Kaden's, and later Ratchet's, Hoverboots

The Hoverboots were Lombax-engineered boots that allowed their wearer to move very quickly across areas using ion propusion.[1] Invented by the Lombax Praetorian Guard during the early days of the Great War, hoverboots used zero-g pulse stabilizers and ion propulsion cells for propulsion.[2] The Hoverboots's propulsion system also used ion coils, and the rusting of these coils caused a pair of hoverboots to shut off unexpectedly. To turn, the wearer simply had to shift his body weight, and the hoverboots would adjust their flight path accordingly.[3] Hoverball was a sport played with Hoverboots, presumably invented by Lombaxes. Hoverboot races were also popular.

Used by

Lombax version
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Alister Azimuth hovering in the air with his Hoverboots

Alister Azimuth used Hoverboots, and had much more experience with them than Ratchet. Alister Azimuth taught Ratchet how to use them, and taught Ratchet's father, Kaden as well.[4] Ratchet had to collect a total of 23 flares around Monoloth Fields to complete Alister's training.[5]

Non-Lombax version

The non-Lombax variant were utilised by Clank and Qwark during their time on the Starship Phoenix II as part of the QForce.


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Ratchet using Kick Pads mid-air

Ratchet could jump off ramps using the Hoverboots's accelerator. Ratchet could also latch onto bolt cranks by pressing Square, then use the left analog stick to steer, and press X to let go, propelling him forward at great speeds. When hovering and gliding through the air, Ratchet sometimes encountered Kick pads. Using these was similar to Wall jumping, although Ratchet was in mid-air. X made Ratchet kick off the pads to gain further momentum. Series of kick pads were set up to travese long gorges, like the ones found in Krell Canyon.


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Ratchet using the Hoverboots in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault

The Hoverboots could be equipped and un-equipped by pressing right on the directional pad. R2 was the accelerator. Ratchet could glide in the air by holding X while he was in midair, replacing Clank's Heli-Pack/Thruster-Pack. Ratchet could jump long distances by accelerating the hoverboots to full speed and jumping, allowing him to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

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Ratchet using the Hoverboots in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault

Behind the scenes

We brought back the Hoverboots because the levels are big and you need to be able to move around quickly.
―Shaun McCabe, explaining the Hoverboots's appearance in Full Frontal Assault [source needed]

The Hoverboots were reintroduced in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault as during development the team were inspired by the Krell Canyon level from Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time and the Hoverboots were needed to traverse the large level.[6][7]


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Hoverboots in Into The Nexus

  • In Full Frontal Assault and Into the Nexus, there is an inconsistency with regards to the appearance of Ratchet's Hoverboots. The game states that "These Hoverboots are strikingly similar to Ratchet's own Hoverboots, passed down from his father, Kaden." In actuality, the Hoverboots Ratchet uses in Full Frontal Assault and Into the Nexus look nothing like the pair that was passed down from his father Kaden, even though they are his to begin with.The Hoverboots in Full Frontal Assault and Into the Nexus are blue and appear to be made of some kind of metal, whereas Kaden's Hoverboots were a brown color and appeared to be made from the skin of some type of animal, although it may be possible that Ratchet has done some modifications to it since A Crack in Time.
  • Apparently, Ratchet could have Reverse-Engineer and make his own Hoverboots, which might explain how Qwark and Clank acquired some in Full Frontal Assault.
  • After arriving on Planet Thram in Into The Nexus, Ratchet claims that his Hoverboots were destroyed when the Nebulox Seven exploded, but in reality, somehow survived the explosion and were found by the Smuggler.



See also

Notes and references

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