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Spore Update: Space Stage
Refueling and Repairing
There are two ways to refuel and repair your spaceship: byvisiting a neutral or friendly colony, or through the use of items.To refuel and repair at acolony, simply contactthe colony and click theRepair and Rechargebuttons. Your spaceshipwill be repaired instantlyand fully, but keep inmind that there is often acost associated with this:
Neutral colonies charge the most for refueling and repairs.
Friendly colonies give you a better deal.
Your own colonies will refuel and repair you on the cheap.
Repairs and refueling are always free at your homeworld.
You can also buy four items to repair your spaceship andreplenish its energy. These are stored on your Weapons tab andeach is a single-use item, so once you use it, it’s gone. If you havemultiple items of the same type, the count in the upper rightcorner of its icon decreases by one when you use the item
Tools and Upgrades
Launching your spaceship into orbit might have seemed prettyimpressive at the end of Civilization Stage, but you’ll quicklyﬁnd yourself outclassed in Space Stage unless you upgrade itshardware.But there’s more to purchasing upgrades than just forking overa wad of Sporebucks. Most upgrades need to be unlocked forpurchase by earning badges (see the Badge Appendix at theend of this guide for more information). Without earning theright badges, you absolutely cannot purchase a tool or upgradethat requires them.Once you’ve earned theproper badges, the toolis unlocked for purchaseat your own colonies,as well as the coloniesof neutral or friendlyempires. Here are a fewthings to keep in mindwhen upgrade shopping:
You can buy all unlocked tools and upgrades at your
colonies, but they’re very expensive.Other friendly empires oﬀer better deals on tools and
upgrades, but their selection is limited.Every colony in an empire sells the exact same tools and
upgrades at the exact same prices, so there’s no need to visitmultiple star systems under the control of the same empire.
There are dozens of weapons, upgrades, and tools to purchasefor your spaceship, but here are four that you will be usingconstantly throughout Space Stage. All four are given to youduring the tutorial at the start of Space Stage and do notrequire purchase. None of them can be upgraded.
Scan is used to gatherinformation about plantsor animals on a planetand upload that data toyour Sporepedia. To useit, just click its icon in theMain Tools tab of yourinventory, and then clickon the plant or animalyou want to scan.
Basic EnergyStorageIncrease your spaceship’s energycapacity.Missionista 1 orColonist 1Small EnergyStorageIncrease your spaceship’s energycapacity.Missionista 2 orColonist 2MediumEnergyStorageIncrease your spaceship’s energycapacity.Missionista 3 orColonist 3Large EnergyStorageIncrease your spaceship’s energycapacity.Missionista 4 orColonist 4ExtremeEnergyStorageIncrease your spaceship’s energyto maximum capacity.Missionista 5 orColonist 5
Repair PackRestores some of the health toyour spaceship.Missionista 2 orTrader 2Repair MegaPackInstantly repairs your spaceshipto pristine condition.Missionista 4 orTrader 4Energy PackRecharge a portion of yourspaceship’s energy.Missionista 1 orTrader 1EnergyMega PackRecharges your spaceship’senergy to full.Missionista 3 orTrader 3
Repair and Refuel Items
Some tools and upgrades, such as Repair Packs, aresingle-use items. They’re identiﬁed by a number in the upperright corner of their icons in the purchase screen. Whenpurchased, the number in the icon’s upper right cornerrepresents how many you have in your inventory. Clickingthe icon consumes one item of that type, and its inventorynumber decreases by one.If a tool or upgrade doesn’t have a number in the upperright corner, it’s a multi-use item. That means that you onlyneed to purchase one, and it is never consumed when used.However, multi-use items require your spaceship’s energy toactivate them, and the more powerful multi-use items willdrain your ship’s batteries quickly. Once you start acquiringmulti-use items, be sure to also stock up on Energy Packsand Energy Mega Packs so that you’re never caught shortof juice at a critical moment.
Single-Use vs. Multi-Use
As you scan a planet’s ﬂora and fauna, thecircles that represent them in the planet’s FoodWeb (located in the Terraforming window in thescreen’s lower right corner) ﬁll in. Empty circles mean that thecorresponding plant or animal has not been scanned yet.
Your radar can betoggled on and oﬀ witha click of its icon on theMain Tools tab of yourinventory. When it isturned on, it guides youtoward items of intereston the planetary surface:
If the planet emits a yellow signal from the star system
view, the radar guides you toward the rare item or terra-forming tool responsible for the signal.If a destroyed enemy spaceship drops treasure, the radar
points toward the treasure item.If you click on a plant or animal’s circle in the Food Web, the
radar indicates the nearest example of the species.
The angle of the radar beam points toward the object it hasdetected. The frequency of the pings emitted by the radar tellsyou how close you are to it—the closer you get, the faster thepinging becomes.
Your SETI device (Searchfor Extra-Terrestrial Intel-ligence) helps you detectthe presence of otherspacefaring empires in astar system. If you mouseover a star system onthe starmap and itemits a blue signal, thatmeans that SETI hasdetermined that another race has evolved to the Space Stageand colonized at least one planet in that star system. Visit thestar system to make contact with the race, or avoid it if you’renot interested.
Contrary to its name, theAbduction Beam allowsyou to transfer itemsfrom a planet’s surface
your cargo hold, as wellas beam items
yourcargo hold down to theplanet.To pick up a plant,animal, sentient creature,spice crate, treasure, terraforming tool, or rare item, click onthe Abduction Beam icon in the Cargo tab of your spaceship’sinventory, and then click and hold the beam on the object until itappears in your cargo hold. You can hold only as many diﬀerentitems as there are spots in your cargo hold, and you can holdonly 99 of each item. If there is no room in your cargo hold,the object drops back down to the planetary surface once itreaches your ship.To beam objects from your cargo hold down to the planetarysurface, click the object’s icon in the Cargo tab and click andhold the Abduction Beam on the area where you want to sendthe item. Plants, spice boxes, and rare items can be droppedfrom a great height without a problem, but animals andsentient creatures must be beamed all the way down to thesurface, or they will not survive the fall.Although the Abduction Beam itself cannot be upgraded, thereare three levels of cargo hold upgrades. Each one increases thenumber of spots in the cargo hold:
As in the Creature, Tribal, and Civilization Stages, you earnspecial Consequence Abilities for each stage you play throughon your way to Space Stage. If you skip any or all of thesestages, you don’t get any Consequence Abilities for thosestages. All of these abilities are passive abilities, whichmeans that they’re active at all times, so you don’t need todo anything to use them.
Because you can colonize onlyuninhabited star systems, SETI is auseful tool for ﬁnding uncolonized systems ripe forcolonization.Treasure seized from destroyed enemyships does not require you to have a freespot in your cargo hold. It’s instantly deposited into yourSporebucks account once you pick it up.
Basic CargoHoldIncrease your spaceship’s cargocapacity so you can ﬁt more lootin your boot.Collector 1 orMerchant 2MediumCargo HoldIncrease your spaceship’s cargocapacity so you can put more junk in your trunk.Collector 2 orMerchant 3Large CargoHoldIncrease your spaceship’s cargocapacity so you can haul themost of all.Collector 3 orMerchant 4
Cargo Hold Upgrades