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Spawn Command
cheat summon Piranha_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Piranha/Piranha_Character_BP.Piranha_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Piranha
cheat summon Piranha_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Piranha/Piranha_Character_BP_Aberrant.Piranha_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35

1 Can be kept and released in a Fish Basket (Aberration). Untameable on ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile.

XP for kill
4 XP

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Piranha (previously also named Megapiranha) 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.


Megapiranha magnadmorsus


Late Miocene






Megapiranha magnadmorsus is carnivorous fish found fairly commonly in the rivers and ponds of the island. Its bite is incredibly powerful; I've even seen them break through the armored turtles of the island. Megapiranha has one of the strongest bites, pound-for-pound, of any creature on the island. When encountering a Megapiranha, be on the lookout for the rest of the school. No one Megapiranha is an overwhelming threat, but their tendency to swarm prey can make short work of much larger and stronger creatures. Any given Megapiranha is easy to kill, but killing the entire school can be a daunting task.


The Megapiranha is highly territorial and does not respond favorably to visitors. Many have tried to pacify the hostile Megapiranha by herding them into a group with various lures. Unfortunately, none of this proved to be successful in attempting to domesticate the creature.


Very aggressive to anything that is in their immediate vicinity, they will even conjure out of thin air to attack the mighty Tyrannosaurus, although these attacks usually prove futile. Megapiranha tend to stay in groups of 4-5. In such numbers, they can tear through weak armor in a matter of seconds. Players who cross large bodies of water often find multiple schools converging on them, which can prove a problem even for the most advanced of players.


Traversing the island's freshwater rivers and lakes can be a dangerous proposition, especially when the fearsome Megapiranha is in the area. As large as a Coelacanth and far more aggressive, these fish usually travel in small groups to hunt, swarming weak and wounded animals in a flurry of snapping jaws and cutting teeth. The Megapiranha's rough skin and violent behavior make it unmistakable for any other fish species.

Color Scheme and Regions[]

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

Piranha PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Piranha PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Fin Base
Piranha PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Eye Area and Stripes
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Piranha PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Piranha PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:


Base Stats and Growth[]

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 150 +30
Stamina 120 +12
Oxygen N/A N/A
Food 1200 +120
Weight 15 +0.3
Melee Damage 22 +1.1
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 250 +15
Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Wild Wild
Walking 250

Swimming 250

  • 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 The Megapiranha bites the target.
0 110 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 22

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.


The Piranha can be 'tamed' using a Fish Basket (Aberration). However, their level are affixed, thus cannot earn any experience, and they do not eat from the trough. The engram for the basket can only be learned on Aberration and you need amongst other things 60 ×  Fungal Wood (Aberration). You can also transfer tamed piranhas or pre built fish baskets to the desired map via a Tek Transmitter or an Obelisk.


This section describes how to fight against the Piranha.


Any melee weapon will suffice to kill them off, as they have relatively low health. Make sure that you do not stay nearby them for so long, as others will swim over and pile themselves on. At that point, it becomes dangerous. Stepping away from the water removes them as a threat entirely. Tamed mounts such as Baryonyx are sufficiently easier to kill them on instead of a Pike or Sword, this is because of their stun.


Use the range provided by a Pike or Spear to poke at the Megapiranha from a distance. If possible, lure them to the shore and get them stuck in the shallows. It is not practical to use a ranged weapon, as they swerve often, and only Crossbows work underwater. Before crossing a river just get deep enough to see underwater and look around for piranha, wait there long enough for any that are around to come to you, if nothing comes you are safe to cross, if they do come try to stand knee deep until they are pretty close and they may get stuck in the shallows. It is also wise to take a running leap across a river after you have checked it, this will help to clear the distance just in case.


The best weapons to use are Pikes and Spears because they can hit the piranha without getting close enough for it to fight back. If the piranha is exposed you can hit it with ranged weapons like a Slingshot or Bow.


Piranha employ swarm tactics to kill their prey. Make sure you stay as far away from them as possible, or if you feel confident, let them gather so you can hit them all at once.


They have a small health pool, so they do not take a while to be killed if they are singled out and separated.



Food Source: You can tame piranhas to slaughter them later for Raw Fish Meat.

Damage: They do a moderate of damage, but they attack incredibly quickly and may be helpful as underwater guard dogs.

Pet: Although rather useful in combat, some consider keeping them as pets.

Swarmers: They are possibly the best underwater swarmers besides the Eel, as they are fast, do medium damage, and attack very quickly.

Escort: Their speed allows them to keep up with all but the fastest of aquatic mounts, and their easy taming method allows a survivor to field enough of these creatures to deter most attackers, and tear anything insane enough to attack someone with several dozen of these to shreds.



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

  • Piranhas can make crossing rivers difficult for survivors starting off in the game. It is recommended to try to find a shallow place to cross or avoid crossing altogether until you get some gear to protect yourself. If you have a corpse you can drag it into the water to potentially lure piranhas in either to find out if there are any and/or eliminate them.
  • The Piranha's design is similar to that of the titular fish in "Piranha 3D", a 2010 horror-comedy film.
  • The Piranha used to be named Megapiranha in game. They are still named that way in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile.
  • The Piranha was not tamable until Aberration was released.
  • Piranha do not produce Feces.
  • Real Piranhas are social animals that live in schools. ARK: Survival Evolved's Piranhas can be found together but mostly found on their own.
  • The Piranha along with Coelacanth, Leech, Sabertooth Salmon and Trilobite became tamable with the Fish Basket (Aberration) introduced in Aberration.
  • They sometimes get beached when chasing targets that are close but no longer in water, causing them to die instantly. This mechanics can be utilized by players to get free fish meat.


Patch Changes
174.0 Adjusted Megapiranha spawn rates to be more common at inland lakes and rivers
174.1 Increased Megapiranha turn rate
175.0 Now spawn in larger groups
240.0 Megapiranha now drops Fish Meat instead of regular Meat
240.2 Fish should no longer get knocked around as much after death
244.2 Fixed issue with fish endlessly spawning on land near the Redwoods biome
245.0 Fish can now be fished using a Fishing Rod
253.9 Fixed Megapiranha over-spawning issue on The Center
254.5 Megapiranha can no longer receive buffs or debuffs
259.0 Removed Megapiranha spawns from shallow pools in the Redwoods
Unversioned Hotfix Changed the name of the Megapiranha to just "Piranha" ingame
262.0 Fixed an issue where wandering fish would cluster into a corner
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release
275.31 Removed Aberrant Piranhas from the starting area pool in Aberration
279.22 Piranhas now will not attack a Sarcosuchus anymore and will instead flee when they encounter one, tamed or wild
305.12 Fixed a bug where the Fish Basket wasn't returning creatures properly