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I present to you the Blattotermes species, something never seen before in Ark. At first I thought of some kind of ants, but I wanted to do something innovative and that has never existed in Ark: GIANT TERMITES, which I think is something that would bring a lot of exciting content to the game! HISTORICAL CONTEXT Blattotermes was a genus of prehistoric termites that inhabited North America, France, and northern Australia during the Paleocene. Today they only retain a relationship with the Mastotermes species, which is found only in Northern Australia. LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION These termites live in underground colonies, which can be spotted by a big termite mound on top of them. There will also be workers, soldiers, and spies Blattotermes near and you will hear a characteristic sound when you approach it. They can be found at the Luminous Marshlands and rarely at the Mushroom Forest. There are different types of termites that serve different functions in the nest. TAMING To tame these creatures, you must first find one of their mound. Hitting it with a metal axe, metal pickaxe, metal sword, or metal spear will create an ever-widening hole. Hitting it will deal damage to the player similar to collecting honey. Once the hole has been completely opened, some type of explosive must be inserted into the hole, for example throwing a grenade. When doing this, the different types of termites will begin to attack the player, in a wave system. All these creatures will be of the same level as the queen and king. 1st wave. Soldier termites and worker termites. 2nd wave. Soldier termites, worker termites, and spies termites. 3rd wave. All of the above and guards termites. Once all the termites have been eliminated, the queen termite and the king termite will appear, which are the only ones that can be tamed. In order to tame the queen termite, you will need to approach it after you have consumed an insect repellant, and feed it red gems. On the other hand, the king termite is rather friendly, so it will not be necessary to use insect repellent to tame it. However, it will come out attached to the queen, and if the queen feels threatened, it will eat the king termite. It is recommended to tame the queen first, then passively tame the king with blue gems. BREEDING The king and queen Blattotermes are the only ones that can be tamed, the rest are only obtained through breeding. You can't breed kings or queens. Fertilization: the queen is rather exquisite, so to get pregnant, she must be in a dark room alone with the King, with a warm temperature. Again, they want privacy, so if you walk into the room to interrupt while they're in the act, they'll stop. The queen will lay an egg, similar to those of pulmonoscorpius. You will need to incubate it, and a baby nymph will emerge. To claim the nymph when it hatches, it must be fed a specific food that will determine what type of termite it will be. • To make it a worker termite, you must feed it with wood. • To be a soldier, the baby will have to be fed with phosphorus. • To be a spy, the baby will have to be fed with vegetables. • To be a guard, the baby will have to be fed Sarcosuchus Skin. During their growth, the type of termite will be determined, so they all can eat wood. Except for the king and queen, termites have no gender. If a mutation occurs, it will be stored in the Queen, so the next nymph that comes out will also have that mutation unless it was previously discarded. DIFFERENT TYPES AND ROLES - Blattotermes Queen: • Temperament: run away • Diet: wood • When killing a specimen, it will drop chitin and meat. It is about the size of a Maewing and is the most disgusting termite. Its only function is to breed new termites. It cannot be mounted, and it creeps very slowly when following you. If it is near to another creature breeding, the chances of this creature's baby getting a mutation will increase on a 5%. - Blattotermes King: • Temperament: friendly • Diet: wood It is the smallest termite of all. It has the function of fertilizing the queen termite. • When killing a specimen, it will give chitin and meat. As a special ability, you can set routes for the other termites. That is, you can create a path which the termites you select will follow, in addition to establishing areas where the termites can stop for a period of time and do some type of activity that you choose on their own. For example, imagine creating a path that you want your worker termites to follow, stop at an area where there are resources, collect them for 60 seconds, drop everything they've collected in a vault, and continue on the path. Or another example, you want your termite guards to take the vault full of resources collected by the workers, bring it back to your base, empty it into other vaults in your base, and bring the vault back to where it was. This is a method to automate farming and base tasks. • The king termite is obviously not mountable, but it can be carried on the shoulder and it will be able to generate markers that will mark the path that you want to establish and the areas where the termites will stop to do activities. Each king can only create one termite path, and the higher the king's level, the longer the path he creates can be. (King and Queen) - Worker Blattotermes: • Temperament: aggressive • Diet: wood They are about the size of a thyla and can be equipped with a Blattotermes saddle to ride them. • When killing a specimen, its body will drop meat and chitin. • 30% weight reduction on wood, stone, metal, crystal and obsidian. • Left click: bite. It only damages straw and wooden structures. You can collect wood, fungal wood and thatch. It can be configured to just get one type of resource. • Right click: headbutt. If held down, he will lunge along with the headbutt, dealing more damage and granting more resource pickup. Damages thatch, wood and stone structures. You can collect stone, flint, metal, crystal, rare mushrooms, obsidian, and oil. It can be configured to just get one type of resource. • If there is a group of 3 to 5 worker termites, the one with the highest level will be the leader of the group, so the rest will follow what the leader does if they are on a route established by the king termite (so as not to having to configure all the termites to follow the route). All party members will receive a 10% buff upon increased resource collection and an additional 20% weight reduction on wood, stone, metal, and crystal. • X: the leader can activate an extra buff that will cause stasis in all the termites in the group, causing the weight of what they carry in their inventory to be reduced by 90% for 30 seconds. It has a cooldown of 90 seconds. • C: If you press C in front of a wall, you will be able to climb walls and ceilings without consuming energy. If the leader of the group switches to climbing mode, the rest will also climb. • 30% armor to attacks. • If they are on one of the routes created by a king termite, they will be able to stop at a point to collect resources that are in the area for a certain time. In addition, before returning to the road, they can be configured to leave the collected in a vault. • However, one of the points on the route must be a rest area, since 8 hours (of ARK) a day, they must rest. This is ONLY if they are on a route. If the leader goes to rest, the other members will copy it. They can also be put to rest manually. • The idea is that these termites collect less material than other farming animals (less metal than an ankylo or less wood than a teryzino), but having the possibility of combining with farming routes means having a passive farming that will give better results and comfort. • If they are part of a group, and another of the termites in the group dies, they will receive a sadness buff for 90 seconds, which will give a 40% speed reduction, a 30% increase in vulnerability to damage and a 25% damage reduction. - Soldier Blattotermes: • Temperament: aggressive • Diet: wood Its size is roughly twice that of its worker counterpart. It has larger and stronger venomous claws than any other type of termite. They can be equipped with a Blattotermes saddle to ride them. • Upon killing an individual, its body will drop Meat, Chitin and Blattotermes Venom. • Weight reduction of 15% in wood, and 50% in meat, rotten meat, prime meat, fish, prime fish, chitin, keratin and organic polymer. • Left click: bite more powerful than any other type of termite. Damages thatch, wood and stone structures. It gathers Chitin, Keratin, Meat, Prime Meat, Fish, Prime Fish, Rotten Meat, and Organic Polymer. It can be configured to just get one type of resource. If held down, it will lunge to bite its prey, the attack will be more powerful and grant bleeding. • Right click. poisonous injection. It will nail its tweezers with which it will inject venom from its labial palp. If held down, a poisonous spit can be released that will damage all sorts of structures, but it won't be as effective as the Arthroplurera's. • If there are groups of 2 to 3 soldier termites, the one with the highest level will be the leader of the group, so the rest will follow what the leader does if they are on a route established by the king termite (so as not to having to configure all the termites to follow the route). All party members will receive a 15% buff at increased damage and an additional 20% damage resistance. • Cntrl: you can grab survivors, small and medium animals with your pincers. When this happens, left-clicking will deal normal damage and right-clicking will cause torpor. • C: If you press it in front of a wall, you can climb walls and ceilings without consuming energy if you are not sprinting. If the leader of the group switches to climbing mode, the rest will also climb. • Space. Jump. If held down and aimed at a wall, he will be able to charge up a jump that will leave you glued to where he has aimed on the wall. • If they are on one of the routes created by a king termite, they can follow and protect the worker, spy and guard termites, as well as stop at a point and attack nearby dinos for a set period of time. It will be possible to establish that of the dinos that they eliminate, they only collect one type of resource, among chitin, keratin, meat, prime meat, rotten meat, fish, prime fish or organic polymer, and that they deposit what they have collected in a vault. • However, one of the points on the route must be a rest area, since 8 hours (of ARK) a day, they must rest. This is ONLY if they are on a route. If the leader goes to rest, the other party members will copy her. They can also be put to rest manually. • Meat, Prime Meat, Rotten Meat, Fish, Prime Fish, and Organic Polymer rot 50% slower in your inventory. • 50% armor to attacks. • They will be able to enter turret mode, in which they will spit out enemies similar to a plant X, but they will fire slower, and the effect will not affect your vision as much and will last less. • A quantity of Blattotermes Venom can be extracted once every 4 hours (from ARK) from their jaws, though this will grant damage and torpor to whoever does so, unless they are wearing a beekeeper, radiation, or tek suit. . This poison will serve as a narcotic. • If they are part of a group, and another of the termites in the group dies, they will receive a sadness buff for 90 seconds, which will grant a 40% speed reduction, a 30% increase in vulnerability to damage and a 25% damage reduction. - Spy or winged Blattotermes: • Temperament: flee, unless they are defending the nest, in which case they will be aggressive. • Diet: wood Its size is similar to the worker termite, but with wings that are twice as long as the termite. They can be equipped with a Blattotermes saddle to ride them. • When killing a specimen, its body will drop meat and chitin. • Weight reduction of 10% in wood, and 50% in berries, rare flowers, fiber, seeds, mushrooms and vegetables. • Left click: bite. Damage thatch and wood structures, and collect berries, mushrooms, fiber, rare flowers, seeds, and vegetables. It can be configured to just get one type of resource. • Right click: scream. It can be set in your inventory to make a scream that scares wild animals, or attracts them. • Space: jump. If held down, it will charge up a huge jump. When its in the air it will be able to glide. If the space is held aiming at a wall or ceiling, it will stick to it, allowing the rider to use weapons and tools. You can also use them if you are on the ground. • C: the termite will go underground and can move underground. (Similar to basilisk) Time underground will consume oxygen, so it will be limited. Turrets won't detect it, but you won't be able to get through doors or structures below. The parasaurs would detect it. • Cntrl: can grab small dinos and feces. Grabbing a tamed dung beetle and left-clicking will transfer all the fertilizer to the termite's inventory. • If they are on one of the routes created by a king termite, they will be able to stop at a point to collect resources in the area (only the resources that it is capable of collecting) for a certain time and deposit the collected items in a vault, as well as being able to collect fertilizer from nearby dung beetles and distribute it to the orchards that are in the area, before continuing on the path. • However, one of the points on the route must be a rest area, since 8 hours (of ARK) a day, they must rest. This is ONLY if they are on a route. They can also be put to rest manually. • Berries, mushrooms, rare mushrooms, rare flowers and vegetables rot 50% slower in your inventory. • 10% armor to attacks. - Blattotermes guard: • Temperament: aggressive • Diet: wood Its size is 1.5 times larger than that of soldier termites, being the largest termite. Their only function in the wild nest is to protect the queen. They have hard plates attached to their bodies that serve as a shield and covers them entirely except their head and legs. They are very slow but resistant and strong. They can be equipped with a Blattotermes saddle to ride them. • When killing a specimen, its body will drop meat and chitin. • Weight reduction of 50% in wood, and very good statistics in weight. • Left click: bite. Destroy thatch and wooden structures. It is unable to gather any resources other than wood. • Right click: headbutt. If held down, it will charge up a lunge that ends with a headbutt, and will expend quite a bit of energy. • C: defensive mode. The termite will crouch, and with its plates it will cover its whole body and the rider. It will cost energy. In this mode you can very slowly move forward, backward, left or right. • Cntrl: You will be able to pick up structures, place them in other places, and even empty their contents in other storages. If the storages into which the content is being dumped are full, it cannot be transferred. • If they are on one of the routes created by a king termite, they will be able to pick up all types of storages, take them to another point, empty their contents in other storages, and return them back where they were. They are a method of transporting resources. • However, one of the points on the route must be a rest area, since 8 hours (of ARK) a day, they must rest. This is ONLY if they are on a route. They can also be put to rest manually. • His plates have 85% armor to attacks. In the rest of the body, (head and legs) they have 15% armor to attacks. ALL TERMITES ARE VULNERABLE TO FIRE IN-GAME EVOLUTIONS IN ADULTHOOD By carrying out certain activities, they will be able to unlock skills that can be activated in the inventory. You can only have one ability for each key, so if one of the abilities is activated, it will be irreversible and the other will not be able to be activated. When they unlock the skills, they will do a different unique animation than when they level up. Worker Blattotermes: To get the choice of ability on the Cntrl key (cleaning or mud rolling). · To unlock cleaning: take your fishing Blattotermes! After a number of fish caught that will depend on the level of the Blattotermes, you will unlock the ability. When unlocked, the termites can be cleaned, granting a +30% speed buff and x2 energy gain buff to the dino and the player for 60 seconds. 180 second cooldown. · To unlock mud romp: kill Nameless or Seekers with your Blattotermes. After a number of these creatures are eliminated that will depend on the level of the Blattotermes, you will unlock the ability, which consists of the termites getting dirty with mud and dirt, granting a buff of +20% damage and +20% extra armor hits, except bear and sabertooth for 60 seconds. 180 second cooldown. Soldier Blattotermes: To get the skill choice on the X key (ambush or poisonous thorns) · To unlock ambush: kill large dinos with your group of Blattotermes. After a number of dinos have been killed depending on the level of the Blattotermes, you will unlock the ability, which is that, only if they are in a group, the leader can quickly climb up the legs of large dinos. The other termites in the group will also climb after the leader. They will begin to tear at the victim with the powerful bite of their jaws, causing unstackable bleeding, but no cooldown. · To unlock poisonous spines: put a number of dinos to sleep, depending on the level of the Blattotermes, using the ability to grab small and medium dinos with the Cntrl and inject torpor with the right click to unlock this ability that will launch poisonous spines that will grant a great torpor to whoever receives them. Spy Blattotermes: To get the skill choice on the X key (Invisibility or Night Vision) • To unlock invisibility: scare a number of wild animals, depending on the level of the Blattotermes, with the right click scream. Invisibility costs stamina. It will not be detected by the parasaur, but by turrets. • To unlock night vision: attract a number of wild animals, depending on the level of the Blattotermes, with the right click scream (I remind you the right click scream can be set to scare dinos or to attract them). The night vision is similar to the Snow Owl's one and it costs stamina. Blattotermes Guard: To get the choice of ability on the X key (earthquake or wall plate) • To unlock Earthquake: Eliminate a number of creatures, which depends on the Blattotermes level, having hit them at the beginning with the right-click headbutt. Earthquake is that with its front legs, it hits the ground very powerfully, causing a movement that damages all kinds of structures, friendly or enemy, and stuns nearby dinos and survivors for 5 seconds. 20 second cooldown, and cannot be used in defensive mode • To unlock Wall Plate: Take a total number of damage, which depends on the level of the Blattotermes, while it's in defensive mode. With Wall Plate, the Blattotermes turns the plates covering her body into a wall and places it in front of her. The health of the wall depends on how much health the termite has. The turrets will detect the wall as an enemy dino, so they will shoot at it. The plates will take 40 seconds to regenerate, during which time the termite will be much more vulnerable. Cannot be used in defensive mode. BIOMIZATION During adolescence, termites are able to get used to life in different environments. • If they go on a walk through the water when they are teenagers, when they reach adulthood they will swim much faster, and they will have the ability, regardless of the type of termite it is, by pressing X in the water to walk on the seabed. In addition, your oxygen will also be increased very considerably. • If, on the other hand, teenagers go on a walk through the Bio-Luminiscent Region, when they are adults they will grant a buff of resistance to cold and heat, and decreased consumption of food and water to their rider, which will last up to 20 seconds after the player gets off of the mount • If they walk through the Molten Element Region, they will gain immunity to radiation and will automatically raise 5 extra levels of health. • If they walk on the Surface Region, they will gain the ability to see the bags of dead dinos or survivors, and if there is a dino with low health, like the wolf does. In addition, an extra 10 points of damage will be automatically raised to the Adolescent Termite. These adaptations are stackable. PERSONALIZATION AT BIRTH Lastly, the Blattotermes will have some unique traits depending on what biome its egg hatched in. • Fertile Region: the abdomen will be filled with scales and two small balls will grow at the end of its antennae, which will light up when a Reaper Queen or a maximum level dino is nearby. • Bio-Luminescent Region: on the abdomen of the Termite a thick fur will grow along with small keratinous plates protruding like thorns, which can be lighted up and serve to scare away Nameless. • Molten Element Region: it's entire body will turn a radioactive color that will become much more intense when a Survivor or enemy creature is nearby. • Surface Region: its legs will take on a volcanic red color similar to burning lava and small thorns will grow on his head, which can be pulled out from time to time and will serve to repair any broken tool or weapon from its inventory. IDEAS OF HOW IT COULD LOOK LIKE https://the-american-godzilla.fandom.com/wiki/Termite_Queen https://the-american-godzilla.fandom.com/wiki/Giant_Mutant_Termites I think this dino would have a great future in ark, due to the immense amount of content it provides and the innovation that the home automation system with termites would bring. It took me a lot to think about everything and create the dossier, so thank you very much for reading this! ❤️ I am widely open to suggestions, ideas, etc.
Introducing Diictodon audax! Common Name: Diictodon Scientific Name: Diictodon audax Time: Late Permian Diet: Herbivore Temperament: Territorial WILD: I keep thinking I know just about every species present on the ARK's, and yet in the case of Diictodon audax, there still may just be some surprises still under our noses. Diictodon are almost entirely fossorial, living a vast majority of their lives under the ground in colonies, searching for roots and tubers to feed on. Though most colonies I have found in some of the more drier climates of the ARK, I have been told by survivors that they will settle in any area that has access to crops, where harvests will begin to show a lighter yield than anticipated. Don't let their size fool you however, Diictodon are ferociously territorial and will stand their ground, putting on quite the display that I've seen disorient and frighten most would be predators! Though it must be said, their bark is certainly worse than their bite. DOMESTICATED: I've seen a few methods survivors use to befriend local colonies, however the most common method, dubbed "Diictodon Fishing", luring individuals to the surface with treats and pets. Those of us more impatient have also resorted to more 'explosive' methods of flushing, which albeit efficient, can yield unforeseen consequences if not careful. A Diictodon colony make great additions to any tribes farmhouse. Their knack of the organizational skills mixed with the constant aeration of soil from burrowing allow for crop yield and quality to significantly increase over time, as long as you are willing to share the fruits of your labour of course. I have also seen tribes utilize some of the colonies bolder individuals as a great guard dogs to deter any would be attackers getting to close for comfort. Though they may be good at putting on a show, its best not to stick around, lest the Diictodon's charm begins to wear. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I love a new ferocious predator being introduced to ARK as much as the next person, however I am always keen to see new and unique ideas introduced to expand on some of Ark's less focused features. One of which is farming, which admittedly tends to be something that I will usually forget about most play throughs, with times that I do thinking its a chore to work on. This has influenced my design of introducing Diictodon to ARK, with an extra bit of flair to improve overall utility! Summary: To explain what my concept for introducing Diictodon into ARK: -Diictodon colonies spawn as burrows that can be interacted with (think of it as like a structure similar to the beehive in the overworld). -Multiple Diictodon can spawn in a burrow, with the lowest level individual inside usually being the main interactable member. -These "Alphas" will yap, scream and snap at any individuals that come close to their burrow. This will deter most creatures at a certain drag weight to be frightened off or at least deterred from going closer. This behaviour is inspired by many burrowing animals of today, specifically Lemmings that are surprisingly aggressive against anything that approaches their burrows that could be considered a threat. -To tame the Alpha that has been spooked back into their den, the main taming method would involved a survivor placing their arm into the opening of the burrow with a preferred food item on the 0 key, then once successful at luring one to the top, a minigame can play out similar to the fishing minigame to tame your Diictodon. This idea is a bit of a stretch but is based off Noodling, a fishing method practiced by catching hiding catfish by luring and catching them with your bare hands. -Alternatively, a grenade can be placed inside of the burrow to flush out multiple to specifically select your preferred members to tame passively. However expect major resistance from some very upset residents. Again, this idea influenced by another method; Dynamite fishing. -Tamed Diictodon will have two key roles: FARM HAND: Tamed Diictodon can establish new colonies, with these colonies having a radius of influence, depending on the number of members inside. Any crop plots inside of this radius will have similar effects to greenhouse, with the added benefit of helping harvesting. which can be then collected from the main burrow. (Since these individuals will be primarily underground, it wouldn't make sense for them to be able to access a feeding trough, so be sure to leave your workers a little food!). GUARD DOG: As a shoulder mount, you will receive a passive buff from your Diictodon that will work similar to a mix of the Sinamacrops scare and a Ghillie Suit. Smaller aggressive creatures will avoid you whereas larger predators will have a smaller aggression radius. If you have any suggestions as to what you think should be changed or improved, please don't hesitate to share your thoughts! I always appreciate clever ideas being brought up by this amazing community. Do I expect the Diictodon to win? No not at all sadly, however, its always a great time thinking up unique ideas to introduce some amazing animals into this wonderful game! Thanks for reading and happy voting! 😊 Credit for both images goes to Walking with Monsters (2005) by Impossible Pictures.