It is very good for early game all you need is a slingshot and no I’m not joking A SLINGSHOT KNOCKS THESE OUT. You need food? 1ST DEGREE MURDER need protection? 1ST DEGREE MURDER need to deal with those raptors that keep killing you? 1ST DEGREE MURDER
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).
EASILY the best early game tame. I tamed one in ark mobile with a slingshot and no trap then it proceeded to kill raptors, terror birds, and allos and was bulky enough to tank a lot of hits from a raptor to let me tame it GET THESE THEY ARE SO GOOD FOR EARLY AND MID GAME
Used mine with about 440 melee dmg to take down a theri across from my base and i was like this is suicide and really stupid but i have my stupid reputation to keep up so i just went to it on my raft but first tried to kill it with my ballista missed twice so juat decided to go for it. Moral of the story is to just go for it when you have 440 melee and 650 health the thing barely touched me and scarlet but anyways i shot of the back of it with a longneck and fu*&ed up a carno.
These guys are heavenly defenders I was with him and two dilos he was only level 27 and killed a spino also while riding surviver does not take any damage because of the spikes I give these guys a 10,out of 10 they are also good harvesters for thatch
Stegos, while they may be a little more wimpy than they seem during an encounter, they can hold their own against predators(there’s a reason they can deal damage to the T-Rex in a scrimmage), and they cover a very broad area around the back and side, where most dinos fail to protect themselves, making them a good adventuring help despite their speed and stamina drain.