- Importing an Existing Config
- Using Beacon with Ark Single Player
- Updating Your Nitrado Server
- Updating Your Server With FTP
- Updating Your Server Manually
- Ark Config File Reference
- The Difference Between Deploy and Export
- How to Design Loot Drops Effectively
- How to Edit Crafting Costs
- Changing the Level Cap and Required Experience
- How to Change Stack Sizes
- Using Custom Config Content with Beacon
- Adjusting Breeding Multipliers and Finding the Perfect Imprint Multiplier
- Changing Creature Damage and Resistance
- Setting Harvesting Rates While Avoiding Server Lag
- Editing Creature Spawn Points
- Adjusting Server Day and Night Length
- Changing Player, Tamed, and Wild Creature Stats
- Setting Item Maximum Stats
- Controlling Engram Level Requirements, Auto Unlocks, and Earned Engram Points.
The Beacon Library
- Using Presets to Automate Item Set Creation
- Adding Unsupported Engrams, Creatures, or Spawn Points to Beacon
- Create or Recover Your Account
- Sign Into Beacon
- Activating Beacon Omni
- Sharing Beacon Documents with Other Users
- About User Privacy
- Item Quality Is Different Than Expected
- Some Drops Are Edited, Others Are Not
- How to Stop Using Custom Config Content
- Solving Connection Problems to Beacon or Nitrado
- Beacon System Status
Updating Your Server Manually
While Nitrado servers have a fully automated way to apply changes, and most PC servers have FTP support, Xbox and PlayStation servers hosted with other providers such as GPortal have to receive their updates manually.
This tutorial uses a PS4 server hosted with GPortal, but the instructions will be similar for most hosting providers.
1. Stop Your Server
Config file changes must happen while the server is stopped. Before doing anything else, make sure the server is fully stopped.
2. Load a Configuration File
Find the section for your server's configuration files. For GPortal, this is a tab up top that says
The two files you are interested are called
GameUserSettings.ini. Find the menu to select your
Game file and press the
If the server is brand new, start it briefly. New servers that have never been started are often missing their Game.ini and GameUserSettings.ini files completely. Starting the server, waiting for it to start, and stopping it again is a good way to generate default files.
3. Copy Your Game.ini Content
Game.ini file may be blank, this is ok. You can skip this step.
The easiest way to copy your entire
Game.ini content is to click the large text area, then press Control-A to select everything, and press Control-C to copy it. Mac users should substitute their ⌘ (Command) key for Control instead.
4. Have Beacon Apply Changes to Your Copied Game.ini
Game.ini content copied, the next step is to press the Export button in Beacon. It looks like a square with an arrow pointing out to the upper right: .
In the list on the left, select
Game.ini. The right section will fill with only Beacon's new lines. You can use this to review the changes, but many of Ark's config lines are hard to read, so don't worry if you can't make sense of it all.
Since you've copied your
Game.ini content, Beacon's
Rewrite Clipboard button below the exported config lines will be enabled. If it isn't, then something is wrong. Maybe you copied something else after copying your
Game.ini or you copied the wrong file.
If you skipped step two because your
Game.iniis blank, you should use Beacon's
Copy Allbutton instead.
Click the button. That's it, Beacon just took your the config file you copied, made the correct changes, and copied the new config file for you.
5. Paste Your New Game.ini to Your Server
Back to your server's control panel, hopefully you still have your
Game.ini file loaded. Once again click in the large text area, press Control-A to select everything, but this time press Control-V to paste the new content on top of it.
If you did everything correctly, your new
Game.ini content is ready. Press the big
Save button before doing anything else.
6. Repeat for GameUserSettings.ini
The steps for updating your
GameUserSettings.ini file are identical. Just select
GameUserSettings.ini in Beacon's export window instead.
7. Start Your Server
Assuming you have no other changes you want to make, go ahead and start your server.