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Fresh from the success of the weekend, I hopped on after work to continue grinding out the levels on my rexes. Got another HP mutation, swapped out to my melee line, got a melee mutation. Then finished my second to last rex on the rest of the eggs. Couldn't have asked for a better stopping point for the night while the two new rexes grow.

One last rex to level up and I also have to replace 2 rex saddles. I thought I was only short 1, but I ran out of saddles before I ran out of rexes. Ah well, I should be able to make them both but I'll do a metal run tomorrow just to be sure. I have more than enough hide for a dozen more saddles and my theri ensures endless fiber stacks with a quick jog to the plants outside my walls.

I do believe I can probably take on Gamma Dragon on Wednesday at my current rate of progress and then save the Alpha for the weekend. If all goes well I can move on immediately to preparations for the Overseer.

Funny side note, a meg killed one of my basilos while I was semi afk between egg batches, I just saw the death message. But when I went to go after it, it was already dead. I can only assume my neutral spino couldn't reach to attack it over the back of the other whale but as soon as it went after the next one it was in range and got instantly shredded. I never did finish the ocean side of my compound. Not really the biggest deal, it killed one of my triplet stat whales, and one that was not imprinted or anything. So aside from the annoyance of losing a tame and a minor source of oil, it was barely a loss worth noting. If it had been my cave whale, that would be a much different story...

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Well I logged in and lagged out for about 5 minutes, then rubber-banded all over the place so I quit and went to work where it's less stressful.

I always find this one of the most interesting posts to read. What did you do on *ARK* today? I for one tamed a few scorpions, filled my troughs full of berries and meat and then decided to look

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Quite the evening on the Ark...

First, I finished leveling up my rexes and made the two saddles. Then when I cryo'd them all up I realized I did not count wrong the first time, I was only short one saddle. For some reason I hatched 20 rexes so I had an extra, and now I have an extra saddle too. Used up most of my metal too which becomes important later.

Once I had everyone podded, I flew over to the red obelisk where I have my tiny outpost set up. Unpodded them all and of course it's going to take a long time for them all to wake up. That's really the main reason why I wasn't planning on doing the Dragon tonight, because of the long wake up period.

But with the final day of the event I decided in the meantime to take some kibble and fly around just looking for anything interesting. I didn't expect too much but spending so much time in base just grinding rexes, I was going a little stir crazy.

And, well, I found something. Something big.

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Meet Heartbreaker, my 150 wild male Valentine's giga. Found him on the top of Far's Peak. Never in 65 million years would I have expected to randomly come across a 150 giga, never mind an event one. You bet I was super psyched and scrambling to get back to base and get supplies. I didn't have enough metal left for 4 gates so I made one and 20 large pillars. I was able to make a pen just big enough to hold him while also doubling up every other pillar so he couldn't get out. I also only had 5 shocking darts so it took those and about 300 tranqs from my ascendant crossbow. What a rush, I actually ended up crafting more arrows while shooting him because I didn't have enough. Thank the Ark gods my bow was fresh and not in danger of breaking. And I always have a random stash of arrows on my argent.

Once I got him down I realized one little mistake...out of narcotics...at least, I didn't have any more than what I used to craft the tranq arrows. Grabbed the wrong stack out of the box.

I had just enough arrows left to kill a jellyfish for enough toxin to keep him down, I had a short buffer because I just shot him until he went down. Even accidentally shot him once afterward but my taming is up just high enough to still get the perfect tame.

While he's mostly a trophy tame here on The Island, he'll be the start of my breeding line for Extinction once I get there. His melee is mediocre but 40 points in HP is a good start. Yes I know melee is the only stat worth leveling.

Anyway. I call that a good day.

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On 2/17/2020 at 9:39 PM, Cymas said:

Fresh from the success of the weekend, I hopped on after work to continue grinding out the levels on my rexes. Got another HP mutation, swapped out to my melee line, got a melee mutation. Then finished my second to last rex on the rest of the eggs. Couldn't have asked for a better stopping point for the night while the two new rexes grow.

One last rex to level up and I also have to replace 2 rex saddles. I thought I was only short 1, but I ran out of saddles before I ran out of rexes. Ah well, I should be able to make them both but I'll do a metal run tomorrow just to be sure. I have more than enough hide for a dozen more saddles and my theri ensures endless fiber stacks with a quick jog to the plants outside my walls.

I do believe I can probably take on Gamma Dragon on Wednesday at my current rate of progress and then save the Alpha for the weekend. If all goes well I can move on immediately to preparations for the Overseer.

Funny side note, a meg killed one of my basilos while I was semi afk between egg batches, I just saw the death message. But when I went to go after it, it was already dead. I can only assume my neutral spino couldn't reach to attack it over the back of the other whale but as soon as it went after the next one it was in range and got instantly shredded. I never did finish the ocean side of my compound. Not really the biggest deal, it killed one of my triplet stat whales, and one that was not imprinted or anything. So aside from the annoyance of losing a tame and a minor source of oil, it was barely a loss worth noting. If it had been my cave whale, that would be a much different story...

I've been experimenting with agile water guards to avoid that. I'd had megs on guard in my water pen, but I found a 150 meg had glitched in (render bug) and was chewing on one of my basilos, and the guard megs were stuck on the other side of the basilo. 

So I tried castoroides, as they're small and agile in the water and hit as hard as a meg. I positioned 4 in the water pen, floating at the top of the water with good saddles on. 

Next time I logged on, they were all at the bottom, drowned. FYI don't use castos as water pen guards :(

But an important point is that it's a shallow-water pen. With deep water pens you can position your guards underneath and they'll be able to get around the tames to attack the intruder.

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On 2/19/2020 at 7:39 AM, Milsurp said:

I've been experimenting with agile water guards to avoid that. I'd had megs on guard in my water pen, but I found a 150 meg had glitched in (render bug) and was chewing on one of my basilos, and the guard megs were stuck on the other side of the basilo. 

So I tried castoroides, as they're small and agile in the water and hit as hard as a meg. I positioned 4 in the water pen, floating at the top of the water with good saddles on. 

Next time I logged on, they were all at the bottom, drowned. FYI don't use castos as water pen guards :(

But an important point is that it's a shallow-water pen. With deep water pens you can position your guards underneath and they'll be able to get around the tames to attack the intruder.

Have you tried a Baryonyx or two?  They are smaller and less likely to get stuck, they do not use oxygen (and thus will not drown), and they can spin stun just about anything in the water.  I use them against Alpha Sharks all the time.  That said, I have a Spino on guard in my regular water pen and the pen is deep enough for Basilos but not deep enough to drown a Spino (I hope).  I had not considered the case where the guard would go after something on the bottom and drown after the battle was over.  I also have a deeper pen where I am keeping a non-tame Leeds that I built the pen around and I guess I should take my own advice and stick a couple of Baryonyxes in with it just in case.

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20 hours ago, Stretch11 said:

Have you tried a Baryonyx or two?  They are smaller and less likely to get stuck, they do not use oxygen (and thus will not drown), and they can spin stun just about anything in the water.  I use them against Alpha Sharks all the time.  That said, I have a Spino on guard in my regular water pen and the pen is deep enough for Basilos but not deep enough to drown a Spino (I hope).  I had not considered the case where the guard would go after something on the bottom and drown after the battle was over.  I also have a deeper pen where I am keeping a non-tame Leeds that I built the pen around and I guess I should take my own advice and stick a couple of Baryonyxes in with it just in case.

No, the guards' positions in the pen were unchanged, they hadn't gone after anything. They were just dead on the bottom, right below where I had left them on top. They got Ark'd.

So an oxygen-using dino in the water will apparently drown when you come into render range, and that includes log ins. I noticed  wild sheep that were in the water, up against the wall, but at the top and unhurt, were dead when I came back for them. I flew out of  render on a wyvern and flew back in the same way, so they weren't  rendered for long either way. 

So, there's that. A bary is still pretty big, but maybe it wouldn't get hung up on the bigger dinos. And...maybe I could set up a beaver lifeguard station at the edge to add DPS. I could put ramps down and have them on follow to something out of the water so they climb out afterwards.

 

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playing abberation got dashboarded. ie game crashed. log back in jump on drake blood spurting from my drake flying off animation trying to attack back. being hit by a basically invisible ravager while the server registers me being hit by it but me not doing any damage back or able to hit like it was invisible by the time the server caught up half health on the drake just another day in ark .... bring an ally from another server over to come to my little outpost to make metal runs easier for us both to get and farm ..... gets dashboarded too not so far from my base. so strip his body of all gear and tames take it back to mine. he logs out because games giving major issues dont blame him .... put his tames in my cryofridge and armour etc in vault. just another day in the life of ark .. lol

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@Milsurp Honestly it's 200% me just being lazy. If I actually built the wall on that side of the base or just made another cryofridge and some pods I could avoid the issue entirely. I keep the spino there as a guard but it's halfhearted at best lol. If all goes well I'll be moving maps pretty soon so it'll be a moot point either way.

I've had a few busy few days since, wow was it really only Tuesday? Feels like forever ago.

So I took on the Beta Dragon on Wednesday. I don't know if it's because no one talks about beta bosses or what but I did not expect to struggle as much as I did. We won, but barely. The victory cost me 15 rexes, and I only managed to recover 5 of the saddles. It was a bitter victory to lose so much, and I ended up spending some time to regroup away from the game that night.

Spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday rebuilding my army, farming for new saddles, all that fun stuff. I didn't really expect to be ready for another boss, I expected maybe 3 weeks or so. But, two things worked in my favor. 1 is that part of why I struggled on the boss was one of my rexes didn't teleport. And, remember that I had a spare rex and saddle? So I ended up "only" needing 13 new rexes and 8 saddles, rather than a full 15 of each.

I wasn't really planning on it but earlier today I realized I was actually in a position to do the Alpha fight; originally I projected a minimum of 3 weeks due to PAX and Genesis but since I won't be around when most of my tribemates on the server are going to be playing, I might as well just keep going here on SP. But I was ready for it, so I took my shot and went for it.

Alpha Dragon, just days after a narrow victory against the Beta. Definitely one of the most tense things I've ever done in this game, rolling solo with my wild-tamed yuty and 19 bred super rexes. The yuty survived. 14 rexes did not. And neither did the Dragon. Victory! But again at an impossibly high cost. But this time the adrenaline kept me moving, having finally felled one of the most difficult bosses in the entire game.

I brought the remnants of my army home for a well deserved rest and a name change to reflect their "Alpha" status as Dragonslayers.

And honestly now I'm a bit lost on what to do next. Obviously the Overseer is my next target. But I'm not sure if I should try to do the 3 difficulty levels as I have been with every other boss, or just skip to Alpha so I can move maps, and come back to do Gamma and Beta for the achievements later on. For completion's sake I'd like to do all 3 levels, but the thought of doing the Tek Cave 3 separate times makes me tense just thinking about it.

I also have no idea what to bring. I do intend to bring my "Alpha" boss survivors since I can keep leveling them while I raise the new generation. Surprisingly 2 of my G3 rexes survived. I know allos are kind of the meta for Overseer, but one problem with that...I've never found a decent level female allo to tame, so I only have 2 males of middling stats. I feel like my time would be better spent rebuilding my already highly bred rex army vs trying to build a new allo army from scratch. I'm up to 83 points in HP and 76 melee, that's some pretty serious firepower. They can easily hit 35k+ HP and 1k+ melee so I feel their lack of speed is compensated by their bulk and raw power. Starting from scratch with allos seems like it would be going backwards at this late point in the game.

I am also working on breeding yutys, I think it's unfortunately time to retire Yulia. She's a wild tame of unremarkable stats carrying a primitive saddle. I can do better, and she almost met her end on both dragons. I think she's earned her rest.

I've got a couple weeks to think about it before I start seriously working on my Overseer prep. In the meantime I'm just knocking off some smaller projects and farming metal by the ton.

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so i recently got an xbox and my friend gave me his hard copy version of ark and also gave me a gift card with enough money to get all the DLC's (including gen). spawned near blue ob on rag, harvested the boxes, collected what metal nodes were there and made my way to viking bay. i get to the cool rock formation near blue ob and lo and behold in my way is a freakin alpha raptor and its goons. i say screw that and swim past them via the ocean (yes i am that lazy) . managed to get to viking bay to find 3 megalos, leveled 150, 135 and 120. they are of course scattered. so i make a house on the rock formation and build a somewhat defensive barrier, consisting of 10 high lvl dilos and a few spiked walls. i tamed two parasuar for warning systems, i grinded for some narcos and knocked out a 150 trike. few it up and used it to make 500 narcos. after about an two hours of all this i figure i am ready for anything. i managed to get some crystal and also get some obsidian from the beach on the other side of the bay. made a spyglass and magnifying glass. i wanted a fast, preferably carnivous travel mount, luckily i knew where to find what i wanted. i went back to the raptors and socuted out. i swear i was in the the ark gods above good graces. 150, 150 and 145 raptors, as well as a lvl 100 alpha raptor, aside form the alpha i had my hunting pack. after painful hour of trying to separate the alpha from the other three i managed to get the alpha stuck in the water streams, i built a 2x2 stone trap. it took a few deaths but i got all 3 stuck in the pen. i knocked them out and went to look for a sheep. came back with mutton and feed them up. i now had 3 raptors ready to tear anything apart. i decided i dont trust myself with these amazing tames so i bred them out and go the best stats into a pair i can breed later. they were locked in a stone room where nothing can get them. luckily i did as after 3-4 hours of day night came and well those megalos were not happy with their new neighbor, it did not take long for them to find me and want me gone. my dilos were set to turret mode and had been pumped into health and a lot of melee. well that done nothing as they chomper their way through. they somehow made their way up to my house, i had made the foundations and walls out of stone so they could not get in, i waited till day for them to sleep, i then built a 5x5 stone pen and led them down into the pen. so i rebuild everything i lost and i retamed a few dilos. all in all i think this was a productive day

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Yesterday, Jumped to Valgero and raided some dienonycus nests, then jumped to Rag, Hatched the eggs.

I made several sets of high level Flak armor and some Ghillie, then cryopoded a few dinos that weren't in active use, added a staircase up to the level that house our tek transmitter so it has 2 way to access that area, spruced the new staircase up with a couple Y plants, refilled food  troughs, made some ammo, leveled up a pair of Yutys and then traveled to the Island.

Finished the night with beating the gamma dragon boss. Turned out well, 18 rexs, 1 yuty and a daedon, no losses, and the boss was beaten in under a min. I think we'll leave the daedon for the Beta, Should do that battle sometime this week I think.

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so logged on and decided i was gonna tame some utility tames, recently i seem to prefer mammoths over beavers when it comes to wood gatherer, mainly cause mammoths can hold their ass in a fight, anyway i found a nice 130 mammoth in the snow and decided it shall be mines. 20 mins later i have my mammoth surrounded by spike while beating the crap out of every wolf who so much as looks my way. i managed to build a stone 3x3 pen and trap a pack of high lvl wolves in it. i had some mutton on my raptor so i fed them 3-5 each depending on lvl. i now had 5 high lvl wolves and a sweet mammoth. i checked the wolves stats and named the best ones after their stats. as i make my trek down i spot a yuty and 3 carnos. not wanting to risk my new tames i whistle my two dud wolves onto them as a diversion, the rest of us quickly leg it. just as we jumped off a cliff. both of the wolves die. sad about loosing two of my wolves i trek on wards. finally got home and saddled up the mammoth. i decided while i go find an anky or deodic i might aswell breed the wolves. well i screwed up. the two dud wolves were male, my remaining ones are females. so now extremely pissed i decide to go back and find a good male. found 4 candidates. 120, 150, 145, 135, 130. tamed all 5 up and brought them back. so one had a better melee and one had better health, so i swapped them out and started breeding, while the rest sat around never to be used. i head out on one of the second best overall wolf to find a deodic. well it did not take long to find one, 5 minutes into tranqing it a freakin rex appears out of nowhere. i ran off to a safe spot and checked its level, a f***ing 150 male rex. so now i had to choose between the two, screw it the doedic can die, i will tame that rex. so i leave to go find another doedic. i found a 100 (it will do) tamed it up and made my way back, i came back to see the rex being ganged on by 3 sabers, a flock or vultures and and 4 argents, i whistle stop and charge in on my wolf, primitive shotgun in hand, i managed to kill the argents and sabers allowing the rex to heal up. it was too risky and hard to aim at the vultures with my shoty so i used a rifle. he was enarly dead but the rex won. as i started to leave he turns to me and charges full bore at me, after i saved him from near death multiple times he wants to kill me. i ran away and forgot the deodic. after going back and getting the doedic i decided that was enough for today

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So I jumped on official PVP for the first time ever the last couple of days whilst waiting to switch my un-official pvp server to Genesis.

I went for small tribe servers as i'm going solo and after a few deaths on The Island I settled on Valguero.  I made a base right on the coast on some rocks with an overhanging cliff (too high to jump down from) and surrounded by tall rocks, essentially providing cover from all angles, I thought I was pretty safe..........

I set up here for a few days, tamed an Anky and Ptera and was just starting the metal grind.  The plan was to then use the Ptera to go exploring around the map.

However, Saturday night I was having a lot of trouble getting onto the server, timeouts etc and about 4 or 5 attempts later I am finally in.  Starving, almost dead I wake up outside to see my base completely vanished.  It looks like the entire base has been wiped, tames included but strangely, all of my flak gear was left on my body...

So for now, I've based in a cool little corner of the beach, again surrounded on all sides by rocks and cliffs but enough space for a 3x2x2 and still be completely invisible from the beach and only marginally visible from the sky, I also managed to tame a very bright purple event 150 raptor which I've hidden as far into the rocks as possible....

I havent logged back on since

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On 2/24/2020 at 8:28 PM, Kodking194 said:

i came back to see the rex being ganged on by 3 sabers, a flock or vultures and and 4 argents, i whistle stop and charge in on my wolf, primitive shotgun in hand, i managed to kill the argents and sabers allowing the rex to heal up. it was too risky and hard to aim at the vultures with my shoty so i used a rifle. he was enarly dead but the rex won. as i started to leave he turns to me and charges full bore at me, after i saved him from near death multiple times he wants to kill me. i ran away and forgot the deodic. after going back and getting the doedic i decided that was enough for today

Hah, that's what's great about the Immersive Tame mod, it has a setting for combat assistance starting the tame process. That Burgesssssss guy put a lot of work into that mod.

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2 hours ago, Milsurp said:

Hah, that's what's great about the Immersive Tame mod, it has a setting for combat assistance starting the tame process. That Burgesssssss guy put a lot of work into that mod.

I have heard of it and know a bit about it, could you enlighten me on what it does and how it works?

 

so I logged on and grinded some structures for a bit. after that I decided It was time I got a flier. I scouted out 10 argent candidates. tamed all 10 and took them back. I then moved to the flat area near the caste just above the dams (I love building there). I made my new base and set everything up just fine. I built a few different taming pens and then went out for some tames. honestly anything that would be useful. I found a 145 anky, a high lvl pack of hyeanadons. now since I don't have the maps installed yet on my new xbox I decided to spawn in some creatures not on rag that I wanted. I came up with a great idea earlier. I tamed all those high lvl argents because to get and owl I have to sacrifice an argent. the level it as when wild is the level I make the owl. I spawned one in and killed my argent. tamed the owl up and repeated the same thing 5 times. I now had a fertilizing source. I tamed some beetles and a phiomia. made a farm and left it to grow. I looked around at what I had accomplished and though I had done a job well done. I logged off to wait for genesis to launch. so freakin hyped.

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After days spent running various caves hunting for a megatherium bp I got super bored and frustrated. I grabbed 19 of my imprinted megatherium, leaving a breeding pair behind, threw normal saddles on them, hopped on my yuti and headed to an obelisk. My megatherium aren't fully leveled and I didnt exspect to survive but I wanted to test how close I was to beating broodmother. They 20k hp and ~500% melee. I started with gamma and was surprised at how easy it was. I grabbed my daeodon, healed up my army, and attempted beta. I succeeded... but lost 7 megatherium. Tomorrow I'll breed up replacements and work on fully leveling them. Then back to the BP hunt. It's encouraging to know that I should be able to beat alpha with a decent saddle and fully leveled sloths.

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3 hours ago, Kodking194 said:

<snip my comment about Immersive Tame mod>

I have heard of it and know a bit about it, could you enlighten me on what it does and how it works?

Sure. It adds a whole new taming mechanic which I find amazingly better than Ark's default.  The idea is that you generally have to run around in the wild with your prospective tame, getting to be its friend by feeding it, defending it from enemies / helping it kill things, and petting it / giving it care as it starts to like you more, until it's fully tamed. The food is a special taming bait which you make with the mini-stations included in the mod (food or kibble).

As I said, there's an option to start the taming by defending it in combat, and once you do that it goes non-aggro to you and you can run around with it per the normal taming process. Which is extremely fun compared to the boring default trap-tranq-wait taming.

But, there's more! hehe. Big predator tames aren't up for listening to some little monkey-thing, even if you feed it. We're still food to it, until we prove we're not food by defeating it in combat. You craft a trophy bait (you get the part by killing something big - rex, spino sail, wyvern talon), toss it out at your tame, it accepts your challenge and the fight is on. Do enough damage to win and it goes to non-aggro on you and you can run around with it per the regular process. 

I find this to be the best process. It adds progression as you can't just tame a rex as soon as you get tranq arrows. You have to be able to kill a rex, spino or wyvern for the trophy part, and you have to be able to stand up to a rex in combat before it will let you tame it. This is a perfect progression mechanic imo, well done to the mod author.

There's a full-bore in-game control panel accessible to admins (hold E on the taming journal) which lets you customize most anything.There's even a "knockout" setting to preserve the regular knockout taming method, and you can also choose to regular-tame anything. Fantastic flexibility.

I set the difficulties up because the defaults feel too easy, but the taming food requirements down because grinding food and kibble isn't the point lol. The settings are saved in a file, and you can copy that into another server to transfer the settings. I can post mine for you if you like. I have it set so taming takes about 1/3 of the regular tranq taming time, all predators and some aggressive herbivores need combat taming, and it takes about half of the taming food of the defaults. I also changed the kibble recipes to just convert kibble directly into Immersive Taming baits. 

Let me know if you try it and want to try my settings, I'll post it for you (and everyone). 

 

 

 

 

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