Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart: Pixelizer (Pixelizer HD)

Here’s what you need to know about the Pixelizer in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and its Level 5 and fully-upgraded form, the Pixelizer HD.


Available to those who purchased Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart before its release, the Pixelizer is the game’s pre-order bonus weapon, becoming the Pixelizer HD at Level 5.

While you don’t need to purchase the Pixelizer from the Vendor, you do need to go to the storefront robot (identified by the green icon on the map) to upgrade the weapon.


Pixelizer Official Description

“Fires shots that pixelizes enemies.”

Pixelizer HD Official Description

“Fires shots that pixelizes enemies, and can be charged up for bigger blasts.”

Pixelizer Controls

  • Half-pull R2 to charge the shot.
  • Full-pull R2 to fire the shot.

How to Unlock and Upgrade the Pixelizer

As soon as you’re able to use weapons in the game, you’ll have access to the Pixelizer, as you will the Burst Pistol.

Using the Pixelizer will level it up, making more upgrades available for purchase at the Vendor. Each of the bonus weapon’s upgrades costs one Raritanium to unlock.


Pixelizer Parameters

  • Power: 2½ out of 5
  • Range: 2 out of 5
  • Speed: 2 out of 5
  • Area of Effect: 3 out of 5

Pixelizer / Pixelizer HD Upgrades

The Level 5 form of the Pixelizer, the Pixelizer HD, has 40 blue upgrade cells that you can unlock at the cost of one Raritanium apiece. There are also three clusters of gold upgrades, which are unlocked by purchasing the surrounding blue upgrades.

Blue upgrade tiles:

  • Max Ammo x6 (increase max ammo)
  • Charge Rate x10 (increase charge rate)
  • Max Range x14 (shots go farther)
  • Area of Effect x10 (increase area of effect)

Gold upgrade tiles:


  • Health Drop x3 (defeated enemies have a chance to drop healing Nanotech)
  • Ammo Spawner x3 (defeated enemies have a chance to drop ammo)
  • Rate of Fire x3 (increase rate of fire)

Level 5 Pixelizer (Pixelizer HD)

Using the Pixelizer enough for it to reach Level 5 will transform it into the Pixelizer HD, which has 44 blue upgrade cells for you to purchase with Raritanium.

A fully-upgraded, 100 per cent complete Pixelizer HD has full bars for its Max Ammo, Charge Rate, Area of Effect, and Max Range.

The Pixelizer HD is a single-shot weapon that shoots a flat wall of pixels that, in turn, pixelizes all enemies that it hits. You can charge up the shot to fire a larger wall of pixels. What makes the Pixelizer unique is that it changes the state of enemies that it hits, making them retro and pixelated in sound and appearance.


Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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