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Wind it up and throw!

Stack size
Single use
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi Bola 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponBola.PrimalItem_WeaponBola'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
8 EP
Crafting XP
4 XP
Crafted in
10 × Thatch
3 × Stone
15 × Fiber
3 × Hide

The Bola is a primitive weapon used to immobilize small or medium sized creatures. It can be thrown and when it hits a target, it wraps around their feet or body and entangles them.

The Bola roots humans in place for 25 seconds and wild dinos for 30 seconds. You have to wait another 10 seconds before you can apply a new bola to your target. The player or dino rooted will be incapable of moving, but can still fire guns, shoot arrows or attack. The player can also still jump, but will not be able to move. Players can struggle out of a bola by switching to just their fists and pressing the fire button which by default is the left mouse button, this reduces the remaining duration of the bola by one second per each attempt.

Dinos cannot be mounted while affected by the bola. It also cannot be recovered once thrown, although the affected dino can be manually freed of the bola before the effect wears off. Bolaing the dino a player is riding will dismount the player.

Bola does 0 damage, which will aggro wild creatures if hit.

Creatures Affected

Creatures Not Affected


  • Upgraded versions of the Bola are the  Chain Bola and  Net Projectile.
  • A single LMB click is not enough for players to throw the bola. The minimum holding duration is roughly 0.4 seconds.
  • Spinning the bola in hand can increase its velocity, but has no effect on the immobilization time.
  • Players can help other players escape bolas by utilizing a whip and hitting the ensnared player with it, afterwards the ensnared player will be freed despite if the bola still appears to be on the player.
  • Immobilized Creatures cannot swim although generally the Bola's Duration is not significant enough to drown them only proving useful if the water is deep enough.
  • Bolas along with the  Oil Jar cannot function properly in Valguero's Aberration Area seeming to break instantly when thrown keep this in mind when dealing with  Aberrant Raptors


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
240.0 Bola is added to the game.
324.18 Reverted Bola changes that were implemented w/ previous exploit-fix.