The Gadgetron Morph-o-ray, occasionally spelled Morph-O-Ray, or Morpharay, is a weapon in Ratchet & Clank and the multiplayer of Up Your Arsenal developed by Gadgetron. It features infinite ammunition and converts normal enemies into chickens. It can be upgraded to the Gold Morph-o-Ray for 20,000 bolts and 4 gold bolts.
The Morph-o-Ray was Gadgetron's failed attempt to create a disintegration ray. Their failed result emanated a colorful ray that turned enemies into chickens. Both the weapon and the chickens made chicken noises. The Morph-o-Ray had infinite ammunition. Larger enemies took longer to transform and the only boss that could be transformed was the Alien Queen.
Ratchet & Clank
The Morph-o-Ray could not be purchased at a vendor. It had to be acquired in Oltanis, once found in the ruins. Upon completing the game, it could be upgraded to the Gold Morph-o-Ray for 20,000 bolts and 4 gold bolts.
The Morph-o-Ray was credited for ending hunger across the Solana Galaxy.
Up Your Arsenal
The Morph-o-Ray could only be used in the multiplayer. Unlike the original appearance, it would not transform enemies into chickens, but rather into sheep or ducks. Its appearance was more similar to the Sheepinator.
The Morph-o-Ray in Ratchet & Clank has the appearance of a pistol with a large, yellow nozzle. A wire below the nozzle connects to its handle. When it fires, it fires a red and a blue beam that spiral together as one.
In Up Your Arsenal multiplayer, the Morph-o-Ray looks more similar to the Sheepinator.
The Morph-o-Ray fires a beam that will morph enemies into chickens. When fired at an enemy, a bar on the right of the screen will fill up, and once full, that enemy will have morphed. If the beam leaves that enemy, it will decrease. The larger the enemy, the longer it takes to morph them. It cannot convert any boss aside from the Alien Queen, and conversion takes longer the larger the enemy is. When there are too many chickens in a world, the Morph-o-Ray will kill enemies and chickens will not be spawned.
The Morph-o-Ray is a situational weapon. Against smaller enemies, the Morph-o-Ray can rapidly defeat large mobs at once as it can transform them near instantaneously. As it requires no ammunition, it is preferable to weapons such as the Pyrocitor which have a similar role. However, against larger enemies, it serves little practical use, as they take far longer to morph. This means it is difficult to morph an enemy before being hit and the bar being reset, making it ineffective against them.
The Gold Morph-o-Ray morphs enemies at a faster rate into larger chickens. These chickens serve as decoys, and once enemies attack them, they explode and damage the enemies.
In Up Your Arsenal multiplayer, the Morph-o-Ray instead morphs enemies either into sheep or ducks at random. Morphed opponents would revert to their original form after a time period.
Behind the scenes
|“||It was clucking awesome.||”|
— IGN on the Morph-o-Ray, http://ps3.ign.com/articles/101/1019040p1.html
In a behind-the-scenes video in the goodies menu of the original Ratchet & Clank, at one point footage of the early version of the game is seen where the Morph-o-Ray had a different effect. It shot white rings, an effect that looked very similar to the effect created by the Metal Detector. It was also noticeable that in this early version, the Morph-o-Ray had a much shorter range.
The Morph-o-Ray was featured in a commercial for the game. A group of teenagers attempted to morph their friend Jerry into a chicken and were successful. They began chasing him around the garden, and later on, wondered if they would be able to turn him back.
The Morph-o-Ray was rated the second best video game gadget by IGN.
The Morph-o-Ray seems to have been referred to as the "Morpharay" until late in development, as shown by the Gold Morph-o-Ray's description and the name appearing on one of the Epilogue magazine covers.
The Gold version of the weapon is misspelled as the "Gold Morp-O-Ray" in menus, however, it is spelled correctly in it's Gold Weapons room display case.
|“||While it originated as a failed attempt at a disintergration ray, the Morph-o-ray has now become one of Gadgetron's most popular devices. Just shine the Morph-o-ray beam at your foes and watch them turn into harmless chickens! Hold the beam on an enemy for a short period of time to convert it. Caution: larger enemies may take longer to convert.||”|
— Normal Version Help Menu Description, R&C