ARK: Survival Evolved (Switch): all the updates (latest: DLC Update)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the various updates for ARK: Survival Evolved on Nintendo Switch (originally released on November 30th 2018 in Europe and North America)!

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ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. ??? (DLC Update)

  • Release date: January 31st 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available.

  • Additional notes: this is an optional update for players who bought DLC for the game.
  • Source: Grove Street Games (Twitter)

ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. 2.0.5

  • Release date: January 20th 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • Added support for upcoming Ragnarok DLC
  • Non-dedicated sessions now available
  • Fixed broken state in which wild dinos would stop moving online
  • Fixed creature spawning issues
  • Fixed broken anti-mesh logic incorrectly killing players on entry to pearl caves online
  • Fixed days not saving online
  • Significantly improved melee combat performance
  • Fixed some creatures being lost during ascension
  • Fixed crash that would occur when Network Error dialog was present
  • Fixed beehives floating on the island
  • Fixed tree sap taps
  • Fixed Aberration exterior lighting
  • Fixed multiplayer movement issues with parachute and zip line
  • Improved underwater post process visuals
  • Improved Aberration cave lighting
  • Fixed overly bright tooltip icons
  • Improved Baby Reaper vfx
  • Fixed Reaper King aggro issues
  • Fixed Reaper impregnation issues whilst riding a creature
  • Fixed Rockwell trophy visual issues
  • Fixed Manticore trophy colors to be accurate
  • Fixed lighting in Rockwell boss arena
  • Fixed Rockwell tentacle animation issues
  • Fixed issue in which tamed Megalosaurus would stand whilst asleep
  • Fixed Megatherium to preserve sitting state on save/load
  • Fixed many ground seams and collision issues on all maps
  • Fixed bad movement on flyers if player logged out whilst mounted online
  • Fixed flickering mating icons online
  • Fixed animation hitches online opening map or cycling tools
  • Fixed creatures in caves to be untamable by design
  • Fixed Cryopod tool tip not displaying stats correctly
  • Fixed visuals on “She Who Waits” explorer notes
  • Fixed ballista turret visualizing ammo when it had none
  • Cheat fly no longer interrupted when colliding with wate

ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. 2.0.4

  • Release date: December 13th 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • Added support for upcoming Aberration DLC
  • Added support for Holiday Events
  • Added Option to disable Shadows
  • Added Option called ‘Default Survivor Items’ to allow players to spawn without additional cosmetic skins
  • ‘View Info for Tribe’ now properly shows tribe information
  • Fix for Cryopod issues in Single Player
  • Fix for a handful of creatures that could not be painted
  • Tamed Onycs will no longer prompt you to equip a saddle
  • Nerdry Glasses skin now properly hides helmet
  • Dye now properly colors clothing
  • Fixed ‘Maximum Difficulty’ tooltip to properly show Max Dino Level of 120
  • In handheld mode, touching the Chat box in multiplayer will bring up the keyboard
  • Fix for turrets not targeting properly in Multiplayer
  • Various fixes to map topography
  • Various localization fixes
  • Various UI fixes
  • Various minor bug fixes & stability improvements

ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. 2.0.3

  • Release date: November 10th 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • Boosted gamma when Light Bloom option is toggled off
  • Explorer Note audio now continues to play when the Note is closed. This can be toggled in Options
  • Pressing + button while highlighting a server in the server browser will immediately join it
  • Improved hand animations when switching between weapons, tools and the map
  • Fix for tames starving unexpectedly in Single Player
  • Cryo sick tames no longer hover
  • Fixed Plasma Cannons on Tek Saddles firing properly
  • Fix for mate boosted heart icon properly appearing in Multiplayer
  • Improvements to gliding while using an Archaeopteryx
  • Fix for sorting by weight in inventory
  • Fixed scaling on C4 & Transponders when attached to creatures
  • Hot Bar now hides when using a scope
  • Fix for overlapping demolish timer text
  • Various localization fixe

ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. 2.0.2

  • Release date: November 10th 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • Fixed crash when quickly knocking over and/or harvesting multiple trees
  • Fixed crop plots and farming
  • Fixed crash bringing creatures out of cryopods
  • Fixed rare crash entering or exiting the game underwater
  • Fixed issues with Ascension not returning to main menu properly
  • Fixed mappings issues with TEK leggings and map
  • Fixed camera issues while riding raft
  • Fixed missing info when targeting creatures with spyglass
  • Fixed torches & flamethrower disabling when player was slightly touching water
  • Fixed duplicated HLNA when resuming while equipped
  • Fixed errant intense wind physics on trees
  • Fixed main menu music to use music slider within options
  • Fixed Dilo blind visual issues
  • Fixed Yutyrannus fear debuff visual issues
  • Clarified inventory transferring controls on options screen
  • Disabled previewmode toggle
  • Improved crop LODs
  • Improved TEK LODs
  • MP: Fixed timeout issues when watching cinematics
  • MP: Fixed Archaeopteryx going invisible sometimes when picked up
  • MP: Fixed structure pick up timers

ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. 2.0.1

  • Release date: November 3rd 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available.

ARK: Survival Evolved – Ver. 2.0.0

  • Release date: November 1st 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • File size: 6.5GB
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available (yet). This update brings the following to the game:

  • provides a much improved version of the game completely rebuilt in the latest version of Unreal Engine. It features the following:
    • improved visuals
      • Better resolution in docked (1080p) & handheld modes (720p)
      • Better texture quality, lighting and shadows effects
    • improved performance
      • Vastly improved loading times (8x faster on average)
      • Consistent dynamic framerate (30FPS)
    • gameplay improvements
      • Keeping your inventory and various stash boxes organized will be a cinch with the new Virtual Cursor, providing visual guidance when tidying up various resources in your storage, especially when using touch screen controls. Marie Kondo would approve!
    • New Cinematics: Original story cinematic content to further expand the narrative of ARK: Survival Evolved.
    • Unofficial Server Support: Custom server support powered by Nitrado server networks.
    • a reduced install size
    • The Host/Join Menu has been renamed to Single Player, where we have refined the menus to provide a more streamlined experience to starting a Single Player game. While Single Player is fully present, please note that Local Play and Non-Dedicated Sessions are removed from the game at launch. They need a little more time in development to work out some issues, and we intend to bring them back in a post-release patch.
  • Additional notes:

This new version of the game is compatible with any existing save. However, before downloading the update, make sure to do the following to avoid any issues:

  • Remove items from Hot Bar slots 9 & 10
  • Do not have any in-progress tames or crafting recipes

Also, players get to keep all their current items, tames, and structures. However, the change in save data files may result in the following occuring:

  • Foliage may re-appear inside your base
  • You may lose any custom Options settings
  • Any structures left ‘on’ will automatically be turned ‘off’
  • Fog of War will be reset on your in-game map
  • Your Level Up & Engram Points may need to be reapplied
  • You may need to re-discover any previously unlocked Explorer Notes

How to download updates for ARK: Survival Evolved for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for ARK: Survival Evolved, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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