It’s a time of panic, joy and sadness while playing Ark: Survival Evolved. From setting up your first base to realizing you’ve set it up with a rather angry Rex and you’ll be homeless again, there’s plenty to see and do. However, the game can be a bit boring and if you’ve done it all before, your joy in progress can be stifled. This is where the handy mod community comes in to help. Ark has a lot of mods for the player to enjoy, so many that it can be overwhelming for anyone just starting out. In this guide, we will list the top ten mods for players in Ark: Survival Evolved.
S+ was and is a staple of the Ark Community, whether through the PvP or PvE side. So much so that the Ark Devs took inspiration from the mod to improve their vanilla building system a bit. Nevertheless, Structures Plus or S+ as it is known in the community has not lost its popularity.
This building mod gives players access to various convenient building and construction tools in the game. Players will be able to build more easily as well as have access to elements that make the core game easier to play. The disadvantage of the Structures Plus mod is that it is very powerful in PvP settings. Players hosting a PvP server will want to ensure that specific items and structures are disabled or banned from the server to avoid endless frustrations.
Related: A beginner’s guide to Ark: Survival Evolved
Awesome Spyglass adds a new spyglass to the game. The awesome Spyglass overlays your HUD and will show you which Dinosaur or Player you’re looking at, its HP, and the amount of taming food it needs, as well as its amount if applicable. A creature’s outline will turn red if it’s aggressive and targeting you, green if it’s passive or non-violent towards you, and yellow if it’s running away. Enemy players will always be red unless the server settings are changed, if you are playing on a PvP server this will likely give you an unfair advantage during battles.
Primal Fear is what happens when Ark players get fed up with the usual amount of pain and suffering in the game and level up. With new creatures and boss battles that challenge your computer’s RAM, and all-new items, gadgets, and a terror set, Primal Fear is for any gamer looking for a challenge. Players will have to defeat increasingly difficult mini-boss stages, tame fantastic new creatures, and figure out how to survive while learning an all-new tameable food system. It’s definitely not an easy time, but it’s worth the many deaths.
While some servers enable Flying Speed modifiers, there are times when you want to experience that overpowering feeling when flying a Wyvern. Classic Flyers provides all the speed and stamina in one convenient mod that doesn’t require players to create speed mutations on their creatures.
A key mechanic for survival games is inventory loss upon death. It’s a mildly punishing death without ruining the entire game. There are many inventory storage modes available. When Death Recovery Mod is activated, it leaves a tombstone that restores your inventory for you. It won’t work if something has taken your stuff. I’m sure you could use something like Death Inventory Keeper that automatically keeps your inventory, but why not embarrass yourself by panic-sprinting to the tombstone instead? Plus, for PvP purposes, the inventory stays where it is until it’s collected or destroyed, giving enemies a chance to take your stuff, however brief that time may be.
Dino Storage V2 is similar to vanilla Ark’s cryopod, but improved. Like cryopods, rams can be safely stored in a small compartment like Pokeballs. Spirit Traps, as mentioned in Dino Storage V2, allow players to store their dinos in place and they will passively spawn their own resources as well as eggs if you wish. The holding container can also automatically trap babies that spawn within a certain range, and you can use a paintball gun-like tool to easily capture your dinos. Dino Storage will also allow you to drop multiple dinosaurs with no limit, but this can be modified for your PvP servers.
Eco’s RP Decor is one of many from Eco. The mod maker has some great decor mods including Eco’s Terrariums, Eco’s Aberration Decor, and Eco’s Extinction Foliage. They also have an Empires series that adds a variety of decorations, saddles and tools based on historical cultures. So far this series has included Vikings, Tokugawa, Babylon, Inca, Roman and Khmer. Eco’s scenery series is a great addition to themed PvP servers, as well as any and all PvE servers that want to stand out from the crowd.
There’s nothing more frustrating in Ark: Survival Evolved than endlessly searching for a dinosaur that you know is somewhere in the general area, but you’re not sure where it is. Creature Finder Deluxe is one mod that luckily allows players to bypass the general frustration of the search process and instead get a GPS-like direction system to find what they’re looking for. Creature Finder Deluxe, which can include mods’ creatures, is the ultimate lazy tool for those who hate finding in-game coordinates.
Those who want to use it in single player games should make sure they edit the .ini files correctly or it won’t work.
Carrying weight has always been and always will be an issue for the average Ark Player. Without exceptional server settings, it can be very annoying that it is always impossible to carry a stack of Stones. It gets even more annoying when you’re trying to build resources and farm, and your dinosaurs slow down with even the minimum amount of resources, resulting in multiple trips. The HG harvesting mod allows players to harvest more resources and also reduces the weight of some resources to make farming easier. There are different versions that increase the amount per stack, but the base starts at 1000 with a 50% weight reduction.
This mod adds many new creatures to the Ark. Although the mod is still in development and includes new creatures such as the Lindwurm and Gorgononpsid, there are already several such as:
So, for players who want to get their fill of unique and amazing creatures, this mod is for you. Just remember that there are updates that will need to be downloaded from time to time.