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The best adjective to describe Canis maxdirus is "scary." This pack-animal is a cunning and brutal predator, capable of taking down prey of nearly any size. In addition to being a vicious hunter, it is the size of a small horse, meaning even the largest predators aren’t necessarily safe from the packs.

Unlike most creatures on the Island, Canis is a dedicated pack hunter, and rarely hunts alone. When in a pack, Canis are naturally spurred to fight for their lives with increased effectiveness, while the most experienced Canis will be designated “Alpha” and gain an even stronger enhancement!

Obviously, Canis is a thrilling battle mount. It is fairly fast, very strong, and agile. It can leap almost as well as the Island’s battle-cats. Riding a supercharged “Alpha” Canis into battle at the head of a bloodthirsty pack is a thrill for which most warriors would gladly proclaim: "today is a good day to die!"

If utilized correctly, Canis can be a useful aid in your discovery efforts. It has developed a keen sense of smell that enables it to detect things that most creatures can’t. I’ve even seen them used to find creatures that are hidden beneath the surface.

Dire Wolves are large pack animals. If you see a dire wolf on its own, be sure to scan the area for the rest of its pack unless you want to become their prey. Being carnivorous pack animals, dire wolves will likely attack on sight, so caution is advised. However, they do have the capability of being tamed, and are extremely loyal mounts once they are.

The Dire wolf is the ancestor of the modern wolf. It is adapted to the dangerous environment of the ARK, therefore making it a very large species. The Dire wolf ranges anywhere from white to black, with mixed grays and blacks. The Dire wolf is large and muscular.

When in pack, the Direwolf of the highest level in the group gets the Alpha boost upon howling for a few minutes. The Alpha has a glowing red cloud around it to indicate its status. Tamed wolves also have a bonus for each member of the pack : so a pack of two Direwolves or more will receive a +1 Bonus, which will go up to +X in a Group of X+1 or more Direwolves (max amount of X is 4).

Testing shows that each wolf in a pack adds a damage bonus of 5%, maxing out at 20% in a pack of 5. The Alpha gets an additional 50% damage bonus, stacking multiplicatively with the pack bonus, the mate boost (and the imprinting bonus if ridden). For example if a lone unridden wolf does 100 damage per attack, a full pack would make that 120 damage, increased to 180 if the wolf is the highest level and gets the Alpha boost. Add the mate boost and one attack now does 239 damage, and finally the imprinted bonus (assuming a perfect 100% imprint) when ridden for a total of 311 damage, or more than 3 times as much damage as the lone wolf.

Formula: 33 x 3.04 x 1.2 x 1.5 x 1.33 x 1.3 (Base damage x Melee damage x Pack bonus x Alpha bonus x Mate boost x Imprinted with rider). If you disregard the mate boost and the imprint bonus (which most creatures can get), the Alpha direwolf in a full pack does 80% (1.2 x 1.5) more damage compared to other creatures with similar base damage, making a full pack very dangerous.

You will almost never find a Dire wolf alone. This furthers the already frightening power of the beast and adds potential mate boosting to make matters worse. Whenever you fight Dire wolves, also make sure you have slain the whole pack before turning your back, and packs of up to 5-6 are not uncommon in the snowy plains.

Keep your distance as best you can, a longneck rifle will make quick work of a low level Dire Wolf, and if you run out of ammo use a pike. Ranged weapons are greatly preferable as you can keep your eyes on the entirety of the pack, and not have to worry about getting flanked. If available, use an Argentavis; plucking a single wolf out of the pack and killing it on the fly neatly avoids the pack issue.

Ranged weapons, particularly those that allow you to use a scope, are extremely effective. The snow biome is quite barren in many places which makes engaging from a range very safe and easy, providing you have the tools to do so. If you find yourself in melee keep track of all remaining wolves mentally and do not drop your guard until all wolves are dead as escape is relatively difficult from the fast beasts.

Most are accompanied by packs or at least one other Dire Wolf. They are also quite fast over land and can close even large distances very swiftly. Don’t get caught off-guard and keep your range and wits about you and you should survive most run-ins with the Direwolf.

Dire wolves move like molasses in water, which is good because the snow biome has handy ice floes for you to snipe from with safety. Use a rifle and put down the wolves before they can close distance and become a real threat. Dire wolves also have a low health pool and are weak to knockback, so heavy mounts like the Spinosaur can easily deal with them without getting struck even once if the attacks are chained properly.

Apart from howling to achieve alpha pack boost, Direwolf can also sniff out (once activating said ability) for both unopened explorer notes and buried/camouflaged dino like Purlovia, Basilisk, Reaper King and Rock Drake marked with a blue mask icon.

• Battle Mount: A fast and fearsome mount that doesn’t require a saddle, but (once domesticated) has a natural 40% damage reduction. Their lack of saddle means they take more damage than a Sabertooth but they have increased HP to partly counteract this and higher damage. Also keep in mind that packs of wolves get much stronger, especially the alpha which is usually ridden into battle. (Health, Damage, and depending on gear, a little weight)

• Wounded Finder: Smells for nearby wounded non-allied survivors and wild dinos (50% below health), perfect if the survivor or dino is hiding in areas not so easily detectable by naked eyes. While mounted Red (Very wounded), Yellow (Slightly wounded), Orange (Moderately wounded), and White (Deceased) health symbols will be displayed above Dinos.