New Creatures and Bosses in ARK: Survival Evolved Ragnarok DLC
Already out now for PC as a free map add-on, the Ragnarok mod for ARK: Survival Evolved is officially coming to consoles later this month after being delayed for a few weeks by some last minute bugs.
In typical ARK fashion, the Ragnarok DLC arrives with only half the map complete and some new creatures MIA, as this game takes the concept of "early access" to whole new heights.
So far, the DLC appears to include some of the creatures and areas from the Scorched Earth DLC, in addition to all-new biomes and additional beasties to tame (or run from at high speed).
New Ragnarok Creatures
Yep, this one's just like the Wyverns from Scorched Earth, but now available in an icy blue variant! Rather than the poison or lightning breath, this one breathes a cone of ice that slows enemies.
Just like the other Wyverns, they can't be directly tamed by going into torpor and feeding them food. Instead, you have to snatch an ice Wyvern egg from a nest, hatch it, and then imprint the baby Wyvern.
You'll want a flying mount to hunt ice Wyvern eggs, with the Griffin in particular working well (see below). Just don't forget that health drops in the snow biome as you quickly freeze!
You'd think these eggs would need cold to hatch, but nope, they work just like the eggs in Scorched Earth -- you have to put them on a large source of heat to incubate for hours (or days, depending on your heat source), then feed the baby some Wyvern Milk after they hatch. If you haven't done this before, check out our full guide to hatching Ark: Survival Evolved Wyvern eggs.
Less of a new creature and more just a new skin, the polar bear is essentially the exact same as the standard direbear -- it just comes in all white coloration and can be found in the snow biome. All the stats and taming methods are exactly the same as they are for any other direbear you've ever come across.
Why do you want one of these flying vermin? Besides the fact that they look awesome (especially if you've got metal armor!), Griffins can carry two riders at a time, both of whom can fire ranged weaponry while mounted.
Basically, any tamed Griffin is a mobile weapons platform for taking down other players or chasing after creatures to tame -- and excellent for hunting down Wyvern eggs. Griffins can also dive at absolutely ludicrous speeds, and then pull up to soar forward at quicker speeds than normal.
Let's get to it then -- a Griffin has a very wide turn radius, so if you stand in the center of a large open area, it will continuously fly in a large circle around you and get in fewer attacks.
That wide flying range means it will easily draw the attention of other aggressive creatures though, so be on the lookout for any other big beasts in range that might suddenly become part of the battle. Make sure to always stay away from edges and ravines when you are on the ground and fighting a Griffin, as the wing blast knocks you back.
When taming, plan ahead by building a pen to lure it in before knocking it out, as a Griffin will fly away at a speed and height you can't match when it nears maximum torpor.
The absolute quickest food for taming is Allosaurus Egg Kibble, although you can also use Raw Mutton, Raw Prime Meat, and Cooked Lamb Chop. Other meats will work, but will significantly increase your taming time.
New Ragnarok Bosses
A new boss found in the frozen dungeons, there are actually two variants of the creature: the standard Ice Worms and the towering Ice Worm Queen. The smaller Ice Worm males are nearly identical to the Death Worms from Scorched Earth, except for the white and blue color scheme.
While the Ice Worm males swarm the end of the dungeon, the queen doesn't seem to spawn normally in her lair at this point. As the developers have stated, Ragnarok will have more content coming soon -- that's likely the reason why she's a no-show unless force spawned on an Island map.
A variant of the rock elemental, the new Lava Golem is the final boss in the jungle dungeon of Ragnarok. Although similar to the rock elemental, there are some key differences -- most notably in size, as the Lava Golem is quite a bit bigger.
In addition to normal damage, his glowing rock throw attacks also deal fire damage over time after a successful hit. As with a standard elemental, don't get too close, as his physical attacks are devastating. So instead try to lure him somewhere to get stuck and attack from a distance while avoiding thrown lava rocks.
That's everything new we know about so far in the Ragnarok expansion! What new creature or boss are you most looking forward to meeting when the DLC hits consoles? Let me know down in the comments!