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Primitive Plus
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DLC for ARK with new items + structures and without modern equipment

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Release Dates
Jul 28, 2016
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Sep 1, 2016
Dec 6, 2016
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Primitive Plus (or Primitive+) is a free, official DLC total conversion for ARK: Survival Evolved. The mod was originally submitted to the Steam Workshop by Steam user complexminded (Cedric Burkes, Wildcard's Lead Community Manager and Sponsored Mod Program Director) before it was officially released on July 28, 2016 for the PC version of ARK.

Primitive Plus is also available for the Xbox version and the PlayStation 4 version. Must have PS+/Game Pass Core Membership to enjoy the online features.


Primitive Plus enhances the gameplay of primitive servers by adding new game mechanics and over 100 custom primitive items and their engrams. Survivors are challenged to use primarily wood and stone without the benefit of advanced metals. The items and mechanics focus the players on 'primitive' survival.

Among the new items are three new building material types (lumber, glass, and brick) as well as new resources, food items, weapons, traps, crafting stations and decorative structures.


Primitive Plus currently has several minor bugs and a few major bugs that can be considered 'game breaking', in that they really impact the way you can play the game. Usually after new DLC releases or major updates P+ players have to deal with even more bugs and it takes weeks or months until they get fixed – if they even get fixed at all. (Source)

  • Long loading time.
    • Players experience a loading time for about 20 Minutes when logging in to a server. It seems like the game first loads the data of the base game and afterwards overwrites it by loading the P+ data additionally. Installing the game on a SSD helps considerably.
  • Some engrams do not work.
    • (FIXED)You can't craft the simple bed, which is not good because you can't place beds in houses without walls. Now found in white drops
    • (FIXED) Notably the climbing pick can not be crafted, which has major impact to the gameplay design of Aberration. You may still use blueprints to craft them or find them as drops on Nameless.
    • (FIXED)Canteens cannot be crafted. This bug is caused by the prerequisites of the canteen which are not available in Primitive Plus. The canteen engram does not show any prerequisites but cannot be unlocked. Removing prerequisites through custom server settings fixed this bug. Canteen blueprints are now found in Red Drops
  • (Unofficial server) Non-Primitive+ items disappear after server restart:
    • It is possible to add engrams or items that are normally not available in P+ by implementing it in the Game.ini (if one has access to it, e.g. when hosting a dedicated Nitrado server). However, all these items disappear from any inventory after a server restart.
  • Beeswax (Primitive Plus) (FIXED on PS4) is unobtainable on many servers, at least on PS4 and Xbox.
  • Different height for different types of structures
  • Alpha t-rexes do not exist on the Island.
    • Players are not able to access Tek cave on Beta and Alpha levels due to this.
  • Stegosaurus TLC hasn't been added. (FIXED)
  • Stegosaurus Model doesn't move.
  • Lumber texture/mesh bug
    • Structure changes mesh/textures after leaving render distance
    • Especially the lumber ceiling (Primitive Plus) texture flickers and hurts in the eye so it should not be used.
  • (FIXED) Supply drops did not spawn (including caves and artifacts)
  • (FIXED) The new kibble system does not work for most dinosaurs.
    • Players still in possession of the old kibble can still use it, but old kibble can not be created anymore.
  • Rockdrakes are not breedable that patch hasn't come out for Prim+
  • Barely any spawns on Lost Island
  • Dinopithecus is textureless mesh that causes the game to crash
  • The most game breaking bug is Dino’s do not spawn and making getting hide extremely hard without finding a cave. This could be a problem with certain settings. Another thing that can make this bug worse is other players might build near caves making hide impossible to get without joining their tribe.




Weapons, Armor, and Tools

Primitive Plus adds the following weapons, armor, and tools




  • Primitive Plus is free to download.
  •  Metal Structures are disabled in singleplayer-mode. However, most  Tek Structures can be spawned and placed.
  • As of April 16th 2023, it seems like primitive plus has been abandoned, as there has been no content additions for a couple of years
  • Primitive + is one of the few mods to come to console with the others being S+, The Center, Ragnarok, Valguero and Crystal Isles (as of September 18th 2020), Lost Island and Fjordur
  • You are unable to play Ark Extinction, Genesis Part 1 or Genesis Part 2 in Primitive+
    • Lost Island can be played but it's completely bugged and uses it's pre-official textures and spawns (which barely exist)
    • Fjordur is also playable on PC only, ad while less bugged than lost island, Fjordur is still considerably bugged on Primitive Plus, some of which significantly hinder gameplay.
  • Primitive+ is no longer supported by Wildcard, and will not be included in Ark: Survival Ascended, As explicitly stated in community crunch #355, however, Wildcard announced that primitive+'s content will be made available to modders, likely meaning it will be picked up by the community as a mod.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
242.7 Made TheCenter properly use Overriden GameModes (Difficulty Mods, Prim+ Total Conversion, etc).
245.2 Unversioned Hotfix: Fixed Primitive+ Storage Boxes not appearing.
247.1 Fixed Primitive+ character animations & updated Primitive+ content.
247.2 Fixed Primitive+ Crash.
248.4 Unversioned Hotfix: Primitive+ now has fixed animations, and various updated content.
  • Primitive+ Major Update! (please make sure you have this latest version if you're running Primiive+)
  • Fixed a Fuel-array crash that could affect Primitive+
256.3 Oxygen Swim Speed multiplier now exposed and included on the following server types: Primitive, Primitive+ and NoTame to help with underwater adventures! [ ?OxygenSwimSpeedStatMultiplier=3.0 ]
258.6 New Primitive+ update.
259.21 Fixed Primitive/Primitive+ servers (and any Mod/INI) which uses custom Engram lists not having correct Engrams available
262.0 Fixed character creation screen cursor not displaying in Primitive+
263.0 Fixed a case where the cursor would vanish when navigating through Primitive+ Menus
  • Fixed Eels not being tameable in Prim Plus.
  • Changed crafting requirement for tranq harpoon bolt in Prim Plus.
266.0 Primitive+ now has its own save directory
279.282 Major Primitive+ update with a number of fixes, incorporation of major base game patches, as well as full Total Conversion functionality, including engrams, on Aberration and Scorched Earth.
293.104 Fix for Primitive Plus crashing
  • Fixed inability to craft Primitive+ specific resources in the forge
  • Fixed inability to harvest coal from obsidian
  • Fixed inability to harvest beeswax
  • Fixed problems with beehive functionality
  • Cauldron/Industrial Cooker can now craft new kibble
  • New kibble is now functional on dinos
307.59 Fixed a bug which prevent players from seeing Primitive+ servers.
356.9 Fixed an issue joining prim+ servers


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