Sabertooth Salmon

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Sabertooth Salmon
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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
Sabertooth Salmon
Oncorhynchus grexlamia
Time Period
Late Miocene - Mid Pleistocene
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May 4, 2016
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May 17, 2016
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December 6, 2016
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May 24, 2018
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November 30, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Salmon_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Salmon/Salmon_Character_BP.Salmon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Sabertooth Salmon
admincheat summon Salmon_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Salmon/Salmon_Character_BP_Aberrant.Salmon_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35

1 Can be kept and released in a Fish Basket Aberration Icon.png. Untameable on ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile.

XP For Kill
1 XP
Feces Size

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Spawning Sabertooth Salmon The Island.svg

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Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Sabertooth Salmon or Oncorhynchus 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.


Fairly unremarkable by the Island's standards, Oncorhynchus grexlamia is a generally passive fish. Its main form of protection is swimming in a large school. Oncorhynchus does not like conflict, and generally swims away from anything larger than itself at very high speeds.

Once provoked, however, Oncorhynchus becomes quite aggressive, along with its nearby brethren. It locks onto its prey with its long "saberteeth" and begins draining that creature's blood. This loss of blood is not too dangerous alone, but when a school of Oncorhynchus attack at once, their target quickly loses speed and stamina from blood loss, drowning if it cannot breath underwater.


Like many of the smaller fish found on or around the Island, Oncorhynchus cannot be tamed, but it is often herded and harvested for its resources. In particular, certain cuts of Oncorhynchus meat are considered to have superb quality, and are often referred to as "Prime Fish" used for specific high-end concoctions and taming the Island's many piscivorous creatures.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Sabertooth salmon lazily swim about in schools until a player enters the water, which, at that point, they begin to swim away from the player in all directions. However, if one salmon is attacked and still alive, it and its companions will all rush in to attack the player in a vicious frenzy of tooth and fin until they or the player are killed.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Sabertooth Salmon is a common fish species in the rivers of the ARK, and thus, a popular prey item for many water-dwelling species on the island. It resembles a modern-day salmon in all aspects save for large fangs protruding from its mouth that give the creature its name.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

This section displays the Sabertooth Salmon's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Sabertooth Salmon. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Sabertooth Salmon 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 Sabertooth Salmon's "head, upper body/fins, and tail fin" magenta.

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Region 0:
Head, Upper Body/Fins, and Tail Fin
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.

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Region 4:
Lower Fins
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Region 5:
Lower Body and Fin Tips

Drops[edit | edit source]

Use a Sickle to harvest Raw Prime Fish Meat.

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
Health 65 +13
Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen N/A5 N/A
Food 100 +10
Weight 18 +0.36
Melee Damage 42 +0.2
Movement Speed 100% N/A3
Torpidity 15 +0.9

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.
5The Sabertooth Salmon is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Walking 190 ? ?
Swimming 190 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 Sabertooth Salmon bites the target.
0 150 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 2

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Sabertooth Salmon.

General[edit | edit source]

Sabertooth Salmon very rarely swim alone. Found in groups of 3-4+, provoking one can very quickly become a very bad decision if not prepared.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

When fighting the salmon it is important to remember that their bleed is a killer, so staying near the shore is a viable strategy. Simply swim far enough to hit the fish with a spear or bow ( or crossbow if available ) then swim back. This will aggro all nearby salmon but they will be easy pickings from the shore with a spear or pike.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Long range weapons such as a bow or crossbow can be a cheap and simple way to dispatch of these fish from the shore or shallow bodies of water. Long reaching spears and pikes are also valid options.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

When attacked, a Sabertooth Salmon will usually flee for a few seconds, but will then come back and attack. Any other Sabertooth Salmon in the area will also become agressive and swarm the attacker. Its bleed effect can be devesating to an unequiped player and can kill quickly.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Often limited in health and seems to possess a larger hit box than Piranhas.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Sabertooth Salmon can be 'tamed' using Fish Basket Aberration Icon.png. They can level,however they do not eat from the trough.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

Food Source: Sabertooth Salmon can easily be trapped en masse by use of walls and dinosaur doors, guaranteeing a readily available source of Prime Fish for taming and recipes.




Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The dossier was revealed by Jat on February 1, 2016 [1]
  • The generic name means "hooked nose", referring to the shape of its mouth. The specific epithet roughly means "gregarious swallower", referring to its social nature and ferocity when provoked, but it is incorrectly constructed; the correct form would be gregilamia.
  • Like Coelacanths, they can appear in different sizes.
  • Beyond their fangs, adults of Sabertooth salmon had larger gill rakers compared to their smaller, modern relatives, leading scientists to suggest that the adults ate plankton.
  • Real Salmon lay eggs, however Ark's Sabertooth Salmon do not.
  • Although Sabertooth Salmon can't lay eggs or reproduce they still some how manage to spawn into the Ark worlds.
  • Sabertooth Salmon do not produce feces.
  • Helena wrote in her dossier and notes that Oncorhynchus cannot be tamed. However while her notes say they are untameable that it means that Helena and other survivors who were on the island with haven't learned how to tame them.
  • The art work in Helena's notes show a x right above the picture of a collar. It doesn't mean that Sabertooth Salmon can't be tamed.
  • the Sabertooth Salmon along with the Coelacanth, Leech, Piranha, and Trilobite, all became tamable with the fishing basket introduced in aberration.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]