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Request[edit source]

Could somebody who knows what they're doing here drop an edit on the Temperature page, at least temporarily, to reflect the rather extreme changes this holiday update has introduced? As a noob, I'm currently near freezing to death at -3c in hide clothes inside a wooden house sitting next to a fire, at a location that's about as far south as its possible to get on the map... the current page is more than a touch inaccurate on the subject.. at least a temporary notation would be nice. Thanks :)

Redundancy & Repeating Information On Different Pages[edit source]

I feel like the Helpful Hints, Tips and Guide, and Getting Started pages are getting a bit redundant. It might be better to create one big document for all misc. hints/tips/tricks and one for early game strategies. What do you think? - 09:07, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

I could see it becoming an issue in the future, but I think for now they're pretty separate information the Getting Started page is more geared to new people and basics, where Tips and Guide is more here's a ton of tips for making the game easier (which we can probably just change it to Game Tips but the "Guide" is to let people know where it should be headed to). Helpful Hints is somewhat redundant at the top, I'll agree, but I think that's pretty handy for controllers, though perhaps changing it to Game Controls or something like that would be better... Hmm --Z3ther (talk) 11:10, 9 June 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I guess we'll see where we end up with Getting Started and Tips and Guide. Can we change the name of "Tips and Guide"? Maybe to "Tips and Tricks" or "Tips and Guides"? I'll get to work on the "game controls" page today. I'll see about another name like "hotkeys" or "keybindings" or just "controls". - Gtoska (talk) 15:18, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Images[edit source]

How/where are we getting the item images? - Gtoska, 04 JUN 2015 @ 0300

I took screenshots and cropped the items with the color background.. I think there's a possibility to get them from the source files, but I haven't been able to see where that is yet. --Z3ther (talk) 15:51, 4 June 2015 (UTC)
Cool, I'll see if I can find the images later in the files. How should we go about organizing discussion on this page? I'm new to wiki editing. -- Gtoska 0018, 04 JUN 2015 (UTC)
Indent replies with : and sign them with -- ~~~~ (which will automatically insert a link to your user page, your talk page, and the current time. That's about it. :] -- IllegalOpcode (talk) 12:59, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

How To Help[edit source]

If you're looking for something to do, you can always check out the Wiki maintenance page and current issues category on the admin noticeboard. Also, you can leave your signature by typing 4 tildes (~). It'll display the following: - Gtoska (talk) 01:08, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Comments[edit source]

I might have missed it somehow, but does this wiki has a comment section? If not, I think it needs a comment section on every page. If there are no default setting to set it up under the CMS, you can always go to the basics and work it out with php and mysql. Some people don't know how to edit the pages, to be precise, they are not familiar with the wiki command lines. That's why, comment section is an easier way for people to provide the information. Not to mention that not everyone is bold enough to just go ahead and edit the pages. It encourages people to take part in building this wiki. And on top of that, comments keep the wiki active. Even this "Community Portal" page could use a comments section. - KingTaro (talk) 14:24, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

Could the discussion tab for every page fit this role (to a certain degree)? As far as tutorials, I believe the Community portal gets the job done, though I believe we could directly feature a more friendly, concise tutorial that gets the job done in regards to teaching the quick and dirty of wiki editing. We could make the community portal more visible on the front page or something as well, to help encourage contributions. Also, to sign your messages, you can type "~~~~". You'll see my signature at the end of this blurb. - Gtoska (talk) 14:03, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
Alright, will sign my messages from now on.
Will the comments fit every page? Absolutely!
Well, resource pages don't really need a comment section. Resource pages as in an image page, such as
Wikia has done a good job on implementing a comment section, in my opinion. To give you an example of a wikia with comments:
Providing tutorials on how to edit the pages is a nice extra. Still, I believe that there are far more people willing to provide the information than those who're willing to go through tutorials so that they can learn how to edit the pages themselves.
KingTaro (talk) 14:24, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
Ahh, I see what you mean now. I don't know if gamepedia supports it outright. That's a question for the admins. As far as the community-made tutorial goes, how about you start an open google doc? If you post it, I'll contribute to it. - Gtoska (talk) 14:27, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
I see. Gamepedia probably doesn't support it by default, since I haven't seen a comment section on a few other gamepedia's I checked.
I've sent the gamepedia staff a message. Hope they give us an answer.
KingTaro (talk) 14:47, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
Alright, seems like it's not possible at the moment. Their reply:
"Thanks for reaching out! Currently, Gamepedia wiki pages do not include a comment section, but we'll definitely take your feedback into consideration. Right now, you can engage in discussion on each page's associated "Talk/Discussion" page (located in the top left corner)."
KingTaro (talk) 15:06, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
No problem. Are you still interested in making tutorial/guide to help with basic editing? Gamepedia has a great help page @, but I can see the benefit of a community created guide that's tailored especially to editing here. - Gtoska (talk) 19:10, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
That is correct, we don't have a comment section, since we use the talk/discussion area for any page. As @Gtoska wrote above the official help wiki should have guides for anything that you're interested in learning about, or you can search for how to wikimedia (since that's the cms that we use). IMO Taming is one of our best pages at the ARK wiki, and something you can check out how it's formatted to get some ideas. If you want some advanced ideas on ARK formatting, you can check out Jakdaw's edits since they really seem to know what they're doing and I personally think that's a great way the wiki could head. Shoutouts to the other admins Here since they're pretty nice, or to myself if you have additional issues. Cheers! --Z3ther (talk) 23:16, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
Honestly, I feel that most of the comment sections on Wikia are a giant mess that only slows the page down. Normally I'd say that the barrier to entry for contributing should be as low as possible, but there are limits...especially on a game wiki. (And that's without even touching on the subject of spam.) People should use the game's Steam Community for discussion while we make the best online resource about the game that we can. :] -- IllegalOpcode (talk) 20:57, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm with these other guys who disagree. The talk pages are the comments section in a better format for addressing community concerns and discussing the page being commented on.Sulhir (talk) 01:55, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Main Page Edit[edit source]

( I really don't know where else to talk about this )

So, for my small-ish window size (nearly 1024 pixels width), the top three divs are extremely out of proportion, with "Tame, Train & Ride Dinosaurs, in a living ecosystem!" as an extremely lengthy and thin box. Aside from visuals, the actual information needs to be updated (It says prepare for June 2nd's Early Access release still, which was two weeks ago). Is there anyway we could get an update on this?

-- TheEpyonProject (talk) 01:10, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you're even talking about. this page?. As far as the display of wiki pages, if you're browsing them with the Steam browser or any browser without script/ad blockers you're going to have trouble navigating/viewing the wiki. Intelligently ads seem to be disabled on edit pages. Much like Skype for desktops, the phone app for the wiki also has ads which cause input, display, and loading errors so you're not in much better of a sitation there. I'm not saying all ads are bad, after all this is a free wiki, but I have yet to find more than one free community site with ads that also manages them so that they are unintrusive. If the ads aren't your problem then you may need to change your window scale which can be done by holding the Control key and using the scroll wheel on most systems. If neither of these solve this for you perhaps you could provide a little more information about your setup. Your monitor native resolution would help because 1024x768 (if that's what you're using) doesn't sound abnormally small. Mine's fairly large at 1920x1080 and because of the ads, even with the window open as wide as possible, I cannot see the edges of some of the pages. For some reason they lack a bottom side-to-side scroll bar. I just generally don't enjoy my time on any Curse wiki... Sulhir (talk) 01:51, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Community Crunch & Ark Digest[edit source]

Wiki pages have a limit of weblinks. This makes it difficult to link directly to each CC and AD since it can be a tad difficult searching for them on the Steam Community. Not all of them go into the Announcements; sometimes are missed a few times. I made a list with links in notepad to give to tribemates which they found helpful. Be neat for historical sake that this wiki has the links and IF possible reproducing each CC and AD.

Bbmeltdown (talk) 14:50, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Calculators and breeding info request[edit source]

Hello, all! An ARK player sent an email requesting specific content be added to the wiki. I thought the best place to add this information would be the Community Portal talk page! Do with it what you will. :) Suggestions:

  • A calculator that will determine if you can beat a specific species/level of dinosaur with your species/level of dinosaur.
  • More information on breeding. (How long it takes before babies can eat on their own, how long does it take to lay eggs, etc)
  • A calculator to determine what level you can beat with your weapon/sword

BriannaMCR (talk) 20:30, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

For the first and third ideas - No - There are too many variables to make any kind of calculation possible.
For the second one - Check the Table of Breeding and the Table of Mammal breeding for this information.
-- Minemodoverlord (talk)
03:10, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
I think perhaps he means a damage calculator. This would be much simpler and do exactly what he is asking for. With a calculator that shows your likely damage output, you could gestimate the average output of a wild dino using the existing stat calculators. Then it's just a matter of doing the same thing with your HP/your dino's HP vs the average HP of the wild dino you are attacking. Not the finest of science but would give you a good ballpark figure of if you could or could not do so. There's probably a way to get a damage/health calculator in one and plug in the average numbers for wild dinos and your precise numbers for tamed dinos/players. Sulhir (talk) 01:40, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
I also thought for myself of a kill probability calculator, but I discarded this idea. You can calculate based on the level of the wild both the theoretical minimum (no level spend) and maximum (all spend) of health and damage points. Also an average, if you assume that the levels were spend evenly. For yourself or your dino this is on the other hand it's not that difficult. But then it depends on how the combat goes on. You can for example kill an alpha without getting a single hit, if your hits have knockback so that the alpha is thrown back before it can hit you. And it depends on where you hit certain creatures when they have multipliers for body regions. The result varies from no hits to you to no hits to the combatant with everything between. Of course an average probability could be calculated. But this is only a calculated mean value. You can't say in which area between 0 to 100% the results will tend to be. So then what will this value say about the outcome? "On average the lake was one meter deep, but the cow drowned nevertheless." (A saying in German, dunno an English equivalent.) It's pretty useless for the cost of entering all data. Probably the best way is to turn on ?ShowFloatingDamageText=true to have a much more realistic guess how the combat will go. Flachdachs (talk) 07:14, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Primitive+ ARK Total Conversion[edit source]

Are we going to begin adding the DLC data to this wiki? Before you say it's already covered in the Primitive Plus wiki, it's not. The two are not the same. Similar, many of the same things, likely the same ID's and whatnot but much of what is in Primitive Plus is not yet released in Primitive+ or is released but not yet accessible on new games without having the items preexisting in your single player or server save.Sulhir (talk) 01:35, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

just adding a suggestion for a change on the birds page.[edit source]

Not the biggest issue I guess, but went into the birds page and didn't see the quetz in there. Wasn't sure if all birds were in there or not. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) at 19:11, 20 October 2016‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Hi, the quetzal is not a bird, that's why it's not there. You can find it on the Reptiles- or the Flyers-page. --Cadaeib (talk) 19:40, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Spawns being blocked[edit source]

This is becoming a really annoying exploit . I tried to join the server I was playing on and when I spawned in I was on top of a metal foundation at the spawn. I was glitched and couldn't get off the foundation and their were multiple other players who were stuck on the foundation but they logged off. On Xbox official server 635 every spawn is being blocked so nobody can join the server and if your bed or sleeping bag is destroyed then you have no choice but to spawn random and every spawn is using a exploit and metal foundation to keep you trapped there and not allowing you to get out or even transfer out . This has been reported but it's still going on and hasn't been stopped. Enigma505 (talk) 12:23, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Hello Enigma505, we are sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately, since none of the editors here are developers, we can neither help with issues directly related to the game nor influence any facet of its development any more than you can. Instead, you should try posting on the Official Forums, the Steam forums, or use the support-page for help in-game or suggestions related to future development. Regardless, we hope you succeed in your endeavors. --Flachdachs (talk) 12:36, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Giga stuck on lava[edit source]

I tamed a giga and he stuck on lava island in a tree and we cant destroy a tree anyone can help me DanPaWer (talk) 15:19, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

Hello DanPaWer, we are sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately, since none of the editors here are developers, we can neither help with issues directly related to the game nor influence any facet of its development any more than you can. Instead, you should try posting on the Official Forums, the Steam forums, or use the support-page for help in-game or suggestions related to future development. Regardless, we hope you succeed in your endeavors.--Cadaeib (talk) 15:53, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

Lore[edit source]

Since we now have official Explorer Notes, in other word LORE of the game, we can add that to individual pages, for example Deathworm according to Helena is natural barrier for "scorched earth" world, should we add that as new section or quote, please? Afif Brika (talk) 13:46, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

Sorry if it seemed like we ignored that. We often chat externally and forget to reply on the talk pages. The admins all seem to like the idea.
-- Mr Pie 5 (talk) 19:53, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

Ansel Screenshots?[edit source]

I noticed some parts of the Wiki are lacking in the screenshot department and would like to start uploading my own. I was curious if (resized) NVIDIA Ansel screenshots are acceptable? They tend to look nicer and clearer, however, don't represent the game in-motion on all video cards. Themoledigs (talk) 00:05, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

In general I'd say that's okay, although it might be a bit much if used for the sole purpose of representing an object, such as the images for creature color regions, structure scale, or skins.
-- Mr Pie 5 (talk) 01:53, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Harvesting basilosaurus blubber[edit source]

How to harvest basilosaurus blubber on ragnarok map Tcgalpha19 (talk) 00:55, 29 November 2017 (UTC)

Like on other maps, killing Basilosaurus. --Flachdachs (talk) 07:08, 29 November 2017 (UTC)

Adding Giant Honey Bee Hives to all Resource Maps[edit source]

Aberration resource map options

I'd really like to see the option of looking at beehive spawns on each of the Resource Map pages, for each individual ARK. I think that could be a good addition to the maps and would be beneficial to more people than only just myself. To clarify, I mean adding an option to display beehive locations just like any other resource (eg. metal/oil/obsidian/etc):

--KocLobster420 (talk) 21:03, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

For Bees and their hives see the Creature Spawn Maps. --Flachdachs (talk) 22:48, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Adding Player Spawn Locations to the "Creature" Spawn Map[edit source]

The maps aren't called a "creature spawn maps," they're called "spawn maps," so why aren't player spawn locations grabbed and overlayed with a "Player" category in the dropdown or something similar? Spawn Map (Scorched Earth) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coneyaw (talkcontribs) at 15:49, 13 June 2018 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Hi, the data is not there because nobody added it. The data is probably different from the creature-spawning-mechanics. If you know the data with the exact locations, you could add it or post it on the talk-page of the spawning-map. IMO the player spawns don't really belong in the list near the creatures and are better displayed just in an image like it's done for some maps on the page Spawn Locations. If you have such an image for the missing maps, you can just upload it there.--Cadaei (talk) 16:28, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
I see your point about the Spawn Locations page, which I found before posting, but doesn't have anything on Rag. Ab, or SE; nor does it contain the specific points where people can spawn. I can't do this on my own and I haven't found anything like it elsewhere, which is why I'm posting it as a suggestion. I'm too dumb to do all that. I get overwhelmed extremely quickly

Broken pages[edit source]

The wiki pages for all of the maps, caves and disease are broken on mobile. No matter where I tap it always just takes to one of the links on the page making them almost impossible to use. This has been going on for about two weeks now and I'd like to see it fixed. Toasterfly (talk) 00:58, 27 October 2018 (UTC)

Mobile was missing a rule that sized those links properly. Should be fixed now, thanks for pointing it out.
-- Mr Pie 5 (talk) 01:24, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
The dungeons (mobile) page when displayed on mobile devices has an issue when clicking on any link that leads to a pop up/floating window. The page jumps back to the top where the cycling image is displayed on top of the pop up/floating window. For example, clicking on a dungeon map on the mobile version of the page on my tablet in landscape pulls the map up with the page’s picture at the top overlaying the left side of the map. Also, the Apple keyboard seems to merge hyphens for whatever reason so idk if it will sign properly. — 19:46, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

Spawn codes[edit source]

Why wont my spawn codes work on xbox for certain things like tek chest and tek helmet but I can get the rest Beachedwhale184 (talk) 06:32, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Page for recommended Singleplayer Mods?[edit source]

This one kinda explains itself, basically it would be a page that has a list of mods that can enhance, simplify, and/or change features; it could also allow more of the modding community to come to Gamepedia as a whole. Sure we have a few mods here, but what if there was an entire subwiki for S+? Think of the possibilities! Personally I would reccomend 3 mods right off, S+, Resource Stacks, and Dino Colorizer. Dino Colorizer is unique in that it allows you to change the RGB values for any tamable creature. This includes things like the Mek and the Tek Dinos. The best thing about the mod in my opinion is that the colors 'save' with the creature, and has the potential to be passed off to its offspring. I'm starting to get off topic, but is this a good idea though? 13:40, 30 November 2018 (UTC) (aka ScrubbaNubNub's alt)

We have a namespace named Mod for mods. --Flachdachs (talk) 14:52, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Tools in Ark Mobile[edit source]

Can we get some more of the tools and weapons from PC added like the flaming arrows. Please add flaming arrows Mikhail7208 (talk) 23:49, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Your question is better directed towards the ARK: Mobile Discord. The Wayward Wolf (talk) 00:03, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

Where are the parameters for attack descriptions!?[edit source]


I've been meaning to go around adding descriptions to all the dino attacks, since many of them are blank and don't even tell you any assigned keys. But it turns out a Purlovia is hiding any intuitive way to do this.

The obvious first step - checking the Style Guide - doesn't yield anything, so it might be a good idea to edit that once this is all figured out.

Plan B, studying the article formatting itself, also goes nowhere. Using Raptor as a reference, the actual article contains no mention of any editable parameters. Template:CreatureStats only has parameters for the actual stats, but deleting all of them still displays all Raptor attacks and their descriptions, which suggests that information is within the template itself. A highly unusual way of storing information (I've seen it on a few Wikipedia templates, but mostly just for information that needs to be efficiently changed across multiple articles -- like taxoboxes), but hey - if it's in there somewhere, I can mess with it.

Nope. CreatureStats' main source has no attack descriptions, which I expected as much anyway. But there's also no clear path to where they are held. It might be my lack of any appreciable MediaWiki experience showing, but I don't see anything that even hints to where this information is stored. Template:CreatureStats/attacks supposedly does this, but appears to just be setting up the blank table.

What witchcraft is this? Where are those parameters? Who is Pepe Silvia? All I wanted to do was describe what key did what and ended up down a journey with multiple dead ends. Is there a reason these particular data have to be so Byzantinely obfuscated? I see no reason not to store information about a specific creature in the articles of the creatures themselves. They don't relate to anything else. --ThesaurusRex84 (talk) 18:34, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

The attack descriptions can be inputted in Module:Dv/data. Fair warning, it's written in Lua and can cause lag depending on how good your system is. The Wayward Wolf (talk) 18:39, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

Idea for guide pages[edit source]

Should we center all section headings found on guide pages?

Example[edit source]

In my opinion, the heading looks cleaner and would really only fit on guide pages due to their setup and lack of infoboxes, but it's just a thought. 14:02, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

No, we generally go with the normal header. The Wayward Wolf (talk) 22:54, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

Editing Tables[edit source]

I wish to add the information on knocking out rock elementals and titanosaurs with the MEK cannon on their respective pages, but I don't know how to add to the tables.

It can be added from Module:TamingTable/creatures but requires additional data. The Wayward Wolf (talk) 01:38, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Valguero Spawns[edit source]

Heya all! I've been lurking here for a few years, made some changes here and there. Anywho, I've noticed the Valguero Map was added in July of 2019, yet the creature spawn areas on each creature dossier haven't been updated to reflect this as of September 12th, 2019. Is anyone working on this? If not, how can I contribute? MyLovelyStar40667 (talk) 09:19, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the tool we use for the maps was not compatible with Valguero for whatever reason but they are coming very soon. You can see the first ones at the Deinonychus and Doedicurus pages. The Wayward Wolf (talk) 10:49, 13 September 2019 (UTC)