Aerobic Respiration

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Aerobic respiration is performed by the Metabolosome and Mitochondrion parts.


Aerobic respiration is the process of Utilizing Oxygen (O2) and Glucose to produce ATP and a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) byproduct. Respiration performs better and faster than glycolysis, but will only be effective in oxygen-rich environments. It is wise to make sure that the atmospheric gasses within your current location are suitable for respiration or else it may hinder you instead.

Use and Strategy

Aerobic respiration is the most productive means of acquiring ATP in Thrive, making it the best choice for fueling large organisms in oxygen-rich environments. In order to make the most of this process, it is advisable to utilize these parts around 20% oxygen concentration or above since the rate of ATP production scales with oxygen levels. Aerobic respiration consumes a comparatively larger amount of resources than most other processes, so it is important that you ensure your cell is capable of keeping up with the demand by either producing enough glucose directly, or being able to easily source it from the environment.

Placement of these parts should be relatively easy to figure out as long as you pay close attention to the ATP balance bar; Only place these if you need more energy as otherwise producing excess ATP will simply be a waste of precious resources.


Metabolosomes are a collection of proteins used by prokaryotes to perform aerobic respiration. They take up a single hex of space, and produce far more ATP than standard glycolysis, but consume much more glucose as well. As long as sufficient oxygen is present, the use of metabolosomes is one of the most reliable methods of producing enough energy to support a nucleus, as other processes will require far more parts to produce the same amount of required ATP.


One of the most popular organelles in microbiology and for good reason; Mitochondria are essential for fueling the energy needs of any eukaryote living in aerobic environments. This part takes up two hexes of space, but is otherwise more efficient and productive than two metabolosomes combined. Once your cell evolves a nucleus, make sure to replace all of your metabolosomes with mitochondria to capitalize on this outstanding upgrade. Doing so may take some time, but will free up your cell's resource consumption and energy generation to allow you to place more parts.

Function in Reality

In real life, aerobic respiration is one of the most common and well-known cellular processes, aside from photosynthesis. It is widely known as one of the primary sources of energy in a greater majority of eukaryotic life on Earth, and is a staple for education on microbiology the globe over. After-all everyone knows that the mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell, or alot of them atleast.

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