This page of the Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart game guide covers a walkthrough of the campaign finale. You will learn how and when the final battle occurs, how to win all 3 parts of the final boss duel, and how to deal with Emperor Nefarious.
- Talk to Quantum
- Join the fight
- Reach the Nefariouses
- Final boss - first stage of the duel (Imperial Power Suit)
- Final boss - second stage of the duel (Heart)
- Final boss - third phase of the duel (Emperor Nefarious)
- The end
Talk to Quantum
You will be able to advance to the final part of the campaign after you free Clank, Ratchet, and Kit from the prison on the planet Viceron. After you're done with fights on Viceron, the heroes will return to Scarstu Debris Field.
Head to the Gastropub and meet Captain Quantum, who will be standing at the bar.
The game will ask you to confirm the start of the campaign finale. You don't have to worry about completing optional content right now (missed collectibles or weapons), because the game will allow you to resume the game after defeating the final boss. This is described in more detail on a separate page of the guide Point of no return - is there any?.
If you want to increase your chances in the finale, then:
- Buy all weapons or at least the most powerful ones, such as the Warmonger (rocket launcher) or the Blackhole Storm (minigun),
- Spend all Raritanium crystals on upgrading your most used weapons.
Additional information - After returning from Viceron, the Gold Cup in the arena will also be unlocked. You can join the 5 new optional gold cup battles, and we have covered them all in detail on a separate page - Arena - Gold Cup.
Join the fight
You will regain control of the hero on one of the streets of the metropolis. Near the starting point, you will meet Mrs. Zurkon, and you can replenish your supplies, buy new weapons and upgrade your items.
Use the rotor to land safely on the lower ledge and continue your journey. One of the first tasks is to get rid of a group of Sniper Bots and the game will tell you how many enemies are still alive. Use good quality ranged weapons. If enemies are close to each other, it is worth switching to area damage weapons.
After eliminating the regular enemies, a mini-boss will appear - Juggernaut. You can summon allies and attack the machine from a distance to minimize the risk of taking damage from laser attacks and rockets.
Reach the Nefariouses
Keep going forward. You don't have to eliminate 100% of the enemies you encounter, but you don't have to rush to get to the main antagonists.
After watching the cut-scene, you will start moving on Trudi's back. It is worth noting that you cannot move freely but must follow a linear route. Focus on selecting targets to fire. You will soon reach the location where the first of three final boss fights take place.
Final boss - first stage of the duel (Imperial Power Suit)
In the first part of the final battle, you will have to defeat the Imperial Power Suit. The most important tip - don't try to aim at the large machine visible in the background. Your task will be to attack the particular body parts of the mech appearing in the foreground. Only then the machine can be weakened.
Most of the time, you will have to attack the monitor mounted on the limb of the mech. However, be careful as it shoots purple beams that move from left to right and change direction from time to time. You must skillfully use the Phantom Dash and use it just before the beam approaches.
Emperor Nefarious will summon small machines during the battle. Summon your own minions (Bombardier, Mr. Fungi, Glove of Doom) to get some help in the battle. They will be able to attack standard enemies and, above all, effectively distract them from the controlled character.
You will advance to the next phase of the battle after the Imperial Machine has lost 25% of its health points. It's worth to look around and check the new battle arena. Pay attention to the side Rifts so you can escape to new places if necessary. You will also find crates with supplies and some health in the area, but don't use them up too quickly.
Focus on attacking any eye of the Imperial Machine. Once again, you must evade the purple beams of the boss. The best option for avoiding damage is to rely on Phantom Dash, Hoverboot or to use Rifts around you.
You must take turns while attacking the boss' eyes and new monitors until his health bar drops to 0%. The game will force you to pass the section of running up to the boss. Jump on consecutive platforms suspended over the chasm (it's a good idea to help yourself with double jumps) and use Rifts along the way. Ultimately, you must reach the ledge located closest to the boss.
Hold down L1 to grab the hook, swing on it by using the Hurlshot and catapult yourself towards the Imperial Machine. The action moves to the mech's Heart chamberand you will advance to the second part of the final battle.
Final boss - second stage of the duel (Heart)
The second battle will take place next to a large mechanical heart of the Imperial Power Suit. The first task is to destroy 6 Heart Nodes, which are red objects installed on the heart.
You can attack the nodes in any order and run around the heart to find more. Consider using better weapons to deal more damage and destroy nodes faster.
On the ledges surrounding the heart you will again meet standard opponents and as before the best tactic is to summon allies such as the Glove of Doom or Mr. Fungi. This will allow you to focus on more important targets.
Once the nodes are destroyed, the more difficult phase of the battle will start. You must destroy the heart by depleting its health bar to zero.
While attacking the heart, you have to jump over the waves of electricity - work out the right rhythm by making double jumps. Launch your attacks in between the jumps.
Final boss - third phase of the duel (Emperor Nefarious)
In the final third battle, you will engage in a direct duel with Emperor Nefarious in the atrium. The boss will fly over the battle arena.
The final stage of final boss fight is similar to the confrontation with Dr. Nefarious from earlier stage of the campaign. However, you have to reckon with the fact that the Emperor is very durable. Try to use your best weapons to attack him right from the start, and if possible, try not to miss in order not to waste your ammo. At the same time, avoid losing too much health in this duel, as there are not too many crates with health supplies around you.
Emperor Nefarious, just like the Doctor, performs dangerous melee attacks after quickly approaching the hero. You must perform flawless dodges by using the Phantom Dash skill. It is worth noting that after a missed attack the boss will stay in the attack spot for a short while and this can be a good opportunity to strike him with short range weapons.
After the Emperor summons smaller monsters, respond by using the Bombardier, Mr. Fungi, and Glove of Doom gadgets. With summoned allies, you'll be able to worry less about common enemies and focus more on further weakening the main boss.
Emperor Nefarious can also use ranged attacks. You need to watch out for:
- laser attacks,
- big boulder throws.
In both cases, use Phantom Dash and Hoverboot while running.
Nefarious may also occasionally pull explosive crates to himself in order to hurl them at you. You can use Phantom Dash or you can try to destroy the explosive crate before the boss makes a throw.
After Nefarious loses his entire health bar he will summon a large amount of reinforcements. This is the perfect time to take advantage of all the powerful area of effect weapons, as you will no longer need ammo for them.
Look out for the moment when you can walk up to Kit and press X in order to be catapulted towards the boss. The only thing left for you to do is to watch the final videos.
Game Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart has only one ending. Emperor Nefarious will be defeated and captured by a sea monster, Rivet and Kit will make up, the other dimensions will close, and all the heroes will see fireworks show in their honor.