The stego heavy plate is very useful for taming as well as tribe warfare, the slowing effect seems to scale with its attack damage (my stego seems to slow down creatures more now that I’ve upgraded it’s melee damage a lot) . It’s most useful in what I call “miniboss scenarios”, wherein you and maybe some tribe mates and tames are all grouped around one enemy. For taming, I recommend setting your stego to passive, then hitting once with the heavy plate to slow the Dino, which for faster knockout tames like raptors, carnos, gallimimus, and others it will not only negate their advantage but also give you time to place bear traps or bola a particularly evasive creature. In tribe warfare, you can single hit with heavy plate then have an alternate stego(s) with sharpened plate or hardened plate move in for the kill once the enemy is slowed. Hope this helped!
With the new TLC the stego can easily become a must-tame early game dino for many players. It has 3 stances when ridden you can change between pressing C (crouch):
Heavy plate, boosting thatch gather rates and applying a heavy slow on hit targets.
Sharp plate, boosting berry gathering and attacks penetrate armour (useful for PvP).
Hardened plate, boosting wood gather and halves damage taken.
For combat, heavy plate is great for effectively rooting enemy and wild dinos in place, whilst hardened plate is to tank everything that comes at you. Sharpened plate shines together with allies that can slow and/or tank whilst you focus on dealing good dmg.
The alternate attack of the stego can impale creatures up to the size of roughly a parasaur, dealing damage based on attack damage. In order to do so the target must have a certain amount of health left, which is highlighted with the crosshair turning red when looking at the target (unsure how it is shown without crosshairs).
Very useful in PvP to soak turrets because if it’s abilty to protect the rider and high HP. Back into turrets as it’s tail takes reduced damage, beware of tek turrets as the splash dmg can still get you. Also it’s helpful to bring a few sweet veggie cakes so the stegosaurus can regain some health. (Up if you found this helpful)
Stegosaurus are great thatch gatherers, you can get about 40 thatch per hit some times lower but the highest i have gotten was 63 thatch just by attacking 1 tree, but yeah there great for getting thatch
I have a stegosaurus called Strega and she’s a GOD, can kill five giant beavers in a few swings, has very high health, doses decent damage, and helped me and my only tribe mate, my dad to tame our first giant beaver.