|“||You're looking at a Z3000 Deluxe Hoverboard manufactured by Gadgetron. You can use it in races held throughout the galaxy. The hoverboard automatically equips as soon as you step foot onto an Official Gadgetron Hover Track.|
When racing, use X to jump. You can perform tricks by jumping and pressing combinations of R1, R2, L1, and L2. Try using the left analogue stick to spin while in the air as well.
Find a Zoomerator to convert those tricks to turbo!
— In-game description, R&C
Hoverboards are anti-gravity boards used in sport across the Solana Galaxy in Ratchet & Clank. They are used by many racers, and Ratchet acquires his own board, the Z3000 Deluxe Hoverboard, which performed too well to be store-bought. He uses it to compete in hoverboard races on planet Rilgar and Kalebo III.
Ratchet is given an autographed hoverboard by Skid McMarx, one of the best pro hoverboards, after helping him reach his ship by clearing the sandsharks on planet Aridia. He can then compete in the hoverboard race in Blackwater City on planet Rilgar, taking Skid's place, which allows him to win the Platinum Zoomerator add-on that allows Ratchet to gain boosts by performing tricks. Showing this icon to Skid's Agent on Aridia also grants Ratchet the Sonic Summoner. Ratchet also volunteered to be a star advertising a Hoverboard XZ88 by the Gadgetron CEO.
The player can use a hoverboard when entering hoverboard races. The hoverboard continually goes forward, and Ratchet can jump with and steer. Hovering past green targets on the ground allows Ratchet to boost speed. In Kalebo III, Ratchet can pick up rockets and fire them at other racers with .
When acquiring the Platinum Zoomerator, the player can perform tricks in the air. By pressing , , or in mid-air, and moving the analog stick in a direction, the player can perform a trick which gains energy for a boost meter if landed successfully. The boost meter can be used by holding for a speed boost.
Performing a single flip will award the player a small number of boost points, though combining flips can award a large number. The large number of flips awarded for performing a more complex flip reduces by half points when used straight after; performing it a third time reduces the points awarded to a third of the points, and performing a fourth time reduces it to a quarter. However, performing the tricks with long gaps of time in between causes them to award full points again.
Behind the scenes
The Z3000 Deluxe Hoverboard is the first item acquired in Ratchet & Clank.