Abilities or stats are traits of creatures determined by their genes. The abilities are Strength, Speed, Gathering, Digging, Crushing, Fishing, Swimming, Underwater Breathing, Underwater Gathering, Venomous, Poisonous, Spikyness, Sight, Hearing, Smelling, Fertility, Cold Resistance, and Heat Resistance.
The Strength ability determines how much damage a creature will do. If a creature doesn't have strength, it cannot attack other creatures.
Strength is given by the genes Big Body (+2), Normal Body (+1), Spiky Body (+2), Ram Horns (+1), Antlers (+1), Megaloceros Horns (+2), Hammer Tail (+1), Claw (+2), Bearyena Claw (+3), Saber Tooth Fangs (+2), Bearyena Snout (+2), and Bearyena Hind Legs (+1).
The maximum amount of strength is 14 (Big Body/Spiky Body, Megaloceros Horns, Saber Tooth Fangs, Hammer Tail, 2 Bearyena Claws, and Bearyena Hind Leg).
SpeedThe Speed ability determines how many tiles a creature can move, provided it has vision of those tiles from either itself or a pack mate. It is not possible to have 0 speed because all hind leg genes give at least +1 Speed
Speed is given by the genes Lean Body (+2), Medium Body (+1), Runner Leg (+1), Hind Leg (+2), Webbed Hind Leg (+1) and Bearyena hind leg (+1). The maximum amount of speed is 6 (Lean Body, 2 Runner Legs, and Hind Legs).
Makes creatures less noticeable in their associated environments. Standing on a tile with long grass on it gives an automatic +2 to camouflage regardless of genes.
Fur colors and patterns affect this ability. Colors depend on what kind of biome the tile the creature is currently standing on, and only one gene of the color is required (one black gene and one white gene will still give the camouflage bonus when standing on Jungle tiles, for example). Stripes grant bonus camouflage while in long grass, and Dots grant bonus camouflage when on Jungle biome tiles.
The Collecting ability determines how many berries per turn a creature harvests. If a creature has no collecting ability, its can try and collect from berry bushes but with a low chance to succeed. Certain kinds of berry bushes and twig plants cannot be collected from without a minimum amount of collecting.
Collecting is not required to pick up meat from meat piles.
Collecting is given by the genes Nimble Fingers (+2), Runner Leg (+1), and Velvet Paw (+1). The maximum amount of Collecting is 4 (2 Nimble Fingers).
The Cracking ability allows creatures to harvest acorns and clams.
Cracking is given by the Cracker Jaw (+2) and Nimble Fingers (+1). The maximum amount of cracking is 4 (Cracker Jaw, 2 Nimble Fingers).
The Defense stat reduces the amount of damage dealt to a creature, and any attacker with a lower attack stat than your creature's defense will be harmless.
Defense is given by Armored Body (+3), Big Body (+1) and Mammoth Foot (+1). The maximum amount of defense a creature can have is 5.
The Digging ability allows creatures to dig up a tile that has a root in it, which are only visible on the smell vision. The more digging a creature has, the more food a root will provide when dug up.
Digging is given by the Digging Paw (+1) and Digging Trunk (+3). The highest amount is 5.
Makes predators less likely to attack your creatures.
Distasteful Appearance is given by the genes Toxic Body (+1) and Bearyena Snout (+1). The maximum amount is 2.
Makes predators less likely to attack your creatures. Also wards off mosquitoes, stopping the creatures from getting Sleeping Sickness.
Distasteful Scent is given by the Stinky Tail (+1).
The Fishing ability allows creatures to "Harvest" fish for food. Fish swarms may be gathered by any creature with 1 or more fishing, and will provide as many fish as the creature has fishing points, provided there are still that many fish left in the swarm. Larger fish (Razorhana and Clowkoi) require 4 fishing to successfully catch.
Creatures without the required amount of fishing can try and fish, but their success rate is much lower.
Fishing is given by the Claw (+2), Bearyena Claws (+1), and Fishing Tail (+2). The maximum amount of Fishing is 6 (Fishing Tail, 2 Claws).
The Hearing ability helps to find animals within range. All creatures will have a minimum of 3 Hearing, it is not possible to have any lower.
Hearing is given by the genes Medium Ears (+3), Round Ears (+3), Bearyena Ears (+3), Big Ears (+4), and Blind Eyes (+2). The maximum amount of Hearing is 6 (Big Ears and Blind Eyes).
Odor Disguise (Scentless)
Odor Disguise makes creatures harder to be smelled by other creatures and/or predators. It can also be gained by rolling in mud (+3 for three turns).
Given by the genes Medium Body (+1), Lean Body (+3), Water Body (+1), and Spiky Body (+1). The maximum amount of Odor Disguise is 3.
The Poisonous ability poisons the attacker when the creature is bitten, and will poison pack mates that lick the creature's wounds. The poison deals 1 damage to the affected predator or creature each day for 3 days. Poisonous creatures are also immune to the poison from Toxic Berry Bushes.
Poisonous is given by the gene Toxic Body (+2).
The Spikyness ability causes damage to the attacker when bitten, it also hurts a packmate if one licks their wounds.
Spikyness is given by the Spiky Body (+1).
Creatures make less noise when moving.
Stealth is given by Medium Body (+1), Runner Leg (+1), Lean Body (+2), and Velvet Paw (+2). The highest amount of Stealth you can get is 6 (Lean Body, 2 Velvet Paws).
The Sight ability allows a creature to see. For each point of sight, a tile around the creatures is lit. For example, 1 sight means all adjacent tiles are lit (6) and 2 sight means adjacent tiles of the adjacent tiles are lit (12 tiles).
Sight is determined by the gene for Normal Eyes (+2), Short-Sighted Eyes (+1), or Blind Eyes (0). A creature with Blind Eyes is unable to see any of the tiles surrounding it, and cannot interact with these tiles unless another creature is near them with either Normal Eyes or Short-Sighted Eyes.
The Smelling ability allows creatures to see places to dig, unexplored berry bushes, and prey.
Smelling is given by the genes Big Nose (+3), Digging Trunk (+3), Blind Eyes (+2), Poison Fangs (+1), Spit Snout (+2), Normal Snout (+2), Cracker Jaw (+2), and Sabertooth Fangs (+2).
The Swimming ability determines how many water tiles a creature can move. It is not possible to have 0 swimming as all hind legs have at least 1 swimming.
Swimming is given by Webbed Paw (+1), Water Body (+2), Webbed Hind Legs (+2), Hind Legs (+1), Bearyena Hind Legs (+1), and Swimming Tail (+1).
The highest amount of Swimming is 7 (2 Webbed Paws, Water Body, Webbed Hind Legs and Swimming Tail).
Underwater Breathing ability determines whether a creature takes damage underwater. Having at least 1 or 2 points of Underwater Breathing means a creature can move without getting damage and can sleep (end turn) underwater without taking damage.
Underwater Breathing is given by the Gills (+2) and Water Body (+2). The highest amount of underwater Breathing is 4 (Gills and Water Body). It is not required to have both.
The Underwater Gathering ability allows creatures to dig up underwater tiles for 1 food.
Underwater Gathering is given by the Platypus Beak (+1).
The Venomous ability poisons the victim when the creature attacks it. The poison deals 1 damage to a victim each day for 3 days. However, some predators will be immune to venom. It also allows a Nichling to eat poisonous berries without being poisoned.
Venomous is given by the gene Poison Fang (+2).
The Cold Resistance ability determines how much cold a creature can stand; if it's too cold, the creature will lose an action point, and would eventually freeze if they aren't warmed up in time. Creatures can gain an additional 3 points of Cold Resistance by being adjacent to two other creatures.
Cold Resistance is determined by the genes Big Ears (-1), Big Body (+2), Medium Body (+1), Mammoth Foot (+1), and Medium Tail (+1). The maximum amount of Cold Resistance is 5 (Big Body, two Mammoth Feet and Medium Tail).
The Heat Resistance ability determines how much heat a creature can stand; if it's too hot, the creature will lose an action point.
Heat Resistance is determined by the genes Big Ears (+2), Big Body (-1), Medium Body (+1), and Lean Body (+3). The maximum amount of Heat Resistance is 5 (Big Ears and Lean Body).
The Fertility ability determines if the creature can reproduce, or if it can have twins. It is a gene slot; both genes are active to add up to a total of 0 to 6.
The Fertility gene slot tells how high the creature's fertility is, determined by the genes High Fertility (+3), Medium Fertility (+2), Low Fertility (+1), and No Fertility (+0). The highest amount of Fertility that a creature can have is 6 (2 High Fertility).