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This suggestion is for Heracles inexpectacus, a flightless parrot that could be tamed by playing the wardrums and is heavilly themed around sound. I'd like to introduce you to one of the more bizzare creatures that could be found on the arks- Heracles inexpectatus, the giant parrot! Heracles lived during the Miocene 19-16 million years ago in New Zealand. It's possibly the ancestor to the modern Kakapo, a flightless parrot known for it's booming courtiship call. Despite their small size, many parrots have an extremely powerful bite, some strong enough to break bones! Heracles would be a shoulder pet with multiple useful abilites both in base and battle. While it is slow and cannot be ridden, it makes up for this with its good bulk and unique set of abilities. It's smaller stature makes it an excellent indoor base defense creature and it's prowess in battle is not to be underestimated. The main use of Heracles is as a shoulder pet that it can squawk in battle. This applies the deafened debuff to nearby enermy dinosaurs and players- affected players will be unable to hear nearby sounds. Affected dinosaurs will be unable to respond to player whistles, or dinosaur roars (blocking the yuty buff). This effect lasts for 15 seconds. The effect can be prevented by wearing a fur helmet (looks like ear muffs!) which can be worn by both players and dinos. In the wild it will make both squawks and drumming sounds. Where it spawns can spawn an in-wild structure (the Heracles pit) , like a beaver dam, that can contain useful items in its inventory (maybe silica pearls, gems, metal ore). Going to close to the pit will trigger aggression. When standing on the pit they can make drumming noises. It can be tamed by attracting it over by playing war drums then passively feeding it seeds (plant X or Y best, then vegetable seeds) This is a cool creature that while most don't know exists or wouldn't expect on the Ark, would be a very fun addition that balances well into the metagame! Dossier- Wild- I have encountered so many weird and wonderful creatures on the Arks but the large flightless parrot, Heracles inexpectatus, truly lives up to its name as one of the most suprising. Living deep in the jungles, you're far more likely to hear a wild Heracles than see one; on top of their deafening squawks every midnight, they communicate across long distances with a booming drumming made by a pit they've dug into the ground. While usually timid, they can be fiercely territorial around their pits and will noisilly attack or chase away any small creature that ventures too near. If you would like to get close enough to tame them, you can entice them away from their pits by using your own drums before offering them their favourite food- plant species X seeds. Tamed- A tamed Heracles makes for a suprisingly versatile companion. A Heracles can be trained to squawk on command, deafening nearby dinosaurs and preventing them from hearing their tribe's commands. But beware- any humans or dinosaurs wearing a fur hat will be unaffected by these shrieks. Even when not sitting on someone's shoulder, a tamed Heracles is strong in battle, able to ignore the armour provided by dinosaurs' saddles. One tribe even used the sound of war drums to lift their Heracles' battle spirits! But my favourite use for a Heracles is as a pet; they'll even show their affection back by gifting you with shiny items they have collected! Diet: Herbivore Tameable: Yes (passive tame) Rideable: No Breedable: Yes Stats- Health: 550 (fat bird has bulk) Stamina: 100 Oxygen: 200 Food: 1000 Weight: 220 Melee damage: 50 (being bitten by a parrot really hurts!) Torpidity: 400 Abilites when tamed- Shoulder pet that applies 'Deafened' debuff to enemis on command (can be preventted by wearing a fur hat). This prevents dinos from hearing player commands, yuty roars, shadowmane roars or mammoth roars. Lays eggs at the same rate as a dodo- these eggs can be used for Regular Kibble When left to wander will occasionally gift the player with items they have found- these can include gems, metal ore, or items of quality depending on the level of the Heracles In battle can bypass enemy saddle armour and wearboots for armour Significant buff (x5 attack, x0.2 damage taken) when a player is playing drums or a mammoth saddle nearby- this would be hilarious if it could be used in boss fights Effects on metagame- Useful as a shoulder pet in PVP, and its ability to be blocked by fur helmets gives dinos that can wear these a chance to be more viable Early game tame- when you're fighting other bobs with your dilos and dodos become the ultimate bob with your very own battle parrot A new way to gather resources Caving- although it cannot be ridden, is still a tanky creature that can fit through small spaces Small enough to fit in your base to ruin any potential raider's day Parrots killing a dragon would be GOAT If you play the warmdrums near it then it should dance like parrots do in Minecraft Let me know if you have any other suggestions for this creature!
Alphadon, The Marsupial Field Medic.
TINTE posted a suggestion in Creature submission archiveAlphadon is a prehistoric marsupial from the late cretaceous whose name means "first tooth." Though it doesn't appear much different from a modern day Opossum/Possum and it isn't an attention grabber I hope you'll at least give this a read, and thanks in advance to anyone that does! I have ideas for the creature which I will go over soon, but feel free to make suggestions and what not. This is my first submission that I've actually put some effort into, but I'm far from talented so... anyway here is the text from the dossier in case it's unreadable: Wild- Nocturnal by nature Alphadon marshi, or more commonly known as an "Opossum," is a marsupial like no other. Should a survivor happen upon one it is recommended to leave it be as Alphadon happen to be great at dealing with parasitic species such as the leeches that plague the swamp. Because of its skittish nature, Alphadon tends to run from combat rather than engage in it, though it is able to bite and scratch enemies. It does have a fascinating defense mechanism though. When all else fails the Alphadon will play dead, even emitting a foul odor to really sell the idea, and the effect is so convincing that most predators will back off in surprise! Domesticated- Despite many survivors being put off by the creatures appearance, when tamed Alphadon can be a great companion for a variety of reasons. The Alphadons favorite foods just so happen to be parasitic, and as such it will automatically remove and consume these parasites from nearby allies whether they are humans or not. The Alphadons body temperature also happens to be colder than most warm-blooded creatures and as such it can not only keep you cool but it can also prevent the carrier from contracting certain diseases such as mega rabies! My thought process: I know that since this would be a shoulder pet that it won't be very popular, but I wanted a tame whose primary purpose was almost like that of a healer in other games. From what I can remember we don't really have anything like a cleric in Ark. Daeodons, Snow Owls and maybe a few others can heal but we have yet to have a creature that can remove leeches and prevent diseases. And I figured that since modern day Opossums eat ticks and are naturally resistant to rabies that the Alphadon would fit into the role of a cleric creature quite nicely. Of course this is just what I came up with so if you have any ideas of your own feel free to mention them! (Also, I'm not an artist but I hope the dossier is enough of a proof of concept...)