Skins are wearable items and collectibles in the Ratchet & Clank series. They change the player character's outfit or body entirely, either replacing it with a humorous twist based on real-life apparel or a playable version of an in-game species or character. Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious are the only characters who have different skins to equip. Skins are either unlocked by completing missions or challenges in game, or purchased with skill points, dread points, gold, titanium, or hero bolts.
Multiplayer modes also featured different and unique skins to ensure a variety of looks among competing players.
Going Commando was the first game to feature skins. The 'Tuxedo' was unlocked after obtaining seven skill points and featured Ratchet wearing a tuxedo with sunglasses. After another eight skill points are collected, totaling fifteen, the 'Clown Suit' skin consists of a typical clown's outfit, complete with a red ball for a nose. Upon collecting thirty skill points the 'Beach Boy' skin is unlocked, which pictures Ratchet wearing swimming trunks alongside his usual apparel of gadgets, boots and gloves.
Up Your Arsenal
Up Your Arsenal featured a much wider variety of skins, including multiplayer skins that each had a different version using either red or blue coloring depending on their team. The singleplayer skins weren't unlocked by collecting skill points (except one), but rather by purchasing them with titanium bolts. Though several also could be unlocked through other means, such as cheat codes or specific requirements. A few of the skins were only available in the Japanese version of the game, but were also made available in the Ratchet & Clank Collection and HD re-releases of the games.
From the skins that are bought with bolts, the 'Snowman' and 'Tuxedo' are reoccurring versions of those seen in Going Commando. The 'Brainius' and 'Trooper' skins were based on the B2 Brawler and Soldier Bot, respectively. The 'Buginoid', 'Robo' and 'Robo Rooster' were original designs, whereas the 'Santa Ratchet' and 'Pipo-Saru Ratchet' (a character based on the monkeys from the Ape Escape series) skins were only available in the Japanese version at first. The latter two require cheat codes to unlock.
The 'Sumo' and 'Ninja Ratchet' were new additions that only became available in the Collection and HD re-releases. Lastly, there is also a skin in which Ratchet dons his original outfit from Ratchet & Clank (2002 game), the Old School suit, which is unlocked upon loading the Gadgetron Corporation discount at a vendor, as well as a skin called the 'Constructobot' that is only unlocked upon collecting all the trophies.
New to the series is both Clank and Qwark each featuring a new skin. Clank could wear his Secret Agent Clank outfit after collecting fifteen skill points. A humourous skin for Qwark could be unlocked by inputting a cheatcode mentioned by Al in a cutscene, which causes Qwark to wear a tutu. Inputting it again causes Qwark to revert to his normal suit, except with a bug applied that causes his suit to become rather dark. The code is as followed: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Circle, Square, Square.
The Up Your Arsenal multiplayer featured a wide variety of available skins, though all of these normally used either blue or red color styling to properly distinguish each player to their own team. Two skins are only unlocked by entering cheat codes, to do this, go to the 'Edit Profile' menu and hold and press either of the following codes.
|Nefarious||LEFT DOWN LEFT RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT DOWN|
|Dan||RIGHT DOWN UP DOWN RIGHT UP UP UP|
In the singleplayer of Ratchet: Deadlocked skins are purchased with glamour stars, a currency earned by completing challenges. Each challenge awarded a minimum of one to a maximum of five stars, depending on the selected difficulty upon starting a new game. To obtain all skins one must finish a Challenge Mode playthrough on 'Exterminator' difficulty. Some skins are also available for free or otherwise unlocked through other means than spending glamour stars. Per example, the 'Ninja Ratchet' skin unlocks upon collecting all the exterminator trading cards, which featured Ratchet with improved physical speed and strength, as well as a curved blade instead of an OmniWrench.
As a first, in the series, several of the skins are in fact based on actual DreadZone contestants or other popular characters, featuring short backstories. As with Up Your Arsenal there are several skins that were only available in the Japanese version of the game. The game files also include a cut skin of Ratchet wearing clothing that made him resemble Clank.
|Alpha Clank||Clank must've been working out. Look at all that mechanical muscle!||Free|
|"The Muscle"||"The Muscle" has escaped a past shrouded in mystery for a future that's... well... shrouded in mystery.||25|
|Vernon||Don't underestimate this little tyke, he can eat metal!||30|
|King Claude||Though it may be delicious if dipped in cocktail sauce, I doubt anyone will find out. This fierce competitor became king not through divine right, but through mortal combat.||30|
|LandShark||Not normally known for his terrestrial attacks, the LandShark catches his foes by surprise!||35|
|Squidzor||Squidzor is the champion gladiator of Hydrana B. He left his home world after The Great Drought in search of another watery planet.||40|
|Kid Nova||Sidekicks don't just follow their heroes around. Kid Nova can hold hiw own when the going gets tough.||45|
|W3RM||He may have descended from a dragon. He may have come from a slug. One thing is certain, he's got a mean temper and a formidable arsenal.||55|
|Starshield||Captain Starshield had always been destined for greatness. When he was merely private Starshield, he had the shiniest in his units.||60|
|Venus||It's tough to shoot all the boys while wearing a skirt, but Venus pulls it off in spades! The shooting that is, not her skirt.||75|
|Ninja Ratchet||Move faster, use a sword, and wear cool ninja gear!||—|
Unlike the previous series, armor in Deadlocked is purely visual in appearance and holds no gameplay mechanic such as damage reduction. Each armor is equipable in the skins menu and is unlocked after completing the respective tournament of the same name. All armors are in fact mere visual reskins of each other as well. The Renegade armor is a special case in that to unlock it one must complete Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile, followed by entering the name of your multiplayer character on an end-game screen. After that a screen would appear with a code that only worked on the character with the name you entered.
Ratchet also wears the Marauder armor in Jak X: Combat Racing.
Multiplayer-only skins, some require cheatcodes to unlock.
|Plundering Pirate Captain||6|
Size Matters has a couple of skins that are only available for the PlayStation 2 version of the game. As such, the PlayStation Portable has four titanium bolts that remain unspend. The PlayStation 2-exclusive skins are 'Kanga Ratchet' and 'Hiro Ratchet'.
The 'Punk Ratchet' and 'Fancy Ratchet' are skins unique to the PlayStation 2 version of Size Matter's multiplayer. (Currently missing a Snowman, Hot Bot, Old training robot, Nurse bot and Dan Johnson skin)
Secret Agent Clank
with Clank, Ratchet and Qwark being playable in Secret Agent Clank, they all have their own sets of skins. Each skin is either bought with titanium bolts or unlocked via a cheat code, and as with Size Matters, some are exclusive to a specific system, in this case the PlayStation Portable.
|Cowboy||Available after completing the timing level at Le Paradis Des Tricheurs Casino.||2||No|
|Klunk||Available after defeating the final boss,||2||No|
|Zoni||Left, Left, Right, Up, Down, Down, X||—||Yes|
|Towel||Available after completing Prison Showers||2||No|
|Super Incognito||Unlocked with a Size Matters save file||—||Yes|
|Tropical Vacation||Unlocked with a Size Matters save file||—||Yes|
|Plundering Pirate Captain||Unlocked with a Size Matters save file||—||Yes|
|Ratchetzilla||Unlocked with a Size Matters save file||—||Yes|
|Kung Fu Ratchet||—||2||No|
|Robo-Ratchet||Available after defeating the final boss||2||Yes|
|Cowboy||Available after completing the Qwark level on Hydrano||1||No|
|Lucha Libra Qwark||—||2||No|
Tools of Destruction
In Tools of Destruction skins are bought with gold bolts, except for the 'Convict Ratchet' skin, which requires a cheatcode. The cheatcode is; Square, Circle, Square, Circle, Up, Up, Triangle, Down, Up.
A Crack in Time
In A Crack in Time skins are automatically unlocked by collecting gold bolts, except for the 'Captain Ratchet' and 'Bancho Ratchet' skins. The former of which requires a Quest for Booty savefile, the latter requires the following cheatcode: Up, Right, Down, Left, Triangle, Square, X, Circle, R3. The Bancho skin resembles a cliché form of a Japanese delinquent or gang member, designed in a skin contest for the game.
All 4 One
Skins are automatically unlocked upon collecting hero bolts in All 4 One.
|Future Ratchet||Secret Agent Clank||Nurse Shannon||Pristine Nefarious||5|
|Ninja Ratchet||Ninja Clank||Ninja Qwark||Ninja Nefarious||10|
|Space Cadet Ratchet||Space Cadet Clank||Space Cadet Qwark||Space Cadet Nefarious||16|
|Snowman Ratchet||Snowman Clank||Snowman Qwark||Snowman Nefarious||26|
|Space Pirate Ratchet||Space Pirate Clank||Space Pirate Qwark||Space Pirate Nefarious||32|
|Dan Johnson||Fish Bowl Clank||Knight Qwark||—||40|
|Skeleton Ratchet||Hologram Clank||President Qwark||Groovy Nefarious||42|
Skin design contest
The Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One skin design contest was a skin design contest for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One that took place between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011. The eight winners were announced June 17, 2011. Out of eight winners, four of the skins are featured in the game.
- Heck Fire Ratchet (featured in-game)
- Fish Bowl Clank (featured in-game)
- Knight Qwark (featured in-game)
- Lava Lamp Dr. Nefarious (featured in-game)
- Sheriff Ratchet
- Chimera Clank
- Adventurer Ratchet
- Tiki Tok Clank
Full Frontal Assault
Skins in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault are primarily available online, with a large majority being locked behind small downloadable content packages.
|A Crack in Time Pack||Vullard, Fongoid and Sigmund|
|All 4 One Pack||Slorg, King Sepiad and Tharpod|
|Classic Pack||Helga, The Plumber, and Hot Bot|
|Future Pack||Alister Azimuth, Rusty Pete, and an Agorian|
|Intergalactic Foot Soldier Pack||Drophyd Trooper, Blarg Elite and Kerchu|
|Miniboss Pack||B2 Brawler, Chainblade and a Tyhrranoid|
|Monsters Pack||Grim, Rags and Jacko|
|NPC Pack||Smuggler, Skrunch, and Qwark's Nurse Shannon disguise|
|Pirates Pack||Scurvy, Scallywag and Gultch|
|Plushy Pack||Plushy Ratchet, Plushy Clank and Plushy Qwark|
|Predators Pack||T-Rex, Great White Shark, and Grizzly (or Polar) Bear|
|Robot Pack||Bleep, Bloop, and Blip|
|Villain Pack||Nefarious, Drek, and Tachyon|
This gallery is incomplete.
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (cheats menu only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
- Ratchet: Deadlocked
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- Secret Agent Clank
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault