Ark Beginners guide:
If you are a veteran Ark: Survival Evolved player, this guide isn’t for you. This is for players who have been thrown into the deepest depths of the island, surround with dinosaurs and without a clue how to survive.
The first thing to do is have realistic expectations, although it could happen, if you see a well established player atop of a T-rex coming to you upon spawn, I would run (sadly most will kill you for sport).
Ark has a very mixed community, there are some real toxic players, and immature people, but I have also come across some of the best, and most enjoyable mature communities too, so this depends on the type of server you go on and what type of people it attracts.
A server with much faster tame and gather rates, is more likely to attract younger players who may not be as mature. With this in mind, picking a server with a community that suits your play style is the most important starting point to ark.
Surviving the Ark:
You’ve now picked a server that suits you and are standing on the beach with no clothes, weapons or frankly a clue what to do.
When you are on the beach, you may notice you are cold, especially at night. Use your first points from leveling up and put them into fortitude until you hit a minimum of at least 20 fortitude, this will stop you from freezing as easily.
1. Craft Tools:
The first thing you will want to do is gather some rocks and wood; find the rocks on the floor and punch a tree for wood and thatch.
Now you can craft a pickaxe – use this to hit some rock and get flint so you can then craft a stone hatchet and a couple of spears.
2. Craft Clothes:
Next gather some plant fiber and make some clothes, you will need to unlock the engrams to be able to do this. Once you are dressed, craft a camp fire, you will need this for cooking and to keep warm at night.
3. Cook food:
Once you have done the above tasks, you have enough to make what you need to survive the elements of the starting areas. Go and find a Dodo or Parasaur and kill it for meat, you can cook this on the camp fire for food to survive.
4. Build a shack:
You are going to want to get a bed or sleeping bag down as quick as possible, if you die, you’ll have to spawn potentially far from your body. To start with you will want to build a small 4×4 shack and not stray too far from it.
Keeping it small will make it less intimidating to other players, and hopefully incur less chance of being attacked. Once you have the shack, kill some more Dodo’s or similar small creatures and place down a bed or sleeping bag.
5. Tame a dinosaur:
By now you’ve likely become a high enough level to build a mortar and pestle so you can start making narcotics and tranq arrows. Split the meat so that it’s singular and not in stacks and let it all spoil. While the meat is spoiling gather some narcoberries.
You can now make some narcotics, use half of them to make tranq arrows and keep the other half.
You want to find and tame a Parasaurus as this will be a good starter dino to get you around, but also to help you get narcoberries quicker so that you can tame even more dinosaurs.
6. Tame a flyer:
By this point you’ve probably tamed a few land dinosaurs, and are starting to get the hang of things now, the next stage is to take to the skies. Craft some bolas, make sure to make a couple, unless the server you are on is using Reusables Plus.
If you have a tribe mate, have one person ready to bola the flyer whilst you shoot it with tranq arrows. If you are solo you will need to time it perfectly; bola the flyer, then shoot it a couple of times with tranq arrows, then throw another bola at it and continue to shoot. Rinse and repeat until it’s unconscious.
Once you have a flyer, the whole Ark is at your disposal and the game becomes a lot easier. Once you have reached this point, you are ready to grow and expand your dinosaur collection and explore freely – enjoy!