Mouths are a class of creature parts and an essential part to any creature as they are the only way that one is capable of consuming any type of food, necessary for survival. Thus, this is the only part that must be placed on a creature and without which the creature can't be saved.
There are many mouths to choose from, including mouths with pincers, suckers, sharp teeth, and plain old human-like lips. Each mouth has a different attribute that will affect the stats of your creature. A large mouth full of teeth, for example, may give your creature 5 points to its biting ability. The type of mouth also affects whether your creature will be a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore. Multiple mouths can be placed on a single creature; creatures with both a carnivorous mouth and an herbivorous mouth become omnivorous.
Most carnivorous mouths feature higher-level bite and are most suited for a hostile playstyle, while herbivorous mouths are better for socializing thanks to their high-level sing abilities. Omnivorous mouth are more balanced and varied, and allow eating any kind of food, at the cost of being outperformed by other mouths and not offering the charge ability.
There are 54 mouths available across the base game and all official expansions: 22 omnivorous mouths, 16 carnivorous and 16 herbivorous.
All mouths provide a mating call and at least Bite 1 and Sing 1, with the exception of the bot mouths which have no sing ability.
Core Spore Mouths
There are 16 omnivorous mouths, 12 carnivorous mouths and 12 herbivorous mouths in Core Spore.
The free demo only contains the Reptilian and Insect mouth parts.
These mouths are exclusive to the Cell Creator and Early Creature Creator. In the Early Creature Creator, all of them have the same voice as the "Insect" row of mouths, but with a certain patch, the Filter Mouth sounds like a herbivore beak, and a proboscis sounding like a lamprey mouth. There are only 3 mouth parts available in the base Spore game; Filter Mouth, Jaw, and Proboscis. Both Filter Mouth and Jaw mouth parts are available when starting out in the Cell Stage, but Proboscis must be earned by killing a cell possessing it.
However, with access to the expanded unreleased Cell Creator, the player can add over 12 mouth parts to the cell that they create. Although the player can save their cell, they cannot play or edit them in the base game.
Creepy and Cute Mouths
These parts become available if the player has installed the Spore Creepy & Cute expansion pack. It adds 4 new mouths per diet type.
These parts are added when Patch 1.06 is installed.
All mouths sound unique and determine the way your creature sounds for the rest of the game.
- Reptile mouths will make deep, growling noises, like that of an alligator, large dog, or wild boar. When fleeing from you, they make a high-pitched screaming sound. Their mating calls differ between the Spore Creature Creator and the full Spore game. In the Creature Creator, their mating call consists of four barks, but in the actual Spore game, it makes 7.
- Insect mouths will make chirps and clicks, like that of a cricket. This is also the sound that cell mouths make. The mating call is also different from the Creature Creator than in the full Spore game. In the Creature Creator, the mouth made high pitched cricket chirps. Their mating call is actually a sped-up version of the Willosaur mating call from GDC 2005.
- Fish mouths will make clicks and squeaks, like that of a dolphin. Their mating call also consists of various dolphin squeaks, despite the fact that the Fish mouths resemble a barracuda's mouth or a shark's mouth.
- Bird of prey mouths will make squawks and honks, like that of a parrot. Their mating calls are that of a peacock. Probably as a reference to talking parrots, in the creature editor and creator (mainly in the test drive mode when babies are added and interaction is happening) as well as during creature and tribe stage you can hear creatures with any bird of prey beak say words such as "hello" and even "buenos dias" (Spanish for "good morning") in a stereotypical squeaky parrot's voice.
- Primate mouths will make ooks and squeals, like that of a chimpanzee. Like the Reptilian and Worm mouths, their mating calls differ from the Creature Creator and the full Spore game. In the Creature Creator, their mating call consists of growling, whereas in the full Spore game it resembles that of a gibbon.
- Amphibian mouths will make high pitched croaks and clicks, like that of a treefrog, or for some, a bullfrog. Their mating call consists of various squeaks. On several occasions, Amphibian mouths will make dolphin-like sounds.
- Worm mouths make deep croaks and roars, somewhat like seals or sea lions. If this type of mouth is at sing level 2, 3, 4, or 5 (only by combining this type of mouth with mouths that have high-level sing.), they will make bellowing cries, like that of an elephant. Their mating calls differ from the Creature Creator and the full Spore game. In the Creature Creator, their mating call consists of various gurgling sounds, but in the full game, it is a high-pitched shriek.
- Mammalian mouths will make bays and honks, like that of a donkey. Their mating calls are a long, howling sound somewhat like a cow.
- Swine mouths will make oinks and squeals, like that of a boar. Their mating calls consist of snorting or strangely, howling, kind of like wolves.
- Bird mouths will make chirps and birdsong, like that of any songbird. Their mating calls consist of soft singing, closely resembling a Common Loon.
Mouths on the same row will give creatures voices that are similar, if not the same. Modifying the mouth's size, will affect the creature's voice, ranging from high pitches to low pitched. For example, a reptile mouth at the smallest size will make the creature flee making an EEEEEEEEEEEEEE sound. If it is the largest size it will say AAAAAaaaaaAAAAAaaaaAAAaaaAA. However, the mouth's shape has no effect on voice.
In Galactic Adventures, the mouth a creature has will affect its language if it is intelligent. If a creature has a mouth with lips, it will speak in a gruff male voice, however, if it has insect or worm mouthparts, the creature speaks in a rasping language consisting of clicks. The beaked mouths also sound different, even from each other. Creatures with bird of prey mouths speak with a high-pitched language consisting of squawks, while bird mouths speak in a language consisting more of soft cooing. The captain the player is using always has the gruff male voice though.
- The icon for the mouth part resembles the Slagjaw mouth part.
- The Skexybeast mouth is most likely a reference to the Skeksis' mouths from The Dark Crystal. The Skexybeast naming may also stand as a euphemism for "Sexy Beast".
- If the game is hacked to force the game to save and play creatures with no mouths, the player will be incapable of more than just eating, they also won't be able to collect bone piles, limiting the selection of parts one can get.
- The game actually has data files specifically labeled for "Starvivores", to prevent the game from crashing when no mouth creatures are loaded.
- No matter what mouth type you choose, when you level up to brain level 2 or 3, the noises played during the level up cutscene will sound like it is coming from a lamprey mouth. This doesn't apply for leveling up to brain level 1.
- In the Spore Creature Creator game, some mouth parts like a row of reptilian, fish, primate, and worm mouth parts have their mouth opened.
- Dee Bradley Baker provides the vocal effects for most if not all mouths.