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Swimming is an important part of ARK: Survival Evolved. Players can mount tamed creatures and swim on their backs, which allows them to travel quickly and access areas that are not as easily accessible without swimming equipment. Swimming also allows players to access underwater caves.

Being submerged consumes a player's oxygen, so players must occasionally come to the surface, or use swimming equipment. Swimming also consumes stamina. Swimming on the surface of the water is slower than being completely submerged.

Swimming-related Items[edit | edit source]

Gear[edit | edit source]

  • SCUBA Mask.png SCUBA Mask — allows players to see more clearly.
  • SCUBA Tank.png SCUBA Tank — supplies oxygen to players wearing it.
  • SCUBA Leggings.png SCUBA Leggings — provide a large amount of hypothermal insulation.
  • SCUBA Flippers.png SCUBA Flippers — multiply a player's movement speed by 2.5x while underwater, but halve movement speed while walking on land.

Consumables[edit | edit source]

  • Lazarus Chowder.png Lazarus Chowder — Eating will significantly decrease the rate at which you consume oxygen for 10 minutes. (The ingame description mentions 15 minutes, which is an error)

Rideable Swimming Creatures[edit | edit source]

The following creatures can be mounted by players.

Species / Common Name Diet Temperament* Saddle Level Amphibious Anaerobic** Surface***
Anglerfish.png Angler Carnivore Aggressive to small fry, otherwise skittish No Saddle Required No Yes No
Baryonyx.png Baryonyx Carnivore Territorial

(Aggressive at close range)

49 Yes Yes No
Beelzebufo.png Beelzebufo Carnivore Defensive 25 Yes Yes No
Carbonemys.png Carbonemys Herbivore Defensive 25 Yes Yes No
Giant Beaver.png Castoroides Herbivore Defensive 55 Yes No Yes
Diplocaulus.png Diplocaulus Carnivore Passive No Saddle Required Yes**** Yes No
Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus Carnivore Territorial (Aggressive at close range) 40 No Yes No
Ichthy.png Ichthy Carnivore Curious 10 No Yes No
Manta.png Manta Carnivore Aggressive 25 No Yes No
Megalodon.png Megalodon Carnivore Aggressive 45 No Yes No
Mosasaurus.png Mosasaurus Carnivore Aggressive 75, 85 (platform) No Yes No
Plesiosaur.png Plesiosaur Carnivore Aggressive 60, 75 (platform) No Yes No
Sarco.png Sarco Carnivore Aggressive 35 Yes Yes No
Spinosaur.png Spinosaur Carnivore Territorial

(Aggressive at close range)

60 Yes No Yes

* Their actual temperament, whatever their dossier says.

** Creatures that don't need air.

*** Tamed creatures that will surface if unridden.

**** Diplocaulus, while amphibious, cannot be ridden on land. The player must open the radial menu to ride them, while the dino is in the water; the player will be forced to demount once they reach a point where Diplocaulus and the player begin to walk.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Swimming on the surface of the water will slow you down slightly.
  • Swimming also consumes Stamina.png Stamina. If you run out of Stamina, you will swim much slower and surfacing will be much slower, causing potential death by drowning.
  • Skilling Oxygen.png Oxygen also increases your swimming speed.
  • By putting Oxygen.png Oxygen on a non water dinosaur it will gain a bit of speed.