When playing Ark: Survival Evolved, it’s a time of panic, joy, and sadness. From building your first base, to realizing you’ve built it alongside a rather angry Rex, and you’re about to be homeless again, there’s so much to see and do. However, the game can be a little boring and your joy in progressing can be smothered if you’ve done it all before. That’s where the affordable mod community comes in to help. Ark has a lot of mods for the player to take advantage of, so many that it can be overwhelming for those just starting out. In this guide, we will list the top ten player mods in Ark: Survival Evolved from best to worst.
Structures Plus Image via Steam S+ has been and is a staple of the Ark Community, whether through the PvP or PvE side. So much so that the Ark Devs took inspiration from the mod to slightly improve their vanilla building systems. Despite this, Structures Plus or S+, as it is known in the community, has lost none of its popularity.
This building mod grants players access to a variety of convenient building and construction tools in the game. Players will be able to build more easily, as well as having access to items that make the base game much easier to play. The downside of the Structures Plus mod is that it is massively overpowered in PvP settings. Players who host a PvP server will want to ensure that specific items and structures are disabled or banned from the server to avoid endless frustration.
Related: Ark Beginner’s Guide: Survival Evolved
Image via Steam Awesome Spyglass adds a new scope to the game. Awesome Spyglass provides an overlay to your HUD and will show you which Dinosaur or Player you are looking at, their HP and food needed to tame, as well as their quantity if relevant. The creature’s outline will turn red if it is aggressive and targeting you, it will remain green if it is passive or non-violent towards you, and yellow if it is running away. Enemy players will always be in red unless the server settings have been changed, which if you are playing on the PvP server would likely be the case as it would give you an unfair advantage during fights.
Primal Fear Image via Steam Primal Fear is what happens when Ark players get bored with the usual amount of pain and suffering that occurs in the game, and go up a level. With new creatures and boss fights that challenge your computer’s RAM, and a new set of items, gear and terror, Primal Fear is for any player looking for a challenge. Players will need to beat increasingly difficult levels of mini-bosses, tame fantastical new creatures, and figure out how to survive while learning an entirely new food system. It’s definitely not an easy time, but it was worth the many deaths.
Classic Flyers Image via Steam While some servers have enabled Flying Speed modifiers, there are cases where you want to get that feeling of power when flying your Wyvern. Classic Flyers provides all the speed and stamina boosts in a single handy mod that doesn’t require players to create speed mutations on their creatures.
Death Recovery Mod image via Steam A basic mechanic for survival games is the loss of stock by death. It’s lightly punishing death without ruining the entire game. There are many inventory maintenance mods available. The Death Recovery Mod places a tombstone which, when activated, recovers your inventory for you. It won’t work if something has taken your items. Sure you could use something like Death Inventory Keeper, which automatically maintains your inventory, but why not embarrass yourself with the panicked rush to the tombstone? Also, for PvP purposes, the inventory stays where it is until collected or disappears, giving enemies a chance to grab your items no matter how short the time.
Dino Storage V2 image via Steam The Dino Storage V2 is similar to the vanilla Ark cryopod, but enhanced. Like cryopods, tamers can be safely stored inside a small compartment, similar to Poké Balls. Soul traps, as they are called in Dino Storage V2, allow players to keep their stored dinos in place and passively generate their resources and eggs if you want. The storage container can also automatically hold any baby born within a certain range, and you can use a paintball gun-like tool to catch your dinosaurs with ease. Dino Storage will also allow you to throw away multiple dinosaurs at once with no limitations, but this can be changed for your PvP servers.
Eco’s RP Decor image via Steam The RP Decor by Eco is one of many from Eco. The mod maker has several excellent decor mods, including Echo Terrariums, Eco’s Aberration Decor, and Echo Foliage Extinction. They also have a series of Empires that add different decorations, saddles and tools based on historical cultures. So far this series has Vikings, Tokugawa, Babylon, Inca, Roman and Khmer. Eco’s decor series is a great addition to themed PvP servers, as well as any and all PvE servers looking to stand out from the crowd.
Creature Finder Deluxe Screenshot by Camaquã News There’s nothing more frustrating in Ark: Survival Evolved than having to endlessly search for a dinosaur that you know is somewhere in the general area but aren’t sure where. Creature Finder Deluxe is one of those mods that thankfully allows players to bypass the general frustration of the search process and instead get a GPS-like directional system to find what they’re looking for. Capable of incorporating creatures from mods, Creature Finder Deluxe is the ultimate lazybones tool for those who hate figuring out coordinates in-game. player games will have to make sure they edited their .ini files correctly or they won’t work.
HG Stacking Mod Image via Steam Carrying weight has always been and always will be an issue for the average Ark Player. Without exceptional server setups, the fact that carrying a stack of Stones will always be impossible can be highly irritating. It becomes even more tiresome when you are trying to craft and farm resources, and your dinosaurs are slowed down by a minimal amount of resources, resulting in multiple trips. The HG stacking mod allows players to stack a lot more resources, as well as lightening the weight of some resources to make farming much easier. There are several versions that increase the amount per stack, but the base starts at 478 with a 10% weight reduction.
ARK Additions: The Image Collection via Steam This mod adds a ton of new creatures to the Ark. While the mod is still in development, and there are new creatures coming, such as the Lindwurm and Gorgononpsid, there are several already included, such as:
Deinosuchus1626914872ArchelonXifactinusBrachiosaurusAcrocanthosaurus ConcavenatorCryolophosaurusHelicoprion1626914872Deinotherium1626914872 So for those players who want to satisfy themselves with unique and amazing creatures, this mod is for you. Be aware that there are updates that will have to be uploaded from time to time.