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Spore Walkthrough - Creature Mode

Important note: the one and only thing that really "matters" as you come forward from cell mode is which of the three "types" you ended up as - herbivore, omnivore or carnivore. This determines PERMANENTLY what type of mouths you will see in this stage. I highly recommend you have "one of each mouth" before you come into the creature stage. That way even if you're stuck with only gaining new carnivore or herbivore mouths, you still have access to the opposite "vestigal" mouth from cell mode which you can use.

In creature mode usually the problem is that you "run forward" to nest #2 before you're ready. Creature mode has you migrate from nest to nest and each nest is in a progressively more dangerous area. If you haven't built yourself up enough to be ready for that more difficult area, you are going to be really frustrated. So even when they say "go to your next nest", stay behind. Really clear out the current area and make sure you're fully done before you move along.

Get every DNA bit you can. You get some really awesome items when you do that.

I really like omnivores the best in creature mode.

When you play an herbivore, your main quest is to make friends with other creatures, since you are usually focusing on the four social skills (sing, charm, dance and pose). You have to have ALL four as high as possible since the creatures you meet up with can have a combination of talents and you have to match all of them as best as you can. By having your own "type" as your pals (once you get to the point that you can have them) you maximize your point potential. Your charm special ability means the creatures you talk with will at least listen to you. But even so, it is REALLY hard surviving as an herbivore because there are so many nasty enemies out there who will gladly go after you if they can.

It is also really hard to play as a carnivore. You don't have to mess with any of that nice-stuff - you can just focus on one single attack and be done with it. Having two is really best - usually bite and charge - so that you can race in, bash them into a stun state and then bite away. However, if you get yourself into a position where there is nobody "easy to eat" around you, it is VERY easy to starve to death. Your special trait is just to scream and scare your enemies, which I don't find especially helpful.

By having both a carnivore and herbivore mouth, you at least get to eat a few plants if you are near starving! That is a great emergency backup system. Even if you don't come into this stage as an omnivore I definitely recommend keeping the "other" mouth you had from cell mode so you can use it here in emergencies. The Omnivore special ability is to call in pals, which is great because they can both do the friendly charm/dance stuff as well as fight. They are perfect in all situations.

So the key is to try to be an omnivore, so you can eat anything you want, and then to either go for the charm/friendly route by building ALL your friendly traits up to 4 or 5, or to build up one of your attacks super high. Stay in a given area even after your other creatures leave, to build up your health and points. Find all the DNA you can. Add your own teammates in as pals when the options allow you to. If you do that, it's really fairly fun and simply to progress through this and move along to tribe mode.

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