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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Lutra peloso
Time Period
Early Miocene
Steam.svg 267.0
August 29, 2017
Xbox One.svg 762.0
September 23, 2017
PS.svg 514.0
September 9, 2017
Logo Mobile.svg 1.1.04
November 21, 2018
Nintendo Switch.svg 599.0
November 30, 2018
Epic Games.svg 311.74
June 11, 2020
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Otter_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Otter/Otter_Character_BP.Otter_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Otter
admincheat summon Otter_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Otter/Otter_Character_BP_Aberrant.Otter_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
Variant X-Otter
admincheat summon Snow_Otter_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/BiomeVariants/Snow_Otter/Snow_Otter_Character_BP.Snow_Otter_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
16 XP
Gestation Time
7h 56m 11.428s
Baby Time
2h 6m 15.757s
Juvenile Time
8h 25m 3.028s
Adolescent Time
10h 31m 18.785s
Total Maturation Time
21h 2m 37.57s
Breeding Interval
18h - 1d 15h 40m

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

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

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter Ragnarok.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter Extinction.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Otter Valguero.svg

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

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Otter Aberration.svg

Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Otter Crystal Isles.svg

Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning X-Otter Genesis Part 1.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Otter is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

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.


Found along the Island’s many inland waterways, Lutra Peloso have become exceptionally adept at hunting and foraging. This species of Otter has to be particularly cunning because of its diminutive size, and fierce competition for its preferred food source: fish. It is not a creature that excels at combat, and would not naturally pose an intimidating threat to any predators.

Finding packs of river Otters is simple enough: They are distinguished by their elongated bodies, bushy tails, and webbed feet. Their trusting and inquisitive nature ensures they are often hunted for their lustrous fur, but many prefer to tame them to become trusted companions.


There are few creatures which provide the companionship that Lutra Peloso does. Rather than traveling beside you, it would prefer to comfortably rest on your back, providing insulation. Once domesticated, it can be told to harvest fish on demand, with a specific goal in mind from the fish that it consumes, the otter has a knack for foraging silica pearls, and can even yield a slight chance at finding black pearls within!

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Otters spend most of their life in the water, darting rapidly around without wandering too far from their origin. They target fish, from which they can harvest raw fish, silica pearls and black pearls. They can harvest meat from dead corpses too but, after taming, they only eat fish.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The otter is a very small animal, easily overlooked, and clearly resembling the modern otter. Their short, lustrous fur is brown, and when on land they move with a distinctive loping gait.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Otter PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
Body Main
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.

Otter PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Body Stripes and Highlights
Otter PaintRegion5.png
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 40 +8 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 180 +18 +10%
Oxygen 600 +60 +10%
Food 400 +40 +10%
Weight 30 +0.6 +4%
Melee Damage 10 +0.4 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 70%
Torpidity 350 +21 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 170 ? 344.25 255 5
Swimming 250 ? ? ? ?
Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Otter bites the target.
0 170 0 400
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

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]

The Otter is a friendly creature and will attempt to flee when attacked, so be ready for a small chase.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Because of its low health, even a Spear can make quick work of an Otter.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Otter poses essentially no dangers to even a low-level survivor, but its decent speed in water can quickly lead a survivor into a more dangerous area.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Very low HP, can be easily killed by Piranhas or swarms of Salmon.

Taming[edit | edit source]

The Otter is passively tamed in a manner similar to the Hesperornis. Fish must be killed, and their corpses dragged to the Otter. While still holding the fish, press E, Y, Triangle to feed the fish to the Otter.

Larger fish, and fish killed by the Ichthyornis, provide a higher taming percentage per fish.

While they can be tamed by a solo survivor, having a buddy along to follow the otter while the other gathers the fish will ease the task of re-locating the tiny, fast animal for feeding.

In ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, the Otter is passively tamed using Raw Fish Meat or Raw Prime Fish Meat. When taming on land the taming effectiveness is lower and the taming bar drops in between feeding.

Argy Fishing: It is possible for an Argentavis to pick up an otter right out of the water, provided the otter is close to the surface and the Argentavis doesn't touch the water. Simply fly on the waters surface, grab the Desired otter and bring it to land. If the Otter is in the Argentavis's Talons, drop the Otter and pick it up with the beak. You can then land, and the Otter will remain stationary for you to bring fish to. Additionally, if Ally Looking is enabled, the Argentavis will lean the Otter towards you. Note that if the Argy attacks anything while the Otter is in its beak, it will instakill the Otter! Make sure nothing hostile is nearby if using this method, or have the Argent on Passive!

Grappling Hook: You can use a Grappling Hook with a Crossbow to reel in the Otter for an easy tame

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Early Hunter:

The relative ease of taming an Otter can provide early survivors with a reliable food source as the Otter retrieves fish for them to cook, staving off hunger until better food sources can be acquired.

  • Pearl Collector: The Otter's ability to collect Silica Pearls and rarely Black Pearls from fish can provide early survivors - and even advanced survivors with no ocean presence - limited access to these resources until survivors have the ability to go diving for large concentrations themselves. However, as they have a limited Oxygen supply, leaving them on aggressive, even if following a creature out of water, can cause them to drown if a large fish spawn occurs, or they get trapped behind or under something under water. This severely limits their use as an automatic gatherer of any resource.
    • Tip: Keep them away from Piranhas, their low health makes them easy to be killed. Kill fish by yourself and make them gather the corpses. Otters can work in a team with Ichthyornis ( Ichthyornis brings fish, otter collects (prime) fish); however the otter seem to not collect pearls in this case.
  • Portable Insulation:

Like the Dimetrodon, the Otter provides a stacking insulation effect to nearby survivors. Unlike the Dimetrodon, however, the Otter can be carried around on a survivor's shoulder, which allows a passive insulation bonus while out and about. Leveling the Otter's Melee Damage increases the amount of insulation provided, granting approximately 75-82 hypothermic insulation and 34-38 hyperthermic insulation per 100% melee damage (converted to per-100% for readability; the actual value increases per %).

  • Artifact Transporter

Since the Otter's introduction at ARK's launch, it has been able to store as many of the same Artifact as its weight allows*; despite the fact that no other creature, including players, in ARK can hold more than one of the same type of Artifact. This is a feature, not a bug. This is not applicable to ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile as the creature can not carry Artifacts.

  • Companion/Pet

Because of their all around cuteness, Otters are a popular pet among survivors, especially with the ability to put a hat on them.

  • Backpack

Only half their weight is put on your shoulder, meaning you can carry extra weight (Level Weight).

  • Wingman

The Otter will attack opponents from your shoulder if they are within melee range. Although the damage isn't much, the extra hits could mean the difference between life and death for the survivor. (Level Melee Damage)

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls ★★★★☆
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat ★★★★☆
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat ★★★☆☆
Black Pearl.png Black Pearls ★★★☆☆

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Otter was first revealed on August 5, 2017.[2]
  • Although the Dossier states they are omnivores, they are in fact piscivores and only eat fish meat.
  • Otters will not receive a pack bonus when staying nearby other wild or tamed otters.
  • The in-game scientific name translates as Hairy Otter, there is no such real-world classification. This may be a reference to the character and series, Harry Potter.
  • In ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, the Otter cannot transport any Artifacts.
  • Real Otters are social animals that live in a group called a romp, however Ark's Otters don't have this behavior.
  • You want to pet it

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
267.0 Otter is added to the game
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added Aberrant Otter
279.252 Fixed Otter Weight limit not working properly
306.41 Genesis: Part 1 Expansion Release Added X-Otter

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]