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An easily made melee weapon that can also be thrown. Has a chance to break when used.
Melee damage
Stack size
None (3.5% chance to break on melee attack)
Single use
Found in Supply Crate
White, Green
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 57 1 0 0
cheat gfi Spear 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponSpear.PrimalItem_WeaponSpear'" 1 0 0
Required level
Level 2 / 4
Engram points
3 / 4 EP
Crafting XP
2.4 XP
Crafting time
Crafted in

The Spear is the first available weapon in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is a critical item in the early game as it is the strongest melee weapon available until the Pike at Level 25, and the strongest ranged weapon until the Bow at Level 10.


The Spear can be used as a melee weapon using the Fire button (Lmb, RT, R2), or it can be thrown by holding and releasing the Alt Fire button (Rmb, LT, L2).

The downside to the Spear is that it has a 3.5% chance to break whenever the survivor lands an attack with it, which can be very dangerous when it happens mid-combat. For this reason, beginning players are recommended to always keep more than one spear ready at any given time. If the Spear is placed on the action bar, the player can easily craft new ones on-the-go whenever they run out (provided they have the materials). Placing the Spear's Engram on the action bar as well will allow crafting of new spears even before running out.

Thrown Spears have a 5% chance to break on impact, but can otherwise be re-collected from where they landed (unless it hit a living and conscious creature or player). Be aware that thrown Spears will naturally decay after a certain amount of time if not picked up.

A survivor can harvest materials off a corpse by using the Spear on a body. It functions in a way similar to a Stone Pick, as it yields more Meat than Hide when used in this manner. However, it is not advised to harvest materials with the Spear, as Picks and Hatchets are more effective and can't randomly break.


  • The Better version of the Spear is the Pike Pike. It is stronger and breaks less often, but lacks the ability to be thrown.
  • The Spear is extremely effective at fishing since it will almost always kill a Coelacanth Coelacanth with a single hit, with the wielder automatically beginning to drag the body.
  • When thrown, the Spear will still exist in the target for a select period of time. This could theoretically be used to mark target creatures for taming or other purposes, as they will be the only entity with the weapon sticking out of their body.
    • However, using a Spear (or any non-torpor inducing weapon) on a creature you intend to tame is generally inadvisable for several reasons:
      • Very few creatures will not either flee or fight back when hit.
      • Unconscious creatures, while not able to react to the Spear, will lose taming effectiveness when hit.
      • Reducing the health of your intended tame will leave it with less health to survive attacks from hostile creatures and/or Survivors in the worst-case scenario.
    • Due to these reasons and more, it's generally better to memorise the creature's level, colours and surroundings. Higher level players could even use a Transponder Tracker Transponder Tracker and Transponder Node Transponder Node to retain knowledge of the creature's location from anywhere on the map.
    • Alternatively Glow Stick (Aberration) Glow Sticks can be used being more visible, dealing no damage, and longer lasting. unfortunately these have shorter range and there may be difficulty trying to hit skittish creatures.
  • If successfully thrown at another player, the Spear's rather large model can obstruct the victim's vision, making movement and aiming more difficult.