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Snow Owl
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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Group
Species
Bubo chinookus
Time Period
Post-Holocene
Diet
Steam.svg 285.104
November 6, 2018
Xbox One.svg 779.29
November 6, 2018
PS.svg 528.23
November 6, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Owl_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/Dinos/Owl/Owl_Character_BP.Owl_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Snow Owl (Gauntlet)
admincheat summon Owl_Character_BP_Gauntlet_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Gauntlet/Arctic/Owl_Character_BP_Gauntlet.Owl_Character_BP_Gauntlet'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
8 XP
Drops
12 - 13.5 °C / 54 - 56 °F
Incubation Time
2h 56m 27.389s
Baby Time
5h 26m 47.842s
Juvenile Time
21h 47m 11.369s
Adolescent Time
1d 3h 13m 59.211s
Total Maturation Time
2d 6h 27m 58.422s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat





Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Snow Owl Extinction.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Snow Owl (Sno-Aoul) is one of the Birds in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

Discovering Bubo chinookus was a pleasant surprise. Owls are remarkable creatures, but they're not the type that could survive an extinction level event on their own. Since it never strays from the patch of frozen tundra we encountered, I believe the Obelisk was the key to its survival.

Clearly a descendant of modern Strigdae, Bubo shares many traits with its smaller ancestors. For example, it excretes waste in the form of pellets, which make excellent fertilizer, and their large wings let them save energy during long, silent flights. They even hunt in the same way: by diving towards the ground to attack their prey with powerful talons.

However, these talons also secrete a chemical with a high freezing point to slow down their prey, and they can even unleash this chemical in a wide cloud, temporarily freezing their foes.

Domesticated

With its swift flying and frigid attacks, Bubo makes an excellent single-rider support mount or scout. The latter is helped by its tremendous vision, which it can share with its rider via its antenna. Not only does this make enemies easier to see, but Bubo can also spot Element veins with ease, even when they're underground.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The majestic and giant Snow Owl flies around the Snow Dome, occasionally landing to kill an animal or rest. It's an aggressive creature towards nearly everything in sight, and can easily spot any animal in hiding due to its heat vision. Perfectly accustomed to its habitat, it is for sure one of the most powerful predators in the Snow Dome aside from the massive Dire Wolf packs roaming the snowy forests.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Snow Owl is a massive owl that prefers to live in very chilly regions. It looks and handles similarly to an Argentavis, though it usually has whiter colors for camouflage, has a thicker body, and a larger tail. Its face is wrapped tightly by tendrils of corrupted element, and its eyes look almost robotic in nature. Its wings are incredibly long, and the ends are usually tipped with a darker color than the body, typically being gray or black, with the legs and head usually matching that color. Crowning the top of its head are four large antennae that give it heat vision capabilities, which through these antennae it can share with its rider.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]




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

This information can be used to alter the Snow Owl's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Snow Owl's "body main" magenta.

Snow Owl PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
Body Main
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Snow Owl PaintRegion2.png
Region 2:
Wing Highlights
Snow Owl PaintRegion3.png
Region 3:
Spots
Snow Owl PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Body Lower
Snow Owl PaintRegion5.png
Region 5:
Body Highlights

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 325 +65 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 350 +35 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 2000 +200 +10%
Weight 375 +7.5 +4%
Melee Damage 25 +1.25 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +0%
Torpidity 600 +36 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 260 ? N/A N/A 4
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ?
Flying 600 ? 1680 1680 0.325
Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 650 60 400
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 25
Encapsulate Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 0 0
PredatorVision Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 0 0

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]

Snow Owl

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]

They have very high speeds and utilize a dive bomb attack similar to the Griffin. It can also curl up and freeze itself in place, during which time it will heal itself and others around it. However it will not use any special abilities in the wild.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A Crossbow or Rifle can be used to kill the snow owl without taking much damage. The owl, much like the Argentavis, will attack anything near it relentlessly until it dies, so melee weapons and mounts can also be used.

It should be noted that the Snow Owl takes reduced damage from headshots, so aim for the body.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Use a ranged weapon - a Crossbow, rifle, or compound bow will work perfectly here.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Snow Owls are very fast and commonly come in a group of 2 or 3. They take less damage from headshots with ranged weapons as well. If fighting a player with a Snow Owl, they can dive, freeze and heal all at once. Snow Owls have a higher base damage than a Argentavis, and they are also faster.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

It has wide turning radius, much like Griffin, so circling around it can kill or knock it out easier.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Snow Owl.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 2 0 0 0 0:01:12
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 4 0 0 0 0:02:14
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 4 0 0 0 0:02:14
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 6 0 0 0 0:03:20
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 8 0 0 0 0:04:27
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 10 0 0 0 0:02:47
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 12 0 0 0 0:06:40
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 19 0 0 0 0:05:26
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 23 0 0 0 0:06:24
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 29 0 0 0 0:08:04
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 57 0 0 0 0:07:55
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 60; Slingshot Hits × 25; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 7; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 4; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:33:20
Snow Owl.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 3 0 0 0 0:01:47
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 6 0 0 0 0:03:20
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 8 0 0 0 0:04:27
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 11 0 0 0 0:06:07
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 15 0 0 0 0:08:20
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 18 0 0 0 0:05:00
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 22 0 0 0 0:12:14
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 36 0 0 0 0:10:17
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 43 0 0 0 0:11:57
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 54 0 0 0 0:15:00
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 108 0 0 0 0:15:00
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 165; Slingshot Hits × 68; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 19; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 11; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpidity-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:54:58
Snow Owl.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 4 0 0 0 0:02:23
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 9 0 0 0 0:05:00
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 11 0 0 0 0:06:07
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 16 0 0 0 0:08:53
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 22 0 0 0 0:12:13
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 27 0 0 0 0:07:30
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 32 0 0 0 0:17:47
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 54 0 0 0 0:15:25
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 64 0 0 0 0:17:47
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 80 0 0 0 0:22:14
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 160 0 0 0 0:22:14
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 273; Slingshot Hits × 112; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 31; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 18; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7
Torpidity-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:09:49
Snow Owl.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 6 0 0 0 0:03:34
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 12 0 0 0 0:06:40
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 15 0 0 0 0:08:20
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 21 0 0 0 0:11:40
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 29 0 0 0 0:16:06
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 36 0 0 0 0:10:00
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 43 0 0 0 0:23:54
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 71 0 0 0 0:20:16
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 85 0 0 0 0:23:37
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 107 0 0 0 0:29:44
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 213 0 0 0 0:29:35
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 381; Slingshot Hits × 156; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 43; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 25; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 18; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9
Torpidity-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:20:35
Snow Owl.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 7 0 0 0 0:04:09
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 15 0 0 0 0:08:20
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 18 0 0 0 0:10:00
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 27 0 0 0 0:15:00
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 36 0 0 0 0:19:59
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 45 0 0 0 0:12:30
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 53 0 0 0 0:29:27
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 89 0 0 0 0:25:25
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 106 0 0 0 0:29:27
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 133 0 0 0 0:36:57
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 265 0 0 0 0:36:49
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 489; Slingshot Hits × 200; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 55; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 32; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 23; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12
Torpidity-depletion: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:29:03
Snow Owl.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 8 0 0 0 0:04:45
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 17 0 0 0 0:09:27
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 22 0 0 0 0:12:14
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 32 0 0 0 0:17:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 43 0 0 0 0:23:52
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 53 0 0 0 0:14:44
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 64 0 0 0 0:35:34
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 106 0 0 0 0:30:16
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 127 0 0 0 0:35:17
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 159 0 0 0 0:44:10
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 318 0 0 0 0:44:10
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 597; Slingshot Hits × 244; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 67; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 38; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 27; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 14
Torpidity-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:36:01

Note that the values are for optimal cases, always bring extra supplies!
For a level-dependent count of resources needed, try an external taming calculator.

Ingredients for Superior Kibble: 2 ×  Citronal, 1 ×  Prime Meat Jerky, 1 ×  Large Egg, 5 ×  Fiber, 2 ×  Rare Mushroom, 1 ×  Sap, Water

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Snow Owl can be knocked out through the standard Knockout method using Tranq Arrows. However, the Snow Owl may die if arrows are used as the owl has fairly low base health, especially if it has been in a fight. Using a Longneck Rifle with Tranq Darts is advised.

Similar to Argentavis, you can trap it in a taming pen to prevent it from flying away.

The snow owl is a fairly hard tame to tranq ( 27 regular tranq darts ) but once tranqed you will need no more narcotics for even a level 150. If you dont have enough resources for a trap then kite it with a managarmr or an argentavis ( Be wary of speed ) while carrying another player on the argentavis and having that player shooting it with tranqs.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Transport: Much like other flyers, this creature is excellent for getting around the map, due to the Snow Owl's fairly high speed and decent stamina. The speed is enhanced, as it can glide much like a Griffin. If you are used to the flying mechanics of a Griffin you will be right at home with the Snow Owl. It is even more useful in dangerous areas such as Sulfur Fields or Ragnarok's Murdersnow, due to the ability to heal the rider while frozen, making the hypo/hyperthermia less of a problem. Also, imprinted Snow Owls have increased movement speed which gives them an even better edge over their flying competitors. (Level Weight and Stamina)
  • Carrier: While not as capable of carrying items as the Argentavis or Quetzal, the Snow Owl can carry more than a Pteranodon, and faster than an Argentavis and even a Pteranodon while gliding. Its enhanced stamina allows it to travel long distances. (Level Stamina and Weight. Health is optional depending on PvP circumstances.)
  • Battle Mount: The Snow Owl has similar combat abilities to the Argentavis, able to be used both as a damage dealer and a Hit and Run while gliding. If the Snow Owl is injured, it can fly away to heal by freezing itself. (Level Health, Damage, and Stamina.)
  • Scout: The Snow Owl has the ability to sense any target with its infrared vision, using default button C (Predator Sense). This is useful for PvP if you're chasing enemy survivors through thick foliage and need to retain vision.
  • Dive-bomber: Like the Griffin, the Snow Owl can dive straight down and swipe targets. Unlike the Griffin though, when diving straight to the ground, all enemies around the point of impact will not be killed, yet slowed for 5 seconds, and giving them damage resistance. The Snow Owl dives completely silently.
  • Support: Using Alt Fire (Default Rmb) the Snow Owl is capable of freezing nearby creatures by holding Alt Fire. This process also heals nearby creatures, which means enemies as well. This lasts 3 seconds after the owl thaws out. When used in mid-air, the Snow Owl will perform an Ice Crash, dropping like a rock and freezing any creature where the owl lands for ~5 seconds. This will consume stamina per creature frozen, potentially exhausting your Snow Owl. Be mindful of when you use this ability. This ability can be paired with tames to deal damage while not taking any.
  • Tame support: The Snow Owl can be a tamer's best friend since it has so many qualities to help with taming. First off, it is the only creature that can heal wild creatures. This is very useful for taming high torpor/low health tames (Gallimimus, Dire Bear) since you can tranquilize them and heal them up if they look like they're about to die, then proceed to knock them out. Secondly, their ice crash ability (freezing in the air) can be useful to even knock Quetzals out of the sky if you land on their backs. This can allow you to conventionally trap it after it hits the ground. (Do note that you have to initiate flight after hitting the back of the Quetzal or you will take heavy fall damage, potentially killing your Snow Owl in one fall if you're not careful.) They can also freeze Gasbags and deflate them, allowing for more damage to be dealt in knocking them out. Lastly, by holding down the ability to freeze you can lock a creature in place to be trapped. You can still place structures while riding on the back of a frozen Snow Owl, allowing you to trap creatures while they're frozen.
  • Healer: The Snow Owl can freeze itself and other Creatures to regenerate health and get a heavy damage resistance, however they cannot do anything while frozen. This costs about 250 stamina per second and heals units for about 40 health per second and can not be improved. This is better for healing smaller creatures.
    • In Patch 286.103, when changing the heal mechanic, it was mentioned that the heal was based on the owl's base health. Individual tests noted that, with 8500 total health, about 60 hp per second could be reached. More testing is needed to be sure if this is how it works.
  • Fertilizer: The Snow Owl spews out ('defecates') Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png which provide 50,000 units of Nitrogen, slightly lower than Fertilizer.
  • Loot Producer: The Snow Owl Pellets are also used as food for the Gacha to obtain valuable loot from Gacha Crystal Extinction Icon.png
  • Travel: The Snow owl is similar to the Argentavis in terms of speed, but its dive ability gives it an edge over the Argentavis. In addition to this, it is the only flyer who gains speed if imprinted, which gives it an edge over its flying competitors. With great speed and exceptional stamina, it makes for a great traveling companion.
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  • Aerial Attacker:

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ?

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Snow Owl, see the relevant Wikipedia article.

  • Its scientific name,Bubo chinookus , possibly means "Owl with the Foehn wind" in Latin. The 'Chinook' is Foehn winds which is a type of dry, warm wind that occurs in the downwind side of a mountain range.
  • Wild Snow Owls can't harm wild herbivores, but will still proceed to attack them relentlessly. This is a trait shared by the Griffin which some of its abilities is shared from.
  • Bolas could be used at the release of Extinction, but this was unintended and fixed in v286.103.
  • There is a bug when freezing another player while they are immobilized by a Bola, after the freezing player thaws they can move while the Bola effect is still present on them.
  • Prior to v287.100, attacking corpses will cause it to receive Rapid Regeneration much like Argentavis.
  • When performing the glide mechanic, if the Snow Owl lifts up right before it's supposed to hit the floor, the Snow Owl will land but still walk at the speed it was flying. If the Snow Owl takes off while walking, its speed will double. This can be used over and over, causing the Snow Owl to be the best flyer to traverse the map and escape threats, and is a trait shared with Griffin.
  • By doing the freeze ability whilst on the ground is a viable method for producing Snow Owl Pellets. Be mindful of its Food however, as constant consumption of Stamina will cause the food to drop.
  • The Icon that appears for Feces when it defecates is colored pink, similar to how Gasoline (Gas-Crafted) Aberration Icon.png is colored pink in a Chemistry Bench.

You can use the Snow Owl's healing ability to keep baby Dinos alive if you run out of food. Healing the baby above the maximum hp it can have at its current maturation percentage is pointless, as the hp will go back down to the maximum it can be.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
309.53
  • Players recover 50% faster from the frozen state left by the Snow Owl dive
  • Removed the Snow Owl heal effect on enemy players and enemy-tamed creatures (wild creatures are still affected)
  • Snow Owl dive slow has been reduced to 2.5 seconds

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]