Ark Guides  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Ark Guides  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 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:

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!

ARK Aberration Guide: How to Tame a Reaper Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:58:10 -0500 Autumn Fish

The Reaper King and Reaper Queen are horrifyingly mysterious creatures found in the new Aberration expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved. These gargantuan monsters only show up when called by humanoid Nameless creatures, and they have nasty attacks that are really hard for unprepared Survivors to deal with.

You may think to tame one of these fascinating creatures for yourself, but it turns out that they aren't so easily fooled. Wild ones can't be tamed at all, and they don't lay eggs, either, which makes raising a baby Reaper a little hard -- unless you're willing to go through a little hell, that is.

The Reaper Queen has a particularly nasty attack where she uses her tail to impregnate the Survivor with her larva. While you could kill that parasite by exposing yourself to radiation, you also have the option to keep and raise it at risk to your own wellbeing.

So how do you find a Reaper Queen and coax her to impregnate you? And how do you raise and tame the baby Reaper after that? Let's dive in!

Reaper Queen Location and How to Get Impregnated in ARK Aberration

Reaper Queens have a chance of spawning to the call of an Alpha Nameless while 10 or more Nameless surround you. The Nameless creatures pop out of the ground to attack you when you draw near and typically dwell in the areas beyond the Spine.

They have a chance of spawning a Reaper King, too, but that's not what you're looking for. If he does spawn, kill him in order to get another chance at the Reaper Queen. The Alpha Nameless should call another after a while.

After she's arrived, you need to get her down to low health without killing her. Once she's all beat up, just take a Riot Shield and walk up to her, letting her hit you until she impregnates you and runs away.

ARK: Survival Evolved Aberration expansion Guide How to Tame a Reaper Queen Getting Impregnated and Pheromone Glands

How to Raise and Tame a Baby Reaper in ARK Aberration

You're probably going to want to chase after the Reaper Queen and kill it. Looting its corpse offers up valuable Reaper Pheromone Glands, which you'll need in order to survive the birthing process and to be sure the baby Reaper trusts you when it's born. In fact, you'll probably want to farm a few of these.

While in gestation, any XP you earn won't count for you. Instead, the baby Reaper absorbs it all, using it to grow stronger and boost its stat potential. It may be a good idea to farm XP during this time if you're looking for a strong Reaper. When gestation ends, the baby Reaper will burst out of your abdomen and kill you if you don't have the buff from Reaper Pheromone Glands activated.

Do not approach this baby without the Pheromone Glands, either, because it won't hesitate to attack you on sight. It's recommended that you keep it locked in a cage until it's fully imprinted and grown into its Juvenile stage because it won't listen to your whistles or commands. Additionally, you need to be quick about imprinting. If you don't imprint on the baby Reaper in time, not even the Pheromone Glands will save you from it. It'll attack you again all the same.

As a carnivore, they'll need Raw Meat to grow big and strong, so make sure you feed them plenty of it. Prime Meat and Mutton goes further, but I wouldn't fuss too much about it. Just feed them whatever meat you have on hand and they'll grow up just fine.


Now you can finally tame the wilds of Aberration with your very own Reaper. For more tips for surviving alongside dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures, be sure to check out the rest of our ARK: Survival Evolved guides.

ARK Aberration Guide: How to Tame a Rock Drake Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:44:43 -0500 Autumn Fish

The Rock Drake is a crazy new creature in the Aberration expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved. It can climb, it can glide, and it can camouflage itself and its rider. With the craggy landscape of Aberration, this is the perfect all-around mount for getting around and staying safe.

However, this bad boy is not easy to tame. In fact, you can't even tame wild ones; you must instead steal a Rock Drake egg and hatch it, much like Wyverns in Scorched Earth, but with their own twist.

In this guide, we'll go over everything from finding a suitable Rock Drake egg to incubating and hatching it to raising and feeding the baby until it's ready to be saddled and ridden. It's a lengthy process, but it's well worth it. Let's dive in!

Rock Drake Egg Locations in ARK Aberration

Rock Drake eggs are found in a rather dangerous location on the map, so before you even attempt to snag one, you need to make sure you're prepared. Radiation is the main concern, which means you'll need a Hazard Suit in order to deal with the environment. That engram won't even unlock until you are around level 60, so be patient and bide your time rather than risking your life trying to snag an egg.

Once you're equipped with a Hazard Suit, head to around 56/57 on the map, and you'll find a ravine with glowing pink eggs scattered along the cliff walls. These are the Rock Drake eggs you're looking for. Simply grab an egg that's around the level you want and jet out of there before the angry momma Rock Drake finds out what you've done.

How to Incubate and Hatch a Rock Drake Egg in ARK Aberration

Once you and your Rock Drake egg are safely back at base, it's time to incubate it so it can hatch. Rather than requiring a warm environment to incubate in, however, Rock Drakes need a cooler environment. The best way to achieve this is to create a square of Air Conditioners all blasting cold air into a 2x2 space.

The egg will need some time to incubate between all those air conditioners, but the baby needs food when it hatches, so be sure to spend this time collecting it. Since babies can't eat solid meat, you'll need to hunt down something a little more special.

ARK: Survival Evolved Aberration Expansion Guide How to Tame a Rock Drake Egg Locations Hatching and Incubating

How to Raise a Baby Rock Drake in ARK Aberration

Baby Rock Drakes need a good helping of Nameless Venom in order to grow into adulthood. This is a rare drop found by killing the Nameless creatures that pop out of the ground and attack you. The amount you'll need varies depending on your server settings, but pick up about a dozen to be on the safe side. You can always go out and get more if you think you'll run out before the baby matures. Remember that it can be stored in the Preserving Bin but not in the Refridgerator.

Once the Rock Drake hatches, place some Nameless Venom in its inventory. If it refuses to eat initially, you can force feed it similarly to how you can force feed a baby Wyvern. Then, simply give it time, make sure it has plenty of room to grow, and keep it safe from harm as it slowly matures into adulthood.

Once it finally becomes an adult, you can slap a saddle on it and ride around the map on your new, terrifying Rock Drake. It can scale walls simply by walking up them, glide by leaping from cliff faces and high places, and cloak itself and its rider by pressing the crouch button.


What do you think of Aberration's Rock Drake? Is it going to become your go-to mount for the expansion? Let us know in the comments below!

For more tips on surviving among prehistoric and fantastic creatures, be sure to check out the rest of our ARK: Survival Evolved guides.

ARK Aberration Guide: How to Tame a Bulbdog (and Why You Should) Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:18:54 -0500 Autumn Fish

If you've spent time with the new Aberration expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved, you've probably seen more than a few Bulbdogs wandering around the mushroom forest already. They're cute and unseemly, but if you were to tame one of these beasts, you'd find it actually proves to be a strong personal companion for exploring the new map.

So how do you tame a Bulbdog of your own, and how exactly does it help you out in the new Aberration expansion? Let's dive in!

How to Tame a Bulbdog in ARK Aberration

Bulbdogs are passive tames, which means you must follow them around and feed them until they're friendly enough to follow you around in turn. To do this, you just put food in your last hotbar slot, and use it when the taming prompt shows up while looking at the creature.

These adorable angler-fish-dog-things primarily eat meat, but there are select kinds of plant matter they're willing to chow down on. They'll eat certain types of seeds, for example, but what they really love are Aquatic Mushrooms. Those are found simply by gathering at mushroom patches on the Aberration map.

You could choose to make the taming process easier by building a small structure around the creature, but it may be more hassle than it's worth unless there are dangerous creatures around. Alternatively, you could take a flying mount and drop it into a pen, but by the time you have something that can fly, you should ideally have one of these anyway. And why is that?

ARK Survival Evolved Aberration Expansion Guide How to Tame a Bulbdog

Why You Should Tame a Bulbdog in ARK Aberration

The Bulbdog may not be all that menacing, but its light-emitting bulb has interesting effects that help with traversing the new map. It needs a charge from creatures like Glowbugs in order to use the light, but it's well worth it when you're exploring the creepy Bioluminescence area.

The light fends off the Nameless, which spawn the Reaper King if they manage to swarm you. They will swarm you, too, if you don't bring a lit-up Bulbdog, so make sure you have one on your shoulder. After all, a Reaper King is really not something you want to deal with unprepared.

Outside of the Bioluminescence area, the light has the chance of attracting other small creatures. Overall, this unique Bulbdog is a handy creature to keep around. You'd be loath to be without one by your side on your journeys in Aberration.

For more tips on surviving the latest expansion and more, be sure to check out our ARK: Survival Evolved guides.

ARK's Aberration Looks Amazing, But Is It Worth Picking Up? Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:05:18 -0400 Kengaskhan

ARK: Survival Evolved may have had a rocky Early Access development phase, but the adventure survival game was finally released last month for PC and current-gen consoles. 

Not long after, Wildcard announced the upcoming release of the game's science fiction, alien-themed expansion pack, Aberration, which will take players to a damaged, malfunctioning ARK with no internal atmosphere to shield the world from radiation. The biomes in this ARK have been mutated by the intense radiation, resulting in an unfamiliar landscape inhabited by alien creatures.

The launch trailer for this expansion looks pretty sweet, but a lot of players are wondering if the Aberration DLC (which will cost $19.99) is going to be worth their hard-earned cash. So let's break down what this expansion is going to offer to decide whether or not you should consider picking it up. 

The Cons

Studio Wildcard's announcement of Aberration just days after the game left Early Access raised quite a few eyebrows -- especially given how the game's previous expansion release unfolded.

When it first launched, the Scorched Earth DLC was not very well-received. It came out during ARK's Early Access phase, which was a pretty controversial move. Many players were indignant that Studio Wildcard would release a paid expansion pack for an unfinished game that wasn't ready for a full launch. 

Sitting at a review rating of "Mixed" on Steam, ARK isn't the most well-regarded survival game on the platform -- and the general sentiment of reviewers seemed to be that the game is a mismanaged, buggy mess that the developer only "released" so it could double the game's price and push more DLC onto the playerbase.

What's more, ARK has been plagued with bugs and performance issues since the beginning -- and while players were initially willing to let those issues slide, they were continually left unaddressed even after the game left Early Access and made its official release. 

This has some fans concerned that the Aberration DLC will just be more of the same that they got with Scorched Earth. They're wondering if Studio Wildcard will actually be fixing any of the long-standing bugs with the base game, or if this new venture is simply going to serve as a sub-par distraction from issues that should have been remedied by now. 

It's certainly possible that Aberration will simply be a reskinned version of the same buggy game that lots of players have struggled through so far -- and that's something you'll want to be aware of before you fork over your money to get this expansion. 

The Pros

There's not much good to be said about the recent trends in the Early Access survival genre. And though ARK is probably responsible for inspiring a lot of the really bad games we've seen hit the service recently, this dino-hunting experience stands at the top of the pack in terms of gameplay. 

Some fans have been able to look past all the game's problems, and a few more simply haven't encountered as many bugs as other reviewers. If you're one of these players, then you probably recognize that ARK is a fundamentally solid survival experience that's packed with fun and varied gameplay.

As poorly as its Scorched Earth DLC was received by fans who were hoping for a plethora of bug fixes, very few of ARK's players took issue with the game's actual content. Most of the negative reviews were more centered around how grossly mishandled the expansion's release was, and didn't give much critique to the actual experience. From what we can tell right now, Aberration looks like it will follow much of the same trend. 

While this DLC probably isn't going to fix many (or even any) of ARK's optimization and performance troubles, it does look like it will further expand on the gameplay in the same way that Scorched Earth did. And it seems to be offering a lot for players who want more content to sink their teeth into -- including a beautiful new map with brand-new themed creatures, items, locations, and hazards.

Verdict: If You Want More ARK Action, It's Probably Worth It

If you've got some serious issues with either with how the game runs or how Studio Wildcard has handled both the bugs and the community in this game, Aberration likely won't do anything to change that (and may even reinforce those views). 

Provided you can get past that, though, $20 for the amount of new content in this DLC seems like a pretty fair deal -- especially if you're digging the sci-fi aesthetic that the Aberration expansion is bringing to the table. It looks set to be a fantastic addition to the game that will bring a fresh feeling to the ARK experience you're used to.

If you're willing to put up with persisting issues that might mar the experience for other players, then you'll probably be glad that you spent your money. 

ARK: Survival Evolved - How to Use Ascension Commands Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:38:53 -0400 Tobbpitt

The addition of the Ascension system implemented in ARK: Survival Evolved's Ragnarok update a couple of months ago shook up the game, functioning as an over-arching progression system. You ascend and you start over, but with benefits.

Normally going through an Ascension requires that you fight your way through the Tek Cave in the Island's volcano when level 60, 80, or 100 (depending on your Ascension progress), which is a task in itself. If you survive you will be allowed to ascend, which has a few effects:

  1. Your character will have a higher level cap
  2. You will lose all your tames and items in their inventories (Be sure to take all your items from them before you leave the cave)
  3. Bosses will have their difficulty increased and grant better loot

That all sounds pretty good, even if you do have to mostly start over.

So what if you don't want to have to put in the work to ascend? It's hard work doing it three times, and if you're just in it for the achievement it may not seem worth it. Or hey, maybe you just want to be totally badass sooner rather than later. No matter your reasons, you can skip going through the whole trial in the Tek Cave to ascend if you know what to do.

Using ARK's Ascension commands is easy as can be no matter the platform you're using. You simply open the command console and input the code you want to ascend to.

How to open the command console on PS4

Press the touchpad to pause, then simultaneously press R1, L1, Triangle, and Square.

How to open the command console on Xbox One

Press pause, then sumultaneously press RB, LB, X, and Y.

How to open the command console on PC

Press the tab key.

Ascension commands

There are three Ascension commands, one for each tier: GAMMA, BETA, AND ALPHA. The commands below are case sensitive, so make sure you input them exactly as they are listed here. Additionally, these do not work when in playing multiplayer.

  • playercommand Ascend1
  • playercommand Ascend2
  • playercommand Ascend3

Easy, right? Ascend1 sets you at GAMMA, 2 to BETA, and 3 to ALPHA. Now get out there and ascend your butt off!

ARK Guide: Otter Locations and Taming Tips Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:14:54 -0400 Autumn Fish

The Otter splashed into ARK: Survival Evolved on Tuesday on the full release of the game, and you might be surprised how handy this little critter can be. Whether you're just starting out on an ARK or don't quite have an ocean presence yet, your tribe would greatly benefit from picking up a few Otters.

Otters are great fishers, excellent pearl scavengers, and will even keep you warm when the sun goes down. But if you hope to tame one of your own, you're going to need to find it first.

Otter Locations in ARK: Survival Evolved

As of release, the Otter can only be found on two of the four maps: The Island and Ragnarok. (Expect them to appear on The Center at a later date.) These furry critters aren't too hard to find once you know where they like to hang out.

Wild Otters are normally found wandering around or swimming in lakes and rivers all across the Island and Ragnarok. Not many of them tend to spawn in one area at once, though, so keep your eyes peeled.

If you're having trouble finding the furry critters, then keep a lookout for ducks as well and remember where they spawn. They tend to share spawn points with Otters so you may find one if you double check those locations.

If you've been across the map and absolutely cannot find an Otter, it's possible that the wild dinosaur population needs to be reset. If you're on an official server, you can contribute to this by taking matters into your own hands and culling the dino population. On the other hand, if you own the server or are playing in single player, simply enter the following code into the command console:

admincheat DestroyWildDinos

Once that's done, walk away from any lake or river you're nearby and wait a few minutes for things to respawn before checking for Otters again.

ARK Survival Evolved Guide Otter Locations and Taming Tips

(If you're playing on Xbox One, Windows 10, or PS4 not long after the release, there's a very distinct possibility that Otters haven't been added into the game yet. Just watch out for the next content patch.)

Once you've found the Otter you want, it's time to tame it.

How to Tame Otters in ARK: Survival Evolved

I hope you have a fishing spear on you because you're going to need some fish to make your furry friend happy. The Otter is a passive tame, so you need to kill a fish and drag the body over to it as an offering.

Note that you can't just feed it fish meat from the last slot on your hotbar, you have to actually kill a fish and drag its body over to the Otter. The bigger the fish is, the more taming affinity you'll get from it.

If you're having trouble with the Otter wandering around a bunch and getting lost while taming, you could opt to build a pen for it. Just build a small room with some walls and a gate and lure the little critter in by dropping some honey. Once it's good and trapped, just sneak the fish in through a small side door.


Now that you know how to find and tame an Otter, you can build an army of them to collect Silica Pearls and Black Pearls for you. After all, all those Black Pearls you need to make Tek Tier stuff aren't going to find themselves.

For more juicy details on the full game release, be sure to check out our full collection of ARK: Survival Evolved guides.

ARK: Survival Evolved Guide - How to Ascend and Find the Final Boss Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:06:36 -0400 Autumn Fish

ARK: Survival Evolved launched out of Early Access today, adding a new Ascension event complete with a final boss. Additionally, console players received the long-awaited Ragnarok map -- but in order to access it in single player mode, you must first achieve at least Beta Ascension. (Steam players don't have to worry about this.)

There are two ways to ultimately go about Ascension: you either do it the hard way, or you cheat with console commands. 

The Ascend Console Command for ARK: SE

If you're going to use admin cheats, we might as well get it out of the way. It's incredibly simple -- up until the new Ascension, anyway -- but first, you must know how to access ARK's command console.

Within the command console, type in the code that corresponds to the Ascension level you wish to achieve.

  • Gamma Ascension: cheat playercommand Ascend1
  • Beta Ascension: cheat playercommand Ascend2
  • Alpha Ascension: cheat playercommand Ascend3

Note that the letter A in Ascend must be capitalized in order for this command to work. Activate the code by pressing Enter on PC or the Admin Command button on Xbox One and PS4 and the credits will roll, kicking you back to the main menu.

ARK Survival Evolved Ascend Console Command

Next time you load onto that map, you'll notice your existing character data is gone. You instead land on the page to download existing character data, and here you can select the newly Ascended version of your character. If you're using this command on an existing save, just make sure you store whatever you want to keep.

How to Access ARK's New Ascension and Final Boss with Cheats

Since you can't access the new Ascension directly through the console, you must navigate through the Tek Cave after achieving Alpha Ascension if you hope to experience it. But  you could just use a special god mode cheat to sneak through the cave and reach it:

admincheat leavemealone

This console command activates 3 separate cheats that make you invincible, give you infinite stats, and make you invisible to enemies. You can later them deactivate using the following codes:

admincheat god

admincheat infinitestats

admincheat enemyinvisible false

Just run through the Tek Cave and access the Ascension Terminal at the end to experience ARK: Survival Evolved's new ending. And remember -- don't feel guilty about using the command console. The Tek Cave is hard enough that you may waste a lot of tributes trying to get it right. Though if you want to try, here are a few tips to help you get by.

ARK Survival Evolved Final Boss

Ascension Through Normal Gameplay in ARK

Whether you're playing on a server without admin permissions or simply want to go at it the way Studio Wildcard intended, then you're going to need to spend some time preparing.

Since the Tek Cave tunnels deep into the heart of the Volcano, you need to prepare to deal with the extreme heat. Wearing a full set of Ghillie Armor provides a whopping 155 heat protection on its own. Additionally, eating Calien Soup (made with 5 Citronal, 20 Tintoberries, 20 Amarberries, 10 Mejoberries, and 2 Stimulants) nets you a buff that grants an extra 50 hyperthermal insulation and a 25% reduction in your water consumption rate. (Alternatively, you could just wear the full set of Tek Armor for 208 heat protection.)

Once the matter of your heat protection is settled, there are a couple of ways to go about actually making it through the Tek Cave; you can either fight your way through the hoards of enemies in the cave or sneak past them.

If you're planning on fighting your way through, you want to consider preparing some dinos and weapons.

  • Strong ranged weapons such as the Rocket Launcher, Tek Rifle, Tek Grenades, or even a Crossbow if you're desperate.
  • Tanky Rexes and Spinos to keep the mob busy.
  • A Grappling Hook or Jetpack for luring enemies into the lava.
  • Sacrificial dinos for luring enemies into the lava.
  • Yutyrannus for the sick buffs.
  • Daeodon to heal everything.

With most (if not all) of these prepared, you should do pretty well in the Tek Cave if you're smart about it and take your time. Alternatively, you could avoid combat altogether by simply sneaking through.

How to Ascend in ARK Survival EvolvedThe Daeodon practicing its healing ability.

There are two great ways to get through the Tek Cave without much of a fight. 

  1. Use the Ghillie Armor to reduce enemy visibility range by 50% and pair it with Cactus Broth (made with 30 Cactus Sap, 10 Mejoberries, 10 Azulberries, 10 Amarberries, and 1 skin of Water) to further increase your stealth and crawl through the cave undetected. Crawling to the end takes a while so be sure to bring about 4 servings of Cactus Broth per player.
  2. Use a set of Tek Armor to sprint through the cave as quick as possible. You'll still draw aggro, but you'll be moving too quickly to take much damage. Bring some Medical Brew to be on the safe side.

Once you're ready to tackle the Tek Cave, head over to the gate at the Volcano and offer a tribute to start the challenge for you and your tribe mates. The tribute for the cave grows more demanding for higher Ascension levels.

  • Gamma Ascension Tribute: Gamma Broodmother, Megapithecus, and Dragon Trophies
  • Beta Ascension Tribute: Beta Broodmother, Megapithecus, and Dragon Trophies; Alpha Raptor Claw; Alpha Carnotaurus Arm; Alpha Tyrannosaur Tooth
  • Alpha Ascension Tribute: Alpha Broodmother, Megapithecus, and Dragon Trophies; Alpha Raptor Claw; Alpha Carnotaurus Arm; Alpha Tyrannosaur Tooth; Alpha Megalodon Fin; Alpha Mosasaur Tooth; Alpha Tusoteuthis Eye; Alpha Leedsichthys Blubber

ARK Survival Evolved Ascension Tech Cave

If you complete the Tek Cave on Alpha Ascension, you'll be transported to the final boss's arena and receive some long-awaited exposition on the state of the ARKs.

Good luck tackling the Tek Cave if that's what you're planning on doing. For more ARK: Survival Evolved guides, keep GameSkinny on your radar.

How to Use Ark's Console Commands Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:47:12 -0400 Ty Arthur

You've all seen those YouTube videos where streamers can somehow spawn any creature in Ark: Survival Evolved to figure out their stats or test different taming strategies.

How do they do it? By utilizing a series of admin console commands that are hidden in a sub-menu that's not immediately available. If you've always wanted to get in on the cheating action, below we explain all the most common and useful Ark console commands you might want to try out.

Before you can use any of these commands, though, you'll need to know how to get to that console sub-menu in the first place. 

How to Get to Ark's Admin Console on PC, Xbox One, or PS4

Getting into the admin console area itself is incredibly simple, although obviously many of these commands aren't going to work if it isn't your server you are currently playing on.

  • PC
    • Press the Tab key to pull up the admin console.
    • Pressing Tab again brings up a larger version of the console on the top half of the screen.
  • Xbox One
    • Go to the pause menu.
    • Simultaneously press LB+RB+X+Y to pull up the admin bar.
  • PS4
    • Access the pause menu
    • Simultaneously press R1+L1+TRIANGLE+SQUARE

Commands take more time to input if you aren't playing on a PC, since you have to type each individual letter using your controller with the on-screen keyboard.

Console command cheats on Xbox One/PS4 also seem to be a bit wonky since around update 260, but expect them to return to normal functionality when the game's full version arrives this August.

 Pulling up the console command bar on Xbox One

Ark Admin Commands

Before you can enter any commands using the admin console, first you must enable future commands by typing "EnableCheats" in the console, followed by the server's password, and then tapping Enter.

  • Note: If you are playing a solo single player local map that doesn't have a server password, just type EnableCheats with nothing else after it and hit Enter to get started.

Remember, you still have to bring up the console each time you want to enter a new command after that by tapping Tab or using the controller button combo.

Enabling the Admin Console


One of the most immediately useful commands after enabling cheats is AdminCheat Fly, which lets you move in any direction and stay hovering in the air. You can easily scout the entire map, access hard-to-reach areas, and find out where specific dinos are spawning while Fly is active.

Want to go back to normal? Just type AdminCheat Walk to disable this mode. Obviously, don't type this while you are far up in the air, or your survivor will die.

Getting a nice vantage point of the beach while flying


From there, the most immediately helpful commands are DoTame (which doesn't require the AdminCheat precursor) and ForceTame, both of which automatically tame whatever creature you currently have highlighted.

The difference is that DoTame acts as though you tamed the creature naturally -- including experience points, sound effect, and so on -- while ForceTame bypasses everything and lets you ride the animal immediately without having to craft a saddle.

 Auto taming a Carbonemys

Spawning Dinos

Now you want to know how to spawn individual dinos to test out, tame, and force into combat against each other, right? That one's pretty easy, but it does require looking up some specific codes.

There are actually six different commands for spawning individual creatures, but the easiest to remember is Summon, followed by the creature's specific ID code. The dino will appear wherever you are currently looking.

  • For instance, if you want a Pelagornis to appear, pull up the admin console and type Summon Pela_Character_BP_C and tap Enter.

If you don't want an aggressive creature to attack you or want it immediately tamed, instead use the SummonTamed command followed by the creature ID.

A full list of creature codes can be found at the end of this guide.

Spawning a hopping Beezelbufo to tame

Random Cheats

Want to experience the full fun of the game without actually working for it? That's where AddExperience comes in! Type the command AdminCheat AddExperience 1000 0 1 to give the currently targeted player (or yourself) 1000 experience.

Just change the number 1,000 to whatever amount you want to use. If you change the final 1 to a 0, it will instead split that experience between all tribe members of the currently selected player.

DestroyMyTarget instantly kills any dino, player, or structure you are looking at, which lets you take care of pesky creatures that are much higher level --although it doesn't leave a corpse to loot. 

AdminCheat EnemyInvisible True will force all creatures on the map to ignore you (or the currently highlighted player), even if you directly attack them. To turn this off, simply type AdminCheat EnemyInvisible False.

AdminCheat Ghost allows you to walk through any structure or terrain that would normally stop your movement.

AdminCheat GiveEngrams gives every single engram in the game to yourself (or the currently selected player) so you don't have to learn them while leveling up as normal.

AdminCheat GiveResources adds 50 of each resource to your backpack (or the inventory of whatever player you are targeting) so you can get on crafting and building. Note that this involves a lot of weight, so you probably won't be moving anywhere after getting all those extra resources instantly.

AdminCheat God is basically what it sounds like, making you invulnerable to most forms of death and damage, although you can still drown.

AdminCheat InfiniteStats gives you an endless supply of water, food, stamina, and prevents you from being knocked out when torpor reaches zero. It will also prevent you from drowning.

Ark Console Command Creature IDs

Want to spawn nearly any creature in the entire Ark: Survival Evolved repertoire, from dragon bosses to cnidaria? Below are the creature IDs you need to know.

While many are the exact same name as the specific dino in question, others use completely different codes, such as "Sauropod" or "Turtle" based on their creature type.

Dino Creature ID
Achatina   Achatina_Character_BP_C
 Allosaurus  Allo_Character_BP_C
Alpha Carno  MegaCarno_Character_BP_C
Alpha Deathworm   MegaDeathworm_Character_BP_C
 Alpha Fire Wyvern  MegaWyvern_Character_BP_Fire_C
 Alpha Leedsichthys  Alpha_Leedsichthys_Character_BP_C
Alpha Megalodon   MegaMegalodon_Character_BP_C
Alpha Mosasaurus   Mosa_Character_BP_Mega_C
 Alpha Raptor MegaRaptor_Character_BP_C 
 Alpha Rex  MegaRex_Character_BP_C
 Alpha Tusoteuthis  Mega_Tusoteuthis_Character_BP_C
 Ammonite  Ammonite_Character_C
 Anglerfish  Angler_Character_BP_C
 Ankylosaurus  Ankylo_Character_BP_C
Araneo   SpiderS_Character_BP_C
 Archaeopteryx  Archa_Character_BP_C
 Argentavis  Argent_Character_BP_C
 Arthropluera  Arthro_Character_BP_C
 Baryonyx  Baryonyx_Character_BP_C
 Basilosaurus  Basilosaurus_Character_BP_C
Beelzebufo   Toad_Character_BP_C
 Brontosaurus  Sauropod_Character_BP_C
 Broodmother Lysrix  SpiderL_Character_BP_C
 Chalicotherium  Chalico_Character_BP_C
 Carbonemys  Turtle_Character_BP_C
Carnotaurus   Carno_Character_BP_C
 Castoroides  Beaver_Character_BP_C
 Cnidaria  Cnidaria_Character_BP_C
 Coelacanth  Coel_Character_BP_C
Compy   Compy_Character_BP_C
 Daeodon  Daeodon_Character_BP_C
 Deathworm  Deathworm_Character_BP_C
 Dilophosaur  Dilo_Character_BP_C
 Dimetrodon  Dimetro_Character_BP_C
Dimorphodon   Dimorph_Character_BP_C
Diplocaulus   Diplocaulus_Character_BP_C
Diplodocus   Diplodocus_Character_BP_C
Direbear   Direbear_Character_BP_C
 Direwolf  Direwolf_Character_BP_C
Dodo   Dodo_Character_BP_C
 DodoRex  DodoRex_Character_BP_C
Dodo Wyvern    DodoWyvern_Character_BP_C
 Doedicurus  Doed_Character_BP_C
Dragon   Dragon_Character_BP_C
 Dung Beetle  DungBeetle_Character_BP_C
 Dunkleosteus  Dunkle_Character_BP_C
 Electrophorus  Eel_Character_BP_C
 Equus  Equus_Character_BP_C
 Unicorn  Equus_Character_BP_Unicorn_C
Eurypterid   Euryp_Character_C
Gallimimus   Galli_Character_BP_C
Giant Bee   Bee_Character_BP_C
 Gigantopithecus  Bigfoot_Character_BP_C
 Giganotosaurus  Gigant_Character_BP_C
Griffin   Griffin_Character_BP_C
 Hesperornis  Hesperornis_Character_BP_C
 Hyaenodon  Hyaenodon_Character_BP_C
 Ichthyornis  Ichthyornis_Character_BP_C
Iguanodon   Iguanodon_Character_BP_C
Jerboa   Jerboa_Character_BP_C
Skeletal Jerboa   Bone_Jerboa_Character_BP_C
Jug Bug  Jugbug_Character_BaseBP_C
 Kairuku  Kairuku_Character_BP_C
Kaprosuchus Kaprosuchus_Character_BP_C
 Kentrosaurus  Kentro_Character_BP_C
Leech   Leech_Character_C
Leedsichthys   Leedsichthys_Character_BP_C
Liopleurodon Liopleurodon_Character_BP_C
Lymantria   Moth_Character_BP_C
 Lystrosaurus  Lystro_Character_BP_C
 Mammoth  Mammoth_Character_BP_C
 Manta  Manta_Character_BP_C
 Mantis  Mantis_Character_BP_C
Manticore   Manticore_Character_BP_C
Megalania   Megalania_Character_BP_C
Megaloceros   Stag_Character_BP_C
Meganeura   Dragonfly_Character_BP_C
 Megapithecus  Gorilla_Character_BP_C
 Mesopithecus  Monkey_Character_BP_C
 Morellatops  Camelsaurus_Character_BP_C
Mosasaurus   Mosa_Character_BP_C
Onychonycteris   Bat_Character_BP_C
Ovis   Sheep_Character_BP_C
 Pachyrhinosaurus  Pachyrhino_Character_BP_C
Paraceratherium   Paracer_Character_BP_C
Parasaurolophus   Para_Character_BP_C
 Pelagornis  Pela_Character_BP_C
 Plesiosaur  Plesiosaur_Character_BP_C
 Pteranodon  Ptero_Character_BP_C
Pulmonoscorpius   Scorpion_Character_BP_C
 Quetzalcoatlus  Quetz_Character_BP_C
 Raptor  Raptor_Character_BP_C
Rex   Rex_Character_BP_C
 Rock Elemental  RockGolem_Character_BP_C
 Sabertooth  Saber_Character_BP_C
Spino   Spino_Character_BP_C
 Stegosaurus  Stego_Character_BP_C
Tapejara   Tapejara_Character_BP_C
Terror Bird   TerrorBird_Character_BP_C
Therizinosaur   Therizino_Character_BP_C
 Thylacoleo  Thylacoleo_Character_BP_C
 Titanboa  BoaFrill_Character_BP_C
 Titanomyrma  Ant_Character_BP_C
Triceratops   Trike_Character_BP_C
Troodon   Troodon_Character_BP_C
 Tusoteuthis  Tusoteuthis_Character_BP_C
Wyvern   Wyvern_Character_BP_Base_C
 Fire Wyvern  Wyvern_Character_BP_Fire_C
 Lighting Wyvern  Wyvern_Character_BP_Lightning_C
 Ice Wyvern  Ragnarok_Wyvern_Override_Ice_C
 Poison Wyvern  Wyvern_Character_BP_Poison_C
Woolly Rhino   Rhino_Character_BP_C
Yeti  Yeti_Character_BP_C
Yutyrannus   Yutyrannus_Character_BP_C


There you have it -- now you know how to access the admin console and spawn anything you want or enable any cheats you need to fully explore the Ark: Survival Evolved world.

Are there any other console commands we didn't cover you want to know about? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out the rest of our Ark guides for more tips to help you survive the wilds:

New Creatures and Bosses in ARK: Survival Evolved Ragnarok DLC Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:57:32 -0400 Ty Arthur

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

Ice Wyvern

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.

 Finding a fancy new Wyvern egg

Polar Bear

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.

 Yep, just a white direbear


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.

Your brand new bomber

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.

Griffin Locations in Ark: Survival Evolved


It's not easy to find all the Griffin locations in Ark's Ragnarok DLC. However, with a little luck and some help, you'll be finding and taming Griffins in no time. You can find the Griffin in the western and northwestern sections of the map, from latitude 24 to latitude 58. Griffins are typically found at the tops of cliffs and in heavily wooded mountainous areas.

You can find Griffins in the western and northwestern sections of the map, from latitude 24 to latitude 58. Griffins are typically found at the tops of cliffs and in heavily wooded mountainous areas. 

But since that is a big area to search and doesn't really tell give you exact Griffin locations, we can narrow it down to several places. One is a waterfall in the mountains near the Scar. You'll come across it as you travel from the Red Obelisk to the Blue Obelisk, east to west. And another Griffin spawn location can be found on the cliffs west of Viking Bay. 

The map above shows more Griffin locations, with the green areas having higher spawn probabilities. 

New Ragnarok Bosses

Ice Worm

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.

 The absolutely massive ice worm queen

Lava Golem

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.

The big bad Lava Golem

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!

ARK Guide: How to Tame Yutyrannus in Patch 258 (and Why You Should) Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:16:42 -0400 Autumn Fish

Introduced in ARK: Survival Evolved PC Patch 258, the Yutyranuus is the Rex's smaller, feathered cousin. Don't let its size fool you, however -- it's just as dangerous, if not more so. That's because Yutyrannus is a social creature that buffs its allies and strikes fear into the hearts of its enemies with a mighty roar.

This fluffy theropod is so badass you can't even craft a saddle for it until level 80, but there's no reason you shouldn't tame one before then. Their stats are only just short of a Rex's, but this is definitely a case where its bark is worse than its bite.

  • The Right-Click roar strikes fear into all enemy creatures (with the exception of the Rex, Giganotosaurus, Spinosaur, and Brontosaurus), eventually causing them to flee despite their riders' commands.
  • The C button roar invigorates all allied dinos with an insane 25% boost to damage and damage reduction.

Even if that doesn't interest you, you should know that the only way to actually counter a troublesome Yutyrannus is with another Yutyrannus. Its fear-inducing roar strips the enemy's buffs while its invigorating roar recovers allied creatures from fear.

If you're in a tribe with a lot of tamed dinos, you really should snag yourself one of these cuddly monsters ASAP. The wild ones like to hang out with a posse of Carnotauruses, which can be particularly problematic, but there's nothing stopping you from taming one if you're clever.

How to Tame Yutyrannus in ARK: Survival Evolved

Yutyrannus is a traditional tranq-and-feed tame -- which we've detailed extensively in this Ark: Survival Evolved taming guide -- so that means you'll definitely need to prepare some meat beforehand. Ideally, you'll want to prepare Kentrosaurus Kibble, but if you can't get your hands on that, Mutton also works extremely well.

Next up, find the Yutyrannus you want to tame. They spawn on Red Peak, in snowy regions on the Island and the Center, and around the Mountains and Badlands in the "Scorched Earth" DLC. If you're on a custom or procedurally generated map, then just fly around until you find one. Just look for theropod carnage.

ARK: Survival Evolved Yutyrannus Patch 258 PC How to Tame

If you choose to bring any of your creatures, approach it with a nimble land mount. It may be wild, but it still has its roar, so be cautious. It's probably best not to even ride a mount, but it could be useful for kiting and killing off those pesky Carnos.

Should you opt to leave your mount at a safe distance, at least make sure you have healthy weapons and a good chunk of ammunition. You do not want to be dealing with buffed Carnos, those suckers need to go down. Feel free to cheese them out on a rock -- if you can hold their attention, that is.

Alternatively, if you bring materials on a pack mule, you can build a room nearby with even spaces between each wall to keep large dinos from breaking through. Once it's built, simply draw the Yutyrannus's ire and lead it and its Carno entourage into the room, escaping through the spaces in the walls.

At that point, feel free to knock it out and feed it. The Carnotauruses won't attack it while it's down since they're allies, but you may still want to deal with them if you don't want to get bit every time you go to administer narcotics. Once all the surrounding threats are eliminated, just wait it out with some Netflix or YouTube -- you're going to be here a while.

If you're crafty enough to tame a Yutyrannus, you've proven you earned it. Be sure to stick with GameSkinny to get your ARK: Survival Evolved fix, and check out some of our other PC Patch 258 guides while you're at it:

ARK Guide: How to Find and Tame Hyaenodon in Patch 258 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:53:08 -0400 Autumn Fish

ARK: Survival Evolved PC Patch 258 introduced a new tamable canine called the Hyaenodon. They're often found roaming in stat-boosted packs around mountainous and redwood regions of the Island, tearing their sharp fangs into whatever prey they can overwhelm. If you're hoping to tame a pack of your own, however, you should know that they don't take too kindly to being knocked out and force fed.

Rather, the only way to tame a Hyaenodon is to coax it away from the leader of the pack and shower it with love and affection until it turns cloaks -- just like that puppy in your local pet store. The only issue is these pups are skittish and will take off if you try to get too cozy.

So if petting it is the only way to tame it and it runs away when you get too close, then how are you supposed to tame it? It's simple, actually, with a bit of prep work.

How to Tame the Haeynodon in ARK SE

There are two ways you can realistically go about your preparations for taming a Haeynodon:

1. Build a taming room to keep them from running away.

Either opt to use walls or build the fences high, since the Hyaenodon is capable of jumping low-fenced enclosures. Make sure you also have at least a Pteranodon tamed, saddled, and ready to fly in order to pick up the little rascals and drop them in your taming room. You may even want a spyglass so that you don't have to dismount if you want to be picky about which one you're taking home.

2. Sneak up on 'em

Alternatively, you could craft the Ghillie Armor set to more easily sneak up on the Hyaenodon without spooking it. Even with this method, though, a saddled Pteranodon is still recommended to carry it away from the pack leader and any potential predators.

Once you're good and ready, it's time to locate the Hyaenodon you'll be taming.

Where to Find Hyaenodon in ARK

It goes without saying that spawn locations will vary from map to map. However, there are a few good spots on the Island, the Center, and Scorched Earth that we can point you towards.

  • The Island has a couple of locations where Hyaenodon normally spawn:
    • Around the Redwood Forest area near the center of the map, at the base of the Red Peak
    • Up in the mountains on the North-East corner of the map
  • Check the Center on the Center map. You know how the map is named after a fantastical landmark off in the West? Yeah, go there.
  • On the Scorched Earth DLC map, check the Low Desert in the South-Eastern corner of the map.

If you're on a custom or procedurally generated map, simply hop on your Pteranodon and edge out the map until you spot some. Hyaenodon tend to travel in packs, so they shouldn't be too difficult to locate. Once you've found the one you want, clutch it in your flying mount's talons and bring it back to a safe spot for taming.

Ready. Set. Tame!

ARK Survival Evolved Hyaenodon Taming Location Guide

The trick to taming a Hyaenodon is to sneak up to it, pet it, and back away before you spook it -- then repeating this every 30 seconds until it trusts you. However, this can be a huge pain in the rear since it's easily spooked.

If you took the time to prepare, though, you should be all set. Drop it in the taming room to completely trivialize the entire process. Otherwise, the Ghillie Suit works just fine, so long as you crouch to approach and back away immediately after you pet it.

If you're running into problems while taming, check to make sure you didn't pick up the pack leader. If you did, go find a new one -- because wild alphas cannot be tamed.

Congratulations on taming your first Hyaenodon -- don't forget to give it plenty of affection! Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more guides on Patch 258 and all things ARK: Survival Evolved.

Power Leveling Tips and Strategies for Ark Survival Evolved No Tame Servers Sun, 07 May 2017 13:00:01 -0400 Paige McGovern

Playing on a no tame server in ARK: Survival Evolved may feel like doing so defeats the purpose and "fun" of the game.

A no tame server means that players cannot ride, tame, or breed dinos. But there's a lot of benefits to this type of server. Players get by through working together in tribes. Tribes have to get creative in their building designs and locations in order to thrive in a dangerous environment without dino protection. In this way, raiding others becomes incredibly rewarding. 

For many players on a no tame server, their focus is on fun, thrilling PvP content. Good PvP is difficult to experience in a world where domestication is possible. Without dinos, combat is balanced.

Of course, players don't have to spend hours taming and breeding either, so that's another plus. 

However, without the experience gained from taming, how do you level up quickly? There are a few ways. Know that the best results may be achieved by participating in many activities. Let's discuss them.

Find Explorer Notes

This is a great method to level when you're just starting out. Explorer Notes are collectible items scattered across the world. Every discovered note grants the player 100 experience (XP) and an effect that doubles XP gain for 10 minutes. Notes can be found everywhere in each map, so if you spend some time searching for them, it shouldn't be too hard to level up fast. 

Collect and Craft

If you want to travel and explore the world, gather, harvest, and chop as you go to gain XP. In addition, you can craft rafts and a grinder to gain more XP. Craft a sturdy raft to hold an Industrial Grinder. This grinder will grind up many crafted items and resources while returning some of the resource cost and giving XP. Try to glitch trees into the raft while on the water. This way, you can collect all those resources to fill up the grinder without stepping off the raft. 

If rafts are not for you, you can place your grinder anywhere. Just make sure it's well protected. 

Join a Tribe

You will gain the XP of other tribe members in your vicinity -- as well as your own -- once you've joined a tribe. Start a new tribe or become a part of another's to take advantage of this shared XP. You'll need to be a part of a tribe to do well on a no tame server, anyway. 

Kill Dinosaurs

This method is for those looking for a challenge. Hunt down the right dinos to gain massive XP. You'll want to be well-equipped. It's not a bad idea to have some tribe members with you either. In particular, killing a Titanosaur with fire arrows will give you thousands of XP. 

Play on Servers with XP Boosts

Join the right server to get server-wide experience boosts. The experiential no tame server on console that went live in February had double the XP rate than normal servers. Some player servers have boosted the XP rate by three or four times. All in all, any experience boost makes it much easier for players to level.


Have you played on a no tame server before? What's your experience? What have you found effective in leveling? Leave a comment below!

Check out these related ARK: Survival Evolved articles on GameSkinny:

Where to Find and How to Tame Equus in Ark Survival Evolved Thu, 04 May 2017 06:13:25 -0400 Paige McGovern

The Equus is a mammal in ARK: Survival Evolved that was released quite recently in the game. It may take you a few tries to tame these tricky creatures, but it could take you much longer to even find one. Some players report searching for hours.

So why should you want to tame one? Because the time and effort is worth it. The Equus' great speed and torpor buck attack makes it an invaluable tame early on in your ARK experience.

Lucky for you, we know just the spots on each map that you should look for Equus, and what to do to if you want to tame one.

Where to Find Equus

Equus can be found in all of the three world maps in ARK: Survival Evolved:

  • The Center
  • The Island
  • Scorched Earth

Let's take a closer look at each of these locations.

The Center


  • The Jungles (Both Mid and South)
    • Mid - North of the hole in the ground (near the river that leads to the underworld)
  • Eastern island, near the obelisk
  • Near the lakes on Southern Jungle island


  • 50, 67 - Jungles South, near the lake
  • 74, 70 - By the Blue Obelisk
The Island


  • Northeast corner near the river, around the location of Dead Island
  • Beaches of the river surrounding Redwood
  • Plains near the Green Obelisk (59, 72)
  • Inland hills, across the water from the Western Peninsula
  • Western Plans (northwest area of the map)
  • Around the Eastern Plains and Eastern Forest
  • Redwood Forest, near the base of the mountain and on the side facing the Red Obelisk (79, 17)
  • North shore of the river that runs between the volcano and Redwood
  • Smugglers Path, the slide closest to Redwood that's also next to the beaver dam
  • The mountain in the center of the map, near the river and on the edge of the cliff. Head in the direction of Redwood and look for Equus on the right


  • 43, 68 - Follow the river down from the north beach
  • 50, 25 - Look for the dry bed of a river
  • 85, 56 - Look by the river
  • 54, 46 - Look near the Redwood mountain
  • 44, 71 - Same as the above description
Scorched Earth


  • By the southeastern central dunes
  • By the southeast desert
  • By the Blue Obelisk
  • North canyon entrance (toward the desert)


  • Check between 45, 30-40
  • Check between 20-30, 50-60

How to Tame Equus

Now that we've talked about location, it's time to discuss the taming process.

  • Scout the area around the Equus for any potential threats that need to be eliminated.
    • You don't want the Equus to get startled, injured, or killed.
    • If the Equus is hit, your taming progress could reset.
  • You should have Rockarrot or Kibble (from Troodon Eggs) with you.
    • These are the Equus' preferred foods to use during taming.
    • Place the food in the last slot of your action bar.
Making Your Move
  • Sneak up on the Equus.
  • Press to feed. Press again to mount.
  • Press to calm the Equus when it runs and attempts to throw you off.
    • If you don't calm the animal in time, expect to be bucked and kicked.
  • Repeat until the Equus is tamed. Congratulations!


Have you found an Equus yet? Have you spotted one at a location that's not listed above? Let us know in the comments section!

Check out more ARK: Survival Evolved taming guides on GameSkinny:

ARK Patch 1.17 Guide: How to Tame Electrophorus, Microraptor, and Thylacoleo Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:54:25 -0400 Autumn Fish

ARK: Survival Evolved patch 1.17 dropped on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 over the weekend, fleshing out the Tek tier and populating the ARK with four brand new creatures: Electrophorus, Microraptor, Ammonite, and Thylacoleo.

I bet you're itching to tame these creatures in order to add them to your personal collection, but I hope you're not expecting all of them to follow you back to base. The Ammonite, in particular, is a tough shell to crack and won't listen to you no matter how much you butter it up. (Chances are, it doesn't even have the capacity to remember you.)

That's okay, though, because you can 'harvest' this deep sea creature for Chitin, Oil, Silica Pearls, Black Pearls, and even Ammonite Bile, which is the key component found in patch 1.17's new Pheromone Darts. Just be careful when confronting it, or that selfsame bile will attract nearby predators to defend the endangered Ammonite. Kill it quickly by striking it in the head -- as opposed to the shell -- and it won't even get the chance to spit.

As for the Electrophorus, Microraptor, and Thylacoleo, well, you can certainly tame them. And I hope you've gone hunting recently because you're going to need a lot of meat.

How to Tame the Electrophorus

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 1.17 Taming Guide How to Tame Electrophorus

Electrophorus is a nightmare to tame. You'll want to be well prepared before you even set your sights on one of these electric eels. Riot armor or a high fortitude skill is recommended to combat the Torpor effect of its shock. It's also recommended that you have a high oxygen stat in case you get in a pinch underwater or need to chase them down.

That's right, Electrophorus is a passive tame so you don't get the luxury of knocking it out and playing the waiting game. You have to find a way to feed it while dodging its electric discharge and keeping it from chasing after prey. There are a couple of ways to go about it.

If you have a Basilosaurus, then you're in luck. This underwater mount is resistant to electricity and will make taming a breeze. If you're mounted when it gets shocked, you won't be hit either, allowing you to jump off and feed the Electrophorus while it's recharging. A squid can serve the same purpose. However, I wouldn't recommend it since the eel is known get stuck in the collision box and cause issues.

If you don't have an electric-resistant water mount, then you'll have to do your best to tame this thing carefully. I suggest preparing a lot of health potions and stimulants so that you don't kick the bucket in the process. Trust me, you're going to get shocked. A lot.

After scouring the depths of the ocean and finding one you want to tame, clear out nearby threats and lure it to shallow water so that you can more easily escape between feeding intervals. Be careful not to let it get the better of you.

Electrophorus's favorite non-Mutton food is Bio Toxin, which drops from Cnidaria, but it will eat any kind of meat. Remember that in order to passively tame, you need to give it food from your final hotbar slot.

How to Tame a Microraptor

ARK Survival Evolved Patch 1.17 Taming Guide How to Tame Microraptor

Thankfully, Microraptor is fairly easy to tame in comparison to the Electrophorus. You can knock it out, narc it up, and feed it its favorite treats to win over its affection. Once you find one hanging around the Jungles and Beaches, the only problem is catching it.

You're never going to be able to chase down this skittish, flying carnivore no matter how many points you've piled into movement speed. That's because it attacks just long enough to stun you before making it's quick get-away. That's why, if you hope to tame it, you'll first need to immobilize the Microraptor with either Bolas or a Bear Trap.

Once you do, simply beat it unconscious with your fists and drop some meat in its inventory. Alternatively, it loves Rare Mushrooms and Rare Flowers, so use some of those if you're trying to get the most out of your taming bonus. Remember to check back frequently to re-narc it before the torpor drops too low or it will wake up and flee.

How to Tame a Thylacoleo

ARK Survival Evolved Patch 1.17 Taming Guide How to Tame Thylacoleo

Thylacoleo is also tamed by knocking it out and feeding it meat, but don't let that trick you into thinking it'll be an easy target. These cats are deadly, especially when hanging from a tree in the Redwoods, where they're known to spawn.

I suggest avoiding the one's hanging in trees or you're going to get pinned and die. Thylacoleos are about as strong as a Carnotaurus, so I suggest avoiding melee combat with them at all costs. Instead, seek out a grounded cat and shoot it with tranq arrows or darts in order to knock it out so you don't risk becoming its next meal.

Once it's down, just drop some meat in its inventory and wait it out. Alternatively, you can use Kibble made from Titanboa Eggs to benefit from the extra levels provided by the taming boost. Thylacoleos have a lot more Torpor than Microraptors, so you won't need to be as diligent about it -- but remember to check back occasionally to re-narc it so that it doesn't wake up and kill you.


Each of the tamable creatures added in patch 1.17 is a great addition to your tribe, but be careful not to grow overeager and rush in for the tame before you're ready. Patience pays off.

How are you enjoying ARK: Survival Evolved's latest update? Sound off in the comments section below!

Good luck taming out there!

Ark PS4 1.10 Update Arrives To A Rocky Start...Here's How to Fix Patch Bugs! Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:52:04 -0500 Ty Arthur

The endless stream of updates to early access dino-taming simulator ARK: Survival Evolved continues on this week with two different (and unexpected) patches arriving for console players.

This is quite the boon for the console crowd, which has typically lagged behind the PC edition with new content. While the Steam version is up to a staggering 254 updates (wouldn't you say it's about time for a full release already Studio Wildcard?) the PS4 is now up to... version 1.10. In addition to the latest update, a new one is already prepped for Valentine's Day that predictably revolves around mating dinos.

ARK 1.10 Patch Notes

The big draw here for PS4 players is a slew of fixes for perennial crashes and various memory problems, which have been an ongoing issue on the console editions (and anyone trying to run the PC version on the higher graphics settings). A Studio Wildcard employee issued this tweet about the update:

Most notably, the annoying "blue screens of death" when launching a server with previous 1.09 update have now been resolved (huzzah!). Problems with the invite/join mechanics are also reportedly resolved.

Anyone who was more interested in new content than beneath-the-hood fixes will be pleased to know 1.10 brings the PS4 edition up to PC equivalent content through patch 254 -- including various new dinos, engrams, and equipment.

TEK tier equipment is easily the most-buzzed about at the moment, with each piece coming in phases over the month, including a helmet with a built-in oxygen tank and night vision as well as a laser-mounted saddle for the Rex!

 I'm trying to think of something more awesome than this and got nothing.

Fixing ARK 1.10 Update Problems

It wouldn't be a major ARK update without a gigantic snag, now would it? Predictably, there have been some ARK 1.10 update bugs that need to be fixed. The most frequent issue is a complete inability to update at all, as the download hangs at 0% and won't progress.

The issue was addressed in a series of tweets from Studio Wildcard, indicating you should follow this path to restart the update and get things working: 

Close ARK > Fully Shut Down Console > Restart > Notifications > Download ARK 1.10  

According to a tweet from the official ARK Twitter profile, you may have to go through this process repeatedly to resolve the 1.10 patch issue, as a large number of players are all trying to access the update at the same time resulting in a traffic jam.

Valentine's Day Celebration

1.10 isn't all that's new for ARK this week though! On February 14th, a special Valentine's Day celebration is planned as part of the phased updates throughout the month. On the 14th you will have access to the Mate Boost event offering these additions:

  • Two new hairstyles
  • Bonus loving emote
  • 5% chance for dinos to drop a Box of Chocolate when mating (weird...)
  • Mate Boosted range increased by 2x
  • Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x
  • Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed increased by 3x
  • Baby Food Consumption decreased by a third

 Love is in the air!

What changes are you most looking forward to in 1.10 and the Valentine's Day update? Let us know in the comments below! For those just getting into ARK, be sure to also check out our complete guides covering every aspect of the game:

ARK: Survival Evolved Guide - How to Find and Tame Ovis (Sheep) Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:28 -0500 Autumn Fish

Ovis in ARK: Survival Evolved are truly incredibly sheep. Taming them provides a slew of benefits: it can be ridden without a saddle and climb mountains with relative ease, and you can shear them for a renewable supply of Wool that quickly replaces the need for Pelt. They even provide a hefty supply of delicious Mutton when "harvested". Why wouldn't you want a flock of Ovis for your base?

There only one problem -- actually, two. It's a right royal pain to track down an Ovis' location. And once you've found them, you then need to figure out how in the blazes to tame them.

How to Tame Ovis

Before you ever even set out to find your Ovis, you should prepare the food needed to tame them. It turns out Ovis will only befriend you if you offer them a piece of Sweet Vegetable Cake. No matter what level the wild Ovis is, one Sweet Vegetable Cake is all you need to fully tame it. Go ahead and get one for as many as you plan to bring home.

If you don't have a Garden, it's time to make one. Craft and plop down a few farm plots and plant Rockarrots, Longrass, and Savoroot. You'll need two for each cake. The rest is a matter of collecting the ingredients and throwing them into the Cooking Pot (or Industrial Cooker).

To make 1 Sweet Vegetable Cake, you'll need:

  • 7 x Sap - Use a Tree Sap Tap on a Redwood Tree
  • 2 x Rockarrot - Grow in Garden
  • 2 x Longrass - Grow in Garden
  • 2 x Savoroot - Grow in Garden
  • 4 x Stimulant - Craft with Stim Berries and Stone at a Mortar and Pestle.
  • 25 x Fiber - Collect from Bushes
  • 1 x Water - Fill up a container with water.

If you're cooking multiple cakes, multiply each ingredient by the number of cakes you want to make. Throw that in the Cooking Pot or Industrial Cooker and let it bake.

Place the Sweet Vegetable Cakes in the last slot on your hotbar. For the uninitiated, the last spot on the hotbar is used in passive taming. Setting it anywhere else in the hotbar will cause you to eat the cake rather than feed it to the Ovis, when you eventually find them.

Ovis Location

Ovis tend to like the open Grasslands of the Island for their wild spawning grounds. However, Ovis are incredibly rare creatures, on account of their generally carefree behavior in a land full of natural predators. Be diligent in your search and you're sure to come across them eventually.

If the server you're playing on is Unofficial and existed before the update, you may have to ask the admins to reset the Wild Dinos on your ARK. Sometimes new dinos won't spawn if the server is already full with the old ones. Alternatively, you could hop on a T-Rex and go on your own killing spree in hopes of Ovis spawning.

Once you've found your Ovis, calmly approach it and offer the Sweet Vegetable Cake set to your last hotbar slot. If initiated successfully, the sheep will eat the cake and become your loyal companion.

ARK: Survival Evolved Guide How to find and tame Ovis Sheep location

Congratulations! Now just grab yourself enough Ovis to breed with and you'll never have to go through this nightmare again. That is, until some jerk comes around to destroy your base with their new laser T-Rex. Just laugh it off.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Hair for everything you need to know about hair and ... wool, oddly enough! How do you like ARK: Survival Evolved's newest fluffy sheep companion, the Ovis? Leave your sentiments in the comments below!