Rolling with the Doedicurus: Taming the Prehistoric Stone Collector
In the vast and untamed world of ARK: Survival Ascended, there's a thrilling adventure waiting for those brave enough to ride and tame the magnificent...
In the vast and untamed world of ARK: Survival Ascended, there's a thrilling adventure waiting for those brave enough to ride and tame the magnificent dinosaurs and primeval creatures that roam the land. Sure, you can go at it alone, but let's be honest, everything is better with a little help from your scaly friends. These creatures not only keep you company, but they also lend a hand (or claw) with various tasks on The Island.
Surviving in the wild is no easy feat, with wild creatures and other players out for blood. That's where your trusty companions come in. They'll fight alongside you, warding off those pesky carnivores and collecting valuable resources like Wood or Oil. Take the round, rolling Doedicurus, for example. These adorable boulder-like beings excel at harvesting Stone, surpassing even the most efficient tools. Plus, they have the added perk of reducing the weight of their precious cargo.
If you're on the lookout for a Doedicurus, head to the upper half of The Island, where they can be found frolicking in the Redwood Forest and around the majestic mountains that dominate the map's center. However, don't expect them to be waiting with open arms. These creatures are a bit elusive, and you might stumble upon them in their defensive curls, thanks to their frequent run-ins with hungry carnivores like Raptors and Sabertooths.
Taming a Doedicurus requires a bit of finesse to ensure a successful endeavor and avoid becoming a dino's delectable dinner. Although they're not particularly dangerous on their own, the areas they inhabit are crawling with group-based carnivores and the occasional solo hunters like Rexes. So, when you spot a Doedicurus, your first order of business is to clear the area of any unwanted guests. Harvesting their bodies is not only a matter of survival but also a practical step in your taming journey.
Eliminating rival Doedicurus is also crucial since attacking one will set off a chain reaction, and you'll find yourself at the center of an angry mob in no time. Once the coast is clear, position yourself strategically and aim for the head with Tranquilizer Darts. This method delivers the highest torpor per shot, ensuring a quicker knockout. Beware of their wide-range tail swing attack, though. It might take some fancy footwork, but with their slow speed, you can mostly evade their attacks.
Doedicurus are known for their persistence, so leading them into a pre-built taming enclosure is a wise move. Picture a quaint little Stone house with three walls and a single door, a safe haven for your future companion. Alternatively, you can use Tranq Arrows to subdue them, but be cautious. You run the risk of triggering their defensive curl ability, making the tame more challenging and time-consuming. If they curl up, you'll have to decide whether to power through with Tranquilizer Darts or wait patiently until they uncurl, allowing for full damage.
Once the Doedicurus is unconscious, your job is far from over. If you haven't led it into a secure taming pen, you'll need to protect it from the hungry jaws of wild creatures, especially those cunning Sabertooths and Hyaenodons. Build multiple layers of Wooden Spikes around the Doedicurus, leaving enough room for you to access it or construct a sturdy box using fence foundations and Stone walls. Safety first, after all!
When it comes to taming food, Doedicurus are not picky eaters. They happily munch on Regular Kibble or enjoy a fresh serving of crops like Rockarrots and Citronal. Remember, taming a Doedicurus takes time, especially at higher levels, so stock up on plenty of food. Just like your trusty Narcotics and ammo, it's always better to be prepared.
Now, let's talk about what makes the Doedicurus truly special. Besides being an expert Stone collector, their wide tail-swing attack obliterates multiple rocks at once. Imagine the satisfaction of watching stones shatter under their mighty strike! As if that wasn't impressive enough, they possess a unique rolling move that grants them decent speed. Need to traverse rough terrains? No problem. Doedicurus are surprisingly adept at navigating all types of landscapes, and they're even one of the swiftest land mounts in water.
So, my fellow adventurers, when you set out on your journey across The Island, remember the Doedicurus. Not only will they be your trusty companions, but they'll also be your rock-crushing, all-terrain-rolling, and fiercely loyal partners. Taming these prehistoric wonders might be a challenge, but the rewards are well worth it. Get ready to roll with the Doedicurus and conquer the untamed world of ARK: Survival Ascended!