Corrupted Master Controller

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Corrupted Master Controller
Spawn Command
admincheat summon VRMainBoss_Character_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/VRMainBoss/VRMainBoss_Character.VRMainBoss_Character'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Gamma Corrupted Master Controller
admincheat summon VRMainBoss_Character_Easy_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/VRMainBoss/VRMainBoss_Character_Easy.VRMainBoss_Character_Easy'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Beta Corrupted Master Controller
admincheat summon VRMainBoss_Character_Medium_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/VRMainBoss/VRMainBoss_Character_Medium.VRMainBoss_Character_Medium'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Alpha Corrupted Master Controller
admincheat summon VRMainBoss_Character_Hard_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/VRMainBoss/VRMainBoss_Character_Hard.VRMainBoss_Character_Hard'" 500 0 0 35
Feces Size
The System Root during The Final Test, accessible through HLN-A after completing enough Missions.

The Corrupted Master Controller is a Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved's Expansion Pack Genesis: Part 1.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

At first he floats in the middle, doing nothing but hurl insults towards the survivors. Those same insults are effectively intertwined with in-game lore. In the last phase, he becomes more aggressive, firing lasers everywhere with his eyes that dismount the player on contact. His insults are more frequent, but HLN-A quips back at him harder with a thermometer on her screen.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

This corrupted AI stands tall in the middle with a purplish hue and clad in purple armor which shatters on each phase. and in the end, when you defeat him, he reveals his own face which is surprisingly similar to Edmund Rockwell.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Corrupted Master Controller is likely the digital final form of Rockwell, who had hacked into the Genesis program and took the form of the Master Controller after escaping Aberration. This is evidenced in the dialogue during the boss battle and the ending of Genesis Part 1 where Rockwell can be seen. How Rockwell accessed the Genesis Simulation as well as changing his appearance outside the simulation is unknown.

Anytime HLN-A and the survivor fixes a glitch that is related to Genesis: Part 1 Story, Rockwell´s interactions, overall, is him insulting the survivor about how little they know on what is really going on behind the curtains. A notable interaction is him asking what Helena, the other Homo Deus, and Rockwell himself are preparing the survivors for with the Genesis Simulation.

Throughout the battle against him, he reveals his motives to the survivor: to use the Genesis Simulation as a garden to test, enslave, and gather survivors who show a sign of servility or being subservient to his will and vision of the new world he will make on Earth. He rigs the Genesis Simulation by deleting most of the master AIs and rigging the final test where he is the final obstacle. He uses and turns inactive survivors into Corrupted Avatars to help build his army. In the final test, he tests survivors inside the simulation to see if they are subservient. Outside the Genesis Simulation, he uses Element to infect both the survivors that have passed his test and the survivors that aren't active. If a survivor passes his test and they weren't showing servility, he simply kills them to ensure his vision isn't threatened.

Here are some of the reasons why many in the community conclude that the Corrupted Master Controller is Rockwell:

  • He knows who Helena Walker is, and states she knew him well.
  • He has a need for servants, people who are subservient to him and will allow him to do his testing on them.
  • The Corrupted Master Controller speaks of visions of the world he will make in its image and the foundations of human civilization being forever altered, something that Rockwell mentions in a vague way where Element will "help" propel humanity into the future all the way back in Scorched Earth.
  • He says the survivor is too rebellious and as a result, unworthy of living in his world. This is something Rockwell mentions in his explorer notes in Aberration where if anyone is unworthy or insults him, they will face inevitable doom.
  • In the end cutscene, a rockwell tentacle attacks the survivor.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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The Corrupted Master Controller always spawns with the same color scheme and has no color regions.

This means it is currently impossible to make alterations to the Corrupted Master Controller's colors.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 25000 +5000
Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen 150 +15
Food 100 +10
Weight 100 +2
Melee Damage ? ?
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 100 +6
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Swimming 300 N/A
Flying 600 N/A

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 60000 +12000
Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen 150 +15
Food 100 +10
Weight 100 +2
Melee Damage ? ?
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 100 +6
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Swimming 300 N/A
Flying 600 N/A

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 150000 +30000
Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen 150 +15
Food 100 +10
Weight 100 +2
Melee Damage ? ?
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 100 +6
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Swimming 300 N/A
Flying 600 N/A

Wild Stats Level-up

Type in values of a wild creature to see on which stats it's emphasized. Green values on a high-level creature are very good for breeding. If you have already tamed your creature you can try to recover the breeding-stats with an external tool.[1]

Corrupted Master Controller

The stat-calculator does not work in the mobile-view, see here for alternatives: Apps

Note that after the creature is tamed it gets bonuses on some stats depending on the taming effectiveness. This makes it hard to retrieve the levels on a tamed creature, so this tool is only for wild ones, but gives a first impression, how well the stats are distributed.

Unlocks[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Corrupted Master Controller.

General[edit | edit source]

No matter how well prepared you are, the fight against the Corrupted Master Controller is far more dangerous than even the fight against the King Titan due to the fact that it consists of massive numbers of corrupted avatars that constantly spawn and you are unable to bring endgame tames like the gigas or titans.

Master Controller is not a boss like any of the current bosses. Unlike the other bosses, he stands impervious to any form of attack, until reaching "The Final Test" (Last phase of the arena fight). There is a restriction of 10 survivors and 20 tamed creatures allowed into The Arrival Protocol, which is typical of guardian boss fights on all other maps apart from extinction. there are limits on what tames and creatures are allowed into the arena, creatures in cryopods cannot be thrown out during the encounter but creatures can be podded which is an advantage as when a survivor dies, their body is transported out of the arena back to the location they were standing when the arrival protocol was initiated; using this strategy, a team could pod as many of their creatures as possible to avoid a catastrophic wipe, and spawn back in to collect their possessions.

If you defeat him the surviving tames will be teleported from where you teleported to the arena, and all items in your inventory will be lost. to prevent this put all of your items in a surviving tames inventory and they will not be lost. This will only happen if you have a dupe in cloud. Normally this should not happen anymore.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This fight takes place in multiple phases that grow in difficulty. Since the Master Controller is immune in all phases except the final phase, focus on crowd control and gather the data keys in order to progress. The faster you complete the task the less overall damage you'll take. Try to have a few people dedicated to running the data keys to the codebreaker terminal since each player can only hold so many data keys. You don't have to press E to pick up a data key but you can't be sprinting, otherwise you just ignore it and run past it. Some players should dedicate to killing off the corrupted avatars and dinotars and keep the runners protected. Aerial attack drones are unexpectedly potent so make sure someone is clearing those with a sniper rifle, shotgun, or pistol. These drones will also drop element for players using Tek weapons such as the Tek Rifle.

At the final phase the Master Controller will initially be immune to damage and will fire beams that will stun creatures, dismount players, and can also stunlock players. Gather the data keys as normal by killing off Corrupted Avatars and Dinotars. Send the data keys over to the codebreaker terminal to disable the shield protecting the Master Controller to harm him. Be warned that this is only temporary, and the boss will render himself immune after a while, which requires the whole process be repeated. It seems that there are hard damage thresholds that can't be exceeded so you are guaranteed to be doing this cycle multiple times. The maximum damage threshold you can do to the Master Controller is at most 1/4 of its health. As the fight progresses more dangerous dinotars such as Reaper and Giga variants join the fray which can deal immense damage. Attack drones will start to spawn out of control and need to be checked by AoE of sorts, possibly rockets. The thing to be wary of is that players and their tames need to kill dinotars and avatars faster than they respawn as the massive numbers can easily overwhelm players.

If you are fighting the Corrupted Master Controller solo, bring loads of food, medicine, recipe foods, armor, weapons and various types of tames on different types of behavior. Be sure to have a high damage weapon to hit the corrupted dinotar giganotosaurus as this will easily enrage them. Make sure to bring several disposable tames to the fight to make sure it goes aggressive on it, damaging both the tame and surrounding hostiles around it while you have spare tames for more mass key gathering opportunities and your main damaging force is relatively undamaged.

In the stages, make sure to remain at an area to make gathering code keys as easy as possible as running round the arena for a key costs time and your easily spreads out your tames.

Overall, DON'T EVER GET CORNERED in any stage of the fight as the Corrupted Avatars can easily shred through health and armor of both you and your tames.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Offensively you would be advised to bring powerful quality fabricated weapons such as the Pump-Action Shotgun, Assault Rifle, and Fabricated Sniper Rifle. If you are able to wield it, bringing a quality Tek Rifle is also advised since the corrupted attack drones drop element to refuel your element supply. If you have a high-quality Simple Pistol, they are effective at disposing of the attack drones that spawn. Having a close range weapon such as a high-quality Pike or Sword can help in a pinch if you boost your melee damage. A Tek Rifle is great at killing the Corrupted Dinotars during the final phase.

Defensively, bring a few sets of quality flak armor, even for Gamma. Players must be on foot to collect the Code Keys so they are susceptible to damage. Medical Brews and soups such as Lazarus Chowder and Enduro Stew can help out with stamina and health regen. A Riot Shield on the last phase is recommended to help reduce the damage of the hard-hitting corrupted dinotars that spawn in this phase.

Throughout the fight, it is helpful for one tribe mate on foot to have a tek grenade launcher with tek gravity grenades and normal tek grenades to get rid of the dinotars. The gravity grenades pulls everyone nearby, compressing all the Corrupted avatars and dinotars into a single spot, making it easier for the tek grenades to kill droves of them at once, giving time to collect the numerous keys on the floor. Be sure to fire the tek gravity grenade from a distance or else you will get sucked in and instantly die from the numerous Corrupted avatars and dinotars.

At Phase 3 of the battle onwards, Giganotosaurus will periodically spawn, with even greater chance in the final phase, and as it can inflict the Gnashed effect, it can easily end up killing the dino if not dealt with.

Recommended Tames[edit | edit source]

  • Having a X-Yutyrannus is always a good due to their courage roar ability and generally good stats.
  • X-Rex rushing is always a good tactic due to their high stats and they can use tek saddles as well.
  • a Daeodon is mostly recommended in this fight as the Corrupted Avatars and Dinotars will exhaust your other tames health without a break. The Daeodon rider can also help with clearing enemies via their own weapons.
  • X-Woolly Rhinos are potentially great during the final phase as a single charge can do an abnormally high amount of damage and can mow through entire hordes while it is charging but it is most vulnerable once its charging momentum is at zero and it is out of stamina While most tribe members are riding the rhinos, the remaining survivors on foot are quickly picking up the code keys.
  • Meks are useful due to their powerful stats but due to recent patches, meks are unable to enter the arena.
  • A ridden Ferox may be quite useful due to their high damage output, strong knockback, and boulder throw to deal with both grounded and aerial enemies. Since element is dropped by attack drones you can keep replenishing the Ferox's longevity. They can also be given armor via helmets to increase durability, but have extras as the helmet will eventually break mostly from the Avatar's hits.
  • Basilisks and Purlovias can act as mines that can be buried, but since the Corrupted Avatars can't damage them while they are "underground", they can act as a diversion, making code key gathering easier. In the final stage, bury one basilisk or purlovia underneath the bridge, preventing them from getting stunned, and allowing the diversion to remain indefinite.
  • A combination of Karkinos with two mate boosted mantis wielding mastercraft-ascendant level swords is useful in dealing high damage against the dinotars. When using this combination, be careful to not get the Corrupted Avatars underneath the Karkinos. To increase the combo effectiveness, have some players to ride the mantis as well as carrying several swords for the prolonged fight. This is problematic as damage to the mantis will also damage the swords they are wielding.
  • If you are trying a solo attempt, have around 4-6 tames as this will make it easier for a player to manage them in a single location. Have two of each creature that you will be bringing and of an opposite gender for the mate boost.
    • Bring a rex to deal with Stage 1-3 damage dealing but beware of their turning radius as several Corrupted Avatars can attack you and your Rex from behind.
    • Bring 2 packs of allosaurus since their pack buff and fast attack speed can shred most of the avatars creatures in seconds.
    • Spinosaurus is a great tame to bring to the fight as its bipedal attack has high damage and attack range. Having an opposite gender spino with you can greatly increase damage for the spinosaurus you are riding. If players teleport to the mission in a shallow pool of water in the Bog biome, the spinosaurus will have an infinite water buff, giving the spinosaurus a huge advantage in the fight and can single handedly handle killing the Corrupted Avatars with its increased speed, tight turning radius, and increased damage that can make it deal more damage than a Rex. A well-bred Spinosaurus with high stats, and maximum imprint on single player can deal enough damage to kill dinotars in 1-3 hits while the Corrupted Avatars instantly die from one hit.
    • Mammoths have attacks that have heavy splash damage in a massive area that is greater than a Rex, allowing droves of Corrupted Avatars to be killed. Treat the Mammoth as a miniature Ice Titan and it can easily kill Corrupted Dinotars and Avatars in several hits. It also has a tight turning radius, allowing it to attack anything from behind.
    • Do not bring too many large tames to the fight as it becomes difficult to keep them in a single location.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Master Controller himself is not much of a danger, even in his last phase, but his lasers can hinder even the toughest survivor and tamed dinos due to its stun and dismount effect. The bigger issues are the Corrupted that spawn endlessly around the arena, constantly overwhelming survivors without a single break. Moreover, as the Code Keys are only gatherable on foot, this makes gathering more risky. On top of that, only a limited number of keys can be on the floor at once, draining time away if a majority of the keys are on the other side of the arena.

Even though the Corrupted Dinotar Attack Drones aren't much of a threat, considered a nuisance on the arena and swarms of them can be taken out with a single shotgun blast, their constant ranged energy attacks can keep player's health from regenerating.

To mitigate the laser stunning, it is recommended to take cover among the shelter as the laser can't hit anything under it.

There is a glitch where the Master Controller has a specific area when his shields are down. Some of these areas include his forehead, armor, face, or even the back of his head. When a player shoots at the wrong area, no damage is being done. Make sure to bring a pistol to test out where the damage will be done. The Corrupted Master Controller can soon glitch out of the center and begin to float way above. In some instances, the Corrupted Master Controller can glitch outside the arena's barrier, making him invulnerable for the entire 15 minutes.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Despite the arena's danger, Master Controller can only attack with his lasers and is unable to move anywhere. This makes him a huge bullseye mark for killing when his shields are down. He also does not have too much health when vulnerable.

Despite having a seemingly endless amount of hostiles spawning, there seems to be a limit on how many Corrupted Avatars can spawn, particularly in the final phase. This is an advantage by making it a priority to kill the Corrupted Dinotars first until all that is left are the avatars, giving a small gap of rest for your tames to mop up all of the Corrupted Avatars and gather a huge amount of code keys.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike the other bosses and like the Titan, Master Controller shows no sign of changes in different difficulty. except for health.
    • Unlike the titans though, the background of the arena tells the difficulty.
  • If a survivor dies in this fight their body and items can be found at the location where they teleported in, assuming it has not been harvested. However creatures that die can not have their items recovered.
    • There are cases however, that survivor's body vanishes without the corrupted dinotar harvesting their corpses. This makes recovery of their item impossible.
  • If you run out of time in the arena, your items will not be returned and all tames will die.
  • This is the second time Edmund Rockwell was shown as a major antagonist/boss in a ARK Expansion Pack, the first being Rockwell from Aberration
    • This is also the second time he is completely immobile when fought.
  • Upon shattering the master controller's helmet down to its jaw, it reveal a mans face that resembles an almost twisted variant of Edmund Rockwell, with a very 19th century facial hair design.
  • Edmund Rockwell's head uses the same model as the standard male survivor head, but with an older look and unique hair and facial hair.
  • In the Genesis Tidbit notes, HLN-A notes of something called a "keydule", a pass key that edits itself but can have disastrous results if dropped in the wrong part of the simulation. The energy beam that tears at the Corrupted Master Controller/Rockwell's armor could be a result of what a keydule does: it is dismantling the corrupted master controller's armor by making it edit itself and its code out of existence.
  • While Tek Armor can be brought into the fight, if enabled, the tek armor usage restriction still applies within the arena.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
306.41 Genesis: Part 1 Expansion Release Added the Corrupted Master Controller

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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