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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?

Why Elusive Buffalo-Milk Cheeses Are Worth Hunting Down

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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1 minute ago, Nekatus said:

I really hope the ice cattle wins. I'm a huge fan of this concept and this is the only creature I would love to have for my map Fjordur. I dont care about people who say "this creature will be useless for PVP etc.". Fjordur wasnt made to be a PVP map and I prefer to get a PVE creature for it. PVP isn't important in ark for me.

So lets hope this wins! ❤️

All hail the God of Valguero and Fjordur!!!

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2 hours ago, macig said:

Well i think trikes fill that role pretty good.

Go mom the trikes. Oh wait you would only be able to milk the males cuz reptiles don’t make milk… the idea of this making somthing similar to wyv milk would be cool. Maybe u couldn’t feed it to wyverns but you could use it for hypothermic insulation to help you in joderheim

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5 hours ago, macig said:

Your arguement is completely dogcrap since when this creature gets voted we miss out on actually cool and unique creatures. But its democracy so its fine to have opinions on something its just that you are attacking people for disagreeing your (in my opinion) crap opinion.

 

again it seems as tho your interpretation of cool creatures are combat based creatures. we have enough of that. we dont need another giga in the form of the carchar, we need a giga DLC. As much as i like the carchar its just another giga. again. if you dont like the bison then dont use it if its added to the game. there are over 100 freaking creatures in ark. you dont have to use every single one of them. we're getting the adrew which is combat focused, we're getting the dinopith which is also combat focused. we're getting the amarga which again is combat oriented. the only other utility creature we got is the sino. you can already bet the 3rd creature will end up being a combat oriented creature. so the bison would be a nice causal creature to have. the submission for the bison also gave it some combat use. the bison IS an interesting and unique creature idea. you people just dont like it because its not another gof tier combat mount that you can use to flatten your neighbors base.

I'm not attacking anyone. they came here with the intention of malicious hate. you dont like something fine. but dont intentionally inflict hate on the submissions. you dont like something then dont vote for it. my argument is not crap. you just dont like it so in turn you call it crap.

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I like the concept - it feels different compared to many of the other suggestions.  

There are so many over-powered creatures in ark: once you get one, the challenge in the game is all but over outside of PvP, dealing with exploiters, boss fights and alpha gen missions.  At least for me, I get enjoyment out of the challenge: a necessity to be required to make good decisions and be careful.  So I have abandoned my use of gigas, wyverns, manas, etc in favor of more reasonably powered creatures and tames of utility.  My hope is that the new creature is not another overpowered one.   So this idea fits my playing style quite well.

Upvote confirmed.

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11 hours ago, Novastorm92 said:

Guys... no offense, but come on, how is a Bison cooler than any of the other options out there? Who cares that we don't have an ark "cattle role" yet, we should give the other options a chance. Plus, while I do like this idea, I don't think it's entirely creative, sure it would fit in Fjordur, but other creatures would as well. I'm not sure why all of you are going for an oversized bull with fur over some other badass reptiles or dinosaurs, or maybe even arthropods. Maybe something related to norse mythology? I think we have enough mammals in the game thank you... we literally are about to have another one in the form of the Andrewsarchus

Its a contest. There are winners and losers. Maybe everyone shouldn't have plastered "Anti-Giga" and "Giga-rival" on their other submissions lmao

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This is an amazing idea, not only does it have decent carry and combat ability if you're starting out naked and need a mount in early to mid game, but in late game it becomes even more amazing as that's when most players start breeding seriously. i hope that the milk will work on all creatures, i.e, herbivores, carnivores, and that it works as a substitute to primal crystals, nameless venom, ambergris and wyvern milk. honestly it would be the icing on the cake, streamlining the annoyances of breeding, now that we have the maewing and the incubation chamber. godspeed 😀

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you know what would be an interesting mechanic?

if feeding heated milk to a male or female adult creature would double the chance of mutation for each parent (from 7.31% to 14.62%) if they mate within 15 minutes of consuming it.

each parent having a cooldown of getting the buff again for 2 days before using it again (adjusted by the breeding timer, during events)

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1 hour ago, aR0y2810 said:

Love the idea, it’s a good suggestion, but you should avoid redundancy, which invalidates those creatures as @soepie7said, also one idea would be a rage mechanic, which when activated would ensue in the bull bucking to throw the rider off and then going on a rampage, HOWEVER if the rider manages to stay on (minigame like fishing), they will be able to take full advantage of the rage stats boost

It will be all up to Wildcard in the end. Not all the suggestions will be put in.

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4 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.

I suggested that wild ones do not drop beef, but the tamed ones you slaughter for do, that way it forces you to breed them and slaughter. Similar to how wild beef IRL has a more wild flavor, but domesticated beef is more lean. Maybe two different types of beef, wild vs domesticated, one can be used for recipes and one can be used for taming? In the end, up to Wildcard.

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