Ark survival taming tips

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Disambig.pngThis article is about the process of taming a creature. For the uses of a tamed creature, see Domestication.

How to Tame a Dinosaur

Creatures on the island can be tamed and used for various purposes. Uses for tamed animals include riding, item transportation, storage, hunting, harvesting, resource production, and defending property while you are offline. Items placed in a tamed creature's inventory usually take much longer to spoil than they would otherwise.

Taming Basics[]

Knock-out Taming (KO)[]

  1. First, render the creature unconscious. This can be achieved through the following methods:
    • Punching the creature with your bare hands. This is the most basic, albeit least effective, way to knock out dinos, and lowers your health.
    • Using a &#; Slingshot, &#; Wooden Club, &#; Electric Prod, &#; Bow/&#; Crossbow/&#; Compound Bow with &#; Tranquilizer Arrow, &#; Harpoon Launcher with &#; Tranq Spear Bolts, or &#; Longneck Rifle with &#; Tranquilizer Dart or &#; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart. Crossbows/Bows/Rifles with Higher damage will result in more &#; Torpor per shot. The Crossbow and Harpoon Launcher can be used underwater.
    • Stinging the creature with a &#; Scorpion
    • Head-butting the creature with a &#; Pachy
    • Licking the creature with a &#; Beelzebufo
    • Kicking the creature with an &#; Equus or &#; Unicorn
    • Shocking and biting the creature with an &#; Electrophorus
    • Biting the creature with a &#; Basilisk or &#; Titanoboa
    • Punching the creature when unconscious can make its Torpor stay up, but you will lose taming effectiveness.
  2. Once the creature is unconscious, open its inventory and feed it an appropriate food item by dragging food into its inventory and waiting for the creature to eat it. The food needed to tame it will vary based on the creature you are trying to tame. Keep plenty of food in the animal's inventory while taming; if the creature runs out of food, the taming bar will begin to go down until it gets more food. Force feeding them anything other than &#; Narcoberries or &#; Narcotic will fill their hunger but will not affect the taming bar, effectively making the tame take longer.
    • Every time the animal raises its head to eat, the Taming bar increases. Herbivores will eat &#; Berries when their hunger falls 20 points (30 points for mejo berries) and &#; Crops when it falls 40 points. Carnivores will eat &#; Raw Prime Meat, Cooked Prime Meat, &#; Raw Meat, Cooked Meat, Raw Fish Meat, Cooked Fish Meat, Raw Prime Fish Meat, Cooked Prime Fish Meat, Spoiled Meat or Cooked Meat Jerky when their hunger falls 50 points. All applicable creatures will eat &#; Kibble when their hunger falls 80 points (for a few creatures it is , , , 25, or 20). For other food see the table in the section Taming Effectiveness.
    • If a creature's preferred food is in its inventory, they will wait for their hunger to decrease enough for them to eat it, even if other food is present.
    • &#; Royal Griffin will only eat food in its inventory while unconscious if the survivor that knocked it out meets its requirement to be respected.
  3. Keep the creature unconscious throughout the process. The Unconscious bar decreases with the creature's &#; Torpor, and can be refilled with &#; Narcoberries or &#; Narcotic. Narcoberries will raise torpor by 8 points over 3 seconds, and Narcotic will raise it by 40 points over 16 seconds. It also stops the creature's fight against the torpor in this time, so torpor will not fall in addition to the raising. The creature will not voluntarily eat these items, and so they must be force fed by hitting the use-key (, Y, Triangle) in the creatures inventory when hovering over the item.

Non-Violent Taming (NV)[]

The following creatures are currently tamed nonviolently: Araneo, Arthropluera, Basilosaurus, Chalicotherium, Dung Beetle, Giant Bee, Gigantopithecus, Hyaenodon, Ichthyosaurus, Lystrosaurus, Manta, Mesopithecus, Moschops, Onyc, Otter (on Mobile), Vulture and Mantis. Diplodocus can be tamed with both methods.

  1. Put the food you plan to feed to the creature in the far-right slot of your hotbar.
    • &#; Araneo prefers &#; Spoiled Meat over &#; Raw Meat
    • &#; Arthropluera prefers &#; Broth of Enlightenment over &#; Spoiled Meat and &#; Raw Meat
    • &#; Basilosaurus prefers &#; Exceptional Kibble over Meat and Fish
    • &#; Chalicotherium takes &#; Beer (also Stimberries but with extremely low effectiveness)
    • &#; Diplodocus prefers &#; Regular Kibble over &#; Crops and &#; Berries
    • &#; Dung Beetle prefers &#; Feces over &#; Spoiled Meat
    • &#; Giant Bee prefers &#; Simple Kibble over &#; Rare Flower
    • &#; Gigantopithecus prefers &#; Regular Kibble over &#; Berries
    • &#; Ichthyosaurus prefers &#; Simple Kibble over Meat and Fish
    • &#; Lystrosaurus prefers &#; Rare Flower over &#; Crops and &#; Berries
    • &#; Manta takes &#; AnglerGel
    • &#; Mantis prefers &#; Deathworm Horn over &#; Woolly Rhino Horn
    • &#; Mesopithecus prefers &#; Basic Kibble over &#; Berries
    • &#; Moschops asks randomly for &#; Tintoberry, &#; Mejoberry, &#; Giant Bee Honey, &#; Organic Polymer, &#; Rare Mushroom, &#; Rare Flower, &#; Raw Prime Meat, &#; Cooked Prime Meat, &#; Prime Meat Jerky, &#; Raw Prime Fish Meat, &#; Cooked Prime Fish Meat, or &#; Cooked Lamb Chop
    • &#; Onyc takes Meat and Fish
    • &#; Otter takes Raw Fish Meat (on Mobile)
    • &#; Vulture prefers &#; Spoiled Meat over &#; Raw Meat
    • Charge Light-specific dino (&#; Bulbdog, &#; Shinehorn, &#; Featherlight, &#; Glowtail) prefers &#; Plant Species Z Seed&#;(Aberration), but takes in their specific Mushroom.
    • &#; Crystal Wyvern prefers &#; Primal Crystal&#;(Crystal Isles) over &#; Crystal
  2. Approach the creature and press the use key (default: , Y, Triangle) to feed it when prompted.
  1. Wait for the creature to become hungry enough to eat again. This can take varying amounts of time depending on the creature in question and the food you are feeding it.
  2. Repeat this process until the taming bar is filled.

Note that the first instance of food you feed to the creature is akin to knocking it unconscious with a violent tame - it binds the tame to the Survivor (or their tribe) and the creature's hunger will begin decreasing. At this point - the taming effectiveness and taming progress will not begin to diminish unless the creature starts taking damage (i.e. enters combat or starts dying of starvation). The initial delay between the first and second feedings compared to all subsequent feedings is also greater. Once fed a second time, progress will begin to reset if you take too long to feed. Moving too far away before a second feeding will also un-bind the tame - resetting everything (although its food may take a few moments to update). As with violent tames, you can bulk-feed a starved creature with an approximately second delay between feedings. Due to the complete reset if you move too far away and the fact most long-duration non-violent tames don't have sufficient food to be substantially starved: this trick is only really helpful for taming skittish Ichthys or monkeys .

Unique Non-Violent Taming[]

Some dino must be tamed with unique methods.

With the exception of Hyaenodon, Liopleurodon, Phoenix, and Troodon, they too follow the same process in waiting to become hungry enough to eat again.

* = Liopleurodon automatically disappears without a trace after 30 minutes. Tame only if you need its buff for the said duration period.

Fish Basket Non-Violent Taming[]

For more details, visit &#; Fish Basket

With introduction to Aberration, it is possible to tame certain aquatic creatures using &#; Fish Basket (which must be learned in Aberration map to utilize in other maps). While it requires time for the basket to set up, it can be utilized to capture and tame smaller creatures. Bear in mind it has a certain lifespan while being trapped; letting it "spoil" to zero will kill them. Creatures that have been tamed using the &#; Fish Basket are considered force-tamed and don't behave normally.

Temporary Taming[]

Some creatures can be considered "temporarily tamed/commandable" (but not fully temporary tame like Liopleurodon or Titan), but either does not show up as part of the tribe (still rendered as wild), or are only interact-able as survivor.

Turret Taming[]

For certain creatures, such as the &#; Titanosaur, &#; Rock Elemental, &#; Karkinos and &#; Astrocetus, tranquilizers are ineffective. In order to inflict torpor on them, you will need to do damage to their head using a turret weapon. Because turrets themselves are immobile, one may have to mount said turret upon a platform saddle, usually the &#; Bronto Platform Saddle, &#; Paracer Platform Saddle, or &#; Quetz Platform Saddle, or utilizing &#; Unassembled TEK Hover Skiff&#;(Genesis: Part 1). The most efficient weapon is the &#; Cannon, as it's torpor-to-damage ratio will be the highest. Although you can also use the Rocket Launcher on Rock Elemental, and the Catapult Turret on the Karkinos. Although related, Rubble Golem can't be tamed.

* = Tamed Titanosaur will refuse to eat anything, and will not regain hunger through any methods and will eventually starve to death. But if the private server or single player runs with AllowRaidDinoFeeding setting it can be force-fed.

Raise-only Taming[]

Due to the nature of these creatures, they cannot be tamed as adults unlike most other creatures. In order to 'tame' the said creatures, they have to be raised from birth. Following creatures can only be tamed from birth.


Ark: Survival Evolved guide to dinosaur taming

It's a big, scary world out there, and a dino buddy is going to come in handy.

You’ll need to get yourself some dino pals if you want to harvest resources efficiently, and more importantly, ride them around like mister big balls.

If you're not quote ready for that responsibility, you can prep by checking out our 9 essential tips for starting out in Ark: Survival Evolved.

The basics of taming

Animals can be tamed either by knocking them unconscious - which is a necessity for those who are eyeing you up as a mid-morning snack - or by feeding them.

Either way, you’ll need plenty of food - preferably your target’s favourite snack - and Narcoberries if you plan on going down the force-feeding-while-unconscious route.

Taming docile creatures

If you’re going after a docile animal, map the food you’re going to feed it to your hotkey bar. Approach the animal and feed it when the on-screen prompt pops up.

Depending on the animal, you may need camouflage to approach so that it doesn’t bolt when it sees you.

Be prepared to follow it around like a lackey until it’s feeling peckish again, and proffer the food up to it once more. It’s best not to touch the animals during the taming process, as some will attack.

If you wander too far away or leave too long between feeds, any progress you’ve made will be reset.

Taming carnivores and difficult creatures

When you’re ready to tame carnivores and the more difficult animals, you’ll need to render them unconscious. Blunt weapons like a club or prod are ideal, as is the slingshot. If you’ve managed to get your hands on a bow, crossbow, or rifle, tranquiliser arrows and darts will also do the job.

Our Engrams guide has more on crafting recipes for useful weapons and tools.

The next step is to feed it whilst keeping it unconscious. Stock up its inventory with food so that it has something to nibble on when it gets hungry, and force feed it Narcoberries or Narcotics to keep it under.

The process can take a while, so stay on the lookout for predators and players who look like they might want to interfere.

The fastest way to tame creatures is to feed them their favourite food. If they wake up before you’ve tamed them, you’ll lose everything in the animal’s inventory and any progress you’ve made.

If you run out of Narcoberries, you can always resort to punching an animal to stop it from coming to, or use a tranquiliser. Punching it means that it'll take damage, reducing the taming effectiveness, and you run the risk of accidentally killing it. So don’t run out of Narcoberries.


Mastering taming

As with any game, knowledge is key. There’s a great - unofficial - companion app called A-Calc that acts as a taming calculator and has in depth stats on each creature

For a quick and dirty guide, an animal’s favourite food will move the taming process along quicker, while kibble will push it along even more so. Particularly their favourite kibble.

There are different kibble recipes and each animal type has their preferred kibble. Kibble is great for keeping your pets fed after you’ve tamed them as it doesn’t spoil as fast as regular food, so if you’re going to be offline for a while, keeping their inventory stocked with kibble is a good idea.

When it comes to herbivores, any vegetation will do the job as well as any other. Carnivores on the other hand prefer Raw Prime Meat over all other food, which is trumped by their kibble of choice.

Housing tamed creatures

Your pals are going to need somewhere safe to bunker down when you’re not around to watch them.

It’ll keep them out of harm’s way - both from hostile animals and players alike. You’ll need to think about whether you want a simple pen comprised of a fenced area and a dinosaur gate, or something more fortified, using foundations and a roof, to protect against aerial attacks.

Whether you’re playing PvP or PvE will factor into that decision.

Levelling up tamed creatures

If, like me, the thought of your virtual pet getting killed fills you with unfounded - but very real - dread, the simplest way to level it up is to use it to grub around for resources. You're going to need a bunch of them anyway. You can check out our resource locations and harvesting guide for more info.

Alternatively, if you’re in a tribe, you can use the bonus XP to level up your buddy. You’ll need a member of your tribe to mount your animal while you carry out tasks in the immediate vicinity that award XP, like crafting.

For more on levelling up, check out our character levelling guide.

If you’re feeling confident in your dinos abilities or simply don’t care about its wellbeing, then taking into battle and having it kill other animals is the most efficient way to level it up. The more difficult the target, the greater the XP.

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Recommended tames


The Anklyo is the best dino for gathering metal, crystal, and flint. It can also gather stone, wood, and thatch, but with less efficiency. It’s not too shabby at getting oil from underwater either

The Anklyo is big and bulky with a decent carrying capacity. It’s a perfect tank and is great for transporting materials even though it’s on the slow side.


Sooner or later, you’re going to need to get your hands on one of these little buggers.

They make getting around a lot safer and easier, plus you can do a little recon while you’re flapping about in the clouds.

As an added bonus, Pteros can snatch players from mounts, and carry other dinos.


While not the best and brightest Ark has to offer, Dilos are a solid starter dino to get on side. They’re fairly easy to tame and are happy to lug around your belongings.

They’re not that strong, so it’s a good idea to nab yourself a few. They spit venom which will be beneficial if you’re set upon by high level players or aggressive dinos, buying you enough time to make an escape.

If you opt to use them for combat, or for guarding rooms inside your base - thanks to their compact size - be prepared to potentially lose them in battle.

Dinosaur eggs

Eventually, breeding dinosaurs is going to be a lot less of a kerfuffle than going out and taming them.

Unfortunately you can’t hatch eggs you stumble across. Instead you’ll have to play matchmaker with tamed dinos to get them to do the business.

Get a male and female of the same species into a pen and enable wandering. When they get close enough to one another, a mating bar will appear, and you’ll need to ensure they stay in close proximity until the bar fills up, otherwise you’ll have to start over.

Successful mating will result in an egg or a pregnancy.

Females have a cooldown on their mating bars once they’ve laid an egg or given birth, while male dinos are always raring to go.

A fertilised egg will have a health bar, and you have to maintain it by regulating the temperature. The required temperature to incubate an egg varies between species so keep an eye on the HUD.

To warm an egg you can pop it down next to a torch or campfire. To cool it down, submerge it in water, or use an air conditioner (level 61 Engram).

If you need to interrupt incubation, you can store eggs in a refrigerator (level 60 Engram) without being penalised.

Different species’ eggs will require different incubation times.

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Raising baby dinos

Once the egg has hatched - or the pregnant animal has unloaded its baby - you’ll have to step up to your responsibilities and take care of the thing.

Because they’re so fragile with a barely any HP, you should store the babies in a pen so you can keep an eye on them.

They’ll need regular feeding and monitoring until they reach 10% maturity, after which they can feed themselves, so keep a trough full of food nearby.

Be sure to disable wandering, as it’s on by default on all newborns.

A baby is a big responsibility and is an undertaking for a tribe ideally, as you’ll struggle to raise it on your own.

Have you got any taming or breeding tips of your own? Share them in the comments.

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How to tame dinosaurs in ARK: Survival Evolved

One of the biggest selling points of Studio Wildcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved is the chance to tame and keep your own dinosaurs. Not only is this aspect of the game deliriously fun, it’s also massively useful.

Dinosaurs and other creatures can be used to gather resources, attack enemies, and defend your base against intruders. On top of this, they also offer another layer of customisation to the game as you can level them up and decorate them with cool new skins.

For newcomers to the game, it can be pretty intimidating to know where to start with the taming process. It takes a long time to accomplish and the correct foods for each animal are different and can only be found through trial and error.

We’ve put together a handy ARK: Survival Evolved taming guide to ease you into the process. It will help get you started and give you some tips on how to look after your animal.

1. Pick the right animal

All the dinosaurs have special skills

The type of animal you should tame depends on what you’re going to use it for. For example, if you’re looking for something that’s easy to get and offers light protection, go for a Dilophosaurus. They’re able to carry extra gear, and can act as guard dogs that protect your base against raiders.

If you need something to harvest precious stones, then an Ankylosaurus is probably the best animal for you. They’re excellent at mining materials like metal and crystal, which you’ll need for crafting recipes later on.

Pretty much all the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved have special skills to take advantage of. This could be harvesting certain resources, defending yourself against enemies, or helping to navigate obstacles like rivers or cliffs. Learn more about each animal by collecting the explorer notes spread around the map and observing their behaviour in the wild. It pays off.

2. Pack the right equipment

You may need to knock out dinosaurs to tame them

You can tame certain animals simply by feeding them from your hotbar. You’ll recognise these creatures by the onscreen prompt that appears above them whenever you’re nearby. If no message appears, then you’ll need to try a more violent approach to taming. This involves knocking the animal out first.

Wooden clubs and slingshots are the perfect tools for immobilising smaller creatures like Raptors and Dilophosaurus, while bigger creatures will require tranquilliser arrows, darts, crossbows and longneck rifles. These costlier items will give you a greater chance of knocking the animal unconscious, but require way more materials to build.

Once you’ve knocked the creature out, narcoberries and narcotics will help keep the animal unconscious, so make sure to pack some. Just move them over from your inventory to theirs, and their torpor will increase gradually, giving you more time to work.

3. Choose the right location

Stay hidden when taming

Taming can take a long time to pull off, so it’s vital that you pick your location wisely. Choose somewhere near cover, where there are no settlements and you’re less likely to come across other players. You’ll be extremely vulnerable while taming, so staying hidden is your best defence against ambushes.

Another consideration you should take into account is to position yourself near a place that has a lot of plants. This will allow you to harvest additional narcoberries, preventing you from having to do a frantic, last-minute search if you run out and need to lengthen an animal’s torpor.

4. Cook with the right ingredients

Experiment with ingredients

There are a few ways to speed up the taming process – using the correct ingredients is arguably the most effective.

Most creatures have a preferred type of kibble that you can feed them to increase their taming effectiveness. Kibble is made when you put different types of animal eggs inside cooking pots or industrial cookers with advanced crops, mejoberries, some fibre, and a waterskin that’s 25% full.

These recipes can be found on the body of large carnivores, like Megalodons, Spinosaurus, and Carnotaurus, but you’ll need to do some experimenting to find out which kibble works best with what animal.

If you don’t have access to a cooking pot or any of these ingredients, raw prime meat and mejoberries are the best alternative. For carnivores, collect the raw prime meat from Stegosaurus, Paracer, and Mammoths. Meanwhile, for herbivores, grab some mejoberries from your environment to feed the creatures.

5. Join a tribe

Teaming up makes taming easier

An easy way of making taming more manageable is to join a tribe. There are a number of benefits to this approach. For example, you can team up to help find the necessary resources and pool them together. You can also position one player nearby for protection, to watch your back and ward off anyone trying to attack.

The most useful part of this arrangement, however, comes when stunning the animal to begin with. Teaming up reduces the amount of effort it will take each person to knock out an animal. This means you can get down to the taming part a lot sooner.

6. Protect the asset

Build an enclosure for your dinosaurs

So you’ve got the animal you wanted and you’re taking it home – what next? The most important thing is to keep it safe.

One way to do this is to build an enclosure for them with a stone or metal wall and a dinosaur gateway. Another is to keep flying animals out of reach of danger by leaving them on your roof.

The idea is to make it as awkward as possible for players to reach your dinosaurs. This means making raiders use tons of resources to knock down your walls and breach your defences.

7. Level up your mount

Forage for resources to level up

Defence isn’t the only thing you should be concerned with – you should also try to level up your mount.

There are a few ways to do this. Arguably the best option is using your animal to kill difficult prey. This will give them a lot of XP, depending on the level and the type of animal you attack.

There are less violent solutions, too. You can have tribe member sit on your mount while you craft to share experience, or use your mount to forage for resources. All of these will allow you to gain the necessary experience to increase your creature’s abilities.

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Fast Therizinosaur Taming Guide :: Ark : Survival Evolved Tips and Tricks

Ark Survival Evolved Taming Guide

ARK: Survival Evolved has a lot of great things going for it but, let’s be honest, all you probably really want is a dinosaur of your own. And yes, stomping around, terrorising people on a T. rex is brilliant fun - but, crucially, every creature on the island serves a multitude of practical purposes.

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For more Ark Survival Evolved advice, check out our beginner's tips, island guide, resource, recipe, and crafting guide, and base building guide.

Most obviously, powerful creatures are essential for effective defensive and offensive manoeuvres. A tamed pack of raptors, for instance, can rip apart unwary base intruders (be they human or animal) in seconds. You’ll also want a powerful beast of your own to ease the pain of hunting for Raw Meat, Hide, Chitin and Keratin.

Vitally, however, almost every creature on the island can dramatically increase your effectiveness at farming specific resources when tamed. Mammoths, for instance, can net you thousands of pieces of wood in the time it would take you to gather hundreds by hand. The frog-like Beelzebufo, meanwhile, can turn consumed insects into precious Cement Paste. Indeed, acquiring the right critters can make your island life considerably simpler.

Of course, tamed creatures also offer the quickest means of traversing the island too. A Pteranodon with high movement speed, for instance, will get you from one side of the world to the other in a matter of minutes, while the crocodile-like Sarcosuchus can navigate waterways at incredible speed. What’s more, if you secure a fast creature with a high Weight stat, you’ll be able to ferry heavy resources around with ease.

Acquiring Dinosaurs

There are several means of acquiring creatures in ARK - some relatively easy and some considerably less so. The simplest way to acquire a creature is to claim a previously-tamed creature once its ownership expires. Tamed dinosaurs revert to unclaimed status if their owner is inactive for around 8 days - at which point they can be claimed by another survivor. As such, it pays to keep an eye on your neighbours’ creatures as you play.

Depending on your chosen server and the tribes that populate it, you might also be able to acquire creatures through trades. Some tribes - particularly the larger, more established ones - are more than happy to hand over ownership of a creature in exchange for goods (such as Metal Ingots), services or other creatures.

Finally, of course, you can always put in some hard graft and tame (or even breed) wild creatures yourself. This latter option is easily the most satisfying method of building up your own menagerie - but it’s often incredibly time and resource intensive.

Dinosaur Levels

Before considering your first tame, it’s handy to understand how ARK’s levelling system applies to creatures. All wildlife on the island is assigned a random level - up to - when it spawns. The higher a creature’s level, the stronger and more durable it will be compared to lesser members of its species. Note, however, that every species has a distinct base damage stat, meaning that - unsurprisingly - a Level Dodo isn’t an even match for a Level Tyrannosaurus Rex in battle.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that wild creatures are weaker and less durable than tamed creatures of the same species. With a bit of experimentation, you’ll soon learn which critters you can hunt and which you should avoid when out in the world.

Levels And Taming

A creature’s level is particularly significant when it comes to taming. The higher the level of a creature, the longer it takes to tame - a Level 1 Argentavis, for instance, can be tamed in around 20 minutes, while a Level variant will take over 2 hours.

What’s more, creatures, like humans, have several different attribute stats - namely, Health, Stamina, Oxygen, Food, Weight, Melee Damage and Speed. Points are randomly assigned to each of these attributes depending on a wild creature’s base level - a high level dinosaur will naturally have better stats in one or more attribute categories. Note, however, that you won’t be able to see a creature’s stats until a tame begins.

Once a creature has been successfully domesticated, it will earn XP each time it performs an activity such as resource gathering or hunting. This enables it to level up an additional 59 times beyond its post-tame level. As with your own character, you’ll earn a skill point every time your creature levels up, which can be used to improve one of its attributes.

Things get even more interesting, however, when you factor in the Taming Effectiveness bonus - which enables a creature to go well beyond its natural Level limit during a tame. By achieving a % Taming Effectiveness rating (which, in reality, isn’t quite possible, thanks to the nature of the process), your creature can gain additional levels equivalent to 50% of its base level. As such, it’s theoretically possible for a tamed creature to reach a maximum level of - well beyond the natural Level limit. Any attribute points acquired through these bonus levels are assigned randomly.

Managing Dinosaur Stats

As you might have realised by now, all this means that you’re able to, essentially, create a bespoke creature through taming - one tailored to excel at certain tasks. If you want a tank-style dinosaur for battling and defence, for instance, you’ll want the majority of your attribute points assigned to Health and Melee. Mules designed for weight carrying, meanwhile, will need a high Weight stat and, potentially, strong Stamina and movement speed. Through a combination of luck, scrutiny of base stats and manual points assignment, you’ll be able to fashion the creature of your dreams!

Taming Creatures

Once you’ve identified the creature and level you wish to acquire, it’s time to begin the taming process. Most creatures require taming through ‘violent’ means - a technique that involves three basic stages: finding your target, knocking it out and performing the tame.

Locating Your Target

To maximise your chances of finding a specific creature, you’ll need to know its preferred habitat. The Sarcosuchus, for instance, generally loiters around swamps, the Argentavis makes the mountains its home, while Mammoths and Direwolves prefer snowy climes. Before tracking down your target, however, you should craft a Spyglass (5 Wood, 10 Hide, 10 Fibre and 2 Crystal). This can be used to check a creature’s level from a safe distance - reducing your chances of being eaten while you identify your future pet.

Knocking Out Your Target

Before you begin taming a creature, you’ll need to render it unconscious. Early on in the game, this can be achieved by attacking your target with your fists or a weapon. However, this hands-on approach can prove time-consuming and, if you’re not careful, deadly. It’s generally safest and most effective to bring down your target with a narcotic - for instance, by striking it with a tamed scorpion’s tail. It’s safer still to attack at long-range, using tranquilliser arrows or darts launched from a bow.

Choosing A Taming Spot

Unconscious creatures are still susceptible to attack from other animals and players - and, if your target takes damage during a tame, its Taming Effectiveness meter will drop, reducing any potential bonus levels that you might earn. As such, you’ll want to lure your target to a safe spot (such as a secluded area or, ideally, a specially-prepared taming pen) before knocking it out. If possible, bring a well-armed friend to watch for assailants too.

Starting The Tame

Once a creature is down, a floating taming panel will appear on its body. This features three important elements: the taming progress bar, the unconscious meter and the current Taming Effectiveness level. You’ll want to keep a close eye on each throughout a tame.

To begin the tame, access the creature’s inventory then place food and some form of narcotic inside. During the tame, your target will intermittently eat from the food supply, causing the taming bar to increase and the Taming Effectiveness level to decrease each time. The unconscious meter, meanwhile, will steadily deplete.

If the creature runs out of food, the unconscious meter will decrease more rapidly - and, once it’s empty, the creature will wake, ending the tame in failure. You’ll need enough food, then, to last the duration of the tame, and you’ll have to administer narcotics throughout to prevent the creature from waking. To use a narcotic, simply highlight it in the creature’s inventory and hit the ‘Remote Use Item’ button below.

Riding Creatures

Once a creature’s taming bar is full, the tame is complete and the animal is yours to do your bidding. Name it then prepare for the journey back to base. If a creature is ridable, you should craft an appropriate saddle beforehand. If it isn’t - or you forget to bring a saddle along - you can simply whistle at your new charge to make it follow along behind. It’ll be slow, possibly perilous going, but you should get home eventually.

A Note On Narcotics

There are two types of narcotics in ARK - Narcoberries and Narcotics. The former can be picked directly from bushes, while the latter can be made by combining 5 Narcoberries and 1 Spoiled Meat at a Mortar and Pestle. Narcoberries increase a creature’s Torpor meter by 8 points during taming, while Narcotics add 40 points to the meter. Needless to say, Narcotics are preferable - if only for the fact that you won’t need to hammer the ‘Remote Use Item’ button quite so frequently.

How Food Affects Taming

Taming gets a little more complicated when it comes to food. While it’s fairly obvious that carnivores should be fed meat and that herbivores should be given berries, you also need to take food values into account. The higher an item’s food value is, the less a creature will need to eat during a tame; the less a creature eats, the higher your Taming Effectiveness meter will be once a tame is complete - granting you additional bonus levels.

As far as carnivores go, Raw Prime Meat (farmed from larger dinosaurs) is the most effective foodstuff during a tame, although it spoils extremely quickly. If you don’t have Raw Prime Meat to hand, use the less effective Raw Meat, Cooked Prime Meat or Prime Meat Jerky. Herbivores, meanwhile, prefer Mejoberries (although any berry will ultimately suffice), and scorpions and spiders favour Spoiled Meat.


There’s one foodstuff, however, that trumps all others during taming: Kibble. Kibble is made by mixing eggs and other ingredients in a Cooking Pot - and every creature in ARK has a favourite Kibble type, made from a specific egg. The T. rex, for instance, prefers Kibble made from Pulmonoscorpius Eggs, while the Pteranodon loves Dodo Kibble.

Every Kibble type is created from a unique recipe (Bronto Kibble, for instance, is made using 1 Bronto Egg, 1 Rockarrot, 1 Cooked Meat Jerky, 2 Mejoberries, 3 Fibre and 1 Water) so the full list is outside the scope of this guide. Wikis are your friend here!

By using the correct Kibble during a tame, the process will be around five times as fast as usual - a Level Carno can be tamed in around 2 hours using Ankylosaurus Kibble, for instance, rather than the standard 10 and a half hours. Additionally, you’ll achieve maximum Taming Effectiveness, provided that your creature doesn’t take damage during the tame. In other words, to get the best possible results always use Narcotics and Kibble!


Of course, there’s one small problem here: where will you get those eggs? It’s entirely possible to trade eggs with other tribes on a server, but this can be costly. Instead, most established players will farm their own eggs by taming a male and female of each species, then keeping them together back at base. These creatures will produce unfertilised eggs throughout the day, ready to be gathered and stored in a Refrigerator. As you might imagine, reaching this stage can be a long, involved process - so many players are happier to fly around the island, stealing eggs from others. As such, if you plan on creating an egg farm, it’s often wise to build a fully enclosed structure to house it first.

Nonviolent Taming

Several creatures in ARK (namely the Araneo, Gigantopithecus, Ichthyosaurus, Mesopithecus and Onyc) are tamed through non-violent means. Unlike the standard method, nonviolent taming doesn’t require you to knock a creature out first. Instead, you should place you target’s favourite food in the right-most slot of your hot bar then approach. Once you’re close enough, simply use the item to begin taming.

When the creature is hungry enough to eat again, you’ll be prompted to give it more food - continue feeding it until the tame is complete. You should note, however, that nonviolent taming differs slightly from creature to creature. You’ll need to apply Bug Repellant in order to approach the Araneo and Onyc, for instance, while the Gigantopithecus and Mesopithecus will attack and run away respectively if you get too close.


Tips ark survival taming

All the tips you need to survive in the ruthless, merciless world of ARK: Survival Evolved.

General Tips[]

Inventory Management[]

Learning how to manage or sort your inventory can help you in the long run.

This section contains several advices that may not be perfect for you, depending on your playstyle, weight levels, and available resources. But for the most part, the information is helpful.

When it comes to your inventory, there are some things that are always prudent to be kept, no matter what you're doing. You never know when a potential tame, dangerous dino, rare resource, etc. may come across your path. So be sure to always, if possible, to include the following:

  • Materials to repair your Tools and Armor. (If they are crafted in a &#; Smithy, consider bringing a pair of &#; Pliers (exclusive to Aberration), or even a &#; Smithy (though the latter is not recommended unless you expect your armor to break and want to save resources).
  • Extra Tools/Armor, especially if they are crafted in a &#; Fabricator/&#; Smithy. Definitely carry multiple &#; Pikes/your primary Weapon.
  • &#; Bolas. They can easily save your life or get you another tame.
  • Torpor-inducing Weapons such as &#; Tranq Arrows, &#; Tranquilizer Darts, &#; Wooden Clubs, etc. You never know when you might need them for a &#; Raptor, &#; Sabertooth, etc.
  • &#; Cooked Meat and a couple water containers.
  • &#; Stimberries and &#; Narcoberries. (Or better, &#; Stimulant and &#; Narcotics.)
    • Split meat into stacks of one for getting &#; Spoiled Meat faster, making it easier to craft Narcotics.
  • Periodically dump/store all extra items that you don't need in order to lighten and shrink used space you have to scroll and search through.
  • You can quickly repair an item by hitting its assigned hotbar button (assuming you have the required materials).


Hunting Strategies[]

  • It is near pointless to attempt killing an awake &#; Giganotosaurus as only a higher level or pre-enraged one can easily kill it. Often it is best to leave them alone for others to tame, as a level 20 Giganotosaurus can take over tranq darts to the head, in which many would see as a pointless waste unless taming it.



  • It's recommended to make a &#; Hide Sleeping Bag at an early level - it displays map coordinates to aid navigation, may be picked up and re-placed, and is handy for marking caves or other points of interest. A sleeping bag does not require a structure to be built upon, but cannot be shared by tribe members and is a single use item. Change to &#; Simple Bed when you can.
  • Having a simple shelter can be a lot more useful than you would think. You could easily find yourself freezing and starving on a cold night.
  • When building walls, use , Y, or Triangle to toggle the direction the wall is facing.
  • Don't build shelter too close to the water, there are sea dinosaurs that can destroy the earliest shelter easily.
  • You can upgrade your shelter parts (ex. thatch to wood) by placing the new part in the same place as the old part. The old piece will be destroyed and grant you some resources back.
  • When building a wooden or stone shelter, you can quickly become encumbered with wood or stone. Instead of running to your shelter and sorting everything out, make whatever components you can straight away as it severely lessens your weight, allowing you to stay out collecting for longer.


  • If you're performing a beacon run, give yourself a moment to check around the beacon. You may have attracted attention from nearby predators.
  • &#; Sparkpowder is an excellent fuel source. It requires just a few stone and flint, and can be used to light everything from fireplaces to &#; Refining Forge and keep them burning for a fairly long time. However, it doesn't yield &#; Charcoal which is needed for ammo and gunpowder.
  • It's easier to place fence foundations walking backwards.

Spawning Advice[]

You might want to know where you're spawning in the Arks:

The Island[]

South Zone[]

  • South Zone 1: South Zone 1 is a very safe area with few predators, &#; Dilophosaurs are about the only dangerous creature you will encounter, &#; Spinosaurus have a small chance to spawn up the inlet and &#; Piranhas may spawn in the inlet too. There is also a Mountain nearby (for Metal) and a decently flat spot on the edge of the peninsula, perfect for building a small base. River rocks can also be found in the inlet that can provide small amounts of &#; Metal. Try to avoid the nearby Swamp until you are ready.
  • South Zone 2: South Zone 2 is a good choice for newcomers due to it having metal deposits and river rocks, &#; Piranhas and &#; Sarcos do occasionally spawn in the river though so take caution when crossing. &#; Spinosaurus rarely spawn up the river as do &#; Baryonyx. The location is also surrounded by two forests which provide large amounts of &#; Wood, &#; Thatch, &#; Fiber, and &#; Berries, but they also house &#; Raptors and &#; Therizinosaurs so be prepared when exploring them.
  • South Zone 3: An excellent starting location for new players, contains relatively few carnivores and has a large amount of resources. Once you unlock a &#; Raft, you can go to Herbivore Island easily because of it's close proximity. Herbivore Island also has no terrestrial carnivores and contains a very flat area, here &#; Metal also spawns in abundance which you can harvest with an &#; Ankylosaurus which can also be found here.

West Zone[]

  • West Zone 1:
  • West Zone 2:
  • West Zone 3:

East Zone[]

  • East Zone 1:
  • East Zone 2:
  • East Zone 3:

North Zone[]

  • North Zone 1:
  • North Zone 2:
  • North Zone 3:

The Center[]



  • Jungle 1:
  • Jungle 2:
  • Jungle 3:

Viking Bay[]

  • Viking Bay 1:
  • Viking Bay 2:
  • Viking Bay 3:


  • Highlands N: Highlands North is a good spawning location for experienced players, newcomers might struggle in this location due to there being relatively few resources and many dangerous creatures such as &#; Giganotosaurus or &#; Megalania that spawn on the beach, Hypothermia is also a major problem in the Highlands.
  • Highlands NE: Safer than Highlands North but still incredibly dangerous due to the Hypothermia that strikes often, &#; Allosaurus also spawns here and there are still very few resources.
  • Highlands E:


Singleplayer Tips[]

See Single Player if looking for the Gameplay mode.

  • For Single player, A beach is a good area to start building a base. This allows you to constantly have a source of water for drinking and cooling down, and depending on where you are, fish to eat. Resources may be scarce, but so are predators. The few predators that are present can easily be seen from a good distance.
  • You will probably find yourself spending engram points on a wide variety of things. You can save some points by ignoring multiplayer-centric engrams such as &#; Blood Extraction Syringe, sloped roofs, and the various Signs and Billboards.
  • Every time you go to load your single-player game, there will be a bunch of sliders for server options. If things are going poorly or you want more of a challenge, you can adjust these to your benefit/detriment. Keep in mind that Player Resistance and Structure Resistance work inversely, meaning that setting player resistance to 2 will make you take twice as much damage, not half.
  • Be strategic when it comes to choosing the location of your main base. Keep in mind that you should have all the resources not far from there, especially if you want to spend as little time as possible traveling.
  • It is always a good idea to have 2 or 3 strong dinos around your base to protect the weaker ones.
  • Always try to leave your dinos in a relatively safe place when you travel or you enter a cave, especially if you count on them for a quick escape. Remember that your biggest threat is wild dinos.
  • Flying low in circles before landing it is the smart thing to do, especially on swamps and biomes where danger exists everywhere.
  • Always carry water, food, and sources of heat in your Dino. None of them weigh much and can save you a trip back before expected.
  • Its never a bad idea to have several single square metal or stone shelters around the map as they can provide a quick safe zone.
  • When taming a high-level dino (considering the process will take for long or it's a hard Dino for solo taming such as a Quetzal) don't hesitate on building fence foundations around it and placing stone walls on them. This will make the taming process a safe and easy timing thing.
  • The base building dino team consist on a &#; Castoroides for wood, an &#; Ankylosaurus for Metal and a &#; Doedicurus for stone. They are a must-have for every lone survivor not only for making big bases, but also they gather the essential items for crafting everything. Also, they are good fighter in terms of base defense. A Rex can also be a good source of base defense. They are somewhat easy to tame if you have &#; Tranquilizer Arrows (Level 21). For people that are taming a Rex for the first time, shooting it in the head does the same damage as the body. Rex has no multipliers for the head, so it will take about (depending on the level) Tranquilizer Arrows anywhere to knock it out.

Multiplayer Tips[]

  • Join a tribe. Seriously, do it. Being in a tribe gets you a share of the experience your tribemates earn, you can help each other take out larger threats or tame dinos, and it's just nice to have allies..
    • As a caveat, only join a tribe you trust. The tribe leader can remove you from the tribe while keeping all of your dino's and structures. Literally taking everything you have worked for.
  • If you're in a tribe, it might be a good idea to assign specialists, people who focus on one or two type of engrams. For example, one of you could focus on structures, one could get tools and weapons, another could get saddles and clothes, etc. The drawback of this is that you will be dependent on one another. If your base gets beat up and your structure guy isn't on, someone else may have to learn the engram themselves.
  • If you insist on playing solo, build a small base in a hidden location and make heavy use of Cryopods to make your base less conspicuous. Building backup bases are a good idea, as even metal bases are easily raided. As a solo, concealment of your base is the only sure way to avoid getting raided. Bases should also be hard to reach to amplify the effect of concealment, such as building on cliffs or on hard to access parts of the map
  • Be aware of the server settings. Certain settings can vastly change how the game plays, and information found on this wiki may not be completely accurate on servers that don't use the default settings.
  • Don't be needlessly aggressive towards other players as making enemies can be far more detrimental than you initially realize. It is far more beneficial for everyone in an area to at least tolerate the others presence than constantly worrying about your neighbors.

Long Term (Multiplayer)[]

In order to survive for a long time it is advised to do the following,

  • Form or enter a Tribe.
  • Create Custom Consumables, as they will grant a long-lasting source of food
  • Make a farm. It will provide food, and Kibble for dinos.
  • Spend your Engram Points in Engrams such as the &#; Campfire, &#; Waterskin, all wood/stone/metal building structures, &#; Narcotic with the &#; Mortar and Pestle, and definitely get the Dinosaur Gate/Gateway and the Fence Foundation.
  • You're going to need to tame a selection of dinosaurs, such as some for the transportation by land, sea and or air, the ability to gather meat, hide, wood, thatch and berries and overall, protect your base when you're offline.
  • Never settle for &#; Thatch based structures, since they have relatively no protection or durability, people will focus on these first. &#; Wood based structures take longer to demolish; however, with a few dinosaurs or a couple people with metal tools, they're rendered quite ineffective as a means of protection. Using &#; Metal will provide the most durability and protection when you're away (useful for PvP. In PvE a Stone-based home will also do.).
  • Build a &#; Vault. It allows you to protect the most valuable resources and items you or your tribe own.
  • Build Alliances with other tribes so that you can rely on a helping hand; and return a helping hand.
  • DO NOT make enemies unnecessarily and avoid being hostile to people. Killing low level players will definitely make higher level players continuously seek and destroy you, your structures and anyone who is associated with you.
  • Do not stop taming dinosaurs and do not stop increasing your defense. You may have built a complete wooden fenced in yard with a nice wooden house; but you are going to want to upgrade your walls to metal and construct as many Auto Turrets as possible as soon as you possibly can. This is usually done after acquiring at least a &#; Fabricator.

Getting Metal and Advancing to Metal tools[]

Getting metal tools should be a very high priority as they will allow you to gather resources much faster. Once you have hit level 20, learn the Refining Forge and the Smithy. These both require a lot of engrams, so it's advisable not to spend many engrams on level 18 and On high peaks such as the Volcano, Herbivore Island, and a large hill in the southern islets, you can find black rocks streaked with gold and shiny gold rocks that will yield large Metal quantities. Be sure to use a Metal Pick to harvest them. If none of these can be found, simple river rocks will get you started but yield a much lower rate than those previously listed. Once you have metal, use your Refining Forge to smelt metal. Once you have five Metal Ingot you can craft a Smithy. A Metal Pick will allow you to get much more Metal out of rocks and therefore grant you access to metal tools. Once you have an Ankylosaurus you can gather metal much faster.

Metal Rocks[]

  • The richest of metal rocks, often found on the mountain peaks

  • Regular metal rocks, you can find a couple of these on the hill at Herbivore Island (bottom right island)

  • Round rocks on and around the river shore line with good metal yields

  • Common rocks with almost no metal at all

Note: When harvesting Metal you will want to use an &#; Ankylosaurus, you can find these on Herbivore Island.

Leveling Up[]

  • Every activity results in you gaining experience, even if it's simply not dying. Each level you gain will give you a single point to increase your attributes and a couple of Engram Points to unlock new crafting diagrams. Early on, &#; Health and &#; Fortitude are useful upgrades, keeping you healthy and more resistant to dinos and the environment longer. They also raise your resistance to losing consciousness.
  • For newer players it's easy to get caught up in the moment of having a lot of &#; Health and/or a lot of &#; Melee Damage or any other non-directly survival focused ability. With that said, be sure to plan ahead, by this I mean far ahead. Are you a crafter? Then perhaps &#; Weight will be useful. Perhaps you like to tame dinosaurs? If so then investing some points into &#; Stamina is a viable option, this will allow you to sprint and fight for longer durations. To stay longer under water and also to swim faster level up &#; Oxygen.
  • Having around &#; Health, &#; Stamina and % &#; Movement Speed is adequate to be able to stay on your toes even against a &#; T-Rex or a &#; Spinosaurus.
  • To avoid being overburdened and carrying excess amount of resources, it is highly recommended to spend your skill points on only weight on levels , it will help tremendously in the future. After all, players in this game are building and carrying resources half the time, so having weight maxed or over is extremely useful. It will prevent players from having to go back to base to dump all kinds of resources.
  • Save your Engram Points after level 30 and only spend them when you come across something you need immediately. Higher level Supply Crates will provide you with many of the Blueprints for items that you would otherwise spend engram points on. Saving your engram points early on will enable you to make a more educated decision later in the game in regards to how you should spend them.

Gaining XP[]

  • When you first spawn as a level 1 just craft several picks or torches to get the first few levels faster.
  • Consider Note Runs, as they can grant massive amounts of XP in very short periods of time. A common Island Note run gets new characters from 1 - ~70 in less that 15 minutes, and is by far the best early game leveling tactic. Note runs exist for any map that has notes. (Extinction, Aberration, The Island, and Scorched Earth.)
  • Craft &#; Narcotic for easy experience (2xp per craft).
  • If you can, killing a Rex can help a lot in gaining XP, or could be tamed easily once a player has enough meat, by standing on a high rock.
  • Rafts give a lot of XP and are rather cheap once the player has a &#; Metal Hatchet, &#; Mammoth, &#; Castoroides or &#; Therizinosaur.
  • Killing simple dinos such as &#; Trikes gives a bit of exp, allowing higher tier players to farm exp fast, as these can easily be killed by guns.
  • Later game alphas provide a very good source of XP
  • Once it is craftable, and if you meet the fairly steep initial resource requirement, the &#; Industrial Grinder is a good way to consistently build up XP if you spend a lot of time in your base.
  • Crafted to &#; Element Shards in the inventory every &#; Element Dust is worth 1 XP. Making it a considerable choice to level up especially at higher rates and with the help of Gachas and a Toilet.
  • Consider more aggressive methods of leveling such as clearing the Swamp Cave (The Island) for extremely fast leveling. Refer to the Swamp Cave or Leveling page for more info.



To tame most creatures you have to knock them out first. If you can craft them, it's highly recommended to use Bolas to hold it in place while you shoot it with a Slingshot or Tranquilizer Arrows. Other creatures may be tamed passively (like the &#; Mesopithecus), or require a completely different method (like the &#; Troodon).

Creatures have a preferred type of &#; Kibble and food, either of which can be used to tame them - for example, &#; Pulmonoscorpius and &#; Araneo like &#; Spoiled Meat. However, for most carnivores &#; Raw Prime Meat, or &#; Mejoberries for herbivores, can be also used instead, though they're not as efficient.

Taming creatures can take a long amount of time (up to several hours), make sure to minimize the amount of damage you do to the dinos when knocking them unconscious. Ideally, knock them out in as few headshots as possible by using a slingshot, or more advanced methods like Tranquilizer Arrows or even Tranquilizer Darts. Doing damage to a dino during taming will reduce your taming effectiveness, decreasing the dinosaurs basic stats. This has nothing to do with the duration of your tame.

Note: Food draining (starving an unconscious dino before feeding it) does not actually reduce the time to tame, since the time it takes to drain food compensates for the time you save when feeding. The one exception is for fast spoiling food like &#; Raw Prime Meat. Given its short spoil timer, if you have a bunch in storage (e.g. in a Preserving Bin or Refrigerator) starving the carnivore down enough to eat multiple Primes at once, will reduce loss. One method has been found to reduce tame times, it is linked as the following Taming#Taming Hints.

Keeping them Unconscious[]

Note taming effectiveness will drop if unconscious dino is hurt.

  • High torpor causing weapons like the &#; Wooden Club can also be used to keep the creature unconscious in emergency situations for it's low damage. However the club still cause damage and could possibly kill the creature in the process. Other weapons like the: &#; Tranq Arrow or &#; Tranquilizer Dart causes more damage and has a higher chance of killing the target.

Console Commands[]

To open the console press .

  • To show your FPS, type stat fps.
  • where # = 1 to 9. Example gamma 3 alters the darkness in the game so you can see at night . To return to the default value, just type gamma.
  • Holding , Windows, or Touch Pad will display advanced information on the HUD (such as what certain status effects mean), this can also be seen in the inventory or put on toggle in settings.
Fast Megalodon Taming Guide :: Ark : Survival Evolved Tips and Tricks

One of the most appealing aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved is the inclusion of dinosaurs. In ARK, you&#;re fighting for survival on an island crawling with the beasts, meaning you need to forage for supplies and craft tools all while defending yourself from attack. But dinos aren&#;t just there as a threat; you can tame them and make them your pets, ride them, or train them to defend your possessions. And who wouldn&#;t want a pet dinosaur?

Dinosaurs aren&#;t the only creatures you can tame in ARK, either. There are a ton of different beasts in the game. In this guide, we&#;ll explain all the steps you&#;ll need to take in order to tame your own sweet, toothy child.

Step 1 &#; Immobilize and Knock Out Your Target

The first step to taming a monster is to incapacitate it. To do this, you&#;re going to need to trap it so that it can&#;t get away from you. You&#;ll need the best traps for the job, though, based on your target. Bolas and small bear traps are good for smaller creatures. There are couple variations of bolas, and each one requires a different method of use. For example, a chain bola needs to be fired from a ballista, while small, standard bolas are simply thrown from the hand.

Bear traps are a good choice too, and come in two sizes: small ones for small creatures and a large one for large creatures. You might also consider Plant Species Y, which is a vine trap that can immobilize small and medium monsters.

Another method for trapping is to build a structure large enough to hold them, with a ramp on the outside. Lure a monster up the ramp and into the structure, make your way out the door, and voila! You&#;ve entrapped a monster.

Next, you&#;ll have to knock your target out. To do this, you&#;ll need to use a non-lethal weapon to deal torpidity damage. Torpidity in a measure of constitution in ARK, and when you fill a creature&#;s torpidity meter, it will fall unconscious. Here are some good choices for weapons that deal decent torpidity damage, from simplest to craft to most difficult. Choose one of these and go to town on your trapped target.

  • Clubs
  • Slingshots
  • Boomerang
  • Tranq arrows
  • Tranq darts
  • Shocking tranq darts
  • Electric prod

Once your target is knocked out, you&#;re going to need to keep it that way. You can feed an unconscious monster nacroberries, which will keep their torpidity gauge topped off. You can also use ascerbic mushrooms, narcotics, and biotoxin.

Step 2 &#; Tame Your New Best Friend

Now that you&#;ve got your target on the ground, your next step is to make it friendly to you. Before you get started, though, you should build some defenses around you and your target. Taming takes a while, and the sight of unconscious prey is sure to attract hungry passersby. Spiked walls are a good choice here.

Next, you need to feed your dino some food that will endear them to you, their new best friend. This is done by moving food from your inventory to the creature&#;s. Kibble is a good all-purpose choice, but there are also various kibbles that are specifically made for certain creatures. Feeding a monster kibble of its type will always be more effective, but if you feed it the wrong kind, it will do more damage to the taming process than if you fed it a food it doesn&#;t like. You can also feed raw meat to carnivores and various berries and veggies to herbivores.

Feeding an unconscious creature will automatically start the taming process, which takes varying amounts of time depending on the creature&#;s size, temperament, and level. It&#;s during this time that you&#;ll need to keep an eye out for other predators. Once the taming bar fills completely, though, you have a brand new buddy!

Step 3 &#; Do Adventures

Now that you&#;ve got your new friend, name them and take them with you on adventures! Tamed creatures can serve a number of purposes. You can ride them, make them carry your stuff, tell them to protect your belongings, help you gather materials, and harvest stuff.

Did this guide help you at all? Let us know in the comments section!


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