Aberration

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Aberration
Aberration DLC.jpg
DLC for ARK with a whole new cave map, creatures, and game mechanics
DLC
Content Type Expansion Pack
Price (USD) $19.99
PC Release Date Logo Steam.png December 12th, 2017
Xbox Release Date Logo Xbox One.svg December 12th, 2017
PS4 Release Date Logo PS4.svg December 12th, 2017
Switch Release Date Logo Nintendo Switch.png Unreleased
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Aberration is a paid DLC expansion pack for ARK: Survival Evolved.

Aberration was released on December 12, 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PS4 at the initial price of $19.99 USD.[1] It is also available for purchase through the season pass.

Any creatures tamed and items received can be brought to the vanilla island and used by people with and without the expansion. Items from the DLC can also be spawned manually if you don't own the expansion pack.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Aberration places survivors on a damaged ARK: its internal atmosphere has leaked away, resulting in a harsh surface with intense radiation, and a plethora of lush biomes underground. With the maintenance systems of this ARK malfunctioning, the many hazards, creatures, and nature of the environment present a thrilling new world to explore and master.

The intense radiation of Aberration has led to incredible genetic mutations, resulting in new creatures with amazing abilities! Among others, clamber up walls & glide through the air on the back of a camouflaging chameleon-like ‘Rock Drake’, keep the dark at bay with a friendly ‘Bulbdog’, grab and toss multiple creatures simultaneously with a massive ‘Karkinos’, or—if you are talented enough to tame one—command the vile ‘Reaper’ by being impregnated with a horrifying reproductive chest-burster!

New tools are on-hand to survive on the world of Aberration, while opening up many possibilities for new competitive and cooperative scenarios. Traverse the ARK using Climbing Pick (Aberration).png cave-climbing picks, Glider Suit Skin (Aberration).png gliding wingsuits, and Zip-Line Anchor (Aberration).png ziplines. Learn advanced Engrams to dominate the harsh environment, protect yourself with Hazmat Suits, Charge Lantern (Aberration).png Charge Lanterns, Charge Battery (Aberration).png Batteries, Glow Stick (Aberration).png Glow Sticks, and much more. Thrive by gathering new resources, using Fish Basket (Aberration).png fishing baskets, Gas Collector (Aberration).png Gas Collectors, fortify your home within the caverns using Stone Cliff Platform (Aberration).png cliff structures, and much more!

Earthquakes, radiation exposure, gas leaks, and Element chambers are among the many hazards that survivors will learn to grapple with Aberration’s varied biomes, both aboveground and below the surface. But among the greatest challenges on this ruined ARK is the hierarchy of unrelenting Nameless.png Nameless, requiring constant vigilance & Charge Energy to defend against!

And in the deepest depths of Aberration, their terrifying — yet somehow familiar — master awaits… will YOU be among the survivors powerful enough to face him?

Unique Environmental Features[edit | edit source]

The Underground Map[edit | edit source]

Overview

The map is the underground of a damaged ARK. Most of the features are related to underground, where new Resources exist, such as Fungal Wood.png Fungal Wood and Gems. Rather than being an island, the majority of the map is enclosed underground biomes, making it especially advisable to carry a Compass.png Compass or GPS.png GPS to not get turned around in the dark twists and turns. Radiation seeps in at specific locations of the map, causing exposed players not wearing protective gears to take damage over time. Other new strange effects are also a feature.

There are three main regions, excluding the surface: The green region being the Fertile, the blue region being the Bio luminescence, and the red region being the Element. Fertile Land do not have any negative effects, Bio luminescence is cold, and Element contains radiation, inflicting both survivors and tamed dinos with Radiation sickness over time without protection.

Oil.png Oil is harder to get, since other than the Trilobite.png Trilobite Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle and rare Seeker.png Seeker drops, the only other natural source of Oil is at the Surface or in the much more difficult area beyond The Spine.

Like the other maps, Purple Beacon.png Beacons only spawn on the surface, but unlike other maps, crates can still be found below the surface, outside of artifact caves, in the form of Purple Crate.png Loot Crates.

New Resources

A new and fairly vital resource to the game is the Gem, which has three color types found in areas of varying difficulty. Green Gem (Aberration).png Green Gems are found almost immediately upon spawning in the Portal and are found further on in the Fertile region. Blue Gem (Aberration).png Blue Gems are found within the Luminescent Biome. Red Gem (Aberration).png Red Gems are found in the more difficult depths of Aberration, in The Spine, Lost Roads, and Element Falls regions.

A lesser vital resource Fungal Wood.png Fungal Wood is gathered like regular Wood.png Wood but from the larger mushrooms scattered around the underground. It substitutes for Wood in recipes, but is explicitly required for making the new structure Shag Rug (Aberration).png Shag Rug.

Mushrooms appear around the map as a harvestable resource, similar to the bushes found for Berries. However, be careful to avoid the Blue or Red mushrooms found across the map, as these are harvestable but dangerous. Blue mushrooms inflict instant Hypothermia. Red mushrooms inflict hallucination, which can be deadly: side effects other than colorful vision include uncontrollable direction change, constant defecation and its attendant increased hunger, and forgetfulness of breathing - better known as Suffocation, but it ignores Oxygen level of the player as it automatically registers as if the player has 0 Oxygen. Any of these side effects could kill unprepared players. These effects can also harm shoulder-mounted dinos, so be careful. However, eating the Aquatic Mushroom (Aberration).png Aquatic Mushroom provides temporary immunity to the Freezing Debuff or Luminous Poisons, and eating the Aggeravic Mushroom (Aberration).png Aggeravic Mushroom provides temporary immunity to the Hallucinating Debuff or Fertile Poisons.

New Features

As the map is mainly underground, Earthquakes often happen which drop random items including Wood.png Wood, Flint.png Flint, Rare Mushroom.png Rare Mushrooms, Stone.png Stone, Gems, Obsidian.png Obsidian, and Crystal.png Crystal. They also randomly move sleeping survivors that are not anchored to their beds, and cause survivors using a zipline or climbing pick to fall.

There are also locations where Element.png Element can be crafted, called Charge Nodes. These require resources to craft, and one of the main items needed is Element Ore (Aberration).png Element Ore which is found on The Surface or in The Grave of the Lost.

New Creatures

Two new Creatures, the Nameless.png Nameless and the Reaper.png Reaper, emerge with differing frequencies within areas of both the Bio luminescence and Element Regions, in the absence of Charged Light, including inside player-made structures. It is well-advised to keep sources of Charge Light around the base as regular light sources do not prevent them from emerging. Charge Light is usually best provided by the new dinos: Featherlight.png Featherlight, Bulbdog.png Bulbdog, Glowtail.png Glowtail, and Shinehorn.png Shinehorn.

Another new creature, the Ravager.png Ravager quickly becomes a survivor favourite as the melee animal of choice, as their damage rapidly stacks with their pack bonus.

Regions[edit | edit source]

The Grave of the Lost The Surface - Northeast The Surface - Northwest Surface - Southwest Crystalline Swamps Element Falls Halls of the Reaper Halls of the Reaper Queen Hope's End Luminous Marshlands The Ancient Device The Fallen Nexus The Lost Roads TheOverlook The Spine Mushroom Forest River Valley Elemental Vault - Caverns Elemental Vault - Entrance Elemental Vault - Ledges Hidden Grotto - Entrance Hidden Grotto - Tunnels Old Railway Cave - Entrance Old Railway Cave - Tunnels Teeming Caverns - Entrance Teeming Caverns - Tunnels
Regions of Aberration

  • Nameless.png Nameless and Reaper.png Reaper never spawns here, if they follow you from an surface entrance or other region, they will remain until they lose aggravation, then immediately burrow underground out of sight (possibly) when they reach this region.
  • Dizzy Spores most often happens around this region.
  • Red-Capped Red-stemmed Mushroom and Green Gem cluster are present around the region.
  • Mushroom Forest (Aberration).png
    Mushroom Forest
  • Old Railway Cave (Aberration).jpg
    Old Railway Cave
  • River Valley (Aberration).png
    River Valley
  • The Ancient Device (Aberration).png
    The Ancient Device
  • The Fallen Nexus (Aberration).png
    The Fallen Nexus

  • Crystalline Swamps (Aberration).png
    Crystalline Swamps
  • Hidden Grotto (Aberration).jpg
    Hidden Grotto
  • Luminous Marshlands (Aberration).png
    Luminous Marshlands
  • The Overlook (Aberration).png
    The Overlook

  • Element Falls (Aberration).png
    Element Falls
  • Elemental Vault (Aberration).jpg
    Elemental Vault
  • Halls of the Reaper (Aberration).png
    Halls of the Reaper
  • Halls of the Reaper Queen (Aberration).png
    Halls of the Reaper Queen
  • Hope's End (Aberration).png
    Hope's End
  • The Grave of the Lost (Aberration).png
    The Grave of the Lost
  • The Lost Roads (Aberration).jpg
    The Lost Roads
  • The Spine (Aberration).png
    The Spine
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    Teeming Caverns - Entrance
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    Teeming Caverns - Tunnels

  • The Surface - Northwest (Aberration).png
    The Surface - Northwest
  • The Surface - Northeast (Aberration).jpg
    The Surface - Northeast
  • The Surface - Southwest (Aberration).png
    The Surface - Southwest

  • Rockwell Arena (Aberration).jpg
    Rockwell Terminal

Approximate Spawn Locations[edit | edit source]

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Approximate Spawn Locations

  • P: Portal (easiest)
  • FL 1: Fertile Lake 1 (easy)
  • FL 2: Fertile Lake 2 (easy)
  • FL 3: Fertile Lake 3 (easy)
  • FL 4: Fertile Lake 4 (medium)
  • UMF: Upper Mushroom Forest (medium)
  • LMF: Lower Mushroom Forest (medium)
  • FR: Fertile River (medium)
  • E 1: The Edge 1 (hard)
  • E 2: The Edge 2 (hard)
  • E 3: The Edge 3 (hard)
  • E 4: The Edge 4 (hard)

Data Maps[edit | edit source]

  • Preview Resources Map (Scorched Earth).png
    Strategic Resources
  • Level 55.jpg
    Exploring the map
  • SpawnMapIcon.png
    Creature Spawns

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Unique Creatures[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following creatures

Other Spawns[edit | edit source]

In addition to the DLC creatures, the following creatures also spawn on the map: (More creatures will be added over time)

All Regions[edit | edit source]

Fertile Region[edit | edit source]

Bio-Luminscent Region[edit | edit source]

Molten Element Region[edit | edit source]

Compared to their standard versions, Aberrant Creatures have 4% less health, deal 6% more damage and glow in the dark.

Aberrant Dimorphodon.png Aberrant Dimorphodon was previously thought to not spawn, but has now been found in some regions of the map.

Aberrant Araneo.png Aberrant Araneo has been known to be sighted around Grave of the Lost and Rockwell Terminal, but much like Dimorphodon, are a rare sight.

Unknown Spawns[edit | edit source]

Data containing Aberrant Megalania.png Aberrant Megalania exist within game files, but has no spawn area as of current. This is due to a design choice in favor of Rock Drakes. [2]

Radiation Immune[edit | edit source]

Radiation is a new hazard introduced on Aberration that deals continuous damage to vulnerable targets that rapidly stacks-up, and cannot yet be cleansed. They are mainly found within Element Regions. The following Aberrant creatures are immune to radiation damage

Also, Aberrant Megalania.png Aberrant Megalania is immune, but it only exists in the game files without spawning naturally.

Most of the life indigenous to the Aberration ARK is also immune. However, the following native creatures are noteworthy for not being immune:

All imported creatures without the Aberrant mutation and all Aberrant Creatures not included in the above list of those immune, as well as Tek Creatures, are also vulnerable. The most notable radiation-vulnerable creatures are Aberrant Ankylosaurus and Aberrant Doedicurus, due to their high utility in mining. You will need to feed them Mushroom Brew every 120 seconds to keep them from suffering the effects of Radiation.

Event Creatures[edit | edit source]

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:

Items[edit | edit source]

All items from the base game are available on Aberration in addition to the items below.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Resources:

Consumables[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Consumables:

Trophies and Tributes[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Trophies and Tributes:

Weapons, Armor, and Tools[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Weapons, Armor, and Tools:

Structures[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Structures:

Saddles[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Saddles:

Cosmetics[edit | edit source]

Aberration adds the following Skins & Costumes:


Explorer Notes


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As Aberration is part of the story of the ARKs, NoteHelena.png Explorer Notes can be found across the map. These Explorer Notes document the ARK lore. For more in-depth information, see Explorer Notes.

Dino Dossiers


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In addition to the Explorer Notes found on Aberration, NoteHelena.png Dino Dossiers can also be found, written by Helena Walker to document the research of Aberration's creatures. For more in-depth information, see Dino Dossiers.


Artifacts[edit | edit source]

Disambig.png Main article: Artifact of the Skylord.png Artifacts

The Artifact of the Lost (Aberration).png Artifact of the Lost was added to the game with Aberration, but is not obtainable through legit means.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike the main game and the previous DLC Scorched Earth, this expansion pack includes mainly non-existent creatures from fantasy. (e.g: Bulbdog.png Bulbdog, Nameless.png Nameless, Rock Drake.png Rock Drake, and Reaper.png Reaper King) The only exceptions are the Roll Rat.png Roll Rat as it's based on the naked mole rat found in real life, the Lamprey.png Lamprey as a real-life counterpart exist as well, and the Glowbug.png Glowbug, which is based on the Firefly.
  • The Broken ARK, which is the setting for this DLC, is visible during the Ascension cutscene of the Island if one looks out the windows.
  • According to the end video after defeating Rockwell, it appears you are sent through portal frames in the Element Falls shaft, through the Portal, across space then arriving on what looks like a ruined earth, which is the setting for the DLC Extinction.
  • With the information gathered from the dossiers, it's discovered that Diana (a former survivor of Abberation) is responsible for the scorched Surface, dysfunction of the Obelisks, and the rise of Rockwell.png Rockwell as the Overseer of Aberration, when her group destroyed the original Overseer. In the life on Aberration before the damage, it seems the Overseer.png Overseer would have spawned and been located in the same manner as on the Island. However, with the destruction of the Overseer.png Overseer and apparent control center for the ARK, the shields fell as earthquakes began.
  • If you stand near those large crystals sticking out of the roof of some regions, you can hear strange humming.
  • Aberration is currently the only map that allows any creature within an Artifact cave to be tamed. Most other maps have at least one cave which contains creatures that aren’t able to be tamed.
    • Furthermore, it's the only DLC to feature a native dino only tamable in a cave.
  • Prior to Patch 282.102, Tek Teleporter.png Tek Teleporter can't be built anywhere within Aberration.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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