Ark: Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland 2023 Event Guide

Winter Wonderland is upon us in ASA! Here's everything you need to know.

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RaptorClaus is coming to the Island and bringing his friends with him. As holiday dinosaurs invade Ark Survival Ascended, this is what we know about the newly updated 2023 Winter Wonderland event in ASA.

When Does the Winter Wonderland 2023 Event Start and End in ASA? Answered

This year’s edition of Winter Wonderland is set to begin on December 21, 2023 and will last until January 7, 2024. RaptorClaus will be dashing through the sky and air-dropping presents at midnight each night. New skins, new chibis, and new emotes will be available as part of the event.

How to Participate in Winter Wonderland 8

If you’re looking to get on the Nice List with RaptorClaus, you’ll need to do a few things.

  • Launch the game.
  • Navigate to the Ark Mods list.
  • Search for Winter Wonderland and install the mod.
  • Return to the main menu and select Mod Settings.
  • Activate Winter Wonderland.

This only works on single-player or non-dedicated servers. For Dedicated, unofficial servers, you’ll need to download the mod from Curseforge or the mods page in game. It didn’t show up as a Featured Mod for me, so I had to search winter to find it. Once the mod is installed, use the following command in your launch code:

  • -mods=927090

You’ll be able to experience increased event rates, depending on your current status and server.

  • PVP/PVE: 1.5x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience + 1.5x Breeding
  • Small Tribes: 4x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience + 3.5x Breeding
  • ARKpocalypse: 4.5x Harvesting, Taming and Experience + 4.5x Breeding
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All 2023 Winter Wonderland Creatures in Ark Survival Ascended

Along with RaptorClaus, four new holiday creatures will appear. All of the creatures can drop Coal or Mistletoe, while two of them also have additional mechanics.

  • Santa’s Big Helper Yeti
  • Abominable Snowman
  • Pegomastax Grouch: Steals Gift Boxes in return for a special reward.
  • Wild Rideable Reindeer: Can be fed Rockarrot and ridden for additional drop amounts.

Wild Creature Colors

In addition to the new holiday helpers, wild creatures can be found in these various colors.

  • Lavender
  • Dino Light Purple
  • Dino Light Blue
  • Dragon Green
  • Actual Black
  • Cyan
  • Deep Pink
  • Dino Dark Purple
  • Mint
  • Jade
  • Pine Green
  • Spruce Green
  • Dark Magenta
  • Glacial
  • Powder Blue
  • Teal
  • Dark Violet
  • Red
  • Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Red
  • Dark Red
  • Dino Light Red
  • Dino Light Green
  • Dino Medium Green
  • Dino Albino
  • Near White
  • Yellow
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All 2023 Winter Wonderland Rewards

Getting to see and tame special dinos aren’t the only perks of Winter Wonderland. The presents you get from RaptorClaus contain various loot, and you can earn skins, Chibi-Pets, and holiday-themed emotes. Additionally, all previous Winter Wonderland skins have been released and can be crafted at the Smithy.

New Holiday Skins

  • Full-body Krampus Costume Player Character Cosmetic  
  • Santa’s Workshop Smithy Structure Skin  
  • Festive Forge Structure Skin

Previous Skins

  • Blue-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  • Christmas Bola Skin
  • Dino Ornament Swimsuit Skins
  • Felt Reindeer Antlers Skin
  • Gray-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Green-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • HLN-A Winter Beanie Skin
  • Jerboa Wreath Swimsuit Skins
  • Megaloceros Reindeer Costume
  • Noglin Regift Winter Beanie Skin
  • Noglin Swimsuit Skins
  • Nutcracker Slingshot Skin
  • urple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Purple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin (Winter Wonderland 5)
  • Raptor Sleighing Winter Beanie Skin
  • Red-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Santa Costume Skin
  • Santa Hat Skin
  • Snowy Winter Beanie Skin
  • Ugly Carno Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Chibi Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bronto Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bulbdog Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Caroling Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Noglin Regift Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Raptor Claws Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Rockwell Sweater Skin
  • Ugly T-Rex Sweater Skin
  • Yeti Swimsuit Skins
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New Chibi-Pets

  • RaptorClaus
  • Hyaenadeer


  • Caroling Emote
  • Happy Clap Emote
  • Nutcracker Dance Emote
  • Shiver Emote (New)
  • Snow Angel Emote (New)

Holiday Items

Along with Coal and Mistletoe, you can get:

  • Festive Dino Candy
  • Gift Box
  • Holiday Lights
  • Holiday Stocking
  • Holiday Tree
  • Snowman
  • Wreath

That’s all there is to know about the 2023 Winter Wonderland 8 event in Ark Survival Ascended. For more on ASA, check out our guides vault.

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