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Name: Giant Bison

Species: Bison longicornis

Time: Pleistocene

Diet: Herbivore

Temperament: Territorial

 

Wild: Traveling in massive herds for greater pastures, the largest bovine in existence is a sight to behold. With their massive pair of horns, they are known to be aggressive chargers and capable of goring any predator willing to challenge them including wolves and bears. Their large bodies capable of withstanding the harshest winters with their ever-growing pelts, making them durable enough to resist freezing to death. 

 

Taming: Extremely sought for their pelts, horns, and the rich bovine milk, taming a Bison isn't as easy at it looks. Many tribesmen attempt to bull-ride in hopes to tire them out and begin feeding them when they aren't wide awake. Beware getting bucked off, I've seen many tribesmen knocked out with that heavy bull kick to the face. Some get gored if unlucky enough.

 

Domesticated: Once they are tamed, this of course unfortunately attracts every now and then random predators who want to raid your livestock and eat them all. The milk produced by the females gives any baby animal being raised a quite needed boost, potentially can be warmed up in an cooking pot for a special buff against the cold weather. With their hulking bodies, they offer extra warmth and can carry weight much like modern ox. Like modern cattle, their feces is much more potent fertilizer often referred to as "cow pie" that gives crops a boost of extra harvest.

 

Bison latifrons (aka the giant bison) lived in North America during the  Pleistocene epoch and was the largest and heaviest bison species to ever  live in North America. They stood 2m (6.6ft)

 

ARK Meta:

Combat: Built in with a charge mechanic similar to Triceratops and the Woolly Rhinoceros, the Bison could impale its victims into their horns and gore them to bleed out, as well a herd buff to boost their strength with mate boost activated, dealing extreme damage. Crippling debuff inflicted on players and dinosaurs if it successfully charges.

Utility: Another farm animal for the common PVE (or RP) players who would love a cow in ARK (like the ones in Atlas). Bison milk in turn could be cooked warmly to drink as an insulation buff against the cold, or fed to babies, especially baby Wyverns who require milk themselves.  When Bison defecate, they drop a special feces called "cow pie" which is much better than other dinosaur feces, and more efficient, sometimes giving the crops a boost of extra harvest. With a unique cart or wagon saddle, depending on the type of saddle chosen affects how the player how much weight they can carry back and forth from point A to point B with more speed. The amount of Bison needed for the type of cart or wagon saddle affects not only speed, the weight and the mobility of the mini-wheeled base.

Bison Milk - Like other bovines, Bison can be milked for their nutritional sweet baby food. If fed to warm blooded babies, the calcium would help them grow much faster than normal than any other food if given the proper care. Can be substituted for any food a baby might require care such as kibble.

What is the difference between cow milk and buffalo milk | The Times of  India

Bison Milk Cheese - A crafting recipe requiring Bison milk, a very delicious cheese with a very wild yet sweet taste. Who knows what else it could offer?

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Bison-drawn carriage in Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1900 : r/OldSchoolCool

Raids: Having a livestock of these Bison will eventually lead to many predators wanting to assault your base to eat your beef, much in the same manner as how the Corrupted attack Element Veins/OSDs or the Nameless harassing you if you don't have a charge pet. You will have to turn full on cowboy to keep them at bay every now and then.

 

FJORDUR:

- Useful in colder areas, especially Jotunheim, the bison's thick fur pelt will keep the player protected from the dangerous sub-zero temperatures and deter off any nasty wolves or bears who dare come too close.

- Major harvester if on a trip on foot to harvest metal or wood, or various other resources, depending on the cart or wagon saddle will speed determine the rough terrain.

- With predatory dinosaurs and other animals wanting to eat your livestock, you could either use this to your advantage to lure a high level carnivore or simply farm experience from killing them all.

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Having a Giant Bison as the cow of the Ark would definitely fit well into the map of Fjordur not just with it being a cold map, but since it would be based on Nordic culture, it definitely would fit with the Nordic legend of Audumbla which was a primeval cow in Norse mythology. She was a beautiful animal that was said to have four rivers of milk that ran from her udders. Audumbla lived on salty rime rocks which she licked away for three days, revealing Buri, the grandfather of Odin.  She also nourished the giant Ymir, the primordial frost, with her milk. Audhumla was said to have been the ‘noblest of cows’ and is the only one of her kind that’s mentioned by name.

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I think this creature fits perfectly with the map in question it’s also imprtant to have more strong herbivores my only problem is is that the predator function might be hard to implement + we just had the amargasaurus + Andrew sarchus is also a furry creature I like the submission it’s very good but my vote is going to the rhynio thing it’s the insect

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2 hours ago, kingblades said:

will  there milk help  with raise baby wyverns 

Believe that is one of the suggestions and I think that would be great. Even if you had to make it, like by milking the female Bison and then adding something like sulfur to it maybe? Turning it into its own kind of kibble would be cool.

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1 minute ago, RowletAlex said:

Seeing random creatures like, well, a bison in the votes tends to baffle me a little bit, I won't lie. But the abilities described for this creature have me convinced. The idea of having a rhino charge is obvious, sure, but the use it has as a farm animal are quite nice indeed. Especially given Fjordur's Jotunheim area, which is nigh impossible to survive without wyvern milk- Having a cheaper, more common alternative for insulation would be incredibly useful. You got my vote!

Also, I'd like to note for the people saying "the abilities won't get added",  this isn't really the case. The Dinopithecus didn't get the much-memed gun ability, but keep in mind, the guns were not actually in the original proposed ability set/dossier, and other than that, pretty much every other proposed ability was added to them (grenade toss, climbing and ziplines, pack buff) with only one new ability, the tek-disabling poop.
The same goes for Sinomacrops, which got the only abilities actually suggested for it, which was a backpack function, and gliding. The chitin-killer ability and small creature intimidation were the only abilities added by Wildcard. 
So, in the end, our behavior suggestions do make a difference, and were the Bison to be added, I could see at least a few of these abilities being used.

Bison was 3rd place in the last voting by only a mere 6% compared to the 30+% that Dinopithecus and Carcharodontosaurus were competing. So I was not surprised that people wanted to see this guy back in the top 10. 

Many of the ideas are panned because some suggest that the Bison is gonna be the new Maewing in terms of supplying babies with cattle milk or the beef idea (I originally had written prior to edit) would outplace Ovis for good. Many who supported it seemed against most of the ideas due to micromanaging, and this is coming from the usual ARK players who play TEK servers. The submission is from the aspect of a primitive ARK player, and while I don't have necessarily the valid points when it comes to basic ARK, this is just my suggestions. So anyone can take my ideas with a grain of salt, Im a primitive ARK player amongst the 90% of normal TEK players when it comes to suggesting dinosaurs for a Viking themed map. lol

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4 hours ago, Vaskur said:

as allways your suggested abilities are still just suggestions and will very likely not be translated over to the final Result.
but my personal opinion, which nobody asked for but i will still tell you, because that´s what people do on the internet, is, that I really think, that this is a boring creature...

With the Dinopithecus and Sinomacrops they at least took a good part of the suggested features. I doubt WC will actually let a creature win but throw out ALL the suggested features.

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On 11/7/2021 at 1:14 AM, Judgment said:

love the frick outta this idea, ESPECIALLY considering the fjordur map is a COLD map based on the Netherlands, and we already have a big rhino, i personally like bisons more, specially since they are so precious in the native American culture ❤️

Clearly you have never been in The Netherlands; It's not so cold here, and you won't find any bisons here either. Also, the map is based on Norse culture and mythology, and well... The Netherlands is not Norse...

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5 hours ago, Vaskur said:

as allways your suggested abilities are still just suggestions and will very likely not be translated over to the final Result.
but my personal opinion, which nobody asked for but i will still tell you, because that´s what people do on the internet, is, that I really think, that this is a boring creature...

May I ask why, and compared to what?

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The Giant Bison has my vote, and it fits perfectly in the Fjordur map. I would like to see a unique taming method for this, where you need to lure a baby away from the herd with special food (either dropping on the ground, or shooting food from a distance with an arrow .. as in the Immersive Taming mod. When it eats the dropped food, this starts the passive taming process, which is completed by keeping the baby safe, feeding and petting it. This could either be the only way to tame them (with baby bison being a rare spawn), or an additional method. It is surprising to me that Ark does not have taming wild babies in the base game, and that it is only available with a mod. Capturing a baby creature seems so much more realistic and immersive than using tranquilizers on an adult and feeding them when unconscious.

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22 hours ago, soepie7 said:

Nice suggestion, but I disagree on the point of it having special meat. That gets dangerously close to devalueing the Ovis, like the Sinomacrops did to the Archaeopteryx.

Lets be honest. How many people actually use the Archaeopteryx anyway? WC made that mistake by how you hold the things. If they had a TLC and made them how the Sinomacrops is then I think more people would use them.

 

Dropping beef or even producing a more quality of meat was not the reason I wanted them added, but its a good idea to give them more value. I just think a large strong mammal is overdue. Something that is beyond just getting used in boss fights and thats about it. Make it useful for pvp and pve. A herd bonus for damage, the ability to cart resources around and additional consumables which the game itself is lacking. There are already modded creatures that allow you to milk a modded cow from Atlas. Its a popular mod at that, for those that enjoy a less tek heavy play. Even with tek, recipes are valuable. So, adding a creature that could be use for many reasons and not just one to get forgotten or ignored is great. Think that is an issue for a lot of tames. As they specialize so much in a singular thing, people often will not bother taming them because it seems pointless.

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On 11/7/2021 at 12:19 PM, Eferhilda said:

While Ark is a "dinosaur" game, there are no pure herbs that are large mammals. Most are omnivours. A strong herb that you have to earn, via the whole bull riding, would be awesome and I think them having a herb bonus as well for people that enjoy playing no flyer style. You can get a sturdy caravan of them, some pulling carts others acting as defense for the others. A lot of possibilities with this one. 

Mammoth? Wooly Rhino? Chalico? Paracer?

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personally i feel the bison would be amazing in tangent with carchar the bison being the battering ram/ mother(depending on the gender of the bison) and the carchar being the crowd control braller i pray that i get to see these both in the new map because they both would be perfect. each one on different realms of course for example bison on yotam hin while carchar on asgard or midgard 

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