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Spawn Command
cheat summon LanternBird_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/LanternBird/LanternBird_Character_BP.LanternBird_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Featherlight (Gauntlet2)

cheat summon LanternBird_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/LanternBird_Character_BP_STA.LanternBird_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
29 - 32 °C / 84 - 90 °F
 Egg Incubator: 31 °C / 88 °F
Incubation Time
1h 39m 59.521s
Baby Time
4h 52m 23.859s
Juvenile Time
19h 29m 35.438s
Adolescent Time
1d 21m 59.297s
Total Maturation Time
2d 43m 58.594s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Aberration.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Valguero.svg
Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Genesis Part 1.svg
Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Crystal Isles.svg
Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Genesis Part 2.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Fjordur Midgard.svg
Fjordur Vanaheim Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Featherlight Fjordur Vanaheim.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Featherlight is one of the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved's Aberration expansion.

Basic Info


This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.


Microluminis alectryon








A floating beacon of light often found in the deepest pits of these caverns, Microluminis alectryon's appearance can seem almost heavenly. Its colorful plumage doesn't hurt either. Even without the charged light it emits, it would give any modern bird on Earth a run for its money in terms of pure spectacle. Although its feathery eyebrows might give one of the impression that it is related to owls, it is not a bird of prey. It is entirely docile, and shows no aggression towards survivors or other creatures.


Microluminis alectryon's ability to fly and the ease with which it perches upon a survivor's shoulder has made it a favored pet among many. Some consider it the most refined of its glowing brethren, but I think they just want to look like a pirate. Not that I blame them...


A passive creature. Flies away when attacked.


The Featherlight bears resembalance to a falcon or a pheasant and is a small bird-like creature with dragonfly-like, glowing flight feathers on its head, wings, and tail as well as smaller insulatory feathers. There is a prominent v-shaped head crest diverging at the upper jaw and extending behind the head, adorned with glowing feathers as well as having a crest on the forehead.

Color Scheme and Regions

This section displays the Featherlight's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Featherlight. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Featherlight will randomly spawn with to provide an overall range of its natural color scheme. Hover your cursor over a color to display its name and ID.

This information can be used to alter the Featherlight's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Featherlight's "main body" magenta.

Featherlight PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
Featherlight PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

No image available.svg

Region 3:
No natural colors

Featherlight PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Featherlight PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:


Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 115 +23 +5.4% 0.07
 Charge Capacity 100 +10 +10%
 Charge Regeneration 180 +19.8 +11% 0.2
 Food 450 +45 +10% 15%
 Weight 70 +1.4 +4%
 Charge Emission Range 3 +0.195 +2.04% 15.4% 22%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 130%
 Torpidity 60 +3.6 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 60 60 138 165 165 379.5 4
Swimming 300 300 690 N/A N/A N/A 3
Flying 300 300 690 825 825 1897.5 3
  • For a comparison of the stats of all creatures, see Base Creature Statistics.
  • For an explanation of exactly how the levelup calculation works, see Creature Stats Calculation.
  • 1These are the base speeds of the tamed creature at 100% Movement Speed, i.e. without a possible taming bonus.
  • 2These are the speeds of the creature once tamed including a possible taming bonus and no imprinting bonus.
  • For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds.

Wild Stats Level-up

Type in values of a wild creature to see on which stats it's emphasized. Green values on a high-level creature are very good for breeding. If you have already tamed your creature you can try to recover the breeding stats with an external tool.[1]


The stat-calculator does not work in the mobile-view, see here for alternatives: Apps

Note that after the creature is tamed it gets bonuses on some stats depending on the taming effectiveness. This makes it hard to retrieve the levels on a tamed creature, so this tool is only for wild ones, but gives a first impression, how well the stats are distributed.



  • The Featherlight pecks the target for 3 damage.
  • Can be used every 0.67s by both a rider and the AI.


Light Pet

The Light Pets are a subcategory of shoulder pets that prduces its own bioluminescence. To activate its light use the wheel menu or use the Clap emote on the emotes wheel menu.

When activated the light applies  Charged Light effect on all the players and creatures nearby, reducing the hordes of  Nameless and  Reapers that appear, along with disable their natural armor, however this also attracts  Seekers and increases their  Melee Damage and damage resistance.

The stats of the light pets receive some changes on their uses, in addition to its conventional use, the stats of  Stamina,  Oxygen and  Melee Damage changes their names to  Charge Capacity,  Charge Regeneration and  Charge Emission Range respectively and they scales that specific value of the light.



Not a threat by itself. Like all passive creatures, lack of awareness is your biggest threat.


Any hunting strategy is effective, especially long ranged weapons.


If you want the safest of safe, use ranged weapons as to not attract anything to your location, however this is almost always a waste of resources. You really shouldn't be killing these unless you are desperate for a quick meal or exp.


Like other Charge light-giving dino, Featherlight does not fight back when hurt, and only flies off. However, its charge light might attract other predators such as  Raptor and  Ravager towards itself and thus possibly creating a situation of dangerous predators to be drawn closer than optimal.


It is passive, and won't attack you.


The Featherlight is unable to be tamed through the standard tranquilize-and-feed methods, and must be tamed non-violently.

To feed it, place preferred food on the last slot of your hotbar, then when approached press use (default E, Y, Triangle) to feed it. You cannot feed them all the food required for taming at one time, you must wait every couple of minutes until it is hungry again to feed it more until its taming meter is filled.

Taming Strategy: Since they spawn in dangerous areas, where either you or the Featherlight could be killed, and because they have a tendency to fly away, it is best to box them in. When the Featherlight lands, place a stone foundation on it and quickly surround it with walls and a ceiling. Then replace one of the walls with a door and tame it in the stone hut. This will protect you and the tame from the creatures outside and will prevent it from flying away during the tame. If you're having trouble securing the Featherlight inside your box you can use a grapple hook on it while it is landed (you cannot grapple a flying Featherlight). This will not damage the creature and will allow you to "reel it in". This allows you to either simply tame it while attached to the grapple, or allows you extra time to build your box before it flies away again.

An even easier method would be to bring a wooden cage and honey. Wait till the featherlight lands, then drop the honey about 10 feet away from it. As it walks towards the honey, put the cage over the honey and open the door. Close the door when the featherlight enters. There's no need to open the door to feed it-it can be fed through the bars of the cage. Don't try to put the cage directly over the featherlight, it will not work (without disabled collision).

Another alternative is to wait for the Featherlight to land, then put the wooden cage on top of it to easily trap it.

Not listed but a taming method that works as well is to place a tent on top of the Featherlight as it lands, and feed it will it and you are in the tent together.

Charge Lantern: Another Method would be to use a  Charge Lantern to forcefully ground the featherlight. The stun from the Charge Lantern forces fliers to land, allowing you to get close. As it does no damage, this method won't hurt Taming Efficiency and it wont chase the featherlight away. Be wary of other Dangers however. You cannot shoot a grounded Featherlight, so only fire when it takes flight.

Featherlight.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed.png Plant Species Z Seed 1 00:00 0:01:01
Auric Mushroom.png Auric Mushroom 5 00:50 0:03:21
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 344 00:00 0:04:36
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 429 00:00 0:04:35
Featherlight.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed.png Plant Species Z Seed 2 02:01 0:02:01
Auric Mushroom.png Auric Mushroom 9 00:45 0:06:01
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 629 00:00 0:08:24
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 786 00:00 0:08:24
Featherlight.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed.png Plant Species Z Seed 3 01:30 0:03:01
Auric Mushroom.png Auric Mushroom 13 00:43 0:08:41
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 925 00:00 0:12:21
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1156 00:00 0:12:20
Featherlight.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed.png Plant Species Z Seed 4 01:20 0:04:01
Auric Mushroom.png Auric Mushroom 17 00:42 0:11:21
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1220 00:00 0:16:17
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1525 00:00 0:16:17
Featherlight.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed.png Plant Species Z Seed 4 01:20 0:04:01
Auric Mushroom.png Auric Mushroom 21 00:42 0:14:01
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1516 00:00 0:20:13
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 1894 00:00 0:20:13
Featherlight.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Plant Species Z Seed.png Plant Species Z Seed 5 01:15 0:05:01
Auric Mushroom.png Auric Mushroom 25 00:41 0:16:41
Amarberry Seed.png Amarberry Seed 1811 00:00 0:24:09
Citronal Seed.png Citronal Seed 2264 00:00 0:24:09

Note that the values are for optimal cases, always bring extra supplies!
For a level-dependent count of resources needed, try an external taming calculator.

Preferred Food

The Featherlight's preferred food is  Plant Species Z Seed followed by  Auric Mushroom.


As a Charge Light creature, Featherlight carries charge, which replenishes over time while its light is turned off. When the light is turned on, it provides survivors with the Charged Light buff, protecting from  Nameless and  Reaper ambush, but attracting  Seekers. If set to active, it can also detect both nearby enemy players, and nearby creatures of maximum level.

It carries a mediocre charge capacity, but yields the second best charge recharge rate and the best discharge range.

Since it can fly, it is also the most survivable charge pet.


  • Anti-Nameless/Reaper Ambush: Since the Featherlight can be shoulder mounted like every other Charge Light, it provides a charge to prevent Nameless pack from emerging and can weaken Reapers. This however, will attract  Seeker. To quickly toggle the shoulder-mounted Charge Light on/off in emergency situations, open up the emote wheel (hold either bracket key by default) and select "Light!". For faster use, emotes can also be bound directly to either of the two emote keys by mousing over them in the emote wheel and pressing the desired key.
  • Rock Drake Egg Collecting Assistant: Many survivors discard the possibility of using Featherlights as charge light sources due to their poor charge capacity, however, aside from having a base emission range high enough to effectively keep Nameless from spawning near the survivor (if tamed at high levels), the Featherlight is capable of flight, and on top of that, a tamed Featherlight moves at a base speed unmatched by any creature except Rock Drake, Wyverns, Griffins, most aquatic mounts and bosses. If returning after collecting the bounty is calculated as an impossibility, a survivor may choose to quickly transfer the egg to its inventory before either sending its Featherlight away from itself or having a tribe mate ordering the bird to follow its character.
  • Pack Hunter: While not as strong as  Dimorphodons, Featherlights have the unique ability among flyers to use helmets, providing a crushing - albeit expensive and temporary in case of prolonged fights - increase in resistance. Together with their neckbreaking speeds, a large flock of Featherlights can pursue and destroy any player as well as any but the toughest and strongest (or fastest) of the mounts. Moreover, their highly detailed models can prove to be extremely hardware-costly, giving their user, if equipped with high-end machinery, a clear (but dirty) advantage over enemies with poor graphic capabilities.
  • Radar: When mounted on your shoulder, a Featherlight will chatter and give a buff to notify when a max-level dino or when there is an enemy player/creature nearby.
  • Pet: Like all other shoulder mounts and other small creatures, the Featherlight can make a suitable companion on your endeavors.
  • Backpack: Like all shoulder pets, anything held in its inventory will weigh 50% less on a player's shoulder.
  • Light Source: As the caverns in Aberration are often dark and dreary, having a easy to toggle, far reaching light source whether walking or on a mount is very useful.


Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ?



  • A tamed Featherlight has the same movement behaviour as a Dimorphodon, However, the Flying Animation is same as a  Phoenix.
  • Featherlight's scientific name "Microluminis alectryon" means small light rooster.
  • The Featherlight does not take  Radiation damage.
  • Compared to the rest of the light pets, it is thought that the Featherlight is the most refined. Though it often has slightly lower than average Charge Capacity and moderate Charge Regeneration, it usually has by far the highest Charge Emission Range out of any light pet, making it ideal for preventing  Nameless and weakening  Reaper at a far distance. The Featherlight also has the added bonus of making a survivor kind of look like a pirate, as mentioned in the Dossier.
  • Featherlights are one of the only native creatures of the Red Zone to be attacked by other creatures of the same zone, as most of them are simply carnivores, perhaps put in place for the purpose of deterring survivors. Though Featherlights can usually escape these threats by flying, they usually aren't so lucky when confronted with the  Seeker, the Featherlight's main predator.
  • Despite being mentioned as a herbivore in the dossier, the Featherlight is also able to consume meat to satisfy its hunger.
    • Furthermore, they seem to possess raptorial beaks (much like a hawk's or owl's beak) which are used in nature to pluck out and shred meat. However, their beak shape can also be interpreted as possessing a curved, gallinaceous beak (like that of the guinea fowl or chicken) which are used in nature for plucking and pulling out small invertebrates and seeds.
  • Oddly, unlike other birds, the Featherlight possesses a single clawed finger on each wing (which shares the same color region as its legs). This trait is much more akin to feathered theropods, such as  Deinonychus and  Archaeopteryx.
  • On Valguero, the Featherlight is quite rare in The Emerald Forest but is more commonly found in The Unknown, both biomes of which are found underground.


Patch Changes
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added the  Featherlight
275.2 Fixed Charge Pet inventories being mistakenly flagged as Tribute inventories
275.32 Featherlights can now be properly downloaded to ARKs other than Aberration
329.5 Genesis: Part 2 Expansion Release  Featherlight is added to Genesis: Part 2