Exploring Nefarious City
When you start exploring this dark and dingy city, Ratchet is without Clank, but there's nothing except crates to find until you reach the Nefarious City Bazaar. Turn the boltcrank, go through the tunnel, and you may notice an obvious path on your left. You can't do anything with this route yet, so come back later.
Glide down to the bazaar, run to the middle, and Ms. Zurkon will begin a cutscene. After this, you can buy Mr. Fungi, and you have options of where to go. Run around the bazaar a little and open the map to see raritanium highlighted, some of which you can grab now. Otherwise, follow both the spybot and gold bolt guides above to explore the optional objective which leads you to one of each through the Nefarious Business Factory.
To continue with the main story, head to the east of the bazaar. When you reach the doorway you can't get through, turning right is the correct way to go, but head down the stairs to your left first. There's a CraiggerBear in the area so use our dedicated guide to find that, along with the very first Pocket Dimension where you can obtain the Robot Disguise Helmet.
Head back up the stairs and down the other side to find the nightclub. Stroll towards the bar and a cutscene will happen, revealing Phantom's identity, and it's up to you to chase him down. Deal with the enemies, leave the nightclub (some raritanium on your left as you exit), then keep pursuing him through the streets. Keep an eye out for stacks of crates and more raritanium along the way.
When Phantom jumps off a ledge into a more open area, with the light blue glowing tree in the opposite corner, clear all the enemies here then take another look at the gold bolts guide because there's one in the vicinity if you take a right-hand turn.
Walljump to the top and use the boltcrank to raise a bouncy platform, then walljump again and keep following Phantom. More enemies to kill next, but when you reach Phantom at the other side, he gives you the Phantom Dash – now you can pass by those forcefields. Keep following him and you'll learn how to wallrun as well. After Phantom points out the blimp to you, keep heading down the straightforward path and after lots of wallrunning, you'll find another Ms. Zurkon who introduces weapon upgrades and the Negatron Collider.
Head up the elevator and you'll be in the Nefarious Day Spa, where you'll have myriad enemies to take out again. There are a lot of foes here so stay on the move, keep dodging, and use rift tethers to your advantage. Mr. Fungi is a lot of help too. When all the foes have been defeated, grind the rail back to the bazaar.
Remember that route to the side when you first found the bazaar that you couldn't get through? Along with now being able to grab the chests and raritanium behind the forcefield door inside the bazaar, you can also head back to where you entered the bazaar and use the wallrun to jump over to the other side. Round here you'll find a gold bolt and some more raritanium - check the dedicated gold bolts guide for more details.
Next, you need to go back to the bazaar and cross the raised wallrun platforms to the Nefarious Statue. This begins your first fight against a Nefarious Juggernaut. Keep moving at all times, phantom dash or jump through the beam attack, and don't be afraid to take cover behind the satellite dishes if you need to.
Afterwards, you've got the first Glitch console. This is a short minigame which sees you control a drone inside a computer. It's fairly straightforward; progress through the arena in a linear fashion, shooting the small bugs with your R2 attack and hitting the big virus nests with L2.
Completing this begins another cutscene and signals the end of Corson V. Onto Sargasso!