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  1. Hello, brigands, ruffians, knights, heroes and all combatants in between, and welcome to the first episode of Bull's Beastiary. As you all may be aware, there are numerous prehistoric beasties roaming the Island, Sorched Earth, Aberration and beyond as well as various modern animals and even creatures of a more fantastical nature. The idea behind this is to help newer players figure out the basic behavior of some of the beasts of the Island and beyond. And what better to start off this series than one of the most famous dinosaurs both in ARK and in almost any medium concerning dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex! (note, this is all from a PVE perspective) Threat Level: (1 is the lowest, 10 is the highest) Early Game (Thatch/Wood/Primitive Tier): 7 on most occasions, 8 if near ones' base. Mid-Game (Stone and Basic Metal Equipment): 4 Mostly, between 5-7 if a high level, or if it has access to more precious and weaker tames. Late-Game (Metal Buildings, electrical and beyond): 3 usually, 4-5 if the level is extremely high Behavior: Highly aggressive towards anything that's not a predator, and in certain cases, still kills them. Strengths: High attack damage, high health. Weaknesses: Mostly low speed, only negated when a player is riding it and sprinting or if an alpha. Huge size. Taming Tips: The primary thing you need to worry about, especially if you have plenty of speed and stamina, and other than the obvious preparations such as taming food (the rex's favorite kibble is made from Pulmonoscorpius AKA the Giant Scorpion's eggs, by the by) is making sure that there aren't any predators who might disturb your taming. It usually isn't difficult leading the Rex to a solitary spot where you can safely tame it. Other than that, I'd also advise preparations for a lengthy trip, as Rexes can take a while both to knock out and actually tame at higher levels. Once tamed (AKA Usage): One of the best war mounts, these things are prime hunters and are some of the best creatures you can tame and breed if you plan on taking on the endgame bosses. Personal Experience: The main thing you have to fear from a Rex, as far as I've seen, is if you have nowhere to run. As long as there is room to run (and no other predators) you can usually get away from it, especially if you have increased movement speed. Though they have lost some of their teeth (pun intended, reference to the TLC update) due to the appearance of ever-increasingly dangerous creatures on the various ARKs, they still shouldn't be underestimated. These bad boys are the backbones alot of players rely on for the endgame raids, and even wild ones of a high level can prove almost as dangerous as tamed and trained members of their species. Taming requires a decent chunk of concentration and resources at high levels. The best way to deal with a rex you can't kill is to outrun it or make it go somewhere it will be trapped. Just be careful not to get yourself cornered, or else you'll be trying to get your stuff back while a 25-foot lizard-like monstrosity capable of biting you in half with one good chomp chases you. Thanks for reading!
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    When you're about to FINALLY tame that 120 creature with max tame effectiveness...and along comes a Giga
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    So what did you do in ARK today?

    Finally got my game updated and have been painting my creatures and myself like crazy.
  4. Greetings and salutations fellow scholars, explorers, brigands, adventurers and warriors alike! My name is Bull1128, but you can call me Valus. This series, and more particularly, this episode, is for anyone who may be new to the ARK. The Island, (AKA, the first ARK you'll ever likely see) is a beautiful yet dangerous place with many prehistoric wonders just waiting for someone to find them...albeit a good lot of them want to tear you apart and eat you, but nevertheless, the island is just as grand in the sights and sounds just as it is deadly. Now, without further ado, let's get into it, shall we. A small note before we begin, at the start, regardless of when and where you are on the ARK, you are bound to die a lot at first. This game requires lots of patience and I recommend that you also take time to study some of the mechanics to get the best jumpstart. Before you begin an online adventure, I highly recommend playing at least a few hours solo. This will give you a good idea what the ARK is like and just how to survive it. The beauty of solo is that you can adjust the ARK how you see fit, so, even if you don't intend to play offline for long, you can practice in a controlled space to your liking until you are used to it. If you want to get online right away, I highly recommend a PVE server at first, if you can get one. PVP can be very harsh and unforgiving, especially to new players, so it might be better to start on an ARK where everyone either works together or minds their own business versus one where everyone is trying to kill the first person they see. Now, when it comes to tribes, there advantages and disadvantages to certain size tribes. Smaller tribes will, of course, have fewer people, and that means you'll have to divvy up your time helping your tribemates more often, however, a larger tribe might demand more resources from each player, as the large size means a lot of resources will be needed for any group-based events, be it bosses, end-game caves and holiday bosses/events. Now, either you've joined a tribe or have, assuming you haven't quit, managed to set up a good place to settle down. Next thing we oughta cover is...*cues the Jurassic Park theme*...Duh-duh, Duduh, Dududu-Di-Dinosauuurs...*clears throat*. Throughout the ARK, you'll find a plethora of dinos, prehistoric beasts, and even a few things that don't really exist. When it comes to these creatures, it's, again, vital to your survival that you study them beforehand, as each varies on aggro/aggro range (AKA what it takes to get them to attack you, if they do attack players, and how far away do you need to be to get them to attack you) as well as overall habits. As well, as I'm sure you are aware, if you've a heard anything about ARK, you can also tame these beasties. There are two types of taming; passive and torpor. Torpor tends to be more common, and it is important to note which you can tame a creature with, as you won't be able to (at least in most cases) be able to tame them through their opposite methods. For example, you can tame a raptor or rex via torpor taming, while if you try to passive tame them, the only good that will come of the attempt is the free food for them. While I won't go into specifics, I will tell that to Torpor tame, you need to knock out a creature, this most often being done with tranq arrows and darts, and feed them while also preventing them from waking up, and Passive taming involve getting close to the creature with the taming food in your last inventory slot, and clicking your use key/button. A smaller, but important thing to note are supply drops. These have random items and blueprints, each of varying qualities if the item/s in it has a quality. To be clear, quality determines how good an item is. If you want to see the items' statistics, hover your cursor over the item and it will show durability and damage, if it has damage. You can also see armor value on the item's picture itself. The color indicates the level needed to open it, white being level 3, green being level 15, blue is level 30, purple is level 45, yellow is 55, and red is 70, the higher levels having more items they could contain as well as a better chance of a higher quality. Finally, for this episode, you have engrams and stat points. Each and every time you gain a level, you get a point which both let you increase a stat of your choice and gain some points towards engrams, AKA things you can build. There are several stats you can increase; Health - Increasing this will allow you to endure more punishment before the grim reaper comes a knockin' Stamina - Increasing this will let you sprint, attack and endure stamina-draining effects more. A small note, once you are out of stamina, you will slow down and won't be able to jump, and when you attack, your torpor will increase Oxygen - Increasing this will increase the time before you start drowning in water. A small note, in water, your stamina will drain as well, though oxygen will only decline underwater Food - Increasing this will allow you to store more food in your belly and let you go longer without starving. Personally, I'd recommend leveling something else Water - Increasing this will allow you store more water and let you go longer without dehydrating Weight - Increasing this lets you carry more. Good for if you need more room for loot and for builders. Melee Damage - Increases the damage of your fists and any melee weapons you wield. For anyone curious, it doesn't affect weapons other than melee. Movement Speed - Increasing this increases how fast you move. Very handy for quick getaways. Remember, "you don't have to run faster than the dinos...just faster than your friends" Fortitude - Increasing this will increase your resistance to torpor and to the weather. Small note regarding insulation, Hyperthermic protection means protection from heat, while Hypothermic protection means protection from the cold. The higher the number, the better you're protected. Crafting Skill - Formerly crafting speed, increasing this makes what you craft faster, and if you craft from a blueprint, which can obtained from a supply crates, will make that item better for each point you have in crafting speed. A small note, whatever you craft in any inventory other than your own will not have the speed increase. This is good for arrows, bolas, and other basic items you intend to make en masse. That'll do it for this episode. Get out there, start taming some creatures, conquer your enemies and rule the ark! Hopefully this helped with some of the more basic mechanics and cleared a lot of the confusion you may have had prior. Keep all this in mind and keep researching and, most importantly, keep practicing, and it won't be long before you're sitting on the back of a mighty steed with a gun in your hand and an army of beasts following your every command!
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    Forum Game: Bad Advice

    Collect your poop and let it spoil Best way to tame a Mosasaur?
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    Wrong Version

    Finally got it updated...and, now, I officially hate Wildcard 20% less...now they've gone from stab in the eye with scissors upon first sight level hate to simply wanting to punch certain dinos' designers in the face 100 times. P.S. Thank you, no sarcasm intended, for at least giving me suggestions.
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    So what did you do in ARK today?

    The usual...finding just as many reasons to love Ark as reasons to hate Wildcard
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    Wrong Version

    Ok, so, I have the disc version of Ark (got it the day it fully launched), I'm on PS4, (I don't have internet I can use to update it) and I was pretty sure that the version of it at the time of launch was 510.0...for some reason, my game is only 501.0. Is there something I missed, is this some kinda bug or...? And to be clear, it doesn't just say version 501.0, it is version 501.0, I don't even have Tek content. The reason I refrained for so long from saying something was because I had missed a lot of info and I thought maybe you had to progress far enough to unlock creatures and stuff, but I just did my first boss thing after some suspicion and after that, I got all the dossiers in this version, and the latest one I have of a creature not in the game yet is the Megalosaurus (or if I got the name wrong, the big red allosaurus/trex looking thing that sleeps at daytime)
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    ARK Jokes

    So, what funnies about our favorite dino taming game do you have? Please keep it as...tamed...as possible.
  10. NOTE TO PLAYERS OF ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED... Hello, dear reader. This message in particular is for anyone who plays ARK: Survival Evolved or anyone who is a fan. Two things I would wish you to bear in mind as you read this ; 1. I cannot stick to game mechanics strictly in this story, so you will see many times where a character will do something not normally done in ARK. As much as I would like to create a story implementing actual game mechanics, I can only implement ones that either can easily be explained or align with real-world logic, or can be associated with the somewhat Sci-Fi aspect of ARK. 2. The rules presented by the games' stories (A.K.A. Dossiers, Rockwell Records, Nerva Notes) are changed mostly in the story. While survivors can remember particular things, (of which helps them survive), they cannot remember everything, such as where exactly they are from, what happened between where they were and where they are now, and in certain cases, their name. It is various from survivor to survivor what they remember. Another note, this does not go by the official canon, this is my own take on a story for it, so you will see many a character and event nowhere in the story, and you will see aspects that may unfold entirely different throughout, or to put it more simply, this follows it's own canon. With all of that in mind, I hope you enjoy. WARNING: THIS IS ONLY A TEASER FOR THE FULL EPISODE. FULL EPISODE WILL BE RELEASED SOON. Chapter 1 Silence...the ultimate weapon of the hunter. It matters not what weapon he wields, for if he is a true hunter, he will always hit his mark, be it with gun or bow. It matters not the prey, for if it is made of flesh and bleeds blood, it can be killed. This was a lesson Nechyev had learned and saw proof of many times. And like any of his previous hunts, had the hunt gone normally, there was a good chance he and the village would have plenty to eat for several days. The other conditions, as well, were perfect. The cool air swept the trees nearby, and cooled the hunter. The sun was out and shining. The skies were clear and blue. And, perhaps most importantly, he was downwind of the prey, a fully-grown bull parasaur. Accompanying the huge man was his regular-sized, blond-haired brother, Myev. Every time they went on the hunt, it felt familiar. As though they were just as in-tune with hunting as the predators inhabiting the place they called home. However, of the two brothers, Nechyev was the more patient, but such is befitting of an older and much more experienced hunter. Myev could not stand waiting for minutes, and in certain cases, hours, when they could attack at any time. He did not have the discipline or needed hunting experience to understand the importance of subtlety and patience, that attacking early could render the hunt pointless, if not a waste of a good spear. "Do we attack now, brother?", he would ask. "Myev," his brother would say, "please be patient. Unless a raptor jumps out of the boulders nearby and attacks, I doubt this thing's going anywhere. And you musn't forget what happened when we nearly had the Phiomia.". "I tell you," Myev replied with frustation in his voice, whilst keeping quiet, "my spear was only a few inches off. It would have gotten away anyways, and the village was in need of food...". "...shh," Nechyev shushed, his eyes, as they were while his younger, inexperienced brother talked, fixed on the herd of Parasaurs. He had noticed they had raised their heads. But that was normal. What wasn't was the duration. "...something's off," Nechyev said, "their heads have been raised too long. I've only seen them do this for this long when...". Myev interrupted, "Than maybe they're too distracted to run!". Quickly, he stood up and ran towards the herd, spear raised and ready to throw. "Myev, no!", Nechyev said loudly, trying to still keep quiet, while running after him. By the time Nechyev reached him, his brother had thrown the spear. Suddenly, the two watched as a large ray of light appeared from the sky and down to the ground, the thrown spear disappearing in the bright white light. While Myev displayed an emotion of amazement, the world was still for Nechyev. He knew what the light meant. What it brought. He tried to stop Myev not because he would ruin their hunt. He tried to stop him because he knew, by the direction the Parasaurs' heads were turned towards the sky, a new survivor would drop in like they had, and that survivor would be standing between the two brothers and the herd of Parasaurs. Over what seemed like minutes, the two stood there, as the ray of light faded. Nechyev thought he heard something amidst the loud humming that came with the light, but he hoped to the heavens above that what he heard was a fluke, a sound created in his mind out of fear, because if his ears were true to him, someone was either dead or gravely wounded by his brothers' hand. Chapter 2 The next hour or so passed by in a flash for Nechyev, with only small images coming to him. All he could remember were several things; a red-haired woman, lying on the ground in a pool of blood, a spear through her mid-torso, himself and Myev picking her up, and carefully and quickly as they could, carrying her back to the village, snapping at Myev after putting the woman in the village healer's hut. Suddenly, he regained his senses, and found himself sitting outside the healer's hut. Next to the door was a guard. Nechyev asked the guard, "Is there any word on the woman?". "Yes, Nechyev," the guard replied, "she was lucky, the spear didn't hit anything that she can't heal. However, Myra has asked that everyone still stay out and give the woman time to heal and room to breath.". Nechyev sighed in relief, "Thank you, that's all I needed.". Meanwhile, in the hut, the village healer, known as Myra, sat near and leaned over the woman, of whom is laying on a bed made of thatch and hide. She noticed that the woman had begun opening her eyes. "Good to see you're awake.", Myra said. The woman took a deep breath, and reached to her stomach in reaction to the pain, only to feel leathery bandages covering her wound. "W-what...happened?" she asked, squinting. "Two of our hunters were hunting some food for the village when you dropped in. One accidentally hit you with a spear," Myra replied, soaking a rag in a bowl of water and putting it over the woman's head, "now, please, relax. You need some rest.". The woman did as she asked and went back to her slumber. Several days passed, and the woman found herself waking up again. This time, she could actually make out her surroundings, a shack made primarily of what seemed like thatch. Beside her was a bowl of water and beside the bowl was a mortar and pestle, with some sort of green liquid inside it. When she looked at her own body, she noticed a bandage around her stomach with a large red spot in the middle. After several moments of silence, she noticed a voice outside the shack door say, "Yes, ma'am, she is nearly if not fully awake.". The door opened, and the woman noticed a female enter the doorway. "Ah," she heared the female say, "so you are awake." As she moved closer and shut the door, the woman began to make out the figure's features, but her vision was still somewhat blurry. "My name is Myra," the female said, having reached the woman, and got on her knees to speak to the woman, "I am the village healer. I was responsible for caring for you when they brought you in.". It was easy to see now a face of someone about 40 to 50 years of age, long-flowing white hair, and a jacket seemingly made of leather with a green cloth shirt underneath. The woman noticed something odd in the way Myra spoke. It was similar to the way she spoke, but Myra spoke in a way reminiscient of a time before her own...but she couldn't think of what time this was. The woman introduced herself, revealing that she spoke in an English accent, "My name is..." she took a moment, as her name almost escaped her memory, "...He...Hel...Ay-nah...Helena...". "Just as I feared," Myra said with a sigh of disappointment, "amnesia. Much like the others.". "O-others?", Helena asked. "Speaking of which," she continued, "where am I?". Myra smiled, "This is Blunt-Tooth village. Don't worry, you are safe here.". Helena gave a look of worry in her eyes, "S...safe from what?". Myra was about to explain when she suddenly heard the door open behind her. Chapter 3 "Ah, Nechyev. Helena," Myra said stretching out her arm, the palm of her hand extended and her fingers pointing to the doorway in which the huge, pale man stood, "this is Nechyev. He helped get you back to the village after the incident.". When Nechyev spoke, Helena felt his accent was familiar, but she couldn't quite put her finger on it. "Greetings," Nechyev bowed with one arm to his stomach and then stood up straight, continuing, "and my apologies. I had wished a first meeting with a new survivor would have gone much smoother, let alone without an incident such as the one that occured. I hope you will give me the honor of allowing me to show you around.". A few moments later, Helena found herself stepping outside the door. As she exited, she covered her eyes from the blinding sunlight. When she lowered her hand, she saw a whole village surrounded by wooden walls, accompanied by two huge gates on two sides. There were many different buildings, some homes, some storages, and others different shops and communal buildings. Most were made from wood, whilest there were a few shacks similar to the one she had exited. People, men and women, white and black and a variety of nationalities, went about their business. Several men and women, whom Helena presumed were hunters, were sharpening spears and readying cloth clothing in what seemed like preparation for a hunt, whilst others were heading to a small shop with baskets full of a variety of berries, from tinto to azul-colored ones. Seemingly entranced by the sights around her, Nechyev chuckled and put a hand on her shoulder. "Believe me, my lady," Helena looked at Nechyev, still stunned by the sights of what seemed a paradise, "if you think you are shocked now, I worry if your heart is strong enough to handle the next few sights.". He began to walk with her around the village. "Where is this place?" She asked. "That is the thing," Nechyev said, "nobody knows. Like you, we just one day appeared here. Eventually, when enough were found, we formed tribes. As ours is a peaceful tribe, we live off the land, and attempt to make our tribe as big as possible. The more we have, the more help we have to make our village better and better. What you see now looks impressive, from the perspective of someone new, but it took many months to assemble the walls, the buildings, and then to replenish our supplies. But now, we have somewhere to rest our heads safely, and somewhere to live without fear.". Helena looked around and back to Nechyev, "Fear of what? Myra told me that this place keeps people safe...but what do they need protection from?". Before Nechyev could answer, a woman could be heard saying loudly, "Nechyev, the scouts have returned!". Quickly, he went to the westmost gate and waited outside. Helena seemed confused. "Remember those sights I mentioned?" Nechyev said, smiling. Helena nodded in confirmation. Slowly, two men opened the gates, Helena and Nechyev watching patiently. The next few moments proved just as exciting as they did frightening. It began when the gates opened enough to where she saw a man, higher above than the size of a man, leading her to assume, correctly, that he was riding something. But the noises were of no horse she had ever heard, despite that how hard she tried, she could not conjure any memories of encounters with horses...or anything before the village, for that matter. Then, when the gates opened enough, her jaw dropped, as although she could not fathom where she had learned the knowledge of its' existence, she recongnized the mount in question as a Parasaurolophus Amphibio, more commonly known as the Parasaur, that had beautiful white-colored frills and crest and green skin. But as the creature went past her, her head still fixed on it so much to where she lost track of all her other surroundings, her face expressing pure amazement, she heard what sounded like a guttural breathing. She turned her head to be greeted with a forest-green snout, glowing orange-red eyes, and sharp teeth. She knew what this beast was, even before jumping backwards, but the knowledge of its' ilk only furthered her fear. This was Utahraptor Prime, or more commonly known, a Raptor. She jumped backwards, backing into the wall of a building behind her and Nechyev and quickly looked away, closing her eyes, teeth clenched, preparing for what was to come. As she expected, she felt a hot breathing on her face, and to her, several moments of silence. What came next was anything but what she expected. Her expectation; a moment of pain in the stomach or neck, the excruciation of a claw being driven through her stomach, or the needle-like pain of teeth sinking into the flesh of her neck. But what came was not to her stomach or neck, but to her face. She could feel the heat of the raptor's mouth change, leading her to assume it was preparing some unforseen and unheard of strike to her head, her expecting now to feel a long jaw stretch around her head and crush it. But then she felt it, and opened her eyes in amazement; a wet and cold sensation going up her right cheek. It took a moment of silence and realization of what just happened. This raptor, Utahraptor Prime, a pure killer, designed to kill animals around the size of a human without mercy or a chance to fight back, had simply walked up to her, and licked her face, not unlike a common dog.
  11. This is the kind of thing that when it looks at a pic of Cthulhu, it thinks "....daddy?"
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    If I wanted to post a story

    To be clear, the story I want to post isn't my experiences with ark, nor is it a typical fanfic in terms of what it's about. The story series in question is called Ark: Blood of Gods, and what I'm curious of is whether or not I'd post the episodes here in the "off topic" section or in creative and I want to be sure to avoid any confusions or complications about whether or not it is allowed in general. If you need some additional info about it, here's a few things I can give without giving away too much; it follows some, but not all the same rules as Ark's actual story, it may eventually go to Scorched Earth and Aberration, and it utilizes characters actually mentioned in the game's story, but a number of fictional ones as well.
  13. Dununununununun- oh wait, other people beat me to it....well, one more can't hurt, -nununu NA NAAA
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    So what did you do in ARK today?

    Shouted at the sky, waving my axe to get a cool screenshot....right before a carno knocked me off the waterfall I was standing on top off and landed in the river below, after which I got eaten alive by a school of pirahnas....so that was fun.