Want a Reaper in ARK Survival Evolved? Then note that they cannot be tamed or bred as you know it. How to find a Reaper Queen and what you have to do to have your own Reaper at ARK is explained below.
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1 ARK Survival Evolved | How to Tame and Breed Reapers Explained
In a nutshell, to get a Reaper, you need to find a Reaper Queen, weaken her, and get her to fertilize you. You are then the ones who must birth and imprint the Reaper baby on you.
This is an adult Reaper (right) and a baby Reaper (left) in ARK Survival Evolved. Have fun pairing (image source: screenshot and edit spieletipps.de).
Reaper Queen in ARK – base stats and locations
In order for you to be able to breed your own Reaper, you must first of all find the spawn point of a reaper queen. So far, this has only been possible on the Aberration map, with which Reapers were first integrated into ARK Survival Evolved. By the way, the R-Reaper Queen can only be found on Genesis 2.
The Queen resides in the deepest depths of the map, teeming with radioactivity – so you’ll need a radiation suit! Go to the southeast of the Aberration map. The radiation protection suit is also important because the Reaper babies inside you are also sensitive to radiation and could die!
So once you’ve found a Reaper Queen, it’s best to lure her out of the beam area so you can fight in peace. Before the fight, find a good place to build your Reaper Trap – yes, you need a trap, more on that in a moment. The community likes to recommend the location at LAT 59 and LON 72. From here you can also easily get to the spawn points of the Reaper Queen.
The following list shows you important basic values of the Reaper Queen, so you know what to expect:
- Health: 45,000
- Stamina: 480
- Food: 3,000
- Melee Attack: 85
Build a trap and get impregnated by the Reaper Queen
The Reaper Queen is gigantic (although it can’t compete with the biggest dinos in ARK) and therefore needs a big trap. You have to lure her in and lock her in so that you can then attack her until she fertilizes you, i.e. puts the baby in your breast.
The Youtube channel nooblets.com has built a great trap and developed a good strategy to bring down the Reaper Queen without taking much damage themselves. In this video you can see the trap and the entire process in detail:
- In the video above you can see what we think is a perfect trap, which the following picture shows you. The pillars are there so that you can continue to move underneath and attack the captured Reaper Queen. The dinosaur gates on the sides ensure that she also walks into the trap. They end at the sides with the rocks. At the front you then build a large bear trap, which holds the Reaper Queen in place so that you can close the entrance with another gate.
With this trap you can easily catch the Reaper Queen (Image source: Youtube video by nooblets).
Next, nooblets declares that their distance is sufficient Build a Tower Ballista and Charged Lanterns, which you use to illuminate the Reaper Queen to increase the damage you deal with the ballista. You can also go into battle on your strongest dinosaurs instead. What is important, however, is that you hold on your shoulders an animal that produces charged light.
If you’ve trapped the Reaper Queen, now you must keep shooting them with the ballista until their health drops below 2,000 HP. Alternatively, you attack with the dinosaurs. But make sure you don’t kill the Reaper and minimize the amount of attacks if he looks too bloody.
As soon as the queen is ready, she will you attack with the fertilizing attack and in this way implant a baby in you. You can tell that she’s ready by the pink-purple aura that surrounds her.
Be sure to turn off all lanterns and lights now, otherwise the Queen won’t impregnate you!
Wait for the Reaper Queen to get down on all four paws and snap her tail forward. Go near her and don’t be afraid. In order to make you fertilize, she has to catch you with this cock. Then it’s best not to move at all, so as not to accidentally run out of the tail again.
After planting a baby inside you, the Reaper Queen will remain there for a moment and then burrow into the ground to disappear. You should take this moment to kill them because then you will be rewarded with 20x Pheromone Gland. You need this in the further course of taming or rather breeding – whatever you want to call what follows now. Since you are also almost dead yourself because the monster lets you live with only one HP, you should also heal yourself.
Give birth to a strong Reaper baby
You can now decide for yourself how strong your Reaper baby will be. This happens during the incubation phase, because now you normally have 12 hours to fatten the baby with XP. Increasing the egg hatch time gives you much more time to level up. The Little Reaper’s level is equal to the Reaper Queen’s default level plus whatever XP you get. But maximum plus 75 levels.
Time stops when you are not online, so you don’t have to worry about missing out. However, there are a few important things that you should definitely keep in mind during pregnancy:
The Reaper Baby will absorb every single XP from kills. During this time it is only possible for your character to level up by building. All kill XP goes into the baby.
The smallest amount of radiation can kill your baby Reaper. It is therefore incredibly important that you always have a radiation protection suit with you and also have more as a spare in your inventory. Protect yourself completely during pregnancy.
If you die, it does not interrupt your pregnancy. However, it is not without consequences. The baby will still remain in your body, but the hatching time and level will reset and you’ll have to do all the work again.
By killing a Reaper Queen you earn quite a lot of XP and can still farm her pheromones. You need them to impress the baby on you. So we recommend you to farm some Kill-EP for your child in this way.
Imprint the Reaper on himself
If you have fed your baby enough XP and the time display is getting smaller and smaller, then you should still take care of build a space where you will deliver the baby. The height of the walls must be at least two wall lengths, since the Reaper can jump over them with a simple one.
You have to be about 50 seconds before the time is up, that is 50 seconds before the baby reaper hatches, ingest the reaper queen’s pheromone and make sure it is active. Consume another when the effect wears off (duration 300 seconds). That way the baby will probably think you’re being his mother and not attacking you.
If you have collected a lot of meat, your Reaper baby will always be full (Image source: Youtube video by nooblets).
The Reaper baby will hatch from your body and you must imprint and feed it on you as quickly as possible. You use tons of raw meat for this. However, the reaper baby will not respond to any of your commands and whistles until it has entered the youth phase (after about 9 hours). Until then, you must leave it in your homemade box.
When you run out of pheromones, you can still open your baby reaper’s inventory and feed it. However, it will always attack you during this time. So wear proper armor. Once you have a juvenile reaper in front of you, you won’t need the pheromones anymore.
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