Lieutenant Commander Zephyr, referred to simply as Zephyr or just Zeph,[1] was one of the two caretakers assisting Talwyn as she searched for her father, and often helped her, Cronk, and Ratchet in various battles throughout the game. He was voiced by Paul Eiding. He and Cronk were constantly battling over who was superior, as they had both been Warbots years before the present time in the Ratchet & Clank universe. He wielded a gun that fired three shots at a time, while his shots were faster and weaker, Cronk had a weapon to the opposite effect. Zephyr was often portrayed as being smarter than Cronk, often being irritated by his unintelligent logic saying "Cronk, ya darn fool!"

In Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, he and Cronk were killed at the hands of Vendra Prog when the Nebulox was destroyed by lethal bombs she had planted by Thugs-4-Less used to blow up the entire ship.


Pre-Future series

According to the Smuggler, Zephyr and Cronk served in The Great War. If IRIS is correct, then both warbots are eons of years old.

Given that he was an elderly robot, Zephyr often recited memories of past battles he and Cronk fought together in; however, their credibility could easily be disputed. One such story was be heard after the battle on Reepor, where Zephyr told Ratchet about the time he fought Undead Zombie Dung Dragons on the Folsteroid Plateau, which were, according to Zephyr, formed by the planet's radioactive sun. The pair had to fight their way out using a rusty spork and a roll of toilet paper they stole on Igliak prior to the battle.

Upon finding the holo-projector on Rykan V, Zephyr said that "we" (likely referring to him and Cronk) used to watch old episodes of Lance and Janice on them.

Cronk and Zephyr apparently had a third companion that was destroyed some time before the events of Tools of Destruction.

Cronk and Zephyr fought in nineteen galactic wars, three interstellar battles, one planetary misunderstanding, and a lunar argument together. The two fought in a combined 6,132 battles.

Tools of Destruction


Zephyr on Ardolis

Zephyr and Cronk were two of the primary characters in Tools of Destruction, acting as allies to Ratchet in combat alongside Talwyn.

A Crack in Time

In the credits of A Crack in Time Zephyr is talking to Cronk, stating Cronk slept through the whole game and that was responsible for their absence.

All 4 One

Cronk and Zephyr

Cronk and Zephyr

In All 4 One, he and Cronk are giving mission support to Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and Nefarious.

Into the Nexus

Let us go ya darn space witch!
―Zephyr's last words  [ItN]

Cronk and Zephyr were tasked with the duty alongside the assistance of Ratchet and Clank to awaken from cyrosleep and escort the dangerous criminal Vendra Prog from the Nebulox Seven Prison Ship to the Vartax Detention Center. Talwyn eerily warned Ratchet and Clank to keep their guard encountering Vendra with reference to her cold heart and reputation. As Cronk and Zephyr woke Vendra from cyrosleep, she took the opportunity to use her telepathic abilities to stir the heroes awry. Ratchet and Clank quickly averted disaster and locked Vendra securely to render her powerless, but before the escort could take effect, Neftin Prog, Vendra's brother, picked the time of the escort for a jailbreak.

Before long, Neftin unleashed havoc with the assist of an outlaw mercenary group called Thugs-4-Less, disabling the ships defense with missiles and springing Vendra. Cronk and Zephyr acted defensively against the waves of enemy fire even when warned not to engage without help from Ratchet. They ultimately relinquished attack and surrendered. By the time Ratchet and Clank arrived to back them up, Vendra and Neftin were one step ahead; Cronk and Zephyr were helplessly tied and Vendra utilized her abilities as a witch to trap Ratchet and Clank in an psychic bubble. Neftin rebuttaled Vendra's decision to kill Cronk and Zephyr, insisting it be unnecessary as they are "just a couple of old warbots." Vendra's intimidation ended the negation and Neftin allowed her to activate the pyrocitic blaster mines they scattered across the base of the ship. The rupture from explosions tore a hole through glass and sucked Ratchet and Clank into the vacuum of space. Escape was futile for Cronk and Zephyr and as they embraced death, Ratchet and Clank helplessly bared witness in horror as they entered the atmosphere of space. Cronk and Zephyr were burned to ashes from the explosion. Ratchet and Clank survived; in mourn and regret of not being there to save their friends. They vowed vengeance as they reached sanctuary on the distant planet Yerek - brought there by Thugs-4-Less. Ratchet and Clank contacted Talwyn about the situation, delivering the bad news about Cronk and Zephyr. After hearing about their deaths, Talwyn broke down in sadness, asking Ratchet to return to Meridian City as he and Clank were all she had left now that Cronk and Zephyr were gone, but Ratchet insisted that the he and Clank needed to make things right by bringing the Prog twins to justice.[2]

After Ratchet and Clank defeated the Nethers, Cronk and Zephyr's spirits were shown to have crossed over into the afterlife; their consciousness fueled with youthful exuberance as they banter in the Intergalactic Museum of History. After this, they headed to Igliak's robot graveyard to meet some femdroids.[3]


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Cronk and Zephyr were considered Polaris' two greatest Warbots and an exhibit of them was made in the Intergalactic Museum of History in their honor, before their deaths.

Other appearances

Full Frontal Assault

FFA Cronk Zephyr

Cronk and Zephyr skin in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault

Zephyr, along with Cronk, appears as a player skin in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.[4]

Character Information

Family and significant relations

Although it is unlikely, He claimed his mother was half Lombax, which also must meant one of his grandparents was a Lombax. (Though, as proven in Up Your Arsenal, it's possible for organic life forms to become robots, and Deadlocked showed that robots could become attracted to organics).


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Ow… my thruster coils…
―Zephyr after smacking to Cronk by accident.  [ToD]

Zephyr had a thruster coil as part of his design. Zephyr's face bore resemblance to the Blargian Robosquawkers' faces.

Character summaries

Chief Admiral Cronk and Lieutenant Commander Zephyr are Talwyn's wily old warbots. Sure they like to snooze, but when things get serious they are two of our greatest allies.
―Instruction Manual Character Summary  [ItN]


  • Zephyr was an unlockable skin for the player in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.
  • Zephyr is also a level in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage also made by Insomniac Games.
  • In All 4 One, Zephyr said he had a Terachnoid friend.
  • "Zephyr" was also the codename for the Xbox 360 Elite console upgrade.
  • Zephyr is one of the few characters who died on screen, along with Ratchet (although brought back to life later), Luna, Lord Vorselon, Alister Azimuth and Cronk.




  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus game manual‏‎

Notes and references

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