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Aberration DLC.jpg This article is about a feature exclusive to the DLC: Aberration
Dossier Empty.pngDossier Karkinos.png
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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
Karkinos versatus
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 Crab_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/Crab/Crab_Character_BP.Crab_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

Aberration Map.jpg
Aberration regions are still in-progress.
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (Aberration)

The Karkinos is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved's Aberration expansion.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Comes in Basic and Alpha flavors.

If you see water, there's probably a Karky.

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.


Karkinos Versatus is the giant cousin of modern crab species, with long, spindly limbs that remind me of the Japanese Spider Crab and a hard, stony shell. It is much more agile than its smaller brethren, but even more noticeable are its pincer claws.

In an extraordinary display of dexterity, Karkinos is able to wield each claw independently and precisely. This allows it to trap multiple targets in its vice like grip, or hold an enemy in one claw while it smashes a second foe with the other.


Many survivors have found Karkinos to be an excellent war steed, as it can snatch enemy riders from their mounts, or grab and throw smaller creatures. However, its ability to leap to great heights and its swiftness relative to its size also make it useful in caravans.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Karkinos wanders the waters of Aberration and is aggressive toward land-based creatures, and given its large size, it can prey on much bigger predators than most of the other aquatic creatures. Surprisingly despite its size, Karkinos can also be found in the rivers of artifact caves.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Karkinos is a large amalgamation of various arthropods, most noticeably the spider crab, having elongated limbs with occasional on them. The legs are almost skeleton-like. The head appears to be similar to that of a harvestman's. The most unusual feature is the two pairs of claws. The extra pair is placed above the head.

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.png Health 1200 +240 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 600 +60 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A N/A
Food.png Food 5000 +500 +10%
Weight.png Weight 800 +16 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 322 +1.6 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1%
Torpor.png Torpor 800 +40 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
4Torpor increases every level on wild creatures, but can not be increased once they are tamed.
5The Karkinos is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 300 525 735 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 the Karkinos.

General[edit | edit source]

The Karkinos will attempt to grapple you and repeatedly slam you into the ground.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Dangers[edit | edit source]

They often roam the water, and can make fishing a dangerous task. In addition to this, their attacks can hold you underwater and cause you to drown.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Taming[edit | edit source]

Karkinos.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) 10 0 0 0 0:23:20
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 38 96 20 10 0:55:27
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 247 272 56 28 1:48:06
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 618 362 75 38 2:15:14
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 80; Slingshot Hits × 33; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 9; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 6; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:26:40
Karkinos.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) 17 2 1 1 0:39:40
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 68 299 64 32 1:39:13
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 450 787 169 85 3:16:57
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 1125 1032 222 111 4:06:11
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 196; Slingshot Hits × 80; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 22; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 13; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpor-depletion: 0.84 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:39:19
Karkinos.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) 25 59 13 7 0:58:19
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 99 580 129 65 2:24:26
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 660 1454 321 161 4:48:51
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 1650 1890 418 209 6:01:04
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 316; Slingshot Hits × 129; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 36; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 21; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 15; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpor-depletion: 1.09 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:48:35
Karkinos.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) 33 149 34 17 1:16:59
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 131 934 212 106 3:11:07
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 870 2239 507 254 6:20:46
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 2175 2894 656 328 7:55:57
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 436; Slingshot Hits × 178; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 49; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 28; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 20; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10
Torpor-depletion: 1.32 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:55:25
Karkinos.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) 41 264 61 31 1:35:39
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 162 1330 308 154 3:56:20
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 1080 3119 722 361 7:52:40
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 2700 4014 929 465 9:50:50
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 556; Slingshot Hits × 227; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 62; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 36; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 26; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13
Torpor-depletion: 1.53 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:00:49
Karkinos.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) 49 401 95 48 1:54:19
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 194 1778 419 210 4:43:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 1290 4078 961 481 9:24:34
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 3225 5230 1233 617 11:45:43
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 676; Slingshot Hits × 276; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 76; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 43; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 31; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 16
Torpor-depletion: 1.73 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:05:18

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]

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Much like Rock Elemental.png Rock Elemental, Karkinos cannot be knocked out with the traditional Tranquilizer. Instead, utilization of items like Primitive Cannon.png Cannon or Catapult Turret.png Catapult Turret towards the main shell of the dino. Be careful when aiming, for the weapon does a lot of damage towards the limbs of Karkinos.

Pillar and Trap Strategy[edit | edit source]

As Karkinos moves a lot, utilizing stone or better pillars and giant traps will help in aiming for the main shell easier. Lure the dino into the enclosure, and trap it with a stone pillar/structure from the opening. When its trapped, aim for its main shell and knock it unconscious. Moreover, Karkinos cannot damage stone structure, but still aims after it anyways.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Although being a bulky creature, this creature makes up for it with its ability to jump and to pick up medium-sized creatures.

Roles[edit | edit source]

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat N/A

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is named after the Greek name of the Cancer constellation.
  • Due to its terrifying nature, many survivors call it a Murder Crab.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]