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).
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
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
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.