'ARK: Survival Evolved' Mega PC Update Adds Laughing Hyenas, Motorboat, And Toilet

The latest ARK: Survival Evolved patch just dropped for PC gamers on Steam and it is packed with new creatures, items, and features. Studio Wildcard has officially released all announced creatures with patch 258, putting the open-world survival game even closer to an Early Access exit.

Studio Wildcard is running a sale on Steam for ARK: Survival Evolved as part of the latest mega patch for the game. It is now at the lowest price ever of just $9.59 for the main game. Additionally, a bundle featuring the game plus the Scorched Earth expansion has been discounted by more than 70 percent and can be picked up for $13.58. The expansion can also be purchased separately for only $6.39.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One should expect the contents from ARK: Survival Evolved patch 258 to arrive on the consoles in two to four weeks, based on Studio Wildcard's schedule from past releases.

New ARK Dinosaurs

Patch 258 adds a total of five new dinosaurs, one more than the usual four in recent updates. Note that this also wraps up all of the planned creature releases for ARK: Survival Evolved. Studio Wildcard has finally wrapped development on animals, but still has some structures and other features to be added to the game.


These new creatures may or may not get the chills when someone says "Mufasa," but they are another set of pack creatures to worry about while exploring ARK: Survival Evolved. They stay together in groups of six and will only attack when they feel they have the advantage.

Taming the Hyaenodon requires donning a Ghili suit and sneaking up close to one and petting it. This will not work on the alpha of the pack, though, as it is untameable.

Hyaenodon's cannot be ridden, but they can be equipped with saddlebags that will increase the spoil timer on meat. Additionally, petting a tamed version will give it a buff to damage dealt and better resistance to damage received.


The Hesperonis laying a golden egg in ARK: Survival Evolved.
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This is the goose that lays the golden eggs in ARK: Survival Evolved. The prehistoric bird can be tamed by dragging a fish corpse to it.

The main benefit of the tamed Hesperonis is feeding it live fish. Once it has consumed enough, it will lay an egg on land that has a chance to be a golden egg. This gives a 500 percent experience buff to non-rideable, tamed creatures and a 10 percent buff to all other tamed creatures and humans.


The Megatherium in ARK: Survival Evolved.
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This giant mammal loves insects. So much so that it moves faster when insects are nearby and will extract more chitin than normal when it kills them.


The Megalania climbing a wall in ARK: Survival Evolved.
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The unique twist of this gian

t venomous lizard is its ability to climb walls and ceilings. Its attack will put a "Rabies" debuff on any creature of player bitten, which will decrease health and stamina for a period of time.

Taming a Megalania will give players a rideable mount that isn't particularly fast, but capable of climbing anywhere on surface and caves in ARK: Survival Evolved.


The Yutyrannus buffs allies with a Courage roar in ARK: Survival Evolved.
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The Yutyrannus is yet another two-legged carnivore in ARK: Survival Evolved at first glance. However, the beast has two different roars – Courage and Fear – that can buff allied units or debuff enemy units. The Courage roar will increase damage output and resistance of nearby allies by 25 percent. Meanwhile, the Fear roar will reduce damage dealt by enemies and may make them flee.

New ARK Weapon

The Harpoon Gun in ARK: Survival Evolved.
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Survivors seeking more weaponry underwater now have a Harpoon Gun to play with. The existing Ballista Bolts have been replaced with Spear Bolts and can be loaded into both the Ballista and Harpoon Gun. Tranq Spear Bolts can also be crafted to knock out underwater creatures for taming purposes.

New ARK Vehicle

The motorboat provides a major upgrade over rafts in ARK: Survival Evolved.
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ARK: Survival Evolved players have frequently asked for an upgrade over the existing raft and it is finally here. A motorboat is now available with some bonuses over a regular boat. Powered by gasoline, the motorboat has more health and a higher structure limit.

New ARK Structure

ARK: Survival Evolved players can now poop in toilets.
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Poop has always been a central component to ARK: Survival Evolved for everything from creating fertilizer for crops to even killing other players in an embarrassing fashion. The new toilet can be hooked up to a water pipe and characters that go "number two" on it can generate fertilizer and receive a buff that grants bonus experience.

ARK Achievement Rework Wipes Map

The Steam Achievements for ARK: Survival Evolved have been brought into line with those available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Completing the achievements also rewards players with different cosmetics, hairstyles, and emotes that were part of past events in the game.

Unfortunately, these achievements will not be rewarded retroactively. As such, Studio Wildcard has reset the mini-map progress to zero for players so that everyone can unlock the associated achievement.

PrimitivePlus Changes

The PrimitivePlus official mod received a huge update as part of Patch 258 too. The full list of additions, changes, and bug fixes can be found here, but there are some major changes in the form of PrimPlus items being replaced by those from ARK: Survival Evolved. For example, the Apiary and Honey have been replaced by the Beehive from the main game. Additionally, PrimPlus Adobe structures have been replaced by those from the Scorched Earth expansion.

Major Additional ARK Changes

  • Studio Wildcard has finally extended pack behavior to Dire Wolves. Like the Allosaurus and Hyaenodon, the highest level Dire Wolf will be the alpha of the pack.
  • Sound updates have been applied to the overworld as well as to the Ankylosaurus, Castrorides, Wooly Rhino, Stegosaurus, Paraceratherium, Araneo, Carbonemys, mounted turrets, and human footsteps.
  • User Interface updates have been applied to the tribe log, custom recipe, painting and dyeing screens, plus the dino ancestry.
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