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Newbie Protection on EliteArk
Raid protections are in-game mechanisms to make it harder for a tribe to be raided while playing on EliteArk. The goal is to encourage online PVP/raiding between tribes and allow new players to build up without fear of being raided.
There are two types of Raid Protection:
- Newbie Protection
- Offline Raid Protection
Both types of raid protection rely on you placing an Offline Guard System (OGS) structure. This can be crafted in your inventory for 20x Cementing Paste, 10x Crystal, 25x Metal Ingot and 10x Obsidian. It is also given to you automatically as part of the Kit Starterbase available from the F1 in-game mennu. This should be placed centrally in your base and from the Settings on the structure you can increase or decrease the range. This structure is only as strong as what it is placed on so it is better to place it on the terrain rather than a foundation.
Newbie Protection is given automatically to your tribe on each map for 72hrs (4320 minutes). The timer starts ticking down from when your first tribe memember joins each map, even if you haven't placed your OGS yet. It means that all tribe structures, tribe tames and tribe members within the radius of your OGS have 100% immunnity from both PVP and PVE until your Newbie Protection timer runs out. You can still be attacked while out in the open world. This immunity is intended to allow you to build up to a place where you can properly defend yourself against other tribes. Use this time wisely!
When new maps are added to the cluster Newbie Protection is temporarily suspended on the new map until the map has been running for a few days. This means you can fight it out for base locations before people are to established. After a map has been out a few days Newbie Protection will be reinstated following a Discord Announcement.
As a trade-off for this immunity it is strictly forbidden to raid other tribes while you are protected by Newbie Protection. This includes soaking turrets, destroying structures or killing tames at other people's bases. Definitely do not place an OGS at your fob! If you are reported to be raiding while on Newbie Protection you will normally immediately forfeit your Newbie Protection (yes, that means they can come raid you even if you're not ready for them yet). Admins may also apply other punishments depending on the situation.
The other situation where Newbie Protection is granted is following a major raid. If your tribe suffers significant losses during a raid the admins will, on a case-by-case basis, grant you fresh Newbie Protection. This is to allow you to rebuild and keep playing on the server. Admins will need to see screenshots of your tribe log and a screenshot of your base showing the extent of the damage inflicted. This isn't given easily so please only apply if the damage would warrant it. To apply for Newbie Protection please make a ticket on Discord in the #help_chat text channel.
Common Issues to be aware of:
- Be careful who you invite! If you invite anyone who started on the map before you did then it can void your Newbie Protection.
- You must not raid while benefitting from Newbie Protection.
- If you encounter another tribe on Newbie Protection it is against the rules to raid them. This includes griefing them by soaking their turrets.
Newbie Protection is one of the many plugins that we run on the EliteArk Unofficial Ark Survival Evolved Servers to encourage online PVP. You might also be interested in how Offline Raid Protection functions on EliteArk.