Harpoon Launcher

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Harpoon Launcher
Harpoon Launcher.png

Has tremendous power and speed underwater, but ineffective range out of water. Uses Spear Bolts for ammunition.

Ranged damage
140 / 36 / 0
Rate of fire
0.5 RPS
Magazine size
Reload time
2.0 seconds
70 / 18 / 0
Stack size
Single use
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi Harpoon 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Weapons/PrimalItem_WeaponHarpoon.PrimalItem_WeaponHarpoon'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
38 EP
Crafting XP
36 XP
Required stations

The Harpoon Launcher is one of the weapons in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is used to fire  Spear Bolts,  Tranq Spear Bolts and  Net Projectile.

It is a very effective weapon for underwater combat and for knocking out sea creatures. However, its not a viable weapon on land, as the projectiles will not travel very far.


  • After firing bolts, it is possible to pick them back up (if they don't break).
  • The Harpoon Launcher has a much higher range when fired underwater.
  • This item doesn't appear to be part of any supply beacons. This means outside of the Genesis simulation, they can only be primitive and end up being outperformed by high-quality (above 193% damage) crossbows, which are cheaper and more efficient.
  • Spear Bolts loaded in Harpoon Launchers are smaller than ones loaded in Ballista Turret.
  • Prior to Patch 330.8 fitting the Harpoon Launcher with  Net Projectile rendered it ineffective and unusable underwater, but effective on land.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
258.0 Harpoon Launcher is added to the game.
330.8  Net Ammo loaded into a Harpoon Launcher can now be used underwater.
338.23 Increased durability usage on Harpoon Launcher for net ammo specifically. Cost per net fired increased by approx 250%.