ARK Aberration Guide: How to Tame a Reaper

The unconventional and horrifying steps required to properly tame a Reaper in ARK Aberration.

The Reaper King and Reaper Queen are horrifyingly mysterious creatures found in the new Aberration expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved. These gargantuan monsters only show up when called by humanoid Nameless creatures, and they have nasty attacks that are really hard for unprepared Survivors to deal with.

You may think to tame one of these fascinating creatures for yourself, but it turns out that they aren't so easily fooled. Wild ones can't be tamed at all, and they don't lay eggs, either, which makes raising a baby Reaper a little hard -- unless you're willing to go through a little hell, that is.

The Reaper Queen has a particularly nasty attack where she uses her tail to impregnate the Survivor with her larva. While you could kill that parasite by exposing yourself to radiation, you also have the option to keep and raise it at risk to your own wellbeing.

So how do you find a Reaper Queen and coax her to impregnate you? And how do you raise and tame the baby Reaper after that? Let's dive in!

Reaper Queen Location and How to Get Impregnated in ARK Aberration

Reaper Queens have a chance of spawning to the call of an Alpha Nameless while 10 or more Nameless surround you. The Nameless creatures pop out of the ground to attack you when you draw near and typically dwell in the areas beyond the Spine.

They have a chance of spawning a Reaper King, too, but that's not what you're looking for. If he does spawn, kill him in order to get another chance at the Reaper Queen. The Alpha Nameless should call another after a while.

After she's arrived, you need to get her down to low health without killing her. Once she's all beat up, just take a Riot Shield and walk up to her, letting her hit you until she impregnates you and runs away.

ARK: Survival Evolved Aberration expansion Guide How to Tame a Reaper Queen Getting Impregnated and Pheromone Glands

How to Raise and Tame a Baby Reaper in ARK Aberration

You're probably going to want to chase after the Reaper Queen and kill it. Looting its corpse offers up valuable Reaper Pheromone Glands, which you'll need in order to survive the birthing process and to be sure the baby Reaper trusts you when it's born. In fact, you'll probably want to farm a few of these.

While in gestation, any XP you earn won't count for you. Instead, the baby Reaper absorbs it all, using it to grow stronger and boost its stat potential. It may be a good idea to farm XP during this time if you're looking for a strong Reaper. When gestation ends, the baby Reaper will burst out of your abdomen and kill you if you don't have the buff from Reaper Pheromone Glands activated.

Do not approach this baby without the Pheromone Glands, either, because it won't hesitate to attack you on sight. It's recommended that you keep it locked in a cage until it's fully imprinted and grown into its Juvenile stage because it won't listen to your whistles or commands. Additionally, you need to be quick about imprinting. If you don't imprint on the baby Reaper in time, not even the Pheromone Glands will save you from it. It'll attack you again all the same.

As a carnivore, they'll need Raw Meat to grow big and strong, so make sure you feed them plenty of it. Prime Meat and Mutton goes further, but I wouldn't fuss too much about it. Just feed them whatever meat you have on hand and they'll grow up just fine.

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Now you can finally tame the wilds of Aberration with your very own Reaper. For more tips for surviving alongside dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures, be sure to check out the rest of our ARK: Survival Evolved guides.

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Autumn is a freelance writer that grew up on GameFAQs walkthroughs trying to suss out how to get through her favorite PC and Nintendo games. These days she's a capable game pioneer, mapping out guides and tips so players of all skill levels can join in on the fun.

Published Dec. 16th 2017

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