Insect Swarm

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Insect Swarm
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Spawn Command
admincheat summon InsectSwarmChar_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/Swarms/InsectSwarmChar_BP.InsectSwarmChar_BP'" 500 0 0 35
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Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Insect Swarm is a Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved's Expansion Pack Genesis: Part 1 that can be found in the bog biome. They will swarm the player dealing rapid low damage.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Insect Swarm will patrol in swarms within the bog regions of the map. Sometimes in waves of up to 20. A survivor will be able to know when they are being targeted by a(n) Insect Swarm, because they make a very distinct sound when they have found a target. A survivor will also get a prompt at the top of their screen stating that they are being targeted by an insect swarm.

Insect swarms will follow you into water, but if a survivor waits long enough in knee deep water any and all Insect Swarms will lose interest. This allows survivors time to either craft torches to kill the swarms or when they lose interest you can make a sprint to the next water source.

Swarms will target and attempt to attack any plant species x plots to destroy them.

Insect Swarms will die over time. Their bodies can be harvested, you might have to hit the air where it died to harvest it.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

They spawn everywhere in the bog biome. The spawn rate for Insect Swarms are extremely high despite saying it’s an uncommon spawn rate above.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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The Insect Swarm's information is currently unknown, because it was recently released.

If you want to help with this section, you can add the color region descriptions by clicking "Edit Source" at the top of the page. See Template:PaintRegions for documentation on how to use this template.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

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

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
Health 500 +100
Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen 150 +15
Food 100 +10
Weight 100 +2
Melee Damage 23 +1.15
Movement Speed 100% N/A
Torpidity 100 +6
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Swimming 300 N/A
Flying 300 N/A

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]

Insect Swarm

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 Insect Swarm.

General[edit | edit source]

The Insect Swarms are mainly to distract and prevent survivors from achieving their goals in the bog. They cause no real damage unless a survivor has multiple swarms attacking them at once. Insect Swarms have a low health pool even at high levels, making them fairly easy to dispatch.

Insect Swarms can sometimes hit you through walls, even though the Insect Swarm entity is still outside of the wall.

A survivor can simply use Bug Repellent, this will make the Insect Swarm ignore you for the duration of the buff. Be warned survivors, this can get costly over long periods of time.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

An Insect Swarm will not attack a target, be it survivor or tame, if the target is standing in water. The swarm will eventually de-aggro, and wander off, they'll only attack anything that a Dilo would pursuit, (Ankylo, Parasaur etc)

A survivor should use a torch in third person to dispatch Insect swarms faster. If any survivor has access to a flamethrower it would be best to use it, because the flamethrower has the ability to take down multiple swarms at once. You can also use a campfire.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

A torch will work wonders for one to two insect swarms at a time, while a flamethrower can take out crowds of them with ease. A campfire will also work if you can get the swarm over it.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Insect Swarms inflict minimal damage while slowly draining stamina until it’s depleted. While it may not sound dangerous, it can be. It all depends on whats around a survivor(s) when they are getting swarmed, potentially making escape impossible.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The Insect Swarms are vulnerable to incendiary (fire) weapons and ammo. Torches will be a new survivor's best friend, while flamethrowers will prove more effective when dealing with large crowds.

Bug Repellent works really well against Insect Swarms, but can get costly over long periods of time.

Another option, is to light a camp fire. They randomly die after being near a camp fire after a 1–2 minutes.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]


Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Ascension code on the Dossier roughly translates to "Data Corruption Detected, L8cm f x 5xl", which could suggest that the Insect Swarm is 8 Centimeters long.
  • Due to the similar name the Insect Swarm could be an edited version of ‘The Swarm’ , a planned creature for Scorched Earth
  • Insect swarms destroy any plants in plots.
  • Plant species X does not target Insect Swarm swarms and will get instantly destroyed by them.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
306.41 Genesis: Part 1 Expansion Release Insect Swarm is added to the game
  • Increased damage done from Beelzebufo to Insect Swarms by 2.5 times more
  • Increased damage done by fire to Insect Swarms by 1.5 times more
  • Reduced Health of Insect Swarm by 50%
  • Fixed issue where Insect Swarms could attack through walls
  • Insect Swarms now drop Chitin instead of Hide
  • Reduced the number of Insect Swarms in the Bog by 25%
  • Added a cooldown between green rain Insect Swarm spawns

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]