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ARK: Breeding Guide

Pointers and information for the players who want to breed on our Cluster.

Our Cluster is set up for Breeders to enjoy the experience of Breeding "That Ultimate Dino" that you've ever wanted. To help this along we have added this page and some pointers and links to videos to help the newly inspired breeder, or the 'Old Hand' breeders to get their "Dino Groove" on.

Creature Levels:
Dinos/Creatures spawn with a level of 5 to 210 in our arks. The following dino/creatures are an exception: (Other levels apply like every other dino based on difficulty setting however.)
The max dino level (without breeding) after taming and leveling is 372 on our servers. (i.e. 210 wild level + 74 level taming bonus + 88 domesticated level ups). There are a few exceptions to this rule:
  • Tek creatures - As stated above, they can naturally spawn up to 253 with a maximum taming efficiency of +89 levels and up to 88 levels after taming, making their max possible level 430 outside of breeding.
  • Reaper Kings - Queens spawn at a maximum level of 210, but their offspring can receive up to 75 additional levels during pregnancy and another 88 once matured, making their max level 372.
  • Enforcers and Scouts - Spawn naturally up to level 210 and can receive an additional 88 levels after being assembled, making their max level 298.
  • Deinonychus Egg - naturally spawn up to 210 and can receive an additional 88 levels after maturation, making their max level 298 outside of breeding.
  • Crystal Wyvern Egg, Wyvern Egg, and Rock Drake Egg- can spawn naturally up to 266 and can receive an additional 88 levels after maturation, making their max level 354.
  • Magmasaur Egg - naturally spawn up to 210 and can receive an additional 88 levels after maturation, making their max level 298 outside of breeding.
Breeding Level Caps: On our servers, Creatures have NO hard-capped limit on breeding. Levels of 1750 to 1800 is possible (maxing all stats at 254 x 7 +1 =Maxed out dino of 1750) .
PLEASE NOTE: Once you have reached a Dino with 255 in each stat value. You realistically cannot add any more domestication level points into that specific stat. If done, the stat will revert to a LEVEL ONE DINO value in that stat. And you will lose all the value of months of breeding.
Tamable creatures introduced in the Genesis DLCs,
R-Creatures and
X-Creatures, and Lost Island's
Dinopithecus are the only exception, they can go over the 1750 up to 1800.
ONLINE Stats for our Cluster:
There is very little way that we as a cluster can get the stats online for the creatures, so in place of that we offer the following app that is useful for Breeding Plans.
Solo / Consolidated / Jawa’ed / Heirloom Bloodlines Definitions.
WIP Information
The PACK Guidelines for Solo / Consolidated / Jawa’ed / Heirloom Bloodlines.
Wip Information
These are the Settings on Our Cluster, for the Smart Breeder App:

Breeding Mechanics

Preparing Mating
The first step of breeding is having two opposite sex creatures of the same species for mating. Original, Tek, Aberrant, X, R, PE, and other MODDED variants of creatures count as separate species, and as such, cannot be cross-bred. They must be bred with their own variant. "On our servers using a soul trap will show the creatures variant" Most creatures can be bred; those few that cannot in vanilla ASE often can be on our servers by using the s+ mutator pulses for assign gender, etc. There will be a few that still cannot produce offspring.
Always be prepared for having more than one baby to be born upon incubation/gestation completion. There is a 10% chance of twins, and a 2% chance of triplets.
It has been confirmed that there is no creature in the game capable of affecting chances of mutations, twins and triplets.
Glamour Levels - Many Dino’s are specialists in a specific task. Thus you focus on two or three stats to Prioritize in capturing your first group of breeding stock. Three are always two to three stats that are completely useless to this dinosaur. So elevating or stacking stats as you breed in these stats is strictly to elevate your dinos max level as you breed up. These levels pretty much mean nothing and thus we call them our "Glamor levels''
Note that the levels a wild animal wastes in the movement stat is remembered and passed on during breeding. Thus two siblings with seemingly identical stats might have different levels if one of them inherited a higher movement stat than the other. This has one practical advantage: a higher torpor level.
Warning! When a Dino is transferred between servers, a breeding Cool Down is added on both male and female. This does not affect Males unless you try to gender swap them at the mutator. All creatures can take up to 24 hours to be able to breed again depending on the transfer cooldown timer.
Below is a very good stat tool to help you decide if this a dino you want to capture. Be sure to set it for Jp's Server Tweaks Mod. and use the slider to set the dinos level. This works for both wild and bred dinos.
Under "Is my stat good?" is a tool for calculating how many females for your breeding process.

Solo / Consolidated / Jawa’ed / Heirloom Bloodlines.

Mutation Mechanics

Stats of the Offspring
The spawn of two dinosaurs will inherit the "natural" stat levels of its parents. Natural stat levels are the levels in each stat after it has been tamed but before it gains any stats through leveling-up by a player (BASE STATS). There is a 55% chance of inheriting the stronger stat of each parent.
To maximize the stats of the offspring, specialized parents with a good value in few stats are needed. To get a really good breed you need at least 6 creatures, each with a high upleveled (BASE STATS) different stat. After at least 3 generations a creature with the best of the stats can be bred. Dinos with a 55 to 70 in a stat are possible to capture on our ARKs. Mostly trap those in the 189 to 210 for exceptional base stats.
The stat-values (not the stat-levels) of the offspring are calculated (RNG) like for a creature that was just tamed with a 100% taming effectiveness with the taming effectiveness bonuses applied.
Level of the Offspring
The stat-values (not the stat-levels) of the offspring are calculated (RNG) like for a creature that was just tamed with a 100% taming effectiveness with the taming effectiveness bonuses applied. For example a hatchling with 56, 48, 50,48,52,46,42 would be a level 343 (56 + 48 + 50 + 48 + 52 + 46 + 42 + 1[this represents the offspring's own base level] = 343.
The resulting level of the baby is the sum of (base stats) of each of its parents. So a breeding pair of Adults both lv 210 with matching stats of 56, 48, 50,48,52,46,42. The offspring would be born with a level of 210 up to 600 if a perfect doubling of all stats happened.
For this process it’s not important that after some time your male will have more then 20/20 mutations. As long as your female has 0/20 on the matrilineal side you can always get a mutation. The female dino provides a possible mutation and the male dino better stats.
Remember if both creatures have 20+/20 mutation in their respective side (male on patrilineal and female on matrilineal side) you can’t get a new mutation. This is when you move to the Unlimited Mutations Method described below.
Mutation Colors
When a mutation occurs, two things always happen; a stat is selected at random and 2 wild levels are added to the "chosen" parent's current stat level and the mutation counter is increased by 1 (over the originally calculated sum), and a color region is randomly selected to apply a random color to.
This region could have been any of the 6 used in Ark, even if that species doesn't make use of that region (it's not visible). Once a region has been chosen, a color within the current size of the color definitions array is chosen, completely at random.
The random color has an equal chance of being a "vibrant" color as it does any other color. The code selects an index that corresponds to the colors listed in the definitions array. You can very easily end up with a color that your creature could have spawned with naturally or even the same color it had originally, it's all up to RNG.
The Above Section on "In-Depth look at Breeding Super Dinos" is from the site and edited to fit our server clusters Base stats.

Unlimited Mutations Method

So, what if we've got a super breeding line at its cap of 20 mutations?
So, what if we've got a super breeding line at its cap of 20 mutations? Well, simply inbreed them 28 generations, overflow the counter, and since a negative number is always less than 20 they can start to get mutations again.
How this is done!
The mutations counter is a 32 bit signed integer. If your pet has 1 mutation, in binary he has 00000001 mutations. If you mate them with another 1 mutation pet, he will have 2, or 00000010 mutations.
If you inbreed that generation, you have: 00000010 + 00000010 = 00000100 mutations, or 4. Do it again, you have 00001000 mutations, or 8. As you can see, every doubling of mutations moves the 1 left.
Now, for a little bit of computer fun, computers don't use the 32nd bit of a signed integer as a quantity, they use it as the positive or negative sign. 0 = positive. 1 = negative.
So, what happens after our 31st generation of inbreeding? 01000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 (1,0731741,824 mutations) + 01000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 (1,0731741,824 mutations) = 10000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 ( -2,147,483,648 mutations)
Yes, that is negative 2,147,483,648 mutations. (for computer math reference, negative 1 is binary all 1s, all 0s is the 'biggest' negative number) if you inbreed that generation, the 1 is pushed off the 32 bits containing the integer and we're back at 0.
The Above Section on "Unlimited Mutations Glitch (Dirty Breeding)" is from Redit user: Wulf2k, February 28, 2019 and edited to fit our server clusters Base stats.


You can't have a fully nude/non-colored dino. Ark core game logic thinks fully nude dinos are a new spawn, and triggers a full random color roll on all regions.

ASE Color Id's 2022
Species Color Sets
Each species is defined as having two color sets (one male, one female). These color sets are separate assets from the species themselves and define the default colors each creature can spawn with in the wild only. A color set contains the ColorSetDefinitions, an array of 6 color set definition entries. Each entry contains a RegionName, an array of ColorEntryNames, and more recently RandomWeights, MinLevel, and MaxLevel arrays.
The RegionName is supposed to represent the region of a species the region would map to, however, it appears that the developers have used a cheat sheet of shorts that they just copy/paste from that sets the region name as something along the lines of Dark All -Nn to correspond to the list of color entry names. The entry names contains a list of strings that correspond to the ColorName a creature can spawn with. The strings are then referenced against the Color Definitions Array when a creature is spawned. However, this list is prone to typos.
Event color sets, like the one used for Valentine's Day, work exactly the same way. The only exception is a creature will not naturally spawn with one of these specialty color sets. Part of the event code contains an override that any creature spawned will have a 10% chance of using the event color set as opposed to it's natural colors. [NOTE] New code has been introduced so that Unofficials can set the % higher on Event colors. As long as the event is active, newly spawned creatures will have a chance to use the event color set. Disabling the event does not remove the event colors.
As a reminder, color sets only apply to creatures that are not bred but instead either wild spawned or spawned with admin commands. They do not restrict mutation colors or the ability to manipulate the color region colors with commands or mods