ARK: Survival Evolved Taming Guide – How to Tame Your Very Own Dinosaur

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!


Sam Desatoff

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