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Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Winter Wonderland will be making a triumphant return with new presents and goodies for ARK survivors. The epic winter-themed holiday event begins on December 21, 2023 and will be live until January 7, 2024 on Official Servers.

RaptorClaus will be sailing across the star-filled night sky in his sleigh, dropping off presents filled with high-end loot as well as Mistletoe, and Coal for those naughty Survivors.  You'll be able to catch RaptorClaus flying across the skies at midnight (game time) on all maps.

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  • December 21st to January 7th

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  • PVP/PVE: 1.5x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience + 1.5x Breeding
  • Small Tribes: 4x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience + 3.5x Breeding
  • ARKpocalypse: 4.5x Harvesting, Taming and Experience + 4.5x Breeding

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  • RaptorClaus
  • Santa's Big Helper Yeti - Drops Coal and Mistletoe. *NEW*
  • Abominable Snowman - Drops Coal and Mistletoe. *NEW*
  • Pegomastax Grouch- Drops Coal and Mistletoe. Steals Gift Boxes in return for a special reward. *NEW*
  • Wild Rideable Reindeer - Drops Coal and Mistletoe. Can be fed Rockarrot and ridden for additional drop amounts. *NEW*

*Event-specific recipes are now on the Smithy instead of the Cooking Pot


  • RaptorClauss *NEW*
  • Hyaenadeer *NEW*

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  • Caroling Emote
  • Happy Clap Emote
  • Nutcracker Dance Emote
  • Shiver Emote *NEW*
  • Snow Angel Emote *NEW*

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  • Blue-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  • Christmas Bola Skin
  • Dino Ornament Swimsuit Skins
  • Felt Reindeer Antlers Skin
  • Gray-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Green-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • HLN-A Winter Beanie Skin
  • Jerboa Wreath Swimsuit Skins
  • Megaloceros Reindeer Costume
  • Noglin Regift Winter Beanie Skin
  • Noglin Swimsuit Skins
  • Nutcracker Slingshot Skin
  • urple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Purple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin (Winter Wonderland 5)
  • Raptor Sleighing Winter Beanie Skin
  • Red-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Santa Costume Skin
  • Santa Hat Skin
  • Snowy Winter Beanie Skin
  • Ugly Carno Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Chibi Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bronto Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bulbdog Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Caroling Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Noglin Regift Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Raptor Claws Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Rockwell Sweater Skin
  • Ugly T-Rex Sweater Skin
  • Yeti Swimsuit Skins
  • Full-body Krampus Costume Player Character Skin/Cosmetic  *NEW*
  • Santa’s Workshop Smithy Structure Skin  *NEW*
  • Festive Forge Structure Skin  *NEW*


  •  Coal
  •  Festive Dino Candy
  •  Gift Box
  •  Holiday Lights
  •  Holiday Stocking
  •  Holiday Tree
  •  Mistletoe
  •  Snowman
  •  Wreath

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  • Lavender
  • Dino Light Purple
  • Dino Light Blue
  • DragonGreen0
  • ActualBlack
  • Cyan
  • DeepPink
  • Dino Dark Purple
  • Mint
  • Jade
  • PineGreen
  • SpruceGreen
  • DarkMagenta
  • Glacial
  • PowderBlue
  • Teal
  • DarkViolet
  • Red
  • Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Red
  • Dark Red
  • Dino Light Red
  • Dino Light Green
  • Dino Medium Green
  • Dino Albino
  • NearWhite
  • Yellow


  • From the Main Menu, select the mod tab.
  • Search for Winter Wonderland in the ARK Mod list and Install it.  Mod ID: 927090
  • After it's installed, go back to your game setup screen and select 'Mod Settings'
  • You will see Winter Wonderland and any other mods you've downloaded in 'Available Mods'
  • Select Winter Wonderland and activate it.


  • If you would like to enable Winter Wonderland on your private servers, please the mod ID to your server command-line launch arguments (-mods=modID). No other changes should be necessary to activate the event.
    We'll share the mod ID in the patch notes when the event goes live.







Exciting news, survivors! We've heard your calls for Official ARK Merch over the years, and it's finally here! We're kicking things off with a few of our favorite items, but this is just the beginning! We're gearing up for more, and we want your input! Share your ideas, suggestions, and dreams for future merchandise, and get ready for community-voted plushies! Your creativity always fuels our creativity, so we can't wait to see your ideas!

You can find us on:






Download & play new custom content created by players, including new maps, creatures, items, and game modes, through a dedicated new Mod-bowser directly within the game. Enjoy an endless stream of new ARK content as the creativity and talent of the community is fully unleashed for the first time across gaming platforms and stay tuned as we spotlight more Cross-Platform Mods each week!

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ARK: Survival of the Fittest is will go live on December 21st for crossplay on PC, Xbox and PlayStation!

Re-evolved from the ground up with redesigned mechanics! ARK: The Survival of the Fittest pits up to 60 combatants against each other in a fast-paced, action-packed struggle for survival, where players are ultimately pushed into an epic final showdown leading their Dinosaur Armies into battle.

If you're unfamiliar with SOTF check out our older trailer from ASE to get an idea of the game mode. The trailer may contain outdated features but it should give you an idea of what the game mode is all about!







A few days remain until Turkey Trial leaves on Monday, December 18th! Make sure you don't miss it!

Click here for all the information on the event!





CurseForge is calling all ARK modders and game studios!

ARKathon is a massive ARK: Survival Ascended modding contest. Create and publish your best ARK: Survival Ascended mods for a chance to win big with $350,000 in rewards across two uniques tracks:

  • Modders Track:
    • Unleash your creativity to create new maps, skins, dinos, weapons and more.
    • Publish your mods cross-platform instantly
    • $50,000 worth of prizes
  • Studios Track:
    • It's time to dream big and aim high.
    • Curseforge is calling all studios to bring  their own content and IP to ARK in the form of DLC-level premium mods
    • 3 studios will win a $100,000 development grant each

Submissions have now begun!

For more info, visit this page!




Fan Art Gallery | Screenshot Gallery | Artist Feedback Form

Help us discover your talent by tagging your art with #ARKPhotoMode or #ARKFanart on social media!



Creator: Sanyxs (feat. Haxeu)

Sanyxs and Haxeu team up to win the first-ever ARK: Survival of the Fittest game on ARK: Survival Ascended.


Creator: Doc Stenko

Doc Stenko brings his mutated Megatherium army to defeat the Broodmother on all difficulty, proving once and for all that over-preparation is a valid strategy.




By the way, this is not a dinosaur either. by @falco_luna



Therizino by @kawarayane



Acrocanthosaurus by @cairoFifi



Roots by @WolfTek7



Carcharodontosaurus by @artofnezuyu



ARK illustration by @oititukumono



“Glowalotl” for #extralifedrawalong2023 by @Snudoo1





Had some fun with photo mode today by @MarniiMods



Deinotherium pog by donnsensei



Argentavis going on a night flight by @Cthulh0opsVP



Photo Mode by kyrox



A beautiful colored Argen by @Raiha_MY



Enjoy your weekend!
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Community voted merch ? This has potential... Sadly the creatures I like are rarely among the most popular, but I'll keep hoping XD
(Chalicotherium plushie, anyone ?)
The poop plush is hilarious, though. Hopefully it does not come scented...?

Quick question : does the ARK store ship internationally ?

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This is cool and all I hate to be a buzzkill but what happened to the advertised enhance rendering? 

On ps5 started great then extra life happened and the Dino rendering distance shrunk and stayed that way. The rubber banding, server lag, jerky movement, horrible door animation aside, we are here to tame creatures finding a quetzal you have to fly into it literally,non trap taming a spino once on flee 3 steps where'd it go. Please 🙏🙏🙏 fix rendering Dino's.

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I hope that those shirt images are just a poor photoshop... There is no way they are worth $40-50:

Gone fishing t-shirt:
1. What is that weird spot at the bottom right on the front

2. Why does it have the ASE logo on the front and ASA logo on the back


ARK: Survival Evolved Design T-Shirts - Flame
1. Same as Gone fishing t-shirt logo issue(#2)


The website itself also just seems to be some poorly copy/pasted template:





This entire site looks to have been made in <5 minutes and looks pretty sketchy...

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39 minutes ago, Oli4 said:

The website itself also just seems to be some poorly copy/pasted template:


This entire site looks to have been made in <5 minutes and looks pretty sketchy...

If I was a troll, I could make a joke about ASA being a copy/paste like that website...

Oh, wait... That's not a joke.

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As for merch= stickers, pins (I see you have some, but definitely more), buttons, bookmarks, keychains, art prints are all big collectibles right now. 

Blankets, playing cards, figurines/tabletop rpg minis, statues, wall scroll maps, and drinkware all could be definite possibilities. 


As for specific animals: PLEASE THYLACOLEO STUFF! I have a hard time finding cool thyla stuff in general and LOVE Ark thyla! I would love to see that for sure! I also have a friend that would go bonkers for a lystrosaur plush! The Ark Raptor and parasaur have a very iconic look as well as the Ark trike (being hybrid as it is) so those could be good ones as well to do stuff with. I think the Argentavis are pretty and really love the Ark Yutyrannus as well. 


Also, if there were Ark temporary tattoos or prosthetics for cosplay made of the specimen implant that'd be awesome! Or maybe something to do with HLN-A as a light?

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1 hour ago, ladyteruki said:

Community voted merch ? This has potential... Sadly the creatures I like are rarely among the most popular, but I'll keep hoping XD
(Chalicotherium plushie, anyone ?)
The poop plush is hilarious, though. Hopefully it does not come scented...?

Quick question : does the ARK store ship internationally ?

I adore chalicotherium and think they're cute! Could even make a pin of one with a beer 🍺 in its hand ;)

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Fun with event and all, but less fun when server has been tame capped for 3 weeks now and your GM team doesn't remove pillar spammers. Without rule enforcement, your official PVE servers are running like poop and people are quitting already citing no cryopods and no enforcement as reasons to go unofficial again. Just sad, the influx of new people to Official PVE has been great but it doesn't last, people are used to active moderating of servers, not  tickets taking forever to be responded to, and then closed without anything being done because GMs only care about PVP right now? Unofficial servers had modders bringing Cryopods on first week, why are we to wait so long?!

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I like merch, awesome!!!! But I personally don't like most of the pictures on the t-shirts because I don't want a toddler survivor on it. I would buy immediately where the ark logo is stronger on it and/or just an animal in action (less cartoon/anime like). Also the sayings should be optional... more like a "heavy metal" band shirt 😆

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