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Alpha Karkinos
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Spawn Command
cheat summon MegaCrab_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/Crab/MegaCrab_Character_BP.MegaCrab_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP for kill
3,400 XP
Special Loot Chance

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Alpha Karkinos is one of the Alpha Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved's Aberration expansion.

Basic Info[]


Much like its smaller counterpart, the Alpha Karkinos resides in the rivers of artifact caves, attacking any land-based creatures and large predators on sight.


Alpha Karkinos resembles a normal Karkinos except that it is much larger, and is covered with a glowing red-orange cloud.

Color Scheme and Regions[]

This section displays the Alpha Karkinos's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Alpha Karkinos. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Alpha Karkinos will randomly spawn with to provide an overall range of its natural color scheme. Hover your cursor over a color to display its name and ID.

This information can be used to alter the Alpha Karkinos's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Alpha Karkinos's "body main" magenta.

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Region 0:
Body Main
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Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

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Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

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Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

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Region 4:
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Region 5:


Base Stats and Growth[]

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 20400 +4080
Stamina 600 +60
Oxygen N/A N/A
Food 5000 +500
Weight 800 +16
Melee Damage 160 / 185 +8 / +9.25
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 800 +40
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Walking 600 1050
Swimming 600 ?
Attack Values
Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Projectile Impact



The Karkinos will attempt to grapple you and repeatedly slam you into the ground.


A Spino can knock back the crab hard enough to negate nearly all damage, the Karkinos is not able to pick the Survivor off the Spino either, unless the Survivor gains the aggro of the Karkinos while not mounted. Example: Dismounting to fire a crossbow bolt at the Alpha Karkinos to get its aggro. It will then aggro to the Survivor itself, and it will be able to pick you off of nearly any mount, even ones it cannot carry including Rock Drakes, Megalosaurus, and even the Spino.


its claws can be used to slam the player into the ground if it gets close enough, it will also grab the player off small to medium-sized dinos.


They often roam the water, and can make fishing a dangerous task. In addition to this, their attacks can hold you underwater and cause you to drown.

Because of their sheer size, unlike regular Karkinos, even a large rock or hill will not prevent them from reaching towards the player aggravated towards them.


Spino's are the go to in this case. With the high attack speed and decent knock back, it can easily kill almost all wild creatures, including Alpha Karkinos. Please note that low level spino's have low stamina and will eventually gain torpor or not attack fast enough to outkite it, so it is recommended to use higher level spino's. In addition, they are also prone to attempting to consume corpses, but like all alphas are unable to do so, and will continue to attack the corpse regardless of damage taken, making for an easy kill if this occurs.



  • The Alpha Karkinos Claw (Aberration) is the same colour as the Karkinos Claw on the dossier.
  • There is a bug where if a forcetamed Alpha Karkinos picks up a Bulbdog, let it go, and repeat picking it up, the Bulbdog's model will increase in size. This can cause the Bulbdog to become so large that it could crash your game.
  • Tek Hover Skiff can carry Alpha Karkinos for some reason.