When you first get into the space stage in Spore, your homeworld has some missions for you to carry out. One of them, "It's time to go to war with another empire", often seems to be impossible to start. When you click it, you will be told that "it looks like it is not possible". This is despite the fact that I am not currently at war with any other empire, and I do have empires near my homeworld who dislike me.

What factors determine whether this mission can be taken, and once you get the answer "it looks like it is not possible", is it impossible to start the mission from then on? Nothing I do seems to allow me to start it.

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You will be unable to do this mission if there aren't any empires you don't have an alliance with near your home world. If you've eradicated all nearby empires, but still have an empty system nearby, dropping some life forms and a monolith there will create a suitable target. If there aren't any unoccupied system, you can always destroy your colonies in a system and do the above.

  • I've found that this doesn't usually work once your homeworld has started denying the mission - it never gets enabled again. I have a game where there is an unfriendly empire right on my doorstep, yet it doesn't prompt me to go to war with them.
    – Jez
    Feb 6, 2013 at 11:02
  • @Jez I've recently been playing Spore and had the exact same problem (I was all smiles and sunshine before i worked my way towards the super bombs). Breaking an alliance with one of the nearby empires allowed me to get the previously unavailable quest. Are you sure you are not already at war with them?
    – kotekzot
    Feb 6, 2013 at 12:07
  • Well as I said in my answer, I restored an earlier savegame where I could go to war so I'm using that one now.
    – Jez
    Feb 6, 2013 at 13:10

I was lucky and I had a backup of my game from yesterday, when I'd just gotten into the space stage and had only contacted 1 or 2 other empires. This time, I was allowed to start the "go to war" mission with a nearby empire. It looks like the only time you're likely to be able to start this mission is very near the beginning of the space stage.

Of course, this is a really bad time to go to war - you will be weak and it's a distraction you don't need. Nevertheless, you have no choice if you want to complete this mission. What I recommend you do is quickly make an ally - complete the "make an ally" mission from your homeworld - and then start the "go to war" mission. All the other homeworld missions will still be available later. Then, leave the "go to war" mission simmering away. You won't actually declare war on the empire you're meant to go to war with until you attack them. Work at building up a few colonies, and building up about 400,000 Sporebucks. Then, attack the empire you're meant to attack. This will give you the warmonger badge, and you can go straight back to your home colony and buy mini bomb. You're gonna NEED mini bomb to complete this mission.

Once you've done this, begin a process of going to your ally, picking up a ship from them for your fleet, going to the planet your mission tells you to attack, and bombing its cities. You'll probably have to do this several times until you destroy all cities (or cause them all to surrender, whichever you choose). You then finally complete the "go to war" mission, and can get on with all the other ones.

As I said, this is a headache, and is only for the perfectionists (like me) who want to complete every single homeworld mission available. :-)


This is more simple than you think. you need a negative relation with a nearby empire, even a -5 relation is enough. When you have the negative relation with an empire, the mission can be activated.


I just introduced myself with the hostile "call your fighter off before I blast it" option, and got the quest.

I was at the very start of the game, and they were nearby

I also usually use the peaceful introduction, so that may be why I also couldn't get the mission to work

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