ARK Love Evolved 3: Release Date, End Time, New Skins, and More Explained

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ARK Survival Evolved might not have any major expansions planned to launch in 2022 - Genesis Part 2 was the final expansion - but that doesn't mean Studio Wildcard will stop releasing seasonal events. With this in mind, we should soon see the return of ARK Love Evolved (formerly known as Valentines Day), the game's loved-up celebration of all things Saint Valentine. Once more we should see ARK under Cupid's spell, and you can expect plenty of new rewards and existing content reintroduced. So, when does the next ARK Love Evolved event start? Here's everything you need to know.

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ARK Love Evolved 3 Start Time Countdown

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31 January 2022 -

Studio Wildcard has announced plenty of new details about the new Love Evolved event in ARK. We've updated this page with the main details, but here's a quick overview of what to expect:

Event Details -

  • This event can be manually activated with the server arg parameter: -ActiveEvent=vday
  • For the duration of Love Evolved, we will be disabling the world buffs from Baby Boon & Maewing Poach on Genesis Part 2 on the Official Network. In the past, we've adjusted for the impact event have had on the rates by tweaking the bonuses that we use during the holidays, however, those tweaks lead to unfavorable circumstances on maps that aren't Genesis Part 2, so going forward during breeding events, we'll be disabling these mission buffs specifically as not to affect the bonuses on other maps.
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Event Activities -

  • Valentines Coelacanth can be caught for chibis, chocolates, candies
  • Mating can randomly drop chocolates and candies!
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24 January 2022 -

Ark Survival Evolved's Lead Community Manager, Cedric, has seemingly confirmed that we'll see our first details about Love Evolved in the game's next community crunch blog post.

These blogs normally drop every Friday night/Saturday depending on your timezone. So we think it's possible the info will drop later this week, with the release planned for mid-February. More to follow, later this week.

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11 January 2022 -

We're now roughly one month away from the release of ARK: Love Evolved 3. Given how Studio Wildcard likes to announce new events, we suspect we'll find out some official details for the Love Evolved event during an ARK Community Crunch blog post. We suspect details will arrive with Community Crunch 302, which should be released to fans on February 5, 2020.

When Does The Love Evolved 3 Event Start?

Update: Studio Wildcard has now announced that ARK Love Evolved 3 will start Wednesday, February 9th and end on Wednesday, February 16th.

To get an idea of when we can expect to see the next Love Evolved Valentine's event start in 2022, it makes sense to take a look at the previous events for ARK Survival Evolved. Here's a quick reminder of when Love Evolved started and ended in past years:

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Event Start Date End Date
ARK: Valentine's DayFebruary 14th, 2016February 22nd, 2016
ARK: Valentine's Day 2February 12th, 2017February 20th, 2017
ARK: Valentine's Day 3February 13th, 2018February 16th, 2018
ARK: Valentine's Day 4February 12th, 2019February 18th, 2019
Love Evolved 2020February 11th, 2020February 18th, 2020
Love Evolved 2021February 11th, 2021February 18th, 2021

Previously the ARK Valentine's event start and end times were a bit more all over the place, but in recent years (as Love Evolved) it's been fairly consistent. As you can see, the ARK Love Evolved event has always typically started on February 11 and ended a week later on February 18th.

Assuming the developers follow the same pattern, we can expect to see the event start on Friday, February 11 2020, and end the following Friday. In addition, these events normally have a start time of 1 PM PST / 9 PM GMT.

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Love Evolved 3 Skins, Chibis & More

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For the time being, we don't know what new content will be obtainable in ARK Love Evolved 3. However, as with every ARK event, we normally see past event items (skins, emotes, and chibi's) available once again. Typically new content comes in the form of new skins and Chibi pets.

To give you a sense of what to expect, here's a look at the content which was available to players in 2021:

Update: We've stripped out the 2021 details and replaced with the newly announced details for Love Evolved 3.

Skins

  • "Bear Hug" swimsuit skin *NEW*
  • "Odd Couple" swimsuit skin *NEW*
  • "Sauropod Heart" swimsuit skin *NEW*
  • Heart-shaped Shield Skin
  • Heart-shaped Sunglasses Skin
  • "Cupid Couture Bottom" (Pants Skin)
  • "Cupid Couture Top" (Shirt Skin)
  • "Halo Headband" (Hat Skin)
  • "Teddy Bear Grenades" (Grenade Skin)
  • "Bow & Eros" (Bow skin)
  • "Love Shackles" (Handcuffs Skin)
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Items

  • Box o' Chocolates
  • Valentines Dino Candy

Emotes

  • Self Hug *NEW*
  • Flirty Emote
  • Heart Emote
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Chibi's

  • Pelagornis *NEW*
  • Archaeopteryx *NEW*
  • Gallimimus *NEW*
  • Kairuku *NEW*
  • The Lovebird *NEW*
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Wild Event Creature Colors

  • Lavender
  • Cream
  • MediumLavender
  • Peach
  • DeepPink
  • LightPink
  • Dark Red
  • Red
  • Magenta
  • Light Red
  • White
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Love Evolved 3 Boosted Rates

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Update: The boosted rates for Love Evolved 3 have now been announced and can be seen below:

• Official Servers: 3x XP, Harvesting, Taming, and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus

• Small Tribe Servers: 4.5x XP, 4.5x Harvesting, 4.5x Taming, and 4x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus

• ARKPocalypse: 5x XP, 5x Harvesting, 5x Taming, and 5x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 1.5x Hexagon Bonus

• Classic: 6x XP, 6x Harvesting, 6x Taming, and 5x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval


As with each year you can expect to see boosted rates for various in-game mechanics (breeding, taming, XP, harvesting etc). These vary year on year (previous year's rates can be found below) but it seems a safe bet that the 2022 event will bring a similar level of boosts to players.

2021

  • Increased breeding rates to 3x (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
  • Increased taming rates to 3x
  • Increased player XP rates to 3x
  • Increased harvesting rates to 3x
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2020

  • Increased breeding rates to 3x (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
  • Increased player XP rates to 2x
  • Increased harvesting rates to 2x
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