Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved drops its players into a prehistoric sandbox where they must fend for their lives making use of the resources they find in the open, while constantly trying to not be a T-Rex’s lunch. Since its initial release back in 2015, Ark has done phenomenally well in sales.
While the world of Ark is conventionally stylized to be played with others online, there is a separate Single Player mode for people like myself who like to tell themselves single-player campaigns are not dead yet.
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The fact that the game has mainly catered to its online community becomes manifest when we check out the mixed reviews that the game is met with. Because of this, the offline mode and its unoptimized default mechanics made for a sour experience for gamers worldwide.
So, below is a guide for Ark Single Player Settings that will mitigate the grind and make for a more enjoyable play-through and guarantee a far fairer and balanced run that sometimes even the Online Mode struggles to achieve.
ARK Single Player Settings
We will be covering both the General and Advanced settings in this guide. Following these steps will ensure the best offline experience for you!
Restore the Default Settings
Clear any existing settings you might have as we will only be changing a handful of those and setting all of them manually is time lost that would be better spent fighting Dinos eight times your size.
Difficulty to 1.0
This does not change the overall difficulty of the game. Rather, it increases the maximum level of dinosaurs that spawn (which should be 150 if you followed this guide correctly)
This might make the bosses a bit tough but who doesn’t enjoy a good challenge every once in a while?
XP Multiplier to 1.5
This is one of the settings that have been patched by the developers and yet still managed to turn out inconvenient! Setting the XP multiplier to 1.5 will make the XP gain more bearable without breaking the game
Taming Speed to 5.0
This will allow you to tame Dinos at 5x and save you a lot of food!
Harvest Amount to 1.5
This increases the number of trees and shrubbery around. Not only will this allow for more resources to build walls and shelter from, but it also keeps your world from looking bland.
Dino Character Recovery to 2.0
The bigger boys in your collection with a greater amount of health take too long to heal. This increases their healing speed by 2x and makes the pace noticeably consistent.
Disable Your Crosshair
You can leave this setting checked, but it is HIGHLY advised that you don’t.
The player is provided access to various attachments, and iron sights that serve as crosshairs so enabling the game’s own crosshair ruins the immersion aspect and renders quite a few in-game items useless for your Ark Single Player run.
Enable “Max Difficulty”
This will ensure that all the Dinos on the map are Level 150, which we want. The loot, the challenge, and the flow of the combat are made moderately better.
Use Single Player Settings
Checking this option will automatically optimize some of the Ark Single Player settings later on since it is tailored specifically for single-player runs.
Use Corpse Locator
A green light will linger about in the sky for some time that you can use to track the location of your unfortunate demise. It’s a neat little addition that saves you the time and effort to tame some Troodons.
Disable Structure Placement Collision
Checking this makes for a more accurate building where nothing is overlapping or being intertwined. It looks neat!
Allow Unlimited Respecs
This setting will grant the player access to Mind Wipe Tonic, which allows for infinite respecs. If you choose to leave this option unchecked, you will only be able to respec once.
Allow “Override Structure Platform Prevention”
Moving on to the Advanced Settings, this will allow you to place irrigation pipes and Tek Generators on platform saddle buildings, which is crucial if you intend to play Ark Single Player.
Mating Interval to 0.5
The Dinos in your collection will mate twice as fast, which means you have more time to enjoy your Ark Single Player run!
Egg Hatch Speed to 3.0
Depending on the type of dinosaur, eggs will hatch at a faster pace of about 17-20 minutes on average. This fits in well with the other settings’ pacing, and your playthrough will not feel inconsistent.
Harvest Health to 2.0
This setting is mainly for immersion and realism purposes. This setting makes your game pace more natural simply by altering the number of hits it takes to down Harvest.
Baby Cuddle Interval Multiplier to 0.15
Who wouldn’t want to cuddle small deadly lizards? Setting the Cuddle Interval Multiplier to 0.15 along with the Use Single Player Settings box checked, you will be able to cuddle the babies about every 10 minutes for imprinting.
Baby Cuddle Grace Multiplier to 10.0
This option sets the chance/rate of imprinting to 100%, granted that you utilized all of your cuddles. This means better stats for your Dinos.
No Resource Radius
Set Player to 4.0 and Set No Resource Radius: Structures to 2.0. This saves the player from any annoying and unfortunate spawns. Personal space is important!
Set Crop Growth Speed to 2.0
Crops will grow faster and fit in with the overall pace
Allow Custom Recipes
Disabling this means you won’t be able to make and savor your favorite dish!
Allow Raid Dino Feeding
This setting is to ensure that unofficial Raid Dinos do not starve to death like they usually do. However, it is hard enough taming these beasts. Treat yourself and ensure they stick around in Ark Single Player!
The above-stated settings have been derived with a stabilized playthrough in mind that still serves as a decent challenge for all those who desire to enjoy Ark Single Player mode to the fullest.
The descriptions of each setting are available and the respective settings can be tweaked if the players want to simplify or amplify their Single Player experience. While you are here, also check out How To Get All Pets In Terraria.