Most resources are lost when attacking planets or upon entering a Black Hole, but some — for example Diamonds and Dark Matter — are never lost unless they are actually used to purchase or research something.
The primary source of Bacteria is purchasing Bacteria colonies, but there are several other ways as well.
The player loses all his Bacteria when attacking a planet or entering a Black Hole. In doing so, more valuable resources are obtained and new Bacteria can be produced faster.
Main page: Bacteria
Gene Strands are resources that are obtained by killing a percentage of a planet's population. Other means of earning Gene Strands include recycling Evolved Bacteria and completing daily quests. Gene Strands are not lost after attacking a planet.
Main page: Gene Strands
A player can equip up to 3 Evolved Bacteria at one time, but there are no limitations as to how many Evolved Bacteria can be owned.
The Evolved Bacteria that are equipped provide bonuses to production, increased critical strike chance and multiplier, reduced research time, and other positive effects.
When entering a Black Hole, there is a default 90% possibility that an Evolved Bacteria will die. Before entering, the player can secure two bacteria that will definitely survive. When the player destroys the fifth planet after the first Black Hole, Bacteria Irradiation is unlocked. It is accessible from the Research Lab and can increase the black hole survivability of an Evolved Bacteria.
Main page: Evolved Bacteria
Scientists are different from most resources, as they are returned to the player after each use. The only way to lose a Scientist is by resetting the research tree of the Dark Matter Institute (if the Doppelganger technology has been purchased).
The player starts the game with one Scientist. New Scientists can be bought for Diamonds and one additional Scientist can be earned by researching the Doppelganger technology in the Dark Matter Institute. There is no limit to how many Scientists a player can have, but each consecutive purchase of a Scientist increases its price.
Scientists are required in the Research Labs to produce resources, evolve Bacteria, irradiate Evolved Bacteria and Bacteria colonies, clean the lab after Bacteria mutation, etc. After researching the Quantum Leap technology at the Dark Matter Institute, each idle Scientist also doubles the player's BPS.
Main page: Scientists
Diamonds are a premium resource that can be used to purchase:
- a permanent BPS bonus
- a permanent BPC bonus
- an extra Scientist
- bacteria equal to 6 hours of BPS
Diamonds can also be used to instantly complete research or reveal the results of Bacteria mutation. Most bonuses that provide incremental boosts, such as additional BPS, increase in price after each purchase.
Diamonds can be obtained:
- from microtransactions
- from daily logins
- by completing achievements
- by watching ads
- by completing other actions in game (e.g. destroying the 10th planet for the first time will yield 100 Diamonds)
Unlike most resources, Diamonds are not lost when attacking a planet or entering a Black Hole.
Main page: Diamonds
Skill points are used to purchase various upgrades in the skill tree. Both skill points and skill point upgrades are reset only when entering a black hole. Skill points are gained by destroying planets. By default, you earn 5 skill points for destroying a planet - this number is increased by 1 for each time you've entered a black hole.
Main page: Skill Points
The primary use of Nanobots is to kill the last percentage of a planet's population, which is usually harder to infect by using only Bacteria. Unlike in the case of Bacteria, attacking a planet with Nanobots causes to use up only those Nanobots that were necessary to destroy the planet. Similarly to Gene Strands and Bacteria, all Nanobots are lost when entering a Black Hole.
After researching Quantum Robotics at the Dark Matter Institute, the player has a 0.1% chance to produce a Nanobot on tap. Dark Matter Institute also has various technologies, which increase Nanobot strength by 25%.
Main page: Nanobots
Main page: Dark Matter
Each Mineral is unique and gives some permanent bonus to Bacteria production.
Main page: Minerals