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“We have devoted ourselves to spreading life throughout the galaxy. Every new world that we seed with life becomes not only a home for our species, but a repository of nature that can assure the survival of life even if other worlds are destroyed.”
- - Stones of Life, Volume 3
The Staff of Life (formerly known as the "Genesis Device") is a Planet Atmospheric Spaceship Tool given to the player upon entering the Galactic Core and speaking to Steve. When used on a planet, the Staff of Life will instantly terraform it to Terrascore T-3 and automatically fill its ecosystem with creatures randomly selected from the Sporepedia.
The Staff of Life is a consumable tool with 42 uses. It is granted on a per save game basis and charges cannot be replenished during normal gameplay.
- Planets terraformed by the Staff of Life do not contribute to the Terra-Wrangler or Zoologist badges unless the player is using terraforming tools while the Staff of Life is in effect. However, as with all terraforming tools, using it on a colonized planet (except Grox owned planets) will incur the "Helping our Planet" relationship bonus.
- The "Genesis Device" name for the Staff of Life may be a reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, where a similarly named device is used to "create life, from where there once was none".
- In the Spore Galactic Edition Galactic Handbook, the manual incorrectly calls the Staff of Life the "Staff of Light".
- The Staff of Life's acronym is Sol, which many believe may suggest that the device originated from Earth.
- An Ecologist empire might give you a collect mission to find a plate in which holds the records of the 'Genesis Project' that was being worked on by a vanished civilization. The empire will also mention that it could turn barren worlds into perfect, stable planets.
- The Staff of Life's 42 use limit references the novel and movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.