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Rilgar is a planet in the Solana Galaxy featured in Ratchet & Clank and Up Your Arsenal. It is most notable for being home to Blackwater City, which is renowned in the galaxy for hoverboard racing.

Ratchet and Clank first visited the planet during an amoeboid infestation, to participate in the race with their hoverboard, and to find Captain Qwark in his trailer. They also encountered a Shady Salesman, who sold the R.Y.N.O.. Later, they fought with the Galactic Rangers to defend the planet from a Tyhrranoid invasion ordered by Dr. Nefarious, and successfully defended the planet.


Before Ratchet & Clank

According to Qwark vid-comic Issue 2: Arriba Amoeba, Nefarious created the amoeboid race in a secret laboratory in the swamps of Rilgar. Captain Qwark at this time was alerted to the amoeboid infestation after defeating an army of ghost pirate robots, and went to stop the infestation, causing Nefarious to flee the planet and Qwark to tail behind.

Qwark had regularly visited the planet to present awards to winners of the Intergalacitc Hoverboard Championship, which Skidd McMarx was a regular contender.

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Blackwater City from R&C (2002) screen 1

Blackwater City

Ratchet and Clank received coordinates to the planet after viewing an Infobot from a destroyed warship in the Blarg Tactical Research Station, which showed a news broadcast on Channel 2 News featuring Darla Gratch warning about the amoeboid infestation. The two arrived to fight the amoeboids, search for Qwark and compete in the hoverboard race.

Blackwater City from R&C (2002) screen 3

Downtown Blackwater City

The two fought through amoeboids and the local ExtermiBots, robots sent to fight the amoeboids that could not distinguish between amoeboids and Ratchet. Along the way, they encountered a Shady Salesman who sold the R.Y.N.O., which Clank implied had been stolen from the blarg. Eventually, they were welcomed to the hoverboard race by the hoverboard girl, who allowed them to participate in Skid McMarx's place using his Z3000 Hoverboard. Upon beating the race, they won a Platinum Zoomerator upgrade for the hoverboard.

Blackwater City hoverboard track from R&C (2002) 1

The Hoverboard track

The duo also traversed the sewers of the city, and were able to find Captain Qwark in his trailer. Qwark's bouncer refused to let them in, unless they paid him 4,000 bolts, as he only earned 6 bolts an hour working for Qwark. After bribing the bouncer, the duo entered Qwark's trailer, where he told them he had been following their adventures and gave them an Infobot to his headquarters on planet Umbris, where he promised to meet them.

Magazene - Rilgar Times

The Shady Salesman, pleading "Not Guilty" in The Rilgar Times

Following the events of the game, the Shady Salesman was caught and arrested. As reported in The Rilgar Times, he pleaded "Not Guilty" to his crimes.

Up Your Arsenal

Ratchet and Clank returned to fight with the Galactic Rangers to defend the docks of Blackwater City after it came under attack by a Tyhrranoid army during Operation: BLACK TIDE. The two were alerted to the attack after receiving a transmission while investigating the Obani Pollux. After they successfully fended off the Tyhrranoid attack, the Rangers gave Ratchet a pair of Gravity Boots to thank him.

After Up Your Arsenal

After DreadZone Station was destroyed following the events of Deadlocked, the combat bots Merc and Green worked in the Galaxy Burger fast food restaurant in Blackwater City.

In Into the Nexus, a portrait of Blackwater City can be found in the Intergalactic Museum of History in the Hall of Villainy.


Rilgar is a cold planet made up almost entirely of water, with small islands scattered throughout containing sand, coral and rocks. The large, bustling Blackwater City is built mostly on top of rocks and water. At night, the city is always lit up, often by searchlights or neon lighting.


Rilgar appears in two multiplayer maps in Up Your Arsenal: Blackwater City and Blackwater Docks.

Blackwater City


The center of the map, viewed from the blue side

Blackwater City is an average-sixed map that supports all game modes, based on the map in Operation: BLACK TIDE. It is a symmetrical map designed for Siege with many platforms and open spaces for combat between the two bases. The bases face opposite each other divided by a bridge in the center, with defensive turrets on both sides. The map is surrounded by a dark, deadly liquid, which serves as the bounds of the map. The flags in Capture the Flag mode spawn at the base teleporters. The map does not contain any vehicles.

The map has four identical nodes in corners of the map, located above other terrain on the platforms next to the bases. Each are guarded by four turrets and two troopers, and spawn two weapon crates when captured. The nodes can be accessed from walkways covered with grav-ramps or from an adjacent node using the Hypershot.

Blackwater Docks

Blackwater City docks (3)

The largest platform of the map

Blackwater Docks is a multiplayer map which supports Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes. It is a small, asymmetrical map, with no clear center. The combat area concentrates at a few platforms on the map. The map is surrounded by a dark, deadly liquid, and the Hypershot and jump pads must be used to navigate through certain areas. No vehicles are supported.

Behind the scenes

R&C Blackwater city concept

Blackwater City layout concept art

Blackwater City was one of the first levels developed by Insomniac Games as a demo for Sony Computer Entertainment when they were pitching the original Ratchet & Clank concept.[1]

While the city name "Blackwater City" was constant, the planet name in early builds of the game was instead named "Talos".[2]

Blackwater City, along with Metropolis, was one of two levels included in the demo of the original Ratchet & Clank.

Assets from the original Ratchet & Clank appearance of Blackwater City are still present in the 2016 re-imagining, including the the landing pad, coral, and taxi signs. They can only be accessed through a glitch that allows the player to swim in the air, or by using the Plasma Striker.[2]


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