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The term "Melee Thug" is conjectural. The real name is unknown, and a non-canonical nickname or title is used instead. See the reasons for this title in the "Behind the scenes" section below and/or the relevant discussion on the talk page, if they exist.

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Melee Thug in game
Melee Thug concept art

Concept art of a Melee Thug

Melee Thugs are Thugs-4-Less soldiers who appear in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. They and the other Thug enemies appear until they are replaced by the Nethers as the primary enemies. Melee Thugs attack using a spear and a hammer.


Melee Thug v1

The first melee thugs who appear, they have a light pruple coloration and very little armor. They first appear on the Nebulox Seven.

Melee Thug v2

Melee Thug2 in game

Melee Thug v3

Melee Thug v2's change color again, to an orange color, their armor is stronger and damage also increase. Melee Thug v2s first appear early on Planet Yerek.

Melee Thug v3

Melee Thug v3's change color again, to a black coloration, they are much more heavily armored and deal far more damage. A few appear late on Planet Yerek.


Behind the scenes

  • Concept art of the Melee Thug originally had them wielding only a large metal hammer-like weapon.


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