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Announcing: ARKaeology Event!

A short while ago we announced a special countdown timer that was featured on the front page of our forums counting down to a reveal, and today is that day. We are very excited to announce we are launching a new in-game event: ARKaeology!

The event will run beginning today on all platforms until July 15th. As you traverse along the ground on any of the maps (the Island, The Center, Ragnarok, Aberration or Scorched Earth) you will come across fossil mounds which you are able to excavate. Inside the mounds, you’ll find a few bones and if you’re lucky you’ll even find extra loot inside of one (signified by a special particle effect)! After you collect enough bones you’ll be able to craft several skins with the use of a Cooking Pot.

There are four brand new skins to collect:

Brachiosaurus (Brontosaurus Costume)

Stygimoloch (Pachycephalosaurus Costume)

Styracosaurus (Triceratops Costume)

Dilophosaurus Mask (Hat Skin) 

There are returning skins, the skeleton bone dino costumes:

  • Rex Bone Costume
  • Carno Bone Costume
  • Raptor Bone Costume
  • Bronto Bone Costume
  • Stego Bone Costume
  • Trike Bone Costume
  • Giganotosaurus Bone Costume
  • Quetzalcoatlus Bone Costume
  • Jerboa Bone Costume
  • Wyvern Bone Costume

The ARKaeology event also brings with it a bionic battle beast – the Tek Rex – for survivors to tame, ride and breed!

The Tek Rex is, as the name implies, a rare, specially armored wild T-Rex that can achieve a higher level than its standard brethren. Previously isolated to just a cosmetic skin, these wild creatures will be roaming the ARKs (on maps where normal Rexes are present) and are yours for the taming, if you can handle it!

During this event all wild dinos have a chance to spawn with additional mutation colors: White, Yellow, Grey, and Black!

Patch Notes!

Patch Notes for PC Version: v280.114

ARKaeology Event!
Scavenge fossils from the various mounds that spawn on every map, be on the lookout for special mounds that contain items and use fossils to craft special skins!

The event will run automatically from 15th of June to 15th of July on Multiplayer and Single Player. If you’re using a non coredata mods, or a custom map, you can activate the event with the following commandline:


you can also run that commandline after the designated period to have the event continue, or opt-out using:


The skins added to the event, are the following:
– Brachiosaurus (Brontosaurus Skin)
– Stygimoloch (Pachycephalosaurus Skin)
– Styracosaurus (Triceratops Skin)
– Dilophosaurus Mask (Hat Skin)

Bone Skins!
– Rex
– Carno
– Raptor
– Bronto
– Stego
– Trike
– Giganotosaurus
– Quetzalcoatlus
– Jerboa
– Wyvern

Fortitude rework[
– The threshold for being knocked out increases with fortitude increases
– Increased natural insulation from fortitude by 8%

Small Tribe Server rule changes (PC ONLY)
– 24 hr cooldown on tribe slot reuse
– Disabled dino unclaiming
– Disabled non-tribe pin code access to structures

Tek Rex
– 5% of wild Rex spawns are tex
– 20% higher wild level
– New breeding line

– Tek Tapajara saddle range reduced by 75%
– Fix for server performance in certain situations
– Many hole fixes across all maps
– Ragnarok optimizations
– Rendering fixes
– Fix emissive when moving the camera
– Fix for ambient occlusion rendering issue
– Max level has been increased by 1 to 131.

Be on the lookout for hidden mysteries!


ARK and its expansion packs are currently on sale across all platforms at their lowest prices ever! Discounts may vary across regions and platforms. Check out the images and links below for more details!

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer’s Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Aberration

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer’s Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Aberration

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer’s Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Aberration

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