Flying

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A player riding a saddled Pteranodon

Flying is an important part of ARK: Survival Evolved. Players can mount tamed creatures and fly, which allows them to travel quickly and access areas that are not available to land-bound players and creatures. There are also other flying creatures that are untamable, or tamable but unable to be mounted.

Flying consumes a creature's stamina, so players must land occasionally for a creature to regain its stamina.

Controls[edit | edit source]

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Command Default Key Reaction
Attack Lmb, RT, R2 Creature will its primary attack, mostly a short-ranged attack.
Attack 2 / Carry Rmb, LT, L2 Secondary attack or ability. Most flyers grab the player or creature below you and carry it while flying (excluding Pelagornis).
Attack 3 C, Right Stick, Right Stick Tertiary attack or ability, not used by all flyers, e.g. grab-ability of Wyverns or aileron roll of Pteranodon.
Mount / Dismount E, Y, Triangle Player will mount (or dismount) the creature. Be careful, as doing this in the air will cause your character to jump off of the creature.
Land / Take-Off Space, A, Cross Creature will land on the ground (player still mounted) and walk. This is useful for regaining stamina during longer flights and "parking" a creature in your base.
Stop Movement X (only PC) Stop the creature from flying and make it hang completely still in the air. Very useful while building high structures.
Throw Companion R (only PC) Throws your current shoulder mount to the ground.

Rideable Flying Creatures[edit | edit source]

Common / In Game NameName Released Group Diet Temperament TameableTame RideableRide BreedableBreed Saddle LevelSaddle Feces SizeFeces Entity ID
Argentavis June 2, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 Birds Carrion-Feeder Short-Tempered Yes Yes Yes 62 Medium Argent_Character_BP_C
Eerie Argentavis
June 17, 2019
Eerie Creatures Carrion-Feeder Short-Tempered Yes Yes Yes 62 Medium Unknown
Eerie Griffin
June 17, 2019
Eerie Creatures Carnivore Aggressive Yes Yes Yes Bareback Small Unknown
Eerie Pelagornis
June 17, 2019
Eerie Creatures Piscivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 43 Small Unknown
Eerie Pteranodon
June 17, 2019
Eerie Creatures Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 38 Small Unknown
Eerie Quetzal
June 17, 2019
Eerie Creatures Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 76 Large Unknown
Eerie Tapejara
June 17, 2019
Eerie Creatures Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 55 Small Unknown
Fire Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Medium Wyvern_Character_BP_Fire_C
Griffin June 12, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive Yes Yes No Bareback Small Griffin_Character_BP_C
Ice Wyvern June 12, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Medium Ragnarok_Wyvern_Override_Ice_C
Lightning Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Medium Wyvern_Character_BP_Lightning_C
Lymantria September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
Invertebrates Herbivore Evasive Yes Yes No 36 Small Moth_Character_BP_C
Pelagornis July 28, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 Birds Piscivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 43 Small Pela_Character_BP_C
Phoenix September 3, 2017 September 23, 2017 September 9, 2017
Fantasy Creatures Flame Eater Elusive Yes Yes No Bareback Silica Pearls Phoenix_Character_BP_C
Poison Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Medium Wyvern_Character_BP_Poison_C
Pteranodon June 2, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 Reptiles Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 38 Small Ptero_Character_BP_C
Quetzal October 6, 2015 December 16, 2015 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 Reptiles Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 76 Large Quetz_Character_BP_C
Royal Griffin
November 21, 2018
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive Yes Yes Yes Bareback Small Unknown
Tapejara September 12, 2016 September 16, 2016 December 6, 2016 May 24, 2018 November 30, 2018 Reptiles Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 55 Small Tapejara_Character_BP_C
Tek Quetzal October 16, 2018 October 16, 2018 October 16, 2018
November 30, 2018
Tek Creatures Carnivore Skittish Yes Yes Yes 76 Large BionicQuetz_Character_BP_C
Wyvern September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 December 6, 2016
Fantasy Creatures Carnivore Aggressive No Yes No Bareback Medium Wyvern_Character_BP_Base_C

There are 21 Flying (including variants).

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Having a flying mount is an easy way to gather supplies and items from various Supply Crates. Because of the speed of flying creatures, and their ability to fly over water, you can quickly get to beacons before land-bound players.
  • A flying mount will also make the taming of dangerous creatures much easier, as you can easily reach spots that would be difficult to reach for your target so you can simply shoot tranquilizer arrows at your target. If you have another tribe member available to you, shooting a creature unconscious will become even more easy, as all flying mounts (except Pelagornis and Lymantria) can carry other players, allowing one player to do the flying, while another shoots the target creature from the air.
  • Flying mounts can also be used to easily reach valuable resources on mountains, like obsidian and crystals. Another perk of using a flying mount on trips to the mountains is that you can easily evade the dangerous creatures lurking there.
  • If you fly your mount, you should avoid touching the surface of the water (Not the case with Pelagornis), as your mount will throw you off as soon as it touches water. This can lead to difficult situations where you are stuck in water surrounded by dangerous creatures such as Megapiranhas and Sarcos. However, Pelagornis is able to swim on the surface of the water, making it the only flying mount able to.
  • When flying a mount, always remember to land before you run out of stamina. If you run out of stamina, your mount will quickly land no matter what, even near dangerous creatures or over water. If you're looking for a mount with good stamina, try to tame an Argentavis.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite being unable to go under water, all of the flying mounts possess an oxygen stat. Investing leveling points into this stat can be considered less than useful for obvious reasons.
  • Ironically, of the four flying mounts, only Argentavis and Pelagornis can be considered a true dinosaur, as birds are direct descendants of the dinosaurs, while pterosaurs, the group Pteranodon and Quetzalcoatlus belong to, are an entirely separate group of reptiles. Despite this, many people erroneously call the latter two species dinosaurs.
  • None of these creatures would be able to carry a full grown human on its back in real life, as they were lightly built with very brittle bones and thus unable to carry heavy loads.
  • The flying creatures in the game, may not have all looked the same in real life, (e.g. Quetzalcoatlus had a head that was held up vertically when walking, whereas in the game, it is held more horizontally).