ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Shiny! Dinos
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Shiny! Dinos

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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
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Superian [Алексей] Aug 5 @ 1:17pm 
Everything works fine, I'm sorry, but the mod in the download list should be either in the first place or in the second. The mod is great, thank you very much!
Sabritt Aldezhor Aug 5 @ 3:09am 
achsooo... vielen dank für die aufklärung. sehr schade :( naja muss ich halt damit leben. (da du aus deutschland bist und ich kein englisch kann, spar ich mir den googleübersetzer jetzt mal xD)
nevcairiel  [author] Aug 5 @ 2:47am 
@Sabritt Aldezhor
I assume you are in Single Player, right? Unfortunately thats just how Single Player ARK works by default - any area not near you basically doesn't exist, and there is no dinos there.

You can improve that behavior by reading the section about Single Player in the FAQ:
Sabritt Aldezhor Aug 5 @ 1:19am 
I love this mod <3 but...
Why does the shiny always spawn in my immediate vicinity on crytsle isles? I don't think it's so funny when suddenly I have an enrage dino next to me. I also hope for a good abarrant spino, but I can buckle because I am rarely in the snow area and don't really want to camp there.
dreamghost Aug 3 @ 11:15am 
I'm not sure if this is a bug or intentional but after using the Shiny Gun on a wild dino and changing it to shiny. After taming it the particles disappear even with TamedShowSparkles=True. Regular wild tames keep sparkles but wild dinos that are forced shiny do not keep sparkles after tamed. Sometimes the sparkles even disappear at times and come back later. Not a big deal but am curious.
Superian [Алексей] Jul 29 @ 4:18pm 
For several days of the game, I never met a Dino from the modification or notification, the tracker also shows nothing(
nevcairiel  [author] Jul 27 @ 4:18am 
If the map location visuals seem misplaced, then its actually the map itself being screwed up. You can easily check this by checking the respawn map or the teleport map at a bed, the bed icons will be equally misplaced - although maybe harder to spot, since they are pretty large.

Unfortunately most modded maps are screwed up like that. Even Ragnarok and Valguero are broken that way, but I've added workarounds for the official mod maps into Shiny.
Lordbattleaxe Jul 27 @ 4:09am 
Sora map Coords are fine but visual is way out of scale lol.

I'm guessing this is asked alot is there more details on the shiny effect and colours?
I've found Inspired and Hardy dinos and they aren't on the list!
nevcairiel  [author] Jul 25 @ 11:32pm 
Check the configuration discussion, there is a blacklist to stop certain "dinos" from being affected, you would just need to figure out the class name of the human NPCs and add them there.
Fluffyboi Jul 25 @ 6:10pm 
Hey uh just a question, This is uh very mod compatible, which is cool... But I currently have a situation where it's applying to some mod spawned creatures....which really doesn't work for it?

I'm using the human NPC mod, and uh well... It's... something heh.. I understand if there is nothing I can do about it though; just if there is some line of text i can pop into the ini to stop that it would be cool.