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ARK: Survival Evolved

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:09 am
by LHammonds
These are just some notes / tips I am discovering about the game.


Collecting Resources

Depending on gathering rates set on the server, exact numbers of material yielded will change but should stay in the same ratio no matter what the setting.

If using tools, better quality means more resources are collected per node. Primative -> Ramshackle -> Apprentice -> Journeyman -> Mastercraft -> Ascendant.

If using dinosaurs (dino), higher melee value means more resources are collected per node.

So, you might have a tool and a dino that collects the same resource but depending on the tool quality and the dino's melee value, one might be better than the other. You need to experiment and see.

It should also be noted that even though the Wyvern may not be the most efficient gatherer of specific resources, what it can gather it can do so very quickly, safely and travel faster than any other creature which gives it a major advantage. You can also use combinations such as a Wyvern for fast traveling and protection while carrying an Equus to store cactus sap that you collect using a chainsaw.

The following creatures can passively generate resources:
Megachelon: Rare Flowers, Rare Mushrooms

The following creatures can generate resources from eating anything (best if you use Species Y Traps)
Gacha: Element, Black Pearls, Silica Pearls, Crystal, Organic Polymer, Metal, Gear, etc.
NOTE: You can put the armor/weapons/structures created by the Gacha into a grinder for even more resources.

Berries from bushes:
Dinos: Brontosaurus, Morellatops, Chalicotherium, Stegosaurus, Therizinosaurus, Direbear, Iguanodon, Equus, Mantis, Procoptodon (not as efficient but VERY fast)
Tools: Hands

Rare Flower from red mountain bushes and various swamp plants:
Dinos: Therizinosaurus (absolute best), Brontosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus, Chalicotherium, Iguanodon, Mantis
Tools: Hands

Rare Mushroom from swamp trees:
Dinos: Therizinosaurus (absolute best), Brontosaurus, Mammoth, Iguanodon
Tools: Metal hatchet, stone hatchet
Passive generation/growing: Megachelon

Rare Mushroom from crystals (low yield):
Dinos: Ankylosaurus
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick
Passive generation/growing: Megachelon

Thatch from trees:
Dinos: Megaloceros (Reindeer), Mantis, Megatherium, Woolly Rhino, Wyvern, Brontosaurus, Chalicotherium
Tools: Industrial grinder (1 wood to 5 thatch conversion), metal pick, stone pick

Wood from trees:
Dinos: Beaver (has 1/10 weight in inventory), Therizinosaurus, Roll Rat, Mammoth, Thorny Dragon, Mantis, Wyvern
Tools: Chainsaw (absolute best), metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Fiber/Silk from bushes, flowers:
Dinos: Therizinosaurus (level up delicate farming)
Tools: Sickle, whip, hands

Stone from boulders:
Dinos: Doedicurus, Rock Elemental, Mantis
Tools: Metal hatchet, stone hatchet, hands (picking up loose stones on ground)

Metal from metal nodes and boulders:
Dinos: Ankylosaurus, Mantis
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Hide from dinos:
Dinos: Giganotosaurus, Direwolf, Reaper, Sabertooth, Thylacoleo, Mantis, Yutyrannus, Managarmr, Wyvern
Tools: Metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Pelt from dinos:
Dinos: Direwolf, Thylacoleo, Phoenix, Mantis, Sabertooth, Giganotosaurus, Yutyrannus, Griffin, Wyvern
Tools: Metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Cementing Paste:
Dinos: Steal from beaver dams (absolute best), Achatina (passive creation from eating veggie cakes), Beelzebufo (eating Titanomyrma, Meganeura, Jug Bug), Rock Elemental
Tools: Chemistry Bench (16 Chitin/Keratin + 32 stone = 6 CE), Mortar and Pestle (4 Chitin/Keratin + 8 stone = 1 CE)

Flint from boulders:
Dinos: Ankylosaurus, Mantis, Rock Elemental
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick, industrial grinder (2 stone to 1 flint conversion)

Raw meat from dinos:
Dinos: Giganotosaurus (absolute best), Rex, Wyvern
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Raw fish meat from fish:
Dinos: Pelagornis, Mosasaurus, Baryonyx, Spinosaurus
Tools: Steel pick, stone pick

Raw prime fish meat from fish:
Dinos: Mosasaurus, Spinosaurus, Baryonyx, Tusoteuthis, Giganotosaurus
Tools: Sickle

Raw prime meat from dinos:
Dinos: Giganotosaurus (absolute best), Rex, Wyvern, Reaper, Mosasaurus
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Obsidian from obsidian rock:
Dinos: Ankylosaurus, Mantis
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Chitin from insects:
Dinos: Megatherium, Sabertooth, Diplocaulus, Direwolf, Mantis, Wyvern
Tools: Metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Sulfer from sulfer rock:
Dinos: Mantis
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Sand from sandstone:
Dinos: Mantis
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Raw Salt from salt rock:
Dinos: Mantis
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Cactus Sap from small cactus plants:
Dinos: Morellatops, Phoenix, Therizinosaurus (delicate harvest), Mantis, Rock Elemental
Tools: Sickle, Whip, Hands

Cactus Sap from large cactus plants:
Dinos: Equus (80% reduced weight), ?, ?
Tools: Chainsaw (absolute best), metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Cactus Sap from cactus trees:
Dinos: Morellatops, Wyvern, Phoenix, Therizinosaurus (delicate harvest), Mantis, Rock Elemental
Tools: Chainsaw, metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Oil from oil nodes/oil rocks:
Dinos: Dunkleosteus, Mantis, Ankylosaurus, Dung Beetle (passive creation when converting poop to fertilizer)
Tools: Oil pumps (absolute best), Steel pickaxe, Stone pickaxe

Black Pearls:
Dinos: Phoenix, Tusoteuthis, Otter, Daeodon
Tools: Whip (if found on dry ground), Hands

Silica Pearls:
Dinos: Angler, Phoenix, Otter
Tools: Hands

Crystal:
Dinos: Dunkleosteus, Mantis, Ankylosaurus
Tools: Metal pick, stone pick

Angler Gel from the Angler fish:
Dinos: Direwolf, Megalodon
Tools: Chainsaw (absolute best), metal hatchet, stone hatchet

Batch file for single player savegames

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:01 pm
by LHammonds
Post on Steam

Here is a batch file that can help you with making backups of your single player maps. Every time you run the batch file, it will create an archive of each map and will include a timestamp in the filename. Each subsequent run will create new archives each time without worry of overriding a prior archive.

Just make sure you modify it to fit your install path for 7-zip and Ark. I am also making assumptions about the Genesis path and filenames. You can adjust it accordingly once it is released and if you are running maps other than official, you can follow the pattern in the batch file and include other maps.

Create a text file and name it "SaveBackup.bat" but make sure you can see filename extensions or it will just create "SaveBackup.bat.txt" and not work correctly.

SaveBackup.bat

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@ECHO OFF
REM ** AUTHOR: LHammonds
REM ** VERSION: 1.0
REM ** DATE: 2020-01-06
REM ** PURPOSE: Create timestamped backup archives of singleplayer savegames for ARK: Survival Evolved
REM ** REQUIREMENTS: 7-Zip archive - https://www.7-zip.org/
REM ** NOTE #1: Be sure to update the correct path to ARK and where you want the savegames for ARKDIR and BAKDIR.
REM ** NOTE #2: Make sure to update every occurance of the path to the 7-Zip executable to match your installation.
CLS
TITLE Backing up ARK Savegames
REM ** Correctly set this path to match your installation.
SET ARKDIR=C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved

REM ** The target backup path can be anywhere you want or just set it to the same place as above.
SET BAKDIR=C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved

FOR /f "tokens=2 delims==" %%a in ('wmic OS Get localdatetime /value') do set "dt=%%a"
SET "YY=%dt:~2,2%" & set "YYYY=%dt:~0,4%" & set "MM=%dt:~4,2%" & set "DD=%dt:~6,2%"
SET "HH=%dt:~8,2%" & set "Min=%dt:~10,2%" & set "Sec=%dt:~12,2%"
SET "STRDATE=%YYYY%-%MM%-%DD%_%HH%-%Min%-%Sec%"

:ISLAND
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\SavedArksLocal\TheIsland.ark" GOTO SCORCHEDEARTH
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Island.7z %ARKDIR%\SavedArksLocal\TheIsland.ark %ARKDIR%\SavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\SavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:SCORCHEDEARTH
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\ScorchedEarth_PSavedArksLocal\ScorchedEarth_P.ark" GOTO ABERRATION
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-ScorchedEarth.7z %ARKDIR%\ScorchedEarth_PSavedArksLocal\ScorchedEarth_P.ark %ARKDIR%\ScorchedEarth_PSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\ScorchedEarth_PSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:ABERRATION
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\Aberration_PSavedArksLocal\Aberration_P.ark" GOTO EXTINCTION
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Aberration.7z %ARKDIR%\Aberration_PSavedArksLocal\Aberration_P.ark %ARKDIR%\Aberration_PSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\Aberration_PSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:EXTINCTION
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\ExtinctionSavedArksLocal\Extinction.ark" GOTO GENESIS
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Extinction.7z %ARKDIR%\ExtinctionSavedArksLocal\Extinction.ark %ARKDIR%\ExtinctionSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\ExtinctionSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:GENESIS
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\GenesisSavedArksLocal\Genesis.ark" GOTO CENTER
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Genesis.7z %ARKDIR%\GenesisSavedArksLocal\Extinction.ark %ARKDIR%\GenesisSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\GenesisSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:CENTER
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\TheCenterSavedArksLocal\TheCenter.ark" GOTO RAGNAROK
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Center.7z %ARKDIR%\TheCenterSavedArksLocal\TheCenter.ark %ARKDIR%\TheCenterSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\TheCenterSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:RAGNAROK
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\RagnarokSavedArksLocal\Ragnarok.ark" GOTO VALGUERO
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Ragnarok.7z %ARKDIR%\RagnarokSavedArksLocal\Ragnarok.ark %ARKDIR%\RagnarokSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\RagnarokSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:VALGUERO
IF NOT EXIST "%ARKDIR%\Valguero_PSavedArksLocal\Valguero_P.ark" GOTO DONE
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -mx9 %BAKDIR%\%STRDATE%-Valguero.7z %ARKDIR%\Valguero_PSavedArksLocal\Valguero_P.ark %ARKDIR%\Valguero_PSavedArksLocal\*.arktribe %ARKDIR%\Valguero_PSavedArksLocal\*.arkprofile

:DONE