It’s hard to turn away from a new Ark: Survival Evolved map, there’s always something that draws you in, whether it’s new dinos, new builds, or just an entirely new environment. Since Crystal Isles is a free map (community crafted) that just became official (released on August 25, 2020), Ark players are encouraged to jump in and try it out!

Would you be wasting your time playing Crystal Isles? Is Crystal Isles all Wildcard has made it out to be? Let’s find out …

The Unique Environmental Features on this New Ark Map

Bee Hive Cave – The environment is definitely unique, and looking at the “beehive cave,” this statement comes to light. Mind you; this cave didn’t just get its name because bees live in there – it got it’s named “beehive cave,” because that’s exactly what it is – it’s a huge beehive in the form of a cave. This cave is filled with lots of yummy honey (so you no longer need to tame a bee if you want honey, you can just go here and harvest honey). Inside, you will find giant worker bees, and what loves honey? That’s right, dire bears.

The Bogs – In the Bogs, there are rotting corpses – these corpses will inflict a Torpor-inducing debuff.

Eldritch Isle – There’s an island called Eldritch Isle that has been engulfed in darkness and the echoes of thunder. Go here, and you will find a lot of rare resources that are useful in the game.

Massive Cluster of Floating Islands – If floating islands are your thing, then you’re going to enjoy the huge cluster of floating islands that are called Apotheosis.

Taming Wyverns on Crystal Isles

With the release of Crystal Isles, we witnessed a whole new world, combined with a whole new way to tame the wyverns on this map. The wyverns here aren’t just your normal wyverns – these are crystal wyverns.

You have three new wyverns to tame:

  • Tropical Wyverns – These appear blue, white and/or cyan in color.
  • Ember Wyverns – These appear in a more yellowish color.
  • Blood Wyverns – These appear in a reddish hue.

Taming Strategy

Taming the crystal wyvern is different from taming the normal wyverns. You can tame these through passive tame by feeding them normal crystal or Primal Crystals (this is best). Take the crystal and put it in your last slot – walk up to the wyverns and get on its back by climbing on its wing (hold on, because you’re in for a bumpy ride – whatever you do, don’t move). Each time the wyvern asks for food, feed him/her.

Take note that you cannot tame the Heir Wyverns – those are the one near the desert caverns. The Heir Wyverns are hostile, but they’re great for giving you Primal Crystals. They also lay eggs in nests that run on the outside of the desert cavern – you can grab these and hatch them to get different types of crystal wyverns.

Final Word

With the introduction of Crystal Wyverns, and since Crystal Isles is the only map you can tame these wyverns on, it’s definitely worth your time because everyone needs to have one of these tames in Ark.







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