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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Serpens regulus
Time Period
Logo Steam.png 275.0
December 12, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 768.0
December 12, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 518.0
December 12, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Basilisk_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/Basilisk/Basilisk_Character_BP.Basilisk_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
8 XP
Special Loot Chance
Feces Size

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Basilisk Aberration.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Basilisk is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved's Aberration expansion.

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.


More than twice the size of wild Titanoboa exonantur, Serpens regulus is the largest and most lethal snake I've encountered. With a skull that's more draconic than serpentine, it possesses a powerful bite, made even deadlier by the potent venom dripping from its fangs.

The unique shape of its skull allows Serpens to hunt in a way that other snakes cannot: by burrowing. Once underground, it simply waits for its victims to approach. Fortunately its forked tail is usually still visible, poking just aboveground.


Miraculously, survivors have not only managed to tame Serpens regulus, but ride it. Some can even stay seated while it lies in wait belowground, though I doubt it's a pleasant experience. While a wild Serpens can only be forced out of hiding by fire or explosives, once domesticated, it is easily trained to burrow or surface on command.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Waits hidden underground for its prey to approach before it springs out in ambush.

Spawns at an uncommon rate in The Portal and rarely in The Edge areas.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The size of a Basilisk is exceptionally large and, as said in the dossier, has a forked tail. It is a very strange appendage.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Basilisk PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body Main
Basilisk PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Basilisk PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

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

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 2750 +550 +5.4% 0.07 (TBHM: 50%6)
Stamina 650 +65 +10%
Oxygen N/A5 N/A N/A
Food 2500 +250 +10%
Weight 2200 +44 +4%
Melee Damage 55 / 1202 +2.75 / +6 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 20%
Torpidity 175 +10.5 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
4Torpidity increases every level on wild creatures, but can not be increased once they are tamed.
5The Basilisk is incapable of drowning.
6The TamedBaseHealthMultiplier (TBHM) is applied right after taming, before the additive bonus is applied).

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 600 1008.0001 1680 6
Swimming 400 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
10 1300 0 1500
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 55 10 3 165
Ranged Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
65 5000 1000 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 55 10 3 165
Projectile Impact 120 5
Explosion 60 5 500
Gaze Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
50 5000 0 0
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 5000 0 0

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 Basilisk.

General[edit | edit source]

Basilisks will always stay hidden throughout their existence through burrowing. It is possible to tell if one is near when there is a forked tail sticking out of the rubble. Being around a dozen feet away will aggravate them, causing them to emerge.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Basilisks are relatively easy to outrun with most mounts. If it is in the way you can kite one over a cliff. They will follow you over and then be out of your way.

Basilisks are not much harder to kill than a Spinosaurus. Avoid close range fighting without a Gas Mask as much like Poison Wyverns, the poison can be negated with a Gas Mask or Hazard Suit.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Utilize ranged weapons such as Assault Rifles to deal with Basilisks. Low level Basilisks can be killed with a Crossbow if you're able to shoot from a safe location; it will require a lot of arrows. Because it can't be knocked down, it is highly discouraged to utilize Torpor-inducing ammo and weapons and as their melee attack induces Torpor, refrain from using melee weapons, for it can knock out faster than it can deal damage.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Basilisk has a poison attack that explodes on impact. Dealing massive damage, much like the Poison Wyvern a Gas Mask can negate this.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

  • Basilisks are very slow when turning and have a large turning radius.
  • They are very slow when in water.
  • Due to their long body, it takes them a few seconds to get out of the water completely. This allows dangerous fish more time to attack.
  • Despite being a strong creature, Basilisks take more damage than normal creatures when falling.

Taming[edit | edit source]

The Basilisk is tamed non-violently, rather than through the use of tranquilizers.

To tame one, the player must drop a fertilized Rock Drake egg on the ground at/or near the Basilisk while it is not burrowed (while it will still eat egg even when aggro'd, chances of it eating are very low even when brought close in its path, and it is best to kite it close and make it lose interest in the player). The Basilisk will "attack" the egg when it is nearby one of them and eat it, gaining taming progress. The ancestry (e.g. the levels of the parents) of each fertilized egg will not affect the taming speed.

If more eggs are required, retreat to a safe location for a long duration, as the rate at which the Basilisk returns to being feedable is very low.

As flying mounts are not available in the map it exists in, one of such strategy is to utilize Raptor with High movement speed and lure it over to the fertilized egg as it moves relatively quick once aggravated. If dropping while running, ensure the egg are dropped from your own inventory, for when you drop the egg from the mount's inventory, the Basilisk will still eat the egg when it is not aggravated, but no taming progress will be made.

Another method would be to utilize mounts the Basilisk are not aggravated by, such as Rock Drake. Dismount nearby and mount after getting its attention, then kite it into a circle. Do not hit it. Pay close attention to it-the moment it turns its head away from the drake, dismount to the other side and remount to hold aggro.

One can also use a Karkinos. Hold a passive wild dino, such as a parasaur, and aggro the Basilisk. Keep turning in a circle to keep the parasaur safe, and drop the eggs.

Using structure involves using dinosaur gates and/or walls with fence foundation while leaving a corner gap small enough for the player to escape, but Basilisk not to escape. However, it will try to attack the structure to get to the character, so moving around to get its attention of your location and losing it after is required for this strategy to work. Be mindful for its poison spit however.

By far the easiest way to tame a Basilisk is creating a taming pen with pillars and foundations. The basilisk can't burrow through foundations so you will never lose taming effectiveness.

The Basilisk loses about 7-8% taming effectiveness every time it burrows. (Needs further testing)

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Basilisk.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Fertilized Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png 15 09:22 2:11:16
Basilisk.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Fertilized Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png 20 09:12 2:55:01
Basilisk.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Fertilized Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png 25 09:06 3:38:46
Basilisk.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Fertilized Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png 31 09:02 4:31:16
Basilisk.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Fertilized Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png 36 09:00 5:15:01
Basilisk.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Fertilized Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png 42 08:57 6:07:31

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.

Once tamed, the Basilisk will consume a standard carnivore diet, as well as both fertilized and unfertilized eggs.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Jack-of-all-trades Mount:The Basilisk has incredibly high weight, and is faster than all but a few animals, and it is the strongest animal on Aberration short of a Reaper, so it can be used as a travel mount, a heavy items transport, and a battle mount all at once, while meeting or exceeding the creatures generally used for just an any one of those tasks. It even lacks an oxygen stat, allowing it to remain underwater indefinitely. It is not without downsides however; despite lacking an oxygen stat, it moves and turns very slowly in the water, making it a poor choice for water combat (though a decent one for carrying the fruits of underwater gathering, provided it has an escort.) The saddle is unlocked at a fairly high level. It does not actually climb walls; although it can scale smaller lumps and rocks, it can only reach a certain height, and it is vulnerable to fall damage.
  • Dino Tamer: The Basilisk's primary attack inflicts torpor equal to 3x the damage dealt applied over a period of 10 seconds, similar to the Pulmonoscorpius. This effect does not stack, so to inflict maximum torpor and minimum damage, space your attacks at least 10 seconds apart.
  • Long Distance Transport: The Basilisk has one of the highest base carrying capacities of all non- Titanosaur creatures, being beat by the Gasbags which has a base carry weight of 3000. While the Basilisks speed is on par with the Giganotosaurus the Basilisks carrying capacity is more than 3x the Giga's making it the best in long distance transport. The basilisk can even travel underground with a rider; press Space to burrow underground (or come up from below, though this happens automatically when stamina runs out); note that the rider will be running out of oxygen as if underwater while underground.
  • Nameless Hunter: The Basilisk, while its wide turn radius can present a problem when being swarmed by Nameless from all sides, has a heavy advantage in its favor when killing these vermin: its poison breath. The Basilisk's poisonous spit is the only attack that can hit directly through Nameless armor, even without chargelight weakening them; whole packs can be taken out in a single blast, depending on the snake's damage stats. This makes Basilisks extremely effective in harvesting Nameless Venom.
  • Solo Element Vein Salvager: Element Vein solo runners are likely familiar with the nuisance of having to bring an Argentavis and Mantis in a cryopod; long before you're ready to deploy the Argentavis, the Mantis has already been encumbered by the massive amounts of Element Dust, wasting time and leaving you unable to do anything or defense yourself until the cryo-cooldown wears off. A great way to remove this dilemma is to bring a Basilisk instead of an Argentavis and simply deploy and bury it between enemy waves. This way, the cryo-cooldown will be done by the time the Element is ready for harvest and the Mantis can get to work immediately. In addition to this, the Basilisk's ability to travel underground means the player can safely cross the wastelands back to their base, event during a meteor shower.
    • Note: Be sure the Basilisk is set to passive. Otherwise, the Basilisk will emerge and attempt to attack, which will usually result in it getting itself killed.
  • Damage:
  • Hunter:
  • Travel:
  • Guardian:
  • Combatant:
  • Defender:
  • Ambush:

Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]

The Basilisk reduces the weight of the following resources by the listed amount while they are in its inventory:

Resource Reduction by
Stone 75%

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat N/A

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The torn dossier of the Basilisk was first introduced on November 26, 2017.[2]
  • The Basilisk in mythology has many similarities with it's depiction in Ark however the Basilisk in Ark cannot kill creatures with its glare like the Basilisk in mythology.
  • Basilisk shares the same egg-eating taming method as that of Titanoboa. Unlike Titanoboa however, it also takes in meat as food supply after taming.
    • It is harder to tame Basilisk because, unlike Titanoboa, it burrows itself into the earth when it is not focused on something. They will not eat any nearby Drake Eggs while burrowed.
  • The Basilisk resembles a Wyvern, with its dragon-like skull and spikes along its body and tail.
  • Although Basilisks are huge, small carnivores like the Raptor will still be aggressive to a tamed Basilisk.
    • On the opposite side however, wild Basilisk ignores large mounts like the Karkinos and Rock Drake, unless the survivor had already provoked it in the first place.
  • The scientific name means "Serpent Prince".
  • The Basilisk itself is not immune to radiation. Burying will not stop it from taking damage if it has already been affected by radiation.
  • Domesticated Basilisks, much like Poison Wyvern, can damage their rider if using their poison attack at close range.
  • If your Basilisk's poison breath kills a dinosaur after you dismount, the system will state that the dinosaur was killed by you, and not your mount.
  • Like Rex and Spinosaurus, Basilisk deal trample damage to smaller creatures.
  • The Basilisk has one of the largest turning radius in the entire game, so it is highly recommended to have a saddle ready when you tame it, or you risk the chance of it falling off cliffs. Takes lots of fall damage even from low heights.
  • Can be scared by Yutyrannus.
  • Gets a 75% weight reduction on carried Stone, same as a Doedicurus.
  • Even when the player sets their own resistance to 0 (meaning they take no damage) the Basilisk can still kill the player with it's poisonous spit. It is assumed this is because resistance may just be raising the players armor and the poison spit ignores armor completely.
  • The Basilisk doesn't produce feces.
  • Although Basilisk lay unfertilized eggs and can't reproduce they still some how manage to spawn into the Ark worlds.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]