Phibios (Sea Monster)
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The Sea Monster is an aquatic, legless epic creature that always lives on the player's homeworld. It is very similar to Battered Feesh, but doesn't have any weapons and has a strange tail. It appears in the Creature Stage and the Tribal Stage.
The Sea Monster appears on the water's dark areas. If the player swims into these dark areas, a cut scene will play showing the Sea Monster devouring the player's creature. The Sea Monster can't be dodged by swimming away. If your creature has the flying ability and flies out over the ocean or a deep lake, the Sea Monster can catch your creature whilst in the air.
Unlike other epics, the Sea Monster is incapable of killing pack members or any Spore creatures besides the player's creature, making it the safest epic in the game, as the rare "friendly" epic can still squish your creature and other creatures by accident.
The Sea Monster also appears on Tribal stage when the player uses the Flying Fish consequence ability. The chieftain will start playing a cornet, and the Sea Monster will appear. It will then jump, sending many fish onto the beach to the player's tribe. Then, the Sea Monster and the chieftain will wave happily to each other, suggesting that they know each other. The Sea Monster will then go back into the sea. This is the only way to see the Sea Monster's body.
The Sea Monster doesn't appear in Civilization Stage or Space Stage, suggesting that it has either become extinct during the thousands of years that passed between tribal and civilization stage, or that it has become afraid of your species and hidden in deeper water. It also doesn't appear on Maxis or the player's Sporepedia, being a rather unique creature.
A glitch exists in the creature stage where your first nest may spawn in the water, making it so that when your creature comes on land, the Sea Monster comes out of the ground and eats it. This makes it impossible to move forward in the game, and your creature will most likely starve to death unless they are carnivorous and can lure other creatures into the water using the spit ability.
There is also a glitch where the Sea Monster will jump at you if you are on land, coming up through the ground and eating you. Also, if this happens, you can swim far out to sea and he won't get you.
It was once thought that a glitch occurred when the Sea Monster appears to the chief in Tribal stage when it executes the Flying Fish ability, but brings no fish. This can be resolved by bringing your chief to the water's edge. It isn't a glitch, because the Sea Monster has an animation for when the chief isn't by the water.
- The Sea Monster could represent the various marine reptiles of prehistoric Earth, such as plesiosaur, ichthyosaurs and mosasaurs.
- Unlike all the other creatures, the Sea Monster can not be killed.