Find out everything you need to know about the Direwolf in our ARK: Survival Evolved guide. But also how to catch him, tame him, feed him, and breed offspring too.
The Direwolf is primarily found in ARK’s snow biomes, where he and a pack will attack anything that moves in his field of view. The pack bonus also increases the pack’s attack while lowering the damage they take.
This is the Direwolf in ARK: Survival Evolved
Appearance: The direwolf is an oversized wolf that you often find in ARK’s snow biomes.
Wild: The direwolf lives in packs of 3 to 4 of its own kind and together with them attacks everything that comes into its field of vision. So if you’ve attracted interest, the leader of the pack will howl, which gives all pack members a boost and initiates the attack on you. All Direwolves will then pounce on you to make you a feast – even your mount is not safe. Flying creatures are best for escaping, as wolves are extremely fast and will chase after you.
Tamed: If you have tamed a direwolf, you not only have a cuddly and fast mount, the direwolf gets a bonus in the pack. This bonus increases the damage of attacks by 5% per pack animal (max. 4 wolves per pack). The highest level wolf becomes the leader, which in addition to the damage bonus gains the ability to howl, causing the pack’s attack damage to increase by 50% and the damage they take from an attack to increase by 50% for 90 seconds 25% discount.
How to tame the Direwolf in ARK
How to hunt a Direwolf: The Direwolf will attack you in a pack, so watch out for other animals nearby. For this reason, take enough bolas with you to establish the pack first. Once you have all arrested, you can now stun and tame them one after the other, or finish them off.
But you can also go to an elevated position, for example, a large stone, or directly on your flying animal and shoot at the wolves from a safe distance.
How to tame him: Once he’s unconscious, it’s best to put the kibble or meat in his inventory and feed him that. To keep the stun value up, it’s best to use anesthetic or narcoberries. Normally, the Direwolf shouldn’t need any extra sedation.
How to feed a Direwolf in ARK
Once you have tamed your direwolf, it is important to know what it likes to eat. Direwolves are carnivores, which of course makes the choice of food easier.
- Superior Kibble:
- Ingredients: 1x Large Egg,1x Prime Meat Jerky, 5x Fiber, 2x Citronal, 2x Rare Mushroom, 1x Sap, 1x Water
- Ingredients for Prime Meat Jerky: 1x Cooked Prime Meat, 1x Oil, 3x Sparkpowder
- Kibble (Carnotaurus Egg):
- Ingredients: 1x Carnotaurus Egg, 1x Savoroot, 1x Cooked Meat, 2x Mejoberries, 3x Fiber, 1x Water
- Raw Mutton:
- Received by gutting Ovis.
- Cooking turns it into the Cooked Lamb Chop
- Raw Prime Meat:
- Gained when gutting larger creatures
- Cooking turns it into Cooked Prime Meat
- Raw Prime Fish Meat:
- Raw Meat:
- Earned by gutting a creature
- Cooking turns it into Cooked Meat
- Raw Fish Meat:
- Received from gutting fish
- Cooking turns it into Cooked Fish Meat
How to breed the Direwolf in ARK
This is how you prepare for breeding: If you have a male and female specimen, at best you build an enclosure that is large enough. Put both dinos in the pen and set them to “wander” via the command menu. Alternatively, you can also switch directly to “Pair”, but then there must always be a player nearby, otherwise the pairing will stop due to the rendering.
A direwolf’s mating interval is between 18 and 48 hours.
After successful mating, if you play on default settings, the female Direwolf is pregnant for about 4 hours. After these 4 hours, you can welcome the little Direwolf pup into the world. As a puppy, it takes up another 5 hours of your attention, during which you have to keep putting food in its inventory. Pay attention to the embossing intervals every 8 hours to tickle the greatest potential out of the baby.
Once it gains juvenile status, it can feed on its own. The entire ripening time takes about 2 days and 1 hour.
Beginner tips on breeding in ARK can be found here:
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