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Spawn Command
cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Spider-Small/SpiderS_Character_BP.SpiderS_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Aberrant Araneo

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Spider-Small/SpiderS_Character_BP_Aberrant.SpiderS_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Araneo (Gauntlet)

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_Gauntlet_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Gauntlet/Bog/SpiderS_Character_BP_Gauntlet.SpiderS_Character_BP_Gauntlet'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Araneo (Retrieve)

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_Retrieve_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Retrieve/Bog/SpiderS_Character_BP_Retrieve.SpiderS_Character_BP_Retrieve'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Araneo (Summoned)

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_Summoned_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Dinos/Summoner/SummonedDinos/SpiderS_Character_BP_Summoned.SpiderS_Character_BP_Summoned'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Araneo (Gauntlet2)

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/SpiderS_Character_BP_STA.SpiderS_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35

Variant VR Araneo (Mashup)

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_ExpG_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Mashup/ExperimentG/DinosAndStructures/SpiderS_Character_BP_ExpG.SpiderS_Character_BP_ExpG'" 500 0 0 35

Variant VR Araneo (Maze)

cheat summon SpiderS_Character_BP_CorrMaze_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Maze/CorruptedZone/Dinos/SpiderS_Character_BP_CorrMaze.SpiderS_Character_BP_CorrMaze'" 500 0 0 35
Taming Method
Level Requirement
Preferred Food
 Araneo Saddle (Level 40)
4 - 12 °C / 39 - 54 °F
 Egg Incubator: 8 °C / 46 °F
Incubation Time
1h 25m 42.446s
Baby Time
2h 30m 9.009s
Juvenile Time
10h 36.036s
Adolescent Time
12h 30m 45.045s
Total Maturation Time
1d 1h 1m 30.09s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo The Island.svg
The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo The Center.svg
Scorched Earth Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Scorched Earth.svg
Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Ragnarok.svg
Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Extinction.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Valguero.svg
Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Genesis Part 1.svg
Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Crystal Isles.svg
Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Genesis Part 2.svg
Lost Island Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Lost Island.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Fjordur Midgard.svg
Fjordur Asgard Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Fjordur Asgard.svg
Fjordur Jotunheim Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Araneo Fjordur Jotunheim.svg
Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Araneo Aberration.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Araneo Valguero.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Araneomorphus, or better known as the Araneo or even simply the Spider, is a small, carnivorous invertebrate known for its ability to fire webs that greatly slow down targets. Additionally, they serve as minions in the Broodmother Arena. It was first added in  ARK: Survival Evolved on its early release.

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.


Araneomorphus amalgotantibus


No equivalent, traits begin as far as Mesozoic Era






I don't know where to start with Araneomorphus amalgotantibus. It has so many of the nightmare inducing traits of spiders from among many family and genus. It fires webbing like a bola spider, it spits venom like a lynx spider. It has a poisonous bite like a myriad of spiders, and can see in the dark by sensing vibrations. And to top it off, Araneomorphus is larger than an adult human! If that wasn't enough, I'm convinced that some of the caves on the island have actually been dug by Araneomorphus, but this worries me. Either Araneomorphus is a colony-spider (like ants), or there is a much larger Araneomorphus somewhere on the island.


As long as it is kept far from arachnophobics, domesticated Araneomorphus makes an excellent guardian creature for anyone wanting to avoid killing. Their strange web-spraying behavior is also quite helpful while hunting fast, fleeing prey. They are too small to be used as mounts, however...


Due to their aggressive temperament, the Araneomorphus will attack any survivor on sight. Like most spiders, it produces webs to snare its food and uses venom to subdue them; however, rather than building elaborate webs, the Araneo opts to shoot webs and inject venom into its prey. They are most commonly found in large swarms deep underground.


Found deep underground in dark caverns, or around the volcano of Ragnarok and volcanic island of The Center, the Araneomorphus is a nightmarish chimera of various spider species and a mix of fantasy, with enlarged, arm-like pedipalps, 7 eyes, 4 "teeth", a strange box-shaped mouth, hairy bristles spaced all over the body and its 8 legs, stinger-like spinnerets, and strange sac-like structures covering the entirety of the top of the abdomen.

Color Scheme and Regions

This section displays the Araneo's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Araneo. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Araneo 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 Araneo's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Araneo's "thorax and head" magenta.

Araneo PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
Thorax and Head
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Araneo PaintRegion2.png
Region 2:
Lower Abdomen
Araneo PaintRegion3.png
Region 3:
Araneo PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Araneo PaintRegion5.png
Region 5:
Upper Abdomen and Markings


Aberrant Araneo

 Aberrant Araneo is the Aberrant variant of Araneo found in Aberration. It is identical to the normal species except for its bioluminescence. It is tameable and is  Radiation immune.

VR Araneo

 VR Araneo is the VR variant of Araneo found during some missions in Genesis: Part 2. It is identical to the normal variant in every way except for its digitized appearance. It is not tameable.


Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 150 +30 +2.7% 0.07
 Stamina 100 +10 +10%
 Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
 Food 900 +90 +10%
 Weight 100 +2 +8%
 Melee Damage 10 / 5 +0.5 / +0.25 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 67%
 Torpidity 80 +4.8 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 200 ? ? 400 320 534.4 15
Swimming 200 ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • 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 Araneo bites the target for 10 damage.
  • This attacks increases the target's  Torpor x3 the Araneo's  Melee Damage.
  • Can be used every 0.45s by both a rider and the AI.

Spider Web Shot
  • The Araneo shoots 3 spider webs in its head direction for 5 damage each impact.
  • This attacks induces  Webbed to the target for 10 seconds.
  • Each spider web impact reset the webbed timer.
  • Can be used every 1.16s by both a rider and the AI.


Pacifism in Caves ( ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile only)

Tamed Araneo is not detected by other cave creatures.


Araneomorphus is tamed non-violently, rather than through the use of tranquilizers. Since it is a naturally aggressive creature, you must first apply Bug Repellent to keep it from attacking on sight. The Araneo will not be tameable if it is trying to attack another creature or is feeding on a corpse, so you must either remove any such distractions from the area or lure it to a more secluded area.

Once you have the Bug Repellent applied and distractions dealt with, place the food you wish to feed it in the right-most slot of your hot bar. Then, carefully approach the Araneo until a button prompt to feed it appears - it will eat the piece of food you give it and a taming bar will appear. It is recommended that you do so in the prone position to reduce the chance of it noticing you and becoming aggressive. You must then wait until it becomes hungry enough to be fed again, and repeat the process. If you accidentally get too close and touch the Araneo, it will become aggressive and attack. To continue taming it, you must get far enough away for it to lose interest in you.

Once tamed, the Araneo can itself become a useful tool for taming because of its web attack. Survivors can use this attack to slow down a target animal, rendering it far less dangerous and more manageable.

Araneo.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 11 01:13 0:12:14
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 69 00:20 0:23:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 172 00:10 0:28:41
Araneo.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 19 01:10 0:21:07
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 127 00:20 0:42:21
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 317 00:10 0:52:51
Araneo.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 28 01:09 0:31:07
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 187 00:20 1:02:21
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 467 00:10 1:17:51
Araneo.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 37 01:08 0:41:07
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 247 00:20 1:22:21
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 617 00:10 1:42:51
Araneo.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 46 01:08 0:51:07
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 307 00:20 1:42:21
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 767 00:10 2:07:51
Araneo.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 55 01:07 1:01:07
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 367 00:20 2:02:21
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 917 00:10 2:32:51

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.


Most times of the year, the Araneomorphus can be found only in caves. However, during the ARK: Fear Evolved event, the Araneos spawned in various places above ground.


This section describes how to fight against the Araneomorphus.


The Araneo is found in caves and has tranquilizing venom, but to a sufficiently equipped player, this is generally not an issue. They have relatively low health and rely on swarming their opponent to overwhelm them with web and venom attacks.


Be careful to avoid their ranged attacks. The web attack impedes your mobility and can leave you vulnerable to ambush by other cave predators. Stay nimble and fight back using a ranged weapon, such as a Crossbow. Pikes and Swords can also work in a pinch, but leave you more vulnerable.


Most weapons are fairly effective against the Araneo, with ranged weapons being the most effective. However, most ranged weapons will be incapable of putting down large rushes sufficiently quickly, making a backup melee weapon a necessity. Pikes and Shotguns are effective, as the Pike can keep them out of attack range reliably while dealing substantial damage; the Shotgun, on the other hand, can quickly slaughter the Araneo in tight spaces.


The largest danger the Araneo presents is the size of its horde. A single Araneo and its ranged attacks can be a challenge, deadly even, but a swarm can quickly overwhelm even the strongest survivors if they aren't paying attention and get cornered. Watch your Torpor carefully and have an ally nearby if possible to cover you if you fall. Once they spot you they will web you which slows you for 10 seconds Araneo will re-web you with terrifying accuracy in under 10 seconds even if you're in bite range which is larger than you would think as Araneo lunges for you when they bite


Cave walls frequently create close quarters, so Shotguns are highly effective. Tamed creatures can be a great help for taking on the Araneo - but which ones can be used depends on the size of the cave entrance. In larger caves, creatures like the  Raptor,  Sabertooth,  Direwolf, and even  Pteranodon can be used. In other caves, only shoulder-mounted animals like the  Dimorphodon can be used.

Much like the  Dilo's Spit, Their Web Attack can also be blocked with a shield.



  • Base Defense/ Guard Dog: Though the Araneo has abysmal speed and rather low health and damage when compared to the majority of creatures, it makes up for this by having a venomous bite which can induce  Torpor as well as having a web attack that slows enemies down to just 10% of their original speed. Both of these attacks can be performed very quickly and at any angle, as the Araneo can turn on a dime because it has no turning radius, like that of the  Pulmonoscorpius. These traits make them especially deadly when in tight spaces and large groups. Once an enemy is webbed, the Araneos can close in to tranquilize or kill their prey with ease.
  • Cave/ Base Turret: The Araneo can also be used as a slowing turret that helps defend against rocket rushing; this is especially useful when used in caves in which the  Plant Species X units aren't an option since they require sunlight. This can essentially be accomplished by overburdening the Araneo and setting it on aggressive as this will cause it to perform its web attack that slows enemies. TIP: try setting them behind tight corners so they can't get sniped out.
  • Anti-Air: Skilled riders can use its webs to kill small flying animals or used to slow down flying animals. Its webs home in on a target, making it a great anti-air mount. When used in unison with an RPG, it's possible to easily kill other players on-air mounts easier than on foot.
  • Taming Buddy: The Araneo has unlimited bolas in the form of webs, and a torpor-inducing bite. Any weapon may be used on its back, and as such they are viable to use in taming a lot of animals. Its body can trap small animals when you walk over them, although this might be a bug.



For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Araneo, see the relevant Wikipedia article.

  • The Web attack can have it's damage increased if  Melee Damage is increased.
  • The Dossier for Araneomorphus mentions a "much larger Araneomorphus somewhere on the island"; this actually refers to the  Broodmother Lysrix, one of the bosses in the game. All Araneomorphus may be the children of the Broodmother Lysrix herself.
    • Helena in her dossier also mentions that she is convinced that some of the caves of The Island were dug out by Araneo. How the spiders managed to "dig" out these caves, if it is true, is a mystery.
      • This hypothesis might be explained by the possibility of them working in a colony, and by looking at real-life species of spiders like the African Trapdoor Spider and most large tarantulas, which dig quite deep holes to live.
  • Usually only found in caves, they can sometimes appear in groups on the surface due to a glitch. On maps like Ragnarok or The Center however, they also spawn on the surface in certain biomes.
  • Despite the Dossier saying that they are too small to be used as mounts, Araneos were made rideable in Patch 221.0.
  • Though the Dossier states they have a "poisonous bite" that is technically incorrect as it would be venomous, not poisonous. Venom is injected, while poison is ingested. However, some scientists consider this difference trivial, as some poisons in their composition are far more similar to certain venoms than other poisons and venom and poison can be delivered by various species and from wildly different organs and tissues in wildly different ways, sometimes blurring the lines between injection and ingestion. For example, some Lynx spiders and Spitting Cobras can 'spit' their venom at an aggressor which is not quite injected nor consumed when hit at sensitive organs and tissue like the eyes or skin. Regardless, it is important to note that both poison and venom are biological toxins that can dangerously disrupt a victim's body with a cocktail containing proteins, enzymes, and other molecules.
  • Araneae is the scientific name for spiders,[2] the Latin root morphous means "to have the shape of something," amalgam refers to a mixture or combination, and tantibus is literally the Latin word for "nightmare." So Araneomorphus amalgotantibus roughly means "spider-shaped nightmare combination" in Latin, referring to the fact that it possesses features from numerous different families and genera of real-life spiders and that the Dossier describes it as being "nightmare-inducing."
  • There is a common glitch while walking up inclined hills or ramps, as Araneomorphus will usually lean forward and perform a sort of "hand-stand," while their faces clip through the ground. Additionally, they used to not have any sort of falling or swimming animation but some time ago they gained a rather unholy swimming animation; Araneo now when swimming will struggle with its 8 legs to push itself upward, holding its head up high to avoid swallowing water. When holding still in water Araneo will seem to relax, still holding its head out of water while its legs sink to a relaxed state; now when falling, Araneo relaxes its body in preparation for impact. They also now have a turning animation in which Araneo pulls toward whatever direction you turn with its front legs.
  • Araneo do not produce  Feces.
  • Real-world Spiders hunt for their food or wait to catch their food, however Ark's Araneo have adapted to not only hunt and catch their food but adapted to eat spoiled rotting meat and flesh.
    • To add to differences between the Araneo and real-world spiders it's important to note the difference between the Araneo and its un-spider-like mouth and mouth-parts. It appears as though the Araneo's chelicerae are incredibly reduced, while the maxillary plates have grown 2 fang-like teeth to mirror the top, creating a jaw of sorts. The mouth itself is not a small hole concealed under the chelicerae like in real spider species but rather is gaping and monstrously huge. The whole arrangement of the mouthparts and the mouth is thus incredibly different to any living spider today. Along with that, the Araneo has 7 eyes, something that can only occur as a birth defect or genetic mutation in real spiders, and has weird red and grey sacs covering the back that serve an unknown purpose. All of these features are a testament to the theory that none of the creatures on the Ark are descendants or related evolutionary to any organism on earth but rather are genetic fabrications created by the  Overseer.
  • Even though the Araneo is a supposed mix of many spider species, it cannot climb walls or ceilings like most other spiders can. This is likely due to the Araneo's large size and lack of adaptations to climb (although this still is mysterious considering they live almost exclusively within caves on almost every map making their inability to climb extremely bizarre as they would live within a perfect environment for that adaptation) not only that but Genesis: Part 1 also introduced the  Bloodstalker which is another larger species of spider that is capable of climbing onto walls and ceilings.
  • Despite what the dossier says about its venom-spitting trait that it shares with the Lynx Spider, the Araneo cannot spit its venom. The  Broodmother Lysrix, whom is most likely related to the Araneo in some way, can spit venom, however.
  • Real-world spiders use the hairs on their bodies to hear, taste and smell.
  • On Crystal Isles's location Emberfall, tamable Araneos can spawn well over the normal limit of 150.
  • Prior to 316.19, Araneo gender is unrecognizable, only seen as a white name as opposed to pink or blue names representing the gender.
  • Using mods or external tools it is possible to see that the Araneo uses  Simple Kibble as favorite kibble. However, when given to him it turns out to be terrible for its taming effectiveness, so in practice the Araneo does not have a favorite kibble.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
221.0 The Araneo is now tameable through passive means and rideable with the  Araneo Saddle. This change came alongside the first ARK: Fear Evolved event, which also made the  Onyc tameable
258.0 Araneo now supports a new AI Turret Mode with its webs
258.5 Improved Araneo web projectile aiming
  • The Araneo can now use its bite attack and web attack while moving
  • Rider can now aim the Araneo's webs
259.32 Added in eating animations for Carno and Araneo
  • Reduced the number of Araneo minions spawned by the  Broodmother Lysrix by 30%, and made them 30% tougher
  • Removed Araneo spawns from the Snow Cave
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added the  Aberrant Araneo
318.9 Fixed a bug which prevented  Arthropleuras, Spiders, and  Onyc that were in  Cryopods from being deployed
Patch  ARK: Survival Ascended Changes
36.8 Fixed Araneo poking through the saddle
43.5 Removed Araneo's unintentional Cart saddle attachment slot