Upgrade points and what to do with them
As you reach a new level, besides getting Engram points, you’ll also receive upgrade points. These points can be used on improving your character stats – which are quite numerous.
Many of them will be displayed on your HUD. Among the crucial, visible ones, there are others, less essential attributes, but quite important as well, that can be found on the details panel when you go to your inventory screen.
The following are your crucial, HUD Status attributes.
Oxygen dictates how long you can survive underwater, by holding your breath, and it’s also an indicator on how fast you can swim.
Oxygen levels will appear on your HUD once you get underwater. It depletes, gradually, and once empty, your character will begin to lose HP because he, or she, is suffocating.
In order to get your Oxygen levels up, just return to the surface.
Without putting any points in Oxygen, you should be able to breath underwater for about 30 seconds or so.
It’s worth mentioning that you can craft items – SCUBA gear, and the Lazarus Chowder; that will increase the time you can spend underwater, thus kind of removing the whole need to upgrade Oxygen. But, until then, pump some points into it.
Weight measures the amount of stuff you can carry before you get overburdened. Each item has its own weight value, and if your load exceeds 85 percent of your weigh stat, then you’ll become encumbered.
This means that your speed will be immensely reduced, and if you continue to pack items in your inventory, you won’t be able to move at all.
Being overburdened is a huge pain, especially when other players or creatures are on the prowl. Upgrade your weight stat as soon as you can, as to not lose crucial time by constantly transporting low amounts of materials, and items, from point a to point b, and, more importantly, to avoid the status of easy prey.
Water is another important stat that you have to take into account while playing Ark Survival Evolved. Water dictates your hydration level. It naturally, and gradually, depletes over time.
You’ll lose water quickly – when you don’t have enough Stamina a.i you’re exhausted, when you eat a scrumptious Stimberry, and, it should go without saying, when you get too hot.
When your water meter reaches zero, then your character will become dehydrated. Your health will start to drain, and your Torpor will increase.
But, thank all the Gods, it’s super easy to rehydrate your character. Drink from any water source, or submerge yourself in – be it a ocean, river or a stream. Also, if it’s raining, get outside and bathe in its glory so your Water meter fills up.
Later on, you’ll be able to craft a huge network of pipes and reservoirs and drink directly from the faucet. When you’ll be travelling to planes where water is scarce, remember to carry a portable Water Jar or Waterskin so you don’t pass out in the middle of nowhere.