ARK: Survival Evolved Wiki
ARK: Survival Evolved Wiki

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Jan 30, 2017
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Spawn Command
cheat summon Sheep_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Sheep/Sheep_Character_BP.Sheep_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Ovis
cheat summon Sheep_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Sheep/Sheep_Character_BP_Aberrant.Sheep_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Ovis (Gauntlet2)
cheat summon Sheep_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/Sheep_Character_BP_STA.Sheep_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
XP for kill
4 XP
Gestation Time
4h 10m 37.593s
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

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Ovis (Oh-vis) is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved

Basic Info[]


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.


Ovis arcam








Since arriving on the Island, I have encountered dozens of fascinating creatures whose behavior has never been studied or documented...and also sheep. Granted, Ovis arcam is quite different from the modern domesticated sheep - and even from wild sheep species such as Ovis orientalis. The unique markings on its face give it a striking appearance, and the males' horns possess a unique shape that is unlike any other species in the Ovis genus. As one might expect, Ovis stands little chance against this Island's many predators. Like the Dodo, its continued survival in the face of these challenges is a mystery.


Some survivors have found herds of Ovis to be useful in farm life. Their wool can be repeatedly safely shorn with the proper tools, and cooked lamb chops are a popular dish among some tribes, as is their hyper-nutritious mutton. Every now and then, a survivor with a sense of humor will attempt to utilize Ovis as a mount, although the joke becomes significantly less funny once their slow Ovis is run-down by a pack of Raptors. One tribe has grown particularly attached to Ovis, perhaps uncomfortably so. I don't know the tribe's actual name, but I refer to them as "Sheep Lovers."


One of the many peaceful creatures on the ARK, Ovis will not attempt to attack in any way, much preferring to flee to safety. The Ovis otherwise ignore other creatures and players entirely. When attacking on foot, be cautious of placement. Ovis will clamber up steep rocks with ease and leave you without easy access.


The Ovis looks much like a modern-day domestic sheep, though slightly larger. The most prominent feature of Ovis is the horns of the males, which are highly ornate. There are six horns; two pointing straight, two spiraling like some breeds of rams and two small horns on the cheeks. None of the horns have grooves in them.

Color Scheme and Regions[]

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

Ovis PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Ovis PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Ovis PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Hooves and Eye Regions



Production (Wild/Tamed Shearing)[]

Base Stats and Growth[]

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 100 +20 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 100 +10 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
Weight 90 +1.8 +4%
Melee Damage 5 +0.25 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1%
Torpidity 85 +5.1 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 100 ? ? 520 468 468 20
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • 1These are the base speeds of the creature at 100% Movement Speed.
  • 2These are the speeds of the creature tamed and non-imprinted.
  • For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds.
Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS), RT Button (Xbox One), the Ovis headbutts the target. The target's Torpidity.png Torpor will increase by an amount equal to the damage dealt over 5 seconds. This effects stacks with each hit from a wild Ovis, however attacks from a tamed Ovis stack up to two times for a maximum of 10 seconds torpor debuff.
0 250 0 0
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
Melee 5 5 1

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.


This section describes how to fight an Ovis.


Ovis are harmless creatures that can be easily killed by any player. Hitting an Ovis with a Spear is enough to kill it easily, though this runs with the risk of wasting the survivor's Spear.


Although they are a trivial kill, they can drop a large amount of pelt that is quite heavy, so it's usually best to pick them up with Argentavis and fly them home before killing them. Most players prefer to tame them. (See Taming)


Not much weaponry is required to take down the Ovis, just make sure to bring a Crossbow and Sword for the predators that reside in their habitat.


While the Ovis itself poses no actual threat, the area it lives in usually contains Yutyrannus and other dangerous predators, the spawn locations are also usually very cold so make sure to bring Fur Armor when hunting.


In addition to its low health, it has low stamina, which means a tamed Ovis can't run away for long before running out of stamina.


For general info about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

Passive Strategy[]

The Ovis is a passive tame; all one has to do is walk up to it and feed it Sweet Vegetable Cake, it will only need one Sweet Vegetable Cake even at higher levels making it an easy tame, however Sweet Vegetable Cake can be expensive and spoil quickly. While the Ovis itself presents no real threat, native predators such as Raptor, Carnotaurus, Sabertooth and Tyrannosaurus can provide a threat to both the player and the Ovis.

It is strongly advised to have a air-carrier such as Argentavis to transport Ovis from the place it is tamed to your home, or use a Cryopod. Navigating on foot or riding the Ovis will almost always send you in front of a local predator.

Taming Food[]

Ovis.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Sweet Vegetable Cake.png Sweet Vegetable Cake 1 00:00 0:00:08
Ovis.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Sweet Vegetable Cake.png Sweet Vegetable Cake 1 00:00 0:00:08
Ovis.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Sweet Vegetable Cake.png Sweet Vegetable Cake 1 00:00 0:00:08
Ovis.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Sweet Vegetable Cake.png Sweet Vegetable Cake 1 00:00 0:00:08
Ovis.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Sweet Vegetable Cake.png Sweet Vegetable Cake 1 00:00 0:00:08
Ovis.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Sweet Vegetable Cake.png Sweet Vegetable Cake 1 00:00 0:00:08

Ingredients for Sweet Vegetable Cake: 2 ×  Giant Bee Honey, 4 ×  Sap, 2 ×  Rockarrot, 2 ×  Longrass, 2 ×  Savoroot, 4 ×  Stimulant, 25 ×  Fiber, 1 ×  Water 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.


One piece of cake is enough to tame an Ovis at any level.

Although the Ovis is passive tamed with Sweet Vegetable Cake, they are able to be fed with berries to top up their food both from their inventory or a feeding trough once tamed.



  • Farm Animal: Due to the Ovis's unique shearing mechanic attacking them with a pair of Scissors adds Wool to your inventory. As of v254.5, the Ovis generates Wool faster as its Food stat increases. It is not necessary to tame the Ovis in order to shear it; any Ovis can be sheared. (Level Food)
  • Mountain Climber: The Ovis has the ability to climb very steep cliffs, making an ideal mountain climber (still being beaten by the Pulmonoscorpius). (Level Health and Speed)
  • Food Source: The Ovis drops Raw Mutton when slaughtered; a very efficient taming food for carnivores. Raw Mutton tames most carnivorous creatures approximately 1.5x faster than their preferred kibble in exchange for a slight decrease in taming effectiveness. It can also be cooked to make Cooked Lamb Chop; an extremely beneficial food. The amount of Raw Mutton increases with the Health stat.
    • To efficiently slaughter an Ovis, wield a Pick and select Slaughter from the Ovis' radial menu. The Health of the Ovis greatly affects the amount of Raw Mutton received, a level 10 ovis gives around 10-25, while a level 300 could give over 1000. (Level Health)
  • Hide Source: The Ovis drops Hide when slaughtered, especially when using a Therizinosaur spec'd for Delicate, or a Chainsaw. Like Raw Mutton, the amount of Hide increases with the Health stat. (Level Health)
  • Pet: Due to the Ovis' overall cuteness, it can make a great pet. While not being able to ride on your shoulder like a Jerboa or Otter, they are small enough to fit in most locations. (Level Movement Speed and Weight)


If a gestating ewe is on the ground when giving birth, the baby is often forced under the ground, making it impossible to reach. If she is on a ceiling, the baby often, but not always, falls through the ceiling. The best solution is to put the ewe facing uphill on a ramp or on a table, which tosses the baby into the air behind the ewe, and allows it to fall naturally onto the surface of whatever is under it.


The Ovis does not collect any resources by itself. However it can be sheared for Wool using Scissors which can allow survivors without access to Pelt to create Fur Armor and explore the snowy areas of the map, and killed for Raw Mutton, for food for taming and feeding carnivores, and cooking for feeding players.



For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Ovis, see the relevant Wikipedia article.

  • Dino Dossier revealed on 12/26/2016.[2]
  • The sheep dossier was revealed in conjunction with the steam award for "best use of a farm animal". The developers stated that the sheep was going to be released with the next patch if ARK won the award. However, if ARK did not win, the sheep was going to be released regardless, just at a later date. The original post mentioning the Ovis caused some backlash in the community, and the developers reworded it and tried to clarify their intentions.
  • Interestingly, the dossier for Ovis features two different taxonomic names - one being Ovis Aries (the officially acknowledged name), and the other being Ovis Arcam (which translates to Sheep of the Ark). Perhaps this indicates another similar animal yet to be announced, or is a nod toward the sexual dimorphism displayed in the contrast between the ewe (female) and ram (male) in the dossier. Then again, similar errors have been made in dossiers before (such as the Dodo dossier).
  • It is a good idea to tame the Ovis whenever you see one in the wild, as they are very rare (Depending on the map), and you can kill them later if you are in need of Raw Mutton.
  • Ovis do a tiny amount of Torpor damage to creatures they hit while you ride them. Due to hitbox glitchyness, the Ovis attacks in a small AOE behind them even though their attack animation is a forward headbutt. This torpor attack is almost useless for any creature with more torpor or hostility than a Dodo due to the extremely low health of Ovis.
    • While Ovis are generally non-hostile, wild male Ovis will occasionally attempt to run at the player and cause torpor. It is unknown exactly what causes this, but it has been observed when they are boxed in or cornered, the otherwise passive Moschops have also been observed doing this.
  • Although Ovis is described as having a "stupid" temperament, real sheep are known to be quite intelligent.
  • Real sheep are social animals that live in herds, however Ark's Ovis doesn't have this behavior as they are incredibly rare and spawn in groups of 1-3 usually.


Patch Changes
254.0 Ovis is added to the game
  • Made the Ovis' Wool growth rate use the server's "HairGrowthSpeedMultiplier" value
  • Leveling the Ovis' Food will now speed up Wool growth
256.0 Now has a slaughter option to instantly kill a tamed Ovis with a melee weapon, such as a Sword
256.3 Servers with the bPvEDisableFriendlyFire=True setting will now allow the harvest of a slaughtered Ovis
259.0 Fixed issue where Ovis babies were falling through the floor
261.0 Female Ovis now retains its proper color in singleplayer
265.0 Baby Ovis should no longer fall through structures after being born
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added Aberrant Ovis
311.74 Increased Ovis corpse harvesting scaling by 4x