- “ Unpleasant, dreadful, dreadful, dreadful little creatures… ”
- ―The Aphelion on Drophyds
The Drophyds were a race of fish-like aliens originating from Planet Zaurik. They were minions of Percival Tachyon and were the primary enemy race, along with the space pirates, of Tools of Destruction. They were persuaded to form the basis of Tachyon's army after being bribed with Raritanium. Their armored suits were designed to contain water or some other liquid for them to breathe in. It was possible that the Drophyds had gills and could not survive outside an aquatic environment. When their armor was destroyed, the Drophyds could be seen flopping around on the floor, in their raw form, indicating that they were, in fact a race of intelligent fish. They could be killed with Ratchet's wrench or weaponry for extra bolts when in raw form, but could also be stepped on, which resulted in death for the Drophyd. However, another alternative was to wait until the Drophyd exploded from lack of water.
The Nanotech combat armor they wore was created using Lombax nanotechnology made from materials stolen by the Space Pirates. Their most obvious feature was their eyes; which were very large and yellow.
Drophyds who served as Tachyon Troopers came in a variety of Nanotech combat armor variants. From Rykan V onwards, the suits gained a more reddish appearance, and on Reepor onwards, they upgraded into obsidian armor. These variants were:
- Drophyd Sentry
- Drophyd Trooper
- Drophyd Gunship
- Drophyd Defender
- Obsidian Enforcer
- Drophyd Cyclocannon
- Imperial Cruiser
- Drophyd Transport Ship
- Drophyd Turret
Behind the scenes
- In Ratchet & Clank: Issue 2: Friends with Benefits, the Drophyds are mentioned by Warden Klink as a cafeteria food in the Vartax Detention Facility, which confirms the Drophyds were actually a delicacy to the universe. This references their fish-like appearance. This was later backed up in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One when Dr. Croid found a recipe for Drophyd Stew in the safe where the plans for his protomorphic energy extractor were.
- They battled Lord Vorselon on their homeplanet.
- They are voiced by David Boat.
- Mr. Zurkon referred to Drophyds as the "little fishy mans."
- They bear some resemblance to Orz of Star Control II series, especially since the Orz use suits to travel outside their liquid environment when the need arises much like the Drophyds.