ARK: Survival Evolved Winter Wonderland Update Goes Live


You better watch out, Raptor Claus is coming to town. ARK: Survival Evolved just released their Winter Wonderland update that includes a bunch of holiday goodies.

Patch 253 introduces deadly new dinosaurs like the Cnidaria, Pegomastax, Therizinosaurus, Troodon, and the Tusoteuthis. One feature users will get a real kick out of is the new camera, which lets players take in-game photos that can then be applied to an in-game canvas.

For the holiday update, you may run across Raptor Claus who will drop holiday-themed items as loot when you chase him. These items range from high-end loot blueprints to coal. If you collect enough coal, players will be able to summon the holiday DodoRex as a special companion.

This update for ARK: Survival Evolved also includes two new full-scale underwater caves along with five new dinos to tame or run away from. Below you'll find some background info provided by the team over at Studio Wild Card:

  • Cnidaria Omnimorph: A combination of everything good and bad about various species of Jellyfish, the Cnidaria is too simple to tame or train, but tribes keep schools of them around for their bioluminescence and their ability to sting. Containing them in pools around a camp is a great way to make a barrier of swimming, stinging security that also illuminates the night. They also drop a special biotoxin which can be used to create shocking torpor darts and is 2x as powerful as regular ones.
  • Troodon Magnanimus: Outside of human beings, the Troodon might just be the most clever creature on the islands. You don't "tame" a Troodon, you earn its loyalty through its social nature and love of the hunt. While Troodon is considered a smaller relative of the island's Raptors, they are no less dangerous, especially with their love of hunting at night.
  • Pegomastax Fructarator: Life ain't easy when you're at the bottom of the food chain on carnivore-filled islands, just ask the Pegomastax. This is a relatively harmless herbivore who prefers to live alone and gorges on just about any plants it can find. Far from the definition of "pretty", Pegomastax features a nasty looking beak (with tusks for extra effect!) and feathers, making him a unique sight on the island. Some tribes keep a few Pegomastax around, as they are excellent scavengers who collect an extraordinary quantity of seeds and berries, while also handily gathering the rare Flowers, Mushrooms, and other ingredients necessary to cook up unusual concoctions.
  • Tusoteuthis Vampyrus: A monstrous relative of the vampire squid, Tusoteuthis bares a closer resemblance to giant squids. It may be slow, but the aquatic Tusoteuthis is a horrific threat to anyone who dares get too close, using its tentacles to first grab, then crush...and then syphon the blood out of, its hapless victims. Tribes will sometimes tame this nightmare of the deep in order to extract its unique ink, which contains oils that can be processed into fuels.
  • Therizinosaurus Multiensis: Built like a T-Rex, but completely tameable and an herbivore to boot, the Therizinosaurus is one of the strangest dinosaurs on the islands. Its claws allow it to perform both brute-force or delicate actions; from taking down enemies (though it would prefer to just leave them alone) to plucking leaves from a particularly tasty bush. Because of this ability, Therizinosaurus are always handy to have around for harvesting specific resources, or, when needed, decimating enemies in combat.

Ark: Survival Evolved is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Steam users can now pick up Ark at a 60% discount during the Winter Sale.