Minotaurasaurus, the wasteland juggernaut-tank!
(I don't have anything to draw my art online :P)
(above): Male Minotaurasaurus
(below): Female Minotauruasaurus
Common Name: Minotaurasaurus / Minotaur
Species name: Minotaurasaurus dimachaerus
Temperament: Territorial / Aggressive towards tek
Living in the harsh and unforgiving climate that is now Earth, this ankylosaurid species has adapted to withstand all sorts of torment that gets thrown at it. In addition to sporting more heavy-plated armor than seen on any dinosaur, The minotaur here has undergone high levels of sexual dimorphism. The male “bulls” are seen to have larger horns on top of their heads and sport large hammer-like clubs, perfect for crushing their opponents. The females, although less aggressive, will fend for themselves if needed with their razor-sharp plates that run down the majority of their tails.
When tamed, players will find that both genders of the minotaur have their own separate yet valuable utilities. The males are very efficient at gathering finer resources, such as element dust from veins and spark powder from rock, due to their powerful swings. The females are instead better at harvesting the more delicate resources that can be collected from corpses and are, as a result, one of the best creatures for harvesting corrupted nodules. Additionally, due to the minotaurs’ aggressive nature, they turn out to be quite effective in combat and may prove to be valuable assets in PVP situations and boss fights alike.
(above): online art and reference for the minotaurasaurus I found online.
The Minotaur is not aggressive unless something/someone gets too close to it. Additionally, the minotaur will become aggressive if it senses tek/corrupted creatures nearby., which involves extinction-exclusive creatures such as managarmrs, snow owls, etc.
the minotaur will immediately become aggressive towards enemy players/creatures that have tek equipped.
Left click: tail swing
standard tail swing like that of the ankylo. Can harvest berries
Gender-specific resource gain as well
males: spark powder, flint, element dust, etc
Females: raw meat, raw prime meat, raw mutton, organic polymer, and corrupted nodules
Right click: Heavy swing
Minotaur takes a step forward and swings its tail as hard as it can, delivering a heavy blow with its club in front of it. Cooldown between uses (~10s)
Destroys and harvests resources with slightly higher yield
Damages structures (up to metal when tamed)
Male debuff - Fracture (Creatures hit by the male minotaur’s heavy swing are knocked down for a few seconds and afterward lose the capability of sprinting and flying for a period of time. Cooldown to debuff applied)
Female debuff - deep wound (creature affected loses some health and stamina to bleed over a period of time. Cooldown to debuff applied)
😄 tail slam
slams down its tail onto the ground behind itself, having a reasonably large AOE, and affects the area below itself in case any pesky creatures/players try to hide underneath it.
Space: Hunker down
The minotaur lays/crouches down, protecting its underbelly and taking reduced damage (will be applied to already existing resistances), as well as being immune to knockback. Minotaur cannot attack in this position, but it permits the usage of weaponry/ tek saddle usage.
Extra attack - Bellow:
Ridden minotaurs will roar in a bovine-like fashion. This is purely cosmetic.
Utilizing the minotaur’s hatred towards corrupted creatures, survivors can befriend one while battling the hordes of creatures from element veins.
After gaining its trust by feeding it a certain amount of food/kibble, you will be able to ride the minotaur wild and without a saddle for a set amount of time, where you will then take it with you and complete an element vein with it. The minotaur will be okay if you use other creatures to fight alongside it and will not take damage from allied tames. You will not lose taming effectiveness as long as it does not receive too much damage (below 30% hp), which can be solved by feeding it veggie cakes or healing with the snow owl whenever needed. The minotaur will also receive a healing buff after every wave is complete.
The minotaur will always tame after the end of a vein, but its tame efficiency depends on the health of the element vein.
For a lv.150 minotaur on 1x:
10k = 33% tame effectiveness
25k = 66% tame effectiveness
50k = 100% tame effectiveness
Males tend to be quite aggressive regarding their swing, often trying to pulverize whatever is in front of them. Because of this, valuable ores that the rider may wish to acquire will be left in an unusable state. However, the pulverized rock obtained can be used instead to produce gunpowder. The male can also harvest high yields of element dust from veins, making it helpful in gathering dust for off-server transfer.
Females having axe-like clubs are not able to destroy rocks as efficiently. Instead, Females’ tails are more adept at cutting into flesh, making them excellent for harvesting more deluxe meats from corpses and the corrupted flesh that resides within infected creatures of the wastelands.
Raw Prime Meat
Note: both genders can still “harvest” the resources that the other can attack, but this will result in minimal/no yield (except for Berries)
Increased damage dealt to tek/corrupted creatures (2-3x damage)
Decreased damage taken from tek/corrupted creatures (0.5-0.33x damage)
Reduced damage taken from firearms/projectiles on armoured body parts (0.5x damage). This buff includes turrets.
Reduced damage taken from firearms/projectiles to the tail club and head (0.25x damage)
Yutyrannus cannot fear it.
Increased damage is taken from Velonosaurs (1.5x damage)
Increased damage is taken from Managarmrs (1.5x damage)
Underbelly and lower back legs have no damage mitigation (regular damage taken)
Minotaur is not very fast.
The minotaur may be unable to defend itself from flying creatures efficiently, but this may be avoided depending on how its AOE looks.
Gunpowder production: Male minotaur's high flint and spark powder yield makes producing large amounts of gunpowder very convenient.
Element dust farmer: Males can get the nearly total value of an element vein’s worth in dust, making it worth having one not to lose the ⅕ return value from city terminals, not to mention their high weight reduction on element dust, making carrying high quantities of dust a breeze.
High-quality meat harvester: Females with their sharper tails can collect much higher amounts of prime meat from corpses, making it helpful in taming and producing specific recipes.
OSD/Vein Defender: With their buffs against corrupted creatures, the minotaur would be an excellent candidate for defending OSDs and element veins from the hordes of corrupted creatures.
Boss fighter: with its high health and damage, the minotaur may prove helpful when wanting to fight the bosses of the other arks (keep in mind that its special abilities would most likely not be applied to bosses)
Minotaurasaurus saddle: a standard saddle like that of any creature. The player would be seated on the ridge of the minotaur’s back.
Minotaurasaurus tek artillery saddle: Resembling an in-real-life tank cannon, this is a saddle that sports a long-range tek cannon that does heavy damage but has a relatively large blind spot around the minotaur. Minotaur needs to be in its hunker-down stance to use this saddle.
Element dust: 80%
Organic polymer: 50%
Corrupted Nodules: 50%
When tek/corrupted creatures are nearby the minotaur, it gains a buff similar to the trike’s rivalry buff. This would give it the rivalry buff applied against tek/corrupted creatures.
Full body rotation:
The minotaur can turn around 360 degrees without walking, making it far easier to maneuver than other creatures.
The Minotaur is only known by its bony skull, so some creative liberty has been taken to make it better fit Ark.
The in-game minotaur is larger than its real-world counterpart and slightly larger than an in-game Stego. It has plate-like osteoderms covering most of its back and flat plates/spikes along the sides of its belly. Sexual dimorphism is displayed mainly through the tail and horns of the minotaur, where males have a large hammer-like club at the end of their tails and more prominent horns on their heads. Females instead have more sharp plates running down their tails, and their tails are slightly longer and covered in blades like that of the stegouros.
(above: reference for the female Minotaur’s tail)
Here are some reasons why I think you should vote for this creature, in no particular order:
Ark has only one ankylosaurid, and with magmasaurs&striders now in the game, it has made them mostly obsolete past early game.
The Minotaur, while being a larger and stronger ankylosaurid, does not overshadow the anky’s metal-gathering abilities.
It gives the game a new mid-large-sized herbivore capable of taking on a broad niche of uses in the game.
It is not “the giga” of herbivores. It is not supposed to be overly strong or large, and I am not following the “insert name” Giga of the “insert niche here” format that has been posted countless times.
I think it's fitting to have a literal tank as the creature of choice for taking on the many dangers of extinction.
If any of this interests you, please read the extra information below and vote if you like it! Some of it is just ideas/concepts, so take everything with a grain of salt and add suggestions below where you see fit.
NOTE: everything I have written is just ideas to get this creature to fit nicely into this map and ARK. If you feel something needs to be fixed, is too overpowered, or needs to stand out more, please feel free to voice your opinion. I would like to make this submission appealing to all players, but at the end of the day, it is up to Wildcard to implement the features of this creature.