This is the guide to pets and other critters.
What you need to know about critters
Critters are controlled by the game's artificial intelligence, not to be confused with the AI. This AI is remarkably limited in many respects, which most often manifests in subpar pathfinding and limited reaction to the physics systems that human controlled mobs have to deal with. This makes them unpredictable and frustrating as both allies and opponents.
Critters are divided into four categories:
|Mouse||Wanders around the dark glimpsy maintenances, and squeeks when stepped on. Bonus points if you can find Tom. Will occasionally eat through wires, frying themselves and causing the entire station (at least on the unpowered side of that wire) to lose power in one fell swoop.|
|Coffee||A brown crab that wanders around aimlessly on a beach somewhere. Tastes pretty good.|
|Ian||Ian spawns in the Head of Personnel's Office.
Ian can be dressed up in a variety of hilarious outfits, commonly found in the theater or around the station. Please don't throw him in the laundry machine. If you kill Ian, expect to be lynched. The secret objective for every HoP is to get Ian on the shuttle alive, to return to Centcom.
|Runtime||Runtime is the pet cat of Medbay. She spawns in the Chief Medical Officer's Office. She is much less fun than Ian as she can't be dressed in silly costumes. If you work in Medbay, your secret objective is to keep her safe, and away from that brute Ian. Runtime likes to chase mice. Avoid contact with male cats; she has been known to produce catsplosions that flood the entire station with kittens.|
|Poly||Poly belongs to the Chief Engineer. Will annoy the hell out of you by stealing objects from your hand. He can also wear and talk over a headset. |
|Pun Pun||Pun Pun spawns outside of the Bar. If you are the Bartender, you are going to spend most of your shift protecting him from the Chef. This rarely works out well, as if the chef doesn't get him, science does.
The first burgers you eat on Space Station 13 are usually made of Pun Pun.
|Lamarr||Held in a display case inside in the Research Director's Office. Lamarr is a de-fanged alien facehugger, who likes to harmlessly latch on to people's faces.|
|Floorbot||Floorbots are one of the station's robotic creations. Normally they repair flooring on any opened space tile, but when hacked, they expose floor tiles to open space instead.|
|Cleanbot||Another robotic creation. Cleanbots will always be helpful; even if hacked they still clean floors, albeit in a more sloppy way.|
|Medibot||A helpful little surgeon. See the guide to robotics.|
|Security Robots||A.K.A. Officer Beepsky/Securitron and ED-209. Unless emagged, attacked, in view of a Law Violation, or otherwise provoked, these robots will simply patrol the station. When one spots a criminal, it will rush towards the offender, shooting taser bolts, or swinging a stunclub. After incapacitation, handcuffs will be applied, ready for Security to pick up.|
|Lizard||Harmless, and will not attack until you do. Otherwise, they will move off in a random direction every few moments. Not to be confused with lizardpeople.|
|Pete the Goat||The (not really) harmless and mostly terrible goat. He spends his time plotting in the Chef's freezer; it's best to leave him there. Not only is Pete a wily and murderous animal, but his caretaker, the Chef, may just have the excuse he's always wanted for making you into a burger. Pete likes to eat space vines. Can be milked.|
|Walking Mushroom||Truly neutral, their only purpose is to travel around the area they're in and look adorable. A more sinister property is their ability to |
|Space Clown||The lesser-skilled inhabitants of Clown Planet, they mostly mill about the area, occasionally honking. Robust one like the redshirt you are, or talk smack about the Honkmother, and your eardrums will explode at the menacing HONKs, and your body will be ground to dust under the stampede of floppy shoes.|
|Cow||Known for their milk, just don't tip them over. Can be milked for milk with a bucket.|
|Chicken||Hopefully the eggs are good this season. If you feed it wheat it starts laying eggs. The eggs may hatch into chicks. Thrown eggs have a 13% chance to hatch as well.|
|Chick||Adorable! They make such a racket though.|
|Snake||Hunts and eats mice. Retaliates if attacked. Can be bought at Cargo or created via Xenobiology.|
|Space Carp||Spess Carp are an alien lifeform that travel through space in schools. Sometimes, space stations will be attacked by a traveling school, and anyone unlucky enough to be outside the protective walls will be attacked. Carp have a chance to stun their victims and attack every tick, doing about 10 brute damage with each bite.|
|Giant Spider||Giant spiders that grow from spiderlings, spread webs and attack anyone they encounter, causing brute damage from the hit and toxin damage from the venom they inflict. Changelings have the ability to infest the station with spiderlings that will grow into these.|
|Facehugger||Facehuggers knock out their victims outright and have a chance to infect them with a deadly xeno embryo. On the other hand, they can usually only attack once before they die and their infectious embryos can be resisted. Facehuggers don't care about masks or most headgear and will tear them off when they leap.|
|Space Bear||Space bears can be spawned by cruel admins or mad scientists and will swarm the station, rapidly killing anyone they encounter. Bears will choose their targets one at a time and pursue them, giving a growl to alert their intended victim. Bears can see through windows, but won't break them.|
|Cosmic Horror||Horrifying, nightmare-inducing monsters from beyond the stars. Cosmic horrors are yellow, blob like creatures that will attack anyone they can find. The Wizard keeps one as a pet.|
|Killer Tomato||Spawned from the hydroponic trays of spiteful botanists, these mutant vegetables will hop menacingly after the first living thing they see. You should have eaten your veggies, because now they'll |
|Viscerator||A small flying deployed drone created and manufactured by one of the Major Syndicate Corps, they are hostile towards anything they see and attack using their rotor blades. Considered extremely efficient and are used in infiltrations and hostile take-overs, usually serve as a distraction to a more serious threat.|
|Pine Tree||A large, wintry tree. It appears to be a normal evergreen tree that would be perfect for the holidays, but it secretly detests festivities and will assault anybody within range of its menacing branches.. Commonly seen spawned by scientists with gold slimes and too much free time.|
|Hivebot||A roaming bee-bot equipped with an attached weapon that fires bullet projectiles that can also come in stronger versions, its rate of fire is slow and is considered moderate in terms of damage. Easily destroyable, however this is countered by being in packs or even in an entire platoon.|
|Hivelord||Found on the asteroid. These strange creatures will unleash hivelord broods one after another at you whilst trying to keep distant. Fortunately, each of its spawn dies in a single hit, and deal tickle damage. Their remains are known to have curative properties|
|Goliath||The bane of many careless miners. Found on the asteroid, these creatures pack a heavy punch, and slip anyone who comes near with four tentacles for better ease of punching. If felled, they leave behind hive plates that can be used to strengthen hardsuits, plus a corpse that can be |
|Basilisk||Fierce, territorial beasts that live on the asteroid, capable of firing freezing beams, cold enough to inflict serious freeze burns while it closes in and attacks its immobilized target. Fortunately, they don't attack unless someone comes very close to them. Drops diamonds upon death.|
|Goldgrub||Mostly harmless and quite rare. Found on the asteroid, these creatures swallow up any loose, valuable ore they can find and flee when approached by a human, smashing through even solid rock on their path of escape before burrowing into the ground.|
|Blob Spore||Spawns from the Blob Factory. Chases and hits you, and releases spore gas upon death.|
|Blob Zombie||If a Blob Spore finds a corpse, it will zombify it and then chase and hit you.|
|Blobbernaut||A Blob Factory can turn into this. Chases and hits you hard.|
|Skeleton||A spooky skeleton. Fragile, but hits fairly hard. Can come in an ice variant as well, which has more health and is faster.|
|Poison Bees||Bees that are coded to a random poison reagent. They'll inject a few units of it when they sting their targets.|
Gold Slime Pool
These are the possible monsters summonable by a Gold Slime reaction with blood or plasma.
|Space Carp||A spaceproof giant carp. Deals medium damage with bites, and dies easily.|
|Mega Space Carp||*Sentient ones are rideable|
Intended Department: MISC(Anyone could also use a shark mount)
|Magicarp||A spaceproof giant carp with magic powers. Can bite like a normal carp, but it can also shoot magic bolts (Door Creation, Change, Animation, Healing, Death, Fireball, Teleportation, Nothing, Spellblade). A magicarp can only shoot one kind of bolt, picked randomly at the moment of spawn.|
|Chaos Magicarp||A spaceproof giant carp with magic powers. Can bite like a normal carp, but it can also shoot magic bolts (Door Creation, Change, Animation, Healing, Death, Fireball, Teleportation, Nothing, Spellblade). A chaos magicarp shoots a random bolt every time it fires.|
|Giant Spider||Giant spiders that grow from spiderlings, spread webs and attack anyone they encounter, causing brute damage from the hit and toxin damage from the venom they inflict. Those with grees eyes are Nurse Spiders and can lay eggs that'll hatch into more spiders, if it manages to cocoon a corpse. Nurse spiders require Australicus Slime Mutator to be made. Extremely dangerous.|
|Space Bear||*Sentient bears can be ridden
Intended Department: MISC(Anyone could use a bear mount)
Intended Department: MISC
|Killer Tomato||These mutant vegetables will hop menacingly after the first living thing they see. They aren't very dangerous since they haven't been botany-engineered and spawn with low potency.|
|Viscerator||A small flying deployed drone created and manufactured by one of the Major Syndicate Corps, they are hostile towards anything they see and attack using their rotor blades. Considered extremely efficient and are used in infiltrations and hostile take-overs, usually serve as a distraction to a more serious threat. By itself it's really fragile, though.|
|Pine Tree||A large, wintry tree. It appears to be a normal evergreen tree that would be perfect for the holidays, but it secretly detests festivities and will assault anybody within range of its menacing branches. Commonly seen spawned by scientists with gold slimes and too much free time.|
The hivebot mechanic can repair machinery and hivebots after a delay. The hivebot mechanic can also place down foam walls (the ones from foam grenades) to patch up possible breaches in the station's hull.
|Blob Spore||Works like the ones from the Blob Factory. Chases and hits targets, and releases spore gas upon death. Can hit corpses to make them into Blob Zombies.|
|Blob Zombie||If a Blob Spore finds a corpse, it will zombify it.|
|Faithless||A humanoid monster. Medium-high resistance, medium-high damage. Can knock down with his attacks. Has one ability that lets him listen to radio channels.|
|Statue||A statue of a human. Nigh-indestructible, extremely fast, and hits incredibly hard (more than double of an esword's damage) but cannot move or attack while someone is looking at it. Can cause lights to flicker around it, and can temporarily blind people around it to gain a few moments of free movement.|
|Blobbernaut||Works like a normal blobbernaut, but does not die if not close to a blob.|
|Basilisk||Can drink lava. Doing so heats the Basilisk up, giving it some temporary buffs:
These buffs run out after 5 minutes. You cannot drink lava again until you've cooled down.
|Goldgrub||Can eat ore to store it within itself. Has two abilities, Spit Ore and Burrow.
Intended Department: MINING
|Festivus Pole||Rubbing it (help intent) creates static charge, recharging power cells on the ground, in cyborgs, and in APCs by 75 in a radius of 2.|
Intended Department: ENGINEERING/MISC
Intended Department: CARGO/MISC
Intended Department: SECURITY