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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Lutra peloso
Time Period
Early Miocene
Logo Steam.png 267.0
August 29, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 762.0
September 23, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 514.0
September 9, 2017
Logo Mobile.png 1.1.04
November 21, 2018
Logo Nintendo Switch.png 599.0
November 30, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Otter_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Otter/Otter_Character_BP.Otter_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Otter
admincheat summon Otter_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Otter/Otter_Character_BP_Aberrant.Otter_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
8 XP
Gestation Time
7h 56m 11.428s
Baby Time
2h 6m 15.757s
Juvenile Time
8h 25m 3.029s
Adolescent Time
10h 31m 18.785s
Total Maturation Time
21h 2m 37.57s
Breeding Interval
18h - 1d 15h 40m

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter The Island.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter Extinction.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter Ragnarok.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter Valguero.svg

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Otter Aberration.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Otter 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.


Found along the Island’s many inland waterways, Lutra Peloso have become exceptionally adept at hunting and foraging. This species of Otter has to be particularly cunning because of its diminutive size, and fierce competition for its preferred food source: fish. It is not a creature that excels at combat, and would not naturally pose an intimidating threat to any predators.

Finding packs of river Otters is simple enough: They are distinguished by their elongated bodies, bushy tails, and webbed feet. Their trusting and inquisitive nature ensures they are often hunted for their lustrous fur, but many prefer to tame them to become trusted companions.


There are few creatures which provide the companionship that Lutra Peloso does. Rather than traveling beside you, it would prefer to comfortably rest on your back, providing insulation. Once domesticated, it can be told to harvest fish on demand, with a specific goal in mind from the fish that it consumes, the otter has a knack for foraging silica pearls, and can even yield a slight chance at finding black pearls within!

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Otters spend most of their life in the water, darting rapidly around without wandering too far from their origin. They target fish, from which they can harvest raw fish, silica pearls and black pearls. They can harvest meat from dead corpses too but, after taming, they only eat fish.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The otter is a very small animal, easily overlooked, and clearly resembling the modern otter. Their short, lustrous fur is brown, and when on land they move with a distinctive loping gait.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Otter PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body Main
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.

Otter PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Body Stripes and Highlights
Otter 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 40 +8 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 180 +18 +10%
Oxygen 600 +60 +10%
Food 400 +40 +10%
Weight 30 +0.6 +4%
Melee Damage 102 +0.4 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 70%
Torpidity 350 +21 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 170 344.25 255 5
Swimming 250 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Otter bites the target.
0 170 0 400
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 10

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]

General[edit | edit source]

The Otter is a friendly creature and will attempt to flee when attacked, so be ready for a small chase.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Because of its low health, even a Spear can make quick work of an Otter.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Otter poses essentially no dangers to even a low-level survivor, but its decent speed in water can quickly lead a survivor into a more dangerous area.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Very low HP, can be easily killed by Piranhas or swarms of Salmon.

Taming[edit | edit source]

The Otter is passively tamed in a manner similar to the Hesperornis. Fish must be killed, and their corpses dragged to the Otter. While still holding the fish, press E, Y, Triangle to feed the fish to the Otter.

Larger fish, and fish killed by the Ichthyornis, provide a higher taming percentage per fish.

Whilst they can be tamed by a solo survivor, having a buddy along to follow the otter whilst the other gathers the fish will ease the task of re-locating the tiny, fast animal for feeding.

In ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, the Otter is passively tamed using Raw Fish Meat. When taming on land the taming effectiveness is lower and the taming bar drops in between feeding.

Argy Fishing: It is possible for an Argentavis to pick up an otter right out of the water, provided the otter is close to the surface and the Argy doesnt touch the water. Simply fly on the waters surface, grab the Desired otter and bring it to land. if the Otter is in the Argy's Talons, drop the otter and pick it up with the beak. You can then land, and the otter will remain stationary for you to bring fish too. Additionally, if Ally Looking is enabled, the Argy will lean the otter towards you.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

Early Hunter[edit | edit source]

The relative ease of taming an Otter can provide early survivors with a reliable food source as the otter retrieves fish for them to cook, staving off hunger until better food sources can be acquired. Tip: keep them away from piranhas, their low health makes them easy to be killed. Kill fish by yourself and make them gather the corpses. Otter can work in a team with Ichthyornis (Ichthyornis brings fish, otter collects (prime) fish; however the otter seem to not collect pearls in this case.

Pearl Collector[edit | edit source]

The Otter's ability to collect Silica Pearls and rarely Black Pearls from fish can provide early survivors - and even advanced survivors with no ocean presence - limited access to these resources until survivors have the ability to go diving for large concentrations themselves. However, as they have a limited oxygen supply, leaving them on aggressive, even if following a creature out of water, can cause them to drown if a large fish spawn occurs, or they get trapped behind or under something under water. This severely limits their use as an automatic gatherer of any resource.

Portable Insulation[edit | edit source]

Like the Dimetrodon, the Otter provides a stacking insulation effect to nearby survivors. Unlike the Dimetrodon, however, the Otter can be carried around on a survivor's shoulder, which allows a passive insulation bonus while out and about. Leveling the Otter's Melee Damage increases the amount of insulation provided; hypothermic insulation is about 75 - 82% of melee damage, and hyperthermic is about 34 - 38% when the Otter is being carried.

Artifact Transporter[edit | edit source]

Ever since the Otter was introduced to the game at the official launch of ARK, it has been able to store as many of the same Artifact as its weight allows, despite the fact that no other creature, including players, in ARK can hold more than one of the same type of Artifact. It is unknown if this is a glitch that has still somehow not been fixed, or intended.

Companion/Pet[edit | edit source]

Because of their all around cuteness, Otters are a popular pet among survivors, even with the ability to put a hat on them.

Backpack[edit | edit source]

Swimmer[edit | edit source]

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Black Pearl.png Black Pearls ★★★★★
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat ★★★★★
Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls ★★★★☆

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Otter was first revealed on August 5, 2017.[2]
  • Although the Dossier states they are omnivores, they are in fact piscivores and only eat fish meat.
  • Otters will not receive a pack bonus when staying nearby other wild or tamed otters.
  • The in-game scientific name translates as Hairy Otter, there is no such real-world classification. This may be a reference to the character and series, Harry Potter.
  • In ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, the Otter cannot transport any Artifacts.
  • Real Otters are social animals that live in a group called a romp, however Ark's Otters don't have this behavior.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]