Some cells appear to have relationships with each other - cells created by Maxis usually have a hint in their name that depicts their actions. Some cells have completely obvious relations with each other, while others seem to have a weaker relationship. Other ones appear even on different levels but still look similar.

Possible signs of relationships may be not attacking each other (a common theme among relationships), similar names and bodies (another common theme), and in one particular case, reproduction.

Obvious relationships[]

Pinky & punky[]

  • Similar name
  • Similar body
  • Don't attack each other
  • Punkys seem to escort pinky "herds"
  • Punkys not only escort pinky herds, but will also defend them from predators including your cell

Stabber & stabbella[]

  • Similar name
  • Similar body
  • Don't attack each other

Shyster & spiked shyster[]

  • Similar name
  • Similar body
  • Don't attack each other
  • Spiked shysters will attack you more often if you kill shysters

Buzzy & needle buzzy[]

  • Similar name
  • Similar body
  • Don't attack each other
  • Both have electric parts

Particular relationship[]

The most particular and interesting relationship in the game is between paa maa and junior. After mating with paa, maa will lay black eggs that will hatch into junior cells.

  • Paa from papa
  • Maa from mama
  • Junior is nearly identical to paa (except smaller)
  • The three cells are blue
  • The three cells each have four eyes, equally positioned
  • They don't attack each other

Other relationships (speculation)[]

Evolution level Relationships[]

Just as the aforementioned related cells share certain physical characteristics, bloato and nosey have a few common characteristics as well. They are the only omnivorous cells in the game, have similar body shapes and colors, and are fast-moving. As such nosey might have evolved into bloato.

Another possible relationship exists between booster and snorf. Both have similar colors, are carnivores and have a jet.

Ildeeni might have evolved into ducky, due to similar coloring, amount of flagella, and position of flagella.

Squirty might have evolved into puffish, because of similar coloring, same type of flagella, and the fact that they are the only cells in the game that have poison.

Finally, a relationship exists between chomper, jawhead and megamouth as all three possess multiple eyes and mouth-themed names. Chomper and jawhead have similar colors, and jawhead and megamouth both have spikes and a similar body shape. It might be possible megamouth evolved from jawhead, who evolved from chomper. But Megamouth preys on jawhead sometimes. They may have a common ancestor instead, and that ancestor may have evolved from chomper.

A cell-creature relationship exists between maa and trooba. They have a similar color scheme, and a sac, however, the four eyes that the cell Maa possesses do not exist in the trooba. It is possible that Maa cells exited out of water and became trooba.

Weird Relationships[]

Chomper and goldy seem to have a strange relationship. Both won't attack each other and they both hunt pokey and your cell.

Bloato and snorf also have a similar relationship. They don't attack each other and hunt the same prey.

"Domesticating" Prey Cells[]

A player-made cell pushes a docile stabella to a buzzy to damage it.

When a player's cell makes a growth spurt, nearby peer cells become prey cells. These cells end up being more docile. They can be pushed to other peer cells to do light damage to them, making them flee from you. Your "pet" will be unharmed. Just be careful when near carnivores, as they can eat your "pet", especially if it is your only means of defense. Also, if you have a carnivore or omnivore mouth, you could wind up eating it by accident.


Some cells seem to hate each other. Examples include

Predator and Prey[]

Some cells like to eat other cells. Example(s) include