This article is about the Ratchet & Clank weapon. For the Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank weapon, see RYNO. For the Going Mobile weapon, see R.Y.N.O. (Going Mobile). For other RYNOs, please see RYNO Series.
The R.Y.N.O., short for Rip Ya a New One, is the very first Superweapon in a Ratchet & Clank series, available in Ratchet & Clank. Ratchet can first purchase it from the Shady Salesman on the way to the Hoverboard Races on planet Rilgar early on into the game for an exorbitantly high price: 150,000 . As a result, it is impossible to purchase at that point in the game, unless the user takes advantage of the glitches at the Hoverboard track, or goes through very extensive grinding of the early levels. It's resemblance to a mobile missile platform is not without merit; when it is fired, it shoots out six highly powerful rockets, each of which lock on to and track individual enemies (although if there are fewer enemies than there are rockets, an enemy can be locked on by multiple rockets). The tracking of these rockets is such that they can even go for enemies that are behind Ratchet, and all enemies can be tracked from extremely long distances.
The R.Y.N.O. is one of three rocket launcher weapons in the game, alongside the Devastator and Visibomb Gun. While the R.Y.N.O. obviously outstrips the Devastator in power, it is surprisingly matched by the Visibombs, as one of those can destroy even the dark grey tanks guarding Kyzil Plateau in the final stage of the game with one hit, while the R.Y.N.O. takes several. But, the R.Y.N.O. fires seven rockets in one shot, and has 50 shots, while the Visibomb only shoots one rocket, and has a total of 20, making the R.Y.N.O. the effective winner.
The sheer power of these rockets means that they will kill almost every enemy in the game with one or two hits, and will annihilate all bosses in no time at all (except for one, which is done in a spaceship), and it outstrips even the Gold Weapons in strength. The R.Y.N.O. would kick off a returning series of weapons that would spawn six other RYNOs, several of which would get upgrades, such as the RYNO II, RYNOCIRATOR and RYNO 4EVER, along with two accompanying Superweapons in Going Commando and Deadlocked; the Zodiac and the Harbinger, respectively.
"R.Y.N.O! Destroys everything you can see and probably a fair bit that you can't." ~Vendor Description
"Originally manufactured by Gadgetron as the ultimate in tactical offensive weaponry, the R.Y.N.O. (short for Rip Ya a New One) is now only available from black market vendors.
Featuring high-capacity, rapid-fire, auto-tracking missiles, this weapon was simply deemed too dangerous for civilian use." ~Help Menu Description
- Despite the weapon having nine barrels, the R.Y.N.O. only fires seven shots at a time, probably to minimize ammo use.
- Despite Gadgetron claiming they made the weapon, Clank says that the Shady Salesman must have "stolen it from the Blarg", suggesting a Blargian involvement. It is possible Gadgetron created the weapon and gave several to the Blarg to use, being that it is described as a tactical offensive weapon and that it was banned from public use.
- All subsequent RYNOs were made by Gadgetron (for some unexplained reason), even ones that appear in non-Gadgetron galaxies, such as the RYNO II in the Bogon Galaxy and the RYNO V in the Polaris Galaxy.
- In addition to four other weapons, the R.Y.N.O. was to have it's own Gold version, although this was cut before the game's release, possibly because it would have made the weapon stronger than it already was, which would probably have been unessecary due to how strong the original is. While the weapon itself cannot be used, the Gold R.Y.N.O.'s textures can be accessed using special hacking programs.
- The reason behind why the weapon was named after the rhino is not officially known, although it is possible the weapon was given such a name because of it's powerful strength and/or heavy weight.
- Gadgetron stated that the R.Y.N.O. was deemed too dangerous for civilian use, yet they are perfectly willing to sell flamethrowers, user-guided rocket launchers, and rays that can turn anyone into chickens.
- Although the Devastator had one, the R.Y.N.O. lacks a backblast, which is strange considering it's firepower. It was most likely Insomniac Games neglected to add the effect before the game's release. It could also be that the Devastator was using older technology, since it appears a bit archaic and no other rocket launcher has a backblast.