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ARK Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland Event: Release Date, Rewards, More

Celebrate the festive season with your dinosaurs as we discuss the release date, content details, and much more surrounding the upcoming Winter Wonderland event in ARK Survival Ascended.
ARK Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland Event: Release Date, Rewards, More
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Events, particularly Seasonal Events, stand out as highly anticipated occasions for ARK players, bringing an influx of new content, enticing rewards, and valuable boosters. As we approach the end of the year 2023, curiosity arises among players about the potential return of the iconic Winter Wonderland event in ARK Survival Ascended.

This festive event has ingrained itself as a Christmas tradition for numerous ARK players, fostering expectations for its comeback. However, the lingering question remains: will it make a return? In this article, we aim to provide insights into the future of the Winter Wonderland event in ARK Survival Ascended, delving into possible release dates, anticipated content features, and the leaks circulating within the community.

ARK Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland Event Release Date (2023)

Thanks to the information provided in a Steam Community crunch forum post by the developers, we know that the 2023 Winter Wonderland event will begin on the 21st of December and continue until the 7th of January 2024 on official servers.  The event will be accessible via the mod menu when players boot up the game, and they will simply need to search for the event name and install it to get going.

Additionally, players can enable Winter Wonderland on their private servers, by adding the mod ID to their server command-line launch arguments (-mods=modID). Once done, the event will be available to play, and the mod ID itself will be released in the event patch notes once it goes live. 

Speaking of, once the event kicks off, players will be treated to a host of new content additions and features, with some being return assets from the previous year's event in ARK Survival Evolved, and the rest being new additions made specifically for Ascended. So let's take a look at everything we can expect to see in the new Winter Wonderland event for ARK Survival Ascended below. 

ARK Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland Event Details and Rewards

Players will be treated to a host of new features, content additions, and festive treats this year as the list of everything you can expect from the Winter Wonderland 2023 event is quite a lengthy one. So with that said, let's take a look at everything coming to ARK Survival Ascended in this year's Winter Wonderland event: 

ARK Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland 2023 Rates and Raptor Claus
Lucrative event rates will be applied during Winter Wonderland as well as the return of popular festive-themed creatures such as Raptor Claus. (Picture: Studio Wildcard)

Event Rates

  • PVP/PVE
    • 1.5x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience
    • 1.5x Breeding
  • Small Tribes
    • 4x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience
    • 3.5x Breeding
  • ARKpocalypse
    • 4.5x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience
    • 4.5x Breeding

Event Creatures

  • RaptorClaus
  • Santa's Big Helper Yeti - Drops Coal and Mistletoe. NEW
  • Abominable Snowman - Drops Coal and Mistletoe. NEW
  • Pegomastax Grouch- Drops Coal and Mistletoe. Steals Gift Boxes in return for a special reward. NEW
  • Wild Rideable Reindeer - Drops Coal and Mistletoe. Can be fed Rockarrot and ridden for additional drop amounts. NEW
  • Event-specific recipes are now on the Smithy instead of the Cooking Pot

Event Chibis

  • RaptorClauss NEW
  • Hyaenadeer NEW

Event Emotes

  • Caroling Emote
  • Happy Clap Emote
  • Nutcracker Dance Emote
  • Shiver Emote NEW
  • Snow Angel Emote NEW
ARK Survival Ascended Winter Wonderland 2023 Event Skins
Many Christmas-themed skins will be returning during the event, as well as a brand new Krampus skin to terrorize your fellow survivors with. (Picture: Studio Wildcard)

Event Skins

  • Full-body Krampus Costume Player Character Skin/Cosmetic NEW
  • Santa’s Workshop Smithy Structure Skin NEW
  • Festive Forge Structure Skin NEW
  • Blue-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  • Christmas Bola Skin
  • Dino Ornament Swimsuit Skins
  • Felt Reindeer Antlers Skin
  • Gray-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Green-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • HLN-A Winter Beanie Skin
  • Jerboa Wreath Swimsuit Skins
  • Megaloceros Reindeer Costume
  • Noglin Regift Winter Beanie Skin
  • Noglin Swimsuit Skins
  • Nutcracker Slingshot Skin
  • Purple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Purple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin (Winter Wonderland 5)
  • Raptor Sleighing Winter Beanie Skin
  • Red-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Santa Costume Skin
  • Santa Hat Skin
  • Snowy Winter Beanie Skin
  • Ugly Carno Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Chibi Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bronto Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bulldog Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Caroling Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Noglin Regift Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Raptor Claws Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Rockwell Sweater Skin
  • Ugly T-Rex Sweater Skin
  • Yeti Swimsuit Skins

Event Items

  • Coal
  • Festive Dino Candy
  • Gift Box
  • Holiday Lights
  • Holiday Stocking
  • Holiday Tree
  • Mistletoe
  • Snowman
  • Wreath
Winter Wonderland Release Date Details still to come
Tons of new items and even creature colors will be added during the event, so be sure to explore and find them all once it kicks off. (Picture: Studio Wildcard)

Wild Creature Colors

  • Lavender
  • Dino Light Purple
  • Dino Light Blue
  • DragonGreen0
  • ActualBlack
  • Cyan
  • DeepPink
  • Dino Dark Purple
  • Mint
  • Jade
  • PineGreen
  • SpruceGreen
  • DarkMagenta
  • Glacial
  • PowderBlue
  • Teal
  • DarkViolet
  • Red
  • Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Red
  • Dark Red
  • Dino Light Red
  • Dino Light Green
  • Dino Medium Green
  • Dino Albino
  • NearWhite
  • Yellow

So there you have it, everything we know so far regarding 2023's Winter Wonderland event coming to ARK Survival Ascended. As always, be sure to check back here soon for more news surrounding this event once it goes live on the 21st of December, and as always, best of luck to our fellow survivors this Christmas season!