How To Tame a Mantis ARK : Veterans Guide

To Tame a Mantis will change your view on bugs, as it’s big, aggressive, and hits hard. Farming routines and the way you defend your base will be affected by this too big of a bug in Ark: Survival Evolved. Here’s the perfect guide from a veteran

Despite its unattractiveness, the Mantis is something all Ark players should invest time and effort in taming and breeding. 

  • Place Deathworm Horn in your hotbar
  • Approach the mantis to feed
  • Feed again after a few minutes
  • Keep repeating until the taming meter fills up.

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How To Tame a Mantis ARK?

To tame a Mantis is a challenge and requires you to be set in Ark to acquire all necessary items. This creature is tamed passively but is aggressive towards you, let’s get to taming.

Mantis spawn in packs of around 2-3 individuals within caves and desert dunes. Due to their pounce attack they have a fairly large aggression range.

Once one Mantis spots prey, the others usually follow. They will attempt to rapidly close the distance with an initial pounce before delivering an onslaught of rapid slashing attacks.

With this in mind we need to prepare the following items:

Preperation to tame mantis

Ghillie Set

Armor type in ark that lowers the chance of a dinosaur becoming aggressive, for this to work you will need a full set of it. The resources needed is:

  • Fiber : All bushes in game give this resource, use sicle to gather more
  • Hide : Given from any dinosaur you harvest, use hatch to gather mroe
  • Organic Polymer : Farmed from penguins and mantises, harvested with a club for maximized amount.

Bug Repellant
Is a consumable available in ARK. When used, insects and other animals become less aggressive. Craft in chem bench or mortar and pestle

  • 6 ×  Pelt, Hair, or Wool : Easiest farmed at Ragnarok highlands
  • 2 ×  Narcotic : Narcoberries + Spoiled meat
  • 4 ×  Citronal : Wild spawn in viking villages on Fjordur or growable via seed.
  • 4 ×  Rockarrot : Harvest in ragnarok highlands, they have them growing wild

Cactus Broth (Extra)

Cactus Broth is an underrated item that reduces aggression from ALL wild dinosaurs, this is a great option incase Bug Repellant is not for you. Cook in cooking pot

  • 10 ×  Azulberry
  • 10 ×  Amarberry
  • 10 ×  Mejoberry
  • 30 ×  Cactus Sap : Harvested from Cactuses
  • 1 ×  Water

Taming Food
Deathworm Horn and Woolly Rhino Horn are the only consumables the mantis eats as wild. Deathworm horn has the highest taming efficiency and should be used. Acquired from Deathworms found in the desert or Frozen Dungeon on Ragnarok. Frozen Dungeon is recommended since all deathworms has lower stats than the ones in the desert

Mantis Spawn Location

Desert and volcanic biomes are the preferred habitats of the Mantis, and they’ll go out of their way to ruin your day while you’re doing other things. In spite of this, the Mantis is easy to find as it appears on many maps, including:

  • Ragnarok
  • Scorched Earth
  • Extinction
  • Crystal Isles
  • Valguero
  • Genesis: Part 2
  • Fjordur
  • Lost Island

We recommend you choose to tame on Ragnarok, all creatures that spawn on this map are of higher difficulty allowing you to find level 150’s much faster compared to other maps.

Start Taming The Mantis

To Tame a Mantis first it has been found by the player. When approaching this creature, you should equip your Ghillie and consume the broths.

Approach the Mantis from behind. In addition, it’s important to ensure the area is cleared of any threats since the mantis tend to fight anything.

After sneaking up on the Mantis, the player starts the taming by feeding it. To feed it, equip food in your last item slot. It will take some minutes for it to get hungry again, move away from it and go check it each minute. Repeat the feeding until tamed

Mantis Leveling In ARK

Mantis have a few uses and leveling accordingly is strongly recommended, weight will allow it to carry more of the resources you will gather. Melee Damage is recommended when you want a higher amount of resources when farming or for simply hunting other dinosaurs and players.

Uses for a Tamed Mantis

Let’s take a look at some of Mantis’ amazing features so we can better understand what it can do.

Mantis Leap Attack Ark

Leap Attack:

A Mantis can leap towards a target and land a powerful attack, increasing damage and possibly killing the enemy.

Default Controls:

  • RMB ( PC)
  • L2 ( PS4)
  • LT ( Xbox)

Mantis Tools Equipped ARK

Equip Tools:

Melee weapons and tools can be carried by the Mantis, such as hatchet, sword and whips. The reason why we equip tools is because mantises has higher damage than a survivor meaning you can deal much more damage per hit.

Resource Gathering

In addition to being able to wield tools, Mantises have the ability to farm with them. Using Metal picks to harvest raw metal and flint, Metal hatchet for stone and wood

Taming Mount

If a Mantis is equipped with clubs, it will deal torpor damage, which is amplified by its attacks, especially its leap attacks.

Combat Mount

When equipped with weapons like pikes and swords, a Mantis is capable of dealing significant damage to other survivors.

How to Hatch Mantis Eggs in ARK

Obtain the egg

When you have a male and female specimen, enable mating and stay in render distance. Eventually, they will lay an egg and put the mating on hold.

The breeding interval for a mantis is 18 to 48 hours.

During incubation, the egg should maintain a constant temperature. Use these items:

  • Air Conditioners x 4
  • Egg Incubator

You will have to incubate an egg at a different temperature and for a different period of time. Using an air conditioner or an egg incubator is the best option here. With their help, you can regulate to the correct temperature.

A temperature of 35 °C to 38 °C is ideal for this. It takes about three hours for the little mantis baby to hatch, according to the official 1x settings.You will need to manually feed it and it takes about 5.5 hours of your attention.

When it reaches juvenile status, it can feed on its own from troughs. In total, it takes 2 days and 6.5 hours for the dinosaur to fully mature. Feed it spoiled meat! Fills them up more than raw meat. Spoiled meat is only consumable by bugs, not dinosaurs.

Baby Mantis ARK

Additional Information About How To a Tame Mantis


ARK’s Praying Mantis resembles a normal Praying Mantis, except it is a giant specimen. There are three main colors associated with it: light green, brownish, and yellowish.

Wild Behaviour:
Mantis are intelligent and aggressive creatures that will attack any Medium or smaller creature that comes close to them. When you’re not careful, they can leap at you from a distance and swarm you with their pack of 3, putting you out of action.

When you tame a mantis, it becomes a special mount that can be equipped with weapons for battle or farming tools. Based on what you want to use them for, they can be a great battle beast or a good gatherer.

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