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Basic Info[edit | edit source]
Dossier[edit | edit source]
One of the stranger creatures in the waters surrounding the Island is Basilosaurus solatiumfecit. It's a powerful swimmer which has adapted to the shallows so remarkably well that it rapidly recovers from injuries when near the water's surface. Conversely, it's vulnerable to deep water pressure, which slowly causes it harm.
Basilosaurus is usually closely followed by other predatory creatures, as its eating habits leave plenty of scraps for scavengers to consume. It is a gentle creature towards humans and happily laps up food directly from them. However, the creatures that trail the "Basi" tend to become dangerously enraged whenever this occurs, as it leaves no leftovers for them.
Despite the hassle of engaging with its ornery followers, many tribes still attempt to tame the Basilosaurus, as its mammalian, warm-blooded circulation provides a rider with perfect comfort from both heat and cold. Being apprehensive in nature, Basilosaurus is equipped with a defense mechanism that prevents it from being stunned or shocked. Alternatively, Basilosaurus is hunted (perhaps too vigorously) for its special blubber, which can be efficiently refined into gasoline!
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Unlike many other huge marine animals, the Basilosaurus is not aggressive and tolerates survivors and other animals, unless if attacked. When taming however, beware; when it eats it creates a cloud of red around its mouth (presumably blood) which will attract other animals near it, including aggressive Megalodon and Mantas.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
The Basilosaurus is not actually a reptile despite its name, but a whale. It has a long snake-like body that undulates through the seas of the ARK like the sea serpents of folklore and its head is like a crocodile, full of sharp teeth. It shares physical similarities with Orcas and Baleen Whales such as the Humpback or Blue Whale. Its size seems roughly Mosasaurus-sized. Although, surprisingly it can fit through a dinosaur gate.
Color Scheme and Regions
This section displays the Basilosaurus's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Basilosaurus. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Basilosaurus 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.
Server admins can use this region information in the Console Command "cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID>".
For example, "cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6" would color the Basilosaurus's "topside" magenta.
Region 1 is not used
Region 2 is not used
Region 3 is not used
Region 4 is not used
Drops[edit | edit source]
Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]
Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest
|Attribute||Amount at Level 1||Increase per point||Taming Bonus|
1Percentages are based on the value of the stat the moment the creature was tamed (after taming effectiveness)
2The absolute Base Damage is shown here instead of the percentage.
3Wild creatures do not level up movement speed
4Torpor increases every level on wild creatures, but can not be increased once they are tamed.
5The Basilosaurus is incapable of drowning.
|Movement Type||Base Speed||Sprinting|
- These are the base speeds of the creature at 100% Movement Speed
- For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds
|Blow Air||Attack Range||Description|
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.
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 Basilosaurus.
General[edit | edit source]
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Weaponry[edit | edit source]
The best melee weapon to use is a sword, but the Basilosaurus will take some hits before it is dead. For ranged weapons, use a crossbow for beginners or a Pump-Action Shotgun for a fast and painless kill.
Dangers[edit | edit source]
While not being dangerous itself as its temperament is passive, it will usually be accompanied by a large group of Manta and Ichthy's that will swarm the player if aggro is obtained by radius or aggression. Megalodon will often patrol the waters around Basilosaurus as well with a very large aggro range adding to the difficulty of the tame or kill. Being cautious around this animal is highly advised.
Weakness[edit | edit source]
Basilosaurus will take damage in deeper water.
Taming[edit | edit source]
Ingredients for Kibble (Therizinosaurus Egg):
1 × Therizino Egg
, 1 × Citronal
, 1 × Angler Gel
, 2 × Mejoberry
, 3 × 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.
Note: Feeding intervals do not appear to be accurate anymore, as Prime meat and Raw meat seem to trigger around a 2 minute cooldown for feeding the Basilosaurus. (This will drastically increase taming time)
The Basilosaurus is a passive tame. Due to its constant wandering in the water along with the ocean's many threats it is highly advised to be in SCUBA gear and owning a strong tame such as a high level Megalodon at hand before attempting to tame. After their initial bite there will be a long grace period before eating again due to its very high food stat. However once it can be fed again it will be ready to eat within ~30 seconds. Keep lots of prime meat at hand and to keep your eyes peeled for any predators that are drawn to the Basilosaurus during the taming process.
Utility[edit | edit source]
Roles[edit | edit source]
Bio-toxin and Black Pearl Gatherer - Due to the Basilosaurus unique ability, movement impairing effects such as the Cnidaria Stun and Tusoteuthis grapple have no effect on them meaning they are free to attack without fear of being unable to escape. You may also note that Cnidaria do not deal any damage when shocking the Basilosaurus.
Upper Water - It will protect the rider from extreme temperatures which can null the requirement for SCUBA Leggings for survivors with low Fortitude which means the rider can be more resilient if needed. However don't take it too deep in the water; it will start to suffer 100 damage a second in deeper waters. (Not confirmed, known cases of Basilosaurus dying instantly without taking any damage after a certain depth)
Oil Supply - The Basilosaurus stores up to 20 oil which can be refined into gasoline. This is a great alternative to taming the more-dangerous Tusoteuthis, at least for mid-level survivors.
Note: Basilosaurus is also immune to electrophorus shock. Their shock will not damage basilosaurus or its rider.
Collectibles[edit | edit source]
Notes / Trivia[edit | edit source]
For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Basilosaurus, see the relevant Wikipedia article
- Basilosaurus was officially revealed by Susan Claire on March 24, 2016.
- The dossier was revealed by Jat on March 28, 2016.
- Basilosaurus is immune to being grabbed by Tusoteuthis.
- It's ability to generate oil is surprisingly fast. The oil has a spoil time, but it will take a long while for it to spoil so be sure to nab that oil once the quantity is near 20.
- As a primitive type of whale, Basilosaurus is the first marine mammal to be revealed.
- The dossier mentions the Basilosaurus being hunted "perhaps too vigorously" for its valuable blubber, which can be used as an excellent fuel source. This is a satirical reference to real-life whaling, which drove many species close to extinction due to the whale oil created from their blubber being used as fuel prior to the use of fossil fuels.
- The name Basilosaurus solatiumfecit roughly translates as "Regal reptile placed in consolation". The genus name stems from the fact that Basilosaurus was originally believed to be a marine reptile when first discovered, hence the saurus-suffix. The species name may refer to its ability to "console" its injuries when "placed" in shallow water.
- The dossier states that the Basilosaurus "happily takes food directly from humans." This is a true dossier statement since the Basilosaurus is a passive tame.
- In reality, Basilosaurus was a deadly carnivore, the biggest of its time. However, in the game, they are almost harmless.
- Basilosaurus is immune to the Cnidaria shock.