ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Shiny! Dinos
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Shiny! Dinos

In 3 collections by nevcairiel
S.M.A.H. ARK PvE Cluster
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GGC/SMAH Genesis 2 Server
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ARK Classic Survival
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ModID: 2016338122

Are you bored with the constant dreary colors of Ark Dinos? Make your life more Shiny!
That feeling when you walk over the Ark, and you see a pretty Dino you absolutely must have? That's Shiny!

Shiny Dinos!
Shiny will populate your Ark with a number of rare and special Dinos, which you can tame for their colors, their special abilities, or just their higher level. Or you can hunt them for the rewards.

Shiny Dinos are made from over 40 unique and distinct color sets, drawing from all available colors in the game, including the new Genesis colors and Dye colors, which were carefully arranged to produce beautiful Dinos which still look natural, but very different from what you are used to on the Ark.

On top of fancy colors, every Shiny has a chance to either spawn as an Aberrant, or as a Genesis X variant - no matter which map you are on. And to top it all off, there are numerous rare special abilities that Shiny Dinos can be born with, among them Frozen, Burning, Spectral, and more - and many more yet to come!

Shiny is compatible with every map, and specifically designed to be compatible with other mods that add new Dinos or modify existing ones. And the best part, Shiny Dinos are not "new" Dinos, they remain entirely their original self, which allows them to breed with their not-quite-so-Shiny kindred, and enjoy their company in combat through mate boost.

To help in your search of Shiny Dinos, you can use the included Tracker - although it may not be perfectly accurate, it'll point you in the right direction!

You can read here about all Shiny special effects!

Kill Rewards
Killing Shiny Dinos can also be very rewarding. Not only do you get rare resources, kibble, and other assorted goodies, it'll also unlock a bit of extra knowledge and teach you a Tek Engram.

Did you miss a holiday event, or did you start a new server, and are yearning for some Chibis to call your own? Killing a Shiny has a chance to reward you with any one Chibi currently available!

Of course, if you don't want to get Tek Engrams, this behavior is fully configurable! And all the loot can also be entirely customized to your liking!

Using Shiny
Shiny comes pre-configured with sane default settings, which means you can install the mod and it's ready to go! New Shiny Dinos will spawn regularly and you will be notified - or you can use the Tracker to spot existing Shinies.

Shiny is very configurable, and we recommend to read over the available options to tune Shiny for your liking.

All Configuration & Admin commands can be found here.

Are you playing in Single Player, or have any other questions?
Check our F.A.Q. over in the discussions!

Shiny Dinos, Cryopods and Server Transfers
Due to the advanced nature of Shiny Dinos, it should be avoided to put them into Cryopods. Unfortunately, Cryopods will not manage to preserve their Shinyness. Colors will be preserved, but special effects will sadly be lost.

To solve this problem, we strongly recommend using Lethal's excellent Dino Storage v2, which not only preserves Shiny Dinos when put into Soul Traps, but is overall a vast improvement over the functionality of Cryopods.

Beware: Various Genesis Gauntlet missions will automatically cryo your Dinos and place them in your inventory. Be careful not to have this happen to one of your Shiny Dinos, or they will be lost.

The same limitation applies when uploading your Dino through an Obelisk or other transmitter. The dino will come through fine, but any special Shiny effect will be lost. Luckily, Dino Storage can also help here - simply upload your Shiny Dinos inside a Soul Trap, and it should be perfectly preserved!

We welcome any of your feedback, suggestions and bug reports - we only ask to submit them to the appropriate places!

And if you want to support the mod, don't forget to like and favorite!

- Feedback & Suggestions
- Bug Reports

Or join us on Discord!


All resources are original creations by Nevcairiel and the other authors, unless otherwise noted.
Additional Skeletal models created by Zythara, used with permission.
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Mongrel Oct 23 @ 2:17pm 
F those Trick or Treat Dino. You think your taming one kind of dinos and it Poofs into some POS you dont want that woud of cost 1/4 the items needed to tame it.. Trick or Treat Indominus turns into a pteranodon.. after taming.. never again..
Quasimodo Oct 22 @ 3:18pm 
Any patch notes for the Halloween stuff please? Are they all just visual, other than Trick or Treat?
Centurionx420 Oct 21 @ 6:08pm 
Where do i find the server INI is that a nitrado setting?
Kripted Oct 21 @ 8:53am 
What setting do I need to use? It's not showing up on the mod page
L. Oct 20 @ 2:03pm 
i think they added halloween colors, Sick
Daking ******** Oct 20 @ 1:53pm 
someway to make shinys drop element when killed ?
Bergamota Oct 18 @ 9:06am 
I got a candy corn dodo but idk what it does? XD
AOW Oct 15 @ 3:25pm 
Can someone tell me how to get the shiny dinos to randomly spawn without me having to spawn them in. I have the mod but they are not spawning
Hox13 Oct 14 @ 3:58am 

Click this (You can read here about all Shiny special effects!) in the section above titled Shiny Dinos!
EuphoricGaming Oct 14 @ 3:23am 

in the server INI you need to allow them to keep their glow after tame