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Disambig.png This article is about Glowtail, not to be confused with Glowbug

Aberration DLC.jpg Valguero DLC.jpg This article is about content exclusive to the DLC: Aberration, Valguero
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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Microluminis psykhe
Time Period
Logo Steam.png 275.0
December 12, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 768.0
December 12, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 518.0
December 12, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon LanternLizard_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/LanternLizard/LanternLizard_Character_BP.LanternLizard_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
4 XP
30 - 34 °C / 86 - 93 °F
Incubation Time
2h 29m 59.28s
Baby Time
4h 52m 23.859s
Juvenile Time
19h 29m 35.438s
Adolescent Time
1d 21m 59.297s
Total Maturation Time
2d 43m 58.594s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Glowtail Aberration.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Glowtail Valguero.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Glowtail is one of the Creatures in the Aberration-DLC of 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.


With a body reminiscent of a gecko, fluttery wings and a natural stockpile of charge light, Microluminis psykhe has an unearthly, if oddly charming appearance. A curious creature by nature, it always gave me the impression that it was studying me as much as I was studying it.

A favorite snack of many predators, this small lizard has no natural poisons, or any means of defending itself at all save for a swift retreat and its charge light. Survivors can approach it without fear.


As a pet, Microluminis psykhe is happy to clamber up a survivor's shoulder and cling to it as though it never wants to leave. Evenly tempered and easy to care for after being tamed, it is a stalwart companion and an excellent source of charge light.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Though being called a favorite snack for predators it can be found in artifact caves.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Glowtail PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
Glowtail PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Glowtail PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Glowtail PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Glowtail PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
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Region 5:
Back Stripes

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 115 +23 +5.4% 0.07
Charge Capacity 100 +10 +12.5%
Charge Regeneration 200 +24 +11.5% 0.12
Food 450 +45 +10% 15%
Weight 70 +1.4 +4%
Charge Emission Range 122 +0.66 +1.87% 15.54% 18.7%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 130%
Torpidity 60 +3.6 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 60 504 240 4
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
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
Projectile Impact

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]

This section describes how to fight against this creature.

General[edit | edit source]

The glowtail is passive and will run away if you hit it.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

All strategies will work with a Glowtail. Its only defense is to run away. Be careful of carnivores in the area!

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Any weapon (including bare hands) will work just fine.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Any hostile creature in the area, guilt of killing a shiny little lizard.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

As running away is its only protection, it is fairly easy to kill (if you don't mind the guilt).

Taming[edit | edit source]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

There is no KO Strategy for this tame as it is a passive tame. If your glowtail is in water you can not feed it. Try hitting it out of the water if that is the case.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Glowtail.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 2 02:01 0:02:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 10 00:16 0:02:25
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 687 00:00 0:09:10
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 858 00:00 0:09:10
Glowtail.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 4 01:20 0:04:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 17 00:15 0:04:05
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1258 00:00 0:16:47
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1572 00:00 0:16:47
Glowtail.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 5 01:15 0:05:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 25 00:15 0:06:01
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1849 00:00 0:24:40
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 2311 00:00 0:24:40
Glowtail.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 7 01:10 0:07:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 33 00:14 0:07:56
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 2440 00:00 0:32:33
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 3050 00:00 0:32:33
Glowtail.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 8 01:08 0:08:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 41 00:14 0:09:51
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 3031 00:00 0:40:25
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 3788 00:00 0:40:25
Glowtail.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed (Aberration).png Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png 10 01:06 0:10:01
Ascerbic Mushroom (Aberration).png Ascerbic Mushroom Aberration Icon.png 49 00:14 0:11:46
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 3622 00:00 0:48:18
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 4527 00:00 0:48:18

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.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Plant Species Z Seed Aberration Icon.png

Utility[edit | edit source]

As a Charge Light creature, Glowtail carries charge, which replenishes over time while its light is turned off. When the light is turned on, it provides survivors with the Charged Light buff, protecting from Nameless and Reaper ambush, but attracting Seekers. If set to active, it can also detect both nearby enemy players, and nearby creatures of maximum level.

Due to the nature of its passive state, Glowtail cannot fight back, and should never be used as combat dino.

It provides the fastest charge recharge rate, but has a very low charge capacity.

Roles[edit | edit source]

Anti-Nameless Ambush: Since the Glowtail can be shoulder mounted like every other Charge Light, it provides a charge to prevent Nameless pack from emerging. This however, will attract Seeker. To quickly toggle the shoulder-mounted Charge Light on/off in emergency situations, open up the emote wheel (hold either bracket key by default) and select "Light!". For faster use, emotes can also be bound directly to either of the two emote keys by mousing over them in the emote wheel and pressing the desired key.

Radar: When mounted on your shoulder, a Glowtail will chatter and give a buff to notify when a max-level dino or when there is an enemy player/creature nearby.

Pet: Like all other shoulder mounts and other small creatures, the Glowtail can make a suitable companion on your endeavors.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat N/A

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The creature was first revealed in Community Crunch 103 on September 15, 2017.[2]
  • This creature is perhaps inspired by the common flying dragon (Draco volans) and the various prehistoric flying lizards (Icarosaurus, Xianglong and Coelurosauravus).
  • Despite being mentioned as a herbivore, Glowtail also consume meat as a food source.
  • While the Ascerbic Mushroom is the Glowtail's preferred consumption of mushrooms, putting too many of such mushroom in Glowtail's inventory will cause Glowtail to be rendered unconscious should there not be any other food source inside Glowtail's inventory or nearby trough.
  • Wild Glowtails can often be seen clinging to the walls or ceilings in a manner similar to that of the Megalania.
  • The Glowtail along with Megalania, Carbonemys, Titanoboa and Sarco were some of the other reptiles to have survived the events that led to the degradation of the Ark that is known as Aberration. While other reptiles that may once have existed on the Ark, like Kaprosuchus have long since went extinct. The Glowtail and the other reptiles likely survived due to their fecundity.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]