I’m not looking for solutions, I just needed to vent.
I play Ark Mobile, single player, Survival Mode, Brutal Difficulty, The Island. I’m sort of a noob but I’m learning and the game is awesome. But...
I was in the southern isles where my first bases are, kinda near the south cave. I finally got lvl 38, pteranodon saddle, looking forward to my first flyer. I have a nice stockpile of tranq arrows and narcotic and I see a pteranodon across the water. I swim over, check him out, he is lvl 375. I blast him in the face a couple times with my arrows, he goes down. I was on my raptor, my only riding mount at the time. Grab raw meat from the raptor, drop it on the ptero and settle in for the long wait.
I get to about 30% tamed and I can’t take it anymore, I run off to find some prime. Find a therizino, kill it, run back and drop the prime on the ptero. Run out, kill a diplo, run back... ptero is underground, I can see the meat symbol rising from him but can’t see him . Can’t target him from any angle, tried moving out of render and back, tried reloading game, no dice. He is gone next time I check on him, who knows.
I see another ptero, 345. Tranq her, making sure she is on flat ground, drop meat on her, run off, kill stego, come back with prime. She is gone. I see her a few mins later, tranq her again, kill sarco, she is gone for good. I made sure she had plenty torpor, raw meat, didn’t matter. I’m gone for a couple minutes tops each time.
See a 45 ptero, tame her with raw meat no problem. Fly her out to find a better ptero, see a 150. Tranqed, checked dododex, she has really good stam and weight tor her level. Drop cooked prime on her, settle in. Shoot a couple things right nearby, harvest some fiber, killing time, never left render range, just stayed close. Get to 40% tamed, run over to check her. Get right next to her, instantly die. Game claims I killed myself.
My base is right nearby so I respawn, grab my raptor and run back, loot my body and turn to check ptero. She stands up and starts to walk away. I shoot her again, she takes no damage and keeps walking for a bit. Finally flies away. I’m stunned, what is happening? I regain my senses, hop on my tamed ptero, give chase. She’s gone. I see her later, try to tranq her, she dies.
I see a 345 ptero, I shoot him once, not enough. He flies away, I chase on my raptor. He flies a really long way into dangerous territory. I’m resolute, this one will be mine! I catch up eventually, in the swamps. Tranq him down, on a hillside. Raptors, carnos, theris, boas, a spino, all nearby. I drop cooked prime on it but I know I will need more after I do the math. I’m not far from a base, but I decide to build a wall around him, just to be safe. Harvest resources, put down fence foundations, doorway, thatch walls, 4 walls high. He’s at 50% torpor, I spam 30 narcotic which is enough to max him. Drop what raw meat I have on him just in case. Hop on raptor and run like crazy to base. Grab cooked prime from preserving bin, run back... yeah. You guessed it. He’s gone. Fml