******************************* * ========== SPORE ========== * * SPACE STAGE ARCHETYPE GUIDE * ******************************* Author: Luminar Version: 1.1 ================================ CONTENTS: 1) Introduction (LX-INT) 2) Legalese (LX-LEG) 3) FAQ Update History (LX-HIS) 4) Archetypes (LX-ARC) a) Shaman (LX-A-SHA) b) Trader (LX-A-TRA) c) Warrior (LX-A-WAR) d) Diplomat (LX-A-DIP) e) Zealot (LX-A-ZEA) f) Scientist (LX-A-SCI) g) Ecologist (LX-A-ECO) h) Bard (LX-A-BAR) i) Knight (LX-A-KNI) j) Wanderer (LX-A-WAN) 5) Previous Phases (LX-PRE) a) Cell (LX-P-CEL) b) Creature (LX-P-CRE) c) Tribe (LX-P-TRI) d) Civilisation (LX-P-CIV) 6) Conclusion (LX-CON) ================================ 1) INTRODUCTION (LX-INT) Welcome to my first game FAQ. I've been hanging around on the internet since around 1998, on GameFAQs since 2003 and I haven't published a single guide or anything. Lazy or what? Regardless, here's my first effort. This guide is intended as a reference/guide to getting and using the various archetypes in Spore's Space Stage. I'm not going to patronise you with an explanation of what Spore is and all that, because if you didn't know what it was you probably wouldn't be here in the first place, now would you? Incase you're wondering what those odd codes in the Contents table are in the brackets, they're intended as a quick way of finding what you want. Just hit Ctrl+F, type in the code, press enter twice and you'll be taken straight to it. Convenience is the road to happiness, sometimes. *** 2) LEGALESE (LX-LEG) Spore and all associated properties are copyright Maxis and Electronic Arts. GameFAQs is owned by CNET Networks, a CBS company. This FAQ, written under the alias of "Luminar", is copyrighted to me, but as far as i'm concerned it may be distributed, copied, printed, rehosted, kicked, eaten, or whatever you want to do with it freely. It'd be cool if you gave credit, but i'm not exactly going to come after you for it. Yeah i'm basically an e-communist. Go figure. *** 3) FAQ UPDATE HISTORY (LX-HIS) Version 1.0 (4th Oct 2008) Initial version for publishing. Version 1.1 (11th Oct 2008) * Added "AS AN NPC" section to each Space Archetype. * Removed "DESCRIPTION" section, since it is split into two now. * Edited "HOW TO GET IT" sections for each Space Archetype. * Added colour of card and symbol to each Archetype (Space and Previous). * Re-evaluated the Previous Phase traits a bit. New ratings and descriptions for several of them. Mainly the discounts. * Various corrections. *** 4) ARCHETYPES (LX-ARC) When I say "Archetype", I mean the personality that goes in the fifth card at the top of your History page. I don't think they have a set term. You can call them Archetypes, Classes, Personalities, whatever. It all means the same thing. The Archetypes are essentially a summary of what your race's culture is like - Warriors are the violent fighting types, Scientists are brainy researchers, Diplomats love to make friends, and so forth. You gain the archetype by playing through the other stages - what you do in those defines just who your race are at heart. Perhaps more importantly to some, the Archetype you are assigned also grants you a special power that you can use. These powers are unique functions that do varying things, from convenient to offensive. Here is an example of an archetype's section in this FAQ: ----- x) CLASS NAME (Search Code) (Card Colour and Symbol) POWER: The consequence power you get for playing as this class. (Rate: My own personal rating of it.) A description of what this power does. HOW TO GET IT: The combination of personality types you will need across your race's history. PHILOSOPHY: The philosophy that NPC races will claim to follow if you ask them about themselves in diplomacy. (Vague description of what said races will appear like.) AS AN NPC: How a race of this archetype will act when computer controlled. QUOTES: A few lines of dialogue that races of this archetype will say. CHANGE MISSION: How much it costs to begin, what you have to do, and my own description of it. ----- Note you can also change Archetype in the Space Stage by talking to a 5-star empire you are allied with, who have the Archetype you want. More detail will be given on this in each individual section. Be aware that Change Missions cost a lot of spucks, and you must sacrifice your previous power to earn the new one. The Change Missions are designed to be long-term commitments, not things you can rush all at once - hence, you must be prepared to put a bit of time in to completing them. How much varies between archetype. One further thing of note is the Wanderer archetype. It isn't so much an archetype of it's own right as it is a punishment for skipping ahead. Not only will you not have an archetype power, but you won't have all of the little boosts that your history gets you such as Prime Specimen or Pleasing Performance. ----------------------------- a) SHAMAN (LX-A-SHA) (Green, Strange Rings) POWER: Return Ticket (Rate: 5/5) This power will take you back to your home star system instantly on use. It takes a while to recharge and you must be on a planet to use it, but this power is extremely convenient incase you're lost in space and need to return to your home system ASAP. HOW TO GET IT: Majority Green (In case of a three-way tie, Civ must be green) The majority of your traits must be green to become a Shaman. If you started from Cell, you require at least three green traits. If you started from Creature, you require at least two green traits. You will also get shaman if you take one red, one blue and one green; however, the green trait must come last which means you will need to play as a Religious Civilisation. If you started from Tribe, the only way to become a Shaman is to play as Friendly, then Religious. If you only have one green trait, you will end up as a Diplomat, Zealot or Scientist depending on what you chose. If you started from Civ, being Religious is the only way to become a Shaman. PHILOSOPHY: Harmony The Philosophy of Harmony states that all things are connected, and that the universe is a single whole entity, rather than a collection of individuals. The philosophy does not just apply to living beings, but inanimate objects too - literally everything that exists is connected. Friendly Shamans may spend their time trying to seek a more intimate connection to everything, where more hostile shamans may attempt to seek whatever they feel is disrupting the universal balance and destroy it. AS AN NPC: Shaman NPCs will have a crystalline background in the same colour as their empire on the starmap. Their voice is female, generally high pitched and sounds like some kind of singing or intonation. They generally remain quiet most of the time, but they will sometimes take a liking to you and send you gifts to tempt you into allying with them. If they like you paticularly much, they will ask for an alliance. In trading, Shamans offer the best prices on Colony Incredi-paks. Their selection is mostly Social Tools, with a couple of Colony Tools thrown in. For some reason, they don't sell diagonal Atmospheric Tools. QUOTES: "We percieve your benevolent aura." "Noble (race). Speak to us of your request." "Let us speak mind to mind, spirit to spirit." CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 2,500,000 Spucks + Use Paint/Sculpt tools on 150 different planets This one is annoying and takes ages even when you try to rush it all at once. It's best to just fire a paint tool every time you visit a new planet while you're terraforming, warmongering or searching for treasure. +++ b) TRADER (LX-A-TRA) (Blue, Money Bags and Coins) POWER: Cash Infusion (Rate: 2/5) Cash Infusion is usable on alien planets in a system where you have a trade route. Using the power causes the trade route to instantly max out, thus making the system purchasable right away. If you're impatient and rich, this is decent. Otherwise, I don't think it's so good. Again, YMMV. HOW TO GET IT: Majority Blue (In case of a three-way tie, Civ must be blue) The majority of your traits must be blue to become a Trader. This works in exactly the same way as Shaman does with Green traits. The more stages you skip, the more careful you will have to be if you are determined to become a Trader. PHILOSOPHY: Prosperity The Tablets of Prosperity state that irregardless of what spirituality or science would tell you about anything, you should seek happiness. Not just for yourself, but for all - and they state that the act of Trade is the best way to increase happiness for everyone in the universe. Friendly traders seek new friendships through the act of trade, whereas more sinister traders seek only their own fulfillment, ignoring the needs of others. AS AN NPC: Traders have a circular, slightly dark metallic background, and a high pitched male voice which sounds friendly, if perhaps a little fawning. Traders love to meet new friends (aka customers), so they will usually start off with a blue face relationship. They will very rarely send gifts, and do not usually ask you for an alliance. Suprisingly (or maybe not given they get the better end of the deal), Traders are a bit poor when it comes to their trade screen. Overall, you can get better prices for items with other races. They have a wide selection, though. QUOTES: "You are rivaled in appearance only by the sun in splendor! Welcome!" "We are more than happy to assist you in any way we can." "How delightful that our magnificent friend has come to visit!" CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 2,500,000 spucks + Sell 5000 items This is probably the hardest/grindiest/most annoying change mission of the lot. There's no easy way to do this other than fly around collecting and selling spice for ages. +++ c) WARRIOR (LX-A-WAR) (Red, MorningStar Mace) POWER: Raider Rally (Rate: 2/5) Summons a bunch of pirates to attack the planet you're on. This would be decent if pirates weren't laughably weak. HOW TO GET IT: Majority Red (In case of a three-way tie, Civ must be red) The majority of your traits must be Red to become a Warrior. The same principles apply here as with Shaman and Trader. PHILOSOPHY: Force The Stones of Force bluntly state, in a nutshell, that Might makes Right. Force is somewhat about freedom, in that a powerful and unstoppable empire cannot be told what to do or restrained - they will always do exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it. In this way, they avoid enslavement and misery for their people, even if they end up causing trouble sometimes. AS AN NPC: Warriors have a triangular metal door in the background with empire colors at the corners. They sound gruff and irritable, and often speak in terse bursts of what sounds like grumbling. Warriors are grumpy and hostile from the get-go, and will always have a significant penalty to their relationship score. Unless you have Gracious Greeter, they will likely start off in Orange relationship level. Warriors will occasionally demand money from you - the amount can range from trivial to insurmountable. Difficulty level plays a large part in this. If you fail to pay, they will take quite a large relationship hit - this can often push them into going to war with you. As irritating and abrasive as Warriors can be however, it is well worth keeping at least one around in order to access their trading wares. They are the only NPC archetype that sells Antimatter weaponary, as well as Planet Busters. Not only that, but they offer the best price on Uber Turrets. With a 50% discount on each, it easily beats having to buy them from your own colony's stores and pay full price. QUOTES: "The light of your species is not yet extinguished, we see." "You stop. Give name." "Be quick and do not waste our time." CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 2,500,000 spucks + Conquer 20 planets Just go on the offensive. If there's no-one around you want to attack, just leap through a black hole and slaughter everyone you find on the other side. +++ d) DIPLOMAT (LX-A-DIP) (Yellow, Handshake) POWER: Static Cling (Rate: 4/5) Paralyses all buildings and ships on the planet it's used on temporarily. This essentially prevents anything from attacking you for a while, allowing you to catch a break, flee, or destroy the enemy's defences with impunity. HOW TO GET IT: Equal Green and Blue You must have equally as many Green and Blue traits to become a Diplomat. If you start from Cell, you must take two green traits and two blue. If you start from Tribe, you must play either Friendly then Economic, or Industrious then Religious. One green, one blue. If you start from Creature or Civilisation, you cannot become a Diplomat. PHILOSOPHY: Order The Scrolls of Order state that everything has to be brought under control, rationalised and mediated in order to ensure democracy and fairness for every citizen of every empire everywhere. They want to make sure disputes do not escalate into fights, and they want to make sure no-one gets hurt over arguments or feuds. AS AN NPC: A stone archway decorated with the empire colours is in the background for Diplomats. They speak with a very polite female voice. Diplomats want to be everybody's friend, and they want everybody to be their friend. And they want everybody's friends to be friends. And so forth. Diplomat races love to meet newcomers, so they will start off in the blue relationship state unless you've done something very wrong. If ignored, they will often begin sending gifts and asking for an alliance. Also of note is that Diplomat races seem to expand their territory extremely quickly. The process only speeds up if you ally with them for some reason. Diplomats are quite frankly terrible at trading. They have the smallest selection of all the archetypes, and don't offer better prices for items than other races. QUOTES: "The Grand Council is pleased to welcome its friend." "Now that all things are in order, please state your business." "We are always delighted to hear from our ally." CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 5,000,000 spucks + Form 5 new alliances The easiest change mission, hands down. If you can't do this you've probably been genociding everyone you see. Even in that instance this is very easy. +++ e) ZEALOT (LX-A-ZEA) (Purple, Eye) POWER: Fanatical Frenzy (Rate: 4/5) This is my favourite power, personally. When used on a planet, it instantly captures it. Yes, that's right - it just completley yoinks an entire planet without having to damage it, it's a massive "I Win" button and great to use on enemy homeworlds. There are two catches, however. Catch one, the recharge time is immense. Catch two, this power is something akin to a WMD, and breaks the "Galactic Code". This will cause spacefaring races within about 50 parsecs of where you used it to become VERY angry at you, making them declare war on you if you weren't in their good books. You get -50 to relationships with each shot, which caps out at -200. Curiously, this is inverted for the Grox, who like your style when you break the Galactic Code. This is near-crucial to allying with them. As an added bonus this power looks and sounds incredible to boot. HOW TO GET IT: Equal Green and Red You must have equally as many Green and Red traits to become a Zealot. The same principles apply as with Diplomat. You must start from either Cell or Tribe stage, otherwise it is impossible to become a Zealot. If you start from cell, take two green and two red traits. If you start from Tribe you must take one green and one red. PHILOSOPHY: Faith Faith dictates that Spode is the one truth of the universe, and that a life not led in worship and service of Spode is a life utterly wasted. Zealots are aggressive and will not leave alone anyone they feel they can make a convert of; or worse, anyone they feel is a blasphemer or unbeliever. AS AN NPC: Their background is a stained glass window in the colour of their empire, and they speak in an odd, deep, resonating male voice. Zealots are essentially the same as Warriors - they have no desire to tolerate your presence, and they will demand tithes to Spode in return for not obliterating you. Note that allying with them, as with Warriors, will stop them from demanding money from you. Zealots offer the best prices (with a 50% discount) on Global Mind Erase charges and Happiness Boosters. I tend to never use either of those much, but you might. Aside from that they have a fairly wide selection. QUOTES: "You would do well to listen to the word of Spode." "Speak of what thou doest desire and the followers of Spode will listen." "Reject ye not the traveler, until you know their purpose." CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 5,000,000 spucks + Colonise 15 more planets Simple. Be aware that the colony tools aren't provided, so you may have to splash out up to 2,250,000 on colony packs. Also take note that planets means planets - don't put colonies on planets you already own, it won't count. +++ f) SCIENTIST (LX-A-SCI) (Deep Blue, Microscope) POWER: Gravitation Wave (Rate: 3/5) Destroys all buildings on a planet. Similar to Fanatical Frenzy, except destructive in nature. It has the same catches however in that the recharge time is long (Not as long as FF) and it's a WMD which angers nearby empires. With this taken into light, it really isn't as good objectively; sure, if you don't want the planet then just blast it to atoms. But that's exactly what a Planet Buster is for and looks way more spectacular. HOW TO GET IT: Equal Blue and Red You must have equally as many Blue and Red traits to become a Scientist. Again, start from Cell or Tribe. Anything else will make Scientist impossible to obtain, due to there being an odd number of traits. PHILOSOPHY: Science The Scrolls of Science extol the great mystery of the universe, and how the Scientist must solve every mystery they find in order to find the reasons or ramifications of everything. Scientists can seem aloof and dismissive, but more often than not they are working to a good purpose. AS AN NPC: A bright metallic door is in the background along with lights in the race's starmap colour. They speak in an odd robotic, synthetic-sounding voice. Scientists will pretty much just sit and mind their own business. They sometimes send gifts, but that's about it. Scientists don't sell anything at the lowest price, but they do have the widest selection of items in the game (at least as far as consumable charge items go), with 20 items in total. They may not have any lowest prices, but the prices they do offer for things are pretty good. I have to wonder if Maxis managed to get these guys's selection mixed up with Traders... QUOTES: "Welcome, friend. Let us reason together." "State your purpose of visit." "If you don't tell us what you want, we won't be able to help you." CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 5,000,000 spucks + Discover 20 new Black Holes or Proto-Planetary Discs Very simple. Proto-Planetary Discs are pretty rare, but Black Holes are a dime a dozen and you can find a ton by just flying around. By the time you start taking on change missions you'll have a good enough drive to make this trivial. The Galactic Core also counts for this, but it's like using a nuke on an anthill. +++ g) ECOLOGIST (LX-A-ECO) (Olive, Leaf) POWER: Safari Vaccuum (Rate: 5/5) Instantly sucks up a bunch of wildlife on the planet you use it on. Compared to how much of a fart around manually abducting a bunch of varied stuff is, this is a massive time-saver and convenience. Specifically, it will grab two of a whole bunch of things - note that on a T3 planet with a full food web, it won't get two of everything. It does get you enough to save a ton of time, though. The recharge isn't too bad, either. HOW TO GET IT: Two Green, One Blue, One Red You must start from Cell to become an Ecologist. Starting from any other stage will make it impossible to accomplish. PHILOSOPHY: Life The Stones of Life say all living things are connected by the Life Web, sometimes also called the Wondrous Well. Life is to be protected and respected, and those who corrupt and exploit are to be destroyed. In some ways, the philosophy of Life bears great similarity to that of Harmony, however Life is largely not concerned with things that aren't alive, as one might expect. AS AN NPC: A wooden knot adorns the background, along with empire-coloured leaves. Ecologists will generally keep quiet and leave you alone, but sometimes if you do a lot of terraforming, they will decide they like you and begin sending you gifts regularly. Ecologists offer the lowest prices on Atmospheric Tools, unsuprisingly. Their selection is mostly Social Tools like the Creature Tweaker. QUOTES: "We surrender! Please! We- Oh hey everyone, look! It's (race)!" "Peace and light. What is your wish?" "Take your time... enjoy the waves of the galactic flow..." CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 10,000,000 spucks + Complete 50 ecosystems It sounds more grindy than it is. Simply suck up 50 each of one large, medium and small plant, two herbivores and a carnivore. Then go around and find T1 or T2 worlds (NOT T0, they take longer to terraform), terraform them up and drop one of each onto the world. You can also look for Partial-T1 worlds, which show up as a tree icon on the starmap. +++ h) BARD (LX-A-BAR) (Turquoise, Dice) POWER: Soothing Song (Rate: 3/5) Firing off this power on a planet at war with you will cause them to stop attacking you as long as the power lasts and as long as you dont attack them. The song lasts for quite a long while and you can leave the planet and travel around space and the song will persist. It's essentially "calling a time out" with an enemy, or a more mobile version of Static Cling. One tip: Turn off your auto-blaster if you decide to use this power! Enemy ships will circle around your ship to listen to the music, and your auto-blaster will attack them and break the song unless you turn it off. HOW TO GET IT: Two Blue, One Green, One Red You must start from Cell to become a Bard. Starting from any other stage will make it impossible to accomplish. PHILOSOPHY: Chance The Philosophy of Chance is something akin to nihilism without the misery. The followers state that there is no point in anything, and therefore no point in taking any of it seriously. They are out for fun, and to do whatever they feel like. They love the suprises and uncertainties in life. AS AN NPC: Wooden door with metal trimmings as the background, extremely screechy and excitable voice with a tendancy for shouting. Bards are generally quiet, but will occasionally throw gifts at you for no apparent reason. That's how they roll, I guess. Bards offer the lowest prices on Fireworks and Spice Storage units. Aside from that, they have a small selection and don't sell non-diagonal Atmosphere Tools for some bizarre reason. QUOTES: "Wait, wait! Let us guess what you want! Hmmm.. is it... an umbrella?!" "Do you want some cake? We have any cake? Oh wait.. we don't have any cake." "As for us, we're not humble at all!" TRADING: CHANGE MISSION: + Pay 10,000,000 spucks + Find 25 rare items This one can be greatly annoying if you aren't lucky. Note that planet sculpt/colour tools do not count towards the total. +++ i) KNIGHT (LX-A-KNI) (Fuschia, Sword) POWER: Summon Mini-U (Rate: 4/5) Summons an allied ship, which manifests as a smaller version of whatever ship you are piloting at the time. In some ways this is actually better than regular allied ships, since you won't anger the owner if the mini-ship happens to die. It functions the same in all ways except one - it's temporary and will explode after around 3-5 minutes of being present. However, the ability's recharge syncs perfectly with the mini-ship's expiry, so you can just summon a new one right away. HOW TO GET IT: Two Red, One Green, One Blue You must start from Cell to become a Knight. Starting from any other stage will make it impossible to accomplish. PHILOSOPHY: Force? Knights are obsessed with justice and will seek out anything they consider evil or criminal and destroy it. AS AN NPC: For some reason, Spore doesn't allow NPC races to be Knights. Any race you make as a Knight will show up ingame as a Warrior if visited with another spacefaring race. +++ j) WANDERER (LX-A-WAN) (Grey, Winding Path) POWER: None (Rate: 0/5) Wanderers don't get any power. Like I said earlier, this is less of an archetype and more of a punishment for skipping ahead. The game expects you to play through from Cell ideally. This all said, being a Wanderer isn't crippling or even inconvenient, it just means you don't have as many advantages or bonuses, if any at all. HOW TO GET IT: Start at the Space Stage. That's the only way to get Wanderer - skip everything. PHILOSOPHY: None Wanderers aren't committed to any philosophy. They're pretty much the ultimate in generic. AS AN NPC: Wanderers are technically the most encountered species in the game - when the game decides that it's a "wanderer" species's turn to be used in the game, it simply assigns it a random archetype from above (excluding Knight). It then functions like a normal one of those in every way. CHANGE MISSION: None You can't become a Wanderer by choice. Why would you even want to? ----------------------------- *** 5) PREVIOUS PHASES (LX-PRE) Playing through the previous phases confer bonuses on you in the Space Stage. This is mainly what the "How to get it" part of each archetype is referring to when I say Green, Blue or Red. This is also why being a Wanderer is bad. You're not HURT by skipping stages, you just don't gain something like usual. Normally, Red is the aggressive route, Green is the nice route, and Blue is the middle ground. a) CELL (LX-P-CEL) GREEN: Herbivore (Apple) ++++++ BONUS: Social Suave (0/5) Social Suave gives you a 20% discount on the cost of all Social Tools, the ones that go in the green panel of your toolbox. Social Tools are usually fairly expensive, so this would be good: note my use of the word "would". The discount only applies when you are buying from one of your own colonies, where normally you have to pay full price for all items. The 20% knocks it down a bit, but this still isn't good. Let's use Creature Tweaker as an example. Normally, bought from your own colony, a Creature Tweaker charge would cost you 500,000 spucks. With 20% of the cost taken away, it's brought down to 400,000. The problem is that alien races selling Creature Tweakers (Shaman, Trader, Scientist and Ecologist races) sell lower still: Trader sells it for 325,000, and the other three sell it for 250,000! So even with the discount, you're still getting majorly ripped off if you buy from yourself. This makes the ability completley and utterly useless. HOW TO GET IT: Eat mostly green plant bits. BLUE: Omnivore (Apple and Chicken Leg) ++++++ BONUS: Gentle Generalist (0/5) Gives you a 20% discount on the cost of all Spaceship Upgrades. This includes Health, Energy, Drives, Cargo Holds, and the Wormhole Key. For the same reasons as Social Suave, this trait is utterly worthless. Infact, this trait is even MORE useless than the other discounts! Social, Colony and Weapon tools all have consumable ammo type tools you'll need to keep buying charges for. With spaceship upgrades, once you've fully upgraded your ship then the discount pretty much becomes redundant. HOW TO GET IT: Eat a mixed diet of plant bits and meat/other cells/blood. This becomes much easier if you manage to get the Proboscis part, which can eat plant bits and drinks the blood of live cells. The only downside is it can't eat free-floating meat chunks,but it's a small disadvantage. If you can't get the Proboscis, just keep an eye on your history and switch between Filter and Jaw as needed. RED: Carnivore (Chicken Leg) ++++++ BONUS: Power Monger (4/5) Increases the amount of damage your weapons do. Personally I don't think the increase is all that noticeable overall, but it's still a nice thing to have around. Though given the "competition" from the other cell stage abilities... HOW TO GET IT: Eat mostly meat/other cells/blood. +++ b) CREATURE (LX-P-CRE) GREEN: Social (Speech Bubble) ++++++ BONUS: Pleasing Performance (2/5) Keeps your colonies happy and reduces chance of revolt. I have never once had a revolt even without this bonus, so i'm not sure what use this is. This said, I pretty much never let my colonies dip into the red for happiness anyhow, so in theory i'm assuming this ability will let you overwork your colonists for longer, should you choose to. Mixing it with Spice Savant from Civ may lead to lots and lots of spice. HOW TO GET IT: Make friends with other creatures. BLUE: Adaptable (Speech Bubble and Targeting Sights) ++++++ BONUS: Speed Demon (1/5) Makes your ship travel faster on the interstellar map. Aside from fleeing from enemy territory (easy enough to begin with) this is pretty pointless. Unless you're really late or something. HOW TO GET IT: Make friends with some creatures, extinct others. You may need to evolve back and forth between social parts and combat parts to do this efficiently. RED: Predator (Targeting Sights) ++++++ BONUS: Prime Specimen (3/5) Increases the total amount of health your ship has. It's a decent trait to have, given you can't get it any other way, but remember that being careful and avoiding damage altogether is something you should always try - for everything else, there's Repair Mega Packs... HOW TO GET IT: Make other creatures extinct. +++ c) TRIBE (LX-P-TRI) GREEN: Friendly (Musical Note) ++++++ BONUS: Gracious Greeting (3/5) Gives you an extra +10 to relationships with alien empires. It's good enough to always have a little extra kick to your attempts to make friends, but +10 is a really small amount when you could just fling money at them or use a Happy Ray to endear even the most grumpy empires. Given the other traits are both horrible discounts though, if you're minmaxing then just stick with this. It's the only good trait from Tribe. HOW TO GET IT: Ally with other tribes, give gifts. BLUE: Industrious (Hammer) ++++++ BONUS: Colony Craze (0/5) Gives you a 20% discount on Colony Tools purchased from your own colonies. Terrible. See Social Suave under Cell for an explanation. HOW TO GET IT: Stay balanced between being friendly and hostile. RED: Aggressive (Spiked Mace) ++++++ BONUS: Arms Dealer (0/5) Gives a 20% discount on Weapon Tools (Red) purchased from your own colonies. Total garbage like the other discount traits. HOW TO GET IT: Kill off other tribes, kill tribe members. d) CIVILISATION (LX-P-CIV) GREEN: Religious (Eye) ++++++ BONUS: Green Keeper (1/5) Reduces the likelihood of bio-disasters. Putting down a Bio-Stabiliser and Bio-Protector on a planet at the same time all but completley removes bio-disasters completley, so this is largely useless except in the early parts of space stage where those tools aren't available, or when you've got no money handy to buy some. HOW TO GET IT: Take over cities via religious conversion. BLUE: Economic (Bag of Money) ++++++ BONUS: Spice Savant (5/5) Increases your spice production rate by 50%. It's always nice to have more spice and with this you'll get it a good bit faster. Combine this, Pleasing Performance and a Happiness Booster and you'll be swimming in a vault full of spice, McDuck-style. HOW TO GET IT: Take over cities by buying them. RED: Military (Crossed Swords) ++++++ BONUS: Pirates-B-Gone (3/5) Reduces the likelihood of pirate raids. I'm not sure whether this refers to the thieving pirates or raiding pirates, but 1) it isn't too noticeable a decrease, 2) thieving pirates can be stopped by an uber-turret, and 3) raiding pirates can be stopped by an uber turret if you show up to supervise. This said, Raiding Pirates are the one of two things you can never completley stop from happening with the colony tools (the other being Grox raids, which you can simply choose to never START), so this may be useful if you're taking the thorough approach with your colonies. HOW TO GET IT: Take over cities by conquering them with force. *** 6) CONCLUSION (LX-CON) My Sporepedia username is "Luminar", feel free to visit and drop me a few comments or whatever. Also, I have a video of every archetype power uploaded on youtube, incase you want to see what they look like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM26GgIowwE I also have a video of each Archetype as NPCs and how to identify them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCrjDBc1qRk You may contact me at "teh_man_tat_maeks_teh_ppl_go_onoz@hotmail.com" if you have any questions, queries, corrections, glowing praise, insults, death threats, or the like. In my defense regarding my e-mail address, I made it back in 2003 or something when I was too stupid to realise how passé that was. I can't guarantee i'll answer quickly or at all. If it's something dumb like how much you like liquorice i'll just delete it, if it's relevant i'll get around to replying. It's not my main email account, I just use it for less important things. Seriously though, liqorice is disgusting, what on earth is wrong with you? End of file. ================================