On Earth, algae are organisms that use photosynthesis to live in fresh and salt waters. They’re differentiated from many similar organisms, including land-based plants, by their lack of complex organs or “true” roots, stems, and leaves.
1. Make a Habitat Suitable for Algae
Algae need water to thrive. These aquatic organisms are found in a wide range of diverse wet habitats, including puddles, ponds, lakes, seas, and oceans.
People often describe algae in terms of the effect algae have on bodies of water with words like “pond scum” and “algae blooms.” In these cases, the description typically refers to widespread or rapid algae growth.
In “Little Alchemy 2,” you make wet environments using the Water element:
- Water + Water = Puddle
- Puddle + Puddle = Pond
- Pond + Pond = Lake
- Lake + Lake = Sea
- Sea + Sea = Ocean
2. Create the Plant Version of Algae
The status of algae in the animal kingdom remains a debated topic. Some scientists believe that algae may represent one of the earliest forms of life on the planet and played a role in the formation of land-based plants.
Other experts argue that algae represent protists that don’t fit into the animal, plant, or fungi categories. Since many people still consider seaweed, a plant-like Algae, a type of plant, the debate won’t end any time soon.
In “Little Alchemy 2,” the developer refers to the Algae element as “Aquatic plants that don’t have true roots, stems, and leaves, but do have the hope of millions that they will replace fossil fuels in the near future.”
The game also gives players the option to make Algae using the Plant element and then later make Plant using the Algae element. You can even make Algae from the Grass element, but you need a Plant to make Grass.
To make Plant, you must make the Life element from a combination of Primordial Soup and Energy:
- Earth + Ocean = Primordial Soup
- Fire + Fire = Energy
- Primordial Soup + Energy = Life
The Life icon, a golden helix of colored DNA and RNA, pops up on the screen with the words “It finds a way.”
You then follow with land-based elements:
- Life + Earth = Soil
The Soil icon, a flat, brown pile of multi-colored dirt, pops up with the words “The organic scalp of the Earth where plants, not hair, grows.”
- Life + Soil = Plant
The Plant icon appears as a stem with two leaves and the words “The original solar-powered organism.”
3. Reproduce Algae in Water
Since algae need water to thrive, you create them in the game by exposing plant-based elements to water-based elements. The simplest ones to combine are Plant and Water:
- Plant + Water = Algae
The Algae icon appears as roundish globs of green and yellow containing spots of light green.
At this point in the game, you can also make the Seaweed element. You merely combine the Plant and Ocean elements.
4. Alternative Combinations to Make Algae
Some people refer to microscopic phytoplankton as the “grass of the sea.” These plankton are a form of microalgae. In “Little Alchemy 2,” you make the Plankton element by combining the Life and Water elements.
Yet, you can also make Algae with Grass. If you don’t already have Grass in your collection, use one of the following combinations:
- Earth + Plant
- Plant + Land
The Grass icon pops up on the screen as short and tall green spikes with the words “Nature’s carpet.”
To make the Algae element, you simply combine Grass with certain bodies of water as follows:
- Grass + Water
- Grass + Pond
- Grass + Lake
It’s important to note that combining Grass with the Water element also results in the creation of the Dew element. The same thing happens with Pond and results in the creation of the Reed element.
Benefits of Algae in “Little Alchemy 2”
In the game, Algae serves as a reminder of how closely life forms in the real world interconnect and rely upon one another. Several hundred thousand species of algae exist on Earth.
People have found algae fossils that are billions of years old. Some algae exist as unicellular or single-celled organisms. Other types of algae exist as multi-cellular ones.
Without algae in the world, other aquatic life would starve since fish feed on algae. People also eat various types of seaweed for nutritional reasons.
Through photosynthesis, algae even supply oxygen to the world’s water bodies by converting sunlight into energy and consuming carbon dioxide.
You can only directly make four other elements with Algae. Yet, once you have those elements, you open up your world and element collection to a wide range of additional related elements that are important in the cycle of life:
- Algae + Sun = Oxygen
- Algae + Carbon Dioxide = Oxygen
- Algae + Earth = Plant
- Algae + Land = Plant
- Algae + Stone = Moss
- Algae + Rock = Moss
- Algae + Boulder = Moss
- Algae + Pond = Swamp
- Algae + Lake = Swamp
The Grand Scheme of Things
As you continue to learn while playing “Little Alchemy 2,” all life in the world is organized from the smallest to the largest systems.
Once you have Algae and the elements you made from it, you can explore larger associated elements and systems. For example, with Oxygen, you can make Ozone, Rust, Scuba Tank, and Small.
Since you use Plant to make Algae and can make Algae from Plant, you should explore all of the elements that have some sort of association with plants, including Ash, Cactus, Catnip, Cotton, Farmer, Flower, Forest, Fruit Tree, Garden, Greenhouse, Hedge, Ivy, Pollen, Pumpkin, Reed, Rose, Seed, Smoke, Squirrel, Sunflower, Tobacco, Tree, Vase, Vegetable and Green Man.
If you haven’t explored the water-related elements that you mixed with Grass to form Algae, you can collect a lot of elements associated with Pond and Lake, including Aquarium, Beach, Boat, Dam, Diver, Duck, Fish, Flood, Frog, Hydra, Manatee, Nessie, River, Sailor, Seal, Seahorse, Seaplane, Seasickness, Stream, Swim Goggles, Swimmer, Water Lily, Waterfall, and Wave.