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Parakeet Fish School
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Steam.svg 306.41
Feb 25, 2020
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Feb 25, 2020
Feb 25, 2020

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Jun 11, 2020
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Sep 1, 2021
Spawn Command
cheat summon MicrobeSwarmChar_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/Swarms/MicrobeSwarmChar_BP.MicrobeSwarmChar_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Parakeet Fish School (Escort)
cheat summon MicrobeSwarmChar_BP_Escort_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Escort/Ocean/MicrobeSwarmChar_BP_Escort.MicrobeSwarmChar_BP_Escort'" 500 0 0 35

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Parakeet Fish School is a Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved's Expansion Pack Genesis: Part 1 that can be found in the ocean biome.

Basic Info[]


Normally Parakeet Fish Schools will wander slowly around the deeper areas of the Ocean biome.

However when approached they will target the player and attack. The player will receive a message at the top of their screen that they have been 'Targeted by a Microbe Swarm'.

They will often target nearby wooden structure (but deals no damage), and several wild creatures if approached, such as Carbonemys


Despite being a single entity, Parakeet Fish Schools appear as a school of small fish swimming around each other, blue in color with glowing fins.

Color Scheme and Regions[]

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The Parakeet Fish School always spawns with the same color scheme and has no color regions.

This means it is currently impossible to make alterations to the Parakeet Fish School's colors.


Base Stats and Growth[]

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 1800 +360
Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen 150 +15
Food 100 +10
Weight 100 +2
Melee Damage 23 +1.15
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 100 +6
Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Wild Wild
Swimming 1000

Flying 1000

  • 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.

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]

Parakeet Fish School

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 against the Parakeet Fish School.


The swarm is similar to the one in bog,but does about ten times more damage. Basic swim speed is just enough to outrun it and will lose interest if you swim far enough.


The Parakeet Fish School does a respectable amount of damage at 20 damage per attack, regardless of armor. Try to burst them down or do hit and run tactics by swimming through them with bites until they're dead.


Anything melee, but it's not recommended to fight it without a mount.


They deal a high amount of fixed damage, killing players with relative haste. They can also kill unattended tames if they're on passive. Lastly, they have a respectable health pool which makes them hard to kill.


The Parakeet Fish School travels rather slowly and can only easily damage stationary players and tames. Swimming through them with tames or a pike can normally keep them away from targeting you much. They also don't target boats anymore though the presence of Leedsichthys dissuades the use of those in the ocean biome.



While they cannot be tamed Parakeet Fish can be lured to Passive Tame Megachelon.




Resource Efficiency
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  • Parakeet Fish Schools may be named after real-world Parrotfish.
  • Despite being named Parakeet Fish, when the player is targeted by them they are referred to as Microbes.
  • They make sounds of Dimorphodon.
  • Dermis cannot be collected from killed Parakeet Fish School


Patch Changes
306.41 Genesis: Part 1 Expansion Release Parakeet Fish School is added to the game
307.2 Parakeet Fish Schools no longer damage Wooden Rafts or Motorboats