The Swingshot was a gadget used to latch onto and swing from various types of versa-targets. It was received by completing Qwark's fitness course on planet Kerwan and paying Helga von Streissenburgen—only known as "Qwark's fitness trainer" in the game—one-thousand bolts. The wire allowed its user to swing from versa-targets, hence its name. A later version of the Swingshot used a holographic projector to latch onto versa-targets which was seen first in the Hypershot. Its name is a play on "slingshot."

Swingshot descriptions

A metallic device that fits around the user's wrist ,and later on a glove,that later contains a holographic versa-chord projector and earlier contained a large amount of rolled up metallic wire. May also include a laserscopic targeting system, and auto adjusting strap. From the game Ratchet & Clank:Up Your Arsenal the Swingshot had a new feature for auto-equip.

Ratchet & Clank in-game

When equipped the Gadgetron Swingshot allows users to use Versa-Targets to reach new areas. Versa-Targets come in two varieties: green targets are for grappling and pulling, while yellow targets are used for swinging back and forth, and in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, a blue target represented a target that could be pulled towards the user.

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Evolution through the Ratchet & Clank series

New Swingshot

Ratchet receives his Swingshot in Ratchet & Clank (2002 game)

The Swingshot changed over the course of the games in the Ratchet & Clank series. In Going Commando, it gained the ability to use winch targets. In Up Your Arsenal, the Hypershot was introduced, a combination of the Swingshot and the Dynamo which used an energy grapple instead of a titanium wire. From Tools of Destruction onward, the Swingshot used an energy grapple and would automatically be equipped if Ratchet jumped towards a versa target, like the Hypershot. In All 4 One a new feature was added to the Swingshot, the Hookshot, which pulls yourself towards another team
Ratchet using swingshot

Ratchet using the Swingshot on Vapedia

member in order to cross gaps or escape dangerous situations.

In Full Frontal Assault the Swingshot had to be obtained from the weapon pod with a Swingshot icon instead of an ammo icon on the map every time it was needed.

The Swingshot or a Swingshot-like gadget appeared in almost every single Ratchet & Clank game. Up Your Arsenal had the Hypershot, Going Mobile had Clank's Grapple, and All 4 One had the Hookshot.

Swingshot Type Gadgets

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Ratchet about to use the Swingshot on Snivelak



Notes and references

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