Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando is the second game of the Ratchet & Clank series, developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. The story of Going Commando takes place a year after Ratchet and Clank first save the Solana Galaxy from Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek. Now both Ratchet and Clank are hired by the Megacorp company to find a blue-fuzzball creature that was stolen from the company's lab. As Ratchet finds out about the thief's plans, he learns that the creature called the "Protopet" is dangerous monster that can destroyed the whole Bogon Galaxy, now Ratchet and Clank must save the galaxy once again.
Ratchet & Clank will explore the galaxy in a semi-linear fashion with an ever expanding selection of locations available from the ship's galaxy map. Apart from tighter movement and platforming with an increased focus on shooting, the gameplay formula is similar to the first game but with additions such as upgradable weapons (upgraded by continued use), customizable ships and armor, a fighting area with bolt rewards, space ship battles, and hacking minigames to unlock doors.
Familiar elements also return like hover racing events, skill points and a new game plus mode called "challenge mode" which increases the difficulty but allows the player to keep their current weapons and equipment, and even unlock more challenge mode exclusive items.
Upon defeating Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek, Ratchet and Clank become galactic celebrities. Nearly a year passes when the duo are interviewed for Behind The Hero, a HoloVision documentary show. This grabs the attention of Abercrombie Fizzwidget (founder and CEO of Megacorp) who teleports them to a luxury apartment on Megopolis in the Bogon Galaxy.
Fizzwidget's hologram requests their assistance in the recovery of a dangerous biological experiment (with the appearance of a cute, blue fuzzball) stolen by a mysterious masked mastermind. After the supplied commando training and equipment, Ratchet is sent to a flying laboratory on planet Aranos but thief makes a quick getaway with the experiment.
Ratchet and Clank chase the thief across several planets before encountering him on the frozen planet Siberius where he's defeated and the experiment is recovered. Upon returning to Fizzwidget at the desert planet Tabora, he "accidentally" ejects them from their ship, crash landing them onto the planet.
Here, they are confronted by the thief demanding the experiment however he trips and falls, ripping the mask off to reveal a female Lombax named Angela Cross, a former Megacorp employee. She warns them that the experiment would doom the galaxy. On the planet Dobbo they realize her claims are true and attempt to warn Fizzwidget to destroy the experiment, but are unsuccessful.
It's revealed via an advertisement that the experiment (now named "The Protopet") is being cloned and prepared for mass release. On planet Boldan they're captured and imprisoned by Thugs-4-Less, a mercenary company hired by Fizzwidget. However they're able to escape and rescue Angela before travelling to Megacorp HQ to destroy the Protopets.
They discover that disgraced superhero Captain Qwark had disguised himself as Fizzwidget and was behind the plan to release the Protopets in order to destroy them to "save" the galaxy and restore his reputation as a superhero. His plans are foiled when he attempts to use Angela's Helix-o-Morph gadget designed to repair the Protopets' aggression on the original experiment, however it malfunctions, mutating it into a giant monster that swallows him.
After defeating the giant Protopet, Angela and the real Fizzwidget arrive explaining that he'd been tied up in a closet for the duration of Qwark's takeover. The Protopet regurgitates Qwark and Angela flips the Helix-o-Morph's batteries in order to shrink it back to it's original size. She then amplifies the device using Megacorp's TV transponders to destroy all the Protopets in the galaxy.
Ratchet, Clank, Angela, and Clank's Infobot lover he had met earlier relax in Ratchet's apartment in Megapolis where Angela reveals that Qwark is now employed as a Megacorp test subject.
Going Commando takes place in the Bogon Galaxy, a neighboring galaxy to Solana. The galaxy's leading weapon manufacturing company is Megacorp, based on planet Yeedil and headed by the CEO Abercrombie Fizzwidget.
- Wupash Nebula
- Maktar Nebula
- Hugris Cloud
- Feltzin Space System
- Dantopia/Burbank (US Version)
- Jamming Array (Maktar Nebula)
- Testing Facility Moon (Dobbo)
- Damosel Moon (Damosel)
- Slim Cognito's Ship Shack
- Maktar Resort
The most common currency in the series which can be found lying around, in crates, by killing enemies, and can be won in arena battles and races. Can be used to purchase ammo, weapons, and armor etc.
Rarer bolts hidden in levels which require exploration, platforming, and puzzle solving to be found. Can be used to purchase weapon modifications.
A rare mineral found among space debris, deserts, and arctic planets. Can be used to upgrade the ship.
Mystical crystals found on Tabora which can be traded for bolts.
Rare stones found on the arctic Tundor Wastes in Grelbin which can be traded for bolts.
Guns can be upgraded by using them against enemies a specific number of times. If weapons are upgrades once then mega weapons become available to purchase but only in challenge mode (new game plus). Mega weapons can then be upgraded to ultra weapons through use. Not all weapons have upgraded, mega or ultra variants.
Upgrades offer more ammo, greater damage and sometimes new abilities. Mega and ultra upgrades don't feature new abilities, just improvements in ammo, damage etc. Mods can be purchased from Slim Cognito add additional functionality such as lock on, acid or shock.
Certain weapons can be gained for free if an original Ratchet & Clank game save is detected. These weapons appeared in the first game and include the Bomb Glove, Decoy Glove, Tesla Claw, Visibomb Gun, and Walloper.
|Column Head||Column Head||Column Head||Column Head|
A shotgun with a wide spread of scatter shots.
A wider blast radius incorporating electricity.
Mega Blitz Cannon
Ultra Blitz Cannon
Throws bombs that explode upon impact.
Mega Bomb Glove
Fires a bouncing bomb which explodes to reveal more bombs.
More powerful with bigger bombs.
Mega Heavy Bouncer
Ultra Heavy Bouncer
Fires a disc which ricochets on walls and enemies before exploding.
Fires blades which separate into two upon impact.
Clank emits bolts of damaging green electricity.
Clank emits more damaging red lasers.
Fires an inflatable decoy.
Fires medium range bombs.
Fires mini nuclear bombs with surrounding damage.
The most powerful weapon in the game.
Fires a floating bomb which detonates on impact or when the weapon is fired again. Can be held down to move up and down.
Fires five bombs at the same time. Individual bombs are weaker but the spread is larger.
|Mega Tetrabomb Glove||Ultra Tetrabomb Glove|
Fast firing exploding energy bolts.
Weaker energy bolts that don't explode but fires at a faster rate.
|Mega Heavy Lancer||Ultra Heavy Lancer|
Shoots a continuous stream of lava.
Rapid fires mini meteors.
|Mega Meteor Gun||Ultra Meteor Gun|
Auto targeting rocket launcher.
Charges up to fire four rockets at the same time.
|Mega Mega Rocket||Ultra Mega Rocket|
Throws auto targeting gun turrets.
Turrets shoot rockets and self destruct upon running out of ammo.
|Mega Megaturret||Ultra Megaturret|
Fires auto targeting bolts of plasma and electricity over a short range.
Fires ricocheting orbs of plasma which shoots electricity.
|Mega Plasma Storm||Ultra Plasma Storm|
A powerful sniper rifle.
Fires exploding bullets.
|Mega Vaporizer||Ultra Vaporizer|
Auto targeting missile launcher.
Fires slow moving shots which accelerate when they home in on an enemy.
Fires three seekers at once.
|Mega HK22 Gun||Ultra HK22 Gun|
Turns enemies into sheep.
Turns enemies into black sheep which explode when attacked.
A protective bubble shield which shocks enemies upon contact.
Shoots arcs of electricity to nearby enemies.
|Mega Tesla Barrier||Ultra Tesla Barrier|
Shoots small RC spiders which can be controlled and explode enemies.
Can fire bullets or bombs.
|Mega Tankbot Glove||Ultra Tankbot Glove|
Four armed robots that follow and protect Ratchet.
Fires flame bombs.
|Mega Kilonoid||Ultra Kilonoid|
Aims a beam of electricity.
Mega Tesla Claw
Fires a rocket which can be manually guided to it's target.
Launches forward in a punching motion.
Fires a charge of lightning for massive destruction.
The OmniWrench 10000 is obtained at a certain point in the game and the OmniWrench 12000 can be found on the planet Aranos.
|Wrench||Upgraded Wrench||Upgraded Wrench|
SwingshotUsed to swing from platfrom to platform and manipulate objects that it can be attached to. Found in Clank's Apartment on Endako.
DynamoUsed to activate holographic platforms. Found in the entrance to Megacorp Store on Oozla.
ElectrolyzerUsed to unlock doors by playing a mingame involving flippers and electricity. Found by winning a match in a Megacorp Games on Maktar Nebula.
HypnomaticUsed to control receiver bots. Found by finding the threes parts and paying it for 10,000 bolts from the Hypnotist on Damisel.
InfiltratorUsed to hack into doors and vaults. Found by winning a match in a Megacorp Games on Joba.
ThermanatorFreezes water and melts ice. Found by purchasing from Gadgetron dealer for 1,000 bolts on Barlow.
Tractor BeamAttaches to specific objects so that they can be pulled. By purchasing from Tractor Beam scientist for 1,000 bolts on Oozla.
GliderUsed to ride air currents to glide. Found by going through the facility in Tabora.
LevitatorAllows Ratchet to hover, fly and propel himself along. Found by purchasing from Shady Salesman Billy for 20,000 bolts on Joba.
Charge BootsLaunches Ratchet forwards at speed for a short amount of time. Found by winning the Hoverbike Race in Job.
Gravity BootsAllows Ratchet to walk on metal surfaces at any angle. Found by winning another match on Megacorp Games in Joba.
Grind BootsAllows Ratchet to grind on rails. Found in Clank's Apartment on Endako.
The default starting suit given by Abercrombie Fizzwidget.
The Tetrafiber Armor is the first upgrade armor for the Commando Suit available for purchase from Megacorp vendors.
The second armor available to purchase.
The third armor available to purchase.
The forth, strongest armor and the only one with a visor that obscures Ratchet's head.