Gameplay Mechanics

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In ARK: Survival Evolved most tools and armor you craft have durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your Character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your Inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have Pets to guard your stash. Death is permanent (only in Hardcore-mode), and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous pets!