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This article is about the weapon. For the weapon type, see Blaster.
The Blaster is a great all-purpose weapon. Even though its range is limited, its high rate of fire makes it ideal for taking on tough enemies at close and medium ranges.
―The Ion Blaster's description, found in the game's physical manual  [R&C]

The Ion Blaster,[1] often just called Blaster, was an auto-targeting blaster manufactured by Gadgetron that used energy bolts as ammunition.


In Ratchet & Clank, the Ion Blaster was a great all-purpose weapon. Although its range was limited, its high rate of fire made it ideal for taking on tough enemies at close and medium ranges. The Ion Blaster spent its ammo fast if Ratchet wasn't careful with his shots. The Ion Blaster was good to use regularly throughout the early phases of the game, but later it was usually surpassed by the Devastator. This was because it also had auto-target capability, but higher damage. It could quickly aim at a flying enemy and quickly take it down.

Blaster comic series

Ratchet uses his Blaster in the comic series

Ratchet's Blaster made an appearance during the first issue of the Ratchet & Clank Comic series, in Ears of War. Ratchet used it to help defend Veldin from Zogg's robot mechs. After running out of ammo, Ratchet threw it at a robot in a futile attempt to inflict some harm. In this appearance, the Blaster was smaller and fired red blasts of energy, rather than the yellow balls as seen in the original game. When he broke out the Vartax Detention Facility, he utilized a second Blaster identical to his first one.

Weapon summaries

Blaster! Point it more or less at the bad guys and mow 'em down!
―Vendor Description  [R&C]
The Blaster is a great all-purpose weapon. Even though its range is limited, its high rate of fire makes it ideal for taking on tough enemies at close and medium ranges. Hold down L1 to use its sniper capabilities. This gun chews up ammo fast so be sure to pick up as much Blaster ammo as you can carry.
―Normal Help Menu description  [R&C]
Never embark on an intergalactic adventure without your trusty ion blaster. Or your toothbrush. But if you have to choose, go with the blaster.
Holocard description  [R&C (PS4)]


  • If Ratchet fell to his death while firing the Ion Blaster, the Ion Blaster would fire faster than normally.


  • The Blaster was called the Bolt Blaster before Ratchet & Clank was released.[2][3]
  • The Ion Blaster was called the "Blaster" until Ratchet & Clank (PS4), in which it was specified that the Blaster's name is actually the Ion Blaster. The Blaster was likely renamed due to the fact that it can be confused with other weapons whose names are similar, as "blaster" is a very general term in the Ratchet & Clank games.
  • The Blaster and the Gold Blaster were the only blasters in the series that used auto-targeting, as in the later games it was mostly replaced by the HUD-based targeting.


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Notes and references

Weapons and gadgets in Ratchet & Clank
Bomb glove icon Pyrocitor icon Blaster icon Glove of doom icon Suckcannon icon Taunter icon Mineglove icon Ryno icon Devastator icon Walloper icon Visibomb icon Decoy glove icon Drone device icon Tesla claw icon Morpho ray icon
Wrench icon Swingshot icon Trespasser icon Hydrodisplacer icon Hologuise icon Metal detector icon Pda icon Sonic summoner icon Pilot helmet icon O2 mask icon Heli pack icon Thruster pack icon Hydro pack icon Grind boots icon Magnet boots icon
Blasters in the Ratchet & Clank series
Game Ratchet & Clank Going Commando
Going Mobile
Up Your Arsenal Size Matters Deadlocked Secret Agent Clank Tools of Destruction
Quest for Booty
All 4 One
Full Frontal Assault
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
Elite Combuster
Alpha Combuster
Mega Constructo Pistol Dual Omniblasters

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