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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – The Basics Of Combat Guide

Combat is a key part of the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart experience, after all, you can’t save the world without breaking a few eggs. In the latest entry in the fabled series, Insomniac Games have provided players with plenty of firepower and new moves. To give you a fighting chance against Dr Nefarious and Emperor Nefarious, here is our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart guide to the basics of combat.

Be sure to also check out our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Guide Wiki for other important information about Insomniac’s latest hit!

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Fire Away

When it comes to fights in the game, chances are, you will find many ammo boxes lying around to keep you in good fighting shape. As your arsenal gets bigger and bigger, you will have little need to conserve ammo when dealing with the enemies.

Aim true, and fire away. You can always restock on ammo once you have dealt with the threats.

A Quick Escape

Sometimes, certain enemies and most certainly the bosses can be a tough nut to crack. They might attack relentlessly, or hit you with a wide-reaching AOE attack. This is where your Phantom Dash move is invaluable.

As the name suggests, when you hit the Circle button, you can dash around with speed and more importantly, invulnerability. Hit it at the right time, and you will always be out of harm’s way. Just watch where you are dashing into, gaps are a killer.

Clarity Over Precision

When it comes to aiming, weapons in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart can grant you better aim just by holding down L2. While this aiming will allow you to hit your shots more reliably, it comes at a cost of screen real estate. With the amount of mayhem happening most of the time, it might not always be wise.

Instead, just firing without the aiming can serve you well in almost all cases. You will still hit the majority of your shots, with the added bonus of seeing everything around you. The only exception may be for the Headhunter/Migraine sniper rifle, its time-slowing properties make up for the limited view.

Weapon Synergy

In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, you will have at your disposal certain weapons that are meant to make your life easier in combat. The Topiary Sprinkler and Cold Snap are just some examples. They can immobilise your foes to give you the killer advantage.

Others, like Mr Fungal, can draw aggro and be your companion in battle. Combine them all with your most devastating weapons, and half the battle is already won.

A Good Friend In Melee

In the rare occasion you find yourself without any ammo or have enemies too close for comfort, Ratchet’s wrench and Rivet’s hammer are great ways to protect yourself. A quick swing can knock enemies away for some breathing space.

The slam attack from a jump also deals good damage with considerable reach. You can even throw them ahead of you to get an advantage. Best of all, you will never run out of melee attacks.


With all these tips from our guide in mind, you are more than ready for the basics of combat when it comes to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, get ready to save the world! For more help and guides for everything Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, be sure to check out our guide wiki for all the other information you need!


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