Direwolf

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Common Name
Dire Wolf
Group
Species
Canis maxdirus
Time Period
Pleistocene
Diet
Temperament
Aggressive
Logo Steam.png 216.0
September 28, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Direwolf_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Direwolf/Direwolf_Character_BP.Direwolf_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
12 XP
Special Loot Chance
30%
Feces Size
Gestation Time
4h 10m
Baby Time
4h 52m
Juvenile Time
19h 29m
Adolescent Time
1d 21m
Total Maturation Time
2d 0h 43m 57s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

 
 Very Common
 
 Common
 
 Untameable
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Island)

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 Very Common
 
 Common
 
 Unknown
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Center)

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Unknown
This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Unknown
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (Scorched Earth)

The Dire Wolf is one of the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. It lives in the Snow Biome

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This dossier section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena, the author of the dossiers has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creatures.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

The best adjective to describe Canis maxdirus is "scary." This pack-animal is a cunning and brutal predator, capable of taking down prey of nearly any size. In addition to being a vicious hunter, it is the size of a small horse, meaning even the largest predators aren't necessarily safe from the packs.

Unlike most creatures on the Island, Canis is a dedicated pack hunter, and rarely hunts alone. When in a pack, Canis are naturally spurred to fight for their lives with increased effectiveness, while the most experienced Canis will be designated “Alpha” and gain an even stronger enhancement!

The species has an incredible affinity for teamwork.

Domesticated

Obviously, Canis is a thrilling battle mount. It is fairly fast, very strong, and agile. It can leap almost as well as the Island's battle-cats. Riding a supercharged “Alpha” Canis into battle at the head of a bloodthirsty pack is a thrill for which most warriors would gladly proclaim: "today is a good day to die!"

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Dire Wolves are large pack animals. If you see a dire wolf on its own, be sure to scan the area for the rest of its pack unless you want to become their prey. Being carnivorous pack animals, dire wolves will likely attack on sight, so caution is advised. However, they do have the capability of being tamed, and are extremely loyal mounts once they are.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Dire wolf is the ancestor of the modern wolf. It is adapted to the dangerous environment of the ARK, therefore making it a very large species. The Dire wolf ranges anywhere from white to black, with mixed grays and blacks. The Dire wolf is large and muscular.




Color Scheme and Regions

This section displays the Direwolf's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Direwolf. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Direwolf 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.

  • The chance of getting a wolf colored with DinoLightOrange is about 0.7% (1 out of 143) for each individual color region.

Server admins can use this region information in the Console Command "cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID>".
For example, "cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6" would color the Direwolf's "body" magenta.

Direwolf PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
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.

Direwolf PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Tail, Back and Face
Direwolf PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Feet


Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Basic Stats
Attribute Amount at Level 1 Increase per point Taming Bonus
Wild Domesticated1 Add Mult
Health.png Health 330 +66 +5.4% 0.0924
Stamina.png Stamina 260 +26 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 170 +3.4 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 332 +1.65 +1.7% 5.6% 15.4%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 30%
Torpor.png Torpor 450 +27 N/A4 0.5

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.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 279 1017.792 1017.792 10
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Direwolf bites the target.
5 365 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 33
Bite (AI) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Direwolf bites the target. This attack's values are only used by a wild or an unridden tamed creature only.
0 365 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 33


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]

Direwolf
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.


Taming[edit | edit source]

Direwolf Icon.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 2 0 0 0 0:06:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 4 0 0 0 0:07:30
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 7 0 0 0 0:13:07
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 5 0 0 0 0:09:23
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 9 7 2 1 0:16:52
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 11 0 0 0 0:10:19
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 13 32 7 4 0:24:23
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 21 18 4 2 0:20:14
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 26 32 7 4 0:24:23
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 32 50 11 6 0:30:00
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 63 49 10 5 0:29:32
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 45; Slingshot Hits × 19; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 5; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 3; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:15:00
Direwolf Icon.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 4 0 0 0 0:12:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 8 0 0 0 0:15:00
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 15 17 4 2 0:28:06
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 10 0 0 0 0:18:45
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 20 64 14 7 0:37:28
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 25 0 0 0 0:23:27
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 30 158 34 17 0:56:15
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 50 117 26 13 0:48:10
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 60 158 34 17 0:56:15
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 75 228 49 25 1:10:19
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 150 228 49 25 1:10:19
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 124; Slingshot Hits × 51; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 0.84 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:24:44
Direwolf Icon.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 6 0 0 0 0:18:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 13 0 0 0 0:24:23
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 24 82 19 10 0:44:58
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 16 0 0 0 0:30:00
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 32 173 39 20 0:59:57
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 40 37 9 5 0:37:30
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 48 355 79 40 1:30:00
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 80 277 61 31 1:17:04
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 96 355 79 40 1:30:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 120 491 109 55 1:52:30
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 240 491 109 55 1:52:30
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 205; Slingshot Hits × 84; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 13; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpor-depletion: 1.09 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:31:25
Direwolf Icon.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 9 0 0 0 0:26:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 18 0 0 0 0:33:45
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 33 176 40 20 1:01:49
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 22 35 8 4 0:41:15
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 44 318 72 36 1:22:25
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 55 106 24 12 0:51:34
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 66 603 137 69 2:03:45
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 110 480 109 55 1:45:58
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 132 603 137 69 2:03:45
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 165 815 185 93 2:34:42
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 330 815 185 93 2:34:42
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 286; Slingshot Hits × 117; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 32; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 19; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7
Torpor-depletion: 1.32 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:36:16
Direwolf Icon.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 11 0 0 0 0:32:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 23 24 6 3 0:43:08
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 42 293 68 34 1:18:40
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 28 95 22 11 0:52:30
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 56 491 114 57 1:44:54
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 70 194 45 23 1:05:38
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 84 890 206 103 2:37:30
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 140 718 167 84 2:14:52
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 168 890 206 103 2:37:30
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 210 1188 275 138 3:16:53
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 420 1188 275 138 3:16:53
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 367; Slingshot Hits × 150; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 41; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 24; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9
Torpor-depletion: 1.53 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:40:04
Direwolf Icon.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 13 0 0 0 0:38:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 28 76 18 9 0:52:30
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 51 428 101 51 1:35:32
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 34 168 40 20 1:03:45
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 68 688 162 81 2:07:22
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 85 298 71 36 1:19:42
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 102 1209 285 143 3:11:15
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 170 985 232 116 2:43:45
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 204 1209 285 143 3:11:15
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 255 1600 377 189 3:59:04
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 510 1600 377 189 3:59:04
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 448; Slingshot Hits × 183; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 50; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 29; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 21; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11
Torpor-depletion: 1.73 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:43:12

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.

Ingredients for Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg): 1 × Carno Egg.png Carno Egg , 1 × Savoroot.png Savoroot , 1 × Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

They can be picked up by an Argentavis, making it easy to separate one from a pack and put it in a small box with windows to shoot arrows through. Lower Levels take 4-12 tranq arrows. Beware however, that unlike other dinos, the wolf can sometimes hit the bird that is carrying them, potentially killing it and its rider. To avoid this, drop the wolf and pick it up again until the angle and distance its held is safe for the Bird. Hitting the wolf once while carrying it will also usually move it into a position it can't attack the Argentavis.

Another way is use a bola and just keep winding it up to stop as many as you need and just tranq it till the animal is ko'd.

Alpha Boost[edit | edit source]

When in pack, the Direwolf of the highest level in the group gets the Alpha boost. The Alpha has a glowing red cloud around it to indicate its status. Tamed wolves also have a bonus for each member of the pack : so a pack of two Direwolves or more will receive a +1 Bonus, which will go up to +X in a Group of X+1 or more Direwolves (max amount of X is 4).

Information on any buffs or abilities granted by the Alpha Boost are currently unknown.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Dire wolf.

General[edit | edit source]

You will almost never find a Dire wolf alone. This furthers the already frightening power of the beast and adds potential mate boosting to make matters worse. Whenever you fight Dire wolves, also make sure your have slain the whole pack before turning your back, and packs of up to 5-6 are not uncommon in the snowy plains.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Keep your distance as best you can, a longneck rifle will make quick work of a low level Dire Wolf, and if you run out of ammo use a pike. Ranged weapons are greatly preferable as you can keep your eyes on the entirety of the pack, and not have to worry about getting flanked. If available, use an Argentavis; plucking a single wolf out of the pack and killing it on the fly neatly avoids the pack issue.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons, particularly those that allow you to use a scope, are extremely effective. The snow biome is quite barren in many places which makes engaging from a range very safe and easy, providing you have the tools to do so. If you find yourself in melee keep track of all remaining wolves mentally and do not drop your guard until all wolves are dead as escape is relatively difficult from the fast beasts.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Most are accompanied by packs or at least one other Dire Wolf. They are also quite fast over land and can close even large distances very swiftly. Don't get caught off-guard and keep your range and wits about you and you should survive most run-ins with the Direwolf.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Dire wolves move like molasses in water, which is good because the snow biome has handy ice floes for you to snipe from with safety. Use a rifle and put down the wolves before they can close distance and become a real threat. Dire wolves also have a low health pool and are weak to knockback, so heavy mounts like the Spinosaur can easily deal with them without getting struck even once if the attacks are chained properly.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Battle Mount: A fast and fearsome mount that doesn't require a saddle, but (once domesticated) has a natural 40% damage reduction. Their lack of saddle means they take more damage than a Sabertooth but they have increased HP to partly counteract this and higher damage. Also keep in mind that packs of wolves get much stronger, especially the alpha which is usually ridden into battle. (Health, Damage, and depending on gear, a little weight)
  • Travel Mount: Decent speed, little stamina drain, and the ability to jump, using a Wolf to scout is safe and efficient. (Speed, Stamina, Weight)
  • Companion: A survivor's best friend. Keeping a Wolf as a pet to follow you around base and sleep with when you retire for the night will ensure you aren't lonely while the tribe is away. (Health, Weight)

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Hide.png Hide ★★★★★
Pelt.png Pelt ★★★★★
Angler Gel.png Angler Gel ★★★★★
Chitin.png Chitin ★★★★★
Leech Blood.png Leech Blood ★★★★★
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★★★★☆
Organic Polymer.png Organic Polymer ★★★☆☆
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★☆☆

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The dossier mentions an "Alpha Wolf", a feature that was not implemented when the wolf was released in version 216.0, and wasn't implemented until version 258.0. This stands in contrast to the Allosaurus, which had an Alpha mechanic upon release in version 245.0.
  • On Scorched Earth the direwolves spawn as single wolves since 258.3, "because with pack they were too strong there".
  • This dossier was revealed on 08/4/2015[2]
  • Dire wolves appear to take less fall damage than their Sabertooth counterparts, and they can fall from a greater height before sustaining fall damage at all.
  • Dire wolves have no access to any kind of armor.
  • Pressing alt-fire (default Right Mousebutton) will make the wolf howl, making it easy to find home when you are lost and have a tribe.
  • The Dire wolf attack is very fast and can be devastating to prey and enemies. This makes the Dire wolf a very powerful mount.
  • In an interview, the developers said they may consider adding a saddle or some type of armor for the Dire Wolf.[3]
  • Real Dire wolves were actually just bulkier and stronger versions of modern-day gray wolves, and would not have made very good mounts.
  • Dire wolves are the main danger of the Snow Cave, spawning at extremely high levels, sometimes up to 340.
  • Domesticated direwolves appear to have a natural 40% damage reduction.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. Introducing the Direwolf!
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGaplofoCGI?t=2020