Tips for surviving alongside Ark: Survival Evolved’s primeval wildlife

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Tips for surviving alongside Ark: Survival Evolved’s primeval wildlife

Studio Wildcard shares advice to help new players survive and thrive in this March PlayStation Plus title.

Hello New Survivors! Since Ark: Survival Evolved is included with March’s PlayStation Plus lineup, many new Survivors will be experiencing this vast adventure for the first time. There is an endless amount of information about Ark which can be overwhelming for first-time players, so we wanted to share some extra-helpful tips to give you a solid start on your upcoming adventure.

If you’re new to Ark: Survival Evolved, prepare to live off the land of a mysterious island. You’ll have to scavenge, craft, build, and contend with primeval creatures to survive and escape The Island.

Build a Bed – Fast

New Survivors don’t have access to much armor so a few bites from a raptor, or getting overwhelmed by an angry pack of dodo birds, is likely to wear you down fast.  Building a bed quickly, even without a fully enclosed hut, is invaluable early on in your adventure, as it allows you to respawn at the same point every time.  Otherwise you’ll be randomly placed on The Island without access to stored gear, which is a very dangerous situation.

Don’t Neglect Speed

Whether by accident or by poor decision making (probably the latter), you may find yourself being attacked by a dinosaur far beyond your skill level. In those instances the best defense is to…..run!  When upgrading your character, the increased health and attack power sure look tempting, but applying your character upgrade points to speed gives you the ability to outrun many lower level dinos.  This will save your skin more times than increased health will in the early goings.  It’s also important to remember the golden rule – you don’t have to outrun a dino…you just need to outrun your friend.   

Your First Tame

After getting your bearings and leveling a bit, you’ll be ready to begin taming the creatures around you. It will be tempting to ride on the back of a Raptor or obtain a cute little Dodo as a pet. However, utility is key early on. The Triceratops (Trike) is a great option for a first “tame”.  It’s not aggressive so it doesn’t attack on sight.  It’s an herbivore so it can be fed easy-to-find berries during the taming process. It’s hearty with a large carrying capacity perfect for those extended resources harvesting treks. Get one early on and you won’t regret it.  

Defend Your Base

You’ve gathered resources. You’ve crafted materials. You’ve worked hard to build a humble home.  The last thing you want is for a rogue dinosaur or other Survivors destroying all that you’ve built!  A tamed creature can help protect your base. Use the “anchor tame” positioned at the back of your house to secure your tame. Now your beastly ally will help fend off would-be attackers. Simply whistle after them when they’re done and they’ll return to their defensive position.

Know Your Enemy

There are a lot of creatures in the world of Ark.  It’s vital to know which ones are docile most of the time, which ones attack if provoked and which ones attack on site. It’s safe to say that a Raptor is going to be aggressive most of the time, but what about the Parasaur?  Knowing the temperament of the creatures in each new area you explore will help you quickly traverse the Island safely.  If you’re unsure how aggressive a certain creature is you can also run up and punch it in the face.  Since you didn’t neglect speed (wink), just outrun it…or your friend.

Hopefully these tips will help new players with their early journeys.  There is so much more to learn and explore throughout the world of Ark. Good luck, Survivors!

*Add March’s PlayStation Plus titles to your game library before they leave on Monday, April 4 to continue to access them while you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription.  

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  • Why is there no PS5 upgrade for Ark while the Xbox Series X gets it?

    • Pretty sure the Series S/X optimization is from MS, not the game dev. Sony don’t do anything like that so it’s basically the same as running on a PS4 Pro but with more CPU and GPU power, but the original design constraints for the PS4 Pro version. So it at least runs at 60fps on PS5, but only 1080p.

      Sucks, but unless Sony start doing PS5 optimizations for PS4 games were stuck with the games being how they are. Or relying on the game dev doing a patch, which most don’t cause there’s nothing in it for them. Except pleasing customers but none care about that.

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  • I love Ark and Conan Exiles!

  • Got a lot of nerve with this blog post. The game runs horribly on PS5. Where’s our version of the game or is that only for Xbox Series?

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  • Not bad but not good…

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