Alpha creatures can only be tamed using their preferred kibble, herbivore/carnivore treats, or xeno kibble. Click here for more information about preferred kibbles.

Passive Taming

It's similar to taming a Dung Beetle with poop or passive taming a Tusoteuthis with black pearls etc.

Vanilla Ark Dinos (Herbivore)

  1. Put the taming food in your 0 (zero) slot.
  2. Get close enough to the herbivore creature that it will say "[E] Feed..." on it.
  3. Press 'E' on it.
  4. Taming bar will show the taming progress.
  5. Repeat 1-4 until it's successfully tamed.

Extinction Core Alpha Creatures

  1. If the creature is aggressive you will need to craft/obtain a Herbivore or Carnivore helmet.
  2. Wear the required helmet.
  3. Put the kibble in your 0 (zero) slot.
  4. Get close enough to the creature that it will say "[E] Feed..." on it.
  5. Press 'E' on it.
  6. Taming bar will show the taming progress.
  7. Repeat 3-6 until it's successfully tamed.

Note that attacking the target marked for taming during this time will cause all taming progress and affinity to be lost. To avoid a situation like this, it may be prudent to kill or incapacitate all nearby animals that may start or partake in a fight if an opportunity is presented, such as wild roaming carnivores that will attack all nearby animals. It may also be possible to set your tamed animals to a "Neutral" or "Passive" state, as to avoid fighting with the creature being tamed.

KO Taming

This is the normal taming process in Vanilla Ark where you have to knock out the dino and put food in its inventory.

If there are no other Tranquilizing mods added in the server, Compound Poison Arrow works best for Extinction Core Modded Creatures (will also work on Vanilla Ark Dinos).

Extinction Core creature torpor decreases very fast while they are unconscious. To quickly tame the strongest creatures, remote use a Sedative.

  1. Shoot the creature until it's knocked out.
  2. Put the required food and sedative in the creature's inventory.
  3. Remote use a Sedative (if one is not enough to keep the creature unconscious, use additional at your discretion). The creature should start eating the kibble/food until it's successfully tamed.

Additional Information

Knocking something out replaces its normal inventory with the tame inventory. If it dies while knocked out, then the tame inventory will be the only thing accessible. However, as long as it wakes up before it dies, then gets killed, you will be able to loot its normal drops. This can be used to get a leg up early game on alpha tribesmen and even wild Giga.

Saddle Taming

Saddle taming is similar to knockout taming. Instead of feeding the creature however, you simply place the saddle in the creature's saddle slot and it is instantly tamed.

  1. Knock out the creature.
  2. When it's finally knocked out, put the saddle on that creature on the saddle slot.
  3. The creature will instantly tamed.

For Bosses, you cannot remove the saddle after you put it! It will be permanently locked on that creature. Also, bosses can be uploaded into Ark (if uploading is enabled). This will permanently destroy the saddle and you will have to create a new one. When you press unequip button on the saddle, nothing will happen. Note that if other external server mods are used to upgrade the quality or stats of a saddle, this must be done prior to Boss Taming.

Savage Taming

Savage Taming is the act of letting the animal you are attempting to tame kill your live and tamed animals. Savage Taming has been proven to be a difficult method of taming as many factors are needed to prevent issues occurring during the tame that will remove the attempt or kill the taming animal. More information on this can be found in the Troodon section of the official ARK wiki.

Such taming can only be performed when animals are allowed to be killed by an attacker (the animal you wish to tame) and can be achieved only if the sacrifice is NOT on passive, but can be pre-damaged (<100% full health) or even unconscious and must also not be rode upon/mounted by any players. Studies have shown that Babies and Adults will drop the same amount of experience for the tame.

Please note that just like normal taming methods, there's a period of rest between each tame. In cases like these, it's best to allow one sacrificed animal followed by a period of time where the creature is left alone before attempting another sacrifice. In the case of a Troodon (for example), their taming affinity and progress will not reset if they attack (or are attacked) by other wild creatures, but may reset if the player attempts to fight it.

Upgrade Taming

Please note that Upgrade Taming is currently only available for the Alpha Reaper King

Upgrade Taming is a rather unique way of taming by "Upgrading" the current animal into a better version via sacrifice of items. It's currently only available for the Alpha Reaper King and can be unlocked once the "Upgrade" engram has been learned by the Survivor.

To learn the Engram, the user must successfully kill the Primordial "Supreme Reaper King" that can be found somewhere in the ARK, which will reward the Survivors with special, rare materials and the engram upon death. After successfully killing the SRK, Survivors can open the inventory of their Alpha Reaper King and can select the "Upgrade" option that will become available once the Survivor provides the required animals.

Upon upgrading their Alpha Reaper King, Users will be given the notification that they have "Tamed a Supreme Reaper King" and will be able to use this new monstrosity for their needs on the ARK.