The JET-Board (style variations including jet board, jetboard, and also sometimes known as a hoverboard) is a device used by Jak in Jak II and Jak 3. As the name suggests, it is a device capable of hovering above the ground, executing sharp maneuvers, performing aerobatics, grinding on edges, and, as of Jak 3, is capable of combat as well. It is a slow vehicle and relies on compound speed build-up by performing tricks and fluid maneuvers to maintain swift forward motion.
The JET-Board expands and retracts to activate and deactivate, respectively. Jak can simply keep it lodged on his back when it is not needed. In its active state it emits a blue glow. If Jak hits an enemy while using the JET-Board it will harm both the enemy and Jak, however citizens will usually fall to the ground as Jak rides over them. In rare instances, Jak can accidentally dock them with the side of the board, which raises the alarm system.
History[edit | edit source]
Jak II[edit | edit source]
The prototype JET-Board was designed by Keira for use in stunt championships in Haven City. When Jak raced to Keira's garage in record-breaking time, she told him to test the JET-Board out in a stunt course. When he beat the score (in the mission "Win JET-Board stadium challenge") he was offered a spot in her race team. Later, when Keira learned that her new race member was working for the Underground movement, she gave the first version of the JET-Board to him to complete the mission "Catch scouts in Haven Forest" (this all being before she learned it was Jak). Jak could then use the JET-Board as he wanted.
Jak 3[edit | edit source]
Upon being banished to the Wasteland, Jak's JET-Board was revoked. After defending Ashelin against marauders he obtained the second version of the JET-Board, given to Ashelin by Keira to give to Jak, which included enhanced jump, higher probability of a speed boost from tricks, the ability to reverse immediately instead of doing a long U-turn, as well as a jet repulsor which created a radial attack around the JET-Board on command (for which Keira received the help of Tess, Haven's resident weapon designer).
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The JET-Board is a thin, oval, metal plate with steer assists on either side of the board, two tail fins in the back, and a metal bumper in the front. The top side is a plain gray platform with overlapping plates with its bottom side being similar but with ventilation that has a blue glow.
In its retracted form the overlapping plates will collapse and only the metal fins and bumpers are visible, reducing its size by near half, giving the appearance of a small, metal disc.
Performance[edit | edit source]
Aforementioned, the JET-Board relies on compound speed-build up from momentum for speed—otherwise it is very slow. It has easy control however, and can perform a number of aerobatic tricks including flips, 360° spins, nose/tail grabs, and more. In Jak II, the JET-Board was capable of basic jumps with no combat capabilities, however in Jak 3 it gained a charge jump which involved it charging energy then releasing a blast, sending the JET-Board and its user several feet in the air. It also gained a radial jet repulsor which could harm any nearby enemies within a one foot-radius.
Albeit slower than any other vehicle, the JET-Board is quite fast compared to on-foot travel. In Jak II it will repulse a blue light if Jak hits an enemy or a vehicle while doing a trick. In Jak 3 this was changed and he was able to use it on command. In both games Jak will lose health if he bumps into an enemy. The JET-Board can also use certain objects such as boost pads in the dig site or the hot air vents in the Port and Industrial Section (Jak 3 only) to reach higher areas.
There is a secret in Jak 3 which can be purchased that makes the JET-Board faster than any of the buggies while in the Wasteland.
The JET-Board is also capable of storing small amounts of eco after passing through a vent, which it can leak and distribute along a surface for a limited amount of time. This came to be of particular use in a mission during Jak 3 that was similar to the A-Grav Zoomer's functionality during The Precursor Legacy in the mission "Cure dark eco infected plants".
Missions[edit | edit source]
Jak has to use the JET-Board in several missions, namely;
- Catch scouts in Haven Forest, Jak II
- Destroy cargo in Port, Jak II
- Drain sewers to find statue, Jak II
- Destroy equipment at dig, Jak II
- Blow up strip mine eco wells, Jak II
- Destroy eggs in strip mine, Jak II
- Kill dark plants in forest, Jak 3
- Beat pillar ring challenges, Jak 3
- Destroy dark eco tanks, Jak 3
JET-Board game and challenge[edit | edit source]
There is a game at the Mar Memorial Stadium during Jak II which Jak can play and perform JET-Board tricks to earn points. Jak can earn Precursor orbs for reaching a high score. A similar game exists in Jak 3 in the Industrial Section.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
- The JET-Board appears in Jak's move-set in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.