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Having problems with swarms of small creatures? The Gadgetron Pyrocitor is the answer! This flame-thrower device will toast 'em fast! Caution: Larger Enemies may take longer to cook…
 
Gadgetron weapon presentation manual, R&C

The Pyrocitor is an incendiary weapon featured in Ratchet & Clank and its re-imagined re-release. It is a short-ranged flamethrower manufactured by Gadgetron, which exhausts ammunition quickly, but can easily defeat smaller enemies.

In the original, it upgrades to the Gold Pyrocitor. In the re-imagined release, it upgrades to the Lavacitor, and later the Omega Lavacitor.

History

Ratchet & Clank

The Pyrocitor became available from Novalis onwards, for 2,500 bolts, and was the first weapon that Ratchet could purchase from a vendor. Upon completion of the game, the Gold Pyrocitor became available for 30,000 bolts and 4 gold bolts. It was also used by Test Dummies on Kalebo III when fighting Ratchet.

Re-imagined

The 2016 re-imagined game and movie are in-universe fictional accounts of the original Ratchet & Clank.
The re-imagined game describe Captain Qwark's account of events, while the re-imagined film is an in-universe holofilm. As Qwark is an unreliable narrator, and the holofilm is fiction, any events that contradict the original are non-canon (though those which correspond still apply). Please see Project:Bulletin board/Canon for the wiki's coverage of canon.

In Qwark's retelling, the Pyrocitor was also made available on Novalis, purchased for 2,000 bolts. With use, it upgraded to the more powerful Lavacitor, which replaced standard Pyrocitor fuel with Lavamorph to deal more damage, and caused enemies killed by the weapon to burst into embers, damaging nearby enemies.

Ratchet also upgraded the weapon with Raritanium upgrades. Sixteen range upgrades granted a 5% increase in the length the flames reached each upgrade, fifteen stream width upgrades granted a 14% increase in the width the flames reached each upgrade, six bonus Raritanium upgrades increased the Raritanium dropped by enemies killed with the weapon by +8% each upgrade, and twenty ember damage upgrades increased the damage by enemies exploded by the weapon by +10% each upgrade. Three mystery upgrades were also unlocked. The mystery upgrade located on the left was Pressurized Canisters, increasing ammo dropped in crates; the upgrade on the right was Extradimensional Tank, increasing ammo capacity; and the mystery upgrade available once the weapon upgraded to Lavacitor was Lavamorph Isotopes, increasing the amount of embers left per explosion.

In challenge mode, it can be upgraded to the Omega Lavacitor once the Holocard set is complete.

Up Your Arsenal

The Pyrocitor was used by Test Dummies in the testing arena, but was not usable by Ratchet.

Characteristics

The Pyrocitor is a large weapon, colored silver with red trim. It has a large base with a handle protruding from the side, along with a large scope and a large, red muzzle. There is a red gas canister just below the weapon with a tube connecting to the muzzle, which supplies the weapon with its flame. The flame thrown is relatively short-ranged and is continuous. When upgraded to the Gold Pyrocitor, the flame becomes green rather than orange.

Combat

The Pyrocitor's main use is to fight large groups of small enemies in relatively close range. As it has a high ammunition capacity and can easily defeat weaker enemies, the Pyrocitor is very effective against large swarms of enemies or enemies that cover a wider distance. A good example is the sandsharks on Aridia, where the Pyrocitor can make the mission far easier than the OmniWrench can. However, the Pyrocitor is very poor against larger enemies which require more hits to be defeated.

In the original Ratchet & Clank, due to its lack of targeting, and Ratchet's lack of strafing, the Pyrocitor cannot easily focus on a single target, but is instead better at "spraying." The Pyrocitor in this version is very useful for a large portion of the game, until the player acquires weapons which it outclass it, such as the Morph-O-Ray or the Tesla Claw. The Morph-O-Ray outclasses the Pyrocitor in that it requires no ammo and is useful against the same enemies. The Tesla Claw outclasses the Pyrocitor, as it can target specific enemies, meaning it is useful against large mobs of small enemies and larger enemies, while the Pyrocitor can only effectively combat the former. Other than the Tesla Claw and the Blaster, the Pyrocitor does not have many peers among weapons in Ratchet & Clank.

The Gold Pyrocitor has more range and deals more damage than the base version. This means that enemies with two hit points, such as Puffer Fish and ExtermiBots, now only take one hit to kill.

In the re-imagined release of Ratchet & Clank, the Pyrocitor remains relevant for longer, due to the upgrades in the form of Raritanium upgrades, and the weapon leveling up with use. Initially, the weapon fairly weak, though Raritanium upgrades improving its stream width and length quickly make it strong against mobs. Additionally, when upgraded to the Lavacitor, enemies killed by the weapon leave behind embers, spreading its damage to even more enemies. When increased with Raritanium, the embers left by the weapon make even quicker work. However, it is still easily outclassed by the Sheepinator and Pixelizer for dealing with mobs of small enemies, particularly when no Raritanium upgrades are unlocked.

Behind the scenes

The Pyrocitor was one of the first weapons showcased to Sony, alongside the Suck Cannon, used in an early version of Metropolis on what would be Kerwan.[1]

The Pyrocitor was featured in the Ratchet & Clank demo, where the flames moved more quickly than those of the weapon in the full version of the game. This meant that the spin technique was less effective with this version, as the trail wouldn't bend as much. It is unknown why this was changed.

The ammo for the Pyrocitor found in ammo crates was identical to the fuel tank seen on the weapon itself, albeit much more stubby. Insomniac employee Alex Hastings has called the Pyrocitor one of his favorite weapons.

Weapon summaries

Pyrocitor! This fearsome weapon really shines at close range. Great for taking out those pesky small enemies
 
— Vendor description, R&C
Having problems with swarms of small creatures? The Gadgetron Pyrocitor is the answer! This flamethrower device will toast 'em fast! User Tip: Hold Down Circle for a constant stream of fire.
 
— Help Menu description, R&C
Having problems with swarms of small creatures? The Gadgetron Pyrocitor is the answer! This flame-thrower device will toast 'em fast! Caution: Larger Enemies may take longer to cook…
 
— European instruction manual description, R&C
The Gold Pyrocitor is Gadgetron's deluxe version of its popular flamethrower. This weapon does more damage and does it faster than the original. It also has a greater range and a soothing green flame.
 
— Help Menu Description, R&C
Fires a stream of burning pyrocidic fluid. Great for keeping touchy-feely enemies out of your personal space.
 
— Weapon description, PS4
A close ranged fire-based weapon that is perfect for dispatching swarms of smaller enemies.It cooks it. it toasts it, it even flame broils. Try it at your next barbecue.
 
Holocard Description, PS4

References

  1. InsomniacGames - Insomniac Live #21. Twitch. Accessed December 1, 2017.