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Disambig.png This article is about Megalania, not to be confused with Megatherium, Megalosaurus, Megaloceros, Megalodon, or Meganeura

Jeremy Twitter.jpg The Megalania's climb-anywhere feature is amazing, among the most game-changing Dinos yet added to ARK.
~ Jeremy[1]






































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Megalania.png
Megalania
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Group
Species
Megalania muruspede
Time Period
Late Holocene
Diet
Steam.svg 258.0
May 30, 2017
Xbox One.svg 755.0
June 19, 2017
PS.svg 509.0
June 14, 2017
Nintendo Switch.svg 599.0
November 30, 2018
Epic Games.svg 311.74
June 11, 2020
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Megalania_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Megalania/Megalania_Character_BP.Megalania_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Megalania
admincheat summon Megalania_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Megalania/Megalania_Character_BP_Aberrant.Megalania_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Megalania (Gauntlet)
admincheat summon Megalania_Character_BP_Gauntlet_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Gauntlet/Volcanic/Megalania_Character_BP_Gauntlet.Megalania_Character_BP_Gauntlet'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
8 XP
Special Loot Chance
100%
29 - 35 °C / 84 - 95 °F
Incubation Time
1h 59m 59.424s
Baby Time
3h 42m 13.333s
Juvenile Time
14h 48m 53.331s
Adolescent Time
18h 31m 6.664s
Total Maturation Time
1d 13h 2m 13.328s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat





The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megalania The Island.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megalania The Center.svg

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

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megalania Ragnarok.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megalania Extinction.svg

Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megalania Genesis Part 1.svg

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

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Megalania (may-ga-lay-nee-a) is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. They are giant monitor lizards that lived in Australia during the late Pleistocene epoch and are portrayed in the game as arboreal cave dwellers.

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.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

Megalania muruspede is among the largest creatures found throughout the Island's complicated cave networks. Reaching up to three meters long, it can traverse vertically up cave walls with little difficulty thanks to its powerful claws. Fortunately, Megalania's size means it is unlikely to sneak up on anyone. Unfortunately for spelunkers, it is an aggressive and dangerous creature nonetheless.

Like other Varanidae, Megalania is a venomous creature. Its poison is slow-acting, but will drain the victim's effective strength and health until death unless cured by a rare antidote.

That said, the Megalania's prey are usually ripped apart well before they succumb to the poison's long-term effects.

Domesticated

The rare ability of Megalania to effortlessly climb sheer environmental walls makes it a highly sought-after mount. While it is by no means the fastest, strongest, or toughest mount, the manner in which it can effortlessly scale mountains, clamber up barricades, hide in trees or upside-down, ensures it will always have place in any tribe's stables!

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Megalania is found in many places including the highland sands on ragnarok also caves and The Trench in the Extinction DLC, where it waits on the ceilings and walls silently, ready to pounce on prey below. As is the case with other cavern dwellers, Megalania are neutrally disposed toward other native creatures, like Onyc, Dung Beetle, Mantis, and Megalosaurus. They tend to hide in shadowy recesses of ceilings and walls, making them extremely difficult to spot without assistance of items like a Tek Helmet or a Shadow Steak Saute. Consuming Rare Flowers will cause them to drop from the ceiling and become aggressive. Similar to the Megalosaurus, Megalania are usually only found in limited numbers in a given cave, so while it may be common to find them in the Upper South Cave, for instance, not many live there at any given time.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Megalania is a huge lizard resembling a Komodo Dragon. It has a stocky, low-lying build with a powerful tail and a toothy maw, drooling with venom. Despite its size, it is capable of climbing walls like a gecko to sneak up on prey and traverse difficult terrain - a useful adaptation for a massive cave-dweller like it.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]




This section displays the Megalania's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Megalania. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Megalania 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 Megalania's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Megalania's "main body" magenta.

Megalania PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
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.

Megalania PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Stripes
Megalania PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Belly

Drops[edit | edit source]

Harvest
Guaranteed Special Loot

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 480 +96 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 400 +40 +10%
Oxygen 200 +20 +10%
Food 1500 +150 +10% 15%
Weight 400 +8 +4%
Melee Damage 10 / 16 +0.5 / +0.8 +1.7% 5.6% 15.4%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 30%
Torpidity 700 +42 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 250 ? 625 500 7
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ?
Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
20 450 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 10
Detach Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 0 0
Bite (Climbing) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
20 0 0 0
Claw Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
30 450 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 16
Bite (Swimming) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
20 0 0 0

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.[2]

Megalania

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.

Taming[edit | edit source]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Found on the ceilings of caves, one must look up in order to find this elusive lizard. The easiest method found so far is to fire from the back of a mount and let it take the beating. While downing the Megalania is relatively easy, keeping it down is a feat. The torpor loss is extremely quick and if one is not careful they'll find their potential tame awake and angry within seconds. It eats kibble every 120 food lost.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Megalania.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Extraordinary Kibble.png Extraordinary Kibble 3 259 87 44 0:15:21
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 6 306 102 51 0:18:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 11 568 190 95 0:32:58
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 7 358 120 60 0:21:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 14 726 243 122 0:41:58
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 18 464 155 78 0:27:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 21 1096 367 184 1:03:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 35 937 313 157 0:53:57
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 41 1069 358 179 1:01:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 52 1359 455 228 1:18:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 103 1346 450 225 1:17:16
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 70; Slingshot Hits × 29; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 8; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 5; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 18 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:00:38
Megalania.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Extraordinary Kibble.png Extraordinary Kibble 5 453 158 79 0:25:35
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 9 479 167 84 0:27:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 17 921 321 161 0:50:57
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 11 590 206 103 0:33:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 22 1198 417 209 1:05:56
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 28 756 264 132 0:42:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 33 1808 630 315 1:39:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 55 1545 538 269 1:24:46
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 66 1808 630 315 1:39:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 82 2251 784 392 2:03:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 164 2251 784 392 2:03:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 192; Slingshot Hits × 79; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 22; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 13; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpidity-depletion: 29.91 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:04
Megalania.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Extraordinary Kibble.png Extraordinary Kibble 6 552 196 98 0:30:42
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 13 708 251 126 0:39:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 23 1271 450 225 1:08:56
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 16 877 311 156 0:48:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 31 1721 609 305 1:32:54
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 38 1047 371 186 0:57:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 46 2569 909 455 2:18:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 76 2177 770 385 1:57:08
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 91 2541 899 450 2:16:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 114 3189 1128 564 2:51:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 228 3189 1128 564 2:51:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 318; Slingshot Hits × 130; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 36; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 21; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 15; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpidity-depletion: 39.02 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:21
Megalania.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Extraordinary Kibble.png Extraordinary Kibble 8 748 267 134 0:40:56
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 16 883 316 158 0:48:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 29 1622 579 290 1:26:55
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 20 1111 397 199 1:00:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 39 2191 783 392 1:56:53
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 49 1367 488 244 1:13:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 59 3333 1190 595 2:57:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 98 2840 1014 507 2:31:03
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 117 3304 1180 590 2:55:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 146 4131 1475 738 3:39:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 292 4131 1475 738 3:39:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 444; Slingshot Hits × 182; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 50; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 29; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 21; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11
Torpidity-depletion: 47.21 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:34
Megalania.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Extraordinary Kibble.png Extraordinary Kibble 9 848 305 153 0:46:03
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 19 1058 380 190 0:57:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 36 2031 730 365 1:47:53
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 24 1345 484 242 1:12:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 48 2719 977 489 2:23:51
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 60 1689 607 304 1:30:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 71 4042 1453 727 3:33:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 119 3475 1249 625 3:03:24
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 142 4042 1453 727 3:33:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 178 5075 1824 912 4:27:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 355 5061 1819 910 4:26:16
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 570; Slingshot Hits × 233; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 64; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 37; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 26; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13
Torpidity-depletion: 54.85 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:43
Megalania.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Extraordinary Kibble.png Extraordinary Kibble 11 1046 378 189 0:56:16
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 23 1292 467 234 1:09:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 42 2385 861 431 2:05:52
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 28 1580 571 286 1:24:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 56 3191 1152 576 2:47:49
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 70 1984 716 358 1:45:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 84 4810 1737 869 4:12:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 140 4113 1485 743 3:35:46
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 168 4810 1737 869 4:12:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 210 6021 2174 1087 5:15:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 419 6007 2169 1085 5:14:16
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 696; Slingshot Hits × 284; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 78; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 45; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 32; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 16
Torpidity-depletion: 62.11 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:52

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 Extraordinary Kibble: 1 ×  Special Egg, 5 ×  Fiber, 1 ×  Giant Bee Honey, 1 ×  Lazarus Chowder, 10 ×  Mejoberry, 1 ×  Water

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Megalania.

General[edit | edit source]

If you can't see them in a cave, they are likely there but not visible. Terrain on walls and ceilings can completely obscure them. You can force them to come out by making them become aggressive by gaining the rage effect, either by having your survivor eat a rare flower or by using a Pachyrhinosaurus's alternate (default C) rage-evoking attack.

By so doing, you can prevent them from springing upon you when you don't expect it. You can force them down from a better distance and more likely engage the battle on your own terms.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Use a grappling hook so the Megalania can't reach you and give you the rabies effect

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Avoid close range weapons such as the Pike. Getting too close can make the Megalania give you rabies. Use weapons like the Crossbow or Shotgun.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The rabies effect can cause health and stamina to drop very quickly.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Like the Thylacoleo, shooting it knocks it down from the ceiling. It spawns on the ceilings of caves like a Thylacoleo spawns on a Redwood forest tree and, like the Thylacoleo, it can't climb back up onto the ceiling. Only tamed Megalania can climb on any surface. Use bear traps as well to slow it down.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Used to move around easier and make exploring easier

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Climbing walls and ceilings: Megalania has excellent mobility, as it is the one of the only creatures in Ark along with the Rock Drake, and the only creature outside of Aberration that can climb on walls and ceilings, while Thylacoleo can only climb walls vertically, Megalania has the ability to climb them horizontally.
  • Mass Infector: The attack of a Megalania can infect a survivor with Rabies, a condition that constantly damages both health and stamina over time. In addition, someone with Rabies can spread it to others around them. An afflicted survivor cannot infect another who is riding the Megalania that spread that strain of Rabies.
  • Cave Crawler: Its ability to traverse many surfaces makes it an almost ideal option for cave exploration, as you can skip most enemies with ease. Although its sub-par melee damage and slow attack may lead to struggled fights, and its turning radius will be troublesome when dealing with Onyc.
  • Hunter:
  • Damage:
  • Transport:
  • Travel:
  • Ambushing Mount: Due to their ability to cling on walls, and the ability to allow you to use ranged weapons while mounted, they make for very good ambush mounts. The last thing most players will expect is to be sniped by a player clinging to a ceiling.
  • Combatant:
  • Guardian:
  • Guard Dog:
  • Defenders:

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Megalania’s climb ability Is possibly inspired by the Giant Komodo Dragons from “Avatar The Last Airbender” live action movie In the scene were the Fire nation uses the Komodo Dragons as mounts and use them to climb the walls of the Water Nation. Dino Dossier was revealed on 12/07/15 on Steam.[3]
  • The original release of the dossier had diet and temperament switched, resulting in an aggressive diet and a carnivorous temperament. This has since been fixed.[4]
  • Megalania is actually no longer a valid genus. The real-life animal is currently known as Varanus priscus after it was concluded Megalania is related to modern day monitor lizards, which belong to the genus Varanus. Despite this, the name "Megalania" is still used to describe the animal as a common name.
  • using the jump-key (Space, A, Cross) you can switch between climbing and walking. If you are currently climbing, switching will make you fall off the wall or ceiling.
  • It appears the Megalania is unable to access the boss arenas much like flyers to avoid the climbing breaking the fights.
  • Cheat-summoned Megalania will be teleported to nearby cliffs and stop moving. If there is no nearby cliff, it will wander and try to attack preys.
  • Wild Megalania can't harm wild creatures. This seems to be an error or glitch, because it approaches to potential prey and shows the attack animation. This quirk is also shared by the Griffin
  • Megalania was the only climbing mount, until the introduction of Aberration, in which Rock Drake is introduced, another mount that can climb ceiling with additional benefits. However, because of the size and the location where you find it, this makes it the only large-sized climbing mount, while Megalania remains the only medium-sized climbing mount.
  • Although an Aberrant Megalania variant exists in the game files and Devkit, they don't spawn on Aberration due to a design choice.[5]
  • Monitor Lizards like the Megalania, or Varanus priscus, were most likely solitary animals like other monitor species, given that living species only congregate to breed and hunt and feed in unorganized groups; living monitors tend to not stay near one another as this increases the likelihood of competition and even possible cannibalism. Ark's Megalania seems to be a tad different in this regard, as they often spawn in groups of 2 or greater.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
258.0 Megalania is added to the game
258.2
  • Fixed Megalania rotation when climbing in certain narrow corridors
  • Fixed attack animation in the water
  • Altered Megalania Kibble recipe to be craftable in Cooking Pot
259.35 Fixed Megalania not being able to climb after server restart
260.0 Added new apex drop, Megalania Toxin
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added Aberrant Megalania, but never implemented spawn locations for the creature on Aberration
275.4 Fixed Megalania not dropping their Megalania Toxin
291.100 Decreased Megalania Torpor loss by 50%

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]