Ark Survival Ascended: Winter Wonderland 2023 Guide | Loot, Gear, Skins & More

Enjoy the holiday festivities!

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Ark Survival Ascended has just started its Winter Wonderland 2023 event, which promises to have plenty of holiday-themed events, freebies, loots, and a lot more enjoyable stuff.

Want to know what the holiday update has in store for you? Check our guide out to see what you can get!

Winter Wonderland 2023 Guide

winter wonderland 2023 event Ark Survival Ascended

How To Activate Winter Wonderland

  1. Launch the game.
  2. Navigate to the Ark Mods list.
  3. Search for Winter Wonderland.
  4. Install the update.
  5. Return to the main menu and select Mod Settings.
  6. Activate Winter Wonderland and join the server.

Depending on your server, there will be increased rates:

  • PVP/PVE – 1.5x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience + 1.5x Breeding
  • Small Tribes – 4x Harvesting, Taming, and Experience + 3.5x Breeding
  • ARKpocalypse – 4.5x Harvesting, Taming and Experience + 4.5x Breeding

The Raptor Claus Event

Raptor Claus Event winter wonderland 2023 Ark Survival Ascended

The Raptor Claus event is one of the most highly anticipated events of the holiday. What happens here is that every midnight, Raptor Claus appears to drop loots all over the map.

Make sure that you know where and how to spot Raptor Claus and follow him in the sky to pick up all of the loots available.

Raptor Claus appears at a random spot at the edge of the map and then travels through a straight line until he reaches the other end. Simply follow the line of his path, so that you will know where his loots are.

All Rewards (Items, Skins & Chibi Pets)

winter wonderland 2023 Ark Survival Ascended All Rewards (Items, Skins & Chibi Pets)

The presents that you can get from Raptor Claus contain new loots that are unique to the holiday season. These rewards include skins, emotes, and Chibi-Pets.

On top of that, previous skins from past Winter Wonderland events can now be crafted at the Smithy so that you could get your hands on them if you missed them in the previous years.

Holiday Items

  • Coal
  • Mistletoe
  • Festive Dino Candy
  • Gift Box
  • Holiday Lights
  • Holiday Stocking
  • Holiday Tree
  • Snowman
  • Wreath

Holiday Skins

  • Full-body Krampus Costume Player Character Cosmetic 
  • Santa’s Workshop Smithy Structure Skin 
  • Festive Forge Structure Skin
  • Blue-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  • Christmas Bola Skin
  • Dino Ornament Swimsuit Skins
  • Felt Reindeer Antlers Skin
  • Gray-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Green-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • HLN-A Winter Beanie Skin
  • Jerboa Wreath Swimsuit Skins
  • Megaloceros Reindeer Costume
  • Noglin Regift Winter Beanie Skin
  • Noglin Swimsuit Skins
  • Nutcracker Slingshot Skin
  • urple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Purple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin (Winter Wonderland 5)
  • Raptor Sleighing Winter Beanie Skin
  • Red-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Santa Costume Skin
  • Santa Hat Skin
  • Snowy Winter Beanie Skin
  • Ugly Carno Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Chibi Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bronto Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Bulbdog Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Caroling Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Noglin Regift Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Raptor Claws Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Rockwell Sweater Skin
  • Ugly T-Rex Sweater Skin
  • Yeti Swimsuit Skins


  • RaptorClaus
  • Hyaenadeer
  • Emotes
  • Caroling Emote
  • Happy Clap Emote
  • Nutcracker Dance Emote
  • Shiver Emote
  • Snow Angel Emote

New Creatures

Along with Raptor Claus, there will also be new holiday-themed dinos and creatures that will appear in the game.

These creatures will drop holiday-themed loots, such as Mistletoe or Coal. The other two creatures will have additional mechanics for their drops.

  • Abominable Snowman
  • Santa’s Big Helper Yeti
  • Pegomastax Grouch – Steals gift boxes but gives a special reward.
  • Wild Rideable Reindeer – Feed it with Rockarrot and ride it to get additional loots or drops.

New Wild Creature Colors

New creature colors winter wonderland 2023 Ark Survival Ascended

There are also going to be wild creatures that will appear in unique colors in line with the holiday theme:

  • Lavender
  • Dino Light Purple
  • Dino Light Blue
  • Dragon Green
  • Actual Black
  • Cyan
  • Deep Pink
  • Dino Dark Purple
  • Mint
  • Jade
  • Pine Green
  • Spruce Green
  • Dark Magenta
  • Glacial
  • Powder Blue
  • Teal
  • Dark Violet
  • Red
  • Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Red
  • Dark Red
  • Dino Light Red
  • Dino Light Green
  • Dino Medium Green
  • Dino Albino
  • Near White
  • Yellow

There’s also an ongoing Nice or Naughty gifting system for this year’s event! Make sure to check out our guide if you’d like to know more about it and its rewards.

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