Posted: Dec 25, 2022 in Ark: Survival Evolved
By Nathan Young
Tis the season! The holidays are being celebrated with dinosaurs and unique features in your favorite game, ARK: Survival Evolved. This is the 7th Christmas event they’ve done, bringing back classic items, skins, and festive creature colors. Fret not! There are plenty of new additions with this update to keep you preoccupied for some time. For instance, a popular choice among players is to fill their stockings with collectible rewards. Besides this, there are changes to XP rates across all official and other servers. This means you and everyone else will progress faster in ARK, making it a tremendous holiday season. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!
The official name for this event is called Winter Wonderland, which happens every year. It began on December 14th and will conclude on January 5th of 2023, providing you with 23 days of holiday cheer! We’re given many festive features by ARK developers, with most players trying them all out. Whether you’re wanting to decorate your base with Christmas lights or emote in your Santa suit, there’s many possibilities to get in the holiday spirit. Review the sections below to fully understand all of them to get started.
As briefly mentioned before, the rates for ARK get changed with this on-going event. These include the base XP, harvesting, taming, and other helpful types. An important note to make is that the changes only impact official, small tribe, ARKPocalypse, and conquest servers. Due to each one being unique, this means their rates are slightly different. Check out the chart below to see their differences for every server.
|Official Servers||Small Tribe Servers||ARKPocalypse||Conquest|
|3x XP||4.5x XP||5x XP||4.5x XP|
|3x Harvesting||4.5x Harvesting||5x Harvesting||4.5x Harvesting|
|3x Taming||4.5x Taming||5x Taming||4.5x Taming|
|3x Breeding||4x Breeding||5x Breeding||4x Breeding|
|0.5x Mating Interval||0.5x Mating Interval||0.5x Mating Interval||0.5x Mating Interval|
|1.5x Hexagon Bonus||1.5x Hexagon Bonus||1.5x Hexagon Bonus||1.5x Hexagon Bonus|
Winter Wonderland adds new event creatures and chibis (pets) to discover or use in your world. The two major additions are RaptorClaus and GachaClaus, with the first one mimicking Santa on his sleigh dropping fits to survivors. As for the other, it’s an enormous creature that’s used for creating armor, festive dino candy, or weapons through gacha crystals. Besides this, five new chibis were added that are mainly used for cosmetic purposes. These include Andrewsarchus, Pachy, Fenrir, Diplodocus, and Festival Lights. All of them can be summoned to add onto your Christmas spirit, with some being adorable in-game.
Similar to other additions, there are event items and emotes to collect from Winter Wonderland. The possible materials to obtain are: Festive Dino Candy, Holiday Lights, Holiday Stocking, Holiday Tree, Gift Box, Snowman, and a Wreath. These are used to make your base a lot more Christmas-like, but many players focus on the gifts. Those boxes can hold some awesome, yet random items to loot. If you’ve gotten lucky with one, then try out some new emotes to flex on others. These include four festive types: Santa Laugh, Caroling, Happy Clap, and a Nutcracker Dance. If multiple players have the same emote, then they can spring into joy with dancing or singing. These are fun little features that add festivities to ARK!
Unlike brand new items, skins can be applied to existing materials to match the event’s holiday theme. This comes in handy if you’re already decked out in some powerful gear, especially when you wanna celebrate with others. Whether you’re rocking a Christmas sweater or beanie, there are plenty of skins to try out. Don’t worry about what matches your outfit or not, start getting creatively crazy with your designs. Check out the full list of event skins below to see what combinations you can pull off.
If you’re wanting to set up the Winter Wonderland event in your personal ARK server, then we’ve got you covered! This is extremely straightforward and easy to accomplish, as it only involves four steps. An added benefit to owning a server is that you’re allowed to change the rates, even if there’s an on-going event. Doing this gives you full control over the settings, which might be helpful if you don’t want powerful ones. Enough about that, follow along the instructions below to get Winter Wonderland activated on your ARK server.
Customizationsnear the left.
Worldsection near the top.
Restartthe server to apply the changes.
With many gamers having time off near the holidays, playing ARK: Survival Evolved is a wonderful choice to enjoy the season. Almost every player can agree that the Winter Wonderland events make this time of year special, entertaining, and worthy to try out. If you’ve never played the game during December, we highly encourage you to do it. There are many features that won’t be seen until the next event, such as the special collectibles and festive emotes to dance with friends. Of course, the rate changes also persuade players to start grinding out ARK to quickly progress in their adventure. Regardless of what interests you, we hope this taught you about the Winter Wonderland Christmas event. Have a good one, gamers!