Skins in a Nutshell

Skins in a Nutshell


Skins are probably the most basic thing about JWE2. There're the basic cosmetic you always apply to the dinosaurs so the look the way you like. But there are some things you should probably know about skins. This guide will go over key features such as how to use the skins, patterns you can apply, a weird glitch that sometimes happens, and yes, the skins themselves.

The Four Categories

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In the Image above, there are four indoraptors. Each one has a different skin, which there are twelve of, broken down into four categories based on biomes. They are desert (tan), temperate (green), taiga (black), and tropical (blue). Each category starts with one skin unlocked, then you can get two more after research. When selecting a skin, the two unlock-able skins appear to the sides of the third, one on each side. Remember, just because a skin is unlocked doesn't mean you have to use it.

Desert Skins

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Ah yes, the blistering heat of the desert. Tall green cactus dot the landscape, shrubs form small groves, and open, endless hills of sand, perfect for your new dinosaurs.

The desert skins are probably the most basic. No weird bi-colors or stuff like that, just as plain as the desert itself. The colors you would expect to find also match the landscape, reds, tans, grays, perhaps even some yellows. There are odd ones out, though, like the purple on the chungkingosaurus.

Sonoran Desert

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The Sonoran Desert streches from northern Mexico into the US. Insects live there, and one is the key to our first skin. This skin is usually red in color, although it maybe grey or purple at times.

Death Valley

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Snakes are a iconic creature. You know em, you love em, you hate em, you name it. One, the Valley Garter snake, is used in our next skin. This is the first desert skin you get, and it's usually tan in color.

Great Sandy Desert

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This desert in Australia has a very iconic animal. You all know and love it, it's the (Central) Bearded Dragon! It's the base for our next skin, mainly grayish in color. Strangely, the alamosaurus (Late cretaceous DLC) has the great sandy desert and sonoran desert skins usual colors swapped! Don't know how that happened.

Temperate Skins

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The temperate forest are probably the most iconic biome. No wonder that the next three skins are supposed to mimic these woodlands.

Most temperate skins are green or brown in color, and all come from frog DNA. Once again, they are all pretty basic. They really do fit the theme of a forest, maybe a prairie as well. As always, there are one offs, but nothing real crazy just like last time.

Champlain Valley

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Our first temperate skin comes all the way from Vermont. DNA from the Leopard frog is what gives this skin it's green color, or brown sometimes.

Salar Del Huasco

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Although this skin uses DNA from the Rosy Ground frog, it's once again green. As the first temperate skin, there's not much to say about it.

Limpopo River

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South Africa is the home of the Forest Rain Frog. These come in many colors. Brown is one, and with this skin you can apply that color to your dinosaurs. Some one offs do happen though, so it's not all that consistent.

Taiga Skins

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Tall mountains, lush pines, snow covered peaks, all bring specialty to cold biomes like the taiga, our next skin type.

The taiga skins are very monochromatic. Most of these skins are black or white. However, you may find other colors, like purple, blue, green, and strangely, red! Not to say that these skins are bad or something. These skins should bring your otherwise blank and white park to life.

Qilian Mountains

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The snow leopard lives in the high peaks of the Chinese mountains. Using it's DNA on dinosaurs will change their look as well. Most of the time, the skin is white, only rarely is it black or other colors.

Yukon River

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Up in Alaska lies the Yukon River. One of the animals that lives there is the Alaskan Marmot. It's grey color can be used on your dinosaurs, with the skin being the first taiga skin you can get. Once again, one offs of black and white do exist.


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Norway has several islands up north, including Svalbard. Reindeer live in this island chain, and have DNA for more skins. Svalbard dinosaurs are mainly black in color, but may be green or white.

Tropical Skins

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Our last category takes us all the way to back where it began. The lush tropical forest of Isla Nublar.

When picking tropical skins, you can go wild. Red, green, yellow, blue, purple, orange, magenta, turquoise, it goes on and on! With the tropics, you will never run out of options. Designs go over the top, some even ignoring the color they're labeled as! All in all, tropical skins are very impressive and will bring color to the park.

Amazon Rainforest

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Macaws are beautiful birds from the Amazon. They come in blue, scarlet, gold, and green. This variety of color also persist in your dinosaurs, if you use the DNA.

Mangrove Forest

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The Island of Madagascar is home to many animals. Geckos provide us with the DNA for the first tropical skin you can get. This skin is probably the most used since many dinosaurs have it as their base skin.

Gambia Rive Basin

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Our final skin comes from the African country of Gambia. The animal in question is the Purple Starling. This makes sense because birds evolved from dinosaurs, but the skin is only sometime purple, I don't know why.

Special Skins

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Sometimes a dinosaur has the option of a special or cannon skin. These skins are usually based off of the movies, and can alter the shape of the dinosaur. For example, the JP3 Brachiosaurus has a smaller crest then the regular one. Luckily, you don't have to beat Chaos theory to unlock them, and DLCs offer more cannon skins.

Body Variants

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Some DLCs give dinosaurs a second body variant. These variants not only alter shape/size, but they also change the needs and genetics. This does include skins, so body variants are important to note. However, even if a skin is unlocked for one variant doesn't mean it's unlocked on the other, which I will explain why in a bit.

DLC Dinosaurs

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Why would these Nothosaurs be different from any base game dinosaur? Well, it comes down to skins. For base game dinosaurs, you have to beat all the challenge levels on hard or more to unlock every skin. For some reason, most DLC dinosaurs don't need this requirement. It goes the same with variants, so don't expect you will give two giganotosaurs the same skin!


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With every skin you can apply a pattern. Nothing is really special about patterns, but the do change the look of the skin a bit. Most of the time they are very bright in color. Just like skins, you need to play challenge mode to get some, and you also need to research them too. They're simple to apply, just select one of the six frog geneses below and your good to go!







The Glitch

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There is one more thing I want to talk about. In the game, there is a weird glitch where if you mess around too much with the skins, the dinosaur turns all black. This glitch is very rare. I've only seen it in species viewer and only one person found it outside of it. All I can say to you is good luck trying to find this "secret" skin.

Final Thoughts

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You've made it! A long guide I know, and this is just my first! I really hope you enjoyed this guide and feel free to comment anything I missed down below. And with that we have come to the end of the guide, so have fun out there!


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