How to remove player tethering in Ark Survival Ascended

Ark Survival Ascended Host Tethering
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If you’re playing with a friend in Ark Survival Ascended, you may see a message saying, “You’re heading out of range! You need to get closer to the Host Player!” This message, combined with the distance indicator in the bottom right corner, is host tethering.

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Tethering is a distance limiter set on the host and everyone on their server. It’s annoying, and you may want to eliminate it. In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about tethering in Ark Survival.

Ark Survival Ascended: How to remove host tethering

After learning about the different server types in Ark Survival Ascended (read our server guide if you need a refresher), you’ll know the difference between official, unofficial, and non-dedicated servers. The only servers that have tethering in Ark Survival Ascended are non-dedicated servers, AKA the free servers.

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Sadly, Studio Wildcard wants you to buy and host an unofficial server or get lucky getting into an official server. Official and unofficial servers don’t have tethering at all. This means that if you don’t use an official or unofficial server, the developers punish you with tethering in non-dedicated servers.

How to increase tethering distance in Ark Survival Ascended

How To Increase Tethering Distance In Ark Survival Ascended
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The worst part is there is no way to turn off tethering in Ark Survival Ascended non-dedicated servers. The only thing you can do is increase the tethering distance.

To increase the tethering distance in non-dedicated servers in Ark Survival Ascended, you need to go to the Game Rules tab when creating or launching a game. Go to the Rules tab and scroll down until you see the option for Non-Dedicated Tethering Distance. Mine was defaulted to one, and if yours is too, I recommend cranking it up to its max which is three.

I’m not sure how much more distance you’ll get after changing the Non-Dedicated Tethering Distance option, but I know three is bigger than one so it’s the best we’re gonna get.

If you’re looking for a laugh, learn how to use the fly console commands while in a tether non-dedicated server. If your friends don’t also fly and chase you around, considering that you’re the host, then they’ll be forced to teleport to your position which could be miles above the earth.

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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.