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Disambig.png This article is about Lymantria.png Lymantria, not to be confused with Mantis.png Mantis

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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
Lymantria sporarmis
Time Period
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Moth_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/ScorchedEarth/Dinos/Moth/Moth_Character_BP.Moth_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
6 XP

Scorched Earth Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lymantria Scorched Earth.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lymantria Extinction.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lymantria Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Lymantria, also known as the Desert Moth, 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.


Like its smaller relatives, Lymantria sporarmis survives by draining plants and vegetables of their nutrients. Given the desolate nature of the region, that makes its options rather limited, but fortunately its relationship with the desert's plants is symbiotic. In addition to pollinating them, the spores it releases help nourish the harsh desert plants.

When attacked, the slow-moving Lymantria immediately takes to the air and flies almost straight up while releasing spores. While the spores are nutritious to most plants, they are highly poisonous to most other organisms.


Lymantria is occasionally used as a one man flying mount, but its ability to produce silk and spores is often considered more valuable due to its slow flight speed. Its silk can be weaved into heat-dispersing cloth, and its spores gathered for fertilizer or poison. Its saving grace as a mount is its ability to release spores mid flight, allowing it to act as a primitive bomber during sieges.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Passive. Upon combat with a player or dino it will deploy a green mist of spores, that slows players and dinos by 90% and drains stamina. While its attacker is distracted, it will flee.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

It seems to resemble a giant moth, with bright colored wings.

In-game appearance

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Lymantria PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Lymantria PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Lymantria PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Lymantria PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Lymantria PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Face and Antennae
Lymantria PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Proboscis and Underside

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 260 +52 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 150 +7.5 +6%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 2000 +200 +10%
Weight.png Weight 175 +3.5 +3%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 182 +0.9 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 550 +33 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 110 N/A N/A 6
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A
Flying 600 1200 1056 0.225

Attack Values
Drop Spores Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Lymantria expels a spore cloud. Upon contact, the spore cloud will deplete stamina and slow player and creature movement speed by 90%.
50 500 0 0
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 18

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]

Will fly away when attacked.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Avoid green mist/spores.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons are recommended in order to avoid the spores.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

When you hit the Lymantria, it deploys a cloud of spores which will deplete stamina as well as slowing dinos and players by 90%. watch out for wild dinosaurs while fighting, if you get hit by the spores any medium sized carnivore will make short work of you.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Use a bola to stop it from flying away.

Taming[edit | edit source]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Use a bola so it can't fly away, then knock it out. While it doesn't have very high torpor, it also has rather low health, so using a boomerang is discouraged unless it's a higher level. Shoot its wing and abdomen with a standard bow and tranq shots and be quick or it will either die or fly away.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Lymantria.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble 3 0 0 0 0:07:12
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 24 28 6 3 0:43:13
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 32 28 6 3 0:43:13
Berries.png Berries 48 28 6 3 0:43:13
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 55; Slingshot Hits × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 7; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 4; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:30:33
Lymantria.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble 6 0 0 0 0:14:24
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 60 192 40 20 1:48:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 80 192 40 20 1:48:01
Berries.png Berries 120 192 40 20 1:48:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 151; Slingshot Hits × 62; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 17; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 10; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpidity-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:50:23
Lymantria.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble 10 0 0 0 0:23:59
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 98 465 98 49 2:56:25
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 130 461 97 49 2:55:31
Berries.png Berries 195 461 97 49 2:55:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 250; Slingshot Hits × 102; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 28; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 16; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6
Torpidity-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:04:00
Lymantria.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble 14 0 0 0 0:33:34
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 135 810 173 87 4:03:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 180 810 173 87 4:03:01
Berries.png Berries 270 810 173 87 4:03:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 349; Slingshot Hits × 143; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 39; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 23; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 16; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpidity-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:13:52
Lymantria.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble 18 0 0 0 0:43:10
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 173 1231 267 134 5:11:25
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 230 1226 266 133 5:10:31
Berries.png Berries 345 1226 266 133 5:10:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 448; Slingshot Hits × 183; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 50; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 29; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 21; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11
Torpidity-depletion: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:21:37
Lymantria.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble 21 0 0 0 0:50:21
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 210 1699 374 187 6:18:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 280 1699 374 187 6:18:01
Berries.png Berries 420 1699 374 187 6:18:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 547; Slingshot Hits × 224; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 61; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 35; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 25; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13
Torpidity-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:28:01

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.

Ingredients for Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble: 1 × Cooked Meat Jerky.png Cooked Meat Jerky , 1 × Dinosaur Egg.png Medium Egg , 5 × Fiber.png Fiber , 2 × Longrass.png Longrass , 2 × Savoroot.png Savoroot , 1 × Water.png Water

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

  1. Regular Kibble.png Regular Kibble
  2. Advanced Crops.png Vegetables
  3. Mejoberry.png Mejoberry
  4. Berries.png Berries

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Beginner Flying Mount: It can't fly very fast and its attack is rather weak, so It is mostly used for beginning players who just want a flying mount to get past particularly difficult terrain.
  • Taming Mount: Unlike other flyers, the Lymantria cannot pick up creatures. However, its slowing ability does not aggro neutral creatures such as Morellatops or Paraceratherium. This allows the rider to slow down a target while leaving other tribe members to tame the slow-moving creature.
  • Silk Producer: On ARK Digest number 40, the Moth was confirmed to produce silk in a future update. making it incredibly useful not only on Scorched Earth, but on maps without any way to make silk for possible tools and armor repairs.[2]

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • On February 15, 2016, a fan-made dossier of a giant lepidoptera was uploaded onto the fan art section of the Ark forums.
  • The spores do not affect other Lymantria.
  • It is the only rideable flying herbivore in the game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]