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How genetic inheritance and mutations work

This tutorial aims to guide you from A to Z in the breeding of creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved , so that you become an expert breeding

If you want to know how to create a line of great dinosaurs then this tutorial is for you.

genetic inheritance

Know that the whole of this tutorial on breeding is divided into three detailed sections:

I. Choose the right parents for your lineage.

Today we will try to create a supreme lineage of killer Allosaurs that will have life, endurance, good transport and combat capability.

To do so, we must first go in search of wild animals. You may need to tame dozens of beasts before finding the stats that you can feed into your lineage.

Here, for the purposes of the tutorial I had administratively appear a good fifty wild allosaurs at level 150 to find the stats that I wanted to cross.

We thus have as precursors of our line of allosaurs:

  • A female with 5922 health
  • A male with 661 transport points
  • A female with 497 points of damage
  • A female with 1325 endurance points

II. Get champions by genetic inheritance

Creating a line of animals is an exciting but long-term endeavor. Once you have located the statistics that interest you, you have to mate the different animals to hope to get out a baby that has the combination of desired characters .

Indeed the little dinosaur freshly came out of the egg displays for each of his characters (life, endurance, weight, etc.) is the statistics of his mother or that of his father .

Know that you know 55% chance that the baby to be born takes the strongest statistic for each character .

The descendants also take, at random, for the different areas of their bodies, the color of their father or that of their mother.

Here, I try to get a kid with his father’s carrying capacity and his mother’s injury percentage.

NB: For this ark tutorial, I accelerated egg maturation and small growth over fifty times. It is therefore normal that the hatching time indicated on eggs is so short.

And here’s the job: this young female has the best weight and damage characteristics of her two parents.

By clicking on ” VIEW ANCESTORS ” you can inspect the lineage of your new animal. This allows you to follow the evolution of the line and also to check if it has mutations.

Tip : It’s important to properly rename all your breeding stock to allow clear identification when displaying lineage that can fill up quickly.

As you cross, you end up getting animals with all the features you want.

On the allosaurs, I managed, after twenty attempts, to release a perfect female allosaur:

Then a male also presenting the desired characters:

Important Note : Some offspring statistics may be better than those of both parents with no mutations displayed (especially for melee and / or hunger damage). This is explained by the fact that these characteristics are transmitted as if the parents had benefited from a taming efficiency of 100% and thus obtained all the bonuses.

III. Playing with genetic mutations

III.1 – The probability of a transfer

The probability of obtaining at least one mutation on a single cross is about 7.4%, for two mutations 0.18% and for three mutations 0.000016%.

III.2 – The effects of the transfer

mutation affects BOTH a statistic AND a color zone of the offspring.

III.2.1 – The mutation of statistics

The mutation of a statistic causes a gain of 2 levels on it. So far mutations are only positive, ie it always causes an increase in statistics.

It should be known that the mutation of the characters occurs BEFORE the selection of the latter. In other words, the offspring may have a mutation on a characteristic of one of his parents (for example gaining two levels on the melee damage coming from his father) and yet display that of his other parent (in this example the damage from his mother)

The mutation can also be done on the worst of the two statistics.

here a melee damage mutation on the allosaur line.

III.2.2 –  The color
mutation Statistical mutation is always accompanied by a color mutation. This mutation randomly changes the color of one of the areas of the offspring’s body (between 0 and 5). It sometimes happens that this color mutation falls on an area that displays no color for the species of the animal concerned. This explains why this mutation does not appear on the small.

Here an allosaur with a nice mutation on his body color chocolate …

III.3 The limits of the mutation

The number of mutations is limited on the same line. It allows 20 mutations on the father’s side and 20 mutations on the mother’s side.

Even if an existing mutation is not passed on to the offspring, it remains counted in the lineage.

Example: we perform the reproduction between the two following animals:
A male with 3/20 mutations of which two in life and one in endurance
A female with 2/20 mutations in life so much that it has the same points of life than the male.

The baby born of this mating inherits life points (insured by both parents) but not the endurance of his father. YET, he displays in his line 3/20 mutations on the side of his father and 2/20 mutations on the side of his mother.

And if this small product an offspring, it will give 5/20 mutations on its lineage side.

It is therefore important to be vigilant : we must know how to isolate mutations to prevent animals with the same mutations by kinship reproduce in them and unnecessarily increase the number of mutations in the lineage. Because once the maximum number of mutations is reached or exceeded on either side of the relationship, it is no longer possible to obtain new mutations.

And here you are, you know everything!

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