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ARK celebrates one-year birthday with in-game event and dinos in hats

Celebrate ARK: Survival Evolved's one-year anniversary with horrific leeches, 10-seat dino taxis and a new dragon boss arena.

ARK: Survival Evolved officially turned one year old today. To celebrate its birthday week, the game is getting a fresh update that includes new creatures, XP-buffing birthday cakes, and a new dragon boss fight.

Two newly-added creatures are hitting the island -- one of which is the disease-carrying leech, a.k.a the Haementeria laetus. These organisms can severely debilitate their host with infections like "Swamp Fever", and require precision blade-work or an open flame to shake off. While these annoying blood-sucking creatures are not tamable, their venom can be used to create powerful anti-venom when processed properly.

Additionally, there's the Diploducus -- which acts as the game's own Uber service. This dino taxi seats 10 players, allowing you to get back to the tribe safely after some serious partying. Be warned: the Diploducus is extremely friendly, even towards predators. You may have to sling an arrow or two to help the dinosaur survive its adorably fatal attempts at friendship.

The one-week "ARK Birthday Event" also includes limited-run items. Players can find candles in Supply Crates to craft XP-boosting ARK Birthday Cakes. Each candle blown out gifts a present to the player -- like party hats for players and dinos, as well as birthday suits that will have players donning plenty of pixels.

The Dragon makes its ARK: Survival Evolved debut as a new boss for well-equipped tribes to take on. It'll take some serious firepower to best this fire-breather.

Other additions players can expect from the update include Training Dummies that will display Damage Per Second values that indicate the damage output of your fearsome dinos.

The Permanent Diseases & Cures mechanic introduces diseases that will persist past respawn and can only be cured through antidotes. Players will also be able to deliberately infect Dodos to act as disease-spreading nuisances.

For the full details on the patch, check out the list below.

  • Dragon Arena & Dragon Boss Fight
  • Breeding Mechanics Phase 2: Interactive Baby Raising (cuddle with your dino babies, pet, walk, and hand-feed them for extra benefits and greater affinity for whomever raised them once they grow up!)
  • Optional RPG Stat Mode: Displays floating in-world damage numbers for all Player-Related Damage Events
  • Added 'Follow Range' (Low/Medium/Far) Setting Per Tamed Dino
  • Added option for PvE Servers to disable building around critical resource node regions
  • Added server option to override per-Item Crafting costs
  • Added server option to override the loot tables for each kind of supply crate
  • Added server option to limit number of members in Tribes. Default: no limit
  • Multi-Seat Saddles (Galli, Diplodocus, etc). Dinos now have an option to enable public seating. Dino Taxi service, ahoy!
  • Servers can now optionally enable an "offline raiding prevention" mode which will make Dinos/Structures invincible if no owner is logged-in (indicated via the head whether the owner player/tribe is logged-in or not). Recommend that server owners utilize this with care, as it may have undesired side effects in a competitive environment
  • Tribe Groups Phase 2: Support for Limited Non-Admin Invites and promotions/demotions per group! Also "Prevent Dino Unclaiming" checkbox, and other new per-rank options
  • Added Alpha Mosasaurus (contains lots of Black Pearls)
  • Alpha creatures XP reduced by 45%
  • Auto-Turrets can no longer be built on Quetz/Sauro/Mosa/Plesi/Paracer platforms (Plant turrets can't be grown on them). Any existing turrets on such platforms will no longer fire. Otherwise they're now only allowed on Rafts and non-moving Bases
  • Plant Turrets now consume Fertilizer per shot, and also will not shoot if no water is in the crop plot
  • Approximate +100% increase to Saurupod and Paraceratherium respective Weight stats

ARK: Survival Evolved is gearing up for its full launch slated for this summer. In the meantime, you can check out this guide on how to efficiently tame your dinosaur in the Early Access.

Published Jun. 3rd 2016
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    So excited to get back into ARK. Soon I'll be getting an internet connection that can actually keep up with their breakneck update speed. (Or at least how their update speed used to be, god.) I've watched it change so drastically from afar.
  • Daniel Lopez
    Featured Contributor
    I've yet to try it out. But after seeing some of the updates (aka birthday suit clad tribes people battling leeches) I'd be crazy not to give it a shot.

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