Dino Dossier: Titanomyrma (Ant)

Today the developers announced the "Titanomyrma". This new arrival in the world of ARK is, as is immediately apparent from the dossier above, an ant. Don't get overexcited though, you won't actually be able to ride it. Hilarious as though that would have been, the devs made the wise choice to stay away from that. In fact, you won't even be able to tame them (good news for the Dodo-Assault-Squad). They will however be an excellent source of chitin, as they'll be quite vulunerable when caught out of position.

Common Name: Titanomyrma
Species: Titanomyrma parvagigan
Time: Paleogene
Diet: Herbivore
Temperament: Territorial
Domestication
Tameable: No
Command: admincheat summon Ant_Character_BP_C
  • Wild: Titanomyrma is one of the smaller creatures on the island; A frightening thought, when you realize it is the size of a dog. A hive-minded Herbivore, Titanomyrma usually goes about it's business unless provoked. When attacked or threatened, it releases a chemical which alerts all Titanomyrma in a large range to help fight the aggressor.
  • Domesticated: Because of its hive mentality, I've not seen any successfully tamed Titanomyrma on the island yet. Fortunately for lone survivors, separated Titanomyrma can be easily picked off for a small supply of Chitin among other valuable natural resources.
  • Known Information: I've seen two varieties of Titanomyrma: Drones and soldiers. Drones are smaller, faster and land-bound, and they harvest for the hive. Soldiers are larger, slower and have wings; They defend the hive. If Titanomyrma is akin to other hive-insects, there must be Queens too, but I've yet to encounter such a variant.

Drops

  • Raw Meat
  • Chitin

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ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 181.0 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 181.0, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Official Servers

  • Re-enabled Official ARK Server item uploads to Steam Inventory: Had disabled it due to a dupe bug which is now fixed.
  • Official Servers are now upgraded to the equivalent of “2.0” difficulty, rather than 1.0

New Items / New Structures

  • NEW DINO: Plesiosaurus (with custom saddle!)
  • NEW DINO: Ichthyosaurus (with custom saddle!)
  • NEW STRUCTURE: Poison Gas Trap

Dino Changes

  • Nonviolent Taming method for Ichthyosaurus (will follow-up with implementation for all Herbivores soon)
  • Sabertooth level-up damage scaling ramp reduced by 50%
  • Taming with Higher Taming Affinity now increases base level of dino up to 50% if 100% effectiveness, improving its base statistics (previously wasn’t doing much, was only generally increasing their damage)

Game Changes

  • Added two more player and dino levels, to get more engrams for the new goodies.
  • Players are no longer allowed to carry more than 20% over their maximum Inventory Weight, as this was otherwise exploitable when standing on Dinos.
  • Structure Paint effect looks much better and fully covers the surfaces
  • Preparation for tomorrow’s Mac & Linux game releases 🙂
  • Removed Weight limits on Smithy, Fabricator and any other Structures which accidentally still had them
  • Obelisk terminals no longer get an auto-demolish timer
  • In online PvP, use of sleeping bags now triggers cooldown to all your sleeping bags nearby.
  • Using spyglass now shows Floating HUD of Dinos, Players, or Structures that you are _directly pointing at_, for long range reconnaissance
  • C4 can now be placed & detonated underwater
  • Mod makers can now override the minimap and spawn regions
  • Clamped how much harvesting damage you can do to a resource to the remaining health of the resource (so that, for example, chomping a tiny dilo with little resource remaining in it with a massive T-Rex bit wouldn’t give you way more meat than it could reasonably have had). This may have the effect of reducing harvesting amounts in some cases, but is a necessary fix to what was essentially an overflow bug. Will consider re-scaling harvesting amounts accordingly as we proceed.

UI Changes

  • NEW FEATURE: Emote Wheel!

Server Features

  • AFK kick Timer at spawn/respawn screen: server configurable, default 40 minutes
  • Configurable server auto save interval

Bugfixes

  • Shader Model 4 (DX9, DX10) mode now looks a TON better, with proper light intensities, shadows and night lighting and dynamic lighting
  • Pipes/cables are no longer considered “enemy” foundations that prevent building nearby
  • Added missing mammoth dossier
  • Buff timers no longer ‘appear’ to reset when you relogin
  • Dragging a body no longer removes your FPV hands (bug required players to manually switch to weapon and then back to hands to restore their hands 😛 )
  • Various minor bug fixes

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (180.42)

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 180.41 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 180.41, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Gamesettings

  • Freshly-installed Singleplayers no longer have zeroed-out Local/Host gameplay settings, and added “Reset To Defaults” for Local/Host gameplay settings.

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (180.40)

Getting the Steam ID of a Player

More and more functions in ARK Survival Evolved depend on the Steam ID (for example the list of administrators). The problem is, it’s never immediately apparent what ID you need, and what format it is supposed to have. While there’s an ingame command to get the appropriate number for online players it’s quite cumbersome for more than two people, so here’s how to do it better:

Go to steamid.co. You’ll be able to enter the Steam name of the person you’re looking for there. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to see their information.

The ID you’re looking for looks like this: 76561197995589012

It’s important to use an ID in the same format as above, called Steam ID 64, and not one of the other ID’s. If you need bulk conversion, simply click on the User-List tab on the site and you’ll be able to provide a list of names.

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 180.4 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 180.4, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

New Items / New Structures

  • Added custom saddles for Argentavis and Carbonemys

Dino Changes

  • Made wild Megalodons charge speed slower
  • Reduced the length of the Ptero’s grab animation
  • You can’t mount dinos thru walls anymore

Game Changes

  • Stone Water Tank is now crafted by hand, not at the Smithy
  • Hitting stuff with the Spyglass and Flaregun (which have no durability) is now akin to punching with your Fists (8 damage per hit and hurts you slightly)
  • Spike blockades can no longer hurt you through walls
  • Added a lot of missing environmental Ambient Sounds
  • Building Walls can now be embedded in geometry more, providing more ways to place them

UI Changes

  • Exposed most current server settings to the Host Game UI

Bugfixes

  • Fixed an issue where various animations werent’ updating out of view on clients (they were pausing)
  • Claiming a Dino now properly sets its new Personal Owner data
  • Fixed issue where pillars were sometimes not being considered “foundations”. (any pillars that have this “no nearby foundation” issue will need to be rebuilt on servers upgraded to 180.4 in order to be considered a foundation)
  • Fixed a case where you could get killed riding your flyer on certain slopes
  • HarvestAmountMultiplier and HarvestHealthMultiplier server settings now work
  • Fixed harvesting impact decals that weren’t appearing

Performance

  • Fixed massive stall (4-8 seconds) associated with periodic garbage collection
  • More GPU perf gains due to map optimization (approx +15% to +20%) and fixing a serious Sky perf issue

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (180.3)

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 180.3 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 180.3, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Performance

  • +25% GPU Perf gains. Yes, we had the GPU’s idling about 20-25% of the time due to a driver bug. You’re gonna enjoy this 🙂

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (180.2)

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 180.2 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 180.2, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Game Changes

  • You can now properly attach C4 to enemy structures again (and build tripwires nearby, etc)
  • In PvE you can no longer steal food from strangers’ crop plots (Tribe/Owner check)

Bugfixes

  • Fixed case where Flyers will fall out of the air if saved in flying state
  • Supply crates will no longer get stuck on Trees
  • Eliminated the last edge cases with inability to melee attack structures from certain angles
  • Fixed floating hands outside of your dino after mounting 🙂

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (180.1)

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 180.1 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 180.1, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

Dino Changes

  • Changed bullet/projectile damage multiplier on flyers to 4x rather than 6x

Game Changes

  • Unversioned Hotfix: Decreased Cave & Underwater Crystal Resources amounts by 50%

Bugfixes

  • Fix for Supply Crates sometimes spawning at the World Origin, which would likely also would mess up players’ ability to move
  • Fixed inability to harvest certain resources
  • Fixed inability to find “nearby foundations” when building sometimes

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (180.0)

ARK Digest #7 Summary – Building on Dinos, Breeding and Better Taming

This is a summary of today’s ARK Digest #7. It saw the promises of several exciting features, which are detailed below. All quotes are from the Steam thread if not otherwise indicated.

War-Paint for Dinosaurs

Once our team has finished working on the paintable signs, they’ll begin working on the war-paint system for Dinosaurs! and we’re also going to be introducing a soap-like item to help wash off all the paint on your walls!

Better Taming

Certainly! Initially the taming process we released was fairly basic, however effective and somewhat true to real life. However we wanted to expand on it and introduce other methods for taming creatures, as well as helping players improve their taming affinity. Some of the things we’ve got planned and are currently working on are options for non-violent taming which we plan to introduce this summer!

This includes feeding conscious herbivores by hand or providing carcasses for carnivores which will have much greater affinity than knocking out creatures with a weapon, along with the introduction and specialization of new food, and ingredients to allow players to hit higher numbers in regards to taming effectiveness for each creature.

Breeding is the next big feature to come!

There’s a lot of things we’re working on.. but the biggest that is coming up on the horizon is something that has been heavily requested since we announced the game back in May, Breeding!

Boss Arenas

Certainly! We’re going to be drastically re-working our current boss fights so that they take place in dedicated boss arenas and it’ll mean that survivors will need to put in a serious shift if they want to be victorious. We’re also going to be looking at introducing more caves, as well as making changes to the current ones, plus with the Dinosaur A.I improvements that are upcoming the game will definitely see some more challenges ;).

Building on Dinosaurs

Yes! You will be able to build on the Plesiosaurus! CONFIRMED. In fact, you’ll be able to build on certain new saddles on many of the larger dinosaurs, as well as put sleeping bags on them for mobile spawn points!

Smaller Features

  • A “scythe-like weapon” is being considered in order to help with thatch farming.
  • An electric tracking tool for dinosaurs “should be completed within the next few weeks!”
  • They “do have plans for powerful and more rare dino variants to be available soon”.
  • Fire will soon be weaponized.

Dino Dossier: Gigantopithecus – Bigfoot / Sasquatch

A new announcement of a well known mammal - Gigantopithecus - translated: Big Ape. Hopefully he's not as violent as the other ape like animals in the game, who run around, build bases and kill each other. 😉

Common Name: Gigantopithecus
Species: Gigantopithecus fibrarator
Time: Pleistocene
Diet: Herbivore
Temperament: Territorial
Domestication
Tameable: Yes
Rideable: Yes
Command: admincheat summon BigFoot_Character_BP_C
  • Wild: Gigantopithecus fibrarator is a strange creature. It is usually quite passive, but it has a very short temper when it comes to its personal space. Once another creature gets close, this gentle giant quickly becomes a rampaging beast. Best to give them a wide berth.
  • Domesticated: In addition to being at home picking berries a tamed Gigantopithecus can be taught to harvest the fibers found on many island plants as well. It appears to be entirely content to pick at plants all day, eat the berries, and hold the fibers for its tribe. Playful once tamed, Gigantopithecus seems to enjoy throwing its shoulder-mounted rider into the air. It probably feels this is a game, but clever brigands can use this "game" to vault over walls and small cliffs.
  • Known Information: Gigantopithecus seems most happy to lazily lay about, picking berries from plants. Many Gigantopithecus spend much of their day in one small area unless they are provoked.

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