Latest Ark Patch Unleashes Dino Changes, Mating Boosts, & More In Valentine’s Day Event (VIDEO)

Latest Ark Patch

The team behind Ark: Survival Evolved is in embracing their inner cupid and shooting a patch our way to kick off the game’s Valentine’s Day event. In the update, fans will be happy to see some of their favorite creatures getting some improvements. Ranging from updated models, to the roar of a T-Rex causing non-friendly creatures and humans to poop – there is much to love about the upcoming patch. Check out the video below to wet your pallet for all the awesome changes coming in the latest Ark patch:

In an announcment for the upcoming update, the team stated “Patch v278 finds its way hopping onto the ARK with many new features, fixes, and a bunch of tender loving care for some old friends! The Rex, Procoptodon, Gigantopithecus, Direwolf, and Direbear all find themselves receiving both gameplay and visual upgrades!”

Here’s the details for the Valentine’s Day event and the five creatures receiving some tender loving care in the latest Ark Patch:

The ARK will be placed under Cupid’s loving spell. With this event, creatures have also been affected by Cupid’s spell in the following way:

  •  Tames have a 5% chance to drop a Chocolate Cake when they mate. A Chocolate Cake can be used for a Full Heal or to advance 50% of a creature’s taming affinity bar.
  • Red, Pink, and White colored wild creatures can be found wandering the ARKs searching for true loves kiss.

All servers (including Officials) using the following commandline parameter: -vday can get some extra mate-boosted bonuses:

  • Mate Boosted range increased by 2x
  • Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x
  • Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed has been increased by 3x
  • Baby Food Consumption has been decreased by 1/3

Dino TLC – The Procoptodon!

  • Receives a model update, animation update, sound pass, and some new abilities:
    •  Will take reduced fall damage
    • Carry weight will be noticeably increased
    • Can carry small creatures and baby dinos in its pouch
    • A knockback kick which can affect significantly larger dinos
    • Added an aimed jump which can be used by holding down the Jump key
    • Carried characters in a pouch have reduced food consumption rate when carried by Mate-Boosted Female Procoptodons.
    • Babies imprinted while in a carried Procoptodon pouch receive more affinity

Dino TLC – The Gigantopithecus A.K.A Bigfoot!

  • Receives a model update, animation update, new fur, sound pass and some new abilities:
    • The Bigfoot will receive an armour-degrading attack; this means when it fights, it’ll do more damage to your armour’s durability. It is important to note that the armour-degrading attack will not affect the Yeti creatures found in the game.
    • Added the capability to climb ziplines (but not jump between them)
    • Added a jump
    • It can now carry and throw small creatures
    • Throwing has been made more accurate, similarly to crabs with targetting cursor

Dino TLC – The Direbear!

  • Receives a model update, animation update, new fur and some new abilities:
    • When riding a Direbear, players will be immune to bees. They won’t be able to knock you off your bear, and they will target focus the bear instead of the player.
    • The Direbear will also be able to harvest honey from wild beehives without attracting bees or hurting the hive using it’s alternative attack. Plus the amount of honey it receives will be 3x the standard amount.
    • Increased swim speed

Dino TLC – The Direwolf!

  • Receives a model update, animation update, new fur and some new abilities:
    • Howl now activates a pack buff for 90 seconds (with a 1.5 minute cooldown). When the Alpha howls, the pack also howls. The pack buff strengthens the Alpha, as well as its pack (reduced amount vs Alpha)
    • Hunter’s Instinct passive buff which will allow it to sniff out people/creatures with less than 50% health
    • Sniff tertiary ability to indicate nearby explorer notes, or to detect buried/stealth creatures

Dino TLC – The Rex!

  • Receives a model update, animation update, and some new abilities:
    • Its roar should receive a CD and make non-allies (under a certain dragweight) poop to act as a small stun/interrupt. There will be a cooldown on victims so that they cannot be pooplocked continuously.
    • The roar will not be able to scare anything above its level
    • Roar will cause players to poop but not stun them
    • Rex’s ability to climb over small rocks and steeper slopes have been improved.

More details on all the bug fixes and balance changes, including creature damage modifications, creative mode building changes, server options, and more, can be viewed on the game’s website.

What do you think about all the changes in the latest Ark patch? How excited are you for all the benefits of the Valentine’s day event? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!

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