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Empusa discipulus
Time Period
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Mantis_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/ScorchedEarth/Dinos/Mantis/Mantis_Character_BP.Mantis_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Mantis (Gauntlet)
admincheat summon Mantis_Character_BP_Gauntlet_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Gauntlet/Bog/Mantis_Character_BP_Gauntlet.Mantis_Character_BP_Gauntlet'" 500 0 0 35
Preferred Food
Mantis Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png (Level 45)
Torch (Level 1)
Stone Pick (Level 1)
Stone Hatchet (Level 2)
Wooden Club (Level 8)
Whip Scorched Earth Icon.png (Level 20)
Scissors (Level 21)
Pike (Level 25)
Metal Pick (Level 20)
Metal Hatchet (Level 20)
Metal Sickle (Level 30)
Sword (Level 30)
Taxidermy Tool Extinction Icon.png (Level 10)
XP For Kill
8 XP
Special Loot Chance
Feces Size

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

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Mantis Ragnarok.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Mantis Extinction.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Mantis Valguero.svg

Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Mantis Crystal Isles.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Mantis is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. It was added in the Scorched Earth DLC on September 1, 2016, and included with the Ragnarok expansion on June 12, 2017.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.


The existence of a creature such as Empusa discipulus is both fascinating and frightening. Not only is Empusa the only recorded insect to have developed an opposable digit, allowing it to grip objects and use tools, but it possesses a level of intelligence that is unrivalled among non-human species. I have even found clear patterns in the sounds Empusa makes when communicating with its own kind, as though it is actually using some kind of dialect.

I would love to study these interactions in depth, but observing Empusa up close is extremely dangerous. Its size, intelligence and ability to pounce on its prey from a great distance mean that one could be quickly swarmed and killed upon detection. Caution is recommended.


Though a dangerous task, successfully taming Empusa can prove highly beneficial. Its unique claws allow it to wield melee weapons like spears or pikes in battle, and use tools while harvesting resources. This makes it deadly as a mount or footsoldier and highly efficient as a gatherer.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Highly aggressive, it attacks any medium-size or smaller creature that enters its range.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

It looks just like an average Mantis but much larger and deadlier. It usually comes from a light green to a brown or a yellowish color.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

This information can be used to alter the Mantis's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Mantis's "body" magenta.

Mantis PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Mantis PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Mantis PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:

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 Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 275 +55 +2.7% 0.07
Stamina 150 +15 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 900 +90 +10%
Weight 220 +4.4 +8%
Melee Damage 34 / 120 +0.85 / +3 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 67%
Torpidity 350 +21 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 200 ? 650 500 5
Swimming 175 ? ? ? ?
Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Mantis slashes at the target.
0 300 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 34
Leap Attack Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Mantis leaps a great distance at the target for considerable damage.
40 3200 800 7000
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 120

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]

Mantis spawn in packs of around 2-3 individuals within caves and desert dunes. Due to their pounce attack they have a fairly large aggression range. Once one Mantis spots prey, the others usually follow. They will attempt to rapidly close the distance with an initial pounce before delivering an onslaught of rapid slashing attacks.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Avoid close combat unless you have a strong enough mount, or good gear. Due to the fact they spawn in packs they may often be mate-boosted, increasing the power of their fast and deadly attacks. If you don't think you can stand a close-up fight, range attacks with fire arrows or other powerful projectiles should do the trick easily.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

One might consider using a Bow or a Boomerang to keep the mantises at bay and possibly knock it out for running away, or even building a trap around it to tame later. A Rock Elemental would be a great bodyguard in case there are too many to fight.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

BEWARE of Pounce at Mid Range: with Mantis often spawning in groups of 2-3, taking three hits of this powerful attack can deal tremendous damage. Mantis are powerful melee attackers when wild, avoid close-quarters combat unless with good gear or a sufficient mount.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Its main weakness is bug repellant because it will enable you to attack the Mantis without being noticed if you're careful. Fire Arrows from a crossbow deal massive damage sometimes killing high levels (100+) with a single arrow from a primitive crossbow. However it is not an instant kill. It will take a few seconds but when attacking from a range there is very little to fear when using fire arrows.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Taming Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Mantis is a passive tame, so avoid knockout methods.

To feed it, place a Deathworm Horn in the last slot of your hotbar, then when approached press "use" (default E) to feed it. You cannot feed them all the horns required for taming at one time, you must wait a few minutes after each feeding to give it the next one, and repeat until the taming meter is filled.

The Mantis is normally aggressive, so Bug Repellant is needed in order to get close enough to feed it. A set of Ghillie Armor is also useful, but not required. The Mantis becomes aggressive if you are too close. The taming progress will become halted until it loses interest in whatever it was fighting, or even decrease if it's aggressive for too long.

A good trap to tame the Mantis is a single foundation (Stone, Adobe, or Metal) with 4 walls on the first level, and 3 walls on the second level.[2] Lastly add two ramps to the last opening on the second level. Part of the Mantis will stick outside of the trap and you can feed it. You will not need any Bug Repellant or Ghillie Armor with this method.

Note: On the Ragnarok map, you can get the horns from the Deathworms in the desert or from the Iceworm Males in the Frozen Dungeon, where they provide a plentiful supply. However, given the high level of this dungeon, it might be safer to go to the desert.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Deathworm Horn

Mantis.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Deathworm Horn (Scorched Earth).png Deathworm Horn Scorched Earth Icon.png 2 24:01 0:24:01
Mantis.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Deathworm Horn (Scorched Earth).png Deathworm Horn Scorched Earth Icon.png 3 18:00 0:36:01
Mantis.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Deathworm Horn (Scorched Earth).png Deathworm Horn Scorched Earth Icon.png 4 16:00 0:48:02
Mantis.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Deathworm Horn (Scorched Earth).png Deathworm Horn Scorched Earth Icon.png 5 15:00 1:00:02
Mantis.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Deathworm Horn (Scorched Earth).png Deathworm Horn Scorched Earth Icon.png 6 14:24 1:12:02
Mantis.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Deathworm Horn (Scorched Earth).png Deathworm Horn Scorched Earth Icon.png 8 13:43 1:36:03

Mantis eat every 3 minutes regardless of level, ignore these feeding intervals, this means that a lvl 150 Mantis only takes 45 minutes to get tamed, official server tested.

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.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

Utility Gatherer:

The Mantis can equip a pick or hatchet, or even a sickle, allowing it to gather resources using these tools rather effectively when one does not have specialized mounts for such. Due to its ability to equip tools the Mantis can be used as a mobile light source by equipping it with a torch.

Soldier/Shock Trooper:

The ability for the Mantis to wield melee weapons, including the sword, allows it to be a fearsome combatant, but this also allows them to change up their tactics entirely by using a club, inflicting torpor damage against opponents as needed. Better weapons from better blueprints can massively increase the effectiveness of the mount's attacks, making this one of the only mounts where the quality of items other than the saddle is of great consequence.

Taming Mount:

Using simply primitive clubs, a high-level Mantis with average melee damage can knock out a mid-level scorpion (or even another Mantis) with a pounce and a few standard bash attacks. With higher end clubs and higher melee, the increased torpor could allow for Mantis to be used on more difficult tames.





Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Flint.png Flint ★★★★★
Thatch.png Thatch ★★★★★
Hide.png Hide ★★★★☆
Crystal.png Crystal ★★★★☆
Raw Salt (Scorched Earth).png Raw Salt Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★★★☆
Stone.png Stone ★★★★☆
Wood.png Wood ★★★★☆
Sand (Scorched Earth).png Sand Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★★★☆
Sulfur (Scorched Earth).png Sulfur Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★★★☆
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★☆
Chitin.png Chitin ★★★☆☆
Cactus Sap (Scorched Earth).png Cactus Sap Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★★☆☆
Metal.png Metal ★★★☆☆
Obsidian.png Obsidian ★★★☆☆
Fiber.png Fiber ★★★☆☆
Silk (Scorched Earth).png Silk Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★☆☆☆
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★★☆☆☆
Keratin.png Keratin ★★☆☆☆
Organic Polymer.png Organic Polymer ★★☆☆☆

With the ability to equip two tools at once, different resources can harvested efficiently by not needing to change tools. On the other hand, the collection rate of one resource can be doubled by equipping two of the same one. Damage output may also be doubled by equipping two weapons.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • When you leap with a tamed Mantis then move far enough away to unload the Mantis, it will constantly generate a wind effect that is triggered from leaping; the audio will endlessly loop until you make the Mantis leap again, which will stop the looping sound effect. This doesn’t fix it permanently, however, as it reoccurs every time the mantis gets unloaded and loaded again. The only way to fix this is to log out and rejoin. This only happens in single player.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Mantis are one of if not the most intelligent creature in Ark even to the point of creating strategies that's only rivaled by Troodons and the King Titan and is only for certain outmatched by Humans, Overseers and Rockwell.
    • This is shown as according to the Mysterious Mystery Dossier, it's very intelligent, with four tick-marks for intelligence. The only other creature with four ticks is Troodon.
    • Also similar to Troodon, the taming icon has a tick and an x, implying that it must be tamed in a unique way, as Troodon and Titanosaur are.
    • This is also backed up as Dahkeya, in one of his explorer notes, reports that a group of Mantis destroyed a water pipe outside of town; knowing it would draw humans to come out to fix it, so the Mantis could hunt and feed. This shows extreme intelligence on the behalf of Ark's Mantis that perhaps even the Troodon doesn't have.
    • Finally It also has a picture of the Crafting icon with two ticks, meaning that it can hold tools in its hands and the only other creatures shown to have enough intelligence to use tools is Humans.
  • Like Karkinos and to a lesser extent Pulminoscorpius, a tamed Mantis prefers spoiled meat over raw and gains more Food and Health from it.
  • You need to be at least level 40 to feed a Mantis.
  • It's confirmed that the creature's alternate attack has increased harvesting capabilities.
  • The dossier states that the Mantis may have their own language. Although this may seem far-fetched, many animals seem to have their own system of "language". Prairie Dogs have distinctly different warning calls for different predators; and Orcas from different parts of the world seem to have different "dialects", even "accents" in their calls and songs.
  • There is a giant praying mantis Triassic of order "Titanoptera" (the most well-known member being the Gigatitan). However, this insect is much smaller than the Mantis in ARK.
  • Mantis do not produce Feces.
  • Despite having wings it is not capable of flight.
  • Although Mantis lay unfertilized eggs and can't reproduce they still some how manage to spawn into the Ark worlds.
  • While in the Dossier it is shown to have small hands at the second joint in their arm, and this is supposed to be how it holds items, it does not match the in game model.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
246.0 Scorched Earth Expansion Release Mantis is added to the game
246.6 Can no longer equip invalid saddles
256.2 Fixed inability to drag and equip weapons onto Mantis with the newly introduced inventory UI
261.0 Mantis now receive the Oviraptor egg-laying buff
295.106 Fix for weapons not equipping properly

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]