My excursions to the surface finally paid off last night.
I was waiting at the surface for night to start and raced out (on my rock drake) as soon as the fires stopped. (speaking of that, it is really annoying that the 90% day/10% day cycle seems to be the predominate cycle). At first there were not beacon’s visible, but there is a spot behind the purple obelisk where they come down. When I got there, a red drop was already on the ground.
Thus the normal procedure of cloaking, getting in position, hop off, grab the loot, hop back on, and running for high ground, all in less that 4 seconds. As Grem can testify, you really can’t delay on the surface otherwise you will get swarmed by reaper kings.
Because of how dangerous that is, I don’t look at the loot. I just hit the loot all and check once I’m reasonably safe. This time though, I got a mastercraft spino saddle BP that has about 86 armor, woohoo!
The crafting requirements are not terrible (for me at this stage of the game anway). 650 cementing paste (got thousands thanks to my snails), just over 5k hide (I toss hundreds of hide each night), 3400 fiber (make from thatch in the grinder and I get xp from it to boot!), and 350 silca pearls.
The pearls maybe a problem from some, but I live right on a death lake in the swamp that has quite a few pearls (along with anglers, crabs, electric eels, baryonyx, sarcos, and the evilest of evils, jelly fish.) I tamed a 140 or 150 angler awhile ago, so I can go out (with a large number of bodyguards) and harvest a ton whenever I need some.
In other adventures, I’ve found the Artifact of the Stalker that is waaaay south in the radiation zone. You pretty much need a rock drake to get in and out safely and in a decent amount of time. At first I was totally lost trying to figure out how to get to the artifact, but then I found a quick short cut once you are in the cave which saves a ton of time.
Next I need to find the entrance to the swamp cave so I can gather the artifact that is there.