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Hypermutation

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Hypermutation is currently disabled (since Build 224).

Introduction

Hypermutation is an Evolution which allows Kharaa lifeforms to quickly and cheaply swap between different lifeforms; it is accessible in the Evolve Menu once a Hypermutation Spur is complete.

Once evolved, Hypermutation will permanently occupy the Spur trait slot until death of the player, and disallowing reselection of Celerity and Adrenaline even when evolving to a different lifeform. However, Hypermutation provides three benefits based on the evolution system:

Resource Recycling

Hypermutation allows the player to reuse accumulated and spent Personal Resources to evolve to different lifeforms. Normally, any Personal Resources spent will be permanently lost; with Hypermutation, Personal Resources will be discounted or refunded depending on the cost of the player's current lifeform and the new lifeform (see Evolving to Higher Lifeforms and Evolving to Lower Lifeforms below for examples).

Traits Reselection

Hypermutation allows the player to freely reselect Shell (Carapace and Regeneration) and Veil (Silence, Camouflage, and Feign Death) traits at any time, in exchange for occupying the Spur trait slot in the Evolve Menu. Normally, traits will remain selected and locked in place until the player dies or evolves to a different lifeform; traits reselection grants great flexibility in upgrade customization at a moment's notice.

Rapid Evolution

Hypermutation allows the player rapidly evolve to previously used lifeforms. A player can effectively change his role in combat as different lifeforms once enough Personal Resources have accumulated.

Stats

Evolving to higher lifeforms

Without Hypermutation

  • Evolve to Lerk (30 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
  • Evolve to Onos (75 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
    • Resources Lost: 105 Icon personal resource neutral.png

With Hypermutation

  • Evolve to Lerk (30 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
  • Evolve to Onos (75 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
    • Resources Lost: 75 Icon personal resource neutral.png

Evolving to lower lifeforms

Without Hypermutation

  • Evolve to Fade (50 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
  • Evolve to Gorge (10 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
    • Resources Lost: 60 Icon personal resource neutral.png

With Hypermutation

  • Evolve to Fade (50 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
  • Evolve to Gorge (10 Icon personal resource neutral.png)
    • Resources Refunded: 40 Icon personal resource neutral.png