Ark: Survival Evolved is a game about exploration, dinosaurs and taking down enemy tribes. After years of development, the game has improved by leaps and bounds to become quite the experience, and mods from the talented community of users make it even better. I've rounded up some of the best free mods available on the market.
Structures Plus (S+)
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This is a must-have for many server administrators simply because it makes surviving in the tough environment a hell of a lot easier. Structures Plus allows you to pick up all placed items without destroying them (if you're the owner or part of the tribe, of course), stack foundations, an entire tier of buildings dedicated to glass constructs, and even lets you hide pipes and wires.
There are a ton more features included, such as:
- All crafting stations and crop plots can be locked and pin coded.
- Gateways snap in line with fence foundations instead of on top.
- Large and behemoth versions of walls.
- An extensive array of options allow for tailoring the mod to your needs.
- Six new automatic turrets (flamethrower, tranq, minigun, ballista, cannon and rocket).
This mod is very simple. It changes the icons on the right-hand-side of the screen, representing thirst, health, hunger, and stamina, as well as those for the dinosaur you may be riding. Each icon has its own color, which should help in catching your eye when your health drops in battle. This is how the icons should be by default, in my opinion, but until we get a UI redesign this is the best you'll get for now.
This is another simple little mod that extends the limits of item stacks. No longer do you need to construct a huge storage room to store some items, nor do you need a thousand fridges for food.
The Upgrade Station is a special piece of furniture for your Ark base. This handy tool allows you to upgrade the quality of weapons, armor, tools, and saddles. Tired of owning a bunch of primitive items that are rather useless? Upgrade them at this station all the way to the ascendant tier. The best part of the mod is that it works well with items created with other mods.
As an added bonus, items can be salvaged to obtain some resources from items you no longer require — it's perfect when harvesting items collected by dinosaurs.
Pimp My Home
This is a crazy mod that takes furnishing your base to a whole new level with water features, advanced lighting, craftable furniture, appliances, and more. As the name suggests, you'll be able to pimp your home with a whole array of new items. More than 50 items are packed into this cool package. Worth downloading if you're a bit bored of the bland interiors.
What mods do you have installed on your Ark: Survival evolved server? Sound off in the comments!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.