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Shadowmane image.pngShadowmane image.png
Shadowmane image.png
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June 3, 2021
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June 3, 2021
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June 3, 2021
Spawn Command
admincheat summon LionfishLion_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Dinos/LionfishLion/LionfishLion_Character_BP.LionfishLion_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Shadowmane (Summoned)
admincheat summon LionfishLion_Character_BP_Summoned_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Dinos/Summoner/SummonedDinos/LionfishLion_Character_BP_Summoned.LionfishLion_Character_BP_Summoned'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Shadowmane (Hunt2)
admincheat summon LionfishLion_Character_BP_Hunt_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/Hunt/Dinos/LionfishLion_Character_BP_Hunt.LionfishLion_Character_BP_Hunt'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Shadowmane (Hunt2 Alpha)
admincheat summon LionfishLion_Character_BP_Hunt_Alpha_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/Hunt/Dinos/LionfishLion_Character_BP_Hunt_Alpha.LionfishLion_Character_BP_Hunt_Alpha'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Shadowmane (Gauntlet2)
admincheat summon LionfishLion_Character_BP_STA_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/LionfishLion_Character_BP_STA.LionfishLion_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
Variant VR Shadowmane (Gauntlet2)
admincheat summon LionfishLion_Character_BP_TameSTA_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Endless/Tames/LionfishLion_Character_BP_TameSTA.LionfishLion_Character_BP_TameSTA'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
20 XP
Gestation Time
2h 23m 48.128s
Baby Time
4h 52m 23.86s
Juvenile Time
19h 29m 35.438s
Adolescent Time
1d 21m 59.298s
Total Maturation Time
2d 43m 58.596s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Shadowmane Genesis Part 2.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

Genesis Part 2 DLC.jpg This article is about content exclusive to the DLC: Genesis: Part 2

The Shadowmane is a creature in Genesis: Part 2.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

Now that is one formidable looking predator.
I think it's some kind of chimera -- part cat, part spiny tropical fish, all trouble.
It seems to have unusually good camouflaging abilities, too.
What would you name something like that?
How about...'shadowmane'?


Behavior[edit | edit source]

Shadowmane travels either alone, or in groups of 3 or more. If they find a target, they will chase after it, teleporting if its unreachable.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Shadowmane is feline in appearance, and bears a strong resemblance to Lions. Shadowmane have a frill, which is more pronounced among males, the male's frill bear a resemblance to the Lionfish, and Catfish, making it look semi-aquatic. It also features a small finned tail and is a fast swimmer in game.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

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

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Shadowmane PaintRegion2.png
Region 2:
Glowing Spots
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Shadowmane PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Shadowmane PaintRegion5.png
Region 5:

This section displays the Shadowmane's natural regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Shadowmane. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Shadowmane 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 Shadowmane's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 1 6 would color the Shadowmane's "" magenta.

X mark.svg

Region 0 is not used
for this Creature.

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.

X mark.svg

Region 4 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 5 is not used
for this Creature.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 825 +165 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 450 +45 +10%
Oxygen N/A N/A N/A
Food 1500 +150 +10%
Weight 425 +8.5 +4%
Melee Damage 35 +1.75 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1%
Torpidity 700 +42 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 375 375 1500 1875 -4
Swimming 500 500 1400 1750 -3

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 the Shadowmane.

General[edit | edit source]

Similarly to the Rock Drake, the Shadowmane stalks players using its invisibility, the only two distinct ways to tell if it's stalking someone is via its pawprint, or the distinct faint sound it makes. The Shadowmanes invisibility is not perfect, and similarly to the Rock Drake, it leaves a faint shimmer around it.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Shadowmane usually spawn in groups of two to three, making it difficult to engage without many casualties. Running from aggressive Shadowmanes is also not a viable option, as their teleport allows them to keep up with a sprinting survivor easily- even with the benefits of tek gear equipped. Their warp distance seems to be most effective on ground and in water. At a certain point in the sky they cannot follow and will quickly de-aggro. If you're still using the basic Federation Tek Suit, take to the skies above all else to get away or to shoot from afar.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Relying on a powerful ridden tame such as a Rex to take down a group of Shadowmanes is a poor choice since they are capable of stunning a Rex and dismounting the rider. The same goes for essentially any other creature. With this in mind, using a group of tames such as Allosaurus can be more effective, though a dismounted player is at the Shadowmane's mercy if they are in the fray.

Supporting some tanky tames from afar with a ranged weapon such as the Tek Bow or Fabricated Sniper Rifle will ensure the player's safety while dealing optimal damage to take down Shadowmanes.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Shadowmanes are stealthy pack hunters with the capability to teleport to their targets and stun dinos, which will dismount riders. The highest level also gets an alpha boost akin to the Allosaurus, and when factoring in a likely mate boost for the whole pack, they can deal a high amount of damage. All of these factors can make a survivor's first encounter against them to be catastrophic as several tames can not match up to a pack of Shadowmanes, and none of them can escape once the rampage has started.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

A single Shadowmane is much less threatening without a pack as their damage drops considerably without a mate boost and alpha bonus, but they can still stun dinos to disrupt the player's control of the fight. They are also incapable of targeting players some distance in the air beyond their teleport range, and since the Federation Tek Suit is provided to all survivors, it is easy for survivors to use this to their advantage to pick them off or escape a tight spot.

Taming[edit | edit source]

For general information about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

Shadowmanes are tamed non-violently, rather than through the usual methods.

Shadowmanes are inactive during the day, and can be seen resting. To tame the creature, you need a filled Fish Basket Aberration Icon.png with 0.5+ weight fish of any kind. Larger fish seem to tame it faster. (Needs further testing) With the basket in the last slot of your hotbar, carefully approach the Shadowmane while it is asleep (the creature is aggressive) and feed it. Be mindful of other aggressive dinos which will either target the survivor or Shadowmane. It's not yet certain which variable is true, but either the level of the fish or the size of the fish determines how much taming affinity it provides; the larger and/or higher level the fish, the more affinity provided. You will need many filled fish baskets for the tame, so prepare ahead of time.

To reduce the chance of it detecting you, wear a full set of Ghillie Armor and crouch towards it while its resting (Use Bug Repellant if possible before attempting in order to deter aggro from the area's several insects.) Try to approach from its sides or rear when approaching with the fish basket to further reduce being detected. If it wakes up while you are close, immediately try to sprint away as the Shadowmane takes a few moments before grabbing any aggro. Be careful if there are other Shadowmanes, as even one Shadowmane being alerted will wake the entire pack up. It's advised to clear out unwanted creatures, including other Shadowmanes, before initiating the tame; they will aggro onto most herbivores such as Stegosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus, as well as small creatures and corpses.

As soon as it feeds, it will immediately walk elsewhere (they become invisible). Keeping track with the Taming tracking system is vital, as you don't want to be too close when they break out of stealth. If Shadowmane attacks a player, all taming progress is NOT lost and taming effectiveness is NOT reset, progress is only lost when you wake him up even if he doesn't follow you. However, they can attack other creatures without losing taming progress, but lone Shadowmans are likely to die if they attack a pack of Stegos.

The Shadowmane is quite variable in its resting times, though if there is nothing in the area to attract their attention, they seem to rest for at least 20 seconds. It's important to be close enough to capitalize on these resting periods, but far enough away to not get its attention at unwanted times.

Tip: As of right now they seem to keep the resources they gather from dead creatures around them. By bringing them enough victims to feed on they will become encumbered and unable to act, making taming a much easier task. Ovis are an excellent creature to feed it if you have enough disposable sheep, since they harvest for very heavy pelt and can encumber the creature very quickly. Building gates around them to prevent them from walking away invisible is also a good strategy.

Utility[edit | edit source]

All Shadowmanes have a varying amount of natural armor upon being tamed, this effect takes the place of a saddle. The higher the level, the higher the armor generally is.

They also have a momentum-like bar, which increases whenever it attacks a creature, and decays over time. Once filled it can do its special Attack (Hold the Bite button), If this attack does the killing blow the bar will instantly refill and allow another assassination strike

C - Stalking Stealth (Both Genders. a Mate-Boosted Female's stealth causes allied creatures nearby to also go invisible. Reduces Movement Speed)

Right Mouse Button (Hold) - Warp Attack (Ricochets between multiple targets, Both Genders) Right Mouse Button (Click) - Dash Attack (Both Genders)

X or Hold C - Courageous Roar (Male, require Female's presence).

Shadowmanes passively deal damage to melee attackers and apply progressive damage over time (verify)

Shadowmanes can get the Hydration buff similar to that of a Spinosaurus, improving their damage, speed, and health regeneration when in contact with water. This buff lasts for 30 seconds after leaving the water.

Shadowmanes do not take fall damage when using the jump ability, but can occasionally take it during short hops. It's currently unknown why this is the case and is likely a bug.

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Ambusher: Shadowmanes can temporarily turn invisible and stalk at would-be targets. Mate-boosted females can turn nearby allied creatures invisible, allowing for a surprise attack with many creatures.
  • All-Terrain Transport: The Shadowmane has amazing mobility perks. It has unparalleled mobility in the water, perhaps even better than that of the Ichthyosaurus and Manta along with the fact that it does not have an oxygen bar, with the added bonus of its leap, which can be used in the water and on land to jump considerable heights. It is equally very fast and strong, able to make short work of anything in its way should need arise. Caution should still be taken while underwater as Electrophorus can shock to hinder its movement and Cnidaria can permanently stun lock the Shadowmane until death. It is advised to use the dash to attack them first if attacking them is a necessity. Otherwise, avoid confrontation.
  • Passenger Carriage: The Shadowmane is capable of carrying up to two passengers akin to a Gallimimus, one behind the other. However, it is way more mobile and combat-effective compared to a Galli.
  • Boss Killer: The Shadowmane's combat capability rivals that of Rex as well as it possess natural armor, Males can essentially buff the pack to make them more lethal in battle, and their fast attack speed gives them edge during boss fight.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ?

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shadowmanes are not truly invisible sporting a glow representative of their genders and footprints appear as they move
    • Followers like Chibis or HL-NA will remain visible possibly giving away a Player's location
  • Shadowmanes are one of the creatures whose gender can easily be differentiated by its appearance.
    • Megaloceros can be differentiated because the males have antlers while the female does not
  • The design of the Shadowmane appears to be a twist on the real-life lionfish. It has physical anatomy very similar to a lion, while at the same time bearing the fins/barbs of a lionfish as its "mane", as well as other fish-like features on its body.
  • The code name for the Shadowmane is Lionfish Lion.
  • The Shadowmane, the Pachyrhinosaurus and the Rock Drake are the only creatures with the ability to camouflage.
  • One of the unnamed humanoid Creatures from the ARK 2 trailer appears to be wearing some sort of Shadowmane Mask.
  • The VR variant cannot be ridden.
  • Shadowmane’s can apply passive damage to anyone who attacks one. (Including other Shadowmane) This is reminiscent of Lionfish as they use poison barbs to deter and even kill potential predators.
  • The Shadowmane may also be partially inspired by Displacer Beast from the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons. Displacer Beasts resemble cats with alien tentacles, and are capable of optical camouflage and apparent teleportation.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]