When it comes to egg collecting in ARK Survival Ascended, the Oviraptor will and should be your go-to tame for the job. However, many players assume that the pickup range that the dino has for eggs is fixed and can't be increased, and thankfully, this is not the case.
There exists a way in the game to increase the Oviraptor's egg pickup range, and this guide will show you exactly how. Keep reading to find out exactly how you can increase the Oviraptor's Egg pickup range in ARK Survival Ascended to sort out all your egg needs.
How To Increase Oviraptor Egg Pickup Range
If you've already checked out our Oviraptor egg farming guide here, then you know that Oviraptors are the best Tame when it comes to egg collecting in the game, as they do it passively when commanded to do so. However, one aspect that some may struggle to figure out is the range.
Some Oviraptors seem to be able to pick up eggs at shorter or further ranges than others, and the reason for this is twofold, with both reasons also being the method used to increase the range. Simply put, Oviraptors' egg pickup range is influenced by the Oviraptor's overall level first, and secondly, its melee damage stat.
This means that to increase any of your Oviraptors' egg pickup ranges, you'll need to increase their level, and then their melee damage stat. The reason the level is the most important is that a high-level Oviraptor will be able to pick up eggs at a larger distance by default, and the melee damage can add some extra range, whereas lower-level Oviraptors can increase their melee damage, but their egg pickup range will fall off much sooner without a high enough level.
When you spawn in, say, a level 300 Oviraptor (which is well beyond the functional level cap), its pickup range at maximum will be 30 foundations in all directions around it, and the melee stat won't have any effect on it. But if you have a lower-level Oviraptor and want to increase its pickup, we suggest using the level points it gains on melee damage, as it will increase the egg pickup range without needing to focus solely on the level.
So in summary, ensure that your egg-farming Oviraptors are at the highest level they can be, and whatever points they do gain for levels, pump them all into melee damage, as it will increase their pickup range. All credit for this discovery and explanation goes to YouTuber Teachers Game Too, and for a full breakdown of this topic, check out their video listed below.