ARK: Survival Evolved‘s 255 update introduces four new creatures, new TEK structures, and more to the game. A brief rundown of the latest additions to the ARK can be found below:
Electrophorus Beluadomito – A species of Knifefish, Electrophorus uses an electrical charge to zap its prey, bringing down smaller fish and eels. Tribes have been known to capture and tame schools of Electrophorus in order to use them for taking down larger aquatic animals.
Microraptor Gnarilongus – Resembling a bird with a reptilian face, Microraptor is a vicious predator that is instantly aggressive to anything its size or smaller (including humans). Able to jump, run and do short glides, Microraptor is incredibly dangerous alone or in packs, and when trained, they can even take riders right out of their saddles during combat.
Ammonitina Multiamicus – One of the more unique creatures of the sea, the Ammonite resembles a nautilus, but much bigger. For unknown reasons, an attack on an Ammonite brings forth the wrath of all neighboring sea creatures, who will fervently defend it. This makes it a challenge to kill one, though the rewards are often worth it – the shell itself is valuable (as it is rare) and the bile can be used to concoct a unique new pheromone dart.
Thylacoleo Furtimorsus – Also known as the “marsupial lion”, Thylacoleo is a powerful predator native to the island’s redwood forests. A strong bite – the strongest of any land mammal – and bolt cutter-like teeth, make this creature a formidable ambush predator, leaping from above to crush the necks of its prey.
As well as these new creatures, players also get new head and facial hair style options, 30 new explorer notes to collect, and a new defensive tier for bases with 20 new TEK structures.
One of the new additions is a TEK Forcefield, a large dome, adjustable in size, which is powered by Element that protects all allied creatures, structures, and players within it. The forcefield also offers resistance against incoming attacks and prevents non-home members from entering.
The update is available now on PlayStation 4, and is expected to hit Xbox One later this week.