Fish Basket

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Fish Basket
Fish Basket.pngFilled Fish Basket.png

Trap certain fish in this basket to tame and transport them!

Decay time
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi FishBasket 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Wooden/PrimalItemStructure_FishBasket.PrimalItemStructure_FishBasket'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
6 EP
Crafting XP
2 XP
Crafting time
Crafted in
120 × Fiber
40 × Thatch

The Fish Basket is a structure introduced in Aberration and also available on Valguero, Crystal Isles, Genesis: Part 2, Lost Island and Fjordur. It can be used as a trap to capture and tame smaller aquatic creatures.

The Fish Basket can be placed anywhere on the ground, both above and under water.


To capture aquatic creatures, the Fish Basket has to be placed near them on the ground. The trap will be initializing the capture for a few seconds. When it's ready, you can capture the desired creature by quickly pressing E while looking at the Fish Basket.

Doing so will capture the creature and you will obtain a Filled Fish Basket, which spoils after 40 minutes but can be replenished by standing inside the water source while the basket is in your hotbar. Placing the Filled Fish Basket down will release the captured creature. Some of the creatures that can be caught in the trap will be tamed upon release. Unlike most tameable creatures, their level is fixed from their spawn level, and as such, they can not obtain any experience.

Fish Baskets can also capture already tamed creatures, which will allow them to gain experience and it is also useful for carrying them to a different body of water.

Normal untameable fishes can be fed to a  Shadowmane in the Genesis Ship as food for taming but has to weigh over 0.5x.


The following creatures can be tamed with the trap:

* = May appear to eat  Berries, but the food bar will not change, making it difficult to predict. It will eventually starve to death despite appearing to be full.

The following creatures are considered a one-time use. Once they have latched themselves onto someone or something, they disappear forever from the tame limit of the tribe:

In addition to the above few, the following tamed creatures can be trapped inside the trap for transportation:


  • Caged fish can be safely carried anywhere, but releasing them outside of water will instantly kill them.
  • When trying to catch a fish it’s a good idea to use a tent to trap the fish first, as it won’t be able to escape from the tent, and then open it, placing the fish basket and catching the fish.
  • The Fish Basket can be used to reset breed timer on Anglerfish, Manta and Ichthyosaurus.
  • The Fish Basket is treated as a thatch structure and can be damaged by anything except non-explosive ranged attacks.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
275.0  Fish Basket is added to the game.
295.102 Fixed exploit related to Fish Baskets.
305.12 Fixed a bug where the Fish Basket wasn't returning creatures properly.
329.51 Fish Baskets no longer check for nearby enemy structures in PVE.