Guide to Genetics

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GeneTek Console

Geneticists have access to GeneTek consoles and scanners. These devices can, with enough patience, reward you with superpowers, crippling disabilities, or just amusing Mutations.

GeneTek Console

DNAConsole.png CloningMachineScannerOffV2-32x32.gif GeneTek console and GeneTek scanner are machines that help Geneticists activate Mutations. Click the GeneTek console to start.

Research Menu

When you click Research Menu the GeneTek console will show:

  • Purchase Additional Materials - Where you buy Research Materials using the Research Budget.
  • Available Research - Shows Research.
  • Research in Progress - Shows how many seconds until Research or Unknown Mutation research finishes.
  • Researched Mutations - Shows researched Mutations.
  • Stored Mutations - Shows Stored Mutations.
  • Stored Chromosomes - Shows stored Chromosomes.
  • View DNA Samples - Lists crew member Potential Mutations.
  • Finished Research - Lists finished Research.

Equipment Cooldowns

After the GeneTek console is upgraded through Research it will show:

All cooldowns are measured in seconds.

Scanner Occupant

When the GeneTek scanner is occupied, the GeneTek console:

  • Health - Shows occupant's health.
  • Stability - Shows occupant's Stability.
  • Potential - Where you Scramble DNA and view, research, sequence, activate and reclaim Mutations.
  • Mutations - Lists occupant's activate Mutations.
  • Appearance - Change occupant's skin tone, eye color and top, middle and bottom details.
  • Body - Change occupant's Body Type Mutations.

To insert an occupant:

  • Click them with Grab intent and click on the GeneTek scanner.
  • Drag and drop their sprite onto the GeneTek scanner sprite.

To eject an occupant:

  • Right click on the GeneTek scanner and choose Eject Occupant.
  • Drag and drop the GeneTek scanner sprite onto the floor.

To lock an occupant inside the GeneTek scanner right click on the GeneTek scanner and choose Scanner Lock. The occupant can sometimes break out by flipping (R). To unlock the GeneTek scanner click Scanner Lock again.

There is a finite amount of air in the GeneTek scanner, so it is possible but unlikely for occupants to suffocate.

Research Materials

Research Materials are a currency shared by all GeneTek consoles.

You gain Research Materials:

  • Passively, 1 every few seconds; you can increase the gain up to 3 if you enable Advanced Genetic Analysis on up to two cloners.
  • 40 for putting a filled DNA Activator into a GeneTek console.
  • 1 for every 50 credits spent from the Research Budget through the Purchase Additional Materials.

You spend Research Materials on:

Potential

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Every organism has Potential, Unknown Mutations, incomplete and inactive. Potential Mutations are randomized each round, but within a round, they will always be the same, even after death. Only changing identity via stable mutagen or DNA Scrambler can change it. The overarching goal of genetics is to research and activate Potential Mutations among the crew.

View the crew's Unknown Mutations through View DNA Samples or insert an occupant into the GeneTek scanner and click Potential. To research an Unknown Mutation select it and click Research required. After several seconds the research will finish. Each Unknown Mutation only needs to be researched once. The base cost of researching Unknown Mutation is 20 Research Materials.

To activate the Mutation either:

  • Create a DNA Activator and inject it into the subject.
  • Sequence the Mutation and activate it.

When you activate the Potential Mutation of a crew member or player-controlled monkey you are rewarded with:

Activating a Mutation on an NPC human or monkey will not give you the above rewards, though the Mutation will still work as normal.

DNA Activators

Known mutation.png Sequenced mutation.png DNA Activators activate organism's Potential Mutations. You can Create Activator every 20 seconds.

You can Create Activators from menus:

If a DNA Activator activates a crew member's Potential Mutation the DNA Activator will turn transparent and become a filled DNA Activator (DNAActivatorFilledV3.png). Click on the GeneTek console with the filled DNA Activator in your active hand to put it in and receive the rewards. If the DNA Activator did not activate a crew member's Potential Mutation, you'll get a useless expended DNA Activator (ExpendedActivatorV2.png).

Sequencing

After you Sequence a Mutation, you can activate a Potential Mutation immediately, without cooldown. To Sequence a Mutation you need to find the missing base pairs. You only need to Sequence each Mutation once. Next time you see the same Mutation, an Autocomplete button will appear. Press it to Sequence the Mutation immediately.

Mutations are composed of base pairs. Bases are represented as letters G, A, C or T (Guanine, Adenine, Cytosine or Thymine). Bases always come in pair. G is always paired with C and base T is always paired up with base A.

You can only Sequence Mutations of GeneTek scanner occupants.

Walkthrough - Sequencing Mutations

Mutation with an unknown Sequence.
First, insert an occupant into the GeneTek scanner. Then, select a Mutation you want to Sequence. You don't have to research the Mutation before Sequencing it.
Filling up half-filled base pairs.
Start off by filling up any half-filled base pairs. A goes with T, G goes with C. ?-G becomes C-G, ?-T turns to A-T and A-? becomes A-T.
Filling up unfilled base pairs.
Next, start working on the unfilled base pairs. G-C is different from C-G, and T-A is different from A-T, so each unfilled base pair has four different possible arrangements. Let's try G-C first and work down the list.
Check Stability shows the guess is incorrect.

With a Gene Sequence Checker you can fill out base pairs, click Check Stability and see if your guess is correct. If the base pairs are correct, they will turn green. If they are wrong they will turn red. Make another base pair guess, wait until Check Stability cools down and see if your guess is correct this time.

If you do not have the Gene Sequence Checker Research, you can make the guesses manually by going through all the sixteen base pair permutations. If you have one person with half of the code for the Mutation and another has the other half, you can compare the two and deduce the complete code, or at least part of it.

Correct guess, but a base pair is locked.

After correctly guessing base pairs it is time to unlock the locked base pair.

Unlocking locked base pairs

Notice a little lock? Click on it to begin a game:

 SCANNER ALERT: Encryption is a 2-character code.
 Possible characters in this code: G C 
 1 auto-decryptions available. Enter UNLOCK as the code to expend one.

If you don't want to play the game, you can type "unlock" and auto-decrypt the lock. You gain 2 auto-decryptors after activating a Mutation on a crew member.

Alternately, a specific chain of letters must be entered to unlock the pair of bases. The only possible combinations here are GG, GC, CG and CC.

If your answer is wrong, the machine will show you how close you are to the correct answer. Let's assume we entered GG and this was the result:

 SCANNER ALERT: Decryption failed.
 0/2 correct characters in entered code.
 0/2 characters in correct position.
 Attempts remaining: 1.
Unlocked and correct!

This shows that there is no G in the code, and thus the code must be CC!

Some codes will be this simple, but others will have up to 4 characters. Some genes will even have multiple locked pairs. Most of the more powerful genes have some of their pairs locked, so it can be worth the effort!

Success! Click Activate and to activate the Mutation!

Injectors

Completing the DNA Injectors research allows the creation of DNA Injectors . When you inject an organism with a DNA Injector they will gain the Mutation even if it was not in their Potential Mutations. However, these do not give any Chromosomes, Research Materials, or auto-decryptors as rewards. It is also important to note DNA Injectors change the organism's Stability!

To make an Injector, pick Create Injector from either Stored Mutations or occupant's Mutations. This can be done every 40 seconds for 40 Research Materials. They share a cooldown timer with Activators, so creating a Injector also prevents you from making an Activator and vice versa.

DNA Injectors are administered similarly to DNA Activators, i.e. you click on the subject while you're holding the Injector to use it on them (The subject can also use it on themselves.) Using one always creates a "filled injector"; these do not give any rewards when redeemed, and it is not possible to make them do so.

Genetics Booth

Once the relevant upgrade is researched, it is also possible to grant Mutations through the Gene Booth (also known as the Genetics Booth), a machine that grants Mutations in exchange for money. Through the Gene Booth, you can share Mutations without having to stray from the console.

When you access an occupant's Mutations or Stored Mutations and click on a Mutation, you can choose Sell at Gene Booth to send 5 applications of the Mutation to the Gene Booth for 30 Research Materials. It'll prompt you to set a price in credits and a description. It is possible to sell Mutations spliced with Chromosomes, but it is not possible to remove Mutations from the Gene Booth, so choose carefully.

Similar to Injectors, the Gene Booth can give Mutations not in the recipient's Potential. Receiving a Mutation through the Gene Booth changes their Stability. Because of this, it is common practice to splice Mutations with Stabilizer Chromosomes to nullify the Stability change.

Gene Booth sales go towards the Research budget. You can swipe your ID card on the GeneTek console to siphon a portion of the proceeds to your own account.

Mutations

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When you activate a Potential Mutation it becomes an active Mutation. There are a wide variety of Mutations, some commonplace and simple, some extremely powerful and rare. Some are beneficial, some are detrimental, some are situational, and some are just wacky and fun. There are more mutations than those listed here, so feel free to sequence and find Mutations on your own!

When you die you lose all your Mutations, but keep your Potential Mutations. For the cloner in particular, you can also enable the Advanced Genetic Analysis option, so clones keep Mutations they had when they were scanned; this is especially handy for those trying to stick with a certain Body Type Mutation.

Clicking the blue ABIL tab on your hotbar will toggle between standard options and your available Mutation powers.

Mutations are different from Traits.

Stability

Debilitating Mutations often increase Stability while beneficial Mutations decrease it. Gaining a Mutation that was already in your Potential causes no Stability loss or gain, e.g. getting Mutations through the Gene Booth and DNA Injectors can change Stability, while getting them via DNA Activators does not.

Stability determines how often your Mutation powers will work as intended. Every organism starts with 100 Stability. At 100 Stability your Mutation powers will work correctly 100% of the time. At 40 Stability your Mutation powers will work correctly 40% of the time.

Low Stability causes your Mutation powers to backfire or even degrade into their opposite Mutations. For example, Toxic Resistance degrades into Blood Toxification, while Optic Energizer burns your eyes instead of firing lasers. Having Stability below 50 also garbles your speech, replacing some letters with g's, u's, l's, and b's, and instead of "[name] says [text]", it's "[name] gurgles [text]".

Mutation List

Mutation Message Danger Level Stability Effect
Blindness You can't see anything. Harmful +20 You no longer see action messages about what you and other people are doing and cannot see anything beyond a very small distance from you. You can still interact with things via right-click menu, and you can click on pills/patches/auto-injectors in-hand to use them on yourself, but you otherwise can't do much. To fix this without modifying DNA, you can equip a pair of VISOR Goggles.
Frontal Gyrus Suspension You are unable to express yourself. Harmful +20 You become mute. You are unable to speak, and every attempt at talking just gives you the message "You seem to be unable to speak." The *scream emote (Hotkey: Ctrl + S) no longer makes sound and instead does one of a random set of unique messages describing how you have no voice and must scream. The Mime gimmick job starts with an unremovable version this, as an enforced vow of silence.
Deafness It's quiet. Too quiet. Harmful +20 You can't hear anything and are immune to most forms of ear damage. Blessed silence may come as a relief once you've gotten sick of the regular radio chatter. To fix this without modifying DNA, you can equip an auditory headset.
Radioactive You feel a strange sickness permeate your whole body Harmful -10 You suffer from radiation sickness and cause the same to nearby people. May also give you more bad mutations.
Dyspraxia You feel kind of off-balance and disoriented. Harmful +5 In short, you're clumsy. Several actions have a flat chance to comically backfire, often harming you or causing extra damage. For example, you might accidentally start cuffing yourself when cuffing others, jab yourself while using a fork, and shoot yourself when firing a gun. Conducting surgery and handling grenades and guns become particularly dangerous. One upside: this lets you put crayons in clown shoes to crayon-walk!

The Clown spawns with a variant of this mutation that cannot be cured. Different from the "Dyspraxia" caused by the Wizard spell Clown's Revenge.

Glowy Your skin begins to glow softly. Harmless 0 You permanently emit a light with a random color and intensity.
Tourettes Your thoughts become disorderly and hard to control. Harmless +5 Your speech will often come out as excited shouts in ALL CAPS, be horribly misspelled, and instead of saying "say" before everything you, well... say, it will say that you "gibbered". Also, sometimes things you say will be broadcast over the radio if you are wearing one, in all its CAPS filled glory, whether you want it to or not.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type N Y-you f.. feel a.. a bit n-n-nervous. Porky but Harmless 0 Your speech stutters and falters like Porky the Pig.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-S You feel like you want to smile and smile and smile forever :) Happily Harmless 0 You somehow say colon parthesis (:)) after everything you say.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-E You feel funky. Elvisously Harmless 0 You talk like a king...a king of rock and roll! You extend your vowels the same way Elvis does.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-C Ye feel like a reet prat like, innit? Hermless, mate 0 You speak like a middle-class English chav. You are the charmingly ugly lovechild of at least ten cultural accents and pack sounds together like black pudding.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-B You feel Swedish, however that works. Tootelly Hermless, bork bork! 0 You speak not like an actual Swede, but the Swedish Chef, Bork Bork Bork! You extend your vowels to long e's and o's, and randomly add "Bork"'s like you add Swedish meatballs. Fun historical fact: the chef used to have a 20% chance to spawn with this accent.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-T You feel torn apart! Moestly Hahwleess 0 You have Tommy Wiseau's Joisey accent. Your speech is an audio disaster.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-CS You feel great!! Comically Harmless 0 You somehow speak in Comic Sans.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-D You feel like your tongue's made out of lead. Compleffely Harmleshsh 0 You slur your speech like a drunkard.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-R .sdrawkcab tib a leef uoY .sselmrah, tub gnisufnoC 0 You talk backwards. Pro-tip: Put your ; or :prefix at the end to talk over the radio.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-O You feel a bit tongue-tied. Mstly Hrmlss 0 All your vowels get replaced with a random vowel.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-F Och aye! You feel like a true Scot! Skaithless 0 You speak with a Scottish accent. You do weird things with vowels, and, unlike other accents, you use entirely different words for things. You call a butt a "dowp", a jumpsuit a "carsakie", things like that.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-FI Sauna and birch beatings! Hyvä! Arrmless 0 You speak like the space Finns, the sauna-loving, people-hating neighbors of Sweden. You double up on your i's and r's, pronounce g-vowel pairs at the beginning of words as k-vowel, chop w's into v's, have a peculiar inability to say h's, say sh as ch, and switch up your b's with p's and vice versa.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-Q You feel that your province is a nation, however that works. 'armless 0 You speak the accent of the space separatist Space Quebeckers of Space Canada. You say "le" instead of "the", contract h's at the beginning of words, and pepper your sentences with curious profanity. In addition to the stereotypical "th"->"z", you also have:
  • ts->zes
  • st->ss
  • ch->sh
  • tion->sion
  • vowel-t at end of word->vowel-tte
  • vowels at the beginning of a word->h-vowel
  • f at beginning or end of word->ef
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-Y You feel like you're on Ilkley Moor without a hat. 'armless 0 You speak with the somewhat impenetrable Tyke accent of the Space Yorkies of Space England. Similar to the Scottish accent, you have a different vocabulary, e.g. "arse" for "butt", "gaffer" for "captain", "tha" for "you", "t'" for "the", and many more. You chop off the "g" in "ng", drop the "h" from beginnning of words, transform "ight" to "eet", and a bunch more:
  • ay->ey
  • ade->ed
  • ave->ev
  • ea->eea
  • d, t, f & th at end of word->sometimes contracted to '
  • i->ah when alone or an e comes two letters later
  • it at the start of a sentence->'t
  • ou/ow->ah
  • oar->ooar
  • oa->oi
  • oot & ool->ooit & ooil
  • ole->oil
  • ough->ow

In short, you might not think it's English, but it is. You can fault the Space Danes and their Space Viking raids of the past for this one.

Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-BT Your breath smells like a fart. Butt +10 You speak like a buttbot. When you talk, some of your words are replaced by "butt".
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-SD You feel like you've got some work to do now. Harmful 0 You speak like Scooby-Doo, a talking dog from the children's mystery cartoon franchise Scooby-Doo. In short, lots of lots of R's. Like Scots, you also have a different vocabulary, which mechanics-wise means you replace some words with different ones. For example, instead of AI, you say "rehrhai". Werewolves have this when transformed.
Frontal Gyrus Alteration Type-X You can't seem to form any coherent thoughts! Harmful +10 Your speech becomes unintelligible, as every consonant is randomized. Vowels are unaffected.
Hemochromia Type-U You feel like you're out of breath. Harmless -5 A volatile mutation with 12 known stable alternatives. Will quickly break down into one of them if you exit the scanner.
Hemochromia Type-R You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a scarlet coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-B You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a copper coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-G You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a brass coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-L You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a chartreuse coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-O You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a verdant coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-J You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a emerald coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-T You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a cyan coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-C You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a cerulean coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-I You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a azure coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-P You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a lavander coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-V You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a plum coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Hemochromia Type-F You feel a bit less soft. Beneficial -5 Your blood takes on a magenta coloration. You also regenerate 2 more units of blood per second while there's less than 500 units of it in you.
Achromia N/A Harmless 0 Your skin becomes completely grayscale.
Noir You feel chromatic pain. Beneficial -5 Your whole body, including any held and worn items, become completely grayscale. Anyone joining as Mime has a 20% chance to spawn with this mutation, and it cannot be removed.
Yee Yee Nee. 0 Makes all your words into "yee". It is only available through yee reagent and admin shenanigans; you cannot find this in the genepools of monkeys, humans, and other carbon-based life-forms.
Cranial Keratin Formation A pair of horns erupt from your head. Harmless 0 You look (more) like a doofus.
Apocrine Enhancement You feel sweaty. Harmless 0 You get a serious case of the stinks, causing people nearby to get wonderful messages about how nice the room smells.
Fire Resistance You feel cold. Beneficial -10 You are immune to high temperature and fire. You have a noticeable orange aura.
Cold Resistance You feel warm. Beneficial -10 You are immune to low temperature and ice. While your body temperature can still drop to freezing and below (allowing you still benefit from cryoxadone), you won't be slowed down. You have a noticeable blue aura.
Thermal Resistance N/A Beneficial -10 You are immune to all changes in temperature, fire and ice. You gain an aura which flicks between orange and blue.
Alcohol resistance You feel unusually sober. Beneficial 0 You do not suffer most of the effects of alcohol, e.g. the blurred vision and mistepping, though you'll still have drunkenly slurred speech. You can also drink Bo Jack Daniel's without passing out. At the start of the round, the Detective, Head of Security, and Bartender get the Professional Drinker trait, which gives them this mutation.
Radiation Resistance N/A Beneficial -15 You are immune to ionizing radiation, period. While you'll still get the Irradiated status effect, you don't suffer the resulting mutations or the associated TOX and BURN damage.
SMES Human Your hair stands on end. Beneficial (Mostly) -15 You are protected from electrical energy. Useful when the AI is shocking everything or a malicious Engineer has hotwired the engine and you are lacking insulated gloves. You will also resist shocks from stun batons, but not the more concentrated electric bursts of energy guns and tasers. On the flip side however, this includes defibrillators.
Jumpy Your leg muscles feel strong and taut. Beneficial -5 You gain a jump that moves you half a screen in no time at all. Just make sure you don't use it while inside a container/vehicle of some sort, or you won't like the result...
Chameleon You feel at one with your surroundings. Beneficial -20 When toggled on, you become invisible while standing still ; you'll know you've become invisible because you'll see a faint light blue aura around you. The AI, Cyborgs, people wearing optical thermal scanners, and people with X-Ray Vision can still see you. This can work against you in more ways than one.
Cloak of Darkness You meld into the shadows. Beneficial -20 Activate this ability, and now you're invisible while in the dark. You can tell if it's dark enough if you have a dark grey aura around you; generally ill-lit maintenance sections and rooms where the lights are broken/have been turned off are dark enough to hide in. This does not work in Space or the Seafloor. The AI, Cyborgs, people wearing optical thermal scanners, and people with X-Ray Vision can still see you. Vampires get this power for their Bat Form Mk II ability.
High-pressure intestines You feel bloated and gassy. Beneficial -15 Blow away your foes with your tremendous farts! Beware: if Empowered, you will not just blow away your foes, but also yourself.
Cryokinesis You notice a strange cold tingle in your fingertips. Beneficial -10 You gain the ability to cool people down significantly by firing a ball of ice at them, and to get on everyone's nerves by creating patches of slippery ice on the floor. The Discount Superhero Spooktober job can sometimes spawn with an Empowered variant.
Telepathy You can hear your own voice echoing in your mind. Beneficial -5 You gain the ability to communicate telepathically. Telepathic messages show up to the recipient as "A psychic voice echoes, "[TEXT]"" in hotpink. Don't use this to impersonate the admins.
Optic Energizer Your eyes ache and burn. Beneficial -10 You gain an "Eyebeams" ability that fires laser beams from your eyes, even if there's something blocking your eyes (e.g. a blindfold). These are different from the ones used by energy guns and their ilk; these do only 20 BURN and only very slightly heat up objects they pass over (they can still ignite plasma though). The Discount Superhero Spooktober job has a chance to spawn with a nonlethal version that drains 80 Stamina, on par with a taser.
Meta-Neural Enhancement Your mind feels closed. Beneficial 0 You cannot be mind-read or telepathically spoken to. Doesn't affect the admin's telepathy, obviously.
Empathic Thought You suddenly notice more about others than you did before. Beneficial -5 You gain an ability that lets you read the minds of others, telling you a random thought of no significance and clues about their current intent (as in Disarm, Grab, etc., not necessarily the player's actual intent), current health, and their PIN number and other notes.
Matter Eater You feel hungry. Beneficial -5 You can eat many more items than normal, like weapons from disarmed opponents, or even your own body parts! Just remember that you need certain body parts to live...
Telekinetic Pull You feel your consciousness expand outwards. Beneficial -15 You can send unanchored items flying from afar by click-dragging them from one tile to another. You can also perform a Telekinetic Smash, which throws all unanchored objects near to a location into it. This doesn't work on items of "gigantic" size or larger, e.g. pianos, TTV bombs. Works great with X-ray vision.
Gamma Ray Exposure You feel your muscles swell to an immense size. Beneficial -25 Your skin turns green, and your punches knock people away from you and do more damage. Your fists can instantly break tables, asteroid rock, wooden doors (but not any other doors), and grilles if they've fairly low health, and they can break windows, walls, and clown cars with enough time. You can pull corpses, people you've grabbed, people who aren't on Help intent, and things that contain either with no slowdown. Watch your health; if you get too hurt, your muscles will shrink back down.
X-Ray vision You suddenly seem to be able to see through everything. Beneficial -30 Basically wearing Optical Meson Scanners and Optical Thermal Scanners at the same time, as it lets you can see through walls and see through the invisibilty cloak from cloaking devices, Chameleon, and Cloak of Darkness. Doesn't decrease or remove darkness, but it also doesn't increase the darkness of areas beyond your normal line of sight, unlike mesons.
High Decay Digestion Your stomach grumbles unpleasantly. Harmful -10 Your farts create clouds of jenkem, which goes straight into the bloodstream of anyone who breathes it in.
Self Biomass Manipulation Your skin and joints feel loose. Harmful -5 You can turn yourself into a liquid that can phase through walls and other solid objects, sort of like a genetic version of the wizard's Phase Shift. If it doesn't have the Synchronized chromosome, your clothes won't come with you, so you come out naked; if it is Synchronized, they do! If it misfires due to insufficient stability, you drop a random clothing item you were wearing if it was Synchronized, and if it wasn't, you drop an random internal organ (not limbs or brain, but does include heart).


Note: This power used to trigger the unsynchronized effect if you were anywhere on the Restricted area, but now it simply states that "you cannot seem to turn incorporeal here.")

Incendiary Mitochondria You feel like you are burning up. Harmful -10 You set yourself on fire and become a human torch. This is a very bad thing if you don't want to burn alive. If you have Heat Resistance this will instead fizzle and do nothing.
Stupefaction You twitch. Harmful +10 You will occasionally be stunned for a few seconds and be knocked down to the floor.
Chronic Cough You feel an irritating itch in your throat. Harmful 0 You occasionally cough, dropping anything in your hands.
Diminished Optic Nerves Your vision blurs. Harmful +5 Your vision becomes blurred, and darkened outside a small radius. Can be counteracted with Prescription Glasses.
Adrenaline Rush You feel hype! Beneficial -5 You get an activated ability that allows you to recover from stuns by putting various stimulating and painkilling drugs in your bloodstream. Also one of the only genetic mutations that can be used while incapacitated.
Anaerobic Metabolism Your lungs feel strangely empty. Beneficial -40 Prevents you from taking any damage from lack of oxygen and inhaling harmful gases like plasma, but not chemical smokes--you still need a gas mask, gloves & biosuit for those!.
Apidae Metabolism You feel buzzed. Harmless 0 Doesn't seem to do anything at first. However, if sugar is put into the bloodstream through any means, it has...interesting effects.
Constricted Larynx ...you feel like being quiet... Harmless 0 Your text becomes really, really small.
Corprolalia You can't seem to shut up! Harmless 0 You randomly shout random swear words.
Dactyl Crystalization Your fingers and toes turn transparent and crystalline. Harmless 0 Changes your snap and slap noises. This doesn't mean you can't still snap your fingers off!
Dermal Glitter Your skin looks all blinged out. Harmless 0 You sparkle as if you're carrying an item made of gold.
Dimensional Shift You begin to see a small blue light... Beneficial -20 You can enter a pocket dimension, rendering you immune to any and all outside events, but you're unable to move while within this space until you exit. Basically, an indestructible, incorporeal closet on command. Any effects that are doing damage to you such as a heart attack or damage from poison still happen.
Ethanol Production You feel drunk! Harmful 0 You constantly produce ethanol in your bloodstream, slowly making you extremely drunk.
Healing Touch Your hands radiate a comforting aura. Beneficial -10 You gain an ability that can heal an adjacent human for a small amount of damage.
High-Pressure Larynx YOU SUDDENLY FEEL LIKE SHOUTING A WHOLE LOT!!! Harmless 0 YOUR TEXT BECOMES REALLY LARGE
Irritable Bowels Your guts are rumbling. Harmless 0 You automatically and intermittently fart.
Meta-Neural Antenna Your head is full of odd chatter. Beneficial -5 You can hear all radio channels without a headset. Or rather, almost all, since there some channels you still won't hear, namely the ones used by Conspirators, Gangsters, and Nuclear Operatives. The machinetalk used by AIs and Cyborgs are not radio channels, so this mutation doesn't give you access to it.
Midas Touch Your hands sparkle and gleam. Beneficial -5 You gain the ability to turn certain items into solid gold! This includes your own butt (and other limbs). Just don't expect to get super-rich from selling your transmuted gold bars; the traders can tell that it wasn't originally genuine gold. There's also a chance you're just turn items in flesh (Grody!) instead of gold; the less stability you have, the more likely this'll happen.
Motor Neuron Signal Enhancement One of your limbs feels a bit strange and twitchy. Harmful +20 A random limb, chosen upon mutation acquirement, proceeds to strangle you, kick you in the head, and do various other harmful actions.
Musculature Enhancement You feel buff! Beneficial 0 You gain a slight strength bonus to mining. Also negates the speed penalty from pulling objects somewhat. Maybe it has other uses...
Narcolepsy You feel sleepy. Harmful +5 You randomly to fall asleep.
Natural Anti-Toxins Your pulse seems to relax. Beneficial -15 Increases the depletion rate of all chemicals in your bloodstream. Note that this is not exclusive to poisons; it affects all chemicals.
Paranoia They're out to get you! Harmless 0 You automatically and intermittently scream.
Photokinesis Everything seems too dark! Beneficial -5 You can create a radiant point of light.
Polymorphism You don't feel entirely like yourself somehow. Beneficial -15 You can take on the appearance and name of a crewmember by touching them.
Pseudonecrosis N/A Harmful -5 You are recognized as dead by all medical scanners and machinery.
Regeneration Your skin feels tingly and shifty. Beneficial -40 Every few seconds, you slowly heal 1 BRUTE and 1 BURN and have a 0.4% chance to a regain a lost limb. If you are missing both a leg and arm, regeneration prioritizes the arms and won't regrow legs until you have two arms again.
Super Regeneration You begin to feel your flesh mending back together. Grody. Beneficial 0 Much better version of Regeneration as the name implies. It works in the same way, but it heals at an astonishing 7 BRUTE and 7 BURN every time and has a 2% chance to also regrow a limb. This does not show up in people's Potential naturally, and it cannot be removed by any means, barring Admin intervention. The only way to get this is to sign a certain demonic contract, where this powerful boon comes with an equally powerful curse...
Lupine Regeneration You feel oddly feral. Beneficial 0 An extra-powerful form of Regeneration that Werewolves get in their Werewolf form. It functions exactly the same but the healing rate is 2 BRUTE and 2 BURN every few seconds and the chance to regrow limbs is now 2%. This cannot be removed from the Werewolf in any way except by transforming back into a human, i.e. no mutation storage, no mutadone, etc., and it normally cannot be found in people's Potential. If you somehow gain this mutation without being a Werewolf, you get lycanthropy.
Spatial Destabilization You feel a bit out of place. Harmful -15 You teleport at random. Fortunately you can't teleport onto space tiles. Unfortunately you can teleport onto things covering space tiles, like catwalks.
Toxic Resistance You feel refreshed and clean. Beneficial -40 You are immune to toxin damage, though you'll still have to heal up any toxin damage you had before acquiring the mutation. You will still be susceptible to any other effects of poisons, such as radiation, burn damage, stuns, and suffocation.
Unstable Refraction N/A Harmful -15 You randomly flicker in and out of invisibility at random. (Unable to get currently)
Meta-Neural Haze N/A Harmful -5 Your character can't be Examined.
Brown Note You feel mischievous! Harmless (Mostly) -15 You get a "Brown Note" ability that produces a sound that makes up to 7 people (10 if empowered) around you fart. Be careful around bibles!
Mass Emesis You feel sick. Beneficial -10 You can expel whatever chemicals were in your bloodstream as a beam of vomit. Anyone caught in the beam absorbs the chems.
Ink Glands You feel artistic. Beneficial -2 You gain the ability to paint nearby people and objects a random color.
Fire Breath Your throat is burning! Beneficial -10 You can exhale fire.
Erebokinesis Everything seems too bright! Beneficial -5 You can snuff out all light in an area, akin to a darkness artifact.
Mutagenic Field Your flesh begins to warp and contort weirdly! Harmful -50 You occasionally spontaneously mutate and may cause others nearby to do the same, with a higher chance of receiving bad mutations than good.
Blood Toxification You feel really sick... Harmful +20 You occasionally (10% chance every few seconds) suffer one unit of toxin damage.
Monkeyspeak You feel one with the jungle! Beneficial 0 You can understand the chimpering of monkeys.
Night Vision Everything suddenly appears oddly lit. Beneficial -25 Darkness is greatly reduced. Pitch-black areas will still appear dim, though not enough to significantly reduce visibility.
Hemopoiesis Overdrive You feel like being stabbed isn't such a big deal anymore. Beneficial -15 When you have less than 500 units of blood in you, you regenerate blood faster than usual at around 6 units per second. Stacks with filgrastim's blood regen.
Tinnitus You hear a ringing in your ears. Harmful +5 Occasionally, you hear a ringing sound in your ears, similar to that of a phone ringing. It persists even if you are deaf.
Physically Unfit You feel slightly less energetic. Harmful +5 Your max stamina is reduced by 30, and your stamina regen is reduced by 2.
Physically Fit You feel slightly more energetic. Beneficial -5 Your max stamina is increased by 30, and your stamina regen is increased by 2.
Nectar Perspiration Your guts are rumbling Harmful +10 A swarm of tiny lil' bees surrounds you. These bees sometimes sting those who attack you in melee, injecting them with a little bit of histamine, but they also can sting you at any time, giving you histamine. In either case, wearing armor (or any other form of protection) does not prevent from being stung.
Electromagnetic Field None. Harmful +10 Tiny, 1 tile, EMP bursts occasionally occur within a 2-tile radius around you. These EMPs can and often do hit the tile you're on, and they cause the same effects as the EMP grenades (radios malfunctioning, batteries draining, etc.)
Polycythemia Your breathing quickens. Harmful +5 If you have less than 600 units of blood in you, you regain blood at an accelerated rate (3 units per second, compared to just 1 per second), until you reach 600 units. Doesn't seem too bad, until you starting developing hypertension from your heart having to pump to all that blood...
Anemia You feel lightheaded. Harmful +5 Your body can now accommodate only 400 units of blood, and if it goes over that, it quickly loses it. As a result, you'll often be at risk of entering shock, and bleeding out is more dangerous.
Vestigial Ballistics You feel intense pressure in your hip and shoulder joints. Harmful +15 Lets you launch a random arm or leg of yours at someone, dealing a fair chunk of brute damage. This hurts you a bit if it's not Synchronized, and it does more damage if it's Empowered. Explosions also have a higher chance to delimb you. The Discount Superhero Spooktober job randomly gets a "weaponized" variant that also makes the limbs knock the target down and stun them for a fair amount of time; if this happens, they also get regeneration to complement it.
Chronal Additive Inversement You feel as if you're impossibly young. Harmless -10 Flips the sign of your age, essentially making it negative if it was positive or positive if it was somehow negative, e.g. 30 becomes -30. (In fact, "additive inversement" is just a fancy way of saying sign change). If removed, flips it again, hopefully setting you back to normal. This causes some...interesting effects on the pitch of your voice clips.
Temporal Displacement You feel as if you're impossibly young. Harmless -10 Every few seconds, sets your age to random number between -80 and 80, indirectly shifting the pitch of your voice clips.
Chronic Sneezing You feel an irritating itch in your nose. Harmful 0 You sometimes sneeze, causing you to drop whatever you where holding.
Protanopia Everything starts looking a lot more yellow. Harmful 0 You can't see the color red and, to some extent, green. Instead you see yellow. Werewolves have this when transformed.
Deuteranopia Everything starts looking a lot less green. Harmful 0 You can't tell the difference between red and green, and everything else looks a lot more amber.
Tritanopia Everything starts looking a lot less blue. Harmful 0 You can't tell the difference between blue and green, and everything else looks a bit more desaturated.
Trichochromatic Shift Your hair itches. Beneficial 0 Gives a Trichochromatic Shift ability that switches your hair colors around; this works even if you only have one piece of hair, because it looks at all three colors you set in your Character Preferences. Due to how it shifts colors around, three uses of the ability sets your hair colors back to normal.

More specifically, the color you set for Bottom Detail becomes color for Top Detail, Middle Detail Bottom Detail, and Top Detail Middle Detail. For example, if you had grey Einstein hair for Bottom Detail, white Twirly mustache for Middle Detail, and black Eyebrows for Top Detail, you'd then have white Einstein hair, a black Twirly mustache, and grey Eyebrows.

Dwarfism Did everything just get bigger? Harmless 0 You are shorter. More specifically, the games cuts off a couple of rows of pixels in your sprite's leg area, so you should mostly look alright. This can combine with Body Type Mutations, so you have dwarf monkeys, dwarf lizards, etc. You also get an extra 10% heat and cold resistance. Miners have a 20% chance of spawning with this mutation, because according to Tolkien, dwarves love to mine.

Body Type Mutations

Body Type Mutations cosmetic Mutations that change your Body, Appearance or even Race. You can only have one active at a time. You can activate these through the Body menu or just like any other Mutation.

Even if you are not a Human, you are still protected by the Rules.

Mutation Message Effect
Bioluminecent Overdrive Your skin begins flashing! Your skin begins to rapidly flash different colors, similar to GBS' symptom but without any of the deadliness.
Melanin Stimulator N/A Turns your skin and hair EXTREMELY dark.
Melanin Suppressor N/A Turns your hair and skin to an extremely light shade and makes your eyes red. Essentially albinism.
Melanin Eraser You feel oddly plain. Turns your hair and skin EXTREMELY light. Essentially vampire/pale look. Mime always spawns with a version of this mutation that cannot be removed.
Saurian Genetics Your skin feels oddly dry. You turn part lizard/reptile. You have special eyes, literally! They can read messages written by infrared pens, their vision in the dark goes 1 tile farther than humans, and they can see through the invisibility cloaks created by chameleon, cloak of darkness, Grinches' Cloak ability, and Vampires' Bat Form MkII ability (but not cloaking devices).

You have a tail like a T-rex too, and if it dies or goes missing, you become clumsy until you get a new tail. Luckily, you can regrow your tail via, naturally, the Regrow Tail ability, if you've eaten enough of certain organs to afford it. If you already had a tail, Regrow Tail makes you snap if off and regrow a new one. The ability has a five minute cooldown, i.e. once you use it, you need to wait 5 mins to do it again.

In addition, your thermoregulation is significantly slower, at 20% the rate of normal humans (0.025 Kelvin for humans vs 0.005 for lizards). This doesn't mean fire or whatever heats/cools you less; rather it means that your body readjusts its internal temperature in response to those stimuli at a slower pace. You might shiver at room temperature, but wearing a winter jacket (or anything with 45% Cold Resistance) will stop that.

The colors for scales, tail, a belly spot, and/or head crest are inherited from your hair colors, and are typically somewhat less saturated. Top detail color influences scales and tail color, the middle detail the belly spot and tail underside, and the top detail the crest. These colors can be changed through genetics, and the belly/head spots can be changed via hair dye. You also extend every 's' into a hiss, like a snake. You are also able to change your colors through two abilities fueled by eating the organs of humans and monkeys.

Note: Don't steal peoples' organs unless you're an antagonist, they're okay with it, or they're dead. Crimes in the name of fashion are still crimes!

Ossification You feel kinda thin. All your meat and organs squish into your bones, turning you into a very spooky living skeleton who can make certain hotdogs hop and drink milk to heal a little bit of all damage. Your eyes look like tiny skulls, which is very strange. You also bleed calcium. Yes, you can drink calcium to restore lost "blood", but stuff like filgrastim and similar chems still work as normal. Don't think about it too much, and try not to get addicted to the satisfaction that comes with making spaghetti.
Aquatic Genetics You feel wet and squishy. You turn part squidperson/ithillid/starspawn. Your skin turns purple-pink, your eyes turn yellow, and you grow mini-tenacles and fins on your head that allow you move through liquids without slowing down. And, yes, you can breathe underwater.
Blattodean Genetics You feel like crawling into somewhere nice and dark. You turn part cockroach, though some say it's more like those ants from A Bug's Life but not as blue. You become immune to most forms of radiation and can see a tile further in the dark than usual, but you're significantly more vulnerable to blunt-force trauma.

The colo(u)r of your exoskeleton is based roughly on the skin tone you chose for your profile in your character setup, with a fair amount of saturation. Similarly, the colo(u)r of your scelera matches what you set for eye colo(u)r on your profile.
Primal Genetics You go bananas! You become a Monkey. See that page for more details.
Bovine Genetics You feel like you're ready for some Cow RP. You become a cowperson. Specifically, you look like a Holstein Friesian cow, complete with horns and hooves that change color depending on the color you set for Bottom Detail and Mid Detail in character preferences, respectively. You also have special cow eyes with horizontal pupils, which you can set the color of in the character setup menu. You have funny *screams, extend your m's a lot, and say "human" instead of "cow", because deep down, you truly think you are one.

As a cow, your blood is milk; all the other blood-related chemicals still function as normal, and drinking milk does restore blood. Speaking of blood, you start with hemophilia, so you tend to bleed more often when it's possible. You can also *milk (no hotkey, so you must do say "*milk or similar, like other emotes) to produce milk into a container you're holding or onto the floor, if you aren't holding one. Yes, this means you're actually pouring out your blood, so milking too much can kill you, and the game won't try to stop you until you have absolutely no blood/milk left.

Because of your sturdy hooves, you cannot be tripped by glass shards, even plasmaglass ones. Said hooves also make you do an extra 4 damage when kicking. However, they can't fit shoes, so be extra careful when playing Janitor or Clown. You can set the color of the bottom of your hooves using the second hair color option in the character setup menu. You also have a tail, and if you lose that, you lose your balance too until it's restored.

Booster Gene

Booster Genes are a group of mysterious Mutations that, on their own, do absolutely nothing. However, they interact with other Mutations in various and interesting ways.

Mutation Effect
Booster Gene X Activates every Potential Mutation in the organism.
Booster Gene Y Randomizes the organism's Potential Mutation and removes all active Mutations.
Booster Gene Z Removes all Potential and active Mutations in the organism.
Booster Gene Q Has random, unpredictable effects on the organism.

High Complexity DNA

This is a rare mutation which cannot be researched or activated using a DNA Activator, it can also only be Sequenced which means the occupant must be in the GeneTek scanner. When activated and stored in Mutation Storage, it serves as a wildcard for combining Stored Mutations, so you can very easily get some fascinating and rare Mutations this way. When activated it unlocks powerful Research.

Chromosomes

Chromosomes are Mutation modifiers. They can be be spliced with Mutations. Each mutation can only be spliced once. Each time you activate a Mutation you gain 2-5 random Chromosomes. Each GeneTek console has its own Chromosome storage.

To splice a Chromosome with a Mutation click Stored Chromosomes, pick a Chromosome, click Mark for Splicing. Find a Mutation which you want to splice and press Splice Chromosome.

There are different types of Chromosomes:

  • Stabilizer - Removes the Stability penalty from the Mutation.
  • Synchronizer - Makes the Mutation less dangerous to the organism. This has multiple different effects depending on the Mutation it's spliced with.
  • Weakener - Makes the Mutation Reclaimable and doubles the amount of Research Materials you gain from Reclaiming.
  • Reinforcer - Makes the Mutation mutadone-proof, meaning that the only way it can be removed is through the GeneTek console.
  • Power Booster - Makes the Mutation more powerful! Note that this only affects ability Mutations.
  • Energy Booster - Halves the cooldown of a Mutation.
  • Camouflager - Hides the message associated with gaining a Mutation.

Research

You can buy extra features and upgrades through Available Research. Research is shared between all GeneTek consoles.

In return for slowing down the cloning process with Advanced Genetic Analysis enabled on the cloner all Research cooldowns are reduced by 5%. Up to two active cloners will reduce the cooldown.

Research Tier Requires Time Cost Effect
Radiation Emitters 1 Nothing 90 80 Re-roll the pool of all Mutations of an occupant. This will cause severe radiation poisoning that will have to be treated. This can not be used on dead organisms and has a cooldown time of three minutes. You use these via Scramble DNA when you click on the Potential.
Gene Sequence Checker 1 Nothing 90 50 Checks how many base pairs are stable. It has a cooldown of one minute. Correct DNA pairs will turn green and incorrect pairs red.
Gene Booth 1 Nothing 60 50 Lets you sell Mutations at the Gene/Genetics Booth, a machine that lets you give out Mutations without leaving Genetics (for the most part). More on that here.
Advanced Mutation Research 1 Mutations Researched: 20 90 50 Halves the base cost and time of researching a mutation and enables the ability to see, research, and activate advanced mutations. Advanced mutations are generally very powerful and/or unique.
Biotic Cooling Mechanisms 1 Fire, Cold and SMES Resistance 90 150 Halve the cooldown times for all equipment.
Complex DNA Research Efficiency 1 High Complexity DNA 120 50 Research costs and time decrease by 15%.
Complex DNA Mutation Storage 1 High Complexity DNA 120 50
Adds five saving slots for storing mutations.
Complex Material Storage 1 High Complexity DNA 120 50 Increases maximum materials storage by 50.
DNA Reclaimer 2 Gene Sequence Checker 240 100 Allows unwanted genes to be converted into research materials. It has a two minute cooldown and has a chance to fail depending on what gene is being reclaimed.
Radiation Dampeners 2 Radiation Emitters 180 80 Halves the amount of harmful radiation caused by Radiation Emitters.
DNA Injectors 2 Mutations Researched: 20 240 120 Allows the manufacture of Injector syringes that can insert Mutations into other subjects. More on those here.
Emitter Coolant System 2 Radiation Emitters 180 120 Reduces the amount of time required for Radiation Emitters to cool down.
Mutation Storage 3 DNA Reclaimer 300 100 Allows for storage of up to three genes in each GeneTek console's Stored Mutations for the purposes of combination or transference into new recipients. The Mutations must be researched and activated before storage. Combining Stored Mutations can produce rare or unique mutations! Experiment!
Precision Radiation Emitters 3 Radiation Dampeners, Emitter Coolant System 300 150 Upgrades the Radiation Emitters in the scanner so they can target single Mutations at a time. The Mutations must have been researched first, and doing this has a longer cooldown and greater irradiation amount than regular DNA scrambling.
Improved Material Storage 3 DNA Reclaimer 300 125 Increases the maximum number of research materials to 150.
Biotic Radiation Dampeners 3 Radiation Dampeners, Radiation Resistance, Radioactive 250 100 Completely removes the harmful effects of the Radiation Emitters.
Expanded Mutation Storage 4 Mutation Storage 450 120 Adds two additional saving slots for Mutations.

Combining Mutations

Once you have researched Mutation Storage, active Mutations can be stored and combined to yield new and more useful Mutations. Some of these are only available via combination, whereas others may appear (rarely) as 'Potential Mutations. There isn't any penalty to getting an invalid combo, so feel free to experiment and see what results you get!

Lesser-Relevant Menus

Alongside Potential, these menus appear when you have someone in the scanner. Compared to Research and Potential, there's not much to say about these. They still have a purpose, mind you, but they do far less than the other ones. and are way less important.

Mutations Menu

This shows mutations which are active. If you have the Mutation Storage or Gene Booth upgrade, this is where you go to store or sell them. While you have the same 'Potential after getting cloned, you lose any active mutations after getting cloned, so people coming out of the cloner usually have this empty, unless the cloner had Advanced Genetic Analysis enabled.

Body

This lets you change the occupant into a variety of lovely forms depending on what mutations you've researched, such as a lizardman or a giant cockroach. By default, Human and Primal Genetics (monkey) are available.

Appearance

This one opens up a menu just like the one in the Character Selection screen, where you can change the hair style (s), hair color, skin tone, eye color, and various other cosmetic things about the occupant. If you want to give people obnoxious Sailor Moon hair or colorful Rainbow Afros, this is the place (and the only place at that, as this is pretty much the only way to get those unique hair styles). Only appears if whoever's in the scanner is a race that can accept these appearance options, namely humans.

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