As you explore the caves on the Ardolis Pirate Base in Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, you’ll find numerous robot pirates trapped in a prison, clearly looking for a way out. Though it’s not a marked subquest, people might understandably be wondering: can you free the caged pirates on Ardolis? We’ll explain here, as well as the details of exactly what’s happening overall.
Can You Free the Caged Pirates on Ardolis in Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart?
No, you cannot free the caged robots pirates in Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart. The whole tableau appears to be an easter egg reference to Pirates of the Caribbean, as the imprisoned pirates are trying to lure a robotic dog with the prison key in its mouth over to them.
There’s no way to interact with this scene at all, but if you come back later after a certain sequence on a ship (don’t worry, we won’t spoil), you can discover that the pirates are no longer here, implying that they escaped while you were away - so they got a happy ending after all!
Where to Find the Imprisoned Robot Pirates
If you’re looking to find this scene for yourself, the prison is in the cave system in the Southeast corner of Ardolis, on the right just before entering the barracks. It’s a very obvious structure, but with numerous enemies shooting at you, it's easy not to notice the occupants or the peculiar little scene playing out. Of course, if you do show up too late in the campaign, you’ll only see a cage.