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                             SKILL POINT FAQ
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A SKILL POINT LIST FOR:
RATCHET AND CLANK: UP YOUR ARSENAL (PS2)

Copyright 2004 starkroid (AFI773@aol.com) 
Version 1.1, November 7, 2004

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VERSION HISTORY
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1.0 - Nov 7, 2004: Wrote the entire FAQ

1.1 - Nov 8, 2004: Minor Corrections
    

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Intro
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Welcome to my second FAQ, for R&C:UYA. This is probably one of the 
greatest action/platformers ever made, so it's worth it to give this 
game a try. Anyways, this FAQ will provide a simple listing of the 
skill points in the game and a short description of how to get each.



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Contents
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I.     What is a Skill Point?
II.    Florana
III.   Starship Phoenix
IV.    Marcadia
V.     Annihiliation Nation
VI.    Aquatos
VII.   Tyhrranosis
VIII.  Daxx
IX.    Obani Moon
X.     Blackwater City
XI.    Holostar Studios
XII.   Metropolis
XIII.  Crash Site
XIV.   Aridia
XV.    Qwark's Hideout
XVI.   Koros
XVII.  Mylon
XVIII. Cheats
XIX.   Conclusion

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I. What is a Skill Point?
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  Skill Points have been around since Ratchet and Clank 1. You get 
Skill Points when you accomplish a certain task. Some of these tasks 
are difficult, some are easy, while others are just plain weird. You 
can use your skill points to unlock "Cheats", which are actually more 
like Easter Eggs.


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II. Florana
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1. STAY SQUEAKY CLEAN
  - Complete the "Path Of Death" without taking any damage. You're not 
    timed, so there's no need to move quickly. Watch the patterns of the 
    rocks and fire and you'll be fine, although it may take a few 
    attempts to figure out the patterns.


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III. Starship Phoenix
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2. STRIVE FOR ARCADE PERFECTION
  - Get 100% (all of the Qwark Tokens) on each Vidcomic. 

3. BEAT HELGA'S BEST TIME
  - Complete the VR "Gadget Training" in under 0:50. It's not possible
    the first time due to the hacker puzzles.

4. TURN UP THE HEAT
  - Simply purchase the Infernox Armor for 1,000,000 bolts. (Available
    after you beat the game for the first time).

5. MONKEYING AROUND
  - Hit Skrunch the monkey twice with your wrench. Skrunch is running
    around in the bridge of the ship.

26. SET A NEW RECORD FOR QWARK:
  - Complete Vidcomic #1 in under 2:40. (You don't need all of the
    tokens).

27. SET A NEW RECORD FOR QWARK:
  - Complete Vidcomic #2 in under 2:10. (You don't need all of the
    tokens). 

28. SET A NEW RECORD FOR QWARK:
  - Complete Vidcomic #3 in under 1:50. (You don't need all of the
    tokens).

29. SET A NEW RECORD FOR QWARK:
  - Complete Vidcomic #4 in under 4:45. (You don't need all of the
    tokens). 

30. SET A NEW RECORD FOR QWARK:
  - Complete Vidcomic #5 in under 2:00. (You don't need all of the
    tokens). 


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IV. Marcadia
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6. REFLECT ON HOW TO SCORE
  - Kill 25 Enemies with the refractor. Just kill everything you see
    with the laser beam.


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V. Annihilation Nation
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7. BASH THE BUG
  - Defeat Scorpio with your wrench. This must be done on the challenge 
    called "Scorpio". While Scorpio is shooting the razor blades along 
    the ground, get behind him and do comet strikes until he turns to 
    face you. Repeat. NOTE: This becomes easier with a Shield Barrier 
    LV 1-4 ONLY. This way, you won't take any damage from Scorpio. The 
    reason it has to be only LV 1-4 is with a Tesla Barrier (Lv. 5+), 
    your shield will attack him, voiding your opportunity for the Skill 
    Point.
    
8. BE AN EIGHT TIME CHAMP
  - Complete all 8 gauntlet challenges. Gauntlets are the death-course
    ones, such as "Crispy Critter" and "Cremation Station".

9. FLEE FLAWLESSLY
  - Complete any gauntlet challenge without taking a hit. I recommend
    "Crispy Critter", as it's the easiest. Just run through, don't 
    worry about killing enemies.

10. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
  - Destroy 5 floating cameras while in a gauntlet challenge. They are
    found 2 at a time.


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VI. Aquatos
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11. SEARCH FOR SUNKEN TREASURE
  - Blow up all the underwater boxes. While underwater, swim into the
    red dynamite crates, then swim away. 

12. HIT THE MOTHERLOAD
  - Collect all 101 Sewer Crystals. The map-o-matic will help here, as
    it shows the location of uncollected crystals.


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VII. Tyhrranosis
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13. BE A SHARPSHOOTER
  - Snipe 10 Tyhrranoids off of their towers in the open area. There are
    3 Tyhrranoids on each tower. Use the Flux Rifle. Range doesn't 
    matter.


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VIII. Daxx
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14. BUGS TO BIRDS
  - Change 15 Blood Flies into ducks with your Quack-O-Ray. Blood Flies
    are the little red and yellow bugs. Take the path into the
    mountains, not the one with the Hypershot Targets at the beginning. 


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IX. Obani Moon
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15. GET TO THE BELT
  - Find the series of jump pads that take you to the highest tower.
    From that tower, use the jump pad to land on top of the asteroid
    belt. Hit "Select" to bring up the map, and use that to find the
    tallest tower on the planet.


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X. Blackwater City
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16. BASH THE PARTY
  - Kill 20 (I'm pretty sure this is correct) Tyhrranoids with your
    wrench. This is easiest on the last mission: Part 3: Counterattack.


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XI. Holostar Studios
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17. FEELING LUCKY?
  - Hit the jackpot on a slot machine. Hit a slot machine with your
    wrench (or punch it if you're Clank), and hope for a jackpot. It is
    best to play multiple slot machines at once.


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XII. Metropolis
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18. 2002 WAS A GOOD YEAR IN THE CITY
  - Destroy the Blimp flying around Metropolis. The blimp is gray, and
    is more round than a normal blimp would be. One good shot from your
    Flux Rifle is all it takes.


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XIII. Crash Site
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19. SUCK IT UP
  - Kill any 40 enemies with your suck cannon. Suck up the small silver
    robots, and shoot them at the larger blue ones.

20. AIM HIGH
  - Kill 10 Skreeducks. They look like Pterodactyls, and are pretty hard
    to miss. Simply use your Flux Rifle again.


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XIV. Aridia
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21. ZAP BACK AT YA'
  - Kill 10 enemies with your refractor. Use your Refractor to reflect
    the Mech-like Tyhrranoid's lasers back at them. This is easy on
    first mission.

22. GO FOR HANG TIME
  - Get 2 seconds of air with the Turbo-Slider. Just go off any steep
    incline at high speeds with the vehicle.


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XV. Qwark's Hideout
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23. BREAK THE DAN
  - Destroy the snowman. I honestly couldn't find this one, so:
      
       "He's located up on a ledge before jumping across the two ice
       platforms along a small icy stream (this is the area where you 
       had to Hypershot over to it and then deal with a pack of 
       Qwark-Bots and a sweeping laser.). Instead of jumping across the 
       ice platforms, look to the right of the wall. You should see a 
       large crevice that can serve as a jump slot. Double jump to it, 
       but DON"T glide (Ratchet's feet won't stick to the wall if he's
       gliding), and as soon as you are inside the jump slot, start
       jumping up. You'll find Dan up top."
        
       - Strategy by MexicanRatchet


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XVI. Koros
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24. YOU BREAK IT, YOU WIN IT
  - Smash everything in the Robot's base. It REALLY helps to have the
    Bolt Grabber V2, because you can then just run around he base
    doing Comet Strikes to destroy everything.


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XVII. MYLON
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25. SPREAD YOUR GERMS
  - Infect 30 different enemies with your Infector. This isn't too hard,
    just run throught the level, infecting every enemy you see. Having
    the Infecto-Bomb makes this much easier.



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XVIII. CHEATS
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So, with your Skill Points, you can Unlock these Cheats:


      CHEAT                   SKILL POINTS NEEDED
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Big Head Ratchet & Clank........5 Skill Points 
Time Freeze.....................10 Skill Points
Secret Agent Clank..............15 Skill Points
Big Head A.I....................20 Skill Points 
Ships to Ducks..................25 Skill Points
Mirror Worlds...................30 Skill Points 

To activate the cheats, go to "SPECIALS" in the options menu (when the 
game is paused). Then select "CHEATS" and use (X) to activate and 
de-activate them.

There is one more cheat besides the ones listed here, but I don't 
know how to get it. Check the codes/secrets section on GameFAQs
for info.



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XIX. CONCLUSION
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CREDITS:
- Insomniac, for making a great game!
- My brother, who helped me with Skill Point #1 and #3.
- MexicanRatchet, for the strategy on Skill Point #23

This file is Copyright (c)-2004 starkroid. All rights reserved. This 
file was entirely written by me, unless otherwise noted in the Credits 
section of this file.

It may ONLY be posted on GAMEFAQS, IGN, or NEOSEEKER.



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