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Basilisk
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Species
Serpens regulus
Time Period
Unknown
Diet
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Basilisk_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/Basilisk/Basilisk_Character_BP.Basilisk_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Basilisk (Hunt)
admincheat summon Basilisk_Character_BP_Hunt_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Hunt/Volcanic/Basilisk_Character_BP_Hunt.Basilisk_Character_BP_Hunt'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Basilisk (Retrieve)
admincheat summon Basilisk_Character_BP_Retrieve_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Retrieve/Volcanic/Basilisk_Character_BP_Retrieve.Basilisk_Character_BP_Retrieve'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
8 XP
Special Loot Chance
100%
Feces Size
Habitat

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Basilisk Aberration.svg

Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Basilisk Genesis Part 1.svg

Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Basilisk Crystal Isles.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 section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

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.

Domesticated

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]

It can often be seen by its unusually three-forked tail poking out of the earth as it waits hidden underground for its prey to approach before it can spring out in ambush. It may stay in such a state patiently for days on end, until the opportunity arises to which it will violently burst out of the ground and launch an attack of venomous bites and poisonous spit blasts not dissimilar to the poison breath of the Poison Wyvern. After killing and consuming its prey, it again will quickly dig back into the ground where it waits again in ambush.

Spawns at an uncommon rate in The Portal and rarely in The Edge areas. It can also be found sporadically across most of Aberration.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The size of a Basilisk is exceptionally large and is huge compared to its cousin, Ark's Titanoboa. As said in the dossier, it has a 3-pronged forked tail. It is unknown what this very strange appendage serves, though it could be used in sensing vibrations. Like a snake, the whole body is legless and serpentine, covered in many small diamond-shaped scales, but also has other unusually features including many large, spade-like spikes at its lower body and tail region, smaller versions of said spikes at the head and neck, and a serrated and scaly belly; all presumably to aid in digging. The head is draconic in shape and is blunt and sloped at the front. The mouth is full of sharp, pointed teeth as well as 2 longer fangs on the top jaw, and a forked tongue. The eyes are glossy and dead looking. At the back of the head lie a pair of backward facing and long, almost antelope-like horns.

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.

This information can be used to alter the Basilisk's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Basilisk's "body main" magenta.

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

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

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

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

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

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 2750 +550 +5.4% 0.07 (TBHM: 50%)
Stamina 650 +65 +10%
Oxygen N/A N/A N/A
Food 2500 +250 +10%
Weight 2200 +44 +4%
Melee Damage 55 / 120 +2.75 / +6 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 20%
Torpidity 175 +10.5 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 600 ? 1008.0001 1680 6
Swimming 400 ? ? ? ?
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]

Basilisk

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]

It is ill advised to ever fight a Basilisk alone, so make sure to at least be mounting a decent creature or have good weaponry.

Basilisks are somewhat easy to outrun with most mounts, though don't underestimate their speed. 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 Armor.

If one must fight without these equipment on, then other strategic measures must be taken to avoid being killed off your mount. If the mount is small, nimble, and quick, you can run and jump around while attacking, avoiding the poison spit. Larger mounts can have their bodies angled towards a poison shot as to prevent it from hitting you.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Utilize ranged weapons such as Assault Rifles or a Compound Bow 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. As the Basilisk' melee attacks induces Torpor, refrain from getting close and using melee weapons, for it can knock you out faster than it can deal damage.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

As it can burry under the ground and hide with the exception of its forked tail, it can be easy to be suprised by an unsuspected ambush. As they can be found almost anywhere on the map, always keep your guard up if there wasn't a reason to do so on Aberration.

The Basilisk has a poison attack that explodes on impact, dealing massive damage. Much like the Poison Wyvern a Gas Mask can negate this. The Basilisk's bite also is venomous and if not careful, a survivor or tame can have their Torpor rise and become knocked out. On top of this, they are strong, powerful, and fast with good Health, Melee Damage, and Movement Speed.

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 use fertilized Rock Drake Eggs on Aberration or fertilized Magmasaur Eggs on Genesis: Part 1. Drop them 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 maps it exists in, one of such strategy is to utilize a swift mount such as a 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, Rex or Magmasaur. 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 your tame, 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 unfortunate held creature safe, and drop the eggs from your survivor's inventory.

Keep in mind that every time the Basilisk goes to burrow, it will lose taming effectiveness and while holding aggro can suffice, an easier way to prevent this from happening is by building a trap of sorts.

Using structures can involve using Dinosaur Gates and/or Walls with Fence Foundations while leaving a corner gap small enough for the player to escape, but not for the Basilisk 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
Magmasaur Egg (Genesis Part 1).png Fertilized Magmasaur Egg Genesis 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
Magmasaur Egg (Genesis Part 1).png Fertilized Magmasaur Egg Genesis 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
Magmasaur Egg (Genesis Part 1).png Fertilized Magmasaur Egg Genesis 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
Magmasaur Egg (Genesis Part 1).png Fertilized Magmasaur Egg Genesis 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
Magmasaur Egg (Genesis Part 1).png Fertilized Magmasaur Egg Genesis 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
Magmasaur Egg (Genesis Part 1).png Fertilized Magmasaur Egg Genesis 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 of Meat, 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 or bred Spino, 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 any one of those tasks. It even lacks an Oxygen stat, allowing it to remain underwater or underground indefinitely. And thanks to its Torpor inducing bite, it can even be used as a taming assistant. 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 Basilisk 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 incredibly vulnerable to fall damage. In spite of these downsides, the Basilisk can make for quite the versatile mount.
  • 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. As the Basilisk is quite large and can bury or sprint when in trouble, almost anything medium-to-large can be reliably tamed.
  • Long Distance Transport: The Basilisk has one of the highest base carrying capacities of all non- Titanosaur creatures, being only beat by the Gasbags which has a base carry weight of 3000 and the Megachelon which can level its weight to ridiculous amounts. While the Basilisks base 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, its Stamina is decent to good, and if levels are pumped into speed, the Basilisk can become faster than most creatures in the game. 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. It also has the added benefit of 75% Weight reduction on Stone. As long as vertical terrain and water can be avoided, the Basilisks makes one of the best transporters in the game.
  • Warrior: Along side the many powerful Aberration creatures, the Basilisk makes for a great fighter in hunting down and destroying enemies. Packed in its humongous snake body are great Damage capabilities in its strong venomous jaws and poisonous spit, great Movement Speed, good Health, immense Weight, and the ability to burrow under the ground. While most of its attributes are nothing special compared to other combatant mounts, what gives the Basilisk an edge are its poison breath, speed, and digging. Because it has a long turn radius and is vulnerable to attacks from all sides, the Basilisk is best used as a support mount or a rundown specialist that picks off the weak. Similar to the Poison Wyvern, the Basilisk can shoot volleys of deadly globs of poison at incredible distances. Its digging ability can also be great to use in the case of being able to escape or enter a battle zone unharmed as nothing can reach the snake underground with the exception of explosives. If one plans to stay underground for long periods of time, a SCUBA Tank, not Tek Armor is recommended as the survivor will lose Oxygen underground without it. (For some reason, while testing, tek will not work 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 on Extinction 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:
  • Travel:
  • Combatant:
  • 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
Stone 75%

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ?

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 scientific name means "Serpent Prince".
  • 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, though its eyes do look pretty soulless and creepy.
  • The Basilisk, despite being a creature that can dig underground quickly, it does not have any limbs and is forced to effectively, 'swim' in the earth. Especially strange is that it lacks a key characteristic of being smooth to lower friction like real earth 'swimmers' such as the Scincus scincus, or otherwise known as the Sandfish or Common Skink. However, it can be observed that the Basilisk has many adaptations to a digging lifestyle and perhaps its spiky appearance allows a different method of digging. Its eyes are small and glossy, unable to see well so it probably relies on feeling and smell to navigate. Its forked appendage at the end of its tail and big nostrils may assist in sensing its environment. Its face is blunt and triangular, with a sloped forehead, allowing easier penetration into the earth. The numerous flattened spikes that run along much of its body are most likely used to assist in grabbing and cutting into ground, allowing for more maneuverability in a similar way that treads do. Furthermore, at the bottom of the Basilisk lies a sharp and scaly belly that assists in gripping to the soil and rocks. Powered by these spikes and muscular body, it may be enough to realistically validate the Basilisk's digging ability, though it is likely unrealistic as many game mechanics can be.
  • 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 Basilisk itself is not immune to Radiation. Burying will not stop it from taking damage if it has already been affected by radiation.
    • This is rather silly as the Basilisk can be found living perfectly fine in the wild in the Red Zone.
  • 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 the Rex and Spinosaurus, Basilisk deal trample damage to smaller creatures, however, large creatures also work, and it does torpor damage.
  • 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 so either avoid heights all together or quickly dismount before hitting the ground. (Now it is replaced by Megachelon as it has largest turning radius)
  • Can be scared by Yutyrannus even when underground.
  • 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, perhaps that'll explain why its poison spit bypass Nameless's natural armor, however, it does not bypass Reaper's armor.
  • The Basilisk doesn't produce Feces.
  • Although Basilisk lay unfertilized eggs and can't reproduce they still somehow manage to spawn into the Ark worlds. This could be because they struggle to breed in captivity or because the Ark itself simply spawns them in.
  • As of patch 307.2, Basilisks can now also be tamed using fertilized Magmasaur Eggs, allowing them to be tamed on Genesis: Part 1, it is as effective as Rock Drake Egg.
  • Basilisk also spawn in Crystal Isles, but due to the absence of Rock Drake nest, they are untameable.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Basilisk is added to the game.
275.2 Added Basilisk Saddle to Smithy where it was meant to be
275.31 Increased Wild Basilisk Health by 50%
275.4 Fixed multiple cases of invisibility for Basilisk
278.0
  • Added Basilisk Saddle to Aberration loot table
  • Now can damage foliage and trees on movement to prevent getting stuck
  • Improved accuracy of the poison shot
  • Reduced the respawn rate of Basilisks and lowered their Nearby Player respawn check
289.100 Mesh Memory Optimizations for Basilisk
295.102 LOD Iteration for Basilisk
307.2 Can now also be tamed with Fertilized Magmasaur Eggs

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]