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Disambig.png This article is about Glowtail, not to be confused with Glowbug

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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Microluminis psykhe
Steam.svg 275.0
December 12, 2017
Xbox One.svg 768.0
December 12, 2017
PS.svg 518.0
December 12, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon LanternLizard_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/LanternLizard/LanternLizard_Character_BP.LanternLizard_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
8 XP
30 - 34 °C / 86 - 93 °F
Incubation Time
2h 29m 59.28s
Baby Time
4h 52m 23.859s
Juvenile Time
19h 29m 35.438s
Adolescent Time
1d 21m 59.297s
Total Maturation Time
2d 43m 58.594s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Glowtail Aberration.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Glowtail Valguero.svg

Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Glowtail Crystal Isles.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Glowtail is one of the Creatures in the Aberration-DLC of ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.


With a body reminiscent of a gecko, fluttery wings and a natural stockpile of charge light, Microluminis psykhe has an unearthly, if oddly charming appearance. A curious creature by nature, it always gave me the impression that it was studying me as much as I was studying it.

A favorite snack of many predators, this small lizard has no natural poisons, or any means of defending itself at all save for a swift retreat and its charge light. Survivors can approach it without fear.


As a pet, Microluminis psykhe is happy to clamber up a survivor's shoulder and cling to it as though it never wants to leave. Evenly tempered and easy to care for after being tamed, it is a stalwart companion and an excellent source of charge light.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Though Helena called it a favorite snack for predators, the Glowtail is often left alone for unknown reasons in the artifact caves it inhabits. They are usually seen clinging to rock walls and can be nimble when needed. Webbed feet and the patagia located on their side help to free fall with some control.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Glowtail is a tiny gecko-like reptile with a glowing tip at the end of its long tail. Large eyes and a long tongue help it catch small prey. It also has large webbed feet that seem to act as suction and electric discharge pads for climbing and side patagia for gliding.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

This section displays the Glowtail's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Glowtail. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Glowtail 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 Glowtail's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Glowtail's "main body" magenta.

Glowtail PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
Main Body
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Glowtail PaintRegion2.png
Region 2:
Glowtail PaintRegion3.png
Region 3:
Glowtail PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Glowtail PaintRegion5.png
Region 5:
Back Stripes

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 115 +23 +5.4% 0.07
Charge Capacity 100 +10 +12.5%
Charge Regeneration 200 +24 +11.5% 0.12
Food 450 +45 +10% 15%
Weight 70 +1.4 +4%
Charge Emission Range 12 +0.66 +1.87% 15.54% 18.7%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 130%
Torpidity 60 +3.6 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 60 ? 504 240 4
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ?
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

Wild Stats Level-up

Type in values of a wild creature to see on which stats it's emphasized. Green values on a high-level creature are very good for breeding. If you have already tamed your creature you can try to recover the breeding-stats with an external tool.[1]


The stat-calculator does not work in the mobile-view, see here for alternatives: Apps

Note that after the creature is tamed it gets bonuses on some stats depending on the taming effectiveness. This makes it hard to retrieve the levels on a tamed creature, so this tool is only for wild ones, but gives a first impression, how well the stats are distributed.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against this creature.

General[edit | edit source]

The glowtail is passive and will run away if you hit it.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

All strategies will work with a Glowtail. Its only defense is to run away. Be careful of carnivores in the area!

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Any weapon (including bare hands) will work just fine against this small fry.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Any hostile creature in the area, as the Glowtail poses no threat.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

As running away and not getting spotted is its only protection, it is fairly easy to kill.

Taming[edit | edit source]

For general info about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

There is no KO Strategy for this tame as it is a passive tame. Simply put its taming food in the right-most slot, and hand feed it. It tames well with Ascerbic Mushroom, but loves Plant Species Z Seed the most. If your glowtail is in water, you can not feed it. Try hitting it out of the water if that is the case.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Glowtail.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 1 00:00 0:01:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 5 00:18 0:01:13
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 344 00:00 0:04:36
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 429 00:00 0:04:35
Glowtail.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 2 02:01 0:02:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 9 00:16 0:02:10
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 629 00:00 0:08:24
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 786 00:00 0:08:24
Glowtail.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 3 01:30 0:03:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 13 00:15 0:03:08
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 925 00:00 0:12:21
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1156 00:00 0:12:20
Glowtail.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 4 01:20 0:04:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 17 00:15 0:04:05
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1220 00:00 0:16:17
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1525 00:00 0:16:17
Glowtail.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 4 01:20 0:04:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 21 00:15 0:05:03
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1516 00:00 0:20:13
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1894 00:00 0:20:13
Glowtail.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 5 01:15 0:05:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 25 00:15 0:06:01
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1811 00:00 0:24:09
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 2264 00:00 0:24:09

Note that the values are for optimal cases, always bring extra supplies!
For a level-dependent count of resources needed, try an external taming calculator.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Raw Meat

Utility[edit | edit source]

As a Charge Light creature, Glowtail carries charge, which replenishes over time while its light is turned off. When the light is turned on, it provides survivors with the Charged Light buff, protecting from Nameless and Reaper ambush, but attracting Seekers. If set to active, it can also detect both nearby enemy players, and nearby creatures of maximum level.

Due to the nature of its passive state, Glowtail cannot fight back, and should never be used as combat dino.

It provides the fastest charge recharge rate, but has a very low charge capacity.

Roles[edit | edit source]

Anti-Nameless/Reaper Ambush: Since the Glowtail can be shoulder mounted like every other Charge Light, it provides a charge to prevent Nameless pack from emerging and will weaken Reapers. This however, will attract Seeker. To quickly toggle the shoulder-mounted Charge Light on/off in emergency situations, open up the emote wheel (hold either bracket key by default) and select "Light!". For faster use, emotes can also be bound directly to either of the two emote keys by mousing over them in the emote wheel and pressing the desired key.

Radar: When mounted on your shoulder, a Glowtail will chatter and give a buff to notify when a max-level dino or when there is an enemy player/creature nearby.

Pet: Like all other shoulder mounts and other small creatures, the Glowtail can make a suitable companion on your endeavors.

Backpack: Like all shoulder pets, anything held in its inventory will weigh 50% less on a player's shoulder.

Light Source: As the caverns in Aberration are often dark and dreary, having an easy to toggle, far reaching light source whether walking or on a mount is very useful.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ?

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The creature was first revealed in Community Crunch 103 on September 15, 2017.[2]
  • This creature is perhaps inspired by the common flying dragon (Draco volans) and the various prehistoric flying lizards (Icarosaurus, Xianglong and Coelurosauravus), as they all have a rib supported patagia on the side of their bellies.
  • Despite being mentioned as a herbivore and only eat flora in the taming process, Glowtails also consume meat as a food source.
  • Compared to the rest of the charge pets, the Glowtail tends to have the highest amount of Charge Regeneration, allowing it to recharge its light incredibly quickly. This can be crucial for a survivor who needs near-constant protection from   Reapers and   Nameless over a sustained period of time.
  • While the Ascerbic Mushroom is the Glowtail's preferred consumption of mushrooms, putting too many of such mushroom in Glowtail's inventory will cause Glowtail to be rendered unconscious should there not be any other food source inside Glowtail's inventory or nearby trough.
  • Wild Glowtails can often be seen clinging to the walls or ceilings in a manner similar to that of the Megalania.
  • Carbonemys, Titanoboa and Sarco were reptiles to have survived the events that led to the degradation of the Ark that is now known as Aberration, while other reptiles that may once have existed on the Ark, like Kaprosuchus, Thorny Dragon and the Megalania have long since went extinct. The Glowtail however appears to have evolved as a result of the Aberration disaster and it is quite possible that the Glowtail may even be the surviving descendant of the Megalania or Thorny Dragon, since both of them are the only lizards in the entirety of the ARKs so far, and both the Megalania and the Glowtail share the innate ability to cling to walls.
  • On the map of Valguero, the Glowtail can be found in The Unknown, a radiation poisoned, underground biome.
  • Glowtails look very similar to modern and prehistoric flying lizards, as well as some gecko or salamander/newt species.
  • When a Glowtail is knocked out, they curl up before falling asleep, similar to a cat or dog

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added the Glowtail
275.2 Fixed Charge Pet inventories being mistakenly flagged as Tribute inventories
275.32 Glowtails can now be properly downloaded to ARKs other than Aberration

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]