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Defense Unit.png
Defense Unit
Defense Unit Model.jpg
Defense Unit Model.jpg
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Defense Unit
Group
Species
Unknown
Time Period
Unknown
Diet
Unknown
Spawn Command
admincheat summon EndTank_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/EndGame/Dinos/Tank/EndTank_Character_BP.EndTank_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Defense Unit - Beta Overseer Arena
admincheat summon EndTank_Character_BP_Med_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/EndGame/Dinos/Tank/EndTank_Character_BP_Med.EndTank_Character_BP_Med'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Defense Unit - Alpha Overseer Arena
admincheat summon EndTank_Character_BP_Hard_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/EndGame/Dinos/Tank/EndTank_Character_BP_Hard.EndTank_Character_BP_Hard'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Defense Unit - Sanctuary
admincheat summon Defender_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/Dinos/Tank/Defender_Character_BP.Defender_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
0 XP
Drops
Special Loot Chance
100%
Feces Size
Habitat

Overseer Arena, accesible via the Ascension Panel in the Tek Cave on The Island.

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Defense Unit Extinction.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Defense Unit is a creature in ARK: Survival Evolved, and one of the two minions that defend the Overseer.png Overseer. They are also found within the Sanctuary on Extinction.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

With the introduction of the Overseer, Defense Units and Attack Drones were added to serve as minions. They are summoned throughout the battle. They drop Element.png Element upon death, which can be helpful to players using Tek during the Boss fight. Any Element.png Element collected during the fight will disintegrate afterwards when the player Ascends. Defense Units also spawn in the Sanctuary in the Extinction DLC.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Defense Units will enter a rolling form to approach enemies before uncurling and slicing at them with their claws. When not attacking a target, they slowly mill around in an almost patrol-like fashion. In Extinction, they defend players by attacking various Creatures.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Defense Units are about fairly large and have metal shells and seem to have insect-like limbs and body. They do not tend to have special colors beyond the various metallic colors they have.

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 924.0001 +184.80002 +0%
Stamina.png Stamina 2000 +200 +0%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +0%
Food.png Food 3000 +300 +0%
Weight.png Weight 1500 +30 +0%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 352 +1.75 +0%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 420 +25.2 N/A4

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.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 325 ? ? ?
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 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 35
Melee Slam Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 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 35
Roll Up Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 20000 3500 0
Unroll Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 1250 0 1250
Melee Jump Attack Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 2500 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 30

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 1848.0001 +369.60002 +0%
Stamina.png Stamina 2000 +200 +0%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +0%
Food.png Food 3000 +300 +0%
Weight.png Weight 1500 +30 +0%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 352 +1.75 +0%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 420 +25.2 N/A4

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.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 325 ? ? ?
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 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 35
Melee Slam Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 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 35
Roll Up Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 20000 3500 0
Unroll Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 1250 0 1250
Melee Jump Attack Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 2500 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 30

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 2772 +554.4 +0%
Stamina.png Stamina 2000 +200 +0%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +0%
Food.png Food 3000 +300 +0%
Weight.png Weight 1500 +30 +0%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 352 +1.75 +0%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 420 +25.2 N/A4

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.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 325 ? ? ?
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 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 35
Melee Slam Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 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 35
Roll Up Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 20000 3500 0
Unroll Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 1250 0 1250
Melee Jump Attack Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 2500 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 30

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]

Defense Unit

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 Defense Unit.

General[edit | edit source]

The Defense Unit has a decent amount of health and melee damage that, and when in large quantities, can quickly chip away at your health bar. To prevent this from happening, it is advised to take them out as soon as they spawn. Due to their attacks' small AOE, ranged weapons (such as rocket launchers, guns, and rifles in general) as well as dinos with large AOE attacks have proven useful.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Defense Unit, when walking, is not very fast by any means (and when rolling it can't attack). This being the case, backing away from them while attacking with the above stated ranged weapons will ensure the best chance of survival and success.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Using ranged weapons (i.e. Longneck Rifle.png Rifles, Rocket Launcher.png Rocket Launchers, just Guns in general) and dinos with AOE attacks work the best.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Along with attacks that do a moderate amount of damage, the Defense Unit is spawned in quantities of 8 to 14 every 48 seconds. Because of this, a player can be easily swarmed and overrun whilst focusing on the boss.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

While not in their rolling form (in which they cannot attack), the Defense Unit is very slow and thus easily picked off using dinos with AOE attacks (i.e. Rex.png Rex's bite) and ranged weaponry (i.e Longneck Rifle.png Rifles, Rocket Launcher.png Rocket Launchers etc).

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Released in patch 267.0.
  • The Defense Unit while force tamed can jump.
  • Jumping is actually faster than walking when riding a force tamed Defense Unit.
  • The roll of a force tamed Defense Unit is set to what seems to be a timer but this can be extended for a longer period of time by jumping while rolling to prevent to Defense Unit from canceling the roll.
    • Holding down the "shift" key also extends the roll.
  • In the Ps4 edition of Ark, (Single Player tested), to summon one, you must first visit the Overseer.png Overseer, teleporting to a different location (I.e. one of the obelisks) will then allow you to summon one.
  • In the Ps4 edition of Ark, (Single Player tested), after force-taming one and then leaving the world, it will despawn without a trace.
  • The Defense Unit greatly resembles the Destroyer Droid (aka Droideka) from Star Wars
  • The Defense Unit has many unused animations you can find in the devkit for ARK, some including leaping ground smash and "flurry" attacks, a blocking/guarding stance, and more.
  • The Defense Unit can be seen in one of the teaser images for the Extinction DLC.
    • However, it has been confirmed that while they would make their appearance in the map, they will not be tameable in any ways possible.
  • Forcetamed Defense Units will give a Dermis (Extinction).png Dermis Extinction Icon.png when harvested with the Taxidermy Tool (Extinction).png Taxidermy Tool Extinction Icon.png
  • While the Defense Unit in the Overseer Arena drops Element.png Element on death, they are not harvestable and the corpse disintegrates quickly on death, as also seen in Extinction, making them more of a nuisance.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]