Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Ratchet and Clank are assembling a bike in Metropolis on Planet Kerwan when they get a message from Captain Qwark asking them for help in defeating “a few thousand heavily armed robotic commandos” that have just invaded the city. After their bike fails, they reach the Planetary Defense Centre, only to find Qwark missing and Ratchet as the reason for the invasion. Emperor Tachyon, crown prince of the Cragmites is after Ratchet, the last Lombax in the universe and is leading the invasion for that purpose alone.
Ratchet and Clank hijack the Emperor’s ship and head into space, crashing later on the swamp-world of Cobalia, in the Polaris Galaxy, the duo battle their way through the hostile wildlife and reach Cobalia’s spaceport, where the duo meets “The Smuggler” and his talking parrot. In exchange for restoring the planet’s gel-creation factory to full operation, the Smuggler “procures” a ride to Stratus City, which is as far as he can take them.
As they reach the planet, The Smuggler informs the duo of their location, and the mostly-unknown history of Tachyon, and reveals the Cragmite race was wiped out by the Lombaxes, leaving Tachyon the sole-survivor and Lombaxes to be hailed as saviours of the Universe. In order to avoid being shot down for carrying a Lombax, the Smuggler ejects the duo over the city of Stratus. While in the city, Clank is visited by invisible robotic creatures called “Zoni”, which outfit him with new wings. The Zoni will continue to retrofit Clank or aid him several times through the game.
At the hall of knowledge in Stratus City, the duo discover the co-ordinates of the Lombaxes’ home planet, Fastoon and head for it, only to find that the planet was deserted ages ago, sometime after the great war. Ratchet spots an old ship there and is compelled to repair it, in doing so re-activating its A.I., Aphelion. Aphelion manages to reveal some data on what happened to the Lombaxes from her time in the Great War, but is unable to recall their fate. After further battles with Tachyon’s forces, they reunite with Qwark who reveals that Tachyon is after the Lombaxes’ secret, rumoured to be the powerful weapon that wiped out the Cragmite race and is in the possession of Max Apogee.
The duo head off in their new ship for The Apogee Orbit Station, base of famed(but missing and presumed dead) hunter Max Apogee. They are initially attacked by the station’s two chief warbots and their leader Talwyn Apogee, daughter of Max Apogee. However once Ratchet is identified as a Lombax, they lower their weapons. Talwyn reveals that the “Lombax secret” had been stolen years ago by a team of space pirates under the command of Captain Slag and her father had left to pursue them. They team up and head out to search for the Lombax Secret.
Upon finding a deserted Lombax outpost, the duo encounters The Plumber, who tells them that a weapon powerful enough to destroy the Cragmite race all at once doesn’t exist, however the Lombax Secret does. After providing them with an unusual golden gear (“just in case”) the plumber tests out his toilet-shaped transportation device and vanishes. The duo meet up with Talwyn and the warbots, and find a Lombax database that reveals that the Lombax Secret is a helmet named “The Dimensionator”, the ultimate piece of Lombax technology, which generates wormholes and opens portals to other dimensions to whoever wields it. The Lombaxes used it to banish the Cragmites to another dimension to free the galaxy from their oppressive rule.
Seeking answers, Ratchet and Clank break through the pirate defenses on the Kreeli Comet to access IRIS, the ultimate supercomputer, where they are able to briefly repair it and learn of the Dimensionator’s location. Unfortunately, while the duo are able to seize it, Slag and his pirates force Ratchet to surrender it. The duo soon tracks them down, and Ratchet, hell-bent on getting it back, fights Slag in a massive duel, in which Slag is utterly destroyed. Rusty Pete and the pirates, as per to the pirate code, declare their allegiance to Ratchet. Clank, heeding the Zonis’ advice, urges Ratchet to destroy it, as wormhole generation is too dangerous for anyone to use, but Ratchet argues how Clank is always putting him down with his superior intelligence and he doesn’t truly understand how he feels about finding out about his origins.
Before Ratchet can use the helmet, Qwark arrives and steals the Dimensionator, declaring he will become a hero to Polaris by throwing the Dimensionator into a black hole, but the escape pod he pilots instead takes him to Tachyon on the Cragmites’ abandoned homeworld. Ratchet and Clank, their relationship still drifting apart, confront Tachyon, but its too late, as he activates the Dimensionator and summons a small force of Cragmites back to the Galaxy. The energy shockwaves cause the platform they are standing on to collapse, and the duo are separated in the fall to the planet’s catacombs.
Ratchet reunites with Talwyn and the warbots at his ship, having seen no sign of Clank, he assumes his trusted sidekick to have died in the fall, and begins mourning him, but Clank soon arrives and Ratchet, overjoyed, finally acknowledges Clank was right and resolves to destroy the Dimensionator before more Cragmites are unleashed.
The duo and Talwyn’s gang, after saving the last free world in Polaris from being conquered by Tachyon’s Cragmite-reinforced army, confront Tachyon’s assembled armada on Fastoon, where Tachyon is planning to colonize it as the new Cragmite homeworld. Massacring wave after wave of Tachyon’s soldiers, destroying his warships, and killing all of the summoned Cragmites, the assembled gang finally confronts Tachyon in the Court of Azimuth, the heart of the Lombax planet.
Tachyon reveals the fate of the Lombaxes: Tachyon was found as an egg and, because he was the last Cragmite in the universe, was raised by Lombaxes, and upon learning of his origins, assembled his army, equipped with Lombax technology and weaponry, and laid waste to Fastoon. As the planet burned all around them, the surviving Lombaxes, assembled in the Court itself, agreed to use the Dimensionator to send themselves to another dimension to rebuild their race and hopefully convince Tachyon to cease his rampage. Two Lombaxes remained behind, however, the Guardian of the Dimensionator, and his infant son…Ratchet. Tachyon reveals he killed the Guardian in his quest to secure the Dimensionator, but was unable to find and kill Ratchet as his father had sent him to Veldin in the Solana galaxy for his own safety (explaining how Ratchet came to be there). Tachyon, understanding Ratchet’s desire to know about his origins, opens up a portal to the Lombax Dimension, where Ratchet sees a futuristic city inhabited by his people, and Tachyon offers Ratchet one chance to be with his people and never be bothered by him again.
Ratchet, though extremely tempted, refuses. He knows the entire Universe wouldn’t be safe as long as Tachyon wields the Dimensionator. Because his friends, the Polaris Galaxy, and especially his people (guessing Tachyon would one day invade and destroy the Lombaxes in their dimension) would either be destroyed or conquered by Tachyon if Ratchet left, and because Ratchet wants revenge for his father, he refuses to leave, and Ratchet and Clank confront Tachyon in a final battle.
The repeated weapons fire causes the Dimensionator to malfunction (exposing to Ratchet the dangers of using wormhole technology) and Tachyon is sucked through an unstable wormhole, dragging the duo with him. The three arrive in a meteor field in space, and continue their fighting until Ratchet destroys Tachyon’s War Throne. As Tachyon barely resists being pulled into a nearby black hole, Tachyon yells that he is the only living person who knows Ratchet’s real name and his purpose. As he is sucked in, Tachyon yells that they can’t get rid of him so easily, and that the Cragmite’s return to the universe is inevitable (hinting he has a way to survive the black hole).
As the field is ripped apart, Ratchet and Clank are saddened to find the Dimensionator is broken, and is missing a 3 3/4 centicubit hexagonal washer, which is conveniently exactly the same washer the Plumber give them “just in case”. The device is temporarily fixed before sending the duo back to Fastoon, with Ratchet barely surviving the trip.
The assembled characters go back to relax on Apogee Station, with Qwark becoming the pirate’s new leader (and Rusty Pete trying, in vain, to teach him how to utter pirate growls, questioning how he “ever became Captain of anything”) and the warbots re-enacting Ratchet and Tachyon’s battle (with Zephyr wielding Ratchet’s wrench and Cronk the permanently-broken Dimensionator) for Talwyn. Ratchet and Clank themselves, however, have a heart-to-heart talk, where Ratchet asks if Tachyon was telling the truth about his father and people, and while Clank admits he detected no lies in Tachyon’s voice, he believes Ratchet accomplished his purpose; he defeated Tachyon, something even the Lombaxes could not do.
Suddenly, a dimensional rift opens and three Zoni, visible to all, emerge and envelope Clank in an unusual energy and begin dragging him towards the rift, effortlessly shirking off Ratchet’s attempts to stop them from taking his friend. As they approach the opening, the Zoni tell Clank they are bringing him “home” and intend for him to learn “who he is” and “what he’ll become”, with the unusual energy making Clank willing to go (The Zoni have referred to Clank as “Sire” throughout the game, implying he is some form of long-lost royalty to their species). The Zoni and Clank disappear with the rift, and Ratchet and the others are left standing there, helpless.