ARK: Survival Evolved

Tired of the goody two-shoes dino life? There's a solution: Ark cheats. Dinosaur sim Ark: Survival Evolved lets you enter all sorts of console commands to enable god mode, level up, teleport, spawn items, instantly tame dinosaurs, unlock all engrams, and more. These Ark cheats are for singleplayer mode, or for multiplayer mode if you're the server admin (or if you've been given the server admin password). Otherwise you can't use them online. And if you're looking to further tweak your experience, check out our guide to the best Ark mods.

You can access the console in Ark by pressing the Tab key—you'll see a narrow box open at the very bottom of your screen. That's where you'll be typing in the cheats. To close the console, press Tab again.

In singleplayer mode, just type the cheats to enable them. In multiplayer, if you have the admin password, you'll need to type 'EnableCheats <password>' before you can use cheats. Some cheats (while playing on a server) will require the prefix 'admincheat'. In singleplayer, you don't need to worry about a prefix. Just type them and press Enter.

The cheats are written in bold below (and they're not case-sensitive).

Ark cheats: Player commands

God - Toggles godmode, protects you from all damage (except drowning)InfiniteStats - Refills health, stamina, oxygen, food, and waterGMBuff - Godmode plus infinitestats and additional experience pointsEnemyInvisible - All creatures ignore you, even when attackedLeaveMeAlone - Combines the cheats God, InfiniteStats and EnemyInvisibleChangeSize <value> - Changes your size by this multiplier, the default value is 1Fly - Lets you fly. Use 'Walk' to disableGhost - Activates noclip mode. Use 'Walk' to disable

GiveEngrams - Unlocks all crafting recipesGiveEngramsTekOnly - Gives you all Tek engramsGiveColors - Gives you a quantity of each dye

DoTame - Tames targeted dinosaur (if it's tamable)ForceTame - Tames targeted dino, and dino is rideable even without saddleForceTameAOE <Radius> - Tames dinos in specified radius (default is 2000)

Ark cheats: Spawn armor and weapons

GiveArmorSet <Tier> <Quality>  - Gives you full armor set for the specified tier and equips it

Armor tiers options can be entered as a number or word, as follows: 0 (or Cloth)1 (or Chitin)2 (or Metal or Flak)3 (or Tek) And also Hide, Fur, Desert, Ghillie, Riot, Scuba, Hazard

Armor quality options are: Primitive, Ramshackle, Apprentice, Journeyman, Mastercraft, Ascendant, Alpha

GiveWeaponSet <Tier> <Quality>  - Gives you all weapons in specified tier

Weapon tier options can be entered as a number or word, and are as follows: 

0 (or Primitive): Bow, Pike, Spear, Bola 1 (or Basic) Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Longneck Rifle, Sword, Grenade 2 (or Advanced) Compound Bow,  Fabricated Sniper Rifle, Rocket Launcher, C4 Charge 3 (or Tek) Tek Grenade, Tek Rifle, Tek Railgun, Tek Sword

Weapon quality options are same as the options for armor, as listed above.

GiveItemSet <Tier> - Gives you all items in specified tier

Item tiers are can be a number or word, and are as follows:

0: 90 Cooked Meat, 200 Stimberry, 2 Waterskin 1: 2 Water Jar, 200  Stimberry, 90 Cooked Meat, 100 Medical Brew 2: 100 Medical Brew, 100 Energy Brew, 100 Cactus Broth, 60 Cooked Meat Jerky, 2 Canteen 3: 5 Shadow Steak Saute, 5 Enduro Stew, 5 Focal Chili, 5 Lazarus Chowder, 100 Medical Brew, 100 Energy Brew, 100 Cactus Broth, 90 Cooked Meat Jerky Food: 30 Cooked Meat Jerky, 30 Prime Meat Jerky Water: Canteen RefillBrews: 100 Medical Brew, 100 Energy Brew

Ark cheats: Spawn items

These commands allow you to give a specific item to yourself or another player. 

For a full list of Ark item ID numbers, see this list

GiveItem <BlueprintPath> <Quantity> <Quality> <ForceBlueprint>GiveItemNum <ItemNum> <Quantity> <Quality> <ForceBlueprint>

GiveItemToPlayer <PlayerID> <BlueprintPath> <Quantity> <Quality> <ForceBlueprint>GiveItemNumToPlayer <PlayerID> <ItemNum> <Quantity> <Quality> <ForceBlueprint>

Setting ForceBlueprint to 'true' or '1' will give the blueprint, while setting it to 'false' or '0' will add the item itself.

GiveResources - Add 50 units of each resource to you inventory.

Ark cheats: Dinosaurs

For Ark creature ID numbers, see this list.

Summon <type> - Spawns a specified creature at your location.SummonTamed <type> - Spawns a tamed creature at your location.GMSummon <"type"> <level> - Spawns a tamed creature of a set levelGiveDinoSet <tier> <quantity> - Spawns set of dinos with saddles.

Tier options can be entered as a number or word, as follows:

0: Raptor, Dilo, Trike 1: Raptor, Carnotaurus, Thylacoleo 2: Rex, Spino, Paracer, Therizinosaur 3: Rex, Rex with Tek Saddle, Daeodon, Yutyrannus, Therizinosaur Flyers: Pteranodon, Tapejara with Tek Saddle, Argentavis, Quetzal Mek: 3 Meks, one with each moduleSiegeMek: Mek, M.S.C.M., Element, Cannon Shell (Extinction)MissleMek: Mek, M.R.L.M., Element, RocketpodShieldMek: Mek, M.D.S.M., ElementArgent: Argentavis Extinction: Enforcer, Gasbags, Snow Owl, Gacha, Managarmr, Velonasaur

Ark cheats: Teleport

TPCoords <Lat> <Lon> <Altitude> - Moves you to a specified place instantly. You can find a list of Ark's coordinates here. There's also a map you can mouseover for coordinates here.Teleport - Moves you forward until you collide with somethingTeleportPlayerIDToMe <PlayerID> - Moves a specified player to youTeleportPlayerNameToMe <PlayerName>  - Moves a specified player to youTeleportToPlayer <PlayerID> - Moves you to a specified player

Ark cheats: Creative Mode

Creative Mode removes weight restrictions and crafting requirements, unlocks all engrams, and grants godmore and infinitestats. Also lets you toggle flight by double-tapping your jump key.

GiveCreativeMode - Sets you in creative modeGiveCreativeModeToTarget - Toggles creative mode for players you are targetingGiveCreativeModeToPlayer <PlayerID> - Toggles creative mode for a player using their ID

Ark cheats: Weather and time

These are pretty self-explanatory, and different expansions may have different cheats for weather.

The Island expansion:

starttimestoptimeheatwavecoldfrontmakeitrainfogitup

Scorched Earth expansion: 

start_superheatstop_superheatstart_sandstormstop_sandstormstart_electricalstormstop_electricalstormstart_rainstop_rain 

Ragnarok expansion: 

start rainstop rainstart electricalstormstop electricalstormstart sandstormstop sandstormstart superheatstop superheatstart_volcano 

Aberration expansion: 

startquakestopquake 

Extinction expansion: 

start meteors

ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkbI36Kuazk
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday April 16th until April 30th, survivors will be able to experience our annual Eggcellent Adventure event! During Eggcellent Adventure, survivors will be able to collect special "Bunny Eggs" across the ARK from wild Bunny Dodo's. These Bunny Eggs can paint or used in special Cooking Pot recipes to craft new holiday-themed item skins the Marshmallow Dodo Hat and Chocolate Bunny Club, as well as returning skins: Bunny Ears, a Bunny Costume for the Procoptodon, Knitted Chick Hat, and Egg Shell Hat!



Bunny Oviraptor's will also drop festive Dino Candy this year. Collect the candy and feed it to your tames for a special festive effect! To top it all off, wild creatures roaming the ARKs will also find themselves feeling eggcellent, sporting bright colours of Green, Magenta, Yellow, and Blue!



New Items:
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_EasterDinoCandy.PrimalItemConsumable_EasterDinoCandy'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_DinoMarshmallowHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoMarshmallowHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_MarshmallowHat.PrimalItemSkin_MarshmallowHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_Club_ChocolateRabbit.PrimalItemSkin_Club_ChocolateRabbit'" 1 0 0

Existing Items:
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_DinoChickHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoChickHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_EasterChick.PrimalItemSkin_EasterChick'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_DinoEasterEggHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoEasterEggHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_EasterEggHat.PrimalItemSkin_EasterEggHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_BunnyHat.PrimalItemSkin_BunnyHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Leather/PrimalItemSkin_DinoBunnyHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoBunnyHat'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Saddles/PrimalItemCostume_ProcopBunny.PrimalItemCostume_ProcopBunny'" 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Halloween/PrimalItemStructure_EasterEgg.PrimalItemStructure_EasterEgg'" 1 0 0



Eggcellent Adventure Patch Notes!

Eggcellent Adventure 4 (2019)!
- Auto Activates 4/16-4/30
- Not supported in Primitive Plus mode
- Wild Bunny Oviraptors
* 50% of wild Oviraptors (33% of wild Aberrant Dodos on Aberration) are Bunny Oviraptors
* Cannot be tamed
* NEW! Drop Easter Candy as they spread Easter joy!
* Feed your candy to your tame for a fun festive effect!
- Wild Bunny Dodos
50% of wild Dodos (33% of wild Aberrant Dodos on Aberration) are Bunny Dodos
* Cannot be tamed
* Drop Easter Eggs as they spread Easter joy!
- Easter Eggs
* Can be placed in the world and painted
- Easter Skins
* Craftable in the Cooking Pot from Easter Eggs
* Bunny Ears Skin
* Procoptodon Bunny Costume
* NEW! Marshmallow Dodo Hat
* NEW! Chocolate Bunny Club
* Egg Shell Hat
* Chick Hat
- Wild creatures have a chance to spawn with additional colors: Green, Magenta, Yellow, and Blue

Managarmr
- Drastically reduce frost breath range
- Freezing stops at approximately turret range
- Damage stops at approximately half turret range

Prim+
- Fixed inability to craft Primitive+ specific resources in the forge
- Fixed inability to harvest coal from obsidian
- Fixed inability to harvest beeswax
- Fixed problems with beehive functionality
- Cauldron/Industrial Cooker can now craft new kibble
- New kibble is now functional on dinos

Meshing
- Hole fixes across Aberration, Extinction, Island, Ragnarok, Scorched Earth, and The Center
- Iteration on metrics
- Desert Titan now requires line-of-sight to do melee or lightning damage

Environment
- Added bottom cap to mushroom trees on Aberration
- Fixed Aberration Surface Damage gaps
- Fixed issue with blue mushrooms not allowing Ankylo to harvest properly on Aberration
- Moved 4 spawn points to be out of potential geo on The Island
- Fixed location where player could become stuck on Extinction

Exploits
- Fixed exploit related to stacking physics impulses
- Fixed exploit related to Rockwell Tentacles
- Fixed exploit related to Tek Swords
- Fixed exploit related to Fish Baskets
- Prevented cryoing Karkinos while they are carrying something

Platform Saddle
- Enable platform build limits saddles PlatformSaddleBuildAreaBoundsMultiplier, can be used to increase this radius on unofficials
- Prevent platform Saddles counting towards the max turret limit

Taxidermy
- Now properly supports Weapons on Humans!
- Adjusted Desert Titan's dermis offset

Homestead
- Icon Iteration
- Fixed LODs for Tek Triangle Roof
- Setup colorization for Fence Foundation
- Setup colorization for Wood Railing

Kentrosaurus
- Added a hard clamp to damage reflection

Equus
- Fix preferred kibble

GPS Transponders    
- Fixed transponders disappearing
- Placed Transponder Node no longer scales up after restart

Mind Wipe    
- Updated description of Mind Wipe to reflect 24-hour cooldown 

Cryopods
- Cryosick dinos are no longer able to attack
- Now use players in-game name in the tribe log

Industrial Cooker    
- Now supports pulling water from any connected source
- Never auto-activates when connected to water

Extinction
- Removed GlobalCuddleFoodList Override array

Turrets
- Use FastTurretTargeting system automatically for anything moving faster than 300 cm/s

Sloped Wooden Wall
- Adjusted Left Sloped Wooden Wall to fit better with attaching to a normal wall

C4
- Can now place C4 near ORP protected structures, except near foundations

Dino Leash        
- Dino leashes no longer can be placed near enemy foundations

LOD iteration for
- Basilisk
- Flak Armor
- Ghillie Armor

Egg Painting Contest!



After you've managed to hunt down a Bunny Dodo or Bunny Oviraptor and find yourself an egg, place the egg down on the ground and take out your paint brush and dyes. You'll be able to paint select regions on the egg as well as free-hand paint it with the brush to paint any design on it. Be creative!

There will be multiple competitions with a prize to the winner of $100!

- PC Egg Painting
- Real-life Egg Painting

Players are expected to paint their own designs and downloading templates or images to use is not allowed.

In the real-life category, we're looking for you and your tribe mates to get together and paint some eggs in real life that somehow reflect the world of ARK! Screenshot or photo quality won't be taken into consideration but try to get a picture that best shows off your egg.

The entries will be judged by our community team. Submissions are limited to three eggs per survivor, so choose your best egg. You'll have the month of April to enter, with April 30th being the final day to enter. Submit your images in the thread linked below, and we look forward to seeing your creativity!

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/community-crunch-177-eggcellent-adventure-returns-tomorrow-r1176/

Update on Meshing...

“Meshing” is the common term used to reference a variety of exploits in the game that involves going under terrain or behind walls to access unintended areas.  While under the terrain, an exploiter may build bases, turrets, and a multitude of other things that prevent fair and fun gameplay for everyone.  There are many ways that a player can access these areas but one of the easiest and most common are holes in the mesh itself.  The term “collision” in games is what prevents players from being able to go through what would otherwise be hollow 3D objects. Some areas and objects have incorrect collision and provide easy access to areas behind terrain.  Other cases of meshing can happen as a result of items in the game or the gameplay functionality they allow.  Items like chairs, climbing picks, and platform saddles can be susceptible to exploits like meshing due to how they manipulate the player character.

Meshing has been a hot topic within the community for some time. Behind the scenes, we have been identifying these vulnerabilities by attacking them at different vantage points.  Our ideal goal is to prevent players from getting into the mesh in the first place.  We actively look for areas in maps where collision can be improved or tweaked to avoid the occurrence from someone purposefully or intentionally getting under the terrain.  We are happy to report that this upcoming patch (patch number) has considerable improvements in this area. Since prevention is the preferred method to tackle meshing, bugs in items that allow players to access areas behind terrain are a priority for the gameplay team.

Players in unintended areas are in violation of our Code of Conduct and it is something we take very seriously. The Enforcement Team has employed the use of new data and metrics in an effort to combat meshing and investigate each case thoroughly.  In many cases, they are preventing minor issues from becoming substantial ones. The mesh detection tool has provided the Enforcement Team with new data that enables them to act quickly and efficiently. If the mesh detection tool becomes more refined, we plan to integrate it on other platforms (like console) to reduce meshing exploits in a more automated fashion. The Enforcement Team has seen a noticeable drop in reports related to meshing because of these implementations and we feel we are making positive strides towards eliminating this issue as a whole. 

If you are aware of meshing or exploits that are happening on PC, please report them here by selecting Report Abuse and filling out a quick report:

https://support.survivetheark.com/hc/en-us/requests/new#

We will continue to keep you updated with any significant advancements on the topic. It is and has always been, an important topic for us.

Update on Recent Lost Characters...

Please see our recent announcement if you were affected by the recent rollback that occurred on the Official Server Network.  If you have not submitted your ticket yet, please do so here. The Customer Service team is still actively working through tickets.

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/update-regarding-recent-lost-characters-r1167/
ARK: Survival Evolved - ARK: Survival Evolved
Classic PvP Begins Tomorrow!



Last week, in conjunction with Snail Games, we announced a new game mode called “Classic PvP” as an exciting large-team competitive experience for ARK. As a studio, we want to explore fun, new ideas and we believe large group PvP has a lot of undiscovered potential. With Classic PvP we'll be looking for your help to suggest balance changes throughout the seasons, while we strive to make this mode fun and competitive for everyone. Over time, as the game mode receives its adjustments and tweaks, we will be connecting the isolated clusters to each other so that they form a more extensive network.

Although Aberration and Extinction aren’t available in Classic PvP, the development team is actively looking for opportunities to re-include the content into the mix with balance changes that are in line with the new Classic PvP game mode. While we hope to re-add this content to expand on Classic PvP, there is no specific timeline or timing on this.

The Classic PvP game mode will also serve as a test for new experiences to come, and we’re excited for all the possibilities it can lead to. To start, we'll be working with the community to actively seek out tribes and tribe leaders to be representatives in a new type of broadcasted competitive Classic PvP event. These representatives may be sponsored; therefore they must ensure that they’re upholding fundamental values within their tribe which promote clean and fair play. By doing so, they'll be playing a significant role in expanding ARK’s competitive PvP gameplay and helping us shape the future of large group PvP.

Look out for the launch of our Classic PvP servers tomorrow at 10 AM PST!

If you missed the Classic PvP details last week be sure to read up on them at the link below:
https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/community-crunch-174-introducing-classic-pvp-r1131/

Undermeshing Concerns...

Last week it was made very clear by the community that meshing remains a critical issue in ARK. Without going into extreme technical detail, it is complicated to show our internal efforts to combat meshing, which is something we have continually been working on. Since it is such a hot topic, ARK developers have been more vocal on social media about ways we've tried to detect and circumvent those who do mesh. If it's one thing we know - players are ingenious and creative, which extends into how they approach meshing, and exploiting the game at large. Giving up too much of the internal working of changes we have made and continue to work on would compromise these efforts. With that said, here's what can be said definitively:

- We'll make an effort at being more transparent about what we’re doing in regards to preventing undermeshing partly by calling them out in the patch notes going forward
- We are actively seeking out people who use mesh exploits and banning them

As you might imagine, crafting a solution that handles all cases of meshing on all of our maps is challenging. Beyond fixing the sources of meshing, we're continually refining the methods we use to detect players under the mesh. We've made significant strides in this area recently by developing an approach that lets us know sooner than ever if someone is where they shouldn't be, which enables our Enforcement team to take action more quickly. We started issuing bans based on this new method on Friday and will continue to issue bans against anyone who intentionally meshes and exploits the game.

ARK: Eggcellent Adventure 4 Coming!



You’ve guessed it, Eggcellent Adventure is back later this month! And to encourage everyone to get into the festive spirit, we’ll be holding our egg painting competition again this year.

During the event: after you've managed to hunt down a Bunny Dodo or Bunny Oviraptor and find yourself an egg, place the egg down on the ground and take out your paint brush and dyes. You'll be able to paint select regions on the egg as well as free-hand paint it with the brush to paint any design on it. Be creative!

There will be multiple competitions with a prize to the winner of $100!

- PC Egg Painting
- Real-life Egg Painting

Players are expected to paint their own designs and downloading templates or images to use is not allowed.

In the real-life category, we're looking for you and your tribe mates to get together and paint some eggs in real life that somehow reflect the world of ARK! Screenshot or photo quality won't be taken into consideration but try to get a picture that best shows off your egg.

The entries will be judged by our community team. Submissions are limited to three eggs per survivor, so choose your best egg! You'll have the month of April to enter! Submit them in the provided thread later this month when the in-game event begins, and we'll pick a winner at the end of the month!

Conquest Server Backups!

Along with the closure of the Conquest servers, we’ve made backups of these server saves available at the link below for any players who wish to maintain their progress on their server.

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/server-backups/

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Be sure to read the weekly Community Crunch over on our website, survivetheark.com!
ARK: Survival Evolved

On Tuesday, an Ark: Survival Evolved YouTube channel called H.O.D. Gaming uploaded a video called "2019 GUIDE TO MESH MONKEYS (PART 1)." The owner of the channel, a 27-year old Australian named Luke, told me that it was at least partially inspired by his own personal vengeance. "Each time i would build a base a cheat or exploiter would come and ignore my base defense and exploit my base and steal my work," he said, over email. "Bases take hundreds of hours to build and cheaters can ignore the in game defense through this method."

So naturally, Luke framed his video as a dulcet nature documentary. "Mesh monkeys," he said, are the vile, regrettable creatures who populate the server blades of Ark: Survival Evolved and muck up the multiplayer with cheap tricks that ruin the experience for everyone else. "Today, we're going to explore the mesh monkeys, and the techniques they use to supersede base defenses," he says. For the next 10 minutes, Luke methodically unveiled a few of the tried-and-true exploits that have existed in the game code, he says, since the game released back in 2017. They include a clever server-relog that puts your character out-of-bounds, a hidey-hole in the top corner of a map that you can clip through easily, and a wall that can be rammed through with a jetpack. Luke mentions that he found all of those exploits with a simple YouTube search, and adds, "Why can't the devs fix this themselves?"

The following day, Luke uploaded another video, showing that he was globally banned from Ark servers. "There was no communication with the devs, and no reason given for the ban," he says to me, over email. "I have exposed meshing in the past and was not banned for it, and they still have not taken my feedback from this first video."

H.O.D. Gaming is one of the more prominent YouTube channels in the Ark community. In total, Luke has around 190,000 subscribers, so it was unsurprising to see that his banning emerged as a significant controversy. The news penetrated the front page of the non-denominational r/pcgaming subreddit, where it earned nearly 50,000 upvotes. (Personally, I saw the news on r/all, where it was also on the front page.) Several other Ark YouTubers made videos in response to the ban, and all offered the same tepid analysis of the situation.

Our first instinct is to do whatever is in our power to prevent abuse.

Studio Wildcard

When I reached out to Studio Wildcard, the company behind Ark, they directed me to a statement they made on the forums shortly after the Reddit indignation. In it, they announced that H.O.D. would be formally unbanned, but also didn't fully exonerate Luke's content. "Any issue that violates our Code of Conduct is subject to a fair appeal process. When things land in the gray area, our first instinct is to do whatever is in our power to prevent abuse," it read. "Upon further review of the situation involving H.O.D Gaming, we felt that it was not deserving of a permanent ban. Videos showing exploit techniques are admittedly a gray area when it comes to enforcement, which is just one of the reasons why the appeal process exists for bans."

This is fairly standard for a lot of publishers. You can find plenty of examples of prominent streamers earning bans after taking advantage of an exploit or an oversight. It's happened in PUBG, Overwatch, and most recently in Anthem. The difference for H.O.D. is that he claims the meshing he demonstrated happened in Ark's single-player mode, and also that the overall directive of his video was cached as a form of protest. I asked him what his response would be if Wildcard informed him that achieving exploits, regardless of the overarching context, was a no-questions-asked bannable offense. 

These exploits have been in the game for far too long and have becoming widely accepted as a norm.

H.O.D.

"I [would] respond that I deserve the ban for exposing these exploits, but sacrifices have to be made. It's the only way to bring enough attention to them to actually get them fixed," he wrote. These exploits have been in the game for far too long and have becoming widely accepted as a norm."

Wildcard, of course, addressed this guerrilla sentiment in its response, essentially saying that the company would prefer its community to address complaints about exploits more formally, via a troubleshooting report, rather than publicize them on a platform like YouTube. "There are established methods for escalating exploits to the development team that exist to prevent the spread of information to the general public," it read. "The more widely known an exploit is, the more likely it is to be exploited."

Your mileage on this controversy will depend on how effective you think H.O.D. Gaming's protest was, or if you think it introduced a whole new group of people to some of Ark's more fragile invisible walls. One thing is clear though; fixing the exploits would solve all of these problems, all at once. The simplest answer is usually the right one.

HITMAN™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven’t been put off by the astronomical prices of the [cms-block]s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card.

Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but I’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date.

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ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
https://youtu.be/VdXku3-sxi4
It's finally arrived! We're beyond thrilled to be releasing Structure Plus (S+) and the long-awaited kibble rework (now packaged together as 'Homestead') to all of our survivors March 5th 2019!



If you can dream it, you can build it! Homestead includes the major elements of Structures Plus (S+), a player created Sponsored Mod by Orionsun. S+ has maintained a large following of users over an extended period of time, and its move to console has long been requested. We are particularly excited to finally be able to share this with our console survivors who will be using it for the very first time.



Here are the new building features included in Homestead:

- Dedicated bulk storage
- Triangle foundations, ceilings and roof pieces
- Four high walls
- Fence supports for level walls
- Flexible pipes and electrical cables
- Double doors
- Swappable variants for ramps/stairs
- New visual variants for existing structures





Along-side the update to structures we also have our kibble rework included in this patch! Previously the Kibble system worked like a tree, the egg of one creature being used in a kibble to tame the next creature in line. Often these kibbles didn’t make sense in terms of game progression and became more redundant with each new creature that was added to the game. Each creature now falls into one of six categories, and that creature’s egg can be used to tame any creature within that specific category. Instead of having 50+ different kibbles all requiring a different specific egg, it is drastically reduced to: Basic, Simple, Regular, Superior, Exceptional, and Extraordinary kibbles!



You can expect the Homestead update to hit your respective platform around 10am PST tomorrow starting with PC and concluding with PS4. We invite you to watch our Homestead trailer to see a preview of the variety of structures that are now possible. All of the builds featured in the trailer are player-created and you can find links to how to build the structures in the video description. It has been an amazing experience for us to see our dedicated players create things we could have never imagined! 



We hope these changes to ARK inspire survivors to turn their wooden shack on the beach into the fortress of their dreams!

Homestead patch notes:

S+
Variant System
- Added Structure variant system to cycle visuals for a structure

Structure Pickup
- Enabled pickup of the following structures:
            - Elevator Platforms
            - Elevator Tracks
            - Electric Generator
            - Grill
            - Industrial Forge
            - Industrial Grinder
            - Chem Bench
            - Fabricator
            - Tek Generator
            - Tek Replicator
            - Tek Transmitter
- Disabled pickup of Bee Hives
- Added ServerSettings ini config option StructurePickupHoldDuration to allow unofficials to configure (or disable by setting to 0) the quick-pickup hold duration
- Changed default for quick-pickup to 0.5 seconds (from 1 second)

Structure Additions
- Added 'Smooth' sidewall variants (like the stone foundation) to the stock square foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Thatch, Wood]
- Triangle foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Triangle ceilings [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
- Triangle roofs [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
- Large (4x height) walls [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Flexible pipes [Stone, Metal]
- Flexible electrical cables
- Stairs (with freely swappable ramp variant) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Double door frames [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Double doors [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Tek Dedicated storage (Tek structure that allows storing a large amount of a single resource)
- Fence supports (allows you to build fences that are level along the top) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]

Kibble Rework

- Categorized Kibble
- Creatures prefer their category of Kibble or above
- Produced
            - Allosaurus - Superior
            - Ankylosaurus - Regular
            - Archaeopteryx - Simple
            - Argentavis - Superior
            - Baryonyx - Regular
            - Basilisk - Exceptional
            - Brontosaurus - Exceptional
            - Carbonemys - Regular
            - Carnotaur - Regular
            - Compy - Simple
            - Dilophosaur - Basic
            - Dimetrodon - Regular
            - Dimorphodon - Simple
            - Diplodocus - Regular
            - Dodo - Basic
            - Featherlight - Basic
            - Gallimimus - Simple
            - Giganotosaurus - Exceptional
            - Glowtail - Basic
            - Hesperornis - Extraordinary
            - Ichthyornis - Simple
            - Iguanodon - Simple
            - Kairuku - Basic
            - Kaprosuchus - Regular
            - Kentrosaurus - Regular
            - Lystrosaurus - Basic
            - Mantis - Superior
            - Megalania - Superior
            - Megalosaurus - Superior
            - Micro Raptor - Simple
            - Morellatops - Simple
            - Moschops - Superior
            - Oviraptor - Simple
            - Snow Owl - Superior
            - Pachycephalosaurus - Simple
            - Pachyrhinosaurus - Regular
            - Parasaur - Basic
            - Pegomastax - Simple
            - Pelagornis - Regular
            - Pteranodon - Simple
            - Pulmonoscorpius - Regular
            - Quetzalcoatlus - Exceptional
            - Raptor - Simple
            - Rex - Exceptional
            - Rock Drake - Extraordinary
            - Sarcosuchus - Regular
            - Spinosaur - Superior
            - Stegosaurus - Regular
            - Tapejera - Superior
            - Terror Bird - Regular
            - Therizinosaurus - Exceptional
            - Thorny Dragon - Regular
            - Titanboa - Superior
            - Triceratops - Simple
            - Troodon - Regular
            - Velonasaur - Regular
            - Vulture - Basic
            - Wyvern - Extraordinary
            - Yutyrannus - Exceptional

- Preferred
            - Allosaurus - Superior
            - Angler Fish - Regular
            - Ankylosaurus - Regular
            - Araneo - Simple
            - Archaeopteryx - Simple
            - Argentavis - Superior
            - Baryonyx - Regular
            - Basilosaurus - Exceptional
            - Beelzebufo - Regular
            - Brontosaurus - Exceptional
            - Carbonemys - Regular
            - Carnotaur - Regular
            - Castoroides - Superior
            - Daeodon - Superior
            - Dilophosaur - Basic
            - Dimetrodon - Regular
            - Dimorphodon - Simple
            - Diplocaulus - Simple
            - Diplodocus - Regular
            - Direbear - Superior
            - Direwolf - Superior
            - Dodo - Basic
            - Doedicurus - Regular
            - Dunkleosteus - Superior
            - Gallimimus - Simple
            - Gasbags - Superior
            - Giant Bee - Simple
            - Gigantopithecus - Regular
            - Giganotosaurus - Exceptional
            - Griffin - Extraordinary
            - Ichthyornis - Simple
            - Ichthyosaurus - Simple
            - Iguanodon - Simple
            - Kairuku - Basic
            - Kaprosuchus - Regular
            - Karkinos - Exceptional
            - Kentrosaurus - Regular
            - Lymantria - Regular
            - Mammoth - Superior
            - Managarmr - Exceptional
            - Megalania - Extraordinary
            - Megaloceros - Simple
            - Megalodon - Superior
            - Megalosaurus - Superior
            - Megatherium - Superior
            - Mesopithicus - Basic
            - Morellatops - Simple
            - Mosasaurus - Exceptional
            - Onyc - Simple
            - Snow Owl - Superior
            - Pachycephalosaurus - Simple
            - Paraceratherium - Superior
            - Parasaur - Basic
            - Pegomastax - Simple
            - Pelagornis - Regular
            - Phiomia - Basic
            - Plesiosaurus - Superior
            - Pteranodon - Regular
            - Pulmonoscorpius - Regular
            - Purlovia - Regular
            - Quetzalcoatlus - Exceptional
            - Raptor - Simple
            - Rex - Exceptional
            - Rock Elemental - Extraordinary
            - Sabertooth - Regular
            - Sarcosuchus - Regular
            - Spinosaur - Exceptional
            - Stegosaurus - Regular
            - Tapejera - Superior
            - Terror Bird - Regular
            - Therizinosaurus - Exceptional
            - Thorny Dragon - Regular
            - Thylacoleo - Extraordinary
            - Triceratops - Simple
            - Velonasaur - Regular
            - Woolly Rhino - Superior
            - Yutyrannus - Extraordinary

Exploits
- Fixed exploit related to water well
- Fixed exploit related to Titan downloads
- Fixed exploit related to Velonasaurs
- Fixed exploit related to Platform Saddles

Crashes
- Fixed crash related to shoulder pets
- Fixed crash related to Taxidermy

Managarmr
- Fixed issue with Managarmr breath causing flyers to teleport
- Fixed Managarmr's forward dash not triggering consistently when spamming it
- When Managarmr freezes a dino with a rider, the rider will no longer be dismounted but rather frozen for 1 second
- Character frozen visual effect should change more smoothly
- A player frozen either standing, crouching, or prone can no longer change that state
- Duration of frozen for player characters is now a function of health and armor rating
- Duration of frozen for player characters is significantly reduced overall
- Cheat spawning a dino should no longer cause you to get stuck on that dino - if it dies while being frozen by Managarmar Ice breath
- Reduced Managarmr ice breath damage ~25%
- Added new freeze immune icon

Environments
- Fixed buildable space outside of bounds
- Fixed multiple holes and meshing locations
- Moved Desert Titan player spawn point to an area inside the structure prevention zone
- Fixed climbable trees in Extinction

Kairuku
- Base affinity increased by 30% now that it has a preferred kibble

Ice Wyverns
- Fixed creature icon being blank

Item Stacks
- Fixed ConfigOverrideItemMaxQuantity issue with RawPrimeMeat

Giganotosaurus
- Increased damage required to enrage a giga by 55%

Corrupted Heart
- Fixed item to use correct icon

Mind Wipe
- Characters can be respeced once every 24 hours

UI
- Improved search filtering on inventory and crafting menus

Elevators
- Set Primitive Elevator Platforms and Tracks to be craftable by wood instead of requiring fungal wood

ARK Developer Stream Tomorrow!

https://www.twitch.tv/survivetheark

Tomorrow at 1 PM Pacific Time (March 5th), members of the ARK development team will be hosting a Developer Livestream on our Twitch channel!

Our Community-focused livestreams went over well with the community so we decided to restructure slightly to bring even more members of our team into the mix! We invite you to join us from our Seattle office as we discuss the latest developments with ARK.

In this stream we will be showcasing and discussing our biggest addition and change to the game: the Structures Plus and Kibble rework.



We'll also be answering questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. We invite you to leave your ARK or development related questions in the comment section below and we will be selecting an assortment of your questions to answer live on stream.

The developers on-camera this stream will be:

Cedric: Host, Gameplay Programmer
Chris: Lead Programmer & Lead Designer
Colin: Senior Producer
Jen: Community Manager

We look forward to seeing you all on our Twitch channel tomorrow!

Mod Community Updates!

We're bringing in two new projects to the Sponsored Mod Program this month, and don't forget that we have already started another round of applications for the sponsored mod program. You'll be able to submit an application until April 5th. So polish up those design documents and send them in. We love seeing the amazing projects everyone is working on.

First up we have Additional Lighting by ReinerSCT. This mod adds a plethora of new lighting options of different colors, styles, and configurations. Ever wanted to make your own disco room, or set up a complex lighting system for your over-the-top castle? This mod will let you do it!

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1380777369
We're also happy to bring in the Play as Dino mod by Finntastic. Does anybody else ever use the old mantra "Don't just hunt the raptor... Be the raptor"? No? Just me? Either way, with this mod you can! The author has a lot of cool systems being worked on for this mod and we're happy to provide some support for them.

https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=662773951

Happy Modding!
ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
At 1 PM Pacific Time on March 5th, members of the ARK development team will be hosting a Developer Livestream on our Twitch channel!

Our Community-focused livestreams went over well with the community so we decided to restructure slightly to bring even more members of our team into the mix! We invite you to join us from our Seattle office as we discuss the latest developments with ARK.

In next weeks' stream we will be showcasing and discussing our biggest addition and change to the game: the Structures Plus and Kibble rework.



We'll also be allowing questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. We invite you to leave your ARK or development related questions in the comment section below and we will be selecting an assortment of your questions to answer live on stream.

The developers on-camera this stream will be:

Cedric: Host, Gameplay Programmer
Chris: Lead Programmer & Lead Designer
Colin: Senior Producer
Jen: Community Manager

We look forward to seeing you all on our Twitch channel on March 5th!

Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta Closing!



This week is the final week to participate in the open Structures Plus and Kibble Rework beta before the testing period closes to the public. If you have not tried it out and/or given your feedback regarding the changes we invite you to do so! Please check out the post below for all of the information on how you can get involved in play testing this beta.

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/structures-plus-s-kibble-rework-beta-is-live-r1074/

Mod Sponsorship Applications Opening!

Get your mods ready, sponsorship program applications open again on Friday! We will also be announcing a couple of new sponsored projects next week!

We're making some adjustments to what has been our focus for sponsored projects. Going forward we will be looking at more small scope projects as well, instead of only the large scope projects like we have been up to this point. A result of this adjustment is that you will begin to see more projects with shorter-term sponsorship's making their way into the program and, by proxy, a somewhat higher rotation rate leading to more opportunities.

We want to encourage everyone, no matter the scale of your projects, to apply for sponsorship during each application period. Even if a project isn't selected during a given application period it helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of everyone that's interested in being sponsored and seeing how your projects and plans develop.
ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen


Currently on-going until February 18th, love will fill the air as we celebrate Valentine's Day!

The ARK will be placed under Cupid's loving spell. With this event, creatures have also been affected by Cupid's spell in the following ways:

- Red, Pink, and White colored wild creatures can be found wandering the ARKs searching for true loves kiss.
- When mating, creatures have a 25% chance to drop an item.  That item has a 50/50 chance to be one of the following:
- Valentines Chocolate: Restores full HP, or knocks 40% off a creatures taming bar.
- Valentines Candy: Gives your tame random dino colors when eaten.


All servers official and unofficial will also experience the following bonuses (auto-activated or can be toggled manually by running ActiveEvent=vday):

- Mate Boosted range increased by 2x
- Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x
- Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed has been increased by 3x
- Baby Food Consumption has been decreased by 1/3


Survivors also have the opportunity to send out their own customs Valentine's Day card to their loved ones. Head over to http://playark.com/valentines and create your custom card! Be sure to send us a tweet with your image attached and the #MateBoosted, so that over the course of the week we can retweet your loving messages! 
HITMAN™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven’t been put off by the astronomical prices of the [cms-block]s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card.

Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but I’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date.

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QUAKE II - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

With the arrival of the RTX 2060, we now have four [cms-block] cards that can take advantage of the GPU giant’s cool new graphics features, such as their reflection-enhancing ray tracing magic and performance-boosting DLSS tech. But not all games can do both things at the same time, and many more still have no confirmed support for ray tracing and DLSS at all. So I thought I’d do the hard work for you and put everything in a nice, big list, detailing every ray tracing and DLSS game confirmed so far. The list is still quite small at the moment, but if you’re thinking about upgrading to either the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti, then these are the games that are going to get the most out of them.

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