Up Your Arsenal
The Holoshield Glove was made available from any Gadgetron vendor upon reaching Tyhrranosis for 30,000 bolts. As it took damage, it could upgrade eventually to the Ultrashield Launcher, which in turn could be upgraded to the Mega Ultrashield Launcher in challenge mode for 140,000 bolts.
While the Holoshield Glove did not reappear, its technology reappeared in the form of the more Holoshield Launcher in Deadlock, which enemies could not pass through. This upgraded to the Omni-shield Launcher, rather than to the Ultrashield Launcher.
The Holoshield Glove is a metallic silver and blue glove with purple highlights. The shields it drops are mostly transparent, with purple highlights in the middle. The Ultrashield Launcher is purely purple with lighter purple highlights.
The Holoshield Glove is an anomaly in the arsenal, as unlike other weapons, it initially lacks offensive capabilities. Instead, it can solely absorb damage while deployed until it eventually runs out on its own, or is overwhelmed by enemy fire. Absorbing damage is required to upgrade into its more powerful variants, meaning it Holoshield Glove upgrades very fast if bombarded with as many ranged attacks and projectiles as possible.
Combat-wise it holds relatively little use, as once deployed it only blocks attacks from a small and specific direction, whereas Ratchet is more than capable of evasive maneuvers on his own by use of strafing and flipping moves. It holds some potential in small and enclosed quarters with less space to move, as a row or stacked series of holoshields can easily withstand damage for a while. Two dangers that the player must be aware of is that a holoshield can and will run out at some point, and that it does not block enemies from physically traversing it and engaging in melee. This, coupled with its weak offensive capabilities, mean it is a relatively weak weapon, and at the end of the game, is outclassed by the Shield Charger
As the shield upgrades, it gains some minor offensive abilities, such as sapping hit points and transferring them to Ratchet, damaging nearby enemies and deflecting projectiles back to them. None of these abilities are genuinely fast or strong enough to be truly considered of actual use in combat, and the weapon remains outclassed.
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (first appearance)