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Bacteria are invisible organisms that cause disease in the Creatures series.

In Creatures 1 and Creatures 2, the engine choose a creature at random to infect with bacteria. Each bacteria starts off by infecting infect a norn or grendel with one antigen. Later, after the bacteria themselves have evolved, they randomly infect a norn or grendel with an unknown toxin, which may include more than one antigen, one or more histamines, and other toxins. Players that wish to avoid this evolution can export their norns and reset their world using the Emergency Kit.

The SuperClean Bacterial Spotter being used to make bacteria visible (small yellow spots).

In Creatures 3, bacteria are actual agents that float around the world, with a minimum and maximum amount of bacteria allowed specified by the game. They can attach to either creatures, or agents in the world. When they infect a creature, they will start injecting it with one antigen and one basic toxin at regular intervals, but through a process of mutation, later in the game, bacteria can have an additional basic toxin. When bacteria are on creatures or in the Grendel Jungle, they may randomly reproduce if the maximum bacteria limit has not been reached. They also have a lifespan.

You cannot see the bacteria by default. The Hoverdoc can provide this in the form of a bacteria-detection spray, or you can use VisiBug by Hausmouse. In DS, you can use the Bacteria Button by Moe to see the bacteria.

To remove bacteria using the CAOS Command Line, see C3/DS_CAOS_Codes#Getting_rid_of_things. The HoverDoc and Containment Chamber can also provide bacteria-killing spray. The Super Sonic Sanitizer will kill all bacteria in the world and can be set to run automatically on a timer. The bacteria nerf patch or Bacteria Revamp-Dish changes several aspects of bacteria in the games.

In Docking Station, the vast majority of bacteria appear in the Workshop.

In Creatures Village, the haunted forest and dungeon are the most bacteria-laden part of the world, and the house is bacteria-free.

Antigens[edit]

The Antigen chemicals exist in several different varieties, numbered from 0 to 7 in C1. Like the antigens found on the surface of bacteria in the real world, antigens in the Creatures games can be found after bacterial infections.

For each type of antigen, there is a corresponding type of antibody, allowing the creature's immune system to produce the correct antibody against illnesses caused by bacteria. Production of antibodies uses up glucose, and without glucose, antibodies can't be made. (See Brian)

In C1, the lower-numbered antigens (0–4) would use more glucose to make antibodies, and the higher-numbered antigens (5–7) would use less glucose. Antibodies would not react with antigens to reduce the concentration of antigens, but LummoxJR developed some genes that would do this.

In C3/DS, in addition to differing levels of glucose consumption, production of antibodies can produce mildly toxic side-effects. (See ChiChi Norn Genome gene 346 onwards.) Note that the side effects can differ from genome to genome, for example, in general, the Magma Norns produce more coldness as a side effect, and they do not have hotness as a side effect. Antigens also attack certain organs - if the organs cannot be repaired, the genes governed by those organs switch off.

Creatures 3 / Docking Station antigens[edit]

Chemical Number Chemical Name Side effect in C3 norn genome Organs attacked in C3 norn genome
82 Antigen 0 Histamine B Kidney/bladder
Muscles
Painly drive overwhelmsion
Uterus
83 Antigen 1 Histamine A Constitutive drive maintenance
Liver catabolic
Painly drive overwhelmsion
Skin cooling function
Uterus
84 Antigen 2 Coldness Constitutive drive maintenance
Fearly drive overwhelmsion
Gonad
Liver catabolic
Skin cooling function
85 Antigen 3 Coldness Central Nervous System: Drive lobe support
Fearly drive overwhelmsion
Fight or flight
Gonad
Regulation functions
86 Antigen 4 Hotness Central Nervous System: Drive lobe support
Digestive functions
Fight or flight
Immune system
Lung
Regulation functions
87 Antigen 5 Wounded Digestive functions
Floating loci
Immune system
Lung
Mitochondrial function
88 Antigen 6 Hotness Bones
Floating loci
Liver anabolic
Mitochondrial function
89 Antigen 7 Pain Bones
Kidney / bladder
Liver anabolic
Muscles

Antibodies[edit]

An Antibody is a chemical that is produced when a Creature's body becomes infected by bacteria. The antibodies will eventually destroy the bacteria, but it does not stop the creature from getting the illness again. There are 8 antibody chemicals, and for everyone of them there is an Antigen.

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