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Greetings everyone! Just wanted to give a shoutout to all the amazing people for your love and support for this creature! I know many have suggested the Giant Cheetah would be better off on another map other than the Center, and Team Cheetah definitely agrees! That's why we will definitely return for the following maps: EXTINCTION CRYSTAL ISLES VALGUERO GENESIS: PART 2 and maybe FJORDUR if they do one? The reasoning? More wide-open spaces for everyone to run around on! And while this vote carries forward, Team Cheetah is constantly updating and refining our beautiful speedster with the people's suggestions to heart so that it's not just our Giant Cheetah, it's EVERYONE'S Giant Cheetah! Though we may not win this vote, we still have the future to look forward to! And definitely check out everyone else's creatures that they submitted! Seriously! The creators need all the love and support they can get! Not a single person is a village, so let's all make it together to the finish line! Love, the fastest coalition on the planet, -TEAM CHEETAH (PS- FUN FACT! A group of Cheetah's are known as a coalition!) Common Name: Giant Cheetah Species: Acinonyx pardinensis Time: Early Pleistocene Diet: Carnivore Temperament: Evasive and Opportunistic Wild Acinonyx pardinensis is the epitome of the need for speed. They can turn on a dime thanks to their cleat-like feet, evading any obstacles that lie in their path. They will ambush and chase their prey until they catch up and trip them, stunning them until they go for the kill. Despite being the speed demon that it is, the Acinonyx isn’t the best fighter. In fact, they would rather abandon their meal than have to face any other predator that comes to claim it. But in their wake, they’ll leave a blinding trail of dust that will ensure a clean getaway. Domesticated Acinonyx are quite difficult to tame due to their wariness of predators. Not only that, but their incredible stamina also prevents tranquilizers from slowing them down. However, I have seen other Survivors lay carcasses of creatures out in the open, and if no other predators are around, they’ll come out for a bite. These wonderful cats make for great travel companions. Though not one for confrontation, the Acinonyx has developed a “cat sense” that allows it to evade attacks with ease, if timed right. And with the confidence of their rider, they can even immobilize creatures much larger than themselves by running around them with tethers that wrap around the legs, causing the creatures to trip and fall. There’s also a Tribe that has attached special webbed “mitts” to their Acinonyx that allows them to dash across water, for a brief period. I’ve also noticed other Tribes pair their Acinonyx with Dire Wolves. I’ve never seen a cat more comfortable with a canine before, but it seems like the Dire Wolves benefit from the relationship with a boost to their speed. Details PVE The fastest land creature on the ARK, even faster than Gallimimus! Can make 90-degree turns without slowing down. Has high stats in Stamina, Speed and very high Torpidity, and average stats in Weight, Melee Damage and Health Can perform a “speed burst” at the cost of using up extra Stamina. Has a “cat sense”, allowing it to dodge close-quarters attacks when zooming past; though it must be timed right Has a tripping mechanic that can immobilize small creatures or Survivors like a bola; shown in the form of a swiping motion similar to the Griffin; can be used while running without slowing down (has a cooldown) Just like the Equus, Survivors can craft a Tether in the Giant Cheetah’s inventory and run around targets much larger than itself and tie their legs up, immobilizing them for a short period of time. The larger the creature, the more laps you’ll have to run (similar to Pokémon Ranger). Watch out walkers! Can use its momentum and evasive maneuvers to slam into larger targets, reducing their speed significantly (great for catching up to and slowing down wild creatures that are close to being knocked out!) (also has a cooldown) Wild and tamed individuals can immobilize your mount if it is below a certain drag weight, but you won’t be dismounted; wild Giant Cheetahs will flee if down to half health or if larger predators come in the vicinity. Alternative: Wild and tamed can immobilize and knock you off your mount Riding a Giant Cheetah can allow Survivors to lock on to targets as they are running so they don’t miss when shooting with a Crossbow or Longneck Rifle. Will leave a dust cloud in its wake to deter aggressors. Eat my dust! Pairing with Dire Wolves allows them to have a Pack bonus that boosts their Melee, and the Dire Wolves will have a boost to their Speed! Will have an extra imprint bonus if raised with Dire Wolf pups. Saddle has option to equip webbed mitts that allow traversal across water for a few seconds Can SNUGGLE! PVP Great for scouting ahead or even catching up to scouts and immobilizing them Can immobilize threats for a short period during raids (see the Tether mechanic in PVE) Can place down explosives like C4 while running Can pick up dropped bags or items while running for quick “dash and grabs” Can evade attacks when timed right (has a cooldown for balancing) Taming Remove all threats in the area (mainly aggressive or carnivorous creatures) Kill a creature and drag it out in the open and lie in wait (Ghillie armor works best!) The Giant Cheetah will come out and feed on the carcass, similar to a Fjordhawk. The more bites the more progress it makes! Will flee if another predator approaches. TEK Saddle Grants Giant Cheetah increased Speed and more Stamina. Can create after-images of itself to confuse opponents (like Double Team in Pokémon!) Dust clouds made will include an EMP burst that can mess with electronics and TEK gear. Can strafe and evade in any direction, similar to how Tapejara move. Can traverse across water with ease (based on the Jesus-Christ Lizard!) Can have a speed burst just like the TEK Leggings allow, breaking through rocks and trees with ease! Being the fastest land mammal in modern day, I think the Giant Cheetah would be a prime choice for any biomes with flat terrain and wide-open spaces. Plus, I think we need more cats in ARK, right? Though the Giant Cheetah was slower than modern cheetahs due to their proportional size, we can still imagine this wonderful creature as the fastest thing in the land. The Giant Cheetah can be used for scouting as well as being a fast and annoying distraction in PVP. Like cheetahs today, they could make a 90-degree turn to catch prey off guard and trip them so they can go in for the kill. I also had the fun idea that Survivors can leave behind a grenade, C4 or something (if timed right) once they hit that 90-degree turn. This may have a cooldown after turning several times. The Giant Cheetah could alternatively leave a dust cloud that can blind enemies for a quick getaway. As mentioned before, the Giant Cheetah will be built for speed, not power. You could chip away at enemies with the bomb run or quick swipes, but it would be preferred that you keep your kitty as alive as possible. Like the Equus, it can make a rope-like “Tether” that you can hook onto larger creatures and wrap around their legs as you run in laps around them and they will eventually become immobilized, creating a perfect opportunity to tranquilize a fleeing creature or topple a towering opponent. And the larger the creature, the more laps you’ll have to make around the creature. Watch out AT-ATs! And what’s more is that it can have a “cat sense” that’ll allow it to evade enemy attacks with ease (this may have a cooldown as well). You could also pick up items as you pass over them if you enable it for easy grabbing, especially if you’ve died recently and are in dangerous territory and you need to grab your dropped gear as quickly as possible. The Giant Cheetah would be a passive tame. First you should clear the area of any threats, aggressive predators or herbivores, and then kill a creature and drag it out in the open. The bigger the better. Then throw on some Ghillie armor (and maybe Bug Repellant?) and just lie in wait until it comes closer and feasts. The more bites it can take the better. Repeat the process until you've tamed your own Giant Cheetah! And with it tamed a tamed Acinonyx could receive a pack bonus from nearby Dire Wolves, or better yet, have an imprinted bond with an individual Dire Wolf so it’ll have increased stats with them, making it crucial to breed the best Dire Wolf possible to pair with a recently tamed or bred Giant Cheetah. Just have a Dire Wolf in proximity with the Giant Cheetah and it’ll give the option to pair, or once one is born, it’ll pair with the closest Dire Wolf. And because the Giant Cheetah is faster and may go further than the wolves, its bond range will be larger than other pack bonuses, making it ideal for PVP situations. (The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is famous for it's cheetah conservation program and newborn cheetahs are usually paired with a domesticated puppy to help show them the ropes and be a service dog since cheetahs have somewhat similar behaviors to canines! Just like Kris (right) and Remus (left) here!) A tamed Giant Cheetah could also be a great taming mount, giving its rider a lock-on mechanic for easy aiming as well as the ability to trip wild or domesticated creatures as if it were a bola. The saddle also has the option to equip webbed mitts that allow the Giant Cheetah to traverse across water for a few seconds! And for endgame, a Tek saddle could be given to it that’ll not only make it go faster, but give it the capability to strafe and evade with ease in every direction, even make afterimages of itself to confuse enemies. You can even run and walk across water and speed burst through rocks and trees like the TEK leggings! The Giant Cheetah would be found in open areas where there is plenty of room to run around, like the savanna or open plains. They'll go after any creatures that won't fight back, or at least won't hurt it as much. If it takes enough damage, it'll flee. As for design, let’s give it the "King Cheetah" look, a color variant of modern cheetah that features recessive melanistic genes! Also, the cubs look incredibly cute! They chirp like birds and are little balls of fluff! And better yet, adults and babies have the option to snuggle up to you! And to top things off, here's a demonstration from the world's fastest cheetah, Sarah, from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden! If anyone has any other thoughts, feel free to comment below! Also, should we name the Giant Cheetah Acinonyx celeritadaemon (“speed demon” in Latin)? I’ll let you all decide! And thank you to the following people who added more amazing suggestions from previous votes and beyond! And a special thank you to Studio Wildcard for making ARK: Survival Evolved one of my all-time favorite games! And I wish everyone else luck with their submissions as well! Credits pumpkin2k (for the initial momentum slam bow idea) MiniWatto (for being one of many to submit the cheetah) LittleSpicyOreos (Dossier and Tek saddle concept art, living bola trip, dust cloud, snuggle ideas) DrawolfKnight (art concept and “cat sense” ability) PaulStewart aka pauliwog87 (for the initial multiplier attack idea; for the dash and grab idea; and for inking the dossier art!) AmanaTishala (for awesome ideas!) ApocalypseGal (for the lying down position idea and previous dossier concept) Furious33 (for the initial charge lunge attack idea) KimaGaming (for the passive feeding idea) Crested Gecko (for the toe beans!) Sovi (Star Wars Snowspeeder Trip idea; walking on water idea; artwork too!) ashgcy (for the Pokémon Ranger loop idea for the snowspeeder trip) Shockal (for being a rival and showing me how to use embedded links) Sources Dossier image courtesy of the amazing teamwork between LittleSpicyOreos and PaulStewart! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acinonyx_pardinensis https://dinopedia.fandom.com/wiki/Giant_cheetah (photo) https://dwarffortresswiki.org/index.php/DF2014:Giant_cheetah (photo) Image concept curtesy of DrawolfKnight Photo of Kris and Remus courtesy of Twitter fans of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FCincinnatiZoo%2Fstatus%2F1261642918646996992&psig=AOvVaw22HRlN8QGvUu500E5ntCII&ust=1691289185784000&source=images&cd=vfe&opi=89978449&ved=0CBIQjhxqFwoTCJC-tqu9xIADFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ Video from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's YouTube channel. I do not own this video.