the Employee Special Discount option in the Starship Phoenix weapon vendor with a Ratchet and Clank save file on the memory card or in the console's save data.|
|Snowman||Play as the friendly neighborhood snowman.||6 titanium bolts|
|Tuxedo Ratchet||Ladies love a well dressed Lombax. Trade in Ratchet's space suit for a tuxedo.||6 titanium bolts|
|Buginoid||Play as an insectoid alien.||6 titanium bolts|
|Brainius||Play as the lost cousin of the B2 Brawler.||6 titanium bolts|
|Constructobot||Play as an armored robot warrior.||Collect all trophies for the Starship Phoenix trophy room.|
|Robo Rooster||Play as a bug-eyed robot.||6 titanium bolts|
|Trooper||Play as one of your robotic enemies.||5 titanium bolts|
|Robo||Play as a tricked-out robot break dancer.||5 titanium bolts|
|Sumo||Ladies love a well dressed Lombax. Trade in Ratchet's space suit for a Mawashi.||3 titanium bolts|
|Ninja||—||3 titanium bolts|
|Santa Ratchet||Ho! Ho! Ho!|| Enter the following inputs on the Japanese or Collection versions of the game in the pause menu: |
|Pipo-Saru Ratchet||Mwak! Eek! Eek! M-Mwak!|| Enter the following inputs on the Japanese or Collection versions of the game in the pause menu: |
The Skill Points menu lists all skill points. Those that have not been completed are grayed out. Completed skill points show a description of how to unlock said skill point.
Shows twenty-five pictures of concept art that appears throughout the game. In order to unlock the Sketchbook, the player must complete the game.
Plays pre-rendered cutscenes seen throughout the game. Cutscenes are unlocked as you progress through the game.
Credits plays the game's credits scene in full, unlocked by completing the game.
Behind the scenes
The Special menu was going to include the Shortcut feature from Going Commando. Unused text for it includes shortcuts to each of the Ranger operations, Annihilation Nation, the Aquatos sewers, as well as references to the unfinished Florana and Zeldrin turboslider races.