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    Patch 253: Cnidaria, Pegomastax, Therizinosaurus, Troodon, Tusoteuthis, Underwater Caves & Winter Wonderland 2!

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    Season's Greeting Survivors! :Jerblove:

    It's that most wonderful time of year again, a time of celebration, joy, and sharing. And we have a lot to share with you in this update! 

    Join Raptor Claus as he darts across the night sky in his sleigh, air-dropping presents filled with high-end Loot Blueprints, Mistletoe, or Coal for naughty Survivors. Survivors can trade in Santa's gifts for Reindeer Costumes, Candy Cane Club Weapons, Santa Hats, and if they collect enough Coal, they might even be able to summon the elusive holiday-themed DodoRex to do their bidding for a limited time!

    Console Survivors can experience the fun of the holidays by 'sleighing' special gift-bearing creatures! Scattered across the ARK, various festive themed friends will be delivering Santa's Gifts. Kill the following critters and collect goodies from their inventories: 

    Stags over Level 100:
    Reindeer Skin

    Yetis:
    Santa Dino Hat

    Penguins over Level 50:
    Santa Player Hat

    Xbox Survivors are in for an additional treat, as some of the ARK's creatures are also celebrating their birthdays, with hats and a special suit! ;)

    Titanosaurus:
    Birthday Suit Shirt
    Birthday Suit Pants

    Wild Giganotosaurus:
    Birthday Dino Hat

    Dilos over Level 50:
    Birthday Player Hat

    Along with this holiday-themed update, we are also excited to unveil content Patch 253! Which includes two new full-scale underwater caves and setting free five new creatures: Cnidaria, Troodon, Tusoteuthis, Pegomastax, and the Therizinosaurus. Not to mention an extra special surprise, allowing survivors to truly enjoy every passing moment, and make them even more beautiful and memorable than ever before: a camera item used to take in-game photographs, which can then be applied to the in-game Painting Canvas! Tek Tier Phase 1 will now make its debut in January's ARK v254, which will be previewed in-depth with additional items at the start of the new year, which you can read about in more details here:

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    Cnidaria Omnimorph, a combination of everything good and bad about various species of Jellyfish, the Cnidaria is too simple to tame or train, but tribes keep schools of them around for their bioluminescence and their ability to sting. Containing them in pools around a camp is a great way to make a barrier of swimming, stinging security that also illuminates the night. They also drop a special biotoxin which can be used to create shockingly powerful torpor darts.

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    Pegomastax Fructarator, a relatively harmless herbivore who prefers to live alone and gorges on just about any plants it can find. Far from the definition of "pretty", Pegomastax features a nasty looking beak (with tusks for extra effect!) and feathers, making him a unique sight on the island. Some tribes keep a few Pegomastax around, as they are excellent scavengers, and are notoriously known for their thieving ability.

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    Therizinosaurus Multiensis, is one of the strangest dinosaurs on the islands. Built like a T-Rex, this herbivore possesses great harvesting abilities. Its claws allow it to perform both brute-force or delicate actions; from taking down enemies (though it would prefer to just leave them alone) to plucking leaves from a particularly tasty bush. Because of this ability, Therizinosaurus are always handy to have around for harvesting specific resources, or, when needed, decimating enemies in combat.

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    Troodon Magnanimus, outside of human beings, the Troodon might just be the cleverest creature on the island. You don't "tame" a Troodon, you earn its loyalty through its social nature and love of the hunt. Their ability to scout is second to none, and often you will see tribes adventuring out with Troodon, as they are often considered a  smaller relative of the island's Raptors, but arguably no less dangerous, especially because of their love of the hunt.

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    Tusoteuthis Vampyrus, a monstrous relative of the vampire squid, Tusoteuthis bears a closer resemblance to giant squids. It may be slow, but the aquatic Tusoteuthis is a horrific threat to anyone who dares get too close, using its tentacles to first grab, then crush...and then syphon the blood out of, its hapless victims. Tribes will sometimes tame this nightmare of the deep in order to extract its unique ink, which contains oils that can be processed into fuels.

    Patch 253 also introduces two brand new underwater progression-oriented caves to TheIsland, with new artifacts and challenges!

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    Intrepid survivors will want to suit up and explore these new depths to uncover...

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    high-end loot, fight the terrifying creatures, discover two brand new artifacts, as well as uncover the mysteries of the ARK.

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    and for those of you who want to relive the experience, but not take the plunge themselves - you can! With a brand new camera! Survivors can snap pictures of their adventures, and instantly paint them on a canvas, reliving the memory whenever they so choose!

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    Patch 253 also includes; additional network performance gains, various new ARK DevKit features and hooks, and BattlEye has been enabled by default for Dedicated Servers (use -NoBattlEye to run without!)

    ARK Winter Sale!

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    The Steam's Winter sale is now live which means ARK: Survival Evolved can be tamed on PC/Mac/Linux for a 60% discount and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack is also available at 33% off! Or introduce someone new to the game, this holiday season by gifting them the Survivor's Pack Bundle!

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    Xbox Survivors wanting to join in on the holiday fun can pick up ARK Survival Evolved plus the expansion Scorched Earth from Microsoft's Xbox Preview Program!

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    And of course, we recently launched worldwide on PlayStation 4. So everyone can grab the game and dive right in!

    We hope you enjoy this latest update, and from everyone at the Wildcard Team, we wish you Happy Holidays, and keep on Surviving!

    :Jerblove:





    User Feedback




    Can we get an extra tek tier item added because of the delay please? I'm fine with the delay anyways, as you gave us the camera and jellyfish as a suprise. Thanks Wildcard!

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    So looking forward to this.

    That Pego scene just made me bust out laughing at work.. xD

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year my fellow survivors!

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    Can xbox players keep all holiday building objects instead of disappearing? Adds more things to build on ark besides primitive + 

     I miss my festive pumpkins.

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    34 minutes ago, Downtown said:

    Still wish Xbox was getting raptor Claus sooo we got some holiday content more like we got less than 10% big let down WC big let down

    Xbox does get the big let down, especially the center map.. ex...no thanksgiving stuff for us.. but we do get cross server access so mega tribes and trolls can come in and Unicorn us for the few things we do get.. thanks ark... 

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    The thing that most interests me from this patch is the jellyfish, but I noticed there was nothing in the patch notes regarding enhanced tranq darts despite the announcement and dossier both making an explicit reference to them. Is that something we'll see in this update, and it wasn't mentioned? Or will it be something introduced at a later time? (Like more fishing baits that were supposed to be coming in the "next few days" after the patch that introduced fishing...) *Checks watch*

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    M'kay...  One page says Server Maintenance was at 1 PM EST today, the in-game server screen says 12:30 PM EST for server maintenance and release of 253 patch.  I've been logged in for about an hour and no server down yet.  What's the deal?  - Added -  Oh, how convenient.  Now it says "2:05 PM EST."  So, I just sat around all this time waiting for no reason. Didn't feel like getting kicked out in the middle of doing something, so figured I'd wait.  Seriously...  How about we be a bit more punctual with our schedules?  I have things to do in real life, so I can't be sitting around waiting to play while you guys keep changing your maintenance times.

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    so all we get is cosmetic items DILO is the point in that?? no raptor claus on xbox one so essentially pointless i would of liked to look for the raptor claus see him flying across the sky. you know wildcard you sure know how to show love to your player base with a slap in the face to not adding in such a simple thing? could not be bothered to give us raptor claus to get rare blueprints what a joke ....

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    2 hours ago, Argon said:

    The thing that most interests me from this patch is the jellyfish, but I noticed there was nothing in the patch notes regarding enhanced tranq darts despite the announcement and dossier both making an explicit reference to them. Is that something we'll see in this update, and it wasn't mentioned? Or will it be something introduced at a later time? (Like more fishing baits that were supposed to be coming in the "next few days" after the patch that introduced fishing...) *Checks watch*

    This is a very good question.

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    Just now, AnimalMind said:

    SO what about PC players?

    What about them? The PC Patch is coming, they've just had to upload the build after Steam came back up. Will be deployed soon.

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    Just now, GamerPerfection said:

    What about them? The PC Patch is coming, they've just had to upload the build after Steam came back up. Will be deployed soon.

    Well in the listing it shows what Console players / xbox players get but nothing about pc players. So I ask again what about pc players?

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