Ever since it’s 2017 release, Ark Survival Evolved has gone on to become one of the most well-liked survival games out there on the market. It also has an extremely dedicated fan base of modders that create a wide variety of amazing mods for the game. From new weapons to new dinosaurs, the modding community in Ark has you covered, and In this guide, we will show some of the best mods the Ark Survival Evolved mod community has to offer.

As a side note, before we begin with the list, make sure to read the description of all these mods, as some may require extra steps or sub mods in order to get working.

The Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved List


ARK Additions: The Collection!

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

If you ever wanted more realistic dinosaurs than what the current roster in Ark offers, then this mod is for you. Ark Additions will add over seven highly detailed new creatures to your ark world. For the full, roaster check the list below.

  • Deinosuchus!
  • Archelon!
  • Xiphactinus!
  • Brachiosaurus!
  • Acrocanthosaurus!
  • Concavenator!
  • Cryolophosaurus!

Upgrade Station 

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

This next mod in this list will allow you to upgrade all of your gear from primitive all the way to ascendant via upgrade stations. It’s even compatible with other mods, according to the description on steam.

As a side note, if you want this mod to work with Rocket Launchers and Tek Rifles, you will need to download the companion mod for it.

Structures Plus (S+)

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

By far one of the most popular mods for the game, Structures Plus adds a whole host of better versions of vanilla building items with some quality of life features added to them. For example, Walls and storage boxes snap together now, and doors and gates auto close. But best of all, the mod also adds several new items such as Tek Forges, Multi Lamp, and Dynamic pillars. So grab this mod today if you are in need of more stuff to build.

Castles, Keeps, and Forts: Science Fiction

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

The next mod on our list is perfect for someone who wants to build a Norman keep or a late medieval castle in Ark. It is because the mod adds over 75 versatile building parts with medieval themes. The mod also includes new science fiction themed buildings, on top of its already great roaster. 

Pimp My Dino

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

We all love our dinos in Ark and want to protect them as much as we can. However, there’s not much in the way of armor for your dinosaurs. Luckily Pimp My Dino fixes this problem by adding all sorts of new armor for various tamable creatures in the game.

Eco’s ARK Mods

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

The eco series numbering around twenty mods offers a vast selection of buildable decorations and items for Ark players. Anything from roman style buildings to even giant mushrooms can be yours now via their collection page.

Ultra Stacks

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

Ever ran out of storage in a survival game? It sucks and also a pain to make room for more items, but that’s where this next mod comes in. Ultra stacks fixes the problem by making items in Ark Survival Evolved stack items up to 10k, so you can never worry about running out of room in your favorite dino simulator again.

Primal Fear

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

The Primal Fear mod and its sub additions are not for the faint of heart, as it adds some of the most challenging creatures I have ever seen from a mod for Ark. The mod also adds tons of varied tamable creatures with element variants that can actually one-shot other creatures. That said if you want challenging creatures to fight and tame, Primal Fear might be for you.

Echo’s Stacking Storage 

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

Echo’s Stacking Storage is a personal favorite of mine. It’s because it adds terrific stackable storage containers that fit perfectly in a base. You can also write names on them, making it easy to organize items in Ark.

Super Spyglass

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

Super Spyglass is fun but a cheaty mod that allows players to see hidden stats of the various creatures in Ark. It’s also useful if you are not sure how much torpor a dinosaur has and for taming.

Ark Steampunk Mod

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

Does flying around in a hot air balloon sound like your kind of thing? What about robot dinosaurs? If you answered yes to both questions, you need to check out Ark Steampunk Mod. It adds everything I just mentioned and various other Steampunk themed items.

Ark Questlines 

Best Mods for Ark Survival Evolved

Overall, Ark Survival Evolved is a fun and awesome game with some RPG elements. But what if it was more like an RPG with quests? It can be with the mod Ark Questlines, and it is honestly sweet as the mod adds various tasks and quests you can do for valuable rewards.

Death Recovery Mod (v1.12.1)

Best Mods for Ark: Survival Evolved

Dying is annoying, but what is more frustrating is losing all of the loot and resources you just gathered up. That said, thank the dino gods that the Death Recovery mod is a thing on the steam workshop, as with this mod, you will never have to worry about losing your items again. Once the mod is downloaded, all you need to do is craft an item in your base, walk up to it, and hit use on it, and it will retrieve all of your lost items.

Awesome Teleporters!

Best Mods for Ark Survival Evolved

The game maps in Ark Survival Evolved are huge, and it can take forever sometimes getting from point a to b. Awesome Teleporters speeds this process up by allowing you to build platforms that you and your dinosaur can use to teleport to another platform. That said, this mod is perfect for those who want to travel to multiple bases or resource zones in seconds.


Best Mods for Ark Survival Evolved

Ark has a good armor selection, but after a few hundred hours into the game, you might desire something new to wear. If this sounds like you, then Armour+ might be the sort of thing you are looking for, as it adds tons of new versions of vanilla armor to the game.


Similar to Armour+, Weapons+ seeks to fill a similar role, but instead of armor, it adds several new weapons and items to Ark. Along with that, the weapons it adds also have special element ammo such as AP and electric.

Lineage Monsters 

Best Mods for Ark Survival Evolved

Another favorite of mine is Lineage monsters for its unique style and creatures it adds to Ark. Inspired by the Lineage games, this mod adds well over 135 monsters of classic fantasy RPGs. Overall a great way to shake things up in Ark if you are tired of the usual stone age, space tech look of the game.

Primal NPCs

Best Mods for Ark Survival Evolved

Primal NPCs is a mod similar to that of the Bush people mod that was popular a while back. The mod adds NPCs that roam the map, building bases that the player can befriend or turn hostile. The mod also has a reputation that you can increase to befriend various tribes of NPCs.

More crafting ARK II

More crafting is a decent small mod that adds a lot of good content to the game. Most of it is building items, but it also adds medkits. Check the list below for everything it adds.

  • Medkits
  • Tents
  • ArmorShelf
  • Advance Forge
  • Industrial Forge
  • Carbon
  • Metal Storage box
  • Freezer
  • Advance AC
  • Electric Furnace
  • Tins
  • Electrical Battery

Egg N Poop Collector / Incubator

Best Mods for Ark Survival Evolved

The last mod on our list is a handy one for those who wish to breed dinosaurs in the game. It adds two useful items that auto collects both eggs and poop and preserves them. Along with that, the mod’s items will also auto fertilize eggs and keep them incubated faster.


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