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                       R A T C H E T   &   C L A N K
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               FAQ (based on the German release) v. 0.20 (11/16/02)
                               by Raphael Stein
                          eMail: raphael@the-city.de
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    Legal Stuff
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    >>> Disclaimer <<<
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    This FAQ for Ratchet & Clank is based on the German release (as it
    hit shelves first in Europe), with language set to English. I don't
    know about any differences in the NA release or other releases, so
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    The Ratchet & Clank logo and characters are trademarks of SCEA Inc.
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    >>> Concept Credits <<<
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    Credits go to Scott Ong on whose wonderful FF8-FAQ the structure and
    design of this FAQ is based. Although compared to a R&C FAW a Final
    Fantasy FAQ surely is at least two levels more sophisticated to create
    a structure for and to maintain, he did a marvelous job with it.
    
    As I've read lots of FAQs and haven't found anything better in terms
    of structure (though there very likely is), I decided to use some of
    Scott's ideas (and part of his disclaimer text) for the first FAQ that
    I've done.
    
    >>> References <<<
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    Revision History
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         -[0.1]- . First appearance of FAQ.
                 . Planets Veldin, Novalis and Kerwan included only
                 . Basic game play chapter (3) still missing
         -[0.2]- . Added planets Aridia & Eudora
                 . Added Power Slam to chapter 2.1a
                 . Added crates and Invinco-Lock descriptions to chapter 3
                 . Added Items section to chapter 7
                 . Added almost all Weapons, Gadgets, and Items
    
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    The latest versions of this FAQ can be found on GameFAQs:
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    Table of Contents
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    I    Legal Stuff
    II   Revision History
    III  Table of Contents
    
    1.   Introduction - Story & Characters
    2.   Controls
         [2.1]  Default (Ratchet 'n Clank) Controls
                2.1a   Special Moves
         [2.2]  Swim Controls
                2.2a   Special Moves
    3.   Game Basics
         [3.1]  Crates
         [3.2]  Invinco-Locks
    4.   Planets
         [4.1]  Planet Veldin
         [4.2]  Planet Novalis
         [4.3]  Planet Aridia
         [4.4]  Planet Kerwan
    5.   Enemies
    6.   Weapons
    7.   Gadgets & Items
         [7.1]  Gadgets
         [7.2]  Items
    8.   Golden Bolts
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    Introduction - Story & Characters
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    Controls & Moves
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    / 2.1 \__________________________________________________________________
    Default (Ratchet 'n Clank) Controls
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    Left Analog Stick:        Walk/Run
    Right Analog Stick:       Camera Control
    Cross:                    Jump
    Circle:                   Fire / Use Item
    Triangle:                 Quick Select
    Square:                   Swing Wrench
    L1/L2:                    First Person Camera
    R1/R2:                    Crouch
    Start:                    Pause / Menu
    R3/Select:                Display Map
    
    
    2.1a Special Moves
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    >> Multi-Strike
       Your OmniWrench 8000 has a fast combo attack performed by simply
       pressing the square button three times in succession.
    
    >> Hyper-Strike
       The Hyper-Strike does more damage than your regular wrench attack.
       Jump with the cross button and then hit the square button for a
       powerful downward strike.
    
    >> Comet-Strike
       The Comet-Strike is one of the more useful features of the OmniWrench
       8000. Crouch with R1 and then hit the square button. You can also
       pick up distant bolts with this move!
    
    >> Wall Jump
       Look for 'jum slots' that are specially prepared for a Wall Jump.
       Jump toward one wall using the cross button and then hit the cross
       button again just as you hit the wall. Jump back and forth between
       the walls to get to the top of the slot.
    
    >> Crouch Turn
       Crouch with R1 and use the left analog stick to turn in place. Using
       this technique, you can turn in place and fire weapons.
    
    >> Side Flip
       Try a Side Flip! Hold R1 to crouch and snap the left analog stick
       right or left while pressing the cross button. Go for style by firing
       your weapons while flipping!
    
    >> Back Flip
       This move is effective when backing away from enemies. Hold R1 to
       crouch and snap the left analog stick back while pressing the square
       button. Try lobbing bombs while doing back flips!
    
    >> Ledge Grab
       Ratchet will automatically grab ledges if you jump up to them. To
       pull yourself up, hit the cross button. TO drop down, hit R1 or R2.
    
    >> Ledge Traversal
       When hanging from a ledge you can traverse it by moving the left
       analog stick left or right.
    
    >> Glide
       With the Gadgetron Heli-Pack upgrade, you can use its Glide feature!
       Jump using the square button, then hit the square button again to
       glide. You can also perform the Glide with the Thruster-Pack.
    
    >> Boost Jump
       The Boost Jump is another helpful feature included in your Heli-Pack
       and Thruster-Pack upgrades. Hold R1 to crouch and press the square
       button to jump. You can do a Glide out of a Boost Jump by pressing
       the square button again.
    
    >> Stretch Jump
       To do a Stretch Jump, get a running start then press and hold R1 and
       the square button together. For maximum distance when jumping across
       gaps, jump from the very edge of the gap.
    
    >> Power Slam
       The Gadgetron Thruster-Pack upgrade provides a special maneuver
       called the Power Slam. Press R1 during a jump to activate the Power
       Slam. The Power Slam can open special locks and break objects in the
       environment.
    
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    Swim Controls
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    Left Analog Stick:        Swim
    Right Analog Stick:       Camera Control
    Cross:                    Jump out of Water / Rise when Diving
    Square:                   Dive
    Start:                    Pause / Menu
    R3/Select:                Display Map
    
    
    2.2a Special Moves
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    >> Dive
       When you're in water, press the square button to dive and the cross
       button to rise. Push the cross button harder to rise more quickly.
       Watch your air gauge! If the bubbles run out, you'll drown.
    
      
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    Game Basics
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    This chapter is dedicated to various aspects of the game that don't
    belong to any special mission, area or larger topic (e.g. weapons have
    their own chapter and won't be explained here).
    
    
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    Crates
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    There are various types of boxes - or crates - scattered throughout all
    levels of this game that contain bolts and other stuff. All in all,
    there are 5 crate types:
    
    >> Wooden crate
       This is the type of crate that you'll encounter most often. It is
       beige and has a bunch of bolts in it. You can smash it with your
       wrench or use any fire weapon to open it.
    
    >> Self-destructing crate
       These are red crates with a large X on every side. Once you touched
       them, they will make a honking noise for a few seconds and then
       explode. If you're too close to the crate when it explodes, you'll
       get hurt. These crates also have a bunch of bolts in them. Either
       touch them to start the self-destruction process or use a fire weapon
       to destroy them from a distance.
    
    >> Metal crate
       Made of a dark grey metal (with a large X on every side), these boxes
       contain some bolts as well, but you can't smash them as simple as you
       can with wooden crates. Either open them with an explosion (e.g. by
       triggering the self-destruction of a nearby self-destructing crate or
       by throwing a bomb at them) or open them with a Power Slam once you
       have the Thruster Pack.
    
    >> Gadgetron service box
       The Gadgetron service boxes are light grey boxes with a big red G on
       each side. They contain ammo for your weapons. If you're not maxed
       out with your ammo on one weapon, it contains ammo for that weapon.
       If you're not maxed out on several weapons, it has ammo for any of
       these weapons. And if you're maxed out on all weapons, the ammo type
       in the box is random.
    
    >> Nanotech box
       These are boxes made of a transparent material that contain glowing
       blue spheres, so-called Nanotech, that restores your health.
    
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    Invinco-Locks
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    You will encounter the Invinco-Locks over and over again once you found
    the Trespasser, which is required to open the Invinco-Locks. To open an
    Invinco-Lock, stand on the activation pad and press the circle button
    while you have the Trespasser equipped to bring up the Invinco-Lock
    interface. Lasers are mounted on each of the three rings of the Lock.
    Push the left analog stick up and down to select which ring is active;
    push left and right to rotate the ring. Aim the lasers at the receptors
    on the outside ring to turn them green. All receptors must be green
    before the Invinco-Lock will open.
    
    To give you at least one solution to open each Invinco-Lock in the game,
    I thought of a system to explain this as easily as possible. If you have
    a better idea than the one pinpointed here, please let me know!
    
    Ok, let's start! Each lock has 12 receptors that we number like on a
    clockface:
    
                                  12
                            11          01
    
                       10                    02
    
    
                     09                        03
    
    
                       08                    04
    
                            07          05
                                  06
    
    Each lock also has three rings equipped with lasers and blockers, the
    outer, the middle and the inner ring. We will abbreviate thes three
    rings with O (outer ring), M (middle ring ) and I (inner ring).
    
    In the area descriptions for areas that have Invinci-Locks in them, I
    will alwas give you a number for each ring that will tell you how to
    turn this ring in an easy 3-step process:
    
    1. Look for the largest gap between two devices mounted on the ring (it
       doesn't matter whether the device is a laser or a blocker). You may
       either count the number of receptors between each pair of adjacent
       devices on the ring and take the gap with the highest number of
       receptors. Or you turn the ring until you had each device below the
       receptor with the number 12 at least once; each time a device is
       below the receptor no. 12, you look for the next device in a counter-
       clockwise direction. Once you have the one with the lowest receptor
       number, you have located the largest gap.
       
    2. Once you have the largest gap, look for the device (again, it doesn't
       matter whether it's a laser or a blocker) on the right end of the gap,
       that is, the device that confines the gap in clockwise direction.
    
    3. Now turn the ring until the device you just located is in line with
       the receptor that has the same number given in the area description.
       
    To make this totally clear, let's look at an example:
    
                                  12
                            11          01
                                  AA
                       10                    02
    
    
                     09                        03
    
                                         BB
                       08     CC             04
    
                            07          05
                                  06
    
    Here we have a ring with three devices, AA (in line with receptor no.
    12), BB (in line with receptor no. 7) and CC (in line with receptor no.
    4). As you can see (or calculate), the gap between AA and BB is 3
    'ticks' wide, that between BB and CC is 2 'ticks' wide and the one
    between CC and AA is 4 'ticks' wide. Thus the largest gap is between
    devices AA and CC. As AA is the device that limits this gap in clockwise
    direction, you would now turn the ring until device AA is in line with
    the receptor whose number is given for that ring. If this were the outer
    ring and you read in the solution "O: 8", you would now turn the ring
    until device AA is adjacent to receptor no. 8.
                   
    
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    Planets
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    Being probably the most important section of this FAQ, this section
    has a description of every planet along with the missions that you
    have to accomplish on that planet, how to the missions, and the rewards
    that you'll get for completing the missions.
    
    
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    Planet Veldin
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    This is your starting location where Ratchet is trying to complete his
    spacecraft but finally finds out that he's lacking a robot ignition
    system while Clank's spacecraft crashes on the surface.
    
    AREAS
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    >> Area 1: Kyzil Plateau
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The level is simple and consists of only one area that has Ratchet's
       shipyard on the one end and Clank's crash site on the other.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 2
       Enemies       : Bitetoad, Buzzer-Bot
    
    
    MISSIONS
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    >> Mission 1: Investigate crash site
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       That ship looked like it crashed near here! Find the site where it
       landed, and perhaps you can learn more about what happened.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: Planet Novalis
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : Ratchet and Clank become a team
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Pretty straightforward! The crash site is at the end of this level,
       and there's no more to it than walking and jumping there. Once you
       reach the site, a story sequence starts.
    
    
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    Planet Novalis
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    You'll get to Novalis automatically after completing Veldin. After a
    crash, which Clank should be used to by now, your objective is to find
    a new ship and some information on Drek's plans.
    
    AREAS
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    >> Area 1: Mushroom Cave
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       This area is south of your starting location. Turn south and walk
       past the launch pad to enter a canyon. After two water basins, you
       will reach a door that you have to open by using your wrench on the
       bolt crank.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 1
       Enemies       : Bee Dog, Yellow Shooter
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - You can hit many of the larger mushrooms with your wrench. This
         will make them crush and give you some extra bolts.
       - To complete this area, you have to dive two times to get in
         another room.
       - In the room with the three circular, staged water basins, there
         is a fissure in the wall left to the door. If you throw a bomb
         at that wall, the wall breaks and a secret room with lots of bolt
         crates and a Golden Bolt is revealed.
    
    
    >> Area 2: Waterworks
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The waterworks is east of your starting location. You enter it by
       following the stream inside the cave that's straight behind you
       when you reach this planet.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 2
       Enemies       : Bee Dog, Yellow Shooter
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - Once you enter the waterworks the first time, a minor earthquake
         will make some stalactites drop into the stream thus making you
         way to walk on them.
       - In the first room after the cave (the one with the two Bee Dogs
         and tons of bolt crates), you can do a wall jump (see the controls
         chapter) when standing at the bottom of the stairs that lead to the
         next room. This way, you'll get to a platform above the stairs that
         has a Golden Bolt on it.
    
    
    >> Area 3: Crater
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Step on the yellow lift pad that's immediately in front of you when
       you reach this planet to get down to the crater area.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 4
       Enemies       : Bee Dog, Yellow Shooter
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - Once you have the Hydro-Pack (not until much later in the game),
         you can go after another Golden Bolt in this area. Jump into the
         river swim west against the current until you reach the forking
         that's immediately behind the bridge. Turn left and you will enter
         a secret cave with some crates and foes in it. The Golden Bolt is
         on the rear end of this cave.
    
    
    MISSIONS
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    >> Mission 1: Find a new ship
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Thanks to your stellar piloting, you're stranded without a ship.
       Complicating matters is the fact that Tobruk Crater is being invaded
       by Drek's robot army. Yet with all of that military hardware, there's
       got to be a ship around somewhere...
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: Planet Kerwan
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : You may use the planet's courier ship
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Fight your way through the whole crater area. After you killed all
       three Yellow Shooters next to the landing ship, you've rescued the
       planet's chairman. He will give you an infobot and allow you to use
       the planet's courier ship.
    
    
    >> Mission 2: Explore the waterworks
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       These waterworks are one of the things Drek plans to steal from this
       planet. You should search them thoroughly before they're ripped from
       the planet.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : Waterworks mechanic offers you to buy an Infobot
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Just walk through the waterworks until you reach the spot that's
       marked with an '?' on your map. You will meet the mechanic there,
       who offers you to buy an infobot for 500 bolts.
    
    
    >> Mission 3: Buy Infobot from mechanic
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Good job finding the mechanic. You should seriously consider buying
       the Infobot he has for sale. It will provide coordinates for a new
       planet.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete mission 2 on this planet
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: Planet Aridia (buy from mechanic for 500 bolts)
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Return to the mechanic with 500 bolts and buy the Infobot (or buy it
       right the first time you're there).
    
    
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    Planet Aridia
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    On Aridia, you want to look for Skid McMarx, greatest hoverboard racer
    of the galaxy, and his agent. Maybe he's got something in store for you
    'cause you want to do the race in Blackwater City later to meet Captain
    Qwark.
    
    AREAS
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    >> Area 1: Landing Site
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Consequentially the Landing Site is the area where you landed with
       yout ship, up to the Outpost to the north and including Skid's crash
       site in the south.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 2
       Enemies       : Flamethrower, Sandshark
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - There are some thron bushes growing close to the rocks. Smash them
         for some extra bolts.
    
    
    >> Area 2: Sandshark Canyon
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       This area essentially comprises the whole territory that's south and
       south-east of your space ship landing location and Skid McMarx's
       crash site.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 4
       Enemies       : Sandshark, Sandshark Nest
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - As in the previous area, there are thron bushes (fewer than in the
         Landing Site) growing close to the rocks. Smash them for some extra
         bolts.
       - West of the large circular rock, you can see through a grid into a
         cave that has a Golden Bolt in it. But you can't destroy that grid.
         Instead walk into the alcove to the very south and look at the
         right wall. There are some cracks through which you can see into
         that cave as well. Use a bomb onto that wall and you're into the
         cave and have the Golden Bolt.
    
    
    >> Area 3: Outpost X11 Factory
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The factory is north of the Landing Site and has a west and an east
       wing. The only way to enter the west wing is to use a Swingshot that
       you'll get on Kerwan.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 5
       Enemies       : Flamethrower, Sandshark (both only in the east wing)
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - One possible setting for the Invinco-Lock in the room with the
         Trespasser is O: 6, M: 10, I: 2
       - In the circular room of the west wing where you get the Trespasser,
         there is a gigantic spinning fan below the platform in the center
         of the room. Jump off the center platform and land on one of
         the wings of that fan to get the Golden Bolt that is on the fan.
         To get off that fan again, just go to the very end of one of the
         fan's wings and aim with your Swingshot at the green Versa-Target
         above the room's center platform.
    
    
    >> Area 4: Northern Isles
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Three isles make up this area, the northernmost isle on which Skid's
       agent is, the tiny isle immediately east of the factory and the large
       center island that is shown in dark grey on your map
        
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 0
       Enemies       : ---
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - There's a Sand Mouse House next to the agent's ship
       - To get the Golden Bolt on the center island, get on that tiny isle
         east of the factory. Now face south and try to reach the corner of
         the factory (there's a big gap in the fence with a small platform
         in the corner that you can stand on). Although this is possible
         without a Heli-Pack, the Heli-Pack certainly helps. From that
         platform, the center isle is a mere jump away and you can pick up
         the Golden Bolt in the truck.
       - Another Golden Bolt is on top of the building that is behind the
         agent's crashed shuttle. Once you have the Magneboots, return to
         the northern isle and walk up one of the three Magne-Strips behind
         the shuttle remnants.
    
    
    
    MISSIONS
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    >> Mission 1: Locate Skid McMarx
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       That distress signal indicated that Skid McMarx ejected from his
       doomed ship. If he's still alive, it would probably be worth finding
       him. Maybe you could get an autograph...
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : Skid offers you a hoverboard for taking out some sand sharks
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       This mission isn't a difficult job at all: Just walk south a bit from
       the launch pad and you'll see Skid standing next to his crashed ship.
       On your map, his location is the '?' that's immediately south-west to
       your space ship.
    
    
    >> Mission 2: Help Skid get to his ship
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Destroy all of the sandsharks and sandshark nests in the canyon
       leading to Skid's ship. You may want to pick up a Pyrocitor for this
       - those sandsharks are nasty. Don't forget, there's a Hoverboard in
       it for you.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete mission 1 on this planet
       - Pyrocitor - this is a soft requirement, meaning you can do it
         without a Pyrocitor, but it's a great help to take out the hoardes
         of sandsharks
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : Z3000 Deluxe Hoverboard
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       As soon as you enter the Sandshark Canyon, you get a display in the
       lower corner of your screen that tells you how many sandsharks (left
       corner) and sandshark nests (right corner) are remaining. At the
       beginning, there are 57 sandsharks and 7 nests.
       Try to take out the nests first (the yellow thingies that spit out
       new sandsharks), otherwise the sharks just keep comming. But on the
       other hand, you may want to keep them for a while to collect more
       bolts from the sharks. The seven nests are at those locations:
       - You see the first one when you enter the canyon
       - One is in the alcove to the very south
       - Two more are atop that large circular rock (the steps are on its
         southern side)
       - Anotherone's north of the large circular rock
       - The last two are below Skid's ship at the end of the canyon
       Once you've killed the last sandshark, Skid appears and gives you
       your brand new Gadgetron Z300 Hoverboard.
    
    
    >> Mission 3: Find Skid's agent
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       That chatty guy in the Infobot must have been Skid's agent. If he
       landed safely, you should track him down - agents always have useful
       information.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : Agent asks you to bring him a Hoverboard prize
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Fight you way through the east wing of the Outpost X11 Factory until
       you reach a small island immediately east of the factory. From there,
       you can jump over to the larger island that has the '?' on it. There
       you'll meet Skid's agent.
    
    
    >> Mission 4: Bring prize to agent
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The agent mentioned that Hoverboard races are being held on Planet
       Rilgar. If you win the grand prize, you should bring it back to him
       as proof of your prowess. Perhaps he'll give you something useful in
       return. Better make sure you have a Hoverboard before you enter the
       race.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete missions 1 - 3 on this planet (you need the Hoverboard)
       - Win the Hoverboard race in Blackwater City (mission 2 on Rilgar)
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       ...
    
    
    >> Mission 5: Use your Swingshot
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The west side of the factory has Swingshot Versa-Targets everywhere.
       You should explore but you'll need a Swingshot first.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Get a Swingshot (complete missions 4 & 5 on Planet Kerwan)
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : Trespasser
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       There are no enemies on your way, just a few of those exploding
       crates. You'll need your Swingshot a lot to get through the west
       wing of the outpost factory.
       You pass the large room in a counter-clockwise direction: First get
       to the other side of the room via the two yellow Versa-Targets, then
       get from platform to platform by using the two green Versa-Targets,
       and finally you have to use another two yellow Versa-Targets and
       you're through!
    
    
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    / 4.4 \__________________________________________________________________
    Planet Kerwan
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Kerwan is home to Metropolis, one of the galaxy's busiest places and
    sure enough are the Blarg trying to get it for their new planet as well.
    
    AREAS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    >> Area 1: Captain Qwark's Fitness Course
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Captain Qwark's Fitness Course is in the south-western corner of
       Metropolis and consists of three isles. You reach it by turning left
       at the Gadgetron Vendor when you're coming from the launch pad.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 1
       Enemies       : --- / RoboDog, Mine Launcher (only after completing 
                       the course and buying the Swingshot)
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - This area only has enemies in it (on the second isle to be more
         precise) if you return after you've completed the course once.
       - Once you have the Heli-Pack, you may get a Golden Bolt in this
         area. Climb atop the fitness tower on the second isle and look
         towards the building that is north-east of the isle (shown on the
         map as a large, dark grey square to the right of two smaller,
         connected squares). The tower has a large room full of bolt crates
         and a Golden Bolt on approximately the same height as the surface
         of the second isle. Now jump towards that tower and use your
         Heli-Pack, and you will reach that room with no problems.
    
    
    >> Area 2: Downtown
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       This is the area between the launch pad / Gadgetron Vendor and Al's
       Roboshack - roughly the southern half of the city.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 3 (1 in the Golden Bolt tunnel)
       Enemies       : Mine Launcher, Missile Devil, RoboDog
                       Machine Gun Helicopter (BOSS)
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - You may whack the lantern posts in this area for a few extra bolts.
       - On the middle one of the three horizontal lanes, the first BOSS
         is waiting for you: To get through this area, you need to destroy
         the Machine Gun Helicopter with your Blaster.
       - There's a room with several bolt and ammo crates to the right of
         the middle of the three horizontal lanes, but you need the
         Heli-Pack to get up to that room.
       - Once you have the Heli-Pack and you're standing right next to the
         Gadgetron Vendor (with the vendor being to your left), you may
         jump off the balustrade and then get into a traffic tunnel below,
         that has a Golden Bolt in it.
    
    
    >> Area 3: Cargo Depot / Train Station
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Right after Al's Roboshack, in the northern part of Metropolis are
       the cargo depot and the train station.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 4
       Enemies       : Mine Launcher, Missile Devil, RoboDog,
                       RoboTronic for RoboDogs
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - You can get a Golden Bolt in the train station. After entering the
         station, use your Heli-Pack to get behind the luggage into the
         north-eastern section of the train station. Climb the luggage and
         jump from pile to pile until you reach the Golden Bolt.
       - There's a Sand Mouse House behind the luggage in the north-eastern
         half of the train station.
    
    >> Area 4: Sky Train Halt
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       This is the area above the launch pad on top of the building. You
       won't be able to reach this area unless you've gone to the train
       station and used the Sky Train first.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 2
       Enemies       : Mine Launcher
    
    
    MISSIONS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    >> Mission 1: Visit Al's Roboshack
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Captain Qwark starred in the commercial for Al's Roboshack. Maybe Al
       knows where he is.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : Al offers you to buy a Heli-Pack for Clank
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Just head to Al's Roboshack (the place right in the middle of the
       city that's marked with a '?' when you first come to that planet.
       See Area 2 (Downtown) above for more information on enemies that you
       may encounter.
       As soon as you've completed this mission, you may travel by cab
       between the Gadgetron Vendor and Al's Roboshack.
    
    
    >> Mission 2: Buy Heli-Pack from Al
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Al will sell you a Heli-Pack upgrade, which should improve Clank's
       abilities.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete mission 1 on this planet
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : Heli-Pack (buy from Al's Roboshack for 1,000 bolts)
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Return Al's Roboshack with 1,000 bolts and buy the Heli-Pack upgrade
       for Clank (or buy it right the first time you're there).
    
    
    >> Mission 3: Explore the rest of the city
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       In a city this big, there must be something interesting you can find!
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete missions 1 & 2 on this planet
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: Planet Eudora
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Fight your way through to the train station. After you've jumped onto
       the last waggon of the sky train, the train starts and you have to
       jump from waggon to waggon towards the locomotive while fighting
       Missile Devils.
       Once you've killed the last foe and almost reached the Infobot, the
       train will reach it's destination (Area 4, the Sky Train Halt). Kill
       a Mine Launcher and you finally get the Infobot.
       Using the yellow elevator pad, you get back to your space ship and
       may also return to the Sky Train Halt on further visits to this
       planet.
    
    
    >> Mission 4: Complete fitness course
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Finish Captain Qwark's fitness challenge and you may get a prize.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Talk to the Captain Qwark robot at the start of the fitness course
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : Fitness trainer offers you to buy a Swingshot
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Basically, this is a hell of a lot of jumping, including several wall
       jumps (see chapter 2). You just have to get to the third isle by
       jumping and climbing the first two isles and using the ropeway to get
       to the next isle. To use the ropeway, stand on the green X and jump.
    
    
    >> Mission 5: Buy Swingshot from trainer
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The trainer is demanding money for the Swingshot. Buy it, you're sure
       to need it later.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete mission 4 on this planet
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : Swingshot (buy from fitness trainer for 1,000 bolts)
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Return to the fitness trainer on the third isle of Captain Qwark's
       Fitness Course with 1,000 bolts and buy the Swingshot (or buy it
       right the first time you're there).
       As long as you haven't completed this mission, you may use a cab to
       travel between the beginning and the end of the fitness course. As
       soon as you bought the Swingshot, the trainer leaves with the cab
       and you have to get back down by using the Swingshot. But the cab's
       waiting at the beginning of the course again in case you want to
       come back later.
    
    
     _____
    / 4.5 \__________________________________________________________________
    Planet Eudora
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    The Blarg want the woods of Eudora for their new planet, but you can't
    let that happen. So go there and do something about it!
    
    AREAS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    >> Area 1: Southern Canyon
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       This is the area south of your landing site. To access it, you need
       the Trespasser that you get on Aridia (see mission 5 there) and to
       cross it, you need the Swingshot that you get on Kerwan (see missions
       4 & 5 there).
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 1
       Enemies       : ---
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - One possible solution to open the Invinco-Lock right at that area's
         entrance is O: 10, M: 3, I: 1
       - One possible solution to open the Invinco-Lock at the end of the
         canyon is O: 3, M: 2, I: 12
    
    >> Area 2: Logging Site
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       The Logging Site is the whole northern area of this planet, including
       your landing site.
       
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Nanotech Boxes: 11
       Enemies       : Blaster Sniper, Buzzsaw-Bot, Giant Woodchopper,
                       Woodchopper
    
       ---Misc. Info--------------------------------------------------------
       - With your Heli-Pak you can get the only Golden Bolt on this planet.
         From the launch pad, turn right and walk east a bit until you're
         standing in front of two steps that lead to the circular enclave
         (there are for Buzzsaw-Bots guarding that area). Get on the lower
         step and do a Boost Jump to get hold of a small ledge above your
         head. The Golden Bolt is on this ledge.
       - Get on the ledge enclave after the first bridge from the launch
         pad by doing some Wall Jumps. There's a bolt crank that lowers a
         platform with some bolt crates on it, and there's a Sand Mouse
         House to the right of that platform, too.
         
    
    
    MISSIONS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    >> Mission 1: Confront robot lieutenant
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       Track down Drek's right-hand robot. He's got to have some useful
       information.
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       - Complete missions 4 & 5 on Kerwan (you need the Swingshot)
       - Complete mission 5 on Aridia (you need the Trespasser)
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: Blarg Tactical Station
       Weapon : ---
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       Enter the Southern Canyon (see area description above) and jump from
       ledge to ledge. To cross the first gap, use your Heli-Pack's Glide.
       Then use your wrench on the bolt crank to enable two Versa-Targets.
       Get to the next ledge with your Swingshot and use your wrench again
       on the second bolt crank to activate some hovering platforms. The
       ledge after that has another large bolt, and with your wrench you
       enable two more Versa-Targets for your Swingshot. Now there's one
       more Invinci-Lock to open (see area description above), and you're
       done.
    
    
    >> Mission 2: Explore the mills
    
       ---Description-------------------------------------------------------
       With all of these robots running around, there's probably some good
       hardware available...
    
       ---Prerequisites-----------------------------------------------------
       None.
    
       ---Rewards-----------------------------------------------------------
       Infobot: ---
       Weapon : Suck Cannon
       Gadget : ---
       Item   : ---
       Misc.  : ---
    
       ---How To------------------------------------------------------------
       To complete this mission, you need to traverse the Logging Site area.
       For the first two bridges, you will have to use your wrench on the
       bolt cranks to rise the bridges. You need to use your wrench a third
       time on a bolt crank to lower a platform that allows you to cross a
       large gap with a stretch jump.
    
    
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    / 5. \__________________________________________________________________
    ========================================================================
    Enemies
    ========================================================================
    
    As the game has no names for all the critters, I had to think of them
    myself. If you have a better name for any of them, please let me know.
    
    Bee Dog
    -------
    The Bee Dog looks like a bee colored puppy dog with wings. Sometimes
    it flies around to esacpe you or it chases you and tries to bite you.
    
    Bitetoad
    --------
    The Leapfrog looks like a large toad with some dragon scales on its
    back. It just jumps around and tries to bite you if it gets too close.
    
    Blaster Sniper
    --------------
    This is a robot with two red antennas and a blaster that it uses to
    shoot at you. If you get close to it and can't destroy it quick, it
    starts running from you. Don't chase it, instead wait until it's
    far enough away and starts shooting again. Now you can try to
    approach and destroy it again.
    
    Buzzer-Bot
    ----------
    The Buzzer-Bot is a turqouise robot that is hovering around on an
    ignited ball. The Buzzer-Bot uses some sort of electricity gun to
    target you with regular strokes of electricity that last three
    seconds before it needs to recharge. It does only marginally retarget
    during a buzzing sequence, so you may safely bypass it while it's
    buzzing to attack it from behind.
    
    Buzzsaw-Bot
    -----------
    The Buzzsaw-Bot is a yellow robot with two buzz saws as its arms,
    and it prefers to use these saws to cut your throat.
    
    Flamethrower
    ------------
    The Flamethrower is a yellow robot with a large red tank on his back
    and does just what its name says - throwing flames at you in repeating
    cycles. During one cycle, he pans from the left to the right and back
    again in an angle of approximately 90 degrees, after which he pauses
    for a moment and then starts anew.
    
    Giant Woodchopper
    -----------------
    This is the XL version of the woodchopper, and it has a devilish red
    look. Two Hyper-Strikes and it's out.
    
    Mine Launcher
    -------------
    The Missile Launcher doesn't try to hurt you. Instead, he walks around,
    launching a line of mines at regular intervals and sucking up old mines
    once he passes them again. Touche one of those mines, and it explodes
    immediately, which makes you a piece of toast.
    
    Missile Devil
    -------------
    The Missile Devil is a big red robot that shoots single short range
    missiles towards you. Try to evade the missiles and hit the Missile
    Devil hard to destroy it.
    
    RoboDog
    -------
    Being the good watch dog that he is, the RoboDog always tries to catch
    and bite you. Not much more to say about this one, though.
    
    RoboTronic
    ----------
    A small facility that keeps producing robots of a certain type over and
    over until it is destroyed.
    
    Sandshark
    ---------
    A nasty little orange fish with two feet that usually comes in larger
    hordes and tries to bite you. Take them out with the Pyrocitor or
    however you want.
    
    Sandshark Nest
    --------------
    The Sandshark Nest looks like a strange kind of yellow plant and just
    keeps producing Sandsharks until it's taken out.
    
    Woodchopper
    -----------
    This is a large turquoise robot with a big axe. Guess whom it wants
    to hit with that axe...
    
    Yellow Shooter
    --------------
    The Yellow Shooter is a yellow robot with a rocket pack that allows it
    to fly around. If it's on solid ground, it shoots in your direction in
    intervals of four shots before it recharges for a second. It doesn't
    retarget during a shooting sequence, so you may safely bypass it while
    it's shooting to attack it from behind.
    
    
    
    
    Machine Gun Helicopter (BOSS)
    -----------------------------
    This is the first boss type enemy that you encounter in the game. As
    soon as you approach it, it starts firing at you with it's machine gun.
    You need to use the Blaster to shoot it from distance and you will have
    no difficulties. This is best done using the sniper mode by pressing L1.
    
    
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    / 6. \__________________________________________________________________
    ========================================================================
    Weapons
    ========================================================================
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Weapon Name                                                    Price |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Tells you where to get that weapon                           |
    | Ammo  : Ammo price at the Gadgetron vendors and number of charges    |
    |         per ammo pack (the boxes with a red G)                       |
    | Advert: Gadgetrons advertisement text for that weapon                |
    | Desc. : Game's description of that weapon (if available)             |
    | Usage : Strategy advice on when and where to use this weapon         |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    The weapon descriptions all follow the same scheme (as shown above).
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Blaster                                                  2,500 bolts |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Buy from any Gadgetron Vendor after leaving Novalis          |
    | Ammo  : 1 bolt p.p. / 25 per ammo pack                               |
    | Advert: Point it more or less at the bad guys and mow 'em down!      |
    | Desc. : The Blaster is a great all-purpose weapon. Even though its   |
    |         range is limited, its high rate of fire makes it ideal for   |
    |         taking on tough enemies at close and medium ranges. Hold     |
    |         down L1 to use its sniper capabiliteis.                      |
    |         This gun chews up ammo fast so be sure to pick up as much    |
    |         Blaster ammo as you can carry.                               |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Bomb Glove                                                       --- |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Ratchet has the Bomb Glove right from the start              |
    | Ammo  : 5 bolts p.p. / 3 per ammo pack                               |
    | Advert: Throw bombs at your enemies! Boom!                           |
    | Desc. : The Bomb Glove is an affordable, entry-level weapon. In      |
    |         fact, it's FREE! We believe in this product so strongly that |
    |         we're willing to give it away to first-time customers!       |
    |         Effective at close or medium-range, this device can be       |
    |         especially handy against clusters of enemies.                |
    |         Hold down L1 for precision aiming. Makes a great gift!       |
    | Usage : Use the Bomb Glove to destroy non-moving targets such as the |
    |         gun towers on Qwark's base. You may also destroy some solid  |
    |         walls with the Bomb Glove to acces hidden stuff. Finally,    |
    |         you may use it if you have an area full of critters that you |
    |         want to clean up before entering .                           |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Decoy Glove                                                    ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : Ever want to distract your foes while you sneak past         |
    |         unscathed? The Decoy Glove creates customized, inflatable    |
    |         dummies in your own likeness! Your enemies will attack the   |
    |         dummy, while you sneak past them (or attack them from        |
    |         behind!)                                                     |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Devastator                                                     ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Devastator is the perfect combination of long range      |
    |         effectiveness and economy. Less expensive than some of       |
    |         Gadgetron's other long range weapons, the Devastator can     |
    |         bring down flying enemies with ease.                         |
    |         Try the Devastator's new Auto-Lockon feature! Hold down L1,  |
    |         and the Lockon reticule will turn green when a target is     |
    |         acquired. Once locked on, the Devastator missiles will       |
    |         automatically seek moving targets.                           |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Drone Device                                                   ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : Whenever this device is selected from the QuickSelect menu   |
    |         or Weapons menu, it will automatically deploy protective     |
    |         Defense Drones. These drones will absorb damage from         |
    |         incoming attacks, leaving your hands free to use other       |
    |         weapons.                                                     |
    |         If any drones are destroyed, simply select the device again  |
    |         to replenish your orbiting friends.                          |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Glove of Doom                                            7,500 bolts |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Buy from any Gadgetron Vendor after reaching Eudora.         |
    | Ammo  : 40 bolts p.p. / 1 per ammo pack                              |
    | Advert: Launch a horde of exploding buddies to chase down your foes! |
    | Desc. : Want some explosive new friends? Try the Glove of Doom! This |
    |         handy device lets you throw Gadgetron's DoomEggs which hatch |
    |         into four Agents of Doom.                                    |
    |         These tenacious little robots will track down and destroy    |
    |         any nearby threats! Up to 8 Agents can be activated at once  |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Mine Glove                                                     ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Mine Glove drops floating mines which will activate when |
    |         any enemies walk into range. Use mines to set traps for your |
    |         foes! Or try them in combination with Gadgetron's Taunter!   |
    |         Use L1 for precision placement of the mines.                 |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Morph-o-ray                                                    ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : While it originated as a failed attempt to create a          |
    |         disintegration ray, the Morph-o-ray has now become one of    |
    |         Gadgetron's most popular devices. Just shine the Morph-o-ray |
    |         beam at your foes and watch them turn into harmless          |
    |         chickens! Hold the beam on an enemy for a short period of    |
    |         time to convert it.                                          |
    |         Caution: larger enemies may take longer to convert.          |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Pyrocitor                                                2,500 bolts |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Buy from any Gadgetron Vendor                                |
    | Ammo  : 1 bolt p.p. / 20 per ammo pack                               |
    | Advert: This fearsome weapon really shines at close range. Great for |
    |         taking out those pesky small enemies.                        |
    | Desc. : Having problems with swarms of small creatures? The          |
    |         Gadgetron Pyrocitor is the answer! This flamethrower device  |
    |         will toast 'em fast!                                         |
    |         User Tip: Hold down the circle button for a constant stream  |
    |         of fire 
    | Usage : The best use of the Pyrocitor is to get rid of a hoarde of   |
    |         pesky little critters. Just keep using the Pyrocitor and     |
    |         spin around with Ratchet.                                    |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Suck Cannon                                                      --- |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Get for completing mission 2 on Eudora                       |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ---                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Suck Cannon is a prototype weapon under development by   |
    |         the Blarg. What we know about this device is that it uses    |
    |         new quantum technologie to suck up small enemies, then       |
    |         convert them to explosive projectiles.                       |
    |         Simply hold down the circle button to suck enemies into the  |
    |         gun. Then tap the circle button again to fire an enemy back  |
    |         out! Keep the circle button held down for rapid fire!        |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Taunter                                                  2,500 bolts |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Buy from any Gadgetron Vendor after reaching Nebula G34      |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: Annoy your enemies and lure them into traps and ambushes     |
    |         with this obnoxious noise-maker!                             |
    | Desc. : While the Taunter doesn't have offensive capabilities, it's  |
    |         great for luring enemies into mines, forcefields or simply   |
    |         into range of your other weapons. The Taunter will also      |
    |         activate any mines you've placed in the environment,         |
    |         increasing their effective range.                            |
    |         When used together, Gadgetron's Mine Glove and Taunter are a |
    |         deadly combination!                                          |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Visibomb Gun                                                   ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Visibomb Gun is the most effective long range weapon     |
    |         made by Gadgetron! Just launch a remote-controlled Visibomb  |
    |         and deliver a massive payload with pinpoint accuracy!        |
    |         Caution: always fire the gun from a safe place, since damage |
    |         to the user will terminate the missile's flight.             |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Walloper                                                       ????? |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Ammo  : ---                                                          |
    | Advert: ???                                                          |
    | Desc. : Gadgetron's most popular short range weapon, the Walloper    |
    |         really packs a punch! This 'punching glove' is the perfect   |
    |         device for close range combat, when projectile weapons just  |
    |         won't do the job.                                            |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
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    / 7. \__________________________________________________________________
    ========================================================================
    Gadgets & Items
    ========================================================================
     _____
    / 7.1 \__________________________________________________________________
    Gadgets
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Gadget Name                                                    Price |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Tells you where to get that gadget                           |
    | Type  : Type of gadget (hand, head or foot items or back packs;      |
    |         only hand items are equippable via the Quick Select menu,    |
    |         all others need to be equipped via the Gadget menu unless    |
    |         they're equipped automatically)                              |
    | Desc. : Game's description of that gadget                            |
    | Usage : Advice on when and where to use this gadget                  |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    The gadget descriptions all follow the same scheme (as shown above).
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Gadgetron PDA (Personal Delivery Assistant)                      xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Hand Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : The Gadgetron Personal Delivery Assistant can be deployed    |
    |         anywhere for instant ammo delivery! Simply equip the device  |
    |         and press the circle button. Gadgetron will be at your       |
    |         service immediately!                                         |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Grindboots                                                       xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Foot Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : Rumors circulated for a brief time that someone had invented |
    |         a device called 'Grindboots' that would somehow allow users  |
    |         to slide along thin narrow rails at high speeds. After       |
    |         further investigation, we do not believe any such device     |
    |         ever existed.                                                |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Heli-Pack                                                1,000 bolts |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Buy from Big Al's Roboshack in Metropolis (Planet Kerwan)    |
    | Type  : Back Pack                                                    |
    | Desc. : With the Heli-Pack upgrade, you can perform a Boost-Jump by  |
    |         jumping from a crouched position. You can also perform a     |
    |         Stretch Jump by pressing R1 while running, then immediately  |
    |         pressing the cross button.                                   |
    |         To glide, simply press and hold the cross button while in    |
    |         the air. Visit your local Robo-Shack dealer to equip this    |
    |         upgrade!                                                     |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Hydro-Pack                                                       xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Back Pack                                                    |
    | Desc. : The Hydro-Pack upgrade is a black market offering not        |
    |         endorsed by Gadgetron. This upgrade significantly increases  |
    |         swim speed and will even let you swim against currents.      |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Hydrodisplacer                                                   xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Hand Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : Using quantum compression technology, the Hydrodisplacer can |
    |         hold up to 50,000 liters of water. This device is invaluable |
    |         for draining and filling large pools. To fill the            |
    |         Hydrodisplacer, simply find a Gadgetron Hydro-Faucet, step   |
    |         on the activation pad and press the circle button.           |
    |         When you use a Hydro-Faucet, it will automatically convert   |
    |         to a Hydro-Drain. You can deposit the Hydrodisplacer's       |
    |         contents at any Hydro-Drain.                                 |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Magneboots                                                       xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Foot Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : The Magneboots are still under development at Gadgetron, and |
    |         are not currently for sale. A few prototype versions of the  |
    |         device have been circulated for beta testing. The boots are  |
    |         designed to adhere firmly to specially ionized Magne-Strips, |
    |         thus allowing users to walk up walls and even upside down!   |
    |         Exercise caution, however, as the Magneboots will not        |
    |         prevent you from falling if you should step off the          |
    |         Magne-Strips!                                                |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Metal Detector                                                   xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Hand Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : While this Metal Detector is not manufactured by Gadgetron,  |
    |         we do have extensive records on its use. Whether or not the  |
    |         device is equipped, a bolt icon will show up on screen       |
    |         whenever you are near a burried stash of bolts.              |
    |         Once the Metal Detector is equipped, it will give you        |
    |         signals to indicate the proximity to burried bolts. As you   |
    |         get closer, the rings will become redder and the beeping     |
    |         will become faster. The detector plate will indicate the     |
    |         direction to the burried bolts.                              |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | O2 Mask                                                          xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Head Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : Want to breathe underwater? How about taking a space walk?   |
    |         You can even survive in poisonous atmospheres with the O2    |
    |         Mask from Gadgetron! This mask autoequips whenever it senses |
    |         that you need extra oxygen! Or, if you prefer, you can equip |
    |         it any time and wear it for its stylish looks.               |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Pilot's Helmet                                                   xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Head Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : Developed by the Blarg, the Pilot's Helmet is a direct       |
    |         neural interface that allows you to pilot Blarg fighters.    |
    |         The control scheme is simple enough for even a Blarg to use: |
    |         - Suqare button: fire machine guns.                          |
    |         - Circle button: launch missiles.                            |
    |         - Cross button: engage afterburners.                         |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Sonic Summoner                                                   xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Head Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : The Sonic Summoner allows you to interact with the           |
    |         mysterious and intelligent Sand Mice species. Despite their  |
    |         innocent appearance, Sand Mice are very effective and        |
    |         aggressive hunters.                                          |
    |         Simply equip the Sonic Summoner when you are near a Sand     |
    |         Mouse House, and a mouse will emerge to greet you. If the    |
    |         mouse likes you, it may offer a bit of high-caliber tactical |
    |         assistance.                                                  |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Swingshot                                                1,000 bolts |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Buy from fitness trainer at Captain Qwark's Fitness Course   |
    |         in Metropolis (Planet Kerwan)                                |
    | Type  : Hand Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : When equipped, the Gadgetron Swingshot enables users to use  |
    |         Versa-Targets to reach new areas. Versa-Targets come in two  |
    |         varieties: green targets are fore grappling and pulling,     |
    |         while yellow targets are used for swinging back and forth.   |
    |         Caution: to prevent injury, do not release the circle button |
    |         until you are in range of your destination                   |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Thruster Pack                                                    xxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Type  : Back Pack                                                    |
    | Desc. : The Thruster-Pack upgrade has Boost Jump, Stretch Jump and   |
    |         Glide features just like the Heli-Pack. In addition the      |
    |         Thruster-Pack provides a special maneuver called the Power   |
    |         Slam. Press R1 during a jump to activate the Power Slam.     |
    |         The Power Slam can open special locks and break objects in   |
    |         the environment.                                             |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Trespasser                                                       --- |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Find in the west wing of the Outpost X11 factory on Aridia   |
    | Type  : Hand Item                                                    |
    | Desc. : Gadgetron's Trespasser is the perfect device for getting     |
    |         past Invinco-Locks. Simply stand on the activation pad for   |
    |         an Invinco-Lock and press the circle button to bring up the  |
    |         Invinco-Lock interface.                                      |
    |         Lasers are mounted on each ring of the Invinco-Lock. Push    |
    |         the left analog stick up and down to select which ring is    |
    |         active; push left and right to rotate the ring. Aim the      |
    |         lasers at the receptors on the outside ring to turn them     |
    |         green.                                                       |
    |         All receptors must be green before the Invinco-Lock will     |
    |         open.                                                        |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
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    / 7.2 \__________________________________________________________________
    Items
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Item Name                                                      Price |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Tells you where to get that gadget                           |
    | Desc. : Game's description of that gadget                            |
    | Usage : Advice on when and where to use this item                    |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    The item descriptions all follow the same scheme (as shown above).
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Bolt Grabber                                                    xxxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Bolt Grabber is one of Gadgetron's most popular gadgets. |
    |         Once you own one, it is permanently attached and will        |
    |         attract bolts over much greater distances.                   |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Hoverboard (Gadgetron Z3000 Deluxe)                              --- |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: Get from Skid McMarx for bringing him safely back to his     |
    |         ship (Planet Aridia)                                         |
    | Desc. : You're looking at a Z300 Deluxe Hoverboard manufactured by   |
    |         Gadgetron. You can use it in races held throughout the       |
    |         galaxy. The hoverboard automatically equips as soon as you   |
    |         step onto an Oficcial Gadgetron Hover Track.                 |
    |         When racing, use the cross button to jump. You can perform   |
    |         tricks by jumping and pressing combinations of R1, R2, L1    |
    |         and L2. Try using the left analog stick to spin while in the |
    |         air as well.                                                 |
    |         Find a Zoomerator and convert those tricks to turbo!         |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Map-o-matic                                                     xxxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Map-o-matic is a result of Gadgetron's ongoing efforts   |
    |         to map every square inch of the entire galaxy. By simply     |
    |         possessing it, you can see areas on your map which were      |
    |         previously uncharted.                                        |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Persuader                                                       xxxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Persuader is a black market device outlawed on most      |
    |         planets and for good reason. It uses illegal technology to   |
    |         warp minds. We at Gadgetron do not support this device since |
    |         our Vendors are vulnerable to its power.                     |
    |         Once you find this device, it is equipped permanently. The   |
    |         Persuader is powered by Raritanium.                          |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Premium Nanotech                                                xxxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Desc. : Developed by the Blarg scientists, Premium Nanotech          |
    |         increases your maximum health by one nanotech sphere.        |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    /----------------------------------------------------------------------\
    | Zoomerator                                                      xxxx |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Source: ---                                                          |
    | Desc. : The Zoomerator is an attachment for the Gadgetron Z3000      |
    |         Deluxe Hoverboard which, through special quantum technology, |
    |         converts tricks into turbo boost.                            |
    |         Possessing the Zoomerator is crucial to winning some of the  |
    |         more difficult hoverboard races held in this galaxy. And if  |
    |         you need to convince anyone of your racing prowess, just     |
    |         show 'em the Zoomerator.                                     |
    | Usage :                                                              |
    \----------------------------------------------------------------------/
    
    
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    / 8. \__________________________________________________________________
    ========================================================================
    Golden Bolts
    ========================================================================
    
    This chapter has a quick description of all the Golden Bolt locations.
    For more detailed information, look in the planet area descriptions in
    chapter 4.
    
    Planet Novalis
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) The first Golden Bolt is in the Mushroom Cave: In the room with the
        three circular, staged water basins, there is a fissure in the wall
        left to the door. Throw a bomb at that wall (or use any other hefty
        weapon), the wall breaks and you've got the Golden Bolt.
    (2) In the first room of the waterworks (the one with lots of crates and
        a steep stairways to the next room), you can do a wall jump when
        standing at the bottom of the stairs. This way, you reach a platform
        above the stairs with a Golden Bolt on it.
    (3) For this one, you need the Hydro-Pack. Jump into the river in the
        Crater area and swim west until you reach the forking right behind
        the bridge. Turn left and you'll enter a secret cave. Defeat some
        foes and the Golden Bolt is yours.
    
    
    Planet Aridia
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) In the western rock wall of the Sandshark Canyon, you see a Golden
        Bolt through a grid that you cannot destroy. Instead walk into the
        alcove to the very south. There are some cracks in the right wall.
        Throw a bomb onto that wall and you have the Golden Bolt.
    (2) In the west wing of the Outpost X11 Factory, go to the room that had
        the Trespasser. There is a gigantic spinning fan below the center
        platform, so jump off and land on one of the fan's wings to get the
        Golden Bolt on the fan.
    (3) One Golden Bolt is on the center island (dark grey on your map). To
        reach it, get on the tiny isle east of the factory. Now try to reach
        the corner of the factory (there's a gap in the fence). From that
        platform, you can jump to the island and pick the Bolt in the truck.
    (4) Once you have the Magneboots, you can get the last Golden Bolt.
        Return to the northern isle with the agent's crashed shuttle and
        walk up one of the three Magne-Strips behind the shuttles remnants.
        The Golden Bolt is in the building above.
    
    
    Planet Kerwan
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) Once you have the Heli-Pack, return to Captain Qwark's Fitness
        Course. Climb atop the fitness tower on the second isle and look
        towards the building that is north-east of the isle (a large, dark
        grey square on the map). Now jump towards that tower and use your
        Heli-Pack, and the Golden Bolt is yours.
    (2) Once you have the Heli-Pack and you're standing right next to the
        Gadgetron Vendor (with the vendor being to your left), you may jump
        off the balustrade and then get into a traffic tunnel below, that
        has a Golden Bolt in it.
    (3) One more Golden Bolt is in the train station. Turn right after the
        escalator and use your Heli-Pack to get behind the luggage into the
        north-eastern section of the train station. Climb the luggage and
        jump from pile to pile until you reach the Golden Bolt.
    
    
    Planet Eudora
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) From the launch pad, turn right and walk until you're standing in
        front of two steps. Get on the lower step and do a Boost Jump to get
        hold of a small ledge above your head. There's your Golden Bolt!