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Alpha Creatures are bigger and stronger versions of creatures in Ark Survival Evolved and they are not tameable.

Overview[]

Alpha Creatures were released in v193.0 as an additional level of difficulty due to community requests that the existing Dinosaurs were too easy to kill. Alpha Creatures are some of the strongest dinosaurs on the Island, only dwarfed by the Giganotosaurus and Titanosaur. Compared to their respective non-alpha variants, they have significantly more health (around 15 times more than regular variants) as well as boosts in attack power and movement speed. Additionally, unlike their normal variants, they can deal damage to (and destroy) stone structures, although the damage they deal to the structures is rather limited. They are more aggressive and can be identified by a distinctive red glow around the center of their bodies. If you encounter an alpha as a new player, or as a low-level character, it is strongly suggested that you evade the Alpha.

There is still a debate about the Alphas and how they should be balanced throughout the game. From v196.0, server admins have the ability to disable Alphas on their servers. Additionally, Alpha damage to buildings was reduced by 80% and Alpha Spawning was limited to more inland or mountainous regions of the island, though this does not stop them from wandering towards the beach.

Known Alpha Species[]

Common / In Game NameName Released Diet Temperament TameableTame RideableRide BreedableBreed Saddle LevelSaddle Entity ID
Alpha Basilisk December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaBasilisk_Character_BP_C
Alpha Blood Crystal Wyvern June 11, 2020 August 25, 2020 August 25, 2020
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A CrystalWyvern_Character_BP_Mega_C
Alpha Carnotaurus August 7, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021 Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaCarno_Character_BP_C
Alpha Deathworm September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Extremely Territorial No No No N/A MegaDeathworm_Character_BP_C
Alpha Fire Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaWyvern_Character_BP_Fire_C
Alpha Karkinos December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Omnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaCrab_Character_BP_C
Alpha Leedsichthys March 31, 2017 April 26, 2017 April 26, 2017
November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Piscivore Defensive No No No N/A Alpha_Leedsichthys_Character_BP_C
Alpha Megalodon May 5, 2017 May 17, 2017 May 17, 2017
November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaMegalodon_Character_BP_C
Alpha Mosasaur June 2, 2016 June 15, 2016 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021 Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A Mosa_Character_BP_Mega_C
Alpha Raptor August 7, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021 Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaRaptor_Character_BP_C
Alpha Surface Reaper King December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaXenomorph_Character_BP_Male_Surface_C
Alpha T-Rex August 5, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021 Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A MegaRex_Character_BP_C
Alpha Tusoteuthis December 23, 2016 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017
November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive No No No N/A Mega_Tusoteuthis_Character_BP_C
Alpha X-Triceratops February 25, 2020 February 25, 2020 February 25, 2020
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Herbivore Aggressive No No No N/A Volcano_Trike_Character_BP_Retrieve_Alpha_C
Iceworm Queen June 12, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017
June 11, 2020 September 1, 2021
Carnivore Extremely Territorial No No No N/A Iceworm_Queen_Character_BP_C

There are 15 Alpha Creatures (including variants).

Change Log[]

Patch Changes
257.0
250.0
242.0
218.3 Alpha predators can no longer be picked up
196.0
  • Alpha predators damage vs Stone structures reduced by 80%.
  • Alpha predators now tend to only appear inland or in mountainous regions.
  • Alpha predators natural targeting range reduced by 40%, making it easier to deliberately avoid or escape.
  • Alpha predators now ALWAYS drop survivor inventories when killed (similar to Carno and Rex).
195.2
  • You can no longer upload or download forcetamed creatures via ARK Tribute (Obelisks) that are not actually tamable (i.e. Alpha predators).
  • Admin forcetamed creatures that are not actually tamable are automatically destroyed upon map reloading (i.e. Alpha predators).
195.1
  • Alpha predators no longer damage metal structures, only stone structures as intended.
  • Can no longer pick up Alpha Raptor using flyers.
  • Alpha predators now consume corpses properly.
  • Alpha predator's attacks no longer damage riders directly (consistent with regular dino attacks).
194.0
193.0 New rare "Alpha" T-Rex can be found that is bigger and meaner than the regular Rex with distinct color schema, and gives a unique cosmetic (and a ton of XP and resources) if you defeat it. It also buffs the resistance and damage of nearby carnos around it due to its Alpha-pack dominating status. You can't tame it... yet... but we'd like feedback on whether the community would be interested in more of this direction


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