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Charge Lantern
Charge Lantern (Aberration)
Weaponized Charge Light that damages and stuns lifeforms. Place down to ward off dangers in an area. Uses Charge Batteries as fuel.
Ammo used
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi LanternCharge 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/WeaponRadioactiveLanternCharge/PrimalItem_WeaponRadioactiveLanternCharge.PrimalItem_WeaponRadioactiveLanternCharge'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
32 EP
Crafting XP
26.4 XP
Crafting time
Required stations

The Charge Lantern is a weapon in the Aberration DLC of ARK: Survival Evolved.


The Charge Lantern uses Charge Battery (Aberration) Charge Batteries as ammunition. It utilizes Charge Light to fire electrical voltage at the desired target. Most creatures are unfazed/unhurt by the weapon's light, however, it is especially useful against the Nameless Nameless and the Reaper Reaper.

When the Charge Lantern is thrown by pressing alt-fire, it is placed down and acts as a light source in form of a spotlight. When used in this way, it deters the above mentioned creatures.

Charge Durations When Placed[]

Depending on the intensity, lanterns go through energy at different rates. Note that these times assume the server runs with zero rollbacks: for practical purposes, the real world times will be a bit longer.

Intensity Duration per Charge Unit Fully Charged (500 Units) Fully Charged with 50 Full Batteries (25,500 Units)
Low 1m 8h 20m 17d 17h
Medium 36s 5h 10d 15h
High 18s 2h 30m 5d 7h 30m


  • Seeker Seekers thrive on the weapon. It invigorates them to attack, so it should not be used against them.
  • The Charge Lantern does NOT kill Nameless, it just forces them to retreat as long as it remains on meaning it serves primarily as a emergency weapon in moments where a charge pet is absent such as being swapped for an insulating Otter Otter.
  • When used against a Nameless, it will attempt to cover its eyes from the Charge Lantern's light beam before burying itself away.
  • Looks like Force Lightning from Star Wars when firing.
  • Does not affect Insect Swarm Insect Swarms
  • The Charge Lantern is an invention made by Sir Edmund Rockwell.
    • During his time on Aberration before and during his time with the Tek tribe, he was extensively researching the properties of the bioluminescent "Charge" which he was soon able to convert it into electricity.


Patch Changes
275.0 Charge Lantern is added to the game.
334.3 Fixed a bug that caused the Charge Lantern to lose quality when placed and picked up.