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Community Crunch #121: Triceratops TLC Preview, Introducing Zen Rowe and more!

Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community!

TLC #2 Preview – Triceratops!

This week we’ll be previewing the latest TLC of one of our oldest friend, here is everyone’s favourite early tame, the Triceratops!

The Triceratops, one of our oldest friends and earliest creatures implemented into the game will be receiving both a gameplay update and visual update including facial changes plus a reskin. Generally, in terms of gameplay, we felt that the Trike was in a relatively good place in regards to how much benefit in provided vs how difficult it was to obtain. As an early game herbivore, we didn’t want to do a complete redesign however it was clear to us that there were some very obvious changes we needed to make.

First of all, the Triceratops will receive the ability to perform a charge and ram attack! It has a short-wind up time to notify that the trike is preparing to charge, the attack will build speed and damage during the windup, which then transfers to increased damage and ends in a ram attack which will knock targets back and can leave them stunned for a short period of time.

Additionally, its herding instincts will be improved, resulting in two changes. A ‘Rivalry Buff’ which will be applied to all nearby ally Triceratops when in range of large therapods and carnivores that will increase their stats/dmg akin to Mate Boost. It will also increase the wild Triceratops’ aggro notify range by twice so that other Trikes are more likely to come to its aid.

Introducing Zen Rowe!

Zen Rowe will be joining our Community Team as the Mod Community Manager! Here’s what he had to say:

Hello, Everyone!

Allow me to introduce myself, My name is Josh, but some of you may know me as Zen Rowe. I have been a part of the modding community for over two years now and have been heavily involved with the discord especially. I had the pleasure of helping new people in the community learn how to use the ARK Dev Kit and watched them build out their ideas for mods, just as some did for me when I started out. For the last several months I have been sponsored for one of my projects, ArkFrame, which focused on enhancing the mods made by others and supporting interaction between mods.

Today, I am excited to become your new Mod Community Manager. My objective is to bring more consistent communication with the community and help mod authors build the quality of their projects even further. I will also be leading the sponsored modding team and be providing support for their projects.

We already have some changes planned for the mod community that will be coming soon. Every other week, as part of the community crunch, I will be doing mod spotlights and giving tips, tutorials, and best practices. We are also going to start hosting a Mod Tutorial Contest every other week. As a community, I believe we can embolden and encourage each other to make ARK even better, and I will be an active presence in the multiple areas of the modding community (UE4 forums, Discord, Steam forums). I look forward to working with you all and for our first bit of exciting news, let’s begin with the Modding Tutorial Contest!

The goal of this contest is to encourage mod authors to share knowledge and increase the skill level and understanding of mod authors that are new or trying to acquire new skills.

The Great Migration #2!

This will be our final warning regarding the second deprecation of some of our legacy servers! It will take place on Friday, 9th of March. We’ll be starting off by working on bringing these specific Legacy Servers offline in the early morning, and by the end of the evening, we’ll have a launched a bunch of new Official Servers across all platforms. The save files for the PC servers will be made available on Friday the 9th, and we’ll be working with Nitrado to get the console ones online as soon as possible!

Arkpocalypse Servers!

Our previously named Extinction servers have been renamed ARKPOCALYPSE servers for all platforms. They also have increased rates! Join a fast-paced server that wipes every month! The increased values are listed below as well as the key ones are listed on the image above.


Taming Speed will be increased to 3x
Harvesting Multiplier will be increased to 3x
XP Multiplier will be increased to 3x
Mating Interval will be reduced by 66%
Baby Mature Speed will be increased to 3x
Egg Hatch Speed will be increased to 3x
Baby Cuddle Interval will be reduced by 2x
Crop Growth Speed will be increased to 3x
Hair Growth Speed will be increased to 2x

You can play on your favourite map and transfer between other Arkpocalypse servers on a closed cluster, separate from the main PVPcluster. Note: Arkpocalypse servers are not affected by Evolution Events.

Fan Building Contest!

Survivors, Firespark81 & GGFizz are currently hosting a building contest for fellow PC Survivors. They are doing both a vanilla and modded contest.

If you’re a budding arkitect and interested in the competition, check out the video above. They also have a list of rules and a sign-up form if you’d like to enter.

Contest Rules & Info: https://sites.google.com/view/buildconrules/

Sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaInq2jQ_i5Xe0AWQI6UN9KAK4O0RqgDH_j2eXupfk3rjpFQ/viewform

Be sure to get in touch with them if you’re interested in participating, and good luck!

Community Contests!

NVidia Ansel Photography Contest

Super Resolution Version: http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel — a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset.

Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.

Now let’s get to the contest!

There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

Four Categories

*NEW* Freestyle: These can be images or videos taken using NVIDIA’s new Freestyle filters! If videos are submitted, they must have a maximum duration of one minute.

Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.

Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution, in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.

Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

And now without further ado, here are your entries!



BlueDragon – Dinner time


Ego – Funny joke

BlueDragon – Eternal Volcano

Honourable Mentions!

Wolf Amaterasu – Mysterious Night

roguewolf91 – The Watcher

Rahthos – Spring is Coming

roguewolf91 – The Dreamer

Rahthos – Surreal

GP – Flying Free

Rahthos – Half-Life

Rahthos – Descent

Rahthos – Contamination

Rahthos – Breath of Fire


BlueDragon – Otter Cuteness

BlueDragon – Blue Crystal

BlueDragon – Blend in

Super Resolution!


GP – Fishing At Dawn


StateofMynd42 – Sailors be Warned

ZoaLive – Volcano at night

BlueDragon – Death below and above

Honourable Mentions!

ZoaLive – You better run

ZoaLive – Beautiful night

ZoaLive – Queen of the sky

ZoaLive – Twist

ZoaLive – Through the flames

Wolf Amaterasu – Bullfrog

ZoaLive – Grouping up

GP – Scrummage!

Wolf Amaterasu – Walk on the Beach

Wolf Amaterasu – Crystal Wyvern

GP – Strolling Through The Redwoods

GP – Dinner Time

roguewolf91 – Rise and Shine

Morgengrau – Enjoying the last golden light of the day

Ego – Spring mood

BlueDragon – Purple

BlueDragon – I believe I can fly

BlueDragon – Guardian  of the Loot

BlueDragon – Awaken

Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


Wolf Amaterasu – The Tropics


BlueDragon – Fire Water

Honorable Mentions!

Ego – Between two fires

roguewolf91- Heart of the Mountain

StateofMynd42 – Hot Times, Summer in the… City

Wolf Amaterasu – Chaos Reborn

Wolf Amaterasu – Over the Falls

GP – Fight At Dawn

Wolf Amaterasu – The Wilderness

Wolf Amaterasu – Tropical Retreat

Wolf Amaterasu – World in Despair

EXFIB0 – Vines

EXFIB0 – Aberration



F1r3fly – Ark Kombat

Honourable Mentions!

Wolf Amaterasu – Tyrannosaurus Pac-Man

Wolf Amaterasu – ARK Farms Honey Jar Label

Morgengrau – Winter is Here

Valoule – Ark Raptor Assault


This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 121 is…

Grumpy Town Mod Official Trailer by Jukari!


This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!

The ARKitect for Community Crunch 121 is…

New Mayflower by The Pilgrim!

Fan Feature!

The Beauty of the Crystal Isles by Rahthos

ARK Aberration Theme Song (Metal Cover) 2018 by Nate Hayden

Epic Castle Build – On Ragnarok by TRanger

Bodyguard (PART 67) by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl



Eco City by LEETHEG666

Kirby by Wolf Angelus

Chinese Water Dragon by Lusaka6

Featherlight by Caroline @runswithpencil


swamp thing 2 by mateaperic51


the psycho in digital by mateaperic51


Blackneck monitor by milokamilo


Odogaron by milokamil


Realistic Tyrannosaurus update by DinoPlayer34


Ark – Reaper Queen by cfowler7


Introducing Brachiosaurus! by Nokryn


That’s it for this post guys!


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