ARK: Survival Evolved Aberration DLC Guide - How To Tame Each New Dino

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The “Lantern Pug” will be your cute new buddy in Aberration.
The “Lantern Pug” will be your cute new buddy in Aberration. Studio Wildcard

ARK: Survival Evolved was recently augmented by the Aberration expansion, and it adds over a dozen new creatures to encounter. This guide will constantly grow as we learn new strategies, but here are some basic tips to tame every new creature from the new ARK: Survival Evolved Aberration DLC.

Shinehorn: The Shinehorn is extremely adorable and poses no threat to survivors. Just approach and feed it some Plant Species Z Seed or Aggeravic Mushroom to make it your own. Shinehorn can be found in the caverns and are a great source of light or raw meat.

Seeker: You can’t tame one of these aggressive beasts, so kill it on sight. Seekers swarm in packs, so it’s important to act quickly.

Roll Rat: Tame a Roll Rat by feeding it Giant Bee Honey. When first fed, it will burrow into a hole. Throw more Honey into the hole to keep the process going. The Roll Rat is a solid three-person transport that forages for herbs and rare materials. It will only attack if you try to take the gems it unearths. As long as you keep an eye on one, it will keep popping up from the same spot. This is an easy tame, but you’ll need to craft a saddle. Look for it in the Mushroom Forest or River Valley.

Rock Drake: The Rock Drake is a challenging but rewarding tame. You can’t tame an adult, so the only way to get one is to steal and hatch an egg from another Drake. When you do this, all Drakes in the area will attack, so be ready to defend against a barrage.

With the egg in your possession, the next step is to keep it cool. Build a small, secure room with air conditioners to keep the meter going. Once it hatches, baby Rock Drakes will demand Nameless Venom before being able to eat Raw Meat. Nameless Venom is earned by killing Nameless. Once it matures, the Rock Drake can be mounted to scale walls, camouflage you from predators and warn you if an enemy is nearby. This is a must-have tame for Aberration.

Ravager: To tame a Ravager, knock it out with a basic Bola and feed it plenty of Raw Mutton or Cooked Lamb Chop. They hunt in packs, so use the Bola to subdue the one you want and kill the rest. A Raptor, Megalosaurus, Carno or Spino are great for taking out the extras. A domesticated Ravager is helpful for gathering meat and hunting.

The Ravager is a meat-hunting machine.
The Ravager is a meat-hunting machine. Studio Wildcard

Reaper: You can tame a Reaper, but it’s quite difficult to do so. First, you must get impregnated by a Reaper Queen by getting hit with a tail attack. After that, it’s advisable to have other strong Dinos around to finish the fight. Once impregnated, the player must avoid radiation and the Tek Bed for 12 in-game hours. During that time, you must harvest and keep a Reaper Pheromone Gland from a dead Reaper to avoid dying during birth. The gland is required to imprint.

Tamed Reapers ignore all commands, so they must be penned. Its leveling depends on the amount of XP earned during gestation. There isn’t a ton of use for a tamed Reaper yet, but it may have a few secrets up its sleeve.

Nameless: Nameless can’t be tamed. Vanquish them with a Charge Lantern.

Lamprey: You can store one of these poisonous beasts in a Fish Basket if you choose, but it’s not tameable by proper means.

Lamprey can be stored in a Fish Basket if you're feeling brave.
Lamprey can be stored in a Fish Basket if you're feeling brave. Studio Wildcard

Karkinos: To tame a Karkinos, you must knock it out and feed it Carbonemys Egg or Spoiled Meat. Once domesticated, it can be used for combat or traversal thanks to its high jump. Look for one in the river-centric areas of Aberration.

Glowtail: This is an easy tame. Just feed it some Plant Species Z or Acerbic Mushroom. Its use is similar to the Shinehorn, but the Glowtail can sit on your shoulder. Its Charge Light will help keep some foes at bay.

Glowbug: These can’t be tamed and are mostly used to harvest Charge Light.

Featherlight: Feed it Plant Species Z Seed or Auric Mushroom. The Featherlight isn’t aggressive and is basically a cool pet to perch on your shoulder.

Bulbdog: Just walk up to it and feed it Plant Species Z Seed or Aquatic Mushroom. It can perch on your shoulder as a pet that emits Charge Light.

Basilisk: The Basilisk is one of Aberration’s toughest tames and you’ll need a strong and fast crew to defend against it. Feed it plenty of Golden Hesperornis Egg or Fertilized Giganotosaurus Egg. It’s mostly used for traversal and resource discovery because it can burrow underground on command.

Those are all of Aberration’s new Dinos, but we’ll add more to this guide as better taming strategies emerge. Either way, it should be a blast to add these unique creatures to your squad.

ARK: Survival Evolved and its Aberration DLC are available across PC, Xbox One PS4, OS X and Linux.

Which of these new Aberration Dinos is the best tame? What’s your strategy for securing some of the most elusive targets? Tell us in the comments section!

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