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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Time Period
Logo Steam.png 268.0
September 3, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 762.0
September 23, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 514.0
September 9, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Phoenix_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/ScorchedEarth/Dinos/Phoenix/Phoenix_Character_BP.Phoenix_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

2 Although the Dossier says no.

XP For Kill
6 XP
Special Loot Chance

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Spawning Phoenix Scorched Earth.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Phoenix, also classified as Firebird, is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. This creature can only be found in Scorched Earth.

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.


Among the most mysterious of all flying creatures, much of what is known about the Phoenix exists in legends which have been told through generations. These myths have often changed through the passing of time but one constant is the belief that fire represents cleansing and renewal. The Phoenix embodies this process through its everlasting cycle of death and renewal!

Extreme heat-waves in the desert seem to initiate the rise of the Phoenix, while the end of this so-called "Super Heat" precipitated the creature's reversion into ashes. While the Phoenix seems ambivalent to most wildlife, if provoked its ferocity is evident in its ability to set targets aflame with a single bite.


Attempting to pacify a Phoenix is, quite literally, playing with fire. The Phoenix must be continually set ablaze in order to be tamed. I've seen many turned into dust and ash in the attempt. After it has been pacified, the Phoenix will regain its vitality when it is aflame!

Although its compact size prevents the Phoenix from being ridden, its aggressive enflaming has proved to be invaluable in battle.

Plus, it can quickly roast up tasty cooked meat and refine raw ores at any time, as a living furnace!

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Phoenix can only be found during superheat events in Scorched Earth. The Phoenix never lands and will fly high up in the sky.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Phoenix, put simply, is a large flaming bird.

Due to its fiery nature, the Phoenix can be easily spotted at night. During the day, however, it's more difficult to find. On PC this can be fixed by pressing Tab and typing "Gamma -1".

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Phoenix PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
Phoenix PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Beak and Feet
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Phoenix PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Feather Highlights
Phoenix PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Underbelly and Wing Highlights

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 640 +128 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 352 +35.2 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 1500 +150 +10%
Weight 324 +6.48 +4%
Melee Damage 14 / 232 +0.7 / +1.15 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0%
Torpidity 200 +12 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 260 637 910 5
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A
Flying 600 1470 2100 3

Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 400 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 14
Fireball (Rider) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
75 6000 0 6000
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 0 3
Melee Rake Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 400 150 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 23

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 Phoenix.

General[edit | edit source]

The Phoenix runs from a fight so to battle one you must give chase.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Avoid using Wyverns which may be burnt by the Phoenix, although if the Fire Wyvern comes into play, only use the bite attack instead of the breath.

Even though a Fire Wyvern is said to be the best method of taming a Phoenix, trapping it with a Quetzal and using a Flamethrower is much easier and can be done before a Heat Wave ends.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Any weapons you can wield while mounted and chasing the Phoenix will work. Be aware that fire tames heal the Phoenix instead of damaging it. Try to use the Lightning and Poison wyverns to attack it, as the breath attacks are also long range.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Phoenix itself poses little to no danger to either the player or mounts. However, since the Phoenix can only be found during the Heat Wave event in Scorched Earth, beware of the temperature and nearby predators.

Weakness[edit | edit source]


Taming[edit | edit source]

The Phoenix is only found on the Scorched Earth map during a Heat Wave weather event.

The Phoenix can be found in a random location a good distance up in the sky (approximately where Tapejara fly as well). The Phoenix must be struck with flaming weapons in order to tame. This includes the Flamethrower, Flaming Arrows and Fire Wyvern breath. When struck by fire, the taming bar will increase minutely. It takes a long time, and If the process is not completed before the Heat Wave ends the Phoenix will disintegrate into a pile of ashes. The Phoenix will spawn from the same ash pile at the start of the next Heat Wave.

It should be noted that if a Phoenix can be found while outside a Heat Wave, it cannot be tamed by blowing fire on it. Phoenixes will spawn above their ash heaps at the start of the next heatwave. It is possible to catch them in a cage to ease taming if you can find an ash heap or track a living Phoenix to the end of a previous Heat Wave event. The cage should be at least 5 walls high because they spawn above their ashes, not in them. The Phoenix can fly through any opening except a single doorway.

Also, it appears that once a Player hits a Phoenix with fire the taming progress does not regress, damage does not undo the progress, and Phoenixes do not lose any levels as a result of damage taken while taming. It will lose taming effectiveness when waiting too long between "hits" with fire. Additionally it seems that no one else can finish the tame except the tribe that started it.

Once tamed, the Phoenix will eat only Sulfur. It can not land, and must be mounted/dismounted in the air.

Taming Methods[edit | edit source]

Flame Arrows
Hitting a flying Phoenix with a Flame Arrow is rather hard, and they are by far the least effective in taming progress. The arrows themselves do impact damage while the flames do not. However damaging the Phoenix during taming won't hurt the effectiveness of the tame.
Flying after a Phoenix and drenching it in fire with the flame thrower is effective; though you will need a lot of gas and 2 or 3 flamethrowers to complete a high level tame.
Fire Wyvern
By far the most efficient, and fastest method of taming a Phoenix is to search for it and follow it with a high stamina Fire Wyvern. The Fire Wyverns breath is the most effect for taming progress, and keeping up with a Phoenix in the air is easier with a Wyvern.

In patches previous to 269. You were able to tame the Phoenix out side the heatwave by torching its ashes. As of patch 269 the devs confirmed that the Phoenix can no longer be tamed outside of a heatwave.

If you know where their Ashes are, and you don't have means for multiple flamethrowers, or access to a Fire Wyvern, mark the spot exactly, and bring some oil jars with Fire arrows/Single working flamethrower, break the jar on the spot the ashes exactly are, and light it on fire, Each Oil jar's fire lasts for a significant time, and this may be the 'cheapest' single method to taming a Phoenix after 4-5 jars (Not Tested)

Utility[edit | edit source]

Controls[edit | edit source]

The Phoenix has four attacks:

Lmb, RT, R2, which triggers a simple, fairly weak, bite and applies DOT burn damage.
Rmb, LT, L2, which launches a fireball that applies DOT burn damage only (no immediate hit damage).
Talon Attack
C, Right Stick, Right Stick, which triggers a talon attack that does more immediate damage than the bite and does not apply DOT damage. This attack can also mine rocks and metal nodes.
Rocket High Speed
Space, A, Cross triggers a rocket-like high-speed move that damages and burns anything that it hits or that touches the fire trail behind it.

Roles[edit | edit source]

Travel Mount
Despite what the dossier says, Phoenixes can be ridden, even without a saddle. Phoenixes have a special attack that allows them to traverse at an extreme speed, and being in the air, little to no obstacles to block your path. Level stamina and weight.
Golem Killer
Phoenix fire burns Rock Elementals for considerable damage.
Living Campfire/Forge
The Phoenix will passively cook Raw Meat and Metal placed in its inventory. This makes it a useful mount for travel, as survivors can cook their kills without having to set up a campfire; it is a superior way to harvest Raw Prime Meat and Raw Mutton, as there will be no lag time before the meat starts getting cooked. It can also be used to smelt metal into Metal Ingots and to refine Oil and Hide into Gasoline. The Phoenix provides these functions in the same quantities as the Campfire and Refining Forge but cycles much more quickly; it does not approach the capacity of the Industrial Grill and Industrial Forge, though. However, the use of the Phoenix as a travel mount or smelter is hindered by its relatively low Weight.
The Phoenix can gather many resources with its peck (Lmb, RT, R2) and claw attacks (C, Right Stick, Right Stick). The claw attacks are required for harvesting metal as the peck doesn't damage rocks.
Silica Pearl Farm
Instead of Feces, the Phoenix poops out clams that can be harvested for Silica Pearls.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Stone.png Stone N/A
Flint.png Flint N/A
Wood.png Wood N/A
Thatch.png Thatch N/A
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat N/A
Metal.png Metal N/A
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat N/A
Crystal.png Crystal N/A
Obsidian.png Obsidian N/A
Hide.png Hide N/A

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Additional Notes[edit | edit source]

  • After taming, the Phoenix will eat only Sulfur.
  • If the Phoenix is hit by fire it heals considerably. Most noteably with fire wyvern breath, it heals the most, and fire wyverns are by far the most effective at taming them too. (Phoenix fire does not heal the Phoenix, but it is immune to it).
  • The spawn commands SpawnDino and Summon work, but you will not see the Phoenix unless it is Superheat. Use the command ce start_superheat to start and ce stop_superheat to end the Superheat. However, you can use the commands SummonTamed Phoenix_Character_BP_C or GMSummon "Phoenix_Character_BP_C" [level] to spawn a tamed Phoenix that is visible. For further instructions see Console Commands. The ce start_superheat command can be used again in the middle of Superheat to extend the heat wave without the Phoenix despawning if you need more taming time.
  • In order to spawn a Phoenix in another maps different from Scorched Earth be sure use a command that spawns a tamed creature, e.g. gmsummon "Phoenix_Character_BP_C" 100. Change 100 for the desired level (gmsummon adds 50% levels taming bonus). Because superheat is only available in Scorched Earth there is no chance to tame a Phoenix or spawn an untamed one elsewhere.
  • The bite attack (Lmb, RT, R2) and claw attack (C, Right Stick, Right Stick) can both be used to harvest organic materials from corpses. The claw attack can break rocks so the Phoenix can harvest metal directly.
  • Despite being constantly on fire, the Phoenix is not a source of heat and provides no hypothermal insulation.
  • As of the first week after release, the Phoenix's Fireball appears to do no damage. However, it does do damage, although the Phoenix is not credited for it. It also appears that the fireball does very small amounts of damage to metal structures. (Retested after most recent patches. It no longer does damage to structures. Presumably it was a bug)
  • Update 268.12 increased the Phoenix's Health by 50%.
  • Update 268.2 significantly upgraded the Phoenix's stats: "Increased Phoenix weight-carrying capacity by +200%, made Sulfur add +200% more food to Phoenix, reduced Phoenix Food consumption rates by 60%, increased Phoenix fire DoT by +200%"
  • If transferred over to the Aberration Map, the Phoenix is not immune to the sunlight debuff, in fact, it will die very quickly.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Dossier was first revealed on August 18, 2017.[2]
  • Phoenix can be cloned, but must first be ‘grounded’ using a Meglosaurus or Snow Owl. To recover from this state you will need to cryo phoenix and throw it back out after starting the cloning process.
  • The Phoenix was first found in the DevKit in September 2016.[3] However, there was no offical statement on the Phoenix at the time, leaving room for speculation. In June 2017, Jen said on Twitter that the Phoenix was scrapped.[4]
  • Along with the creature model, there was a Phoenix saddle found in the dev kit, which implies that the Phoenix was initially planned to be rideable. In August 2017, Jeremy has tweeted that he is unsure of whether or not to make the Phoenix rideable.[5] In the first version of the dossier, the Phoenix was said to be unrideable. However, on August 24, 2017, Jeremy confirmed that the Phoenix will indeed be rideable.[6]
  • On August 5, 2017 it was announced in Community Crunch 99 that The Phoenix would have been added to Scorched Earth on the 29th of August as a thank you for making the Expansion so successful.
  • The Phoenix, Onyc, Giant Bee and the Meganeura and are the only flying creatures that cannot land. The Phoenix is also the only flying creature that can regain Stamina while being ridden in the air.
  • The Phoenix fireball attack (right-click) does not draw aggro to the Phoenix. This allows you to slowly kill off troublesome or dangerous creatures with little worry of a counterattack. However the Phoenix does not get credited experience if a creature dies from the DoT of the fireball.
  • There is currently a bug where the Phoenix will stop smelting metal and cooking food. The origin of the bug has yet to be deciphered or documented, and persists through server restarts. You must upload the Phoenix to an obelisk and then download it to fix the bug.
  • Picking up a Phoenix with a Megalosaurus and then letting it go will cripple the Phoenix's ability to fly above ground level or use its Flame Dash (Spacebar). At this point the Phoenix is considered grounded and will take fall damage if you move off a steep edge. It is unconfirmed but it is speculated from personal coincidence that this can also wreak havoc on servers since server latency skyrocketed after colliding the Phoenix with a catwalk. A server restart will fix the Phoenix's ability to fly but the server latency issues are still untested, if even relevant to the situation.
  • The unique dynamic wing texture that causes the illusion of flame is created the devs placing a red secondary feather texture under the main body mesh. These textures will clip together and make the dynamic flame like texture we see on the Phoenix.
  • When spawning it in, the Phoenix may take a second to actually appear.
  • Real birds lay eggs so a realistic Phoenix would be able to lay eggs, however, just like its mythological interpretations, Ark's Phoenix does not lay eggs.
  • Phoenix has the largest turning radius in the entire game, it barely turns around when it advancing by holding space.
  • The Phoenix is the only creature left from Scorched Earth that's still exclusive to scorched earth because Ragnarok took everything else.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]