How to Make a Dino Pen
This blog post will show you how to make a dino pen. It is a creative way to make your own storage, which you can use for whatever you want. It is useful since it can provide a lot of extra inventory space. It is also fun to build, and as you can see in the video, it does not take that long either.
The best part about this storage method is that you will never have to worry about a Wipe. If there is anything inside your dino pen when you get Wiped, it will be back after the wipe. So all you have to worry about is keeping your dino pen alive.
What is Dino Pen in Ark?
A dino pen is a fence that you build in the shape of the letter D. After it is built, you will attach large gates on each side. This will allow your dinos to go in and out of their new home.
You can place these fences anywhere there are walls or cliffs, to make a pen of one for your dinos. You can put your dino pen anywhere you want because it is completely customizable. You can build one that will work well in the snow if needed.
I will show you step-by-step how to make a dino pen since they are instrumental and easy to build in Ark Survival Evolved. If you are looking for a permanent home, then it is recommended that you build your pen on the side of a mountain or near large cliffs.
Things You’ll Need to Make Dino Pen:
100 Stone pillars (For the foundation)
You can get these by killing thatch or scorpions in caves. The easiest way to get them is by searching for thatch in the green cave because they are abundant there.
Note: The pillar counts are for a pen that is 5×5. If you want one larger, then you should get more pillars. Also, remember that it is not a bad idea to have extra since you can always use them for something else.
1 Wall or Fence Foundation (For the wall logs)
You can get this by killing spiders in caves and mining them from rocks. If you do not want to buy one, you may be able to get it in the swamp area.
1 Large Wooden Crate (For the roof)
This can be found near a campfire or in caves, along with stone pillars. Alternatively, you may find these in loot crates as well. You should probably leave this till after your fence is built since it adds a lot of bulk to an already bulky project.
2 Wooden Platforms or 1 Large Wood Platform (For the roof)
You can typically just cut these down from trees. This is another thing you may want to leave till after your fence is built because if you try and attach them while building the fence it will make it much more difficult.
If you are looking for the best platform, you can try to make it out of Cedarwood or Yew. These are excellent materials that will last a long time and should keep your dinos nice and happy.
2 Wooden Elevator Platforms (For moving dinos)
Wood Elevator platforms can be found in caves as well. They are usually near the back of the cave, so you may not be able to spot them at first. You can use these elevator platforms to move dinos into their new home once it is finished.
16 Stone Fences (For the D shaped walls)
You can get stone fences by killing spiders in caves and finding them in loot crates as well. If you do not see any near where you are building, you can kill scorpions for stone or find them in the green cave.
Instructions: How to Make a Dino Pen
This will be the most important part of building your pen. You need to make sure everything is level as you go not to fall over when it is done.
Step 1: Make a 5×5 Pillar Grid Foundation.
The first thing you should do is gather up all 100 stone pillars and place them in a 5×5 grid with 4 pillars in each corner. Make sure they are all leveled because this is very important to the stability of your pen.
Step 2: Build a Wall Around the Foundations
You are taking a wall or fence foundation and placing it around the base of your pillars. Make sure it matches up on either side of each pillar. You can find these in caves or mines, or you can get one for free from the wooden crate that you bought earlier.
Step 3: Place Wall Logs Around Charcoal
You are taking your stone fence and building a wall around the charcoal on all 4 sides of it so that no dinos will be able to get in or out. Adding log fences on the top is optional, but it’s recommended that you do because it will make it harder for dinos to get up there and attack your dinos.
Step 4: Place Elevator Platforms
You are taking your elevator platforms and activating them by pressing E on them. They will then float down to the ground. You need to place them on all 4 sides of your charcoal to make it easier to move dinos in and out.
Step 5: Build Fences Around Your Elevator Platforms
You are taking your stone fence and placing it around the elevator platforms so that you can make it look like a square. Make sure your fences are not connected or touching each other because this will cause them to fall over and die.
Step 6: Level Everything Out
Now you need to make everything level so that it doesn’t collapse when dinos walk on it. If you have done it right, you should have a few additional elevator platforms that you can use to move dinos in and out. Again, make sure everything is level so that if a dinosaur were to walk on it, they wouldn’t fall into anything or make the whole thing collapse.
Step 7: Decorate Your Dino Pen Once Everything Is Built
Once everything is built, and you’ve tested it to make sure dinosaurs won’t fall into anything, then you can go ahead and decorate the inside. You can make room for breeding, or if you need more space, just leave them at 0 degrees so that they randomly spawn in there.
Now that you’ve made a pen out of ARK, it’s time to start creating and drawing the rest of your dinosaur world with this new tool in tow. Once your pen is built, try out some of these tips for keeping it safe and happy!
We hope these instructions helped craft your first dino pen. If you need additional help or have any questions about how to make a dino pen in Ark, please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime.
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