ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Kraken's Better Dinos
Content Types: Mod, Creatures, Rebalancing
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Nov 14, 2018 @ 12:17pm
May 21 @ 12:25pm
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Kraken's Better Dinos

In 1 collection by Kraken:1
Krakens Lair Community Server Mod Collection
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Mod ID # 1565015734

Hallo, and welcome to Better Dinos.

This mod aims to improve vanilla dino utility, and improve quality of life for all of our favourite dino friends.

On installing this mod you will immediately notice various changes take effect on vanilla dinos, some may be small tweaks, some may be complete overhauls, but all are done with the intention of improving the vanilla-ish gameplay experience. By and large base dino stats will not be effected unless specified. The aim is not to make OP dinos, but to make dinos that are either nicer to use, or are brought more in line with how they were described in the dossiers.

Will this mod effect my already tamed dinos?

Yes, most definitely it will. This mod uses a mixture of remapping, additional buffs and dynamic casting to make changes to vanilla dinos. The changes will take effect immediately when installing the mod, and if you remove it for any reason your dinos will simply revert to being completely vanilla once more, making it completely clean.

What dinos does this mod affect

A full list of all current and current future planned changes can be found here:

Dinos Affected By This Mod

This list will be updated as I make more changes, and come up with more ideas.

Can you please do such and such, please, please, pretty please???

This mod will be developed along my own particular vision of what can be done to make dinos better, however please do not be afraid to make suggestions, all I ask is that you make them in this thread here:


I won't be bending over backwards to incorporate every suggestion made, but a good idea is always welcome.

Will you be bombarding my server with constant updates?

Hopefully not. If I do then it means that something has gone terribly wrong and gotten broken, in which case I apologise in advance. Barring catastrophe, I aim to only update no more than once or twice a week. Updates will happen on Wednesdays or Sundays, and will be in the evening of BST/GMT. Nothing will be updated until it has been thoroughly tested on both my SP instance and server.

Does this mod need to be first in my load order?

Nope. I would recommend having it fairly high up your load order, but there is no definitive need to have it in first place. It does remap some dinos, so if you have other mods that remap those same dinos make sure you have the one whose changes you'd prefer higher up the load order for their changes to take priority.

Will this mod affect my Alpha Primeaval Super Elemental Giga Dodorex from X Mod?

No. This mod will only affect vanilla dinos and will not make any changes to dinos introduced by other mods. The exception here is that there is full compatability with my own Addition Aberrant Dinos mod.

Will this mod revert the flyer nerf?

Short answer, no, no it won't. Couple of reasons for this, the main one being because I am actually in favour of the flyer nerf (yes, yes, I know, burn me at the stake!) That's not to say that somewhere down the line I won't be making changes to flyers, but those changes will be in line with the vanilla flyer experience, and some things that I would have done WC have already gone ahead and done for me. Yes, this mod is compatible with Classic Flyers and other remapped flyer mods such as Naj's. The few changes I do make to flyers are done via buff or through the Valyrian Reins. The exception is the Moth which is remapped by this mod, so make sure to have the mod with your preferred version of the Moth as the Highest in the load order.

If you have any issues with using this mod, please let me know here:

Bug Reports

I will update the first post there with known issues, so please check to see if your problem is already known of before reposting.

As noted, as this mod makes use of remapped dinos, there may be some compatibility issues with other mods that also remap the same dinos. Any dinos that are remapped will be noted in the relevant discussion thread.

Many thanks for taking a look at and subscribing to this mod, if you like it don't forget to give that Like button a good ol' clicking, and as always, the utmost thanks and appreciation to the awesome peeps over at the Ark Modding Discord


Patch Notes

V 9.0

Better Leech and Lamprey:

Colourized, properly tamable via Fish Basket, can be fed with new item 'Glop of Blood'
Will only stay attached for a maximum of ten minutes unless removed via multiuse of fire damage
When removed will be alive but will not aggro for five minutes allowing them to be killed/tamed or whatever
Tamed Leeches can be harvested for Leech Blood, tamed Diseased Leeches can be harvested for lots of Leech Blood and Diseased Bile which if consumed will give Swamp Fever
Tamed Leeches or Lampreys can either be fed Glops of Blood, or can be attached to oneself via multiuse and when they drop off will be restored to full food and health.
Attaching a tamed Leech to oneself will grant and Inspiration Buff giving 125% Crafting speed boost (Similar to Focal Chilli)
Attaching a tamed Lamprey to oneself will grant the charge and radiation immunity buff/debuff

Lots of fixes and tweaks, see patch notes for full details.


Check out my other mods too!

Animals of Atlas
Additional Aberrant Dinos
Kraken Stacks
Mini Manticores
Additional Desert Dinos 2.0


Big up to Lord Calvariam who's using Better Dinos in his modded Youtube playthrough, go check him out here: Lord Calvariam The Gamer and also the good Freefolk of the Westeros RP server group who use BD on their awesome GoT themed RP servers.


PSA: This mod and Cryopods/Dino Storage:

Please see this thread for important information about this mod and Cryopods/Dino Storage

Cryopods/Dino Storage etc and this mod


For up to date info on my modding endeavours, including update announcements, sneak peeks, and other stuff, join the Krakens Lair Discord server here:

Krakens Lair Discord[]

Better Dinos has now been added to the Beacon app, if you wish to add any of the items to drops etc, Beacon is a quick and easy way to go about it. Head to for more infos
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Benjiro 3 hours ago 

How do you extract SwineFlesh? I kill about 10 adult Phiomis, but SwineFlesh never fell out =((
This is a problem! Please, help...
Splićo 11 hours ago 
found it, its BDBionicTrike_Character_BP_C now
Splićo 11 hours ago 
was there any name changes lately ? bcz, i have this in my game.ini
and he still spawns ?
Eyaexiu 22 hours ago 
@vilae1 Might I suggest getting on discord? You can mute notifications there, but there's a link posted to Kraken's Patreon and his own community server for those, who want to play. :')

Also @Kraken why not put the Patreon link on the bottom, right where the discord link is as well? ^^
Dinosaurboy10 May 21 @ 3:51pm 
can you make it so basilisks spawn in the crater forest in extinction? I have so many extra rock drake eggs
IbbyConCarne May 21 @ 1:15pm 
What was the update about, fellas?
Kraken:1  [author] May 21 @ 9:29am 
Post server ads in the Server Ads thread please and ta muchly.
vilae1 May 20 @ 6:54pm 
Is there some where that I can donate to the MOD? Could not find a place anywhere on site. Thank you
Shade May 19 @ 8:46pm 
Nvm, cancel that - figured out the problem. Egg was apparently at an angle they could not reach on the ground. (Was on a small hill.). Apparently they would lurch for the eggand miss, somehow, nearly point blank.I just spammed the eggs everywhere and eventually it hit one. xD