Stat Increases without mutation?
I'm a rather new player to ARK, I got the game upon Early Access release on Steam, played for 2 hours and never touched it again until my boyfriend got me back into it a couple of weeks ago. We play on our private server, hosted by Nitrado. Only the taming, maturation and breeding timers are changed, also the difficulty is 5, the highest wild dino I saw was 150. All the other settings are vanilla. I definitely have not touched the stat distribution or anything like that.
I have started breeding for stats recently. I have read that Dimorphodons, aside from being terrible pests in the wild, are rather nice when exploring caves (which I still haven't done but intend to do), so I got lucky taming a level 120 male (146 after taming) and a lower level female, 79 after taming. I wrote their stats down immediately after taming. I haven't spent any domestic points on the male.
The male had 201.2 dmg, the female 204.3, all the other stats were higher on the male. I bred them a couple of times and on the first breeding something weird happened already - the babies had 208,2% dmg.
Eventually I had a m/f set of twins with all my desired stats, everything from the male except damage and oxygen (the lower value of the 2), level 136. I started breeding them. I got multiple identical dimorphodons of level 136, no mutations so far. I got bored of seeing the same color again and again and bred my 3 identical females with the original level 146 male. I got distracted so only 2 eggs survived.
Here's the thing.
The first baby, a male, was level 138. I thought there was a mutation and checked the stats. Nope. There's 0/0 on both sides. The stats are identical to the females, but it has 219,9% dmg!
The second baby was level 140! It's actually born of the very first 136 female, so it's kind of 3d generation? It got 219,9 dmg as well, and the higher oxygen stat of 420, which explains the level difference. Zero mutations shown on this one too.
How does the dmg stat happen?
I attached the mutation window of the baby and the stat windows of the baby and his mother.