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ATLAS provides the ability to tame wild animals and pet or domesticate them.

Many (if not most) of the creatures in Atlas will be tamable but the developers have indicated that the taming mechanics will be an entirely new method that is not like ARK: Survival Evolved taming system. (See below for two methods.)

Early information indicates that some rare creatures are tamable only for a specific time period and then will either return to being wild or will die (i.e. dragons are presumed to be a creature that is only tamable for a short period of time while something like a horse may be tamable and usable indefinitely).

Short info: You can't tame a pet on Freeport.

Tameable creatures[edit | edit source]

These are the known tamable creatures and their taming requirements ONLY

Tier Creature Reaction Taming method Taming Item Eats Interaction Breedable Equipment Purpose
1 Chicken Flee Passive Taming Berry.png Berries / Fruits.png Fruits Berry.png Berries / Fruits.png Fruits Carry Yes --- Eggs
1 Monkey Startles Passive Taming Berry.png Berries / Fruits.png Fruits Fruits.png Fruits Companion --- Hats Throws poop in combat (on shoulder), Health regen boost (on shoulder)
1 Parrot Defensive Bola Hardtack.png Hardtack / Berry.png Berries/Fruits Berry.png Berries Companion Yes Hats Fortitude Buff (on shoulder)
1 Rabbit Flee Passive Taming Carrot.png Carrot / Berry.png Berries Berry.png Berries Companion Yes --- Warns you of dangerous animals. (on shoulder)
1 Sheep Flee Passive Taming 20x20px Flowers / Berry.png Berries Berry.png Berries / 20x20px Flowers Mount Yes No saddle needed Fleece
2 Bear Defensive Bola Honey.png Honey / Berry.png Berries / Fruits.png Fruits / 20x20px Vegetables Animal Meat.png Animal Meat/ Berry.png Berries Mount Yes Tier 2, Cargo, Carriage Fiber (Primary), Plants, Prime Meat, Meat, Fish
2 Bull Defensive Bola Rushes.png Rushes / Berry.png Berries / Fronds.png Fronds / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Mount Yes Tier 2 Small amount of Thatch, Small amounts of Wood, Berries, Plants, Prime meat
2 Cow Flee Passive Taming Fronds.png Fronds / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits --- Yes --- Milk, Prime meat
2 Crow Defensive Bola 20x20px Earthworms / Berry.png Berries / Fruits.png Fruits Fruits.png Fruits Companion Yes --- Intelligence boost (on shoulder)
2 Horse Startles Bola Sugar Cane.png Sugar Cane / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits / Berry.png Berries 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Mount Yes Tier 2, Cargo, Carriage Berries, Vegetables,Travel
2 Ostrich Defensive Bola Chili.png Chili / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits / Berry.png Berries 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Mount --- Tier 2 Small Amount of Wood, Small Amount of Thatch, Travel
2 Pig Defensive Passive Taming Maize.png Maize / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits / Berry.png Berries 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Mount Yes No saddle needed Berries, Vegetables ( Little Wood and Thatch ), can be ordered to poop for Fertilizer
2 Seagull Defensive Bola Prime Fish Meat.png Prime Fish Meat / Fish Meat.png Fish Meat Fish Meat.png Fish Meat Companion Yes --- Oxygen Buff (on shoulder)
2 Vulture Defensive Bola Rotten Meat.png Rotten Meat / 20x20px Earthworms Rotten Meat.png Rotten Meat Companion --- ---
2 Wolf Aggressive Bola 20x20px Prime Meat / Bone.png Bone / Animal Meat.png Animal Meat Animal Meat.png Animal Meat Mount --- Tier 2 Meat, Hide, Keratinoid, Insulation boost (while riding)
2 Penguin Flee Bola Prime Fish Meat.png Prime Fish Meat / Fish Meat.png Fish Meat Fish Meat.png Fish Meat Carry --- Hats Provides insulation (AoE)
3 Elephant Defensive Bola Wheat.png Wheat / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Multi-Mount(3) --- Tier 3 Wood, Berries, Plants, Small amount of thatch,
3 Giraffe Defensive Bola Beet.png Beet / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Multi-Mount(2) --- Tier 3 Small amount of wood, small amount of thatch, Berries, Travel
3 Lion Aggressive Bola Prime Animal Meat.png Prime Animal Meat / Animal Meat.png Animal Meat Animal Meat.png Animal Meat Mount --- Tier 3 Meat, Hide, Keratinoid
3 Rhino Defensive Bola Turnip.png Turnip / 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits 20x20px Vegetables / Fruits.png Fruits Mount --- Tier 3 Stone, Flint, Metal, Superduper small amounts of Thatch, Small amounts of Wood, Oil
3 Tiger Aggressive Bola Prime Animal Meat.png Prime Animal Meat / Animal Meat.png Animal Meat Animal Meat.png Animal Meat Mount --- Tier 3 Meat, Hide, Keratinoid, Bleed attack
? Drake Merchant Ship or Freeport 20,000 Gold Coin.png Gold Coin Gold Coin.png Gold Coin Mount --- No saddle needed, only stays for 8 hours
3 Razortooth Aggressive Bola Jac's Beef Buns.png Jac's Beef Buns, 20x20px Cooked Prime Fish Meat Fish Meat.png Fish Meat Mount Tier 3
? Shieldhorn Aggressive Bola Turnip.png Turnip Mount No saddle needed

Passive Taming[edit | edit source]

Place the required item in the last slot of your toolbar. Feed the animal by pressing the action button while standing close enough for the feed prompt to appear. When the Bar at the bottom of the name plate fills to 100% the animal is tamed and you may name them.

Bola Taming[edit | edit source]

The animal must be damaged to below 20%, then a Bola will be able to be used on Animal. When the Animal is Bola'ed they will be knocked to the ground. You will need to approach the mouth of the animal and feed it it's favorite food. Animals will attack if you are too close, but you need to be close to the mouth to get the option to feed it, try crouching or proneing to reduce your aggro visibility. Repeat damaging and trapping with the Bola—then feeding—until the animal's tame meter is full. When the Bar at the bottom of the name plate fills to 100% the animal is tamed and you may name them.

Too long of a gap between feedings, and the taming progress starts to decline. This is indicated by the feeding dialog switching to red lettering.

It seems to be best to approach the animal from the back in order to feed it. There is a "sweet spot" where you probably can't be hit by the attack. But terrain or structures can make this approach difficult.

Bola Taming Tip[edit | edit source]

Build a "taming trap" (see gallery) using Small Wood Gateway.png Small Wood Gateway, Wood Fence Support.png Wood Fence Support, and Wood Wall.png Wood Wall with windows. After you get the animal in the trap, you can let its taming meter reset to zero while you stock up and prepare. Using a shield to approach the creature while it is bound can cancel or mitigate the damage of their attack, allowing you to get in there and feed it. Be fully fed and hydrated, with a large supply of bolas. Because this is going to take a long time and be very difficult. And have someone watch your back and deal with the roaming predators as you work.

For both types of taming, be aware that you can pick up and carry animals that are unconscious, although they can be very heavy. This can be a boon if you need to get either a passive or hostile tame candidate into a corral and away from roving predators.

Level Gain on Taming[edit | edit source]

When you successfully tame a creature, it immediately gets a bonus to its wild level. The best bonus (at 99.9% taming efficiency) is an additional 50% to its currently level, rounded down. So a Level 5 cow tamed perfectly will start its career with its new master at level 7. From there the creature can earn experience and gain additional levels, just like the player characters and ships.

Maximum Tame Level[edit | edit source]

Every Tame can get a minimum of 30 tame level-ups put into it, plus however many base levels it had when wild. So for example, a level 5 post-tame wolf would get 35 tame level-ups to apply, whereas a level 40 post-tame wolf would get 70 tame level-ups to use. Formula: Maximum Tame Level = (Wild Level + Taming Proficiency) + (Post Tame Minimum Level 30 )

Currently Max Wild found is level 60. So 120 is the current max level at perfect tame. (60 Wild + 30 Bonus Taming Proficiency) + 30 Minimum Levels = 120.

V10 Update[edit | edit source]

v10 Official Patch Notes Site Taming food guide

Updated taming foods to allow a variety of consumables to be used in taming creatures.

Effectiveness left(more) to right(less):

Tier 1

  • Chicken - Fruits, Berries
  • Monkey - Fruits, Berries
  • Parrot - Hardtack, or Berries
  • Rabbit - Carrots, or Berries
  • Sheep - Flowers, or Berries

Tier 2

  • Bear - Honey, Vegetables, Fruits or Berries
  • Cow/Bull - Rushes, Fronds, Vegetables, Fruits, or Berries
  • Crow - Worms, Fruits, or Berries
  • Horse - Sugarcane, Vegetables, Fruits, or Berries
  • Ostrich - Chili, Vegetables, Fruits, or Berries
  • Penguin - Prime Fish Meat, or Fish Meat
  • Pig - Maize, Vegetables, Fruits, or Berries
  • Seagull - Prime Fish Meat, or Fish Meat
  • Vulture - Spoiled Meat, or Worms
  • Wolf - Prime Animal Meat, Bones, or other Meats

Tier 3

  • Elephant - Wheat, Vegetables (cultivated), or Fruits
  • Giraffe - Beets, Vegetables (cultivated), or Fruits
  • Lion - Prime Animal Meat, or other Meats
  • Rhino - Turnip, Vegetables (cultivated), or Fruits
  • Tiger - Prime Animal Meat, or other Meats