Ark adds force-fields, electric eels, birds of prey, and lions that can murder airborne dinosaurs

Ark patch

Following the recent addition of a bunch of sci-fi equipment, Ark is now giving players the tools they need to protect themselves from any laser-toting enemies. Not only will you be able to guard your base with a force-field, but there are some dangerous new species to tame and unleash on anyone trying to take a dump on your land. 

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As well as broadening your building options, the patch will add new head and facial hair styles, along with 30 explorer notes to track down.

In addition to this lot, there are four new species, which you can read about below or watch in a trailer above:

  • 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.