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Pattern type Oscillator
Family Candlefrobra
Number of cells 16
Bounding box 10×5
Frequency class 32.5
Period 3
Mod 3
Heat 6
Volatility 0.41
Strict volatility 0.41
Rotor type Hook eating tub
Discovered by Unknown
Year of discovery Unknown

Candlefrobra (or cis-block and long hook eating tub) was found by either Robert Wainwright in November 1984[1] or Dean Hickerson on September 10, 1989.[2][note 1]

A 6-glider synthesis of the canonical Candlefrobra was found in November 2020, based on a 5-glider synthesis of the cis-boat version.[4]


Candlefrobra is about the forty-seventh most common naturally-occurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census.[5] On Catagolue, it is the fifth most common period 3 oscillator, being less common than caterer but more common than candlefrobra on cis-beehive.[6]

A candlefrobra-on-beacon occurred naturally in May 2015, becoming the first trivial oscillator to occur naturally, as the two rotors do not interact.[7]

See also


  1. This discrepancy appears to be due to a mistake while writing the Life Lexicon. Hickerson does not give this oscillator a name in his collection, and instead uses "candlefrobra" to refer to a variant of candelabra, attributing the latter to Wainwright instead.[3]


  1. "Candlefrobra". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on March 15, 2020.
  2. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 15, 2020.
  3. Dave Greene (March 14, 2020). Re: Thread for basic questions (discussion thread) at the forums
  4. bubblegum (November 9, 2020). Message in #cgol on the Conwaylife Lounge Discord server
  5. Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  6. Adam P. Goucher. "Census". Catagolue. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.
  7. Adam P. Goucher (May 4, 2015). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the forums

External links

  • 16P3.4 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs