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).
These big guys are not to be underestimated. They have a slow speed, but don't let this fool you. Once tamed, they can gather insane amounts of wood, berries, and thatch. I suggest taming these as soon as possible. Use upgrade points on health, melee dmg, movement speed, and stamina. Hope this helped.
A stego is a very powerful ally on a trek. It has a very broad tail swing, which can knock back an entire side of attackers, and is a machine when it comes to gathering tons of berries for food and lots of thatch for temporary fires and bases.
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.
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)
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
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
The new TLC for the Stego gave it three different battle modes that you change between using C on PC. Hardened is Damage Reduction, Heavy applies a slow to your opponent and Sharp ignores a good amount of armor. Finally, it is able to do an impale attack on an enemy when they reach a certain threshold and depending on the creature is is certain death.
Can confirm that the impale works on Rexes, though they can still bite you back given the proper angle. Also the Impale works when being carried by a Karkinos. Stegos are the new staple for fighting with a Karkinos. Let everyone know!
I think its best use is harvesting berries. It is basically the midgame trike, although i like the trike more with combat. The stego has a slow attack, but is has a large hitrange, and so it harvests lots of berries at once. It also has a decent carrying capacity. I suggest to upgrade weight and melee.
They’re great adventuring dinos because Raptors and Kapros can’t knock you off, and they collect tons of berries and thatch. I used mine to collect rare mushrooms and rare flowers in the swamp. Her name is Giratina. She’s awesome.