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A player riding a saddled Pteranodon

Flying is an important part of ARK: Survival Evolved. Players can mount tamed creatures and fly, which allows them to travel quickly and access areas that are not available to land-bound players and creatures. There are also other flying creatures that are untamable, or tamable but unable to be mounted.

Flying consumes a creature's stamina, so players must land occasionally for a creature to regain its stamina.

Controls[]

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Command Default Key Reaction
Attack Lmb, RT, R2 Creature will its primary attack, mostly a short-ranged attack.
Attack 2 / Carry Rmb, LT, L2 Secondary attack or ability. Most flyers grab the player or creature below you and carry it while flying (excluding Pelagornis).
Attack 3 C, Right Stick, Right Stick Tertiary attack or ability, not used by all flyers, e.g. grab-ability of Wyverns or aileron roll of Pteranodon.
Mount / Dismount E, Y, Triangle Player will mount (or dismount) the creature. Be careful, as doing this in the air will cause your character to jump off of the creature.
Land / Take-Off Space, A, Cross Creature will land on the ground (player still mounted) and walk. This is useful for regaining stamina during longer flights and "parking" a creature in your base.
Stop Movement X (only PC) Stop the creature from flying and make it hang completely still in the air. Very useful while building high structures.
Throw Companion R (only PC) Throws your current shoulder mount to the ground.

Rideable Flying Creatures[]

Common / In Game NameName Released Diet Temperament TameableTame RideableRide BreedableBreed Saddle LevelSaddle Entity ID
Argentavis June 2, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carrion-Feeder Short-Tempered Yes Yes Yes 62 Argent_Character_BP_C
Desert Titan November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018
June 11, 2020
Unknown Highly Aggressive Yes Yes No Bareback DesertKaiju_Character_BP_C
Fire Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Wyvern_Character_BP_Fire_C
Griffin June 12, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive Yes Yes No Bareback Griffin_Character_BP_C
Ice Wyvern June 12, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Ragnarok_Wyvern_Override_Ice_C
Lightning Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Wyvern_Character_BP_Lightning_C
Lymantria September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020
Herbivore Evasive Yes Yes Yes 36 Moth_Character_BP_C
Pelagornis July 28, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Piscivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 43 Pela_Character_BP_C
Phoenix September 3, 2017 September 23, 2017 September 9, 2017
June 11, 2020
Flame Eater Elusive Yes Yes No Bareback Phoenix_Character_BP_C
Poison Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Wyvern_Character_BP_Poison_C
Pteranodon June 2, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 38 Ptero_Character_BP_C
Quetzal October 6, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 76 Quetz_Character_BP_C
R-Quetzal June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 76 Quetz_Character_BP_Rockwell_C
R-Snow Owl June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021
Carnivore Aggressive Yes Yes Yes 61 Owl_Character_BP_Eden_C
Snow Owl November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive Yes Yes Yes 61 Owl_Character_BP_C
Tapejara September 12, 2016 September 16, 2016 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 55 Tapejara_Character_BP_C
Tek Quetzal October 16, 2018 October 16, 2018 October 16, 2018 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 76 BionicQuetz_Character_BP_C
VR Argentavis June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 3, 2021
Carrion-Feeder Short-Tempered Yes Yes Yes 62 Argent_Character_BP_LifeSupport_C
VR Lymantria June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021
Herbivore Evasive Yes Yes Yes 36 Moth_Character_BP_TameSTA_C
VR Tapejara June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 3, 2021
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 55 Tapejara_Character_BP_ExpG_C
Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
June 11, 2020
Carnivore Aggressive No Yes Yes Bareback Wyvern_Character_BP_Base_C
X-Argentavis February 25, 2020 February 25, 2020 February 25, 2020 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carrion-Feeder Short-Tempered Yes Yes Yes 62 Snow_Argent_Character_BP_C
X-Tapejara February 25, 2020 February 25, 2020 February 25, 2020 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 June 11, 2020
Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 55 Bog_Tapejara_Character_BP_C

There are 23 Flying (including variants).

Tips[]

  • Having a flying mount is an easy way to gather supplies and items from various Supply Crates. Because of the speed of flying creatures, and their ability to fly over water, you can quickly get to beacons before land-bound players.
  • A flying mount will also make the taming of dangerous creatures much easier, as you can easily reach spots that would be difficult to reach for your target so you can simply shoot tranquilizer arrows at your target. If you have another tribe member available to you, shooting a creature unconscious will become even more easy, as all flying mounts (except Pelagornis and Lymantria) can carry other players, allowing one player to do the flying, while another shoots the target creature from the air.
  • Flying mounts can also be used to easily reach valuable resources on mountains, like obsidian and crystals. Another perk of using a flying mount on trips to the mountains is that you can easily evade the dangerous creatures lurking there.
  • If you fly your mount, you should avoid touching the surface of the water (Not the case with Pelagornis), as your mount will throw you off as soon as it touches water. This can lead to difficult situations where you are stuck in water surrounded by dangerous creatures such as Megapiranhas and Sarcos. However, Pelagornis is able to swim on the surface of the water, making it the only flying mount able to.
  • When flying a mount, always remember to land before you run out of stamina. If you run out of stamina, your mount will quickly land no matter what, even near dangerous creatures or over water. If you're looking for a mount with good stamina, try to tame an Argentavis.

Notes/Trivia[]

  • Despite being unable to go under water, all of the flying mounts possess an oxygen stat. Investing leveling points into this stat can be considered less than useful for obvious reasons.
  • Ironically, of the four main flying mounts, only Argentavis and Pelagornis can be considered a true dinosaur, as birds are direct descendants of the dinosaurs, while pterosaurs, the group Pteranodon and Quetzalcoatlus belong to, are an entirely separate group of reptiles. Despite this, many people erroneously call the latter two species dinosaurs.
  • None of these creatures would be able to carry a full grown human on its back in real life, as they were lightly built with very brittle bones and thus unable to carry heavy loads.
  • The flying creatures in the game, may not have all looked the same in real life, (e.g. Quetzalcoatlus had a head that was held up vertically when walking, whereas in the game, it is held more horizontally).