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Combuster
Original

The Combuster, known as the Combustor in European versions of the games, was a blaster which launched high-velocity fireballs of superheated plasma at enemies. The Combuster's firing rate was medium, much like that of the N60 Storm, and was used better from far away. Each shot bounced off enemies, allowing for damage to more than one enemy per shot. It could be upgraded to momentarily set the area that its shots bounced onto ablaze with the Pyrocidic Precipitator upgrade.

Overview

Magma Combuster upgrade

The Combuster, upgrading

Tools of Destruction

Blast your opponents into oblivion with high-velocity plasma balls!
―Weapon Description  [ToD]

The Combuster was one of the two weapons Ratchet started with at the beginning of the game, the other being the Fusion Grenade. Unfortunately, it became obsolete in power once Ratchet reached planet Ardolis. Its special Raritanium upgrade was the Pyrocidic Precipitator, which set the ground on fire when it was hit by a Combuster shot. It was useful weapon to use against small enemies and had a decent range.

Damage

Damage increased by 20% of previous damage each upgrade. These were the weapon damage without Raritanium upgrades:

  • V1: 36
  • V2: 43
  • V3: 52
  • V4: 62
  • V5: 71
Raritanium upgrades

Quest for Booty

The Combuster was acquired at the start of the game, but was lost in the Azorean Sea shortly after when Rusty Pete shot Ratchet and Talwyn to Hoolefar Island. Rusty Pete then returned the Combuster along with the Fusion Grenade to Ratchet after Rusty Pete resurrected Slag and Darkwater in Morrow Caverns. Like most of the weapons in Quest for Booty, it started at V3.

Upgrade

The Pyrocidic Precipitator upgrade could be found in Morrow Caverns right before fighting a Pythor and rescuing Talwyn. Right before reaching the Pythor, turn left and blow down the gate with a Fusion Grenade. Knock down the wall of metal crates either with Ratchet's wrench or another Fusion Grenade to reveal the upgrade.

Damage
  • V3: 30
  • V4: 36
  • V5: 41

All 4 One

Combuster

The Combuster in All 4 One

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Ratchet firing the Combuster

The Combuster returned in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, appearing stronger and different from the other versions. The red node on the back of the gun also turned from red to green. If Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious fired the Combusters at the same target it brought a powerful blow and the heroes would be awarded a damage bonus. It upgraded into the Elite Combuster for 30,000 bolts.

Full Frontal Assault

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Combuster upgrading in Full Frontal Assault

The Combuster returned in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.  The way to obtain it is by collecting it from weapon pods. Like in Tools of Destruction, the green node on the back of the gun turned red again. Once upgraded to LVL3, it became the Alpha Combuster. During its upgrade procedure, the Combuster fires only one bullet while level one, which then becomes three bullets and more ammunition during its level 3 upgrade.

Trivia

Appearances

Blasters in the Ratchet & Clank series
Game Ratchet & Clank Going Commando
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Going Mobile
Up Your Arsenal Size Matters Deadlocked Secret Agent Clank Tools of Destruction
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Quest for Booty
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All 4 One
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Full Frontal Assault
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Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
A Crack in Time Into the Nexus
Basic version Ion Blaster Lancer N60 Storm Lacerator Dual Vipers Dual Lacerators Combuster Constructo Pistol Omniblaster
Upgraded version Gold Blaster Heavy Lancer N90 Hurricane Dual Lacerators Dual Raptors Dual Vindicators Magma Combuster
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Elite Combuster
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Alpha Combuster
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Magmabuster
Mega Constructo Pistol Dual Omniblasters

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