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ARK Survival Ascended Stegosaurus Guide: How To Tame and Uses

Take this armored tank to battle as we show you how to find, tame, and use the Stegosaurus in ARK Survival Ascended.
ARK Survival Ascended Stegosaurus Guide: How To Tame and Uses
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When it comes to acquiring tames in ARK Survival Ascended, many players prioritize obtaining large aggressive dinosaurs like the T-Rex, Giga, or Yuty's, overlooking some lesser-known options. One such overlooked dino is the Stegosaurus, a dinosaur that might not be the immediate choice for many players, but given the immense utility this dino offers regardless of your current level, it should be.

So to provide more insight, this guide will briefly demonstrate how to find and tame a Stegosaurus, and then delve into the details of how this dino can be incredibly useful when playing ARK Survival Ascended. Without further delay, let's dive right in.

How To Find and Tame the Stegosaurus in ARK Survival Ascended

The Stegosaurus, commonly referred to as a Stego, is a large herbivorous quadruped with distinctive back plates, often displaying vibrant colors. It features three pairs of spikes at the end of its lengthy tail and a small head with a beak. 

ARK Survival Ascended Stegosaurus Location
The Stego can be found throughout the Island, but herbivore island is the best place to find one roaming around. (Picture: Shane / Studio Wildcard)

Stegos are commonly found throughout the Island, with a guaranteed spawn on Herbivore Island to the southeast, but they are not present in the snowy northern region, consistent with their herbivorous nature. For a more detailed look, check out the map image provided above.

Taming a Stego is a straightforward process, similar to taming other creatures in the game. Subdue it using tranquilizers, then feed it kibble or berries (as meat won't work due to its herbivorous diet). Once tamed, you can explore the various uses and abilities of your Stego, which we'll cover in the next section.

How Is The Stegosaurus Used in ARK Survival Ascended?

Beginning with the base stats, the Stego boasts a robust stat pool, featuring a high health pool and solid defense, which can be further enhanced. The Stego's primary attack is a tail swing dealing 42 damage, also serving as a resource farming tool, with its effectiveness influenced by its special ability, known as its plate mode.

ARK Survival Ascended Stegosaurus Uses PLate Modes
Stegos also use plate modes that grant it differing abilities as described below. (Picture: Shane / Studio Wildcard)

The Stego has three plate modes:

  1. Hardened Plates reduce incoming damage by 50% and provide a high affinity for farming Wood.
  2. Heavy Plates enable the primary attack to slow targets for 10 seconds, with a high affinity for farming Thatch.
  3. Sharpened Plates increase armor penetration by 30%, with a high affinity for farming Berries.

All plate modes protect the rider from being dismounted, except if the Stegosaurus goes unconscious. Additionally, Stego's alternate attack, initiated with the right-click button, is called "Impale." It uses its tail to impale a damaged target, with the damage depending on both its max Health and Melee Damage stat. The impaled target experiences reduced Stamina to 0 and negated regeneration for 15 seconds after release.

ARK Survival Ascended Stegosaurus Uses Attacks
Along with its basic attacks, Stegos can also use an impale attack to stun-lock enemies which can be extremely beneficial in PvP scenarios. (Picture: Shane / Studio Wildcard)

When mounted, the Stego allows the use of other weapons, enabling you to fire at targets while the Stego absorbs damage, providing excellent utility in PvP scenarios. Combined with items like Sweet Vegetable Cake to maintain its health, the Stego becomes the ultimate battle tank for facing players or formidable creatures.

In conclusion, this breakdown provides a comprehensive guide on finding, taming, and utilizing the Stegosaurus in combat and various tasks in ARK Survival Ascended. Consider incorporating the Stego into your team, as it proves to be a valuable asset for navigating the challenging battles on the island.