Ark Survival Evolved is an incredible survival game, with tons of content, but much like other survival games on Steam, it can be made even better with mods. After years of running servers, we have put together a list of the best Ark mods for 2023.
Ark mods can be used to make quality-of-life changes, or to completely change the way the game is played, all you need to do is pick the right mods for you.
The Best Ark Mods
Each year we update our best Ark mods list with the latest mods, making sure we keep up with new and updated Ark mods.
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1. Structures Plus (S+)
We’ve already mentioned S+ in the Top Building Mods post we did, however, it really is an essential mod for any server and one we highly recommend.
In fact, I won’t actually play on a server now unless it includes S+. The ability to build on any landscapes makes it invaluable.
For those that have tried S+ and aren’t too keen on it, there is an alternative, Super Structures. While Super Structures is similar to S+ in many ways, it does also have its own unique features and buildings, which some people might prefer.
The best bet is to try out both and see which one suits your play style best.
2. Awesome Spyglass
If you’re fed up with constantly chasing down dinos, just to find out they’re not the right sex or level, Awesome Spyglass might just be the plugin you need.
Not only will Awesome Spyglass who you all the information you need about the creature you’re looking at, but it also shows you what you can use to tame the dinosaur, making things even easier.
The great thing about this mod is that it’s fully customizable, meaning if you don’t want to be able to target players with it, you can turn that off. You can find a full list of .ini settings on the link below.
3. Platforms Anywhere
As the name suggests, you can build platforms… Anywhere. Well, kind of, you need to build one of 30 prebuilt stands for them to go on, but you are no longer restricted to trees.
Platforms Anywhere is great for PVP players on a PVP Ark server, looking for a better defensive location for their base. And for players on PVE Ark servers, Platforms Anywhere is a great way to build new and exciting new base designs, in locations that previously wouldn’t have been possible.
4. Platforms Plus
From the same creators as S+ and almost offering the same features, but for platforms, if you plan to live in a tree, or a Platforms anywhere structure, then Platform Plus is an absolute must.
Platforms Plus is one of the best Ark building mods for players that just want to build an awesome, good looking base in a tree, without having to worry about all the issues and quirks that normally comes with platform building in Ark.
Platforms Anywhere was also made by the same creator, so both will work together perfectly.
5. Reusable Plus
It gets really annoying trying to make enough bolas to take down a flying dino or having so many spears break at the start of a game when you are just trying to stay alive.
Reusable Plus allows you to create items that can be used over and over again, finally making starting off much less annoying. Crafted items include:
- Reusable Bola
- Reusable Flare Gun
- Reusable Grappling Hook
- Reusable Parachute
- Reusable Spear
6. Automated Ark
Automated Ark is one of those mods for Ark that you either love or hate, it’s perfect for casual players who only have a short time to play between work and family life. But also great for people who may just want to jump into the action and not feel like Ark is actually their job.
It does all the tedious jobs that take up so much of your time, especially with a bigger base and potentially more dinosaurs.
It also has some mechanics built-in to ensure that it makes up for the fact it is making the game easier.
7. Rare Sightings
I’m especially fond of Rare Sightings due to its ability to push some interesting PVP scenarios onto the server. The mod adds a new event to the game that periodically spawns new dinosaurs that are higher level than the max server settings allow.
You can also get rewarded for either killing or taming a rare sighting dino, giving you even more incentive to get out there and look for them. If you tame a rare dino it will have a unique color as well as traits.
8. Auction House
The auction house mod allows players to put both items and creatures up for sale. Not only can you buy and sell on your server, if you are playing on a clustered server, you can also buy and sell across the other servers in your cluster too.
The mod has been designed to work with currency mods, meaning you can list items for currency, or if you prefer, you can keep it default, where players choose the resource they would like to list their items for.
As with many mods, there are customizable settings, allowing players to change the listing fees, or completely remove them, as well as changing the skins for player’s mailboxes and vendors.
9. Capitalism Currency Series
As you can tell from the title, this one is a series of mods, which requires the base mod to work.
Capitalism Currency adds money to Ark, as well as tons of other cool features, including a bank, money from supply drops, and currency from killing and looting dinos.
Not only are there tons of configuration options but there are also tons of other mods that this mod can work alongside, creating a diverse market on your server.
Once you have the main mod installed, these are the other mods that can be installed as add-ons:
- Capitalism Props Table [ModID: 771279262]
- Capitalism Research Table [ModID: 775049557]
- Capitalism Admin Table [ModID: 784166441]
- Capitalism NPC Trader [ModID: 873746971]
- Capitalism Player Trader [ModID: 873749349]
- Capitalism Bounty Hunter [ModID: 898472628]
10. MarniiMods: Wildlife
If you get bored of dinosaurs and mythical creatures, then this might just be one of the best mods for you.
MarniiMods: Wildlife adds real-life creatures to the game, giving the game a touch of realism.
Currently the Ark mod features the following creatures:
– Lions and Lionesses
– Cows and Bulls
– Snow leopards
– Roosters and hens
– Exotic birds
– Mountain Goats
The workshop page also states there will be more creatures being added soon, which we can’t wait for.
You may wonder why I haven’t included stacking mods on the list, well there are two reasons;
- I don’t like them, I don’t mind mods making time-consuming tasks a bit quicker, but find most stacking mods take it too far,
- It’s a built-in option in the INI now! Looking at Reddit, seems some people are not aware of, the example below