ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Dec 23, 2018 @ 3:40pm
Jul 22, 2019 @ 1:43pm
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Mod Overview

One sentence explanation: This mod makes only the higher level vanilla dinos spawn in!

Now, for the people who want the details: This mod is for people who are not super thrilled at the prospect of spending hours looking/hoping/praying for a high level dino they want to tame to spawn in. After maps like Ragnarok and the Center, which skew heavily toward spawning in high level dinos, I found trying to play on the story maps (Island, SE, AB, Ext) especially painful due to all of the low level stuff spawning in. However, I really like those maps, so I decided to bend the game to my will! This mod alters the level range for vanilla dinos so that only the higher levels in the range spawn in, specifically, only the top third.

Q & A Section...for the people who want ALL the details!

So, does this mod really work?

Yes, yes it does! I've tested it out myself in sp to verify that it works before making this public. Note that if you have issues with max dino levels being stuck at 120 (the default max for the game) when you want them to go higher, then make sure you are overriding the max dino levels in your GameUserSettings.ini file using "OverrideOfficialDifficulty=#". Replace "#" with the value that will give the desired max dino level. Servers should also have an entry for Override official difficulty somewhere as well.

So, only the "top third" dino levels spawn in?

Yes. For example, if you are playing with a difficulty setting at max, your max wild dino level is 150. Using this mod, the only dinos that will spawn will be in the range of 100-150. This mod also automatically adjusts for the difficulty setting you use, even if you override it to get levels above 150. So, that means:
  • Max level 60? = Only levels 40-60 spawn in
  • Max level 150? = Only levels 100-150 spawn in
  • Max level 300? = Only levels 200-300 spawn in

Hmm, a bit too OP for my taste. I want more high level dinos, but still want to hunt for my prize. What say you?

Check out my other mod, which equally distributes the level spawns: Equalized Dino Levels!

Does this work for all the vanilla ARK creatures?

The exceptions are the creatures that only spawn in at the lowest level or level 1: jerboas, glowbugs, leeds, titanosaur, etc. Those are unchanged. The creatures that spawn within the caves that go above max level are also unchanged. Everything else is affected.

What about Wyverns, Rock Drakes, and the Tek creatures?

Tek creatures still are capable of spawning in at their usual 20% above max level. For the wyverns and rock drakes, I made exceptions for them so they spawn from the start of the top third all the way to their max level (i.e. for a max wild dino level set to 150, wyverns and rock drakes will spawn in from 100-190).

I like a low level Oviraptor due to the lower amount of eggs it needs, so how does this mod treat them?

Since a lot of players like taming low level oviraptors, I altered their spawning levels so that both low and high level ones spawn. Look for low level oviraptors along the island beaches and city in extinction. High level ones will spawn within the Island jungles and the forest area in Extinction (for those like me who like to have high level everything no matter what).

Does this mod affect modded creatures?

Nope, only vanilla creatures are affected by this mod. Modded creatures for stackable mods (ex. Primal Fear, Gaia) will still spawn in, they just won't be affected by this mod due to the nature of how this mod works and how modded dinos are usually added to spawns in order for them to play well will other mods and the vanilla game. I wouldn't suggest trying to get this mod to work with total conversions though, as unexpected results could occur.

What happens to my tames if I remove this mod?

You keep them! Whether you want a permanent boost to your taming experience or a temporary event for your server, this mod will work for you!

Does this mod work for modded maps too?

As of the latest update, this mod is fully compatible with the Center, Ragnarok, and Valguero maps. For other modded maps, if the map uses any of the vanilla spawners (island, scorched earth, aberration, extinction) or spawners from the three official mod maps, then it will work. However, if the map has any custom spawners, those will not be affected by this mod and will spawn in dinos of all levels according to how the map maker set it up.

I have a question not answered yet.

Post a comment or discussion post for your questions and I will try to answer it for you.

Hope you enjoy being surrounded by high level creatures that mostly want to kill you! :)
MOD ID = 1600012696
Popular Discussions View All (5)
Jan 7, 2019 @ 12:24pm
Is it going to work with other difficulty mods?
Apr 29, 2019 @ 7:17pm
Some Dinos Being Ignored
Dr. Plantboss
Jan 15, 2019 @ 2:56pm
Does it work on sp right and servers ?
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王泽昊 Dec 28, 2019 @ 1:22am 
This MOD is just what I need, thank you
junghoepark Dec 25, 2019 @ 11:19pm 
I used at Ragnarok.

junghoepark Dec 25, 2019 @ 11:11pm 
Does this mod work at Ragnarok?
Lemon Dec 22, 2019 @ 6:59am 
i want Use details!!!!!
KitzyKatty  [author] Dec 14, 2019 @ 10:23am 
@CM Gabriel Angelos Yes, I can verify that this mod works with Naj's speedy dinos!

@Ketobby Only mods that essentially replace the vanilla dinos (ex. Kraken's Better Dinos, Naj's Speedy Flyers, etc) can be affected. Mods like Extinction Core that add new modded dinos to the spawners can't be affected by this mod.
Ketobby Dec 9, 2019 @ 9:14am 
This mod does not seem to work with Extinction Core. I'ts just an assumption.
Thing is, I used it on Valguero with a list of mods. It was workign fine.
I switched to The Island while keep all the mods I previously used, and I also added Extinction Core. Sadly it's not working tho. I destroyed wild dinos many times.
CM Gabriel Angelos Nov 3, 2019 @ 11:12am 
does this mod affeck almost vanilla dinos like naj's speedy flyers mod flyers
Jules Teillagory Sep 30, 2019 @ 6:29pm 
Still working fine for every map, thank you again for modding this up! But would you also consider supporting the Valguero Map Extension and Chasm: Additional Creatures mods, which are necessary to populate Valguero's Aberration zone with aberrant dinos?
Myrianne Sep 23, 2019 @ 8:31pm 
Was using this on Olympus just fine for a few days and it just up and stopped working after I did my first destroywwilddinos on my single player game. Tried reordering the mod list, wiped the dinos a few more times, reloaded the game a bunch of times. Nothing works.
Pussy Technician 666 Sep 21, 2019 @ 1:42am 
is it possible to add dinos to the exclusion list? for example alpha mosasaurs