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Are you bored of the dreary colors of Ark Dinos? Make your life more Shiny!
That feeling when you walk over the Ark, and you see a pretty Dino you absolutely must have? That's Shiny!

Shiny! Dinos is Cross-Platform compatible and available on all supported platforms for ARK Survival Ascended

Shiny Dinos!

Shiny will populate your Ark with a number of rare and special Dinos, which you can tame for their colors, their special abilities, or just their higher level. Or you can hunt them for the rewards.

Shiny Dinos are made from over 40 unique and distinct color sets, drawing from all available colors in the game, including all the new Dye colors, which were carefully arranged to produce beautiful Dinos which still look natural, but very different from what you are used to on the Ark.

And to top it all off, there are numerous rare special abilities that Shiny Dinos can be born with, among them Frozen, Burning, Spectral, and more - and many more yet to come!

Shiny is compatible with every map, and specifically designed to be compatible with other mods that add new Dinos or modify existing ones. And the best part, Shiny Dinos are not "new" Dinos, they remain entirely their original self, which allows them to breed with their not-quite-so-Shiny kindred, and enjoy their company in combat through mate boost.

To help in your search of Shiny Dinos, you can use the included Tracker - although it may not be perfectly accurate, it'll point you in the right direction!

You can read here about all Shiny special effects

Kill Rewards

Killing Shiny Dinos can also be very rewarding. Not only do you get rare resources, kibble, and other assorted goodies, it'll also unlock a bit of extra knowledge and teach you a Tek Engram.

Did you miss a holiday event, or did you start a new server, and are yearning for some Chibis to call your own? Killing a Shiny has a chance to reward you with any one Chibi currently available!

Of course, if you don't want to get Tek Engrams, this behavior is fully configurable! And all the loot can also be entirely customized to your liking!

Using Shiny

Shiny comes pre-configured with sane default settings, which means you can install the mod and it's ready to go! New Shiny Dinos will spawn regularly and you will be notified - or you can use the Tracker to spot existing Shinies.

Shiny is very configurable, and we recommend to read over the available options to tune Shiny for your liking.
The included in-game configuration UI allows anyone to easily customize Shiny, be it on consoles or PC, server or single-player. For server admins, the configuration can also still be performed in the INI, if you prefer.

All Configuration & Admin commands can be found here

Are you playing in Single Player, or have any other questions?
Check our F.A.Q. over in the project pages

Shiny Dinos, Cryopods and Server Transfers

Shiny! Dinos Ascended supports being stored in Cryopods or being uploaded through Obelisks.

While these mechanics do not actually preserve the buffs that make Shiny special, Shiny will restore the buffs once the Dino reappears in game. The only limitation - the Dino ID has to stay the same. When interacting with mods that store dinos, always a good idea to confirm it works first!


We welcome any of your feedback, suggestions and bug reports - we only ask to submit them to the appropriate places!

You can leave a comment on the project directly, or join us on Discord

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All resources are original creations by Nevcairiel and the other authors, unless otherwise noted.