I have been experimenting with Creatures 3 and Docking Station since I purchased Creatures Exodus several days ago. It certainly has been a major change from the original Creatures! I skipped over Creatures 2 for a variety of reasons, but plan on getting into it down the line. My plan is to continue to focus heavily on Creatures 1 and delve deeper into the genetics and biochemistry, all while chronicling the lives of my beloved Norns and Grendels. Docking Station is more of an experiment for me at this point, and I expect to use it for wolfing runs at this time. I thought that the ecology and food sources were lacking in most areas of the game, which would make survival relatively difficult. The Shee really left the creatures to fend for themselves!
I compiled a list of the various food sources and living organisms in each main area of the Ark and Capillata. Critters and plants which are not native to each region are marked in italics.
The Norn Meso Area, which is part of the Capillata, begins with a wide variety of food sources. Additions to this region are mostly to add a little something to the ecology and appearance. There are three levels to this region, but the best location to stock up on food is the lowest level. The upper level also provides a good array of food, and houses two of the three food pods. This is certainly one of the best areas to raise a group of creatures! Note that a lot of the food on the top level tends to fall to the second level.
Fat: Carrot, Peaking Pie, Tuba Plant | Protein: Bramboo Berry, Lemon, Yarn Fruit
Starch: Explodonut, Grass Seed, Justanut, Starseed
Other: Butterfly, Grass, Grasshopper, Snotrock, Stinger, Trapper
The Norn Terrarium has one of the largest areas for finding food. It boasts a variety of food sources from the very start, and often becomes the favorite location of many Norns. Grendels and Ettins are hard pressed to pass it by, too! There are two main food areas: One on the top level near the teleporter and incubator, and the other all the way across the main level to the pond. With so many friendly critters around, the Norn Terrarium is another excellent location for all creatures to grow up and prosper in!
Fat: Carrot, Cheese, Tuba Plant | Protein: Apple, Cheese, Bramboo Berry
Starch: Foxglove Seed, Grass Seed, Pumperspikel Seed
Other: Bee, Blue Flower Plant, Butterfly, Dragonfly, Foxglove, Gosh-Hawk, Grass, Grasshopper, Grazer, Hedgehog, Hoppity, Hummingbird, Kingfisher, Pinky Plant, Robin, Snail, Snotrock, Stickletrout, Woodpigeon
The Jungle Terrarium is a bit of a nightmare with its many dangers. A creature who strays too far could end up as piranha food! There are also a fair number of nasty bugs that fly about. For the Grendels who call this home, however, the limited amount of food means that wandering about the ship is often necessary for survival. This area can be brought out of its dismal and scary state with just a few additions. Still, keep an eye on the dangerous bridge near the piranhas! The stingers are more of another added nuisance, and are not necessary to improve the food sources. They definitely live up to their name: Watch out!
Fat: Tuba Plant | Protein: Fungi | Starch: Grass Seed, Desert Grass Seed, Tendril Seed
Other: Cacbana, Desert Grass, Grass, Hedgehog, Kobold, Mossie Fly, Piranha, Purbana, Rocklice, Stinger, Wasp
The Ettin Terrarium, also known as the Desert Terrarium, seems fairly desolate at the start. No one seems to mind the occasional volcanic eruption! The majority of the area only boasts a few small seeds to act as nourishment for hungry creatures. Although there is a cheese dispenser in the lowest level, creatures often do not seek it out to find food. Many Ettins, Grendels, and Norns can perish in the hot desert without any nourishment. Luckily, it is possible to transform the desert into an oasis! With a little work, this can become a wonderful area for raising various creatures. So long as they don’t mind the heat: It can get pretty sweltering!
Fat: Cheese, Tuba Plant | Protein: Bramboo Berry, Cheese
Starch: Cactus Seed, Desert Grass Seed, Grass Seed
Other: Balloon Bug, Cacbana, Desert Grass, Gnarler, Grass, Meerk, Snotrock, Uglee
The Aquatic Terrarium is mostly used to house an aquatic ecological system. This is interesting in its own way, but creatures who venture into this area of the Shee Ark have no way to survive. Even after populating the lower two levels with a scant amount of food, this terrarium is still lacking in proper nourishment. Creatures usually find little to be interested in, and usually spend a limited amount of time in the aquarium. Perhaps it’s due to their uncanny ability to drown without any warning! A little extra food still helps, though. This is likely one of the least hospitable regions, unless aquatic creatures take to the waters. That’s a different story, though!
Fat: None | Protein: Fungi | Starch: Tendril Seed
Other: Angel Fish, Aquamite, Clown Fish, Cuttlefish, Gumin Grass, Gumin Grass Seed, Handle Fish, Man-o-War, Neon Fish, Nudibranch, Opal Sponge, Opal Sponge Seed, Orange Sponge, Orange Sponge Seed, Rainbow Sharkling, Wyst
There are cheese dispensers located in the Learning Room, on the Bridge, and on the Engineering Deck. I also find it useful to replicate the Mini Vendor, found in the Workshop, and sprinkle a couple of these throughout the game. The overall goal is to create a Creatures 3 and/or Docking Station world that will be able to sustain Ettins, Grendels, and Norns in nearly every location. It is then easy to set up a wolfing run, or stay involved in the life of each creature from birth to death. Not all food sources were tested in each area, and it is sometimes difficult to grow food in the various regions. For instance, the beach in the Aquatic Terrarium seems unable to sustain any plant growth. There are other ways to set up each terrarium’s food sources, though! Feel free to share any ideas or tips that might help others!