ARK: Survival Evolved Articles RSS Feed | ARK: Survival Evolved RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Get Rid of Insect Swarms in ARK: Genesis Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:04:24 -0400 Sergey_3847

One of the most diverse biomes in ARK: Genesis is the Bog. It has a lot of great resources, but it also creates a lot of trouble for players in the form of insect swarms as they are a menace.

This guide will give you tips on how to get rid of insect swarms in ARK: Genesis. We've all heard to just jump into some water where the bugs can't reach you, but that doesn't make them go away.

Below you will find three proven methods that actually work to get rid of those insect swarms making you miserable.


The most effective way to quickly get rid of insect swarms is to use Flamethrower. It is more effective than torch or a firearm.

Just point the weapon at the swarm and roast them up. As a result, the entire swarm will vanish in a moment.

The crafting recipe for a Flamethrower is as follows:

  • 75x Polymer
  • 50x Cementing Paste
  • 35x Metal Ingot
  • 10x Sulfur
  • 15x Electronics

Cheat code: "cheat GFI FlameThrow 1 0 0"


If you don't have materials for crafting the Flamethrower, then tame any beast and make it your mount. In case insect swarm starts attacking you, use the melee attack to hit insects.

This will force your mount to kill every insect separately, which takes some time, but at least the job will be done.

Bug Repellent

The last effective option is to consume the Bug Repellent. It won't kill insects, but will keep them away from you.

Use the following recipe to craft Bug Repllent:

  • 6x Pelt, Hair, or Wool
  • 2x Narcotic
  • 4x Citronal
  • 4x Rockarrot

Cheat code: "cheat GFI BugRepellant 1 0 0"


That's it on how to get rid of insect swarms in the Genesis expansion, and for more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

The Longest Games to Sink Hundreds of Hours Into Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:44:37 -0400 Ty Arthur


Monster Hunter Freedom Unite


There is absolutely no question that you could sink a ton of hours into Monster Hunter World, the most recent entry in the Monster Hunter franchise, but it's Freedom Unite that takes the crown. Thing is, you need as PSP or PlayStation Vita to play it.


Offering up to 400 hours of play time, there's an undeniable sense of accomplishment built into Freedom Unite. that triggers something deep in our ancestral memory when we take down some big game, and Freedom Unite offers the ultimate in hunting with gigantic monsters.




What long games are you playing when you find yourself in need a few hundred hours to waste? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts on our picks, and be sure to give us some recommendations for games we could play until our eyes bleed!


Star Citizen


Though it's possible that Star Citizen will never be complete, what's available now in the game's Alpha version is still extremely extensive. 


While still missing many key features, there's plenty to do between combat and delivery missions, mining and trading, exploration, and direct interactions with other players. If you've ever wanted to go explore the stars in the most ambitious video game universe ever conceived, Star Citizen is the ultimate sci-fi time sink


Pokemon Black and White


While some Pokemon games are drastically shorter than others, Black and White is probably the way to go if you're looking to really sink your teeth into something.


For a Pokemon game, there is simply a stupid amount of content in Black and White, and it adds in 150 new pocket monsters to the roster to boot. The gameplay might be old-hat and repetitive by now, but if you want to relive your halcyon days of monster collecting, this is the way to go.


Of course, Black and White isn't your only option. For Switch owners, there's also Pokemon Sword and Shield. While the games don't include all of the Pokemon from the get-go, a completionist run could last more than 100 hours, and there are two expansions still on the horizon!


Fire Emblem Three Houses


Other than Breath Of The Wild, which I'm assuming you already know you should have played, this is one of the very best, and longest, games on the Nintendo Switch. 


Three Houses is filled to the brim with tactical combat and deeply strategic party management. It's got a winding, engaging story, and features elements from other genres, such as simulation and education. 


It isn't a stretch to say you'll be putting in 60 hours on the low end. For those who have to explore every nook and cranny and find every secret, 100 hours isn't inconceivable.


Persona 5


In general, console RPGs tend to offer pretty lengthy campaigns, especially compared against the brevity of any given shooter's single-player mode. But the cream of the crop is Persona 5.


The Persona games have always included a number of deeply interconnected relationship systems against the backdrop of intense complexity. Persona 5 kicks that design into high gear with the lengthiest story campaign yet, not to mention its Memento dungeons full of fantastic loot.


Depending on how much of Tokyo you explore and how far into New Game+ mode you go, 100 hours of playtime is a low-end estimate. If you've already played Persona 5, it might be worth jumping back in with Persona 5 Royal. If that doesn't suit your fancy, take a look at our ranking of the Persona franchise from best to worst.


Disgaea Series


Old-school gamers might recall how you technically could get Cloud Strife to Level 99 on the PS1 version of Final Fantasy 7, but you weren't really supposed to do that. The gameplay just wasn't built around that type of grind, which got old  fast.


Alternatively, Disgaea is a series that's explicitly built around that exact hustle, and the level cap isn't 99: it's 9,999. Yep, you read that right.


Aside from a ludicrously-high character level, every item you pick up in Disgaea has its own randomized dungeon, all so you can level up said item to 9,999. Theoretically speaking, there's no cap to the number of hours you could spend here. Some have certainly spent thousands upon thousands ... 


Thankfully, the series' strategy RPG combat stays fun during the endless grind, and all of the Disgaea titles feature tongue-in-cheek characters and interactions to keep things entertaining.


I'm a fan of Disgaea 2's PC port, but honestly, any of these titles on either console or PC are just phenomenal and worth sinking time into. Want the latest and greatest? Disgaea 5 is the most recent main entry to hit PS4.




What's more fun than giant mechs stomping each other into oblivion?  Harebrained Schemes' take on the long-running Battletech franchise. It's a winner when you need a game that goes on for a long, looooooong time.


While the campaign itself is somewhere in the 60-70 hour range, it's what comes after — when the full map opens up  that's a real time sink. Whether you're an achievement hunter, or you're just trying to get all the parts to build that elusive crab mech, you're facing down hundreds of hours of missions.


While such a glut of content got a bit stale at launch, additional mechs, travel events, and new mission types have since been added with free updates and paid DLC. If you quit after 120 the game first dropped, now is a great time to jump back in to see what's changed. Maybe even add 120 more. 


Any Civilization Game


Why stick with just one era of expansion and conquer when you could cover all of human history and then go far into the future as well? That's what's on tap if you decide to jump into Civilization, Sid Meier's 4X claim to fame. 


As strategy games go, Civilization is the paradigm to beat. Its turn-based design has stood the test of time and influenced countless other titles. Games can play out as fairly quickly if you know what you're doing, and unique bouts abound no matter which of the hundreds of civilizations you pick.  


One truly ludicrous example showcases a player who has been playing the same game of Civilization 2 for 10 solid years. No, not in-game years. Someone has spent a decade of their life on ONE Civilization match that never ended. 


If you aren't familiar with the gameplay, I recommend jumping in with either Civilization 5 or Civilization 6.


Sins Of A Solar Empire Rebellion


Just about any major 4X game could have made this list since they're all focused on expansion, have sprawling maps, and provide plenty of replay value. 


For the real goods, though, look no further than Sins Of A Solar Empire. Whether you want to establish an empire and deal with economic and political issues or just conquer the stars, Sins has dozens of gameplay possibilities. 


Between the story mode and the game's random maps, there are immediately hundreds of hours at your fingertips — but that's just the start. The game supports a bevy of mods, including those for popular fandoms such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Mass Effect, and Stargate


For example, the insanely-detailed Armada 3 mod is still the best Star Trek game that's ever been made, even if it's only a fan-made total conversion mod. 


Heroes Of Might And Magic 3


There are plenty of killer real-time strategy options out there, like Total War or Company Of Heroes. When you need a game that can keep you occupied for months on end, though, the large-scale conquests of Heroes Of Might And Magic have you covered.


Heroes Of Might and Magic 5  when the franchise first made the leap to 3D environments  is my personal favorite of the series, but Heroes Of Might And Magic 3: The Restoration Of Erathia is what essentially coined the idea of "just one more turn" in any and every strategy game. It's a great place to start.


Yes, the graphics are dated, but everything else still holds up. There's an immense level of challenge on the game's harder difficulties, but it's rewarding and worthwhile. That's not to mention the music is still absolutely phenomenal. 


If you'd rather play something more modern, there are plenty of newer entries that feature advanced the gameplay mechanics and venture into other genres, such as sci-fi. Age Of Wonders: Planetfall is an excellent pick to sink a hundred (or two) hours into.


Baldur's Gate 2


You don't have to look to the stars for a sprawling game experience in the triple digits. There's plenty to do in a world like Toril, especially in places like the Sword Coast or Amn.


The granddaddy of all PC RPGs, Baldur's Gate 2 (or, if you must, the "enhanced edition" from Beamdog) is custom-made for playing in long stretches.


Even if you've already played it from beginning to end, there's plenty of reason to jump back into the Bhaalspawn saga and try a different route. Side with or against Bohdi and her vampires, go with an all-evil party by grabbing Korgan, Viconia, and Edwin, or try another class to earn a radically different stronghold.


Another option that involves a significant time investment is the Baldur's Gate 2 romance system, which actually plays out over weeks and months of in-game time as you get to know companions. 


Kingdom Come: Deliverance


KC:D doesn't have nearly the same insane potential as Kenshi, but the trade-off is that there's significantly more story to enjoy. It does so in an open world with multiple ways to approach any situation.


You start off as a peasant-nobody and have to build up your gear and reputation in a very (very) deadly world. The combat is deep and tactical, with dozens of different weapon choices from swords to maces. Clothing also plays a key role not only for defense but for social standing. And there's a crafting element that's rooted in real-life alchemy. 


Kingdom Come is also significantly more polished and graphically pleasing than Kenshi, and looks utterly gorgeous on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, not to mention a high-end PC. 




Unconcerned with the typical story-rich RPG experience, Kenshi lets you play however you want. A true sandbox, you can build your own empire, become a slaver, start a rebellion, or just spend time crafting and researching. There's no right or wrong way to play Kenshi.


Once you get the basics of this truly punishing game down, though, it's time to extend your playtime with the game's dozens of mods. Here's a list of must-download Kenshi mods to get you started.


Ark: Survival Evolved


We'll start with the ultimate time sink. If you dig survival games or just like the idea of riding a dino across a prehistoric landscape before building your own city, Ark is up your alley.


You probably already know about Ark, but if you don't, the idea isn't just to fight other survivors and build a settlement, but it's also to tame and domesticate wild animals. From fiery Ark magmasaurs to spidery bloodhunters, creatures of all shapes and sizes can join your primal menagerie when you figure out the proper taming methods.


Yeah, it has some clunky UI and connectivity issues still, but there really isn't any competition when it comes to Ark, a survival sim where you get to build up a stable of animals and craft a society however you please.


To really understand the amount of time you might lose to Ark, just take a gander at the game's Steam page, where hundreds and hundreds of players have logged thousands of hours of play time!


If you're not a fan of the game's prehistoric sci-fi setting, Outlaws Of The Old West has essentially identical gameplay but lets you live out your Wild West fantasies instead.


Sometimes you just have a lot of time on your hands. Whether it's because of a long weekend or an extended vacation, there are times you just want to immerse yourself in a digital world for 100+ hours. 


Luckily, there are a ton of games that fit the bill. We're going to assume you already know that heavily modded Elder Scrolls entries or Fallout 3/4 offer hundreds of hours of gaming opportunities. So instead of pointing out the completely obvious, we're going to focus on a handful of games you might have forgotten about or, perhaps, hadn't considered. 

ARK: Genesis Guide — Mission Loot Table Breakdown Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:15:33 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are five new biomes in ARK: Genesis. Each of them has a number of missions, which you can complete for special rewards. Each mission offers a number of items, the quality of which depends on your chosen level of difficulty. This guide will provide you with a complete mission loot table list for all five biomes in ARK: Genesis.

Whenever you complete a mission you will be rewarded with one of the listed items randomly. You can repeat missions over again if you're looking for a specific item. The loot table below will help you find the right mission for the items you're looking for.

Arctic Biome Loot Table

Built Fjord Tough Fabricated Sniper
Hazmat Gloves
Parasaur Saddle
Ruffle Some Feathers Astrocetus Tek Saddle
Tek Sensor
Tek Claws
Mining Drill
Mosa Plat
Rocket Launcher
Mammoths on Parade Desert Cloth Helm
Hazmat Helm
Metal Sickle
Hyde and Seek Fur Chest
Metal Shield
Heavy Miner's Helmet
Deer-ly Departed Kapro Saddle
Megalosaurus Saddle
Megatherium Saddle
Searching the Fro-zone Plesiosaur Saddle
Procoptodon Saddle
Scuba Goggles
Mound Over Matter Riot Boots
Riot Shield
Trike Saddle
Home is Where the Pouch Is Tek Railgun
Flak Legs
Titanosaur Saddle
The Rhino 500 Tek Sword
Sarco Saddle
Bronto Platform Saddle
Araneo Saddle
Saber Slalom Ghillie Boots
Simple Pistol
Desert Cloth Boots
Ice Fishin' Harpoon Gun
Bronto Saddle


Bog Biome Loot Table

Bog Beatdown Tek Helm
Flak Chest
Paracer Plat Saddle
Assault Rifle
Spy Vs Spino Fur Legs
Giga Saddle
Hide Legs
Swamp Placid Ghillie Legs
Hyaenodon Meatpack
Iguanodon Saddle
Cheaper by the Pack Flak Helm
Metal Pick
Web Search Cloth Pants
Ghillie Mask
Just A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Away Frog Saddle
Compound Bow
Another Bog Hunt Quetz Saddle
Pteranodon Saddle
Along Came Pollen Electric Rod
Phiomia Saddle
Plessie Plat Saddle
King of the Swing Cloth Boots
Bog Rally Fabricated Pistol
Ghillie Chest
Bog Fishin' Harpoon Gun


Lunar Biome Loot Table

TEKnological Terrors Pachy Saddle
Paracer Saddle
Riot Legs
King of the Moon Gallimimus Saddle
Gas Mask
Hide Hat
A Captain's Conquest Cloth Hat
Flak Gloves
It's a Bug Hunt Equus Saddle
Fur Gauntlets
Hunting by Moonlight Tek Rifle
Fur Helm
Hazmat Pants
Desert Cloth Pants
Don't Fear the Reaper King Tek Boots
Megalania Saddle
Double Barrel Shotgun
Hide Chest
This Little Light of Mine Tek Chest
Megachelon Saddle
Frog Saddle
Compound Bow
To Boldly Go Chitin Leggings
Quetz Platform Saddle
Tokyo Skifft Charge Lantern
Roll Rat Saddle
Ravager Saddle
Space Jam Any random item


Ocean Biome Loot Table

One Tough Moeder Tek Claws
Magma Saddle
Whale Saddle
Mining Drill
Tek Sensor
Hazmat Suits
Ravager Saddle
Desert Cloth
Loch'd and Loaded Longneck Rifle
Daeodon Saddle
Diplodocus Saddle
Stone Axe
Who Hid the Squid? Cloth Hat
Cloth Shirt
Flak Gloves
The Mosa Proposal Dire Bear Saddle
Ghillie Gloves
Hazmat Shirt
Tek Gloves
Doedicurus Saddle
Chasing the White Whale Dunkle Saddle
Hide Gloves
Ichthy Saddle
Wooden Club
The Teeth Underneath Hazmat Gloves
Scuba Flippers
Echo of a Classic Fishing Rod
Megaloceros Saddle
Rip it, Roll it, and Punch it! Riot Gloves
Stego Saddle
Tapejara Saddle
Wave Ray 64 Hazmat Helm
Kapro Saddle
Megatherium Saddle
Bottle-nosed Blitz Chitin Boots
Chitin Helmet
Sabertooth Saddle
Hide and Sink Rex Saddle
Raptor Saddle
Rhino Saddle


Volcano Biome Loot Table

Magma Medley Melee Chitin Chest
Desert Cloth Chest
Pachyrhino Saddle
Tek Pants
We Will Rock You Basilisk Saddle
Flak Boots
Karkinos Saddle
Allo and Goodbye Beaver Saddle
Chalico Saddle
Desert Cloth Gloves
Carno Saddle
Hunt in the Heat Arthro Saddle
Baryonyx Saddle
Basilo Saddle
Fur Boots
Kingslayer Gacha Saddle
Hide Boots
Stone Pick
Thorny Dragon Saddle
The Summit Tour Chitin Gloves
Metal Hatchet
Spino Saddle
One Hell of a Treasure Hunt Manta Saddle
Megalodon Saddle
Riot Chest
The Egg-straction Hide Chest
Megalania Saddle
Double Barrel Shotgun
Tek Boots
Dead Heat Scuba Flippers
Night Vision Goggles
Mosasaur Saddle
Gotta Go Fast Heavy Miner's Helmet
Metal Shield
Fur Chest
Out of the Frying Pan... Heavy Miner Helmet
Scuba Leggings
Pump Action Shotgun


That is all for the mission loot table breakdown in the Genesis expansion, and for more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

ARK: Genesis Guide — How to Get All New Weapons Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:25:13 -0400 Sergey_3847

ARK: Genesis is an expansion that offers five new weapons, most of which are Tek-tier weapons. This means that in order to craft them and be able to use them, players need to obtain their Tekgrams first. This guide will show you how to get all these new weapons and their corresponding Tekgrams.

If you don't want to spend time beating bosses and getting all the Tekgrams, then you can just use cheat commands, which are also available in our guide below.

Cruise Missile

Ark Genesis cruise missile.

Cruise Missile allows players to shoot a controlled missile and manually guide it towards the target.

To use this weapon, you need to have its Tekgram, which can be obtained only after defeating the final boss of the game: Corrupted Master Controller (Alpha).

After learning the Tekgram, you can craft Cruise Missile with the following recipe:

  • Polymer x212
  • Metal Ingot x256
  • Crystal x160
  • Element x14
  • Black Pearl x26
  • Electronics x128

Cheat command: "cheat GFI TekCruiseMissile 1 0 0"

Flaming Spear

Ark Genesis Flaming Spear.

Flaming Spear is the only new weapon in the Genesis expansion that doesn't require a Tekgram. But you also cannot craft it.

The only way to obtain Flaming Spear is to complete the Gauntlet mission in the Bog Biome. This weapon spawns near the mission terminal.

Cheat command: "cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/CoreBlueprints/Weapons/Mission/PrimalItem_WeaponSpear_Flame_Gauntlet.PrimalItem_WeaponSpear_Flame_Gauntlet'" 1 0 0"

Tek Claws

Ark Genesis Tek Claws.

This is the first weapon of its kind in ARK, and it can block attacks. Although its melee capabilities are rather limited, the damage can be increased by chaining hits.

The Tekgram for Tek Claws can be obtained from Corrupted Master Controller (Gamma).

The crafting recipe is the following:

  • Polymer x160
  • Metal Ingot x180
  • Crystal x184
  • Element x28
  • Black Pearl x52

Cheat command: "cheat GFI TekClaws 1 0 0"

Tek Grenade Launcher

Ark Genesis Tek Grande Launcher.

Just like the title suggests, this is an advanced grenade launcher that supports six types of grenades:

  • Grenade
  • Tek Grenade
  • Cluster Grenade
  • Smoke Grenade
  • Poison Grenade
  • Tek Gravity Grenade

The Tekgram for this weapon can be obtained after defeating Moeder, Master of the Ocean (Alpha).

The crafting recipe is the following:

  • Polymer x180
  • Metal Ingot x420
  • Crystal x180
  • Element x40
  • Black Pearl x80
  • Electronics x60

Cheat command: "cheat GFI TekGrenadeLauncher 1 0 0"

Tek Shoulder Cannon

Ark Genesis Tek Shoulder Cannon.

This is the best and most versatile new weapon in ARK: Genesis. It's an energy weapon with three different fire modes, which can also be used as a shield.

The Tekgram for the Shoulder Cannon can be obtained after beating the Corrupted Master Controller (Beta).

The crafting recipe requires the following materials:

  • Polymer x240
  • Metal Ingot x900
  • Crystal x240
  • Element x100
  • Black Pearl x100

Cheat command: "cheat giveitemnum 497 1 0 0"


That's it on how to get all new weapons in the Genesis expansion, and for more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

ARK: Genesis — How to Beat the Final Boss Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:00:22 -0400 Sergey_3847

The rewards for beating the final boss in ARK: Genesis are totally worth your time and effort, but getting there may be just as hard as beating the boss himself.

This guide will give you a complete walkthrough on how to get to and beat the notorious Corrupted Master Controller.

There are three different levels of this boss fight: Gamma, Beta, and Alpha. Each level has three stages that precede the actual boss fight, and the final stage that will put you face to face with the most dreaded enemy in all of ARK.

Step 1: Enter the System Root

Before you can reach the Corrupted Master Controller, you need to interact with your HLNA pet for it to offer three Final Tests:

  • Gamma: 58 missions
  • Beta: 116 missions
  • Alpha: 168 missions

This means that you need to complete the required number of normal ARK: Genesis missions for each of the boss fight levels. Once you've completed 58 missions, you can enter the Gamma level of the System Root, and by beating the boss you will get the Gamma rewards.

The same rule applies for Beta and Alpha levels. Each level offers different rewards, but all three boss fights follow the same scenario. If you want to get all the possible rewards, then you need to beat all three levels.

Step 2: Deposit Code-Keys

Once you've entered one of the arenas, you need to remove the three pieces of the Corrupted Master Controller's mask before actually fighting him.

In order to do this you need to kill the Corrupted Avatars and Corrupted Dinosaurs that will be attacking you.

Each dead avatar will drop a code-key. Pick it up and bring the code-keys to the Codebreaker terminal in the center of the arena for deposition.

Once you've deposited 80 code-keys, one piece of the Corrupted Master's mask will fall away. Repeat this two more times before all three pieces fall off. All together you will need to deposit 240 code-keys.

You will be given 15 minutes for each piece of the mask and the number of avatars attacking you will be unlimited.

Step 3: Fight the Corrupted Master Controller

When all three pieces of the mask fall away, Corrupted Master Controller will descend to the floor.

At first, he will be immune to damage, so you will need to collect and deposit another 40 code-keys in the same manner as before for him to lose immunity.

When that's done, you can start dealing damage to his face. At the same time you need to be aware of his laser shots and Corrupted mobs attacking you from all sides.

Once you've depleted half of his health pool, he will become immune to normal damage. The only way you can kill him is to use Tek weapons, such as Tek rifles or Tek grenades.

When Corrupted Master Controller's health pool is depleted, he will drop the following rewards according to different levels:

  • Gamma:
    • Tek Replicator
    • Tek Dedicated Storage
    • Tek Claws
    • Unassembled TEK Hover Skiff
  • Beta:
    • Tek Replicator
    • Tek Leggings
    • Tek Shoulder Cannon
    • Astrocetus Tek Saddle
  • Alpha:
    • Tek Replicator
    • Tek Chestpiece
    • Tek Cruise Missile


That is all on how to beat the final boss in the Genesis expansion, and for more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

ARK: Genesis Resource Map Location Guide Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:59:34 -0500 Sergey_3847

The Genesis expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved introduces a brand new map with five new biomes. The resources are scarce and some are so rare that they only appear at certain spots in a single area.

Here we'll go over where to find the largest deposits of ores and additional nodes that aren't as abundant, but can still be explored for some extra resources.

Some biomes are more rich in ores than others. If you're looking to find as many resources as possible, then focus on Bog and Volcanic biomes first.

Arctic Biome Resources

  • Coordinates: 70.6 - 33.1

You'll find lots of metal at the base of the mountain. There are also some metal rocks scattered along the path.

  • Coordinates: 76.5 - 32.4

There is a pathway going along the mountain, which produces a ton of crystal ores, which you can mine for gems.

Additional nodes: 72-36; 75-31; 70-31; 70-36; 70-32; 82-18; 86-26; 73-13.

Bog Biome Resources

Metal and Gems
  • Coordinates: 76.6 - 58.1

Start at the southwestern edge of the Bog biome and look around tall trees. You will find lots of huge metal nodes ready to be mined.

Look under the trees and find some green gems as well.

Mushrooms and Honey
  • Coordinates: 60.8 - 72.8

Climb up the tree branches and locate a whole habitat of rare mushrooms: Aggeravic, Aquatic, Ascerbic, Auric.

Also, check out the top branches for some bee hives full of honey.

Gas, Sap, and Absorbent
  • Coordinates: 84.0 - 74.0

Locate a bunch of poisonous trees that exhume sap and gas. You just need to run up to them to be able to collect resources and still survive.

Fungal Wood
  • Coordinates: 87.0 - 80.8

Not too far from the poison area you will discover fungal trees that produce fungal wood. These are safer than poison trees, so collect as much as you can.

Additional nodes: 54-72; 68-78; 67-75; 76-73; 80-70; 81-82; 54-68.

Lunar Biome Resources

  • Coordinates: 52.7 - 32.4

Here is one of the new rarest resources: Ambergris. You can mine it from green glowing stones scattered around. There are some metal stones as well.

Gas and Oil
  • Coordinates: 30.5 - 35.5

Come along the gas rivers and collect all the oil and gas that have been accumulating here for ages.

  • Coordinates: 19.8 - 23.5

Seek for obsidian stones along the edges of small floating islands. They aren't as abundant as volcanic, but there's still plenty.

Additional nodes: 19-28; 22-13; 51-38; 53-35; 46-23; 48-14; 33-26.

Ocean Biome Resources

  • Coordinates: 20.8 - 47.1

There are plenty small islands around with lots of metal rocks. Just hop on one or two and start mining.

  • Coordinates: 35.8 - 46.3

Most obsidian in this biome can be found only on the bottom of the ocean, so dive in and try mining under the water.

Silica Pearls
  • Coordinates: 19.4 - 52.7

These rare pearls can be mined from huge shells that are stuck to the bottom of the ocean. Hit them a couple of times and they will spit out the pearls.

Additional nodes: 23-46; 28-47; 32-46; 32-44; 36-44; 40-46; 24-54.

Volcanic Biome Resources

Obsidian and Element Shards
  • Coordinates: 27.2 - 73.3

Climb up a rocky hill and find a whole area of obsidian stone and some red crystal formations that produce element shards.

  • Coordinates: 25.5 - 76.6

This is a perfect spot for mining sulfur, which spawns under or near volcano mountains. Just go under the mount into the caves and collect as much sulfur as you need.

  • Coordinates: 47.5 - 80.0

This area in the southern edge of the biome is completely soaked in oil, so it's going to be really easy to collect it here.

Black Pearls
  • Coordinates: 20.4 - 78.2

Arrive at a volcanic cave and go under the mountain. On the bottom of the cave you'll find lots of black pearls scattered on the ground.

Additional nodes: 18-81; 16-87; 17-88; 30-85; 38-85; 48-75; 46-72.


These were resource locations for all five new biomes in the Genesis expansion, and for more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

ARK: Genesis Bloodstalker Location and Taming Guide Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:54:05 -0500 Sergey_3847

Bloodstalker is a new tamable beast in the latest Genesis expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved, which can fly and most surprisingly doesn't require a saddle.

Unlike many other creatures in ARK, this one can be tamed only by non-violent measures, which may seem unusual for many players considering the usual methods.

The taming process also requires certain preparation before going all in. So just follow the steps below and soon you will be riding your own tamed Bloodstalker.

Bloodstalker Location

Bloodstalkers inhabit a swamp area in the southeastern part of the map. Use the coordinates 75x and 80y to locate the Bloodstalkers.

You won't always find them at the exact same spot, but usually, this is where they spawn the most.

How to Tame Bloodstalker

Bloodstalkers are spider-like creatures that usually hang on the branches of the trees. They are very aggressive and will try to latch onto you as soon as you approach them.

Since the taming of a Bloodstalker is a non-violent process, this is exactly what you want, so let the creature latch onto you. Don't fight it!

But before doing this you need to have at least a 1000 Blood Packs in your inventory. When Bloodstalker latches, it consumes your Blood Packs, and that's usually how much a Bloodstalker consumes before being tamed.

You can get Blood Packs by using a Blood Extraction syringe to create them yourself.

The whole process may take up to 30 minutes, so have some patience. But as soon as it consumes enough Blood Packs and your Tame Modifier reaches a 100%, the Bloodstalker will be tamed.

Lastly, bring a Bug Repellent along the way, as there are lots of attacking bugs in the swamp. This should protect you from an unwanted blood loss.


That's it on how to tame the Bloodtsalker in the Genesis expansion, and for more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

Ark: Genesis Delayed Again, New Release Date Revealed Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:28:14 -0500 Ty Arthur

Survival phenomena Ark has always courted controversy with its release schedule, from staying in Early Access for years to releasing paid DLC before its full launch. The Genesis season pass is the latest expansion to elicit groans from the community. Though the DLC has been available to buy since August, it still has yet to see release.

After another delay from the previous launch window of January, we've now got a firm launch date for the first half of Ark: Genesis. Part one of the Ark: Genesis season pass is confirmed for a February 25 release date.

Here's what the development crew had to say about the date push back:

We know things have been a bit quiet on Genesis news for the past few weeks, even though there is much more to show you, we’ve been deeply immersed in the pre-release development process. 

This additional delay will no doubt come as a disappointment to everyone who is eagerly awaiting Genesis. We’re extremely sorry to push it back an extra month, but as we have been heads-down with the rest of the team polishing, balancing and putting the final pieces together, we really felt that the extra wait will be worth it both for the quality of the base game and the ambitious new expansion.

Here's the current release schedule for this massive update to the dinosaur-riding survival title:

  • Exclusive HLN-A cosmetic pet (available now)
  • ARK: Genesis Part 1 (available 25th of February 2020)
  • ARK: Genesis Part 2 (available winter 2020)

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Ark: Survival Evolved and its Genesis DLC. 

The Best 5 Survival Games of 2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 14:38:32 -0500 Yaneki


1. Subnautica


Subnautica strands players on a vast alien ocean world absolutely teeming with life, and not all of it is friendly. Plenty of fish in the sea may be right when some of them want to eat you. Subnautica is an unrivaled joy to explore, as it rewards you with beautiful scenery and haunting creatures the deeper you go, all the while offering players a story and goal to follow.


While some games like ARK or Conan offer underwater experiences, none of them really come close to Subnautica or the terror of being besieged or chased by alien sea monsters and leviathans.


The Sub Zero DLC is supposed to be even more terrifying and oppressive, with constant blizzards on the surface and much more monstrous foes to contend with. Though I've yet to play the DLC myself.


The only thing some would say is really holding the game back is the lack of multiplayer. Subnautica is a solo experience, so you'll be going it on your own and that leaves out any human interactions that make other games so fun. But it still manages to take the cake in our opinion.




What do you think were the best games to survive in through 2019? With the new decade being rung in, who knows what's to come with 2020 and beyond's survival game offerings. Let us know which survival titles you're awaiting in the comments below!


2 - Rust


Rust offers players the tension of DayZ combined with a unique charm to it, along with the best building system out of any survival game in the market. Seriously, every building system should just copy Rust, please.


Player interaction is what makes and breaks this game.


Rust offers a massive playerbase, so you'll come across all manner of friendly encounters, roleplayers, screeching children and memesters, but for every group like that, there's about 5 more that will cave your skull in with a rock or put a bullet between your eyes for legitimately no reason. Except maybe cannibalism. But hey, that just makes it extremely entertaining to watch on YouTube.


PvP is exceptionally intense as well, with raiding and skirmishes being extremely prominent given how hostile most players are.


More than anything though, Rust's Achille's heel is time itself. With most servers operating on weekly wipes, Rust encourages players to log in en masse on Wipe Day so they can quickly acquire the boots needed to stomp on any players unfortunate enough to attempt joining in after them.


3. Conan Exiles


Conan Exiles has managed to fill in a niche void for players who not only want something more comprehensive and substantial in their survival MMOs, but also for fans who are just missing the good old days in Age of Conan.


The game successfully creates a living, breathing world with multiple biomes and societies, each filled with various tribes of NPCs, while still keep a massing wasteland, tundra, and jungle area to explore and build in. Combat feels good, building is fun, and players can even tame animals or summon gargantuan avatars of the gods to smite their enemies.


4. ARK: Survival Evolved


I would love ARK: Survival Evolved and probably play it way more than the over 2,000 hours I already have in the game if it weren't made by studio developer Wild Card.


The game has literally always had severe gameplay problems and bugs and extremely poor optimization. The base game itself takes up way too much HDD space, which for many just isn't worth it.


I say all this but, again, I've played 2,000 hours of it. So that counts for something.


ARK offers beautiful, enormous maps filled to the brim with plenty of unique environments just begging to be explored, each with their own host of prehistoric animals, mutants, and even robots players don't just have to slap to death -- they can tame them, too.


With so much to explore and so much to actually do, it's easy to get hooked on hunting down Ascendant and Tek tier loot. Plus, dinosaurs are just really really cool.


5. DayZ


It's 2019 and DayZ finally launched it's full release, a feat many thought would never happen.


The game had been in Early Access since forever, and honestly, not a whole lot has changed over the years. Loot is painfully scarce, everything is deadly, and you'll probably starve to death before you get munched on by a zombie. Overall, it's pretty average and boring but sets the standard.


But it's once you get the ball rolling that DayZ picks up, once you have your first precious cache of stuff, a backpack, a gun, some clothes, that's when the game hooks you with this nerve-wracking tension of losing everything in an instant if you aren't careful.


Players are constantly hunting or even abducting each other in DayZ, making it one of the most tense games to play alone or even with a small group.


The end of the decade is here, and what a decade it was. The 2010's brought in a host of the fairly new survival genre of games, each for the most part with it's own unique flavor.


From dinosaurs to zombies, to barbarians to just some random naked guys on the beach, here are the top five survival games that held our attention in 2019 and are sure to dominate our libraries well-into 2020 that won't be forgotten with the tick over to 2020.

Put your Life on the Line with Xbox's Survival of the Fittest Sale Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:21:27 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Xbox Store is running another sale alongside its usual ones this week. This one is the Survival of the Fittest sale.

If the name didn't give it away, this sale focuses exclusively on survival games of all forms, whether spiders are killing you for the umpteenth time in Don't Starve or you're testing your wits against killer dinosaurs in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Here's what the sale has on offer:

  • ARK: Survival Evolved — $17.49
  • ARK: Survival Evolved Explorers Edition — $44.99
  • No Man's Sky — $29.99
  • Conan Exiles — $24.99
  • Conan Exiles Complete Edition — $52.49
  • Don't Starve Mega Pack — $8.09
  • The Long Dark — $14.99
  • 7 Days to Die — $17.99
  • Death Road to Canada — $8.99
  • Bad North: Jotunn Edition — $8.99
  • Thea: The Awakening — $8.99
  • Remothered: Tormented Fathers — $11.99

That's but a sampling of the survival goodness on offer. You can check out the full list of games here.

Ark: Survival Evolved Kibble Guide (Updated) Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:13:52 -0400 Ty Arthur

Ark: Survival Evolved is all about the dino taming, but the process has undergone massive changes over the years since the game was in Early Access.

Kibble is a sure fire way to quickly tame dinos and get better results, but many players are finding their old kibble recipe no longer work, or that some dinos no longer seem particularly interested in kibble.

The entire system saw a major revamp recently, and now kibble is broken down into these types:

  • Basic
  • Simple
  • Regular
  • Superior
  • Exceptional
  • Extraordinary

Let's dive into which dinos prefer which type, and then take a look at the specific recipes for each variation. While the info below is current as of this writing and applies to most players, note that the reworked kibble system hasn't actually been implemented yet on mobile or Switch editions of Ark.

Ark Dino Kibble Preferences

Here's the thing to keep in mind: any type of kibble can be used for any creature, but they shouldn't be.

Using the wrong type of kibble actually has less effectiveness than either using the dino's preferred food or even using straight raw meat, reducing it below the standard 1x taming speed.

In other words, if you don't have the specific preferred type of kibble available, just use something else to tame a dino.

Otherwise, here's the specific types to use for drastically increased taming speed:

Kibble Type Creatures That Prefer
 Basic Dilophosaur
 Simple Archaeopteryx
Giant Bee
 Regular Angler
Terror Bird
Thorny Dragon
 Superior Allosaurus
Snow Owl
Woolly Rhino
 Exceptional Basilosaurus
 Extraordinary Griffin
Rock Elemental


Ark Revamped Kibble Recipes

Unlike most other objects crafted in Ark, engrams are not required for kibble, which are instead made using the recipes below.

To craft kibble just combine the ingredients in a lit cooking pot with fuel (or an industrial cooker) and wait -- each stack of kibble requires 30 seconds to cook. 

Every kibble type requires a specific kind of egg plus a number of ingredients listed in the chart.

While the revamped Ark kibble recipes vary, they all include fiber x5 and a water skin.

Note that the water skin must be at least 25% full, but if you are using water irrigation connected to an industrial cooker, you can skip this ingredient entirely.

Kibble  Egg Type Ingredients
 Basic  Extra Small Egg  Mejoberry x5
 Amarberry x10
 Tintoberry x10
 Cooked Meat x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Simple  Small Egg  Mejoberry x5
 Rockarrot x2
 Cooked Fish Meat x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Regular  Medium Egg  Longrass x2
 Savoroot x2
 Cooked Meat Jerky x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Superior  Large Egg  Citronal x2
 Rare Mushroom x2
 Prime Meat Jerky x2
 Sap x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Exceptional  Extra Large Egg  Mejoberry x10
 Rare Flower x1
 Focal Chili x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1
 Extraordinary  Special Egg  Mejoberry x10
 Giant Bee Honey x1
 Lazarus Chowder x1
 Fiber x5
 Waterskin x1


Ark Egg Type Guide

Not sure if you've got the right egg size or where to harvest specific sizes of eggs from different creatures? Here's a handy chart showing what type of dino offers which egg type so you can make all the kibble you need:

Extra Small Egg
  • Dilo Egg
  • Dodo Egg
  • Featherlight Egg
  • Kairuku Egg
  • Lystro Egg
  • Parasaur Egg
  • Tek Parasaur Egg
  • Vulture Egg
Small Egg
  • Archaeopteryx Egg
  • Camelsaurus Egg 
  • Compy Egg
  • Dimorph Egg
  • Gallimimus Egg
  • Glowtail Egg 
  • Hesperornis Egg
  • Microraptor Egg
  • Oviraptor Egg
  • Pachycephalosaurus Egg
  • Pegomastax Egg
  • Pteranodon Egg
  • Raptor Egg
  • Tek Raptor Egg
  • Trike Egg
Medium Egg
  • Ankylo Egg
  • Baryonyx Egg
  • Carno Egg
  • Dimetrodon Egg
  • Diplo Egg
  • Ichthyornis Egg
  • Iguanodon Egg
  • Kaprosuchus Egg
  • Kentro Egg
  • Pachyrhino Egg
  • Pelagornis Egg
  • Pulmonoscorpius Egg
  • Sarco Egg
  • Stego Egg
  • Tek Stego Egg
  • Terror Bird Egg
  • Thorny Dragon Egg 
  • Troodon Egg
  • Turtle Egg
  • Velonasaur Egg 
Large Egg
  • Allosaurus Egg
  • Argentavis Egg
  • Mantis Egg 
  • Megalania Egg
  • Megalosaurus Egg
  • Moschops Egg
  • Snow Owl Egg 
  • Spino Egg
  • Tapejara Egg
  • Titanoboa Egg
Extra Large Egg
  • BBasilisk Egg 
  • Bronto Egg
  • Giganotosaurus Egg
  • Quetzal Egg
  • Rex Egg
  • Tek Quetzal Egg
  • Tek Rex Egg
  • Therizino Egg
Special Egg
  • Deinonychus Egg Valguero
  • Golden Hesperornis
  • Rock Drake Egg 
  • Wyvern Egg 
  • Yutyrannus Egg

Have any other questions about how to use the new kibble system, or need help with some other part of the game? Leave us a comment below, or check out the rest of our extensive Ark guide collection here.

No Sessions Found Fix for ARK: Survival Evolved Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:34:02 -0400 Sergey_3847

The fact is that any game that offers custom servers can have problems connecting people. But the "No Sessions Found" error in ARK: Survival Evolved doesn't even let players see the list of servers to choose from.

This bug has been detected on PC and PS4, so if you're one of those players who regularly gets an empty window in the session list, we have a possible fix in our step-by-step guide below.

Fix 1: For PC Users

The "No Sessions Found" error on PC can be caused by several things, so let's take a look at them all.

First of all, you can get the empty session list because of low ping, which can be adjusted in your Steam menu:

  1. Open Steam client
  2. Go to View in the top menu
  3. Select Settings option
  4. Click on In-Game tab
  5. Set Max Ping to 250

If that doesn't help, then you can manually pick a server through a Steam client:

  1. Select ARK: Survival Evolved in Steam Game Library
  2. Go to View top menu
  3. Select Servers option
  4. Click on the internet tab

You will see all ARK servers listed in the Steam window. Just choose any one you like by double-clicking it.

Lastly, if neither of the two methods helped you, then you need to reset your network settings:

  1. Go to Start menu in Windows 10
  2. Type CMD in Search
  3. Right-click Command Prompt
  4. Select Run as Administrator
  5. In the CMD window type: netsh winsock reset
  6. Press Enter
  7. Restart your PC

Fix 2: For PS4 Users

Many PS4 users have been reporting that they can't find sessions of the PC servers, while all other servers are showing just fine.

The solution, thankfully, is really simple, and all you need to do is find a friend with a PC who would be able to send you an invitation through ARK's server list.

As a result, you will see all PC sessions in your PS4 version of ARK: Survival Evolved.


For more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, check out the list below:

Ark's 2019 Summer Bash Arrives With Speed Boosts And Uncle Sam Tophats Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:32:09 -0400 Ty Arthur

Before getting loaded and risking life and limb with fireworks, don't forget that many of your favorite online games have big summer events currently running.

Ark: Survival Evolved now joins that list as the game's two week Summer Bash 2019 officially kicks off today (for PC players, anyway). The event includes fireworks displays, new summer styles for your survivor bod, and even nifty Uncle Sam top hats.

It's not just new cosmetics landing for the event, however, as dinos will breed at double the normal speed throughout the next 14 days. Survivors will also earn double XP and harvesting any resource additionally gets also gets a x2 boost.

The Ark developers issued this statement about the Summer Bash:

Get everything at a faster speed, that’s what the forefathers would have wanted! Gather seasonal candy that when eaten by tamed beasts, changes their skin colors randomly.

Deck out your party in stylin’ summer game cosmetics including new Sparkler Skin, Fireworks Flare Gun Skin, RPG Firework Rocket Skin, Summer Swimsuits for both male and female characters, a Tophat, and finish it all out with new Flex Emotes!

While currently up and running for PC, note that the Summer Bash event's launch has been delayed on consoles and is expected to arrive tomorrow instead. Check out a trailer for the Summer Bash below.

For those who haven't saddled up a dinosaur yet (or, more realistically, died horribly dozens of times at the hands of a Level 35 monstrosity guarding a water source dozens of times), you can grab Ark: Survival Evolved for 65% off as part of the Steam Summer Sale right now.

Both the Scorched Earth and Aberration DLC sets are also available at 65% off throughout the sale.

You can also follow the latest on Ark's continuing development and get updates on server maintenance and the console Summer Bash launch via Twitter.

ARK: Survival Evolved Mod Contest Roars to Life With $35,000 Prize Pool Mon, 03 Jun 2019 12:45:14 -0400 Glitchieetv

ARK: Survival Evolved is once again in search of the best mods players have to offer. Studio Wildcard has launched its fourth ARK Modding Contest in search of the best mods from the community. The prize pool for creatives/creative teams is $35,000.

This year's entries are being separated into two categories: maps and mods. As it is still a single contest, creators can only enter one category.

To participate in this year's contest, modders should go to the Epic Store and download the ARK development kit, participate in the Unreal Engine ARK Modding Forum, and find content to work off of in the Unreal Engine Marketplace. Interested modders should check out the official rules on ARK's website.

All creations must be submitted by June 29. After the submission period, the final entries will be picked by the development team. The community will then have two weeks to vote for its favorite creations.

Those that vote will be entered into a raffle to win an ARK: Survival Evolved Collector's Edition signed by the development team. 

The number winner will receive $10,000; their mod or map will be included in the game. Second and third place crreators or teams will earn $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. 

First introducing Unreal Engine 4 to its modding community in 2015, Studio Wildcard created one of the first custom mod editors. Since then, various creators have added a plethora of content to ARK: Survival Evolved. The most ambitious of modders have refined their creations throughout the first three Modding Contests; previous entries to the contest have included Tribe Wars, Valhalla, and the Ragnarok map

Check out some of the best Ark mods here

7 Xbox One Games That Need Mouse and Keyboard Support — But Don't Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:30:41 -0500 Ty Arthur


While these are the seven games we'd like to see get mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One, there are easily dozens more that would work well with more input options.


Of course, personal preference plays a large role here; most players tend to agree that Superhot actually works better with a controller than a mouse, for instance.


What games do you want to see make it to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!


Ark: Survival Evolved


You had to know this one was coming, right? Ark may have been on consoles for quite a while now, but a big portion of the playerbase first jumped in on the early access PC version and is much more used to those controls.


When you have such a sprawling, complicated crafting and breeding system like with Ark, it becomes unwieldy when you cram it all into a handful of buttons.


Keyboard and mouse input opens up Ark's options considerably, although it's worth noting the console version isn't terrible by any means. The devs even somehow managed to make Ark work fairly well with even fewer buttons on the iOS version.


Who knows what's going on with that sorcery. 


Cities: Skylines


It almost feels like we didn't need to list this one because it's such an obvious contender.


Any overhead city management sim is always going to have a smoother experience when mouse and keyboard are involved; easily scrolling with a mouse instead of relying on a control stick is always better.


The ability to quickly click options in the in-game list instead of having to scroll through them with a controller just makes the gameplay much more satisfying. That's not to mention the accuracy a mouse brings to the table; building roads can be tricky in the PC version of the game, but it's a nightmare on console. 




This may be an older title, but it's still beloved by many and is a hallowed classic that put Supergiant Games on the map.


If you've played both versions of the game, you probably prefer the PC version over its console counterpart. That's because the weapon control scheme just works better with a mouse and keyboard.


Fingers crossed this one gets keyboard support soon so we can replay this groundbreaking title on our living room TVs. 


Divinity: Original Sin II


By and large, RPG fans absolutely adored this take on turn-based fantasy shenanigans; they even had a great time with it on consoles last year.


However, there was one nagging issue that kept me from deeming it a console classic, even if it was on PC. 


Of course, that was the lack of keyboard and mouse support.


It's beyond clear this style of game is meant to be played with a mouse and keyboard, much like a classic cRPG. The experience just changes too radically when you try to force this type gameplay onto a limited-input controller.


Wasteland 2 


All of those killer old-school, Renaissance-style cRPGs that have arrived thanks to crowdfunding have been making their way to consoles lately. There's no question that they are far better experiences when you ditch the controller.


For a tactical RPG like Wasteland 2, the ability to roll over and click on-screen elements, or to quickly tap keyboard shortcuts, is a huge part of the game's overall feel and style. There's just something lost when playing with a controller. 


Follow-up Wasteland 3 (set in the snowy post-apocalyptic Colorado landscape) will drop later this year, and if history is any indication, we can expect console versions to follow at some point. And all of those should support mouse and keyboard, especially in 2019.


There's really no excuse for them not to. 


Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4


This one is a matter of personal preference, but there's a colossal crop of players who prefer playing FPS games with mouse and keyboard, primarily for increased control and accuracy. With the addition of a battle royale mode, mouse support for the Xbox One version of Black Ops 4 has become even more of a necessity.


It's obvious why Fortnite was one of the first games to receive mouse and keyboard support. If you've played both the PC and console version of the battle royale king, you know it's easier to throw up walls or use items quickly by using side mouse buttons or specific key bindings that you've set yourself instead of relying on the game's vanilla bindings.


Blackout may not have the same building aspects as Fortnite, but there are still plenty of other battle royale elements that would make this a much smoother experience with a keyboard and high-end gaming mouse.


That's not even mentioning the boon this would be for traditional multiplayer matches. 


Halo Wars 2


This one is beyond obvious. RTS games were always meant to be played with mice and keyboards in mind; console controllers were ostensibly tacked on later to varying degrees of success (anybody remember Starcraft 64?).


Players have been begging for mouse control for Halo Wars 2 since it first landed, and this seems like a title that must be in the next crop of K+M-compatible announcements.


It's worth noting that players have actually been hacking together unsupported third-party solutions for this problem since the game released, but they usually get banned when playing online, so official mouse and keyboard support would be a godsend to the player base.


The crossover event we've all been waiting for has arrived: USB mouse and keyboard support for Xbox One is finally here.


Of course, there are some caveats, unfortunately.


While you can plug any USB mouse and keyboard into the console and hope for the best, the only officially licensed device right now is the Razer Turret -- a wireless keyboard/mouse combo that runs at a whopping $249 and was low-key released during CES 2019.


That's a hefty price tag, but it definitely ticks a lot of the right boxes for those looking for a more PC-centric experience on console. Not only does it have the right green/black aesthetic to go with your Xbox One, it also brings the satisfying chunk chunk chunk sounds of a mechanical keyboard to your living room. Plus, it's got a ton of RGB backlighting options to go along with it.


The Xbox One games that support K+M controls are quite limited at the moment, with these games ready to go right out of the gate:

  • Fortnite
  • \n
  • Minecraft
  • \n
  • Warframe
  • \n
  • Bomber Crew
  • \n
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • \n
  • Strange Brigade
  • \n
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • \n
  • War Thunder
  • \n
  • X-Morph Defense
  • \n

Quite a few more titles are set to receive support in the coming months, and it seems obvious that some games are more suited for this input method than others. In particular, there are a host of games that were ported from PC and were obviously made with the keyboard and mouse control schemes in mind.


Here, we've rounded up our top 7 Xbox One games that need keyboard support, from RPGs to RTSes and beyond.

ARK: Survival Evolved Arriving to Nintendo Switch in November Fri, 26 Oct 2018 22:30:50 -0400 Zack Palm

If you thought something was missing from your Nintendo Switch experience, it was the fact you couldn't tame a T-Rex on the go. However, that's changing in little more than a month. 

ARK: Survival Evolved is set to arrive on the Nintendo Switch on November 30. The announcement comes with a live-action trailer you can watch above.

In the survival game, you'll work your way from using stones and spears to equipping your tamed creatures with expensive laser weapons to destroy any foe standing in your way.

There's plenty to do in ARK: Survival Evolved, and with the Nintendo Switch you can stay as mobile as possible. You can take your dinosaur-taming, survival-building adventure anywhere you go. 

You can pick up your copy from Nintendo's eShop for $49.99. For those new to ARK: Survival Evolved, we have plenty of guides and helpful articles for you to browse through to help you get started. Just check out our Ark: Survival Evolved guides page for more. 

Ark: Survival Evolved Mobile Differences From PC & Console Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:33:42 -0400 Ty Arthur

I never thought Ark: Survival Evolved would legitimately see a full, feature-complete launch on PC as Early Access dragged on for a seeming eternity, yet here we are and Ark isn't just on consoles.. it's now on phones!

If you've got a high end iOS or Android device, you can engage in dino taming, tribe building, and settlement crafting between phone calls and text messages.

As might be expected, the game has changed somewhat in the switch between platforms, however, and there are some key differences you need to know about ahead of time.

Free to Play-exclusive Resource

The iOS and Android versions of Ark are free to play, meaning you don't buy it upfront but there are in-app purchases to make it worthwhile for the developer to put the game on mobile.

You don't strictly have to buy anything at all (and I haven't so far), but watching ads gives you an XP boost or a new resource called Ancient Amber to spend in the store.

This rare resource (which can also be bought with cash) lets you buy XP boosts, food and water bumps, bonuses against heat fluctuations, extra weight capacity, and a buff to taming speed. At later levels you can also use it to automatically get caches of resources for building specific engrams.

If you don't want to buy items piecemeal or hope for Ancient Amber to drop randomly, a monthly subscription is also available for $3.99. You can see what you get from that in the image below.

Pursuits as Quest Tutorials

To lower the learning curve and prevent people from throwing their phones, there are now Pursuits in the inventory screen, which are basically quests and tutorials wrapped up into one.

These will walk new players through the basics of how to harvest different types of material, how to craft your first campfire and building, how to tame a dino, and so on, while offering a bit of XP at the end.

Major UI Overhaul In Ark Mobile

The UI and menus have been redesigned, obviously, to work on a phone, so elements you may be familiar with have been re-arranged. Most notably are the swipe left and right hotbars to access different game elements.

Swipe right with your left thumb to bring up the UI hotbar to switch to third person, access your inventory without having to press the backpack at the top-left corner, access the whistles for your creatures, or pick up small tamed animals.

Swipe left with your right thumb to bring up the equipment hotbar to switch between harvesting tools, weapons, and anything else you've assigned to the hotbar (like food or the water skin).

The hotbar scroll wheel is kind of clumsy, since its so easy to accidentally open while trying to turn left or look right. You need to practice your movement motions or move your finger lower or higher on the screen (the scroll bars pop up most often when your fingers are on the center in their normal resting positions).

The game remembers your last two weapons / items used, so just tap between them with the icon at the lower-right for easier harvesting. For instance, with the pick axe equipped through the hot bar, switch over to your fists on the hotbar next.

Now you can just tap the icon in the lower-right corner to switch between them without having to bring up the hotbar scroll wheel menu at all. This is very helpful if switching between berry and thatch harvesting.

Building and Dino Taming

An undo button has been implemented, as setting wall and floor pieces exactly how you want them can be a little dicey on a tiny phone screen. If you don't like how the object was placed, just tap the circular arrow icon next to the backpack at the top-right corner to place the piece back in your inventory.

Taming, breeding, and egg hatching are all quite similar to what you know from the base game, but have been somewhat simplified to work on phones so people don't have to reference online lists of data as often.

Heat fluctuations don't seem to matter as much for egg incubation, and the timers have been renamed. They now show you the exact time based on what food you've placed in their inventory, and highlighting an animal will occasionally show you what food they need to be tamed with.

For specifics on how this works on the Ark iOS / Android versions, check out our guide to taming dinos and guide to hatching eggs in Ark mobile.

Critically, tamed creatures now have an implant in their inventory. If your creature dies, you can use it to resurrect them at an Obelisk or the new Revival Platform structure by using the Ancient Amber resource.

 Taming a lowly Dodo for fun and profit!

Are you making the switch to the mobile version of this survival smash hit, or sticking with PC / console edition? Let us know your thoughts on Ark: Survival Evolved hitting phones in the comments below!

How to Hatch Eggs in Ark Mobile Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:56:34 -0400 Ty Arthur

Making the leap to F2P mobile, now iPhone and Android users can get in on the dino taming action that is Ark: Survival Evolved.

If you want to survive on the dinosaur-infested island, you're going to need a stable of your own beasts to control -- and that's where egg hatching comes in. Let's get started breeding some dinos and incubating their eggs!

Wondering how to get tame adult dinosaurs in Ark mobile instead? Check out our beginner's dino taming guide here. You'll need at least two tamed animals in order to start hatching eggs.

Breeding Animals In Ark Mobile

Before any of your tamed creatures will be willing to mate, you must prevent them from following you by first enabling wandering mode!

Highlight the animal, then tap the dinosaur skull icon in the top-left corner of the screen (to the right of the creature's inventory icons). In the dino's menu, tap the "enable wandering" checkbox. Repeat the process with the second dino.

Enabling wandering on a level 19 Dodo in Ark Mobile Enabling wandering mode

To start breeding, you need two creatures of the same species (with wandering mode enabled). You'll need to put them in a small area, such as by building wood or thatch walls to create a pen.

Some small creatures like Dodos can be picked up and thrown in the pen. With your left thumb, swipe to the right to bring up the UI menu. If you have a small, tamed creature highlighted, a new option appears at the end of the menu to pick up the animal.

For larger animals, you will need to lure them into the pen by using whistle commands or setting their follow distances to the "very short" setting.

A player holds a dodo on a beach Carrying a Dodo to my thatch love nest!

Now you'll play the waiting game. Animals breed in their own time, and anything you do will probably just stop the process and make them start all over, so leave for a while and give 'em some privacy! You might get an egg in 15 minutes or in 3 hours -- it really depends on the dinos/animals and the circumstances.

You will know if they are mating because dark red heart icons will pop up above their heads and the bar beneath their names will change to "mating progress" with a timer.

Mating dodos in a pen show red hearts above their heads and  Mating Dodos

When the timer hits 100%, you will eventually get an egg. Before starting incubation, make sure the egg is labeled as a fertilized egg.

This is critical, as sometimes you will find eggs in the wild, but if they aren't the fertilized version, they won't hatch no matter how much incubation time they get.

A player's inventory in Ark Mobile Dropping a fertilized egg from your inventory

Incubating Eggs In Ark Mobile

A fertilized egg needs to be heated for a period of time in order to hatch, which means using heat sources to regulate the temp.

Temperature regulation has been simplified from the base PC/console version of the game, however. You no longer need to carry the egg between fire and the cooling water of the ocean. Instead, it just needs to sit next to a heat source for a period of time.

Air Conditioners are the best bet for heating, but you won't be able to reliably make those until much later on in the game. Instead, there's a poor man's version available from the very beginning by using several campfires to regulate the egg's temperature.

Craft four to five campfires and set them in a semi-circle configuration. Drop the egg between all the campfires -- be very careful not to accidentally eat it! You want to drop it between the campfires, not use it as an item. 

With the egg dropped between the fires, start lighting them one by one. Check to see when the egg's text changes "Egg Incubation 100%" which indicates the egg is now in the hatching process. If necessary, build more campfires, as the temperature required to hatch varies wildly between animal species.

A player holds an axe as they watch an egg nestled between two fires

While the egg is exposed to heat, the 100% timer will go down over time until the egg finally hatches. Once the baby hatches, highlight it and select the dinosaur skull icon, then choose "Claim" to immediately tame the new animal.

Make sure you have some food the dino will eat so you can quickly transfer it to the new baby's inventory, which gets the maturation process going. 

When you hit Level 61, you can unlock the Air Conditioner engram for 21 points. These devices automatically regulate the egg's temperature so you can place an egg in the air conditioner and just leave until the incubation is completed.

A baby dodo hatches near several fires in Ark Mobile A brand new baby Dodo!

That's all you need to know to get started hatching eggs in Ark's iOS and Android versions. Have you found any better heating or cooling sources we should try out for egg incubation? Let us know your method in the comments below!

How to Tame Animals in Ark Mobile Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:56:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

Dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved has officially landed on iOS and Android devices and although the mobile edition is free to play, there's a steep learning curve for this game.

So if you're a new player, you will need to quickly get up to speed if you don't want to get eaten. Most of the core components of the game remain the same between the PC, console, and mobile editions, but there are big differences in the menu layouts, UI, and some of the crafting/taming/hatching systems.

Below we cover everything you need to know to get started taming animals in Ark's mobile edition.

Taming Animals in Ark iOS and Android

You can start taming dinos as soon as you learn the Level 2 primitive wood club or Level 6 slingshot engrams, but I recommend going through the introductory pursuits first.

By the time you've crafted your stone axe, built a fire, constructed a sleeping bag, and put together your starter hut, you will be in a much better position to start tackling dinos.

Later on, other weapons can be used for taming -- such as the bolo and stone or tranquilizer arrows for the bow -- but for now, the slingshot or club is all you need.

However, don't attack your target dino with your fists or a weapon like the pick or spear: you want to knock them unconscious rather than kill them. Instead you'll need something else. 

The slingshot is easily the better of the two, since you can knock out a dino at range. After learning the slingshot engram, you need these resources to construct the slingshot in the crafting half of the inventory screen:

  • Wood x 5
  • Fiber x 20
  • Hide x 1

A red arrow highlights the slingshot engram in Ark  Mobile's level menu Learning the slingshot engram

Knocking Out Dinos In Ark Mobile

After crafting the slingshot, switch to the inventory side of the screen. Double-tap the slingshot to add it to the hot bar, then exit your inventory.

With your right thumb, swipe left to switch to the slingshot in the hot bar. It can only use 1 stone ammo at a time, but so long as you have stone in your inventory, it will automatically reload when selected in the hot bar swipe menu. If you need more ammo, craft the axe and use it to hit any of the rock formations in the area.

To use the slingshot while it's equipped to the hot bar, double tap the screen and hold, then release your thumb to fire the rock. Any of the smaller creatures on the starting beach area will only take a few hits to be knocked out so you can begin the taming process.

There's some strategy here, as you don't want the creature to fight back. If at all possible, attack from up on a rock formation or cliff face, so they can't reach you to bite or trample in self-defense.

After they are unconscious, tap and hold the unconscious dino to open the animal's inventory screen. From there, place food in the dino's inventory just like when you are adding items to the campfire.

Each dino has several different types of food they will accept, with one particular food type each drastically decreasing the tame-time per dino.

Which types of food to use are pretty obvious -- herbivores want berries harvested from plants, while anything with sharp teeth probably wants meat. Dodos can be tamed easily with Tintoberries or Azurberries for instance, while carnivores will prefer various types of cooked meat from your campfire.

Unlike the PC edition of Ark, many of the dinos will show you what food they need if you highlight them without a weapon equipped, so there's less need to constantly reference a web guide.

A players knocks out a Dodo with a slingshot Starting a dino empire by taming a lowly Dodo

Which Animals Should I Tame In Ark Mobile?

If it walks, flies, or slithers, you can eventually tame it. To start out, however, you won't be riding a T-Rex or bringing a Brontosaurus into combat. You need to start small and work your way up as you level and learn new engrams.

Just how big a dino should you be trying to tame in the early game? There's a good rule of thumb: are you low level and are they bigger than you? If the answer to that question is yes, don't tangle with them yet. Even a Level 1 version of any of the bigger dinos will probably crush you in a few hits.

To start, Dodos are super easy to tame, but don't put up much of a fight. If you search the areas around the beaches, it shouldn't be too hard to grab a Dilophosaurus. These don't have so much health you can't take them down, but they will also be more helpful in keeping you alive when an aggressive dino attacks.

When you start getting into the 16-20 levels, your go-to tame should be the Trike, which requires the Triceratops Saddle engram at Level 16. While riding a trike, it can harvest massive amounts of berries for you just by walking over resources.

To take down these larger beasts (like the Trike), the slingshot isn't going to cut it, so you will need to learn the Narcotics, Mortar and Pestle, and Bow engrams.

With tranquilizer arrows in hand, larger dinos become much easier to knock out so you can begin the taming process. Keep in mind the bigger creatures take much, much longer to tame however, so you will need a steady supply of food and will want to complete other tasks in the area while the timer counts down.

A player knocks out a dilophosaurus with a slingshot on a beach in Ark Taming a dilophosaurus with cooked meat

What was your first tamed dino, and do you have any other tips for Ark: Survival Evolved mobile animal taming that we should try out? Let us know your dino taming strategy in the comments below!

5 Bugs that Continue to Plague ARK: Survival Evolved Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:26:45 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

Ever since ARK: Survival Evolved has hit Steam Early Access, it's been a wildly glitchy game, much to the disappointment of players everywhere. While some are to be inevitably expected from a majority of games as complex as ARK: SE, others are just plain frustrating and need a fix from the devs. 

Here are five of the most common bugs the ARK: SE community is tired of complaining about. 

1. Start-up screen crashes 

Possibly the most common complaint out there, ARK is continuously crashing for a majority of players upon start-up. They heat up their PCs for some good dino-lovin' fun, only to have it freeze and go down before the game can begin. Some have hypothesized the Windows 10 system being incompatible with the game as the cause of the crash. 

2. In-game screen crashes

As if start-up crashes weren't terrible enough, the game also crashs for many people running it at high resolution. Now, the solution to this might be fairly simple. Oftentimes, running a game at high resolution can fry your system if it's not tough enough to withstand it, especially for those playing on laptops. If an over-heating system is not the case, it's most likely one of the game's perpetual curses. 

3. Glitching through walls and objects

An endless array of gamers have complained that vicious dinos and tames have been drifting through walls in the game. This isn't just annoying, it disrupts the playability of the game and is extremely frustrating for most as it compromises their tames. Players also report falling through worlds and glitching through other objects in the game. There has been minimal response to fix this mainly graphical issue and it appears to be embossed in the game itself. 

4. Frustrating building system

Less of a bug than a runny part of the infrastructure, the building system in ARK is less than perfect. Building anything at all seems to be a major hassle for gamers who are used to a smoother crafting system. Individually plotting and constructing with very little sense of insight is both time-consuming and annoying. While there has been high demand from the Steam community to implement improvements on the building menu and make it more potent, the developers have yet to make an update. 

5. Inventory lag

With repeated overuse of the inventory, a large number of players experience a lag when opening and using the inventory. Some claim this is due to the processing of the CPU and GPU of your respectable rig, while most say it's due to server congestion at times. Apart from that, the inventory can be managed with patience.

With developers juggling a variety of bugs and complaints from players all across the world, some of these are probably inevitable for the complexity of the game.

What are some of the worst ARK bugs you've encountered? Leave us a comment below!