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The Shard Gun achieves its extraordinary freezing power through a quantum-tunneled heat sink into nearby deep space. Opponents struck by the gun often report slowed reaction time, inferior movement speeds, and a strange freezer-burn sensation.
―Weapon Description  [SAC]

The Shard Gun is a weapon manufactured by Gadgetron in Secret Agent Clank. It is a combat shotgun used by Ratchet that fires ice shards, and achieves freezing power through quantum-tunneled heat sink into nearby deep space. The weapon damages enemies as well as slowing their reaction time and move speeds.

The Shard Gun is found by Ratchet in Max-Security Cells in prison. It can be upgraded up to the Shard Cannon at V4. Two mods can be obtained for the weapon: the charge-up mod gained by completing No Shelter in Max-Security Cells which allows the player to hold the fire button and release it for a larger blast consisting of multiple shots, and the ice halo mod for 10,000 bolts that creates a ring of ice around the player when the gun is fired to damage enemies in close proximity. In challenge mode, the Titan Shard Cannon can be purchased.

Characteristics

The Shard Gun is a long, light blue shotgun with green highlights. It features a scope at the top, and the muzzle is surrounded by bullets.

Combat

The Shard Gun is a shotgun which fires ice shards at enemies. These ice shards damage enemies as well as slowing them, allowing the weapon to double up as a strategic weapon. It can be fired to slow down medium to large enemies and allow Ratchet to focus on other targets, or to simply eliminate smaller enemies, making it broadly useful. While the damage of the weapon is outclassed later by other weapons, the utility of slowing enemies can remain useful.

The Shard Gun can upgrade to the Shard Cannon, which fires blue needles in a widespread fashion and freezes enemies briefly. This transitions the weapon more towards a strategic weapon designed to slow larger enemies than as a damage weapon. Two mods can be obtained for the weapon: the charge-up mod which is acquired by completing No Shelter in Max-Security Cells, and the ice halo mod that is purchased for 10,000 bolts. The ice halo mod makes the weapon more defensive by creating a ring of frost around the weapon that slows down nearby enemies, while the charge-up mod allows the blast to be charged up and fired to deal more damage. The weapon with both upgrades is still best used to slow down larger enemies rather than aimed at smaller enemies, but can serve both purposes.

Behind the scenes

Shard Gun Cake

Shard Gun Cake

Even though Ratchet found the Shard Gun in prison there is a Shard Gun Cake.

Equipment in Secret Agent Clank