Bug Repellant is a consumable in ARK: Survival Evolved. Upon use, it reduces the aggressiveness of certain insects and other creatures towards the user.
The specific results of the effect are:
- Titanomyrma, Meganeura, and Leeches will ignore the user unless attacked first.
- Araneo, Arthropluera, Onyc, Manta, and Mantis will act the same way as the Gigantopithecus, passive, but aggressive when touched, which allows the user to tame these creatures non-violently.
- Pachyrhinosaurus actually eats it instead of kibble as its favorite taming food, where it fills up 25 food-units per Bug Repellant.
- Be warned, Pulmonoscorpius won't change their curious behavior and sense your presence. However, they may not attack you even if touched the first few times. Should one approach you, stay still and shield yourself. If they attack, a sword will take them easily.
The effect lasts for 10 minutes. During the duration of the effect, a translucent pale green haze will be emitted from the user and their tames.
Bug repellant can be extremely useful for survivors and their tames that venture into caves, as it greatly reduces the threat of being attacked by a variety of dangerous cave creatures. It's also necessary for the taming process of those very same creatures. Additionally, it can make oceanic and coastal ventures somewhat less dangerous as it will help you avoid attack from Manta swarms.
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For more information, see Spoilage.