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Piranha

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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
Piranha
Group
Species
Megapiranha magnadmorsus
Time Period
Late Miocene
Diet
Temperament
Aggressive
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June 2, 2015
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December 16, 2015
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December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Piranha_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Piranha/Piranha_Character_BP.Piranha_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
2 XP
Feces Size
Habitat

 
 Very Common
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Untameable
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Island)

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
 
 Common
 
 Unknown
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Center)

The Megapiranha, or simply Piranha 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.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

Megapiranha magnadmorsus is carnivorous fish found fairly commonly in the rivers and ponds of the island. Its bite is incredibly powerful; I've even seen them break through the armored turtles of the island. Megapiranha has one of the strongest bites, pound-for-pound, of any creature on the island.

Known Information

When encountering a Megapiranha, be on the lookout for the rest of the school. No one Megapiranha is an overwhelming threat, but their tendency to swarm prey can make short work of much larger and stronger creatures. Any given Megapiranha is easy to kill, but killing the entire school can be a daunting task.

Domesticated

Like some of the other creatures on the island, a tamed Megapiranha is best suited as a guard. Their high metabolism makes them require more food than many other creatures, but they are very adept at hunting their own food, particularly the Coelacanths.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Very aggressive to anything that is in their immediate vicinity, they will even attack the mighty Tyrannosaurus, although these attacks usually prove futile. Megapiranha tend to stay in groups of 4-5. In such numbers, they can tear through weak armor in a matter of seconds. Players who cross large bodies of water often find multiple schools converging on them, which can prove a problem even for the most advanced of players.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Traversing the island's freshwater rivers and lakes can be a dangerous proposition, especially when the fearsome Megapiranha is in the area. As large as a coelacanth and far more aggressive, these fish usually travel in small groups to hunt, swarming weak and wounded animals in a flurry of snapping jaws and cutting teeth. The Megapiranha's rough skin and violent behavior make it unmistakable for any other fish species.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Piranha PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
Piranha PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Fin Base
Piranha PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Eye Area and Stripes
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Piranha PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Fins
Piranha PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Patterning


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
Wild
Health.png Health 150.0 +30
Stamina.png Stamina 120.0 +12
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A
Food.png Food 1200.0 +120
Weight.png Weight 25.0 +0.5
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 22.02 +1.1
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed N/A N/A3
Torpor.png Torpor 250.0 +15

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
4Torpor increases every level on wild creatures, but can not be increased once they are tamed.
5The Piranha is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild
Swimming 250 1000


Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Megapiranha bites the target.
0 110 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 22
  • "N/A" is not a number.
  • "Expression error: Unrecognized word "n"." is not a number.
  • "Expression error: Unexpected * operator." is not a number.


Taming[edit | edit source]

As the Piranhas Torpor doesn't rise through normal methods, the only way to get a tamed Piranha is through the usage of the "forcetame"-Command. However it has been confirmed by the Devs that it will become tameable.[citation needed]

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Piranha.

General[edit | edit source]

Any melee weapon will suffice to kill them off, as they have relatively low health. Make sure that you do not stay nearby them for so long, as others will swim over and pile themselves on. At that point, it becomes dangerous. Stepping away from the water removes them as a threat entirely.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Use the range provided by a pike or spear to poke at the Megapiranha from a distance. If possible, lure them to the shore and get them stuck in the shallows. It is not practical to use a ranged weapon, as they swerve often, and only crossbows work underwater. Before crossing a river just get deep enough to see underwater and look around for piranha, wait there long enough for any that are around to come to you, if nothing comes you are safe to cross, if they do come try to stand knee deep until they are pretty close and they may get stuck in the shallows. It is also wise to take a running leap across a river after you have checked it, this will help to clear the distance just in case.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

The best weapons to use are Pikes and Spears because they can hit the piranha without getting close enough for it to fight back. If the piranha is exposed you can hit it with ranged weapons like a slingshot or bow.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Piranha employ swarm tactics to kill their prey. Make sure you stay as far away from them as possible, or if you feel confident, let them gather so you can hit them all at once.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

They have a small health pool, so they do not take a while to be killed if they are singled out and separated.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Although the dossier claims that the Piranha is tameable, it has not yet been implemented in-game.
  • Piranhas can make crossing rivers difficult for survivors starting off in the game. It is recommended to try to find a shallow place to cross or avoid crossing altogether until you get some gear to protect yourself.
  • The Piranha's design is similar to that of the titular fish in "Piranha 3D", a 2010 horror-comedy film.

Gallery[edit | edit source]