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Difficulty

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Difficulty in ARK: Survival Evolved affects the levels of creatures in the world as well as the quality of loot drops. It is not entirely straightforward, however, as this page shows.

Difficulty Value and Difficulty Offset[edit | edit source]

Instead of fixed difficulties such as Easy, Medium, and Hard, the difficulty is expressed using a number currently between 0.5 and 4.0[1] (or 5.0 in The Center). This number is known as the Difficulty Value and is controlled by the DifficultyOffset option. The Difficulty Offset is a floating point number with a value between 0.01 and 1.0, with a higher number representing a higher Difficulty Value. Note, however, that setting the Difficulty Offset to 0.0 will result in a Difficulty Value of 1.0. The default Difficulty Value if the Difficulty Offset is not set is 1.0.

To calculate the Difficulty Value for a specific Difficulty Offset, use the formula


DifficultyValue = DifficultyOffset * 3.5 + 0.5


and round to one decimal. To calculate the Maximum Creature Level for a given Difficulty Value, simply multiply by 30.This works because the Maximum Creature Level scales linearly with the Difficulty Value, and a Difficulty Value of 1.0 results in a Maximum Creature Level of 30.) To find a Difficulty Offset given a Maximum Creature Level, use this formula:


DifficultyOffset = (MaximumCreatureLevel / 30 - 0.5) / 3.5


Note, however, that this may work slightly differently (or there is a bug) when overriding the difficulty, on a dedicated server, with the OverrideOfficialDifficulty option. For example, using OverrideOfficialDifficulty=10.0, creatures will spawn at up to level 350, when they should be capped at 300 using the normal calculations.


Finally, the Loot Scale is simply the Difficulty Value expressed as a percentage:[2]


LootScale = DifficultyValue * 100%

Table of Common Difficulties[edit | edit source]

Values are accurate, if you experience higher levels post change to your GameUserSettings.ini then you need to do cheat destroywilddinos, then restart your server.

To sum up, here is a table of common difficulties:

Difficulty Offset: The Island Difficulty Offset: The Center Difficulty Offset: Ragnarok Difficulty Value Maximum Creature Level Loot Scale
0.01 0.01 0.5 15 50%
0.1428 0.1111 1.0 30 100%
0.2857 0.2222 1.5 45 150%
0.4285 0.3333 2.0 60 200%
0.5714 0.4444 2.5 75 250%
0.7142 0.5555 3.0 90 300%
0.8571 0.6666 3.5 105 350%
1 0.7777 4.0 120 400%
1.1428 0.8888 4.5 135 450%
1.2857 1 1 5.0 150 500%
1.4285 5.5 165 550%
1.5714 6.0 180 600%
1,7142 6.5 195 650%
1,8571 7.0 210 700%
2 7.5 225 750%
2.1428 8.0 240 800%
2.2857 8.5 255 850%
2.4285 9.0 270 900%
2.5714 9.5 285 950%
2.7142 10 300 1000%


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jat [Community Manager] (19 July 2015). "DifficultyOffset=MAX? Clarification Please". General Discussions. Steam Community :: ARK: Survival Evolved. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  2. Jat [Community Manager] (6 June 2015). "[FAQ] Server HOSTING". Server Hosting & Advertisement. Steam Community :: ARK: Survival Evolved. Retrieved 19 July 2015.