The move rule contains a large variety of known patterns, including many guns, spaceships, and puffers.
Below is an enumeration of small still lifes in the move rule.[note 2] Despite the abundance of interesting moving patterns in this rule, there are relatively few still lifes. It can be seen that there are still lifes of arbitrarily large size by noting that for every odd number of cells greater than 5, there is an obvious extension of the Z-pentomino for that number of cells that is a still life. Also, every lake is a still life, so for any n ≥ 3, there is at least one still life with 8n cells.
Random starting patterns tend to stabilize into a much lower density (around 0.4%) than in Game of Life (around 3%). There are many more oscillators than still lifes in Move. About five sixths of objects in random settled areas are oscillators.
There are at least 16 spaceships known in the move rule. Of these, by far the most well-known is the jellyfish, which travels at speed c/7 diagonally. On December 18, 2020, AforAmpere found the first known knightship in this rule, specifically a (2,1)c/5.
At least 11 guns have been found, most of them by Stephen Morley and Jason Summers. The first gun to be constructed was called Safalra's bow and was discovered on September 21, 2002 by Stephen Morley. It shoots two c/7 diagonal spaceships in opposite directions every 404 generations. Jason's bow, shown to the right, is a smaller version of Safalra's bow that was found by Jason Summers.
One puffer that commonly appears from random starting configurations is shown below. Its period is 170 and it travels at speed 13c/170. It is formed by a common six-cell pattern, which is the smallest pattern that exhibits infinite growth in this rule. Compare this with ten cells for infinite growth in Life.