Element Node (Extinction)

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Extinction DLC.jpg This article is about a creature, item, or feature exclusive to the DLC: Extinction
Element Node
Element Node (Extinction).png
Spires of corruption attracting many Corrupted Creatures.
Type Structure
Health 10,000 to 150,000
Added in Patch 285.104

The Element Node is a temporary harvestable structure that is added to the game in the Extinction DLC. It functions in a similar manner to Orbital Supply Drop (Extinction).png Orbital Supply Drops in that it must be defended from Corrupted Creatures.png Corrupted Creatures for a total of 6 waves while all the nodes are maturing. The difference is that instead of random loot, the Element Node will yield commonly Element Dust (Extinction).png Element Dust Extinction Icon.png, sometimes Element Shard.png Element Shard and rarely Element.png Element after being defended based on how many of them remains standing.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Element Node follow a similar setup compared to Orbital Supply Drop (Extinction).png Orbital Supply Drops in that there are varied difficulties based on the actual size of the Element Node in question. Of course, the larger the Element Node, the larger the rewards and the larger the threat. There are two other differences aside from the loot of acquiring Element.png Element over items. The first is that there is no shield to protect the node. The second is that the survivor's performance on defending the main Element Node and the smaller Element Nodes does matter. The more Element Nodes that have been kept alive at the end of the defense, the larger the Element.png Element harvest will be. After a successful defense, it's important that the lesser, outer Element Nodes are harvested before the main Element Node; failure to do so will result in the loss of precious additional Element.png Element. It's also important to note that only metal tools such as the Metal Pick.png Pick or Metal Hatchet.png Hatchet can be used to harvest the Element.png Element, as using Creatures to harvest them will only result in the destruction of the Element Nodes without any Element.png Element harvested (but the Mantis.png Mantis can be used with a Metal Pick.png Metal Pick or Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet for harvesting larger quantities).

When fighting King Titan.png King Titan, after a while it will stop, causing a nearby Corrupt Element Node to spawn with only two waves. Unlike the ones found around the wastelands, these do not yield any element once defended, but rather, deter it from restoring a portion of its health.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Extinction Map.jpg
Blue = Orbital Supply Drop, Purple = Element Node, Orange = Both

Extinction Map.jpg
Blue = Easy, Orange = Medium, Red = Hard, Purple = Legendary

Number UE4 Coordinates GPS Coordinates Difficulty Type
x y z lat lon
36 39948 -218508 -13341 22.7 54.9 Easy Both
10 -13600 -190230 -18471 26.2 48.3 Hard Both
31 -71338 -183338 -9988 27.1 41.1 Easy Both
32 -81725 -164800 -7620 29.4 39.8 Easy Both
23 -114745 -254692 8218 18.2 35.7 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
30 -173416 -244821 -10130 19.4 28.3 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
29 -250785 -269614 -929 16.3 18.7 Medium Orbital Supply Drop
28 -298297 -263829 -6865 17.0 12.7 Hard Element Node
27 -301167 -219611 -14048 22.5 12.4 Hard Both
16 -289630 -121120 -19710 34.9 13.8 Hard Both
19 -293939 -52003 -25691 43.5 13.3 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
20 -278813 33744 -23907 54.2 15.1 Hard Both
21 -248277 8958 -25871 51.1 18.9 Hard Both
35 -183570 -80381 -21634 39.9 27.1 Easy Orbital Supply Drop
34 -138625 -84001 -17506 39.5 32.7 Easy Both
4 -102943 -124199 -18400 34.5 37.1 Hard Element Node
33 -77101 -124032 -13110 34.5 40.4 Easy Both
39 -23028 -116731 -14712 35.4 47.1 Easy Both
3 18289 -131414 -18760 33.6 52.3 Medium Both
11 22080 -157490 -18540 30.3 52.7 Medium Both
37 64890 -168223 -9438 28.9 58.1 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
38 63073 -112684 -15808 35.9 57.9 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
2 157900 -85700 -18900 39.3 69.7 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
17 220166 -53831 -11577 43.3 77.5 Easy Both
6 284336 -31796 8915 46.0 85.5 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
15 272780 28700 -19620 53.6 84.1 Medium Both
22 323824 68314 933 58.5 90.5 Easy Both
0 170960 85925 -24271 60.7 71.4 Hard Both
14 78900 125910 -30882 65.7 59.9 Medium Both
12 58090 229810 -39186 78.7 57.3 Easy Orbital Supply Drop
40 50376 149102 -30882 68.6 56.3 Medium Orbital Supply Drop
8 -4950 133220 -33687 66.7 49.4 Easy Orbital Supply Drop
7 -55910 135020 -33760 66.9 43.0 Easy Both
41 -51651 175821 -27644 71.9 43.5 Medium Both
25 -74607 255055 -41675 81.9 40.7 Legendary Orbital Supply Drop
26 -96957 166875 -27734 70.6 37.9 Medium Both
9 -99390 124510 -32684 65.6 37.6 Medium Both
18 -151068 142736 -32687 67.8 31.1 Hard Both
24 -174446 281271 -43337 85.2 28.2 Medium Orbital Supply Drop
5 -256000 162500 -32900 70.3 18.0 Easy Element Node

Combat[edit | edit source]

Strategies[edit | edit source]

The strategy required to defend the element nodes can greatly vary depending on the actual difficulty. While it isn't really possible to over-prepare for such a defense since the quality of your defense matters, you can most certainly under-prepare by mistake and lose valuable dinos and resources in the process.Assess the threat and if you find yourself struggling on the initiation wave or first wave, you may be better to cut your losses and abandon the defense. It's advised to keep non-ridden dinos on the outside parts of the defense to cull the incoming numbers. They can damage the nodes just as easily as the corrupted dinos can.

Easy: If the main element node has 10,000 HP, it is an easy node and is just a little more difficult than the blue drops. A small tribe can easily defend against this attack with nothing much more than crafted crossbows and average tames such as Trikes, Raptors, and perhaps Carnos. Those who have managed to tame a few Velonasaurs will have a much easier time thanks to their ability to shoot down the Corrupted Pteranodons without using ammunition.They also can't damage the element nodes with their ranged attacks.

Medium: If the main element node has 25,000 HP, it is a medium node and is on par with a yellow drop's difficulty. Larger threats such as Corrupted Spinos and Paracers start to make the main bulk of the threat so you will need to have a much heavier defense. Some good-level Carnos and Velonasaurs are fine to handle many threats at this difficulty. If you have access to high-quality Enforcers, they can make quick work of the corrupted hordes while also doing minimal damage to the nodes you are defending. Be careful of their fragility and consider using cryopods on those near death in order to preserve them! Quality-level fabricated weapons and flak armor is preferred for those who prefer to be on foot and handing threats that breach the outer defenses such as the pesky Corrupted Pteranodons.

Hard: If the main element node has 50,000 HP, it is a hard node and while the levels of the corrupted horde are lower than they are for the red OSDs (roughly level 100-150 compared to the 200-300 from red OSDs), the difficulty lies in the ability to weave through all of the element nodes to address threats that may get past your outer defenses. While you could take a Rex through them in order to get to the defense of the main vein, keep in mind that every attack you make, weapon or dino, can damage the element nodes and reduce your overall rewards if you're not careful. Keep your main defenses outside the nodes and have someone keeping watch of the main vein to handle stragglers that get through.

Corrupt: You will only find this main element node spawning at certain point of the battle against King Titan. The levels of the corrupted horde matches that of the red OSD (approximate 200-300). Because these spawns in the middle of a fight, you have to make use of whatever you have brought to fight against it. Corrupted Hordes spawns from both the Nodes and from constant shadow spawns generated by presence of King Titan, but the ones that spawns from the node are your main priority. IF the main node is destroyed, it will restore a portion of the King Titan's health, prolonging the fight.

(Note: Using a tamed Giganotosaurus sounds appealing due to their sheer power and this is not as a bad idea if you're riding it. However do NOT let them wander on aggressive as they will outright obliterate the element nodes and greatly reduce your rewards. Don't rely on a Dino Leash to contain the Giga either as they are easily destroyed. A strong Giga that is ridden can handle a choke point by itself but is abysmal for core defense.)

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The main danger of these element node defenses is if you come underprepared. Since these events are optional and can be checked prior to setting up a defense, judge your power level compared to the threat; failure to respect the power of the corrupted horde will commonly result in the death of you and/or your tames. Know when to fight, know when to run.

Creatures[edit | edit source]

These Corrupted Creatures can spawn in each wave with varying number. (Keep in mind that this list has yet to be separated based on node difficulty.)

Easy (10,000)[edit | edit source]

Normal (25,000)[edit | edit source]

Hard (50,000)[edit | edit source]

Corrupt (150,000[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Yutyrannus.png Yutyrannus is useful for defending the central Element Node, as its fear roar will aggro Corrupted Creatures.png Corrupted Creatures away from the Element Node. At full fear, they will aggro instead of flee, but still take increased damage and deal reduced damage, allowing the smaller Corrupted Creatures.png Corrupted Creatures to be lured away from the Element Node and taken out a short distance away, lowering the risk of collateral damage to the Element Node.
  • An Element Node at the nearest spawn position can be summoned with cheat StartNearestHorde Element <1-3> (1= Easy, 2= Medium, 3= Hard)
  • While the Chainsaw (Scorched Earth).png Chainsaw is considered better than a metal tool, it cannot harvest matured Element Nodes.
  • Corrupt Element Vein has "Initiating Sequence..." instead of "Maturing..." when it was recently activated.

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