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It should be noted that there is a limit of 10 players and 20 tames allowed into any boss arena per attampt. (Flyers are not allowed into boss areans except the Scorched Earth DLC boss arena - Manticore Boss fight, due to limitations on official servers but can be changed on private servers).

There is also a limit on which dinos can be added. This is governed by the creatures actual weight. This is not to be confused with the carry weight and is a separate ingame weight referred to as its "drag weight". To make things easier the only dinos that can not be uploaded into a boss battle incude the 

  • Brontosaurus
  • Diplodocus
  • Dodo Rex
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Paracer
  • Rock Elemental
  • Titanosaur
SPOILER ALERT! This next part will include tactics used by the bosses and strategies on how to take them down. So if you prefer to go in blind and find your own way through, continue at your own risk.

Broodmother Lysrix

The Broodmother is a giant spider that can be summoned from the Obelisks floating around the island. Activating the Obelisk will summon a randomly selected level Broodmother. To summon this boss you need to bring the following and place it all into the inventory of the Obelisk.

Tributes to enter (resources needed)

8 Megalodon Teeth, 4 Tyrannosaurus Arms, 4 Argentavis Talons, 2 Sauropod Vertebra, and 1 of each artifact; Hunter, Pack, Massive, Clever, Skylord, Devourer. The artifacts are hidden deep in the caves scattered across the island, each with its own unique cave.

Throughout the fight, this boss will summon groups of smaller spiders, the kind you find in the caves, to send against you. In addition to a normal melee strike, the Broodmother will spit out several balls of acid in front of her. This acid will damage your health as well as increase your torpor so make sure you bring Stimberries or Stimulants. She will also shoot out sticky webbing which will slow your movement speed considerably.

One way to take down the Broodmother is to always be on the opposite side of the Obelisk from her. This will give you the distance you need to avoid her ranged attacks and time to take out the spiderlings before they get too close. As for any creatures you brought with you, you can either set them to attack your target to have them go after the Broodmother while you focus solely on her. You can also place them on either aggressive or neutral which will have them attack the smaller spiders, essentially giving you cover. In any case, all it will take is a good amount of firepower to take out the Broodmother.

Another strategy used by some is to build a metal tower near the Obelisk and stand at the top of it while firing down on the boss. Whichever strategy you prefer is up to how much of a fight you like your prey to put up. After the fight you should have the Spider Flag in your inventory. While some people claimed to have tamed the Broodmother, others are convinced that it is not possible without cheats. Until more testing has been done on this you'll have to find out for yourself.


The Dragon is currently only available in the Survival of the Fittest total conversion mod without using admin commands. For those with admin powers on unofficial servers or players in solo mode, a new admin command can be used to summon the Dragon into the game. At some point in the future the Dragon is planned to be an endgame boss similar to the Broodmother. At this point however, the only "natural" way to encounter the Dragon is by playing the SotF game mode.

The Dragon will show up part way through a SotF match and will be tamable once it lands on the center platform. To tame it, simply put meat into its inventory. The last person to put meat into the Dragon will be the one that claims the tame. Once tamed, the Dragon can be ridden by 1 person at a time for approximately 10 minutes on Official servers before it will turn on the rider. While mounted, the rider can walk, run, or fly for modes of travel and can bite or breathe fire to attack. The fire breath will actually place a burn debuff on enemies that will continue to do damage.

After a certain amount of time or with 20% left in the game time the Dragon will disappear. Once the timer hits 0 and everyone is forced onto the center platform another countdown will start. If there is no winner when the sudden death timer expires the Dragon will again be summoned. As a side note, the Dragon will not attack anything unless a rider is on it. This means that while untamed the Dragon will not retaliate if it gets hit. It is entirely possible to simply kill the Dragon instead of taming it. The strategy behind killing it would be to gain the massive EXP boost to your tribe and any dinos.

Once the Dragon is introduced to the main game as a boss this section will be updated with a proper strategy on how to summon and defeat it.



We know so far that these current bosses are not the final end game boss. Information on that is to be added by studio Wildcard and details are yet to be obtained. 

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ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved is an open-world dinosaur survival game.

The 10 Most Powerful Bosses in Ark, Ranked

Ark: Survival Evolved is a fascinating game that has players survive a hostile world populated with dinosaurs by banding together with other survivors and taming the dinosaurs to their personal use. But as players expand their power through the creation of tribes and bases it’s quickly revealed that there are greater threats on the island than the common dinosaurs they’ve been fighting and taming.

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In Ark, there are bosses that rule the world: powerful dinosaurs and other beings that have carved out a territory for themselves and become absolutely monstrous when threatened. Here are the most powerful bosses found in Ark and how to beat them.

Updated on October 7, 2021, By Ben Baker: Determining the Ark Boss difficulty ranking is no easy feat. Mechanics change all the time, new content is added that can make the fights easier, and players come up with clever strategies. Yet even with the expansions and the addition of the Mek vehicle these ten monsters reign supreme with the King sitting on top. Given how difficult these Ark Bosses are to face it seemed like a good idea to mention some of the tames players should be taking into battle. Honestly, the Mek is always the right answer, but it isn’t always practical or cost-effective so here are some additional options to consider.

10 Desert Titan

The Desert Titan is easy to kill, but only if the player has tamed a Managarmr which is difficult to do. If the player has a Managarmr then it’s a matter of dispatching the minions with a powerful rifle then attacking the Desert Titan directly by dashing forward, attacking, and then backing off before getting hit by lightning.

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It’s one of the few bosses that can be easily tackled solo, but it takes skill and as mentioned the ownership of a Managarmr, without it this can be a tough fight.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Desert Titan

  • Mek – A Mek with an MSCM can shred the Desert Titan from a long-distance allowing you to deal damage without being in harm's way. While this is the best method it’s incredibly expensive and time-consuming to get a Mek with an MSCM so it's not ideal for everyone.
  • Managarmr - Great brawler for facing the Desert Titan head-on.
  • Lightning Wyverns – Their lightning attacks can make short work of the Desert Titan, though the flocks and stamina management may be an issue.
  • Astrocetus – equip one with a Tek saddle and you drop bombs on the Desert titan. Bonus damage for teammates using the turrets. Just be wary as it’s a slow tame and can leave you vulnerable to retaliation.
  • Argentavis – A large enough flock of these can overwhelm the Desert Titan and act as meat shields for the lightning attacks. While effective it requires sacrificing quite a few Argentavis.

9 Forest Titan

If you had a Managarmr for the Desert Titan then you’ll want to use it for the other Titans and the Forest Titan is no exception. The only reason the Forest Titan is considered more difficult than the Desert is that you will need a group of Rexes with you to join the fray.

Once the Forest Titan has been summoned it can spawn poisonous trees that make it tough to fly, which is where you want to be. So you’ll need the Rexes on the ground to prevent those trees from spawning. Then it’s simply a matter of dashing your way to victory with the Managarmr.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Forest Titan

  • Mek – A Mek with MRLM or MSCM is an expensive but effective way of bringing down the Forest Titan. That being said, the Forest Titan is resilient to Mek damage so this makes for a long fight.
  • Rex – A team of Rexes can quickly mow down an unwary Forest Titan.
  • Giga – Similar to Rexes Gigas can be used to quickly tear the Forest Titan apart.

8 Ice Titan

The Ice Titan is the toughest of the three elemental Titans. It has the highest HP and its breath attack and aura of mist will freeze opponents. It’s a tricky fight, but having a swift mount, like that Managarmr, can make avoiding those pesky freezing attacks much easier.

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It’s also incredibly helpful to have Rexes on the ground to keep the Ice Titan distracted. They won’t be able to do much damage as they’ll be frozen most of the time, but it’ll keep the Titan off your back while you deal with its minions and dish out damage.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Ice Titan

  • Mek – With great weaponry and strong stats the Mek is great for fighting the Ice Titan. Assuming of course you have access to one and don’t mind using it for this fight.
  • Giga – Blitzing the Ice Titan with a team of Gigas is a great strategy for lots of early damage and possible winning outright.
  • Rex – Work similarly to Gigas though a few more might be needed.
  • Snow Owl – This can be handy for keeping the team healed throughout the fight.

7 Megapithecus

The Megapithecus is a fairly easy fight given its low health compared to the other bosses on the list. The Megapithecus is a giant ape living in a temple on the snow-covered mountains, it’s capable of summoning monkeys called Mesopithecus and large apes called Gigantopithecus.

To beat the largest of the apes, players simply stay put on the starting pad and wait for the giant ape to get close then whistle their tamed dinosaurs into battle. Assuming the player has taken precautions against hypothermia and doesn’t let their dinosaurs fall in the large hole in the level, it’s an easy enough fight, although it does take longer than facing a Titans.

Recommended Tames For The Megapithecus

  • Rex – Rushing with a squad of Rexes is very effective in this fight.
  • Kentrosaurus – While not the easiest to obtain having a mutated Kentrosaurus can actually reflect the damage back on the Megapithecus. Hard to set up, but very effective when it works.
  • Deinonychus – A group of these will get a collective bonus allowing them to deal stacks of Bleed. As the fight goes on the Megapithecus will rapidly lose health as long as the team survives.
  • Wooly Rhino – If you have high-level armor saddles a few Wooly Rhinos can be used to mow down the Megapitheucs fairly quickly.
  • Allosaurus – Worsts case scenario a pack of Allosaurus can take the Megapithecus down. Expect a few losses though.

6 Broodmother Lysrix

This massive spider can be a serious threat to those who don’t properly prepare, but for those who are prepared this fight is a cakewalk, which is why the Broodmother Lysrix isn’t higher on the list. Her main threat is the ability to cast webs that significantly slow down enemies. This is especially lethal for players not riding dinosaurs, so the obvious way to minimize the threat is to always be riding one.

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Having a dozen or so Rex’s or other similarly strong dinosaurs with a Yutyrannus to provide the attack boost is usually enough to take the Broodmother down, just be careful of the webs when she starts slinging them.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Broodmother

  • Megatherium – Thanks to their bonus damage against insects these are a solid choice and highly recommended.
  • Rex – As always rushing the boss with a team of Rexes is very effective.
  • Spinosaurus – Less conventional, but there is water present in the arena so they could have a place on a strike team.
  • Shadowmanes – Good alternative to Spinosaurus, they’re smaller and it's easier to bring more to the fight with similar tactics.

5 Manticore

Like the Broodmother, the Manticore is dangerous for those who don’t know what they’re doing and a breeze for the prepared. The Manticore’s lair is infested with Deathworms so it's best to stay on the main platform and kill them and the Rock Elementals that show up first before tackling the Manticore.

As for the Manticore, it’s best to use either a friend with a bunch of Rexs or to bring a lot of Wyverns to keep it distracted while you handle its minions. Then simply let the Wyverns keep it distracted while you pummel away with homing rockets or wait till the Manticore lands and rush in with Rexs.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Manticore

  • Rex – Rushing the boss with a pack of Rex is never a bad idea.
  • Wyvern – These can be used as an alternative to Rexes. They’re less effective but can avoid the enemies that spawn on the ground.
  • Argentavis – These are a good alternative to Wyverns as they can be fitted with saddles.
  • Mantis – These glass cannons can make short work of the Manticore if they have other tames to act as shields and lend support.

4 Rockwell

While the other bosses are relatively easy with the right strategy, these next four are difficult even for those who’ve properly prepared. Rockwell is a mutated creature that is surrounded by a pool of molten elements and one singular path to access him. He is completely invulnerable to damage with his tentacles up, so taking those tentacles down is priority number one.

The tentacles deal incredible area of attack damage and towards the end of the battle, Rockwell will summon a never-ending horde of Nameless and Reapers. A Rock Drake is useful for hiding from his minions, but the name of the game is tanking, handling the waves, and attacking hard once the tentacles are brought down.

Recommended Tames For Fighting Rockwell

  • Aberrant Megalosaurus – They are basically used as stand-ins for Rexes rushing the enemy and dealing high damage quickly.
  • Rock Drakes – These are great brawlers to keep minions occupied and deal with Nameless. Having at least one to ride on during the battle is highly recommended.
  • Aberrant Stegosaurus – An alternative to the Rock Drake, though not as effective.
  • Reaper King – Great for getting a lot of damage once Rockwell is down, otherwise is not very handy.

3 Dragon

The Dragon used to be the toughest boss in the game before being replaced by expansions but that doesn’t mean it’s a pushover. The Dragon can soar to heights unreachable by the player and spit massive fireballs from above. Every so often it will land and breath fire or bite at opponents. This is the best time to attack, but also the most dangerous as a single bite will instakill the player.

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It’s highly recommended to have a tribe of players at your side, a horde of Rexes, and the most powerful guns you can gather to take this monster down.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Dragon

  • Magmasaur – Absolute best tame to fight the Dragon as they’re immune to the fire damage and can fight at a distance. They are a challenge to raise and may not always be practical.
  • Therizinosaurus – A swarm of these can overwhelm the Dragon. While they are resistant to Dragon damage they are vulnerable to fire and need to be carefully managed.
  • Yutyrannus – Can be used to lend support to damage dealers like the Therizinosaurus. Not very durable so avoiding damage is key.
  • Megaloceros – Great for distracting the Dragon and letting the damage dealers do their thing.
  • Rex – Rex rushing can work here but needs to be carefully managed. You should ideally have a backup plan in case the Dragon blasts the squad before they can do their thing.

2 Overseer

The Overseer is a nightmare because each time it loses 25 percent of its health it will transform into a replica of one of three other bosses, the Megapithecus, the Dragon, and the Broodmother Lysrix. Its true form, the Specimen Implant, has an invulnerable energy shield it can use, a massive area of effect laser attack, and the ability to knock players off their mounts.

The Overseer is also surrounded by a never-ending stream of Defense Units and Attack Drones. The best tactic against this boss is to have a group of friends with Reaper Kings to handle the Defense Units, a group with Managarmr for Attack Drones, and a sizable group with Rexes and Yutyrannus to tackle the various forms of the boss.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The Overseer

  • Therizinosaurus – Perhaps the best balanced tame for the entire fight. They can work as early rushers while handling the later phases like the Dragon Form.
  • Rex – Rex rushing works very well for the first part of the fight but struggles later in the fight against one of the hardest Ark bosses in the game. Definitely use it in the beginning but have other tame for later.
  • Daeodon – A pain to micromanage but can work well with the Therizinosaurus.

1 King Titan

The King Titan easily takes the number one spot as the hardest boss in the game. When on the offensive this Godzilla-like monster will lob fireballs that do impressive levels of damage and has an army of corrupted dinosaurs that can easily swarm the player.

When it’s suffered enough damage it will kneel in the center of the arena, obtain a major reduction in damage it receives, and pepper the area with meteors in an attempt to destroy the element node that spawned. If the King Titan or its corrupted minions successfully destroy the node it will heal a portion of its health. It’s a brutal fight that will leave many dinosaurs and likely fellow players dead once the battle is over.

Recommended Tames For Fighting The King Titan

  • Mek – Great for brawling with the King Titan, though they can be expensive and hard to obtain. Keep in mind even using this vehicle it's still the hardest boss in Ark.
  • Ice Titan – Can go toe-to-toe with the King Titan for quite some time.
  • Forest Titan – Also a good brawler against the King Titan and the best Titan at tanking.
  • Desert Titan – Great for both fighting the King Titan and using lightning to eliminate flocks
  • Rock Elemental – Great for tanking damage and protecting weaker allies.
  • Fire Wyvern- Handy for burning through the hordes of corrupted minions.
  • Blood Crystal Wyvern – Great for draining health from the King Titan while self-healing.
  • Brontosaurus – Handy as a staging platform for resupplying on ammo, food, and health.
  • Gigantosaurus – Great for early rushing damage, but little else.
  • Yutyrannus – Helps support the other tames.

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Bosses are sometimes referred to as "the Ultimate Lifeforms" or "Guardians" and can be found in boss arenas.

What Defines a Boss[]

Lore wise, bosses are the creatures used within the ARKs to test if survivors are worthy of ascension and are extremely powerful.

Bosses are separated by 2 subcategories: Guardians and Overseers, which are used by the ARKs to test a survivor's strength and have various key features that makes them distinct.


Guardians are extremely powerful creatures used to test the survivor and are usually distinct in that:

  • They will always be fought within arenas.
  • They will always spawn minions to aid them in battle.
  • They will always have 3 variations with 2 of the 3 being color coded to match the difficulty whereas the Gamma variations will be the original boss's design.
  • They will all be within ARKs.
  • They can be summoned from the Obelisks, supply drops and loot crates depending on the map.

They consist of the Megapithecus, Broodmother, Dragon, Manticore and Crystal Wyvern Queen.


There are also the Overseers which are similar to the Guardians with the main thing separating them being:

  • They are immensely powerful.
  • They can completely control the ARKs and the creatures within them (Including the Guardians).
  • They can see everything that happens within their respective Arks as shown within explorer notes.
  • They are the things that make the ARKs function and work properly. When they are completely destroyed the ARK will start to self destruct.
  • They all have Tek caves.

Only the Overseer and Rockwell fall under the Overseer category.

Dungeon Bosses[]

On Mobile (separate canon) the dungeons have many guardian bosses, usually variants of regular animals that need to be defeated to acquire element and Tek.

  1. Argentustus, female variant of Argentavis that produces fire and possesses ability to blast target with wings.
  2. Broodgenetrix, female variant of Broodmother and a smaller version, summons Araneomorphus minions.
  3. Beelzemorbus, female and larger version of Beelzebufo with Meganeura minions.
  4. Megapithecus Pestis, a larger version of Megapithecus, just like it has Gigantopithecus and mesopithecus minions.
  5. Gula Beetle, a larger and more powerful version of the Dung Beetle, has dung beetle minions.
  6. Dodobitus, a larger and more powerful variant of the Dodo with stunning capabilities.
  7. Obsidioequus, a larger and more powerful variant of Chalicotherium.
  8. Doedicurus Vastus, a larger and more powerful version of Doedicurus.
  9. Cubozoa Multis, a stronger version of Cnidaria capable of cloning itself when health lowers.
  10. Noctis, the only tamable boss, resembling a male fiery Unicorn and is aggressive. Can only be defeated through taming it with the carrots it drops.



There are also 2 different categories of bosses which are different in both gameplay and lore from the Ark bosses.

1. Titans are completely separate from bosses but are often mistaken to be bosses. They consist of the Ice Titan, Forest Titan, Desert Titan and King Titan/ Alpha King Titan, for more information on them click the link above labeled Titans or the one within this sentence.

2. The 5 Master AI and The Master Controller which are used within the Genesis Simulation. The Master AI function similarly to Overseers however they are creatures like the Guardians and are highly intelligent like the Overseers sharing traits from both the Ark Boss subcategories. The Master Controller appears to function similarly to the Overseer as it controls everything including the Master AI. To some extent, however, it seems that it is not as necessary as the Overseers are, since the Master AI themselves are extremely intelligent. In fact the Corrupted Master Controller could not fully control everything as he couldn't turn off Moeder, Master of the Ocean like the other 4 Master AI and is only partially capable of running the Genesis Simulation. It also appears that it can't Transform into the 5 Master AI in the way the Overseers can transform into their Ark's respective Guardians. There appears to be 2 different kinds of Master Controllers: The original Master Controller which controlled and ran the Genesis Simulation alongside the 5 Master AI and the Corrupted Master Controller which was the Master Controller version of Rockwell, which hacked into the Genesis Simulation taking control of it similarly to how Rockwell took control of Aberration and turned off 4 of the 5 Master AI with only Moeder left, who outsmarted Rockwell by shutting herself down and preventing him from turning her off as he did the other 4 Master AI.

3. Rockwell Prime controls some part of the Genesis Ship in Genesis: Part 2. While he has functions similar to that of an Overseer, he does not have full reign over the ship, indefinitely stuck at a corner on one ring of the Ship. This only seemingly corrupt the entirety of one of the ring, shaping to his own desire whilst his entire innards erodes and transmogrify the interior of said ring, turning nearly all parts of the interior ship into his fleshy innards, with creatures such as Summoner, Macrophage and such guarding said innards, along with frequent presence of the tentacles. He does not have full reign over the other ring or control the ship's destination since it was stuck under a constant travel loop. Much like his previous form at Aberration ARK, he is deeply rooted within the terminus of the ship, unable to move at all and relies on others to do his bidding.

Why there are different categories of Bosses[]

This tab was created to clear up confusion within the community as to why bosses are separated into categories and what makes them fit into a certain category while not fitting into others.

There are 4 main categories of bosses within Ark that branch out specifically because of lore and gameplay.

Do note that all of them regardless of category are all bosses and share a few similarities, such as Health Bars and having Trophy Heads. However, they are categorized for much deeper reasons both gameplay and story wise.

  1. Ark bosses (or Guardians) are the bosses used on the Island, Scorched Earth and Aberration all of which are within separate Arks and in lore are used specifically to help train survivors to ascend to earth to help kill the Titans and cleanse the Corruption. They were created as a result of the Titans decimating the planet. (More information can be seen above on what defines a boss.)
  2. Titans are massive and powerful creatures and are the cause for the story of Ark as they along with an army of corrupted creatures killed billions of humans forcing them to retreat into space. Their origins are not completely known, but it is implied they could have accidentally been created by extreme exposure to Element (in a manner similar to Rockwell’s transformation). They are different in that all of them spawn above level 999 and are world bosses. They all also share the trait of being massive in size.
  3. Master AI are creatures used within the Genesis Simulation and are closer to the traditional Ark bosses. For instance, just like the Ark bosses the Master AI are also used to help humanity. However, they are separate from Ark bosses as they are used for a different purpose called "The Arrival." Whereas Ark bosses are used to train survivors to eliminate the Titans and Corruption, the Master AI are not used within an Ark but the Genesis Simulation.
  4. Rockwell, whilst having similar behavior to that of an Overseer, is not strictly considered to be one, but instead acts as a parasitic controller to the Genesis Ship rather than inside an ARK. Much like Master AI, his sole purpose was to attempt to reshape the world to his liking, hence his phrase "This is to be my world, the first of many...".

List of Bosses[]

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