Rock Drake Egg (Aberration)
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|Rock Drake Egg|
|Tremendously nourishing by itself, this egg provides extraordinary nutritional value in many cooking recipes.|
|Consumable (values pertain to Humans)|
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Variant Fertilized Rock Drake Egg
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Rock Drake Eggs are items in the Aberration-DLC of ARK: Survival Evolved. It is used to hatch Rock Drake, can be used to make Extraordinary Kibble (previously Kibble (Rock Drake Egg)) and as a main taming food source for Basilisk.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The Rock Drake can't be bred.
Picking one up in the presence of nearby Rock Drakes (excluding domesticated ones) will cause them to become hostile and attack the survivor.
Acquisition[edit | edit source]
Rock Drake Eggs are only found in The Grave of the Lost, below Element Falls which is behind a twin waterfall. This area has distinct yellow lighting. Along the walls there are many indentations, some of which will contain a nest with a Rock Drake Egg. Upon stealing the egg, any nearby (within the Element Falls) wild Rock Drake will begin to attack the player. The fact there are no usable flying creatures in aberration combined with the wild Rock Drakes' small turn radius and gliding ability during pursuit makes acquiring these eggs quite dangerous.
Because the location is situated within an irradiated area, it is advised to wear a full Hazard Suit. The location is also a possible spot for Nameless packs to emerge as well, so bringing a source of charge light is advised such as Lantern Pets.
Using a Rock Drake[edit | edit source]
If one already has a tamed Rock Drake, they are the easiest way of getting an egg, as it can glide away from the nest, climb around the falls, and is immune to radiation poisoning. Be sure to have it high on health and/or stamina, as the wild Rock Drake will not take kindly to tamed Rock Drakes once the egg has been taken, even when camouflaged.
Without Rock Drake[edit | edit source]
Some creatures are naturally immune to the radiation in the area, such as the Spinosaur and the Megalosaurus. If they are high enough level, they can be used individually or in groups (preferably with mate-boost and imprint for better success) to kill aggressive Rock Drakes after grabbing an egg.
Roll Rat/Ravager[edit | edit source]
Alternatively, a fast mount can be fed Mushroom Brew for radiation protection, such as Roll Rat or Ravager, to get away from the pursuing drakes. Upon grabbing the egg, with Glider attachment equipped, hightail out of the nest to where the dino is parked and run away from Element Falls.
Spinosaurus/Megalosaurus[edit | edit source]
Another way would be to bring a health-boosted dino (preferably one that can be mounted) and park it somewhere above. Then bring a Ravager, along with a few Climbing Pick and a Crossbow fitted with several Zip-Line Anchor (zip line anchors and grappling hooks don't work in the majority of the surrounding area. Structures cannot be placed either. If you do bring Megalosaurus' or Spinos take note that they will be stuck down there if you bring them down the ravine).Position the artificial zip line around the nest to ensure a quick getaway, and lure all the aggravated Rock Drake towards the mentioned dino (ensure to get away as fast as possible to prevent death) to deal with them. Also, using this method requires constantly fighting any Rock Drake nearby when escaping. If you bring Megalosaurus to obtain Rock Drake eggs, be aware of Purlovias, which can ambush you and stun you for 10 seconds.
Karkinos[edit | edit source]
Highly mobile and moderately strong, Karkinos are a great choice, being naturally immune to the radiation in the area. A decent level one is very durable and its twin pincer attack is able to strike many Rock Drakes at the same time. Be mindful, however, that the Karkinos cannot attack while in the air, and due to the fact that Drake hit boxes have priority over others you may find yourself lifted up by a large crowd of angry lizards and unable to fight back. Always try to kill as many as you can before stealing any egg. If patience isn't your deal, be sure to bring at least one tribemate with powerful, radiation-immune creatures (such as mate-boosted or/and imprinted Megalosaurus or Spinosaur), also consider having a Pump-Action Shotgun or Assault Rifle ready to defend you and your tame from the back of your crab.
All caution taken, this method can prove to be extremely rewarding; Karkinos are able to reach any and all nests, delivering your survivor right atop of the desired eggs, which therefore makes you virtually invulnerable to any kind of threat that could otherwise strike you on the way back to the relative safety of a saddle.
Reaper King[edit | edit source]
Possibly the best creature to collect a survivor's first Rock Drake Egg, the Reaper are almost never used mainly for their extremely hard and time-consuming tame; While Rock Drakes themselves are recommended to navigate around the Reaper Queen infested areas, dedicated breeders might find that even a mate-boosted duo of either Spinosaur or Megalosaurus are able to both dispatch unwanted Queens and weaken the desired one with ease. Also, one might consider the used of a structure-covered Paraceratherium to sneak itself down their chamber and later build a trap in order to snare one (refer to Reaper for further information on taming).
Reapers - even middle-leveled ones - are able to either outrun or totally overpower wild Rock Drakes, also, because of their jumping ability (and much akin to the Karkinos) they can reach any nest of your choice (be ready to spend some time "parking" your Reaper). If you choose to run, try to use your jumping ability as much as possible (when just running, your basic speed is roughly the same as, if not slightly slower than wild Drakes). If fighting is the option you chosen, just remember to take the caution to not put yourself between the furious lizards and the corrosive Element ponds, or you might be forced into a very toxic bath.
As a final note, go ahead and get multiple eggs if you can but don't be greedy - most Reaper Kings carry less than 700 points of weight and you don't want to mess around in Elemental areas with more than 50% of your weight capacity in use.
Without any mount[edit | edit source]
Entering the area with hopes of getting an egg without the aid of a mount is a huge foolish attempt, as Wild Rock Drakes will swarm around the thief that is in possession of it. It is however doable, if you plan this right, and its even easier if you are in possession of a full Tek Armor, since you are able to jet upwards with the chestpiece (Assuming you carry enough element to last throughout the run). However, if that is not possible, read the pointers.
Glide from the top of the world, and look down until you are nearing the nests. Once you are close to the nest, watch the surrounding for any camouflaged Rock Drake.
Some pointers to take note:
- Never look back. The Rock Drakes will not stop pursuing especially when gliding.
- Do not engage in any attack. Just run off, remember the objective and do not stray from it.
- Bring multiple climbing picks if necessary. Climbing Picks have durability as this method requires constant climbing.
- Keep both eyes peeled. Even when there are no pursuing Rock Drakes, they are aggressive by nature towards the player alone, and will not hesitate to give chase on sight (Especially since they are camouflaged).
- Never be encumbered or heavy. Rock Drakes moves fast, and having too much weight invites trouble when escaping.
- You can also try to kill the nearby Rock Drakes, although you should always expect more to come. Shotguns are a powerful weapon to use against them; especially if you have more teammates around to help you out
Hatching[edit | edit source]
Rock Drake Eggs require a very low temperature in order to hatch. A minimum of 20 Air Conditioner inside an enclosed room and depending on the location will be needed to reach the required temperature. It takes around 3 days and 20 hours to grow to an adult and they will take Nameless Venom for imprinting and petting but can be rare prompt.
Taming/Breeding multiple Dimetrodon may be a better option as you can pile many of them into a small area and throw the eggs in the middle to incubate them with no electricity need.
Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Prior to ARK: Homestead, Rock Drake Eggs were the first that is only attainable fertilized to be made into a kibble.
- Rock Drake Eggs temperature condition to hatch are the opposite of Wyvern Egg (requires very high temperature).
- Rock Drake Eggs do not despawn, even when their spoil timer is 00:00. These eggs will rot immediately when picked up by a player, while still aggroing all nearby drakes.
- Nests that appear not to spawn new eggs likely have an egg that has clipped into the ground underneath them.
- The command cheat destroyall DroppedItemGeneric_FertilizedEgg_RockDrake_NoPhysics_C is used to clear the server of all wild rock drake eggs that have not been picked up by players.
- Some Rock Drakes appear to remain in a frenzy even after dropping aggro from a player. If the player they aggroed returns, they will sprint to their location as if to attack, then return to normal behavior (Unless they aggro again due to being so close).
- Transferring eggs from one inventory to another within the nest area counts as picking up an egg, and will aggro all nearby drakes.