Big Al's Roboshack and Gaming Superstore, often shortened to Al's roboshack, was a roboshack located in Metropolis and owned by Big Al. A large, rotating golden statue holding a wrench in its hands marked the entrance of Al's Roboshack. Ratchet could obtain a skill point by reaching it and walking between its legs.
Ratchet and Clank visited Al's roboshack after seeing a commercial on an infobot which depicted Qwark advertising that all weapon repairs were made there. A major selling point in the commercial was also that Qwark had been shopping at Al's roboshack ever since he had been "knee-high to a sand mouse." Although unable to learn of Qwark's whereabouts by seeing Al, as they had hoped, Ratchet and Clank still walked out of the roboshack with a newly equipped Heli-Pack, worth 1,000 bolts.
The store was closed at an unknown time. A grand-reopening was launched in 2009 during the events of A Crack in Time, and it was transformed into a superstore for robotics and gaming. It was possibly closed due to Al's capture by DreadZone, or his employment with the Q-Force.
During the Z'Grute's attack on Luminopolis, Al's roboshack was advertised during the battle between the heroes and the Z'Grute, where it claimed to have been "pwning n00bs for over a decade."
Strike a Pose
Strike a Pose is a skill point which is achieved by walking underneath the legs of the Qwark statue.
- In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Al advertised the re-opening of Al's roboshack on the space radio.
Bugs and errors
- When Qwark was advertising Al's roboshack, the giant statue at the top of the roboshack was silver, but when Ratchet reached the location, the statue was golden.
- The "Wanted" poster shown in the commercial for Al's roboshack is not there when you go to the location, likely because the cutscene was pre-rendered in the demo or beta version of the game.
- Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) (first appearance)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (mentioned only)
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (mentioned only)
- Ratchet & Clank (2016 game) (re-imagined Al's roboshack)