'ARK' Update 2.34 Buffs Dinos and Tweaks Breeding on PS4 & Xbox - Patch Notes

ARK: Survival Evolved update 2.34 has just landed on PS4 and Xbox One, and it's touted as a balance pass for creatures, breeding and other small quality-of-life changes. If you are looking for your Carno to be stronger or just want your Dinos to grow up faster, these patch notes offer a lot to love. They arrive courtesy of the latest Community Crunch blog post from Studio Wildcard.

ARK Update 2.34 Patch Notes

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'ARK' update 2.34 has landed with buffs, breeding tweaks and more. Read the full patch notes below. 'ARK: Survival Evolved' is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux. Studio Wildcard

Creatures
Basilosaurus

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  • Increased deep-sea-depth value at which damage taken by approximately 30%

Bloodstalker

  • Reduced armour penetration by approximately 35%
  • Reduced durability damage by 50%

Carno

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  • Added 30% armour penetration to the Left Click attack
  • Added a Bleed effect to the right click attack which does up to 5% of targets health over 10 seconds, cannot be stacked but the timer can be reset.

Carbonemys

  • Increased resistance to TEK Turrets by 10%

Dunkleosteus

  • Reduced weight of Obsidian in inventory by approximately 75%
  • Reduced weight of metal, stone, crystal, and black pearls by approximately 50%
  • Increased swim speed by approximately 20%

Liopleurodon

  • Increased buff timer from 30 minutes to 6 hours

Megachelon

  • Reduced Shell Resistance by 30% (from 80% to 50%)
  • Reduced Health Per Level gains by approximately 15%

Paracer

  • Reduced Health Per Level gains by approximately 15%

Gasbags

  • Can no longer inhale or exhale when being carried by skiff
  • Will no longer push Dinos around in PVE when landing to prevent griefing and exploits

Breeding

  • Reduced Mosasaur maturation time (now matches Yutyrannus)
  • Reduced Basilosaurus maturation time (now matches Gacha)
  • Reduced Tusoteuthis maturation time (now matches Yutyrannus)
  • Reduced Plesiosaur maturation time (now matches Gacha)
  • Reduced Compy maturation time (now matches Otter)
  • Reduced Equus maturation time (now matches Procoptodon)
  • Reduced Quetzal maturation time to approximately 5 and a half days
  • Reduced Phiomia maturation time (now matches Ovis)
  • Reduced Ichthyosaurus maturation time (now matches Roll Rat)
  • Reduced Dunkleosteus maturation time (now matches Mammoth)
  • Reduced Jerboa maturation time (now matches Otter)
  • Increased Rhino maturation time (now matches Doedicurus)

Genesis

  • Added an additional 15 seconds to all race missions on Xbox and PS4
  • Added Event Emotes to the Hex Store at the cost of 50,000 hexagons
  • Reduced Hexagons rewarded on Mound Over Matter and One Helluva Treasure Hunt by 25% on all difficulties
  • Increased the cost of Gunpowder in the Hex Exchange to 150 hexagons.
  • Increased the cost of Hide in the Hex Exchange to 60 Hexagons
  • Element Shards gained from Genesis Volcano Red Crystals have been reduced by approximately 40%
  • Per Character Hexagon clamp added to configurable ini (Defaults to 2.5m on Official Network, retroactive change). Can be edited on unofficials by changing this variable in GameUserSettings.ini: MaxHexagonsPerCharacter=2500000

Valguero

  • Boss Fight timer has increased from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

General

  • Flying creatures will prioritize picking up friendly-creatures rather than dismounting friendly riders
  • Baby Creatures will no longer auto-wander when hatched
  • Mounting a flying creature will no longer instantly cause it to take off
  • Cryopods in a player's inventory will now charge if a player is sleeping in a TEK Pod.
  • TEK Helm will now provide players with the Gas Mask bonus, protecting them from the Poison Wyvern and Basilisk spit.
  • Tamed Creatures can no longer consume antidote
  • Added multiple item-clamping checks to various areas of loot generation and crafting.
  • Heavy Turret damage increased by 15%
  • TEK Turrets now require double the amount of shards per bullet
  • Metal Ingot stack size has been increased to 300
  • Raw Metal stack size has been increased to 300
  • Spoil time on Lesser Antidote has been increased to 3 days
  • Spoil time on Prime Meat and Prime Fish have doubled
  • HLNA and Chibi Creatures no longer disable the protection against Bees buff.
  • Yell and Whisper can now switch between the following modifier keys on PC: Left Shift, Left Ctrl, and Left Alt.
  • A configurable GameUserSettings.ini which allows server hosts to limit the amount of gateways that can be placed on platform saddles. This configuration is not retroactive, so applying this change will require some manual administration work to clear up any pre-existing platforms that exceed the limit. MaxGateFrameOnSaddles=2 We'll be enabling this on our Official PvP Network and setting the limit to 2, on all platforms. Official PvP players will have approximately 30 days to adjust their current existing platforms to remove any that exceed the gateway limit.

Official PvP players will have approximately 30 days to adjust their current existing platforms to remove any that exceed the gateway limit.

While nothing in these patch notes drastically changes the ARK experience as players know it, there's a lot in update 2.34 that will make the game feel better regardless of the creatures you have at your disposal. Speaking first to the creature adjustments, the buffs made to the Carno and Dunkleosteus sound great, as both of these options weren't all that viable in the current meta. It certainly would've been nice to see the fencing and despawning problems with Gigas addressed in this patch, but the bug doesn't appear to be listed in this version of the notes. As a potential Giga tamer or owner, it's a shame that Dino is still broken right now.

A lot less frustrating, though, are the smaller quality-of-life adjustments in this update. The days of running after baby creatures once they hatch are finally over, Tek Turrets have been nerfed and flyer mounting is way less erratic. Also giving us the good feels are the changes to breeding that make maturation faster. While a blanket increase to the rate of breeding would've been far better, it's hard to complain about any of these adjustments. It's a bummer fans have to wait for TLC 3 and Genesis Part 2, but update 2.34 does a solid job of letting the ARK faithful know they're being heard in the interim.

ARK: Survival Evolved is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux.

What do you think of ARK update 2.34 so far? Are these buffs enough to bring you back? Tell us in the comments section!

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