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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
Rock Drake
Species
Draconis obscurum
Time Period
Unknown
Diet
Temperament
Aggressive
Logo Steam.png 275.0
December 12, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 768.0
December 12, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 518.0
December 12, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon RockDrake_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/RockDrake/RockDrake_Character_BP.RockDrake_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

1Adults cannot be tamed, but Wild Eggs can be hatched.

Data
XP For Kill
4 XP
Special Loot Chance
100%
Feces Size
-90 - -80 °C / -130 - -112 °F
Incubation Time
6h 14m 58s
Baby Time
9h 15m 33s
Juvenile Time
1d 13h 2m 11s
Adolescent Time
1d 22h 17m 45s
Total Maturation Time
3d 20h 35m 32s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

Aberration Map.jpg
Aberration regions are still in-progress.
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (Aberration)


The Rock Drake is one of the Creatures in the Aberration-DLC of 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

Draconis obscurum is a magnificent example of a predator that has flawlessly adapted to its environment. It is surrounded by cavern walls, so it developed powerful claws with which to scale them and colorful plumage on its anterior limbs that let it glide from perch to perch.

But most dangerous of all? Its active camouflage, which lets it fade into the shadows and stalk its prey undetected.

It has even adapted to the Nameless and The Reapers. Draconis' feathers will raise in warning when they are near, and this massive elegant lizard seems to be the Reaper's only natural enemy.

Domesticated

With its unparalleled mobility and undeniable power, Draconis obscurum is a highly sought after mount. Survivors who successfully bring one back from its nesting grounds will suddenly find these caverns much easier to traverse, and that their enemies have become their unsuspecting prey. Even its saddle and rider are affected by its active camoflage, so a Survivor's enemies will never see them coming.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

  • Found mainly in the bio-luminescent and radioactive areas, Rock drakes make for a major threat and are a highly sought after tame.
  • Upon seeing a player (Using a tamed rock drake's camouflage ability will prevent this unless in possession of their egg or standing directly close to them.), they will instantly attack them and are able to pursue them even up walls and in the air.
  • On top of this, they are very often found in large spread out groups which makes them hard to escape.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

  • The Rock Drake's most distinguishable feature is its feathers. These aid in its glide ability, and are most likely used as a display to rivals or possible mates. In the presence of Reapers, these feathers will frill and their holographic tips will glow.
  • Atop their heads, Rock Drakes bear a small bat wing-like crown. This may aid their hearing in darker cavern areas where they cant see as well.
  • Rock drakes bear a thick layer of colourful osteoderms running down their whole topside. Again, the colourful arrangement may be related to mating and/or rivalry.
  • In their camouflaged state, all that can be made out of a rock drake is a shimmering effect with a faint blue line going around its edges.





Color Scheme and Regions

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

Rock Drake PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body Main
Rock Drake PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
FeathersMain
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

Rock Drake PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Feathers Highlight
Rock Drake PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Scales
Rock Drake PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Belly


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.png Health 1950 +165.75 +4.05% -1050
Stamina.png Stamina 450 +22.5 +5%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 2000 +200 +10%
Weight.png Weight 400 +8 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 602 +3 +1.7% -25% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 725 +43.5 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 650 1820 2047.5 6
Swimming 600 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Rock Drake bites the target.
20 1100 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 60
Toggle Climbing Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 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
Toggle Camo Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Rock Drake camouflage itself from view, along with the mount rider and the saddle. Getting hit may lose the camouflage.
0 0 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
Pounce_DirectHit Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 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
Pounce_AOE Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 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
Bite (Climbing) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
20 1000 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 60

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]

Rock Drake
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.

Press C to toggle camouflage on/off.

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]

Rock Drake
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]

• Wild rock drakes are almost always found using their cloak ability and will reveal themselves upon being attacked.

• Similar to the Griffin.png Griffin, rock drakes will deal damage to nearby creatures when they hit the ground in a fast enough stop. If landed on the creature itself, the creature will be knocked back drastically, which can be fatal in cliffs.

• If pursued by a rock drake when not on a dino, a good method of escape would be the use of a Glider Suit (Aberration).png Glider Suit Aberration Icon.png, although they are capable of pursuing via glide. It is not perfect but offers your best chance of escape.

• They are not capable of sustained flight, but can glide for long distances effectively.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

• Attacking one rock drake will aggro every other within a proximity, which can be fatal if you are riding a low-level/weak mount. Powerful mounts, such as Karkinos.png Karkinos are suggested. They are susceptible to Chain Bola.png Chain Bola, which you can use on an isolated Rock Drake and then kill it.

• When a wild Rock Drake takes damage, its cloak will fall and make it easier to see.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

• It is possible to use all tools and weapons from the back of a rock drake. This, paired with its wall-climbing and cloaking ability, can make for a useful ambush set up. Note that when you activate a tool or weapon whilst riding a Rock Drake, you are no longer covered by the camouflage ability and may aggro nearby creatures.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

• The main danger associated with Rock Drakes is how hard they are to escape. They can climb after a player up a wall faster than climbing picks, and can even follow whilst you are gliding.

• Their camouflage ability means that they can easily go unseen by you.

• If stealing a Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png from the nests, be warned that there are many Drakes, some may be hiding behind obstacles, this can lead to you being swarmed very fast if you're not careful.

• If you're using your own Drake to steal eggs, keep in mind that the wild Drakes will still chase you, even if you cloak

  • Rock Drake have great knock back resistance, even with Reaper's Tail Whip.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

• Even when camouflaged, Rock Drake's give off a blue shimmer, this can give their position away.

• Rock Drakes cannot actually fly and they rarely glide in the wild. This can make it easy to escape if you have a Zip-Line Motor Attachment (Aberration).png Zip-Line Motor Attachment Aberration Icon.png and a nearby zipline. Be careful when using it though, as Rock Drakes can destroy the zip line in one or a few bite.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Wyvern.png Wyvern on Scorched Earth, adult Rock Drakes cannot be tamed. In order to obtain a tamed Rock Drake the player must steal and hatch a Rock Drake Egg (Aberration).png Rock Drake Egg Aberration Icon.png, which can be commonly found in the Grave of the Lost; a region located in the deepest pits of the Aberrant Ark, at the very bottom of the chasm between the Luminous Marshes and the Overlook.

Reaching the Nests[edit | edit source]

Reaching this area on foot is of itself a dangerous undertaking; requiring hazmat gear (bring spare suits, it's a long trip) to combat the radiation all the way to the nests, charge light to keep the Nameless at bay, and a brief run through Reaper Queen territory. A strong, swift mount that is immune to radiation is a must for the long road down to collect your first egg; attempting the theft without tames is more than likely suicide. To reach the Grave of the Lost, start on the Southern end of the Crystalline Swamps, and enter The Spine region, but be careful not to stray too far East into Element Falls, where Reaper Queens spawn en masse. From there, follow the literal, giant metallic spine overhead once you locate it, and it will guide you down to where you need to go. Once in the Grave of the Lost, the nesting grounds are on the Southern side of the chasm, near two element waterfalls, which are passed on the way down, whereas on the North side is the terminal that allows entrance into Rockwell's arena.

Stealing an Egg[edit | edit source]

Once you have found the actual nests, there are yet more hurdles to cross than just the dangerous trip down. The nests themselves are located on the walls of a small chasm, that spreads throughout a miniature cave system along the Northern half of the Grave. Some areas of this chasm can be entered and exited on foot, but these are few compared to the areas that if a tame does in fact fall into the ravine, most creatures will not be able to crawl back out. Tamed Reaper Kings, Karkinos, and Rock Drakes are among the few, if only creatures that can escape these pits if they fall in, so be very mindful of where you step. If the tame you brought down with you cannot jump out of these chasms, they will have to be left behind up above while you climb down with climbing picks to snatch an egg. If you are going after your first egg and do not yet have a Rock Drake of your own, a tamed Reaper is by far the second best option for this task; able to get in and out of the chasms, jump to most if not all nesting alcoves along the wall, and is more than capable of taking down mass swarms of angered Drakes.

Once an egg is stolen, the nearby Drakes will begin to swarm and attack, which can be deadly if you have not yet reached your mount. A good strategy is to target and kill any and all Drakes you find before snatching the egg; using a long ranged weapon to tag one and bait it into combat with your mount. This can be rinsed and repeated with as many Drakes you think you can handle at once, until most or all have been dealt with, but always assume there is one camouflaged somewhere that you missed, and be ready for a swift retreat to your mount once an egg is grabbed.

The act of adding a Rock Drake Egg to your inventory, or the inventory of your mount, will aggravate every nearby Rock Drake to attack you, even if you are riding on one yourself. This mechanic can be used to "switch aggro" to another player if you draw too many Rock Drakes to fight, by having them move a Rock Drake Egg from their inventory to the inventory of their mount - the game treats this as if it was freshly stolen and the drakes will attack the new target.

Raising Your Drake[edit | edit source]

Unlike most eggs, Rock Drake eggs require a very low temperature to incubate properly, beating Quetzal.png Quetzal in lowest temperature requirement to hatch. Hatching the egg requires a massive amount of air conditioners or a group of Dimetrodon with high damage stats to increase their insulation.

Once hatched, the babies cannot be fed Raw Meat.png Raw Meat like most other carnivores. Like Wyverns, they require a special food to raise them, and will not consume meat until they are fully grown. Unlike Wyverns however, the act of getting this food is far easier than having to tranquilize a wild female for milk. Growing young Drakes require Nameless Venom (Aberration).png Nameless Venom to stave off starvation; each feeding providing 400 food points, and they may even ask for it when imprinting. This venom is rarely obtained from killing (and harvesting from) Nameless.png Nameless, an easy task if you have a good, strong mount, and simply walk around the bio luminescent areas of the map without a charge light to draw them out. While baby Drakes loose food points more slowly compared to other young creatures, it is still a good idea to build up a small stockpile of venom before hatching the egg. The venom spoils quickly in a player's inventory, but can last for several hours in a tame's, and even longer in a Preserving Bin.

For a possible means of finding out what your baby Drake will be like before it hatches, like Wyverns, the colors and stats of the baby that hatches out of the egg is dependent on the parent that laid the egg in the nest. For example, if the parent that was guarding the egg has a green body Region one and sky blue body Region 5, the baby will hatch with the the same colors. The stats the baby is born with are determined the very same way. Finding out which egg belongs to which Drake though can be rather difficult, as there may be many Drakes with the same level around the eggs that they guard.

An important thing to note; if you chose to hatch your Drake in an inside, protected area, adult Rock Drakes do not fit through Dino Gates or the Giant Trapdoor. If you haven't built a Behemoth Gate then make sure to get the adolescent drake outdoors before it fully matures.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Rock Drakes cannot have their speed stat leveled, like flying dinos. However, unlike flying dinos, Rock Drakes can swim (and are faster in water than running on land), do not dismount the rider upon entering water, and can attack while swimming. This makes it an extremely versatile mount.

Similar to the Glider Suit, the Rock Drake must maintain speed by sloping downward slightly while gliding or it will stall, causing it to pitch downward sharply. While gliding, if the Rock Drake is close enough to a surface (which is a pretty good distance, 20-25 foundations), a blue crosshairs will appear while looking at the surface.

If the rider left clicks with this crosshair up, the Rock Drake will pounce forward towards that surface and then cling to it (automatically engaging wall climb mode, if necessary). Unlike the glide, this jet doesn't have any issues with going upwards, and the rider can pitch the camera sharply upwards and trigger the pounce before stalling, causing the Rock Drake to pounce to a significantly greater height. This pounce is also available while moving around on the ground, with similar effect.

Roles[edit | edit source]

Cave Travel: Although Aberration lacks fliers, the Rock Drake makes for an extremely mobile mount, as it is able to traverse up and down every surface, and go upside down much like the Megalania.png Megalania, although stamina will not be regenerated as long as it is not touching the ground. Along with this, it is also able to glide for long distances (this will drain its stamina).

Dismounting the Rock Drake while it is still on a wall or ceiling will not make it fall down unless called to follow.

Reaper Seeker: Their feathers will frill up and glow slightly in the presence of Reaper.png Reaper Kings not owned by own tribes, and any Reaper Queen.png Reaper Queens. Their head will often turn left and right to locate them when idle and mounted, even if they are up front and close.

Camouflage: Rock drakes have the unique ability to turn themselves (and their rider) invisible. When in this state, all wild dinos will ignore the player unless attacked. Being invisible will slowly drain the drakes’ stamina. While mounted on a camouflaged Rock Drake or standing behind one that is camouflaged, turrets owned by hostile players will also be unable to target or engage the survivor.

Transport: The Rock Drake can carry a single additional passenger, though be wary of combat whilst carrying a passenger, as the passenger is damaged by attacks against the Rock Drake and is not covered by the Rock Drake's camouflage ability.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat N/A
Hide.png Hide N/A

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The creature was first announced on October 13, 2017.[3]
  • As seen in the trailer, the Rock Drake is capable of turning itself and its rider invisible.
    • Its camouflage behaves more like a futuristic cloaking device rather than natural invisibility. This ability may be a side effect of Rockwell's theory; that traces of Element have slowly seeped into the genetic code of the Aberrant Ark's flora and fauna.
  • Rock Drake spawns with vast variety of color regions in the Wild, currently making them one of the two dino with the most varying color spawns.
    • This shares a trait with Tamed Reaper.png Reaper King with its midsection color region.
  • The Rock Drake's species is called "Draconis obscurum", which roughly means "Obscure or Dark Dragon" in Latin.
  • Like a Wyvern, a Rock Drake's max level on Difficulty 5 is 190.
  • Once Tamed, Rock Drake won't be able to jump and glide unless ridden.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • A Rock Drake's gliding ability is tied to whether it is sprinting or not. Normally, jumping while in sprint mode will cause your Drake to go into a glide upon the jump. A bug exists where if your Drake is currently set to sprint mode and you dismount it, then remount it, its glide ability will no longer be used when sprint is activated, but instead it reverses as your drake manually returns to walking speed upon dismount, and will begin to glide every time you jump during normal walking speed. This can be debilitating during gameplay, as when running from a Reaper while jumping, expecting to go into a glide, you can instead end up falling to your death into a pit of element water. To easily fix this bug when it appears, put your drake back into sprint-mode, dismount, then remount again and the effects should re-reverse themselves.
    • This bug can be exploited, as when your Drake starts to glide during walking speed instead of having to go into sprint mode, gliding costs significantly less stamina, allowing you to glide further distances.
  • Leaving a Rock Drake in climbing-mode on certain natural surfaces outside your render distance may cause it to warp elsewhere.
    • If it did not fall into a void, it can still be claimed with whistle as long as you are within a few distance from it. Using Transponder Node.png Transponder Node and Transponder Tracker.png Transponder Tracker makes it easy to track them.
  • When an object is in the rider's hands, such as a gun, and even your map, your Rock Drake cannot glide. The Drake will even stop gliding in mid-air if an item is brought out. To fix this, simply put away the item in your hands, and your Drake will begin to glide normally again. This is similar to the issues Griffins have, as they cannot preform their aerial dive when the rider currently has the map or weapons in hand.
  • After dismounting, a Rock Drake might start walking away from its dismount location for no known reason, even if it is following the player. It may continue walking indefinitely or stop just a short distance away; requiring you to chase after and remount it to get it under control. This bug is occasionally tied to whether or not climb mode is activated, turning climb mode off before dismounting will sometimes prevent this bug.
  • Sometimes wild creatures can see through a Drake's camouflage ability, and will pursue to attack regardless of whether it is active or not. Any creature that will attack a Drake however, such as Nameless, will normally only attack if the Drake is spotted before camouflage is activated, if it is quickly deactivated then reactivated, are attacked while camouflaged, or you dismount then remount the currently camouflaged Drake. To tell if the bug is present and a certain creature can indeed see through the Drake's camouflage, be sure to avoid those four indicators.
    • Oddly, not only can wild Wyverns see through a Drake's camouflage, but their aggression range also increases substantially whenever a tamed Drake is near them. Wyverns will spot a Drake from an incredible distance, home in to attack it, and will only stop pursuing once the Drake gets out of draw distance. There is no confirmed explanation, nor fix to this bug at this time.

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