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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Group
Species
Arctodus dirus
Time Period
Mid Pleistocene - Early Holocene
Diet
Logo Steam.png 239.0
April 20, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 734.0
May 17, 2016
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Logo Mobile.png 1.0
May 24, 2018
Logo Nintendo Switch.png 599.0
November 30, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Direbear_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Direbear/Direbear_Character_BP.Direbear_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Polar Bear
admincheat summon Direbear_Character_Polar_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Direbear/Direbear_Character_Polar.Direbear_Character_Polar'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Dire Polar Bear
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/Ragnarok/Custom_Assets/Dinos/Polar_Bear/Polar_Bear.Polar_Bear'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Spirit Dire Bear
admincheat summon Direbear_LL_Character_BP
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/Ragnarok/Custom_Assets/Bosses/LifeLabyrinth/Bear/Direbear_LL_Character_BP.Direbear_LL_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Dire Bear
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Direbear/Direbear_Character_BP_Aberrant.Direbear_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
8 XP
Gestation Time
3h 58m 5.714s
Baby Time
4h 37m 46.666s
Juvenile Time
18h 31m 6.664s
Adolescent Time
23h 8m 53.328s
Total Maturation Time
1d 22h 17m 46.656s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Bear The Island.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Bear Extinction.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Bear The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Bear Ragnarok.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Bear Valguero.svg

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Polar Bear The Island.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Polar Bear Extinction.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Polar Bear Ragnarok.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dire Polar Bear Valguero.svg

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Dire Bear Aberration.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Dire Bear Valguero.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Dire Bear is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

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

Found primarily among the Island's redwood regions, Arctodus dirus is an imposing creature.

Many on the island have started calling it a Direbear, a name which is appropriate, both due to its enormity and its territorial nature. The Direbear ignores most non-hostile creatures while going about its daily routine of scavenging for meat and edible plant life...

...that is, until intruders enter the territory it considers its own, at which point the creature ferociously attacks. Most often, it is smartest to just run from an angry Direbear.

Domesticated

Once tamed, the Direbear is a strong and reliable mount. It can carry vast quantities of goods, and can sprint for extremely long, nearly infinite periods. It is not the fastest creature from a hard stop, but after building up momentum, its sustained overland speed builds to among the best of the island. Of course, being able to feed a direbear both meat and plant life makes keeping one fairly convenient regardless of the environment.

Arctodus has a fondness for honey and can harvest it without getting stung or destroying the hive. Perhaps more rewarding while you are riding it, those pesky bees will completely ignore you.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Dire Bear is an omnivore, meaning it can eat both berries and meat. It is very territorial and will attack if not given enough space. It possesses a charging mechanic similar to that of the Pachy or Woolly Rhino. It can maneuver at high speeds, and takes a while to actually lose stamina by a significant amount. It possesses a secondary swipe attack that can be used to gather berries and pluck out meat from its target. This swipe additionally does more damage than normal, but stops movement. The Dire Bear can also stand on its hind legs (crouching, default C).

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Dire Bear is never a welcome sight for survivors in the frozen regions of the ARK. Resembling a grizzly bear in appearance, the Dire Bear is distinguishable by its shorter snout, earning it the nickname "Short-Faced Bear". Like other bears, they are capable of standing on their hind legs, but only to intimidate those that enter its territory. The beast is also surprisingly swift for its hulking build.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]




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

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Region 0:
Back and Head
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.

X mark.svg

Region 4 is not used
for this Creature.

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Region 5:
Belly and Legs

Variants[edit | edit source]

Polar Bear[edit | edit source]

Polar Bears are a variant of Dire Bear that exist in the Snow Cave on The Island and the Ice Cave on Extinction. In the cave they cannot be tamed and have a higher base health of 800.

Dire Polar Bear[edit | edit source]

The Dire Polar Bear is a variant of Dire Bear that can be found on the Ragnarok and more commonly on the Valguero map. It is identical to the normal Dire Bear in all aspects except for its white color.

Spirit Dire Bear[edit | edit source]

The Spirit Dire Bear is a variant of Dire Bear that can be found on the Ragnarok map as a dungeon boss in LifesLabyrinth. It will spawn in waves with the Spirit Direwolf beginning at level 50, and increasing its level every wave by 50, ending at level 250. It is identical to the normal Dire Bear in all aspects except for its ghost-like appearance.

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 400 +80 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 500 +50 +10%
Oxygen 270 +27 +10%
Food 3000 +300 +10%
Weight 650 +13 +4%
Melee Damage 50 / 652 +2.5 / +3.25 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 122.6%
Torpidity 1000 +60 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.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 190 961.875 1149.5 14
Swimming 360 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 Dire Bear bites the target.
0 650 0 900
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 50
Swipe Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Dire Bear swipes at the target. This deals more damage than its default 'Bite' attack, but the Dire Bear must come to a complete stop while swiping. Additionally, this attack will also harvest more meat and berries than its default attack.
0 650 0 900
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 65
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using C (PC), R3 Button (PS4), R Button (Xbox One), the Dire Bear stands on its hind legs and roars to frighten opposing survivors.
0 650 0 900

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]

Dire Bear
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.

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

Basic Stats
Attribute Amount at Level 1 Increase per point
Wild
Health 800 +160
Stamina 500 +50
Oxygen 270 +27
Food 3000 +300
Weight 650 +13
Melee Damage 50 / 652 +2.5 / +3.25
Movement Speed 100% N/A3
Torpidity 1000 +60

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
Walking 190 961.875 14
Swimming 360 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 Dire Bear bites the target.
0 650 0 900
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 50
Swipe Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Dire Bear swipes at the target. This deals more damage than its default 'Bite' attack, but the Dire Bear must come to a complete stop while swiping. Additionally, this attack will also harvest more meat and berries than its default attack.
0 650 0 900
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 65
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using C (PC), R3 Button (PS4), R Button (Xbox One), the Dire Bear stands on its hind legs and roars to frighten opposing survivors.
0 650 0 900

Taming[edit | edit source]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Any taming strategy will work. Taming pens, picking up, standing on rocks will do. Just make sure not to be on the low ground, as its high base damage will make short work of your character.
  • Building a wall or platform to shoot from without being hit from the Dire Bear is one way to ensure you're able to time your narcotic shots properly, which is very important since the Dire Bear has very little health compared to torpor.
  • Be aware that the Dire Bear has very high torpor compared to their health. Monitoring the number and timing of Tranq Arrow you use is very important in order to prevent accidentally killing the Dire Bear. This is because it takes 4 seconds for all the torpidity from a Tranq Arrow to apply but only 2.61 seconds to reload a Crossbow. Tranquilizer Dart or Shocking Tranquilizer Dart are advised, as they have a much higher torpidity to damage ratio and the reload time on the Longneck Rifle is within half a second of the time it takes the darts to apply all their torpidity.
  • One good strategy is to build a 2x2 foundation with 2-high door frames and a ramp leading to the top. lure the bear in by running up the ramp, jumping in, and running out the opposite end through the door frames. While tranqing , if using a crossbow/bow, place a box and a few beds nearby. Every 10-ish arrows, shove your gear into the box, run up to the cage, let the bear kill you (or drop/lure another creature to the cage), and make sure the corpse is eaten. You may have to drag the corpse to the bear afterwards to ensure it eats it. This ensures the bear heals from the damage done from the arrows. Make sure to feed it corpses every 10-ish arrows because once it gets visibly bloody, it will most likely have enough torpor that it will try to flee and it will never attack after that point. once this happens, all you can do is keep shooting and hope it doesn't die.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Error: No taming-data for "Dire Bear" found. If the current page is not a creature-page, write the wanted creature as first parameter. Use only the common name, found on the creature's dossier.

Error: No taming-data for "Dire Bear" found. If the current page is not a creature-page, write the wanted creature as first parameter. Use only the common name, found on the creature's dossier.


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 Superior Kibble: 2 ×  Citronal , 1 ×  Prime Meat Jerky , 1 ×  Large Egg , 5 ×  Fiber , 2 ×  Rare Mushroom , 1 ×  Sap , Water

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

The Dire Bear is an omnivore.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Can be stuck between trees or rocks, keep a distance and move in circles, don't run straight.

General[edit | edit source]

The Dire Bear is a strong, giant creature that is territorial. It won't attack you, unless you get really close to it. Dire Bears gain speed the longer it runs, similar to a Woolly Rhino but without the 10x damage increase per meter. Dire Bears don't seem to use this ability in the wild.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Dire Bear is slower than the player, so fleeing is a wise choice if you do not wish to kill/tame it. You could run and shoot at it until it gets close to you, run away again and repeat this process until it is dead. Bear traps and melee weapons are also effective, but be careful when using them, as the Bear has a large AoE. The best and cheapest way is to bring a tapejara and attack to get it to follow you. While it is roaring fly and land on the nearest redwood tree then simply shoot it with a crossbow.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons are recommended. Stay on high ground and shoot it from afar. Using melee weapons can be dangerous, but can be less dangerous when using high-tier armor and shields.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

They are decently fast and have a strong melee attack. Be careful engaging in a fight with one of these by yourself. When attempting to drop them in a pen with a Quetzal, be wary-like the Sabertooth and the Direwolf, the Dire Bear can sometimes attack while being carried and will quickly deplete your Quetzal's health.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Their bulky body allows them to be easily shot from a distance. They are slower than the player, so it can usually not catch you if you run. They lose interest quickly, so fleeing is wise.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • War Mount: Excellent damage and speed. The Dire Bears area of attack is huge, reaching all the way back to its hind legs and a good meter in front of it. It can use its primary attack at all running speeds, meaning chasing down prey is easy (Level Health and Melee Damage).
  • Gatherer: Very good at gathering Fiber and collecting meat. Not the best, but still gathers Berries, Hide, and Chitin (Level Health, Melee Damage, and Weight).
    • Honey Harvester: Harvests Honey on Alternate Fire (Rmb, LT, L2) from wild hives with 3x rate (15 honey) without harming the hives and without aggro from bees. Also acts as a targeting dummy towards Giant Bees to protect survivors riding on it.
  • All-Purpose Mount: The Dire Bear is a very versatile mount. It can sprint very fast and has a high carry weight, while also having low stamina drain. Its secondary attack is quite powerful, at 65 base damage. All this makes the Dire Bear a valuable mid-game mount (Level Health, Weight, and Melee Damage).
  • Travel: While the Dire Bear's sprint ignores its speed stat, a fully accelerated Dire Bear is faster than even a Procoptodon, and possibly a Gallimimus. Low stamina drain and decently high weight also enable it in this role, however its inability to jump makes getting around cliffs and ledges troublesome (Level Stam and Weight).

Passive Abilities[edit | edit source]

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Fiber.png Fiber ★★★★★
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★☆
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★★★★☆
Hide.png Hide ★★★☆☆
Berries.png Berries ★★★☆☆
Chitin.png Chitin ★★☆☆☆

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The dossier was revealed on November 2, 2015[2]
  • The Dire Bear is from the genus Arctodus, which are a group of Short-Faced Bears. Arctodus contained species of Short-Faced Bears that are considered to be one of the biggest known terrestrial mammalian carnivores.
  • Arctodus stood about six feet tall on four legs, and eight feet on its hind legs, which were long and thin, making it the fastest genus of bear.
  • Arctodus was once nicknamed the Running Bear, as its long legs enabled it to run vast distances.
  • Although that the dossier originally said it is primarily found in mountains and tundras, the Dire Bear is so far known to only populates the Redwoods since the Redwoods were introduced into the game.
  • On the map The Center they also live in dens located in other biomes.
  • The Dire Bear may now get in AND out of the Central Cave.
  • The "crouch" key will make the Dire Bear stand up on its hind legs temporarily but this "attack" does no damage.
  • Dire Bear received a major update for TLC Phase 1 at 10 February 2018 for the pc (consoles on the 20th) with appearance overhaul, protection from giant bee knocking survivors off, and harvesting honey at 3x rate without damaging the wild hives. They are also brought into Aberration at the same patch.
  • The Polar Bears in the Snow Cave and Ice Cave still use the pre TLC Dire Bear model but use the new Dire Bear animations.
  • Baby Dire Bear reacts differently when they are imprinted after requesting for one as compared to leveling adult Dire Bear up. This shares the same trait as Thylacoleo.
  • There's currently a bug with the dire polar bear on Valguero that when un-cryoed or pulled out of transfer that it will disappear from the game, making the map less useful for taming the dire polar bear, dispite it being a lot more common on Valguero.

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References[edit | edit source]