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Primitive Plus
Primitive Plus DLC
DLC for ARK with new items + structures and without modern equipment
Content Type
Release Dates
July 28th, 2016
Xbox One
September 1st, 2016
December 6th, 2016
Nintendo Switch
Epic Games

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+/Xbox Live Gold 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 (Aberration) 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 thet causes the game to crash




Weapons, Armor, and Tools[]

Primitive Plus adds the following weapons, armor, and tools




  • Primitive Plus is free to download.
  • Metal Structures Metal Structures are disabled in singleplayer-mode. However, most Tek Structures Tek Structures can be spawned and placed.
  • 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)


Patch Changes
  • Fixed a bug which prevent players from seeing Primitive+ servers.


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