Roll Rat

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Spawn Command
cheat summon MoleRat_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Aberration/Dinos/MoleRat/MoleRat_Character_BP.MoleRat_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

Variant Roll Rat (Gauntlet2)

cheat summon MoleRat_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/MoleRat_Character_BP_STA.MoleRat_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
Taming Method
Preferred Food
 Roll Rat Saddle (Level 58)
Gestation Time
4h 57m 37.143s
Baby Time
5h 47m 13.333s
Juvenile Time
23h 8m 53.331s
Adolescent Time
1d 4h 56m 6.664s
Total Maturation Time
2d 9h 52m 13.328s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Roll Rat Aberration.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Roll Rat Valguero.svg
Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Roll Rat Genesis Part 1.svg
Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Roll Rat Genesis Part 2.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Roll Rat Fjordur Midgard.svg
Fjordur Vanaheim Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Roll Rat Fjordur Vanaheim.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Roll Rat is one of the creatures in the Aberration-DLC of ARK: Survival Evolved.

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.


Heterocephalus magnus








Bearing a strong resemblance to its relative, the Naked Mole Rat, Heterocephalus magnus is a gentle giant that digs for plants and fungi with its imposing front teeth. While foraging, it often uncovers precious resources inadvertently, but survivors should claim them with caution, as this triggers an aggressive response. When threatened, Heterocephalus rolls up into a ball to shield itself with the armored plates on its back, much like an armadillo. It then rolls around like an oversized bowling ball, smashing through rocks, walls, and hopefully its aggressor.


While hardly a ferocious war beast, Heterocephalus is an effective transport that can carry up to three passengers. In theory, it could also be siege weapon, as its rolling attack can dent even metal. Fortunately, most survivors use a special saddle that deploys a protective canopy when it starts spinning, which not only keeps them from getting squished, but provides extra protection to the rider and mount alike.


A passive creature, it does not attack unless provoked, by either attacking it or stealing any resources it has dug up after burrowing and emerging.

Wild Roll Rats regularly dig underground and pop back up in the same spot, unearthing gems. They frequently unearth Green Gems, sometimes unearth Blue Gems and rarely unearth Red Gems. Collecting the unearthed gems makes the Roll Rat hostile. They lose this ability after taming.


The Roll Rat shares many similarities to that of a Naked Mole Rat. However, unlike a Mole Rat, it is far larger and has a armored plating covering its' back.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Roll Rat PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body Main
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Roll Rat PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Roll Rat PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:


Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 850 +170 +5.4% 0.07 (TBHM: 90%)
 Stamina 300 +30 +10%
 Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
 Food 3000 +300 +10% 15%
 Weight 400 +8 +4%
 Melee Damage 42 +2.1 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +2%
 Torpidity 800 +48 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 250 ? ? 750 750 750 5
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • 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]

Roll Rat

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 Roll Rat is a generally passive creature until it is either attacked by the player or if one picks up gems that are laying nearby. When that occurs, the Roll Rat will become hostile and will attack the player. Although its damage is fairly high even at low levels, it is not an exceptionally fast creature. Put a decent amount of space between the two of you, and it will cease combat easily.


If you are on more of a fresh character and do not have access to Large Bear Trap yet still wish to fight a Roll Rat, your best bet is to not leave its side during combat. Note that with its large turning circle, it is prone to falling off cliffs.


It is most preferable to utilize ranged weapons and attacks if you have the means to immobilize the Roll Rat; however, as noted above, hugging the Roll Rat's side during melee combat is your best chance at downing it. Be sure to back off quickly when it occasionally begins rolling.


The only two ways to make a Roll Rat aggressive is to either steal the gems it unearths or to attack it directly. Otherwise, it is completely passive. As it is sometimes a source of the rare Red Gems, this provocation is often worth the risk.


Roll Rats possess mediocre speed when not rolling, and their large turning radius oftentimes make them easy targets.


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

 Giant Bee Honey

Taming Strategy (PC)

The Roll Rat has a unique variation to the Passive Taming mechanic; rather than directly pressing E to feed an item to the creature, you have to wait until it burrows down into the ground. Aim at the hole and press 0 (zero) to throw the food at the hole and repeat every time it burrows back in until it is fully tamed. It only accepts  Giant Bee Honey as its food source for taming.

Once tamed, however, the Roll Rat has a standard herbivore diet.

Quick Steps
  1. Place a single  Giant Bee Honey in the last inventory slot.
  2. Wait for the Roll Rat to burrow. Once it's tail is up in the air, it's time to throw.
  3. Aim at the hole and press 0 (zero) to throw the  Giant Bee Honey at the hole. Note that this does NOT make you eat the honey.
  4. Repeat all steps until tamed.

The Roll Rat occasionally begins its burrow animation but instead just unearths food - avoid being trigger happy if you have limited resources. You cannot pick thrown honey back up.

Also be aware that because of its large turning circle, it is prone to falling off cliffs midway through the taming process.

  • It appears as though you can "claim" a Roll Rat tame by throwing the honey on the ground in front of it. On PC, other attempts to feed it this way are ignored.
  • The Roll Rat's tame is cancelled if it enters combat. This completely resets ownership, progress and effectiveness.
  • The Roll Rat occasionally damages nearby units when it eats or emerges from its hole. This damage does not cause you to enter combat.

You have to wait until the Roll Rat starts to burrow and then throw  Giant Bee Honey near them to eat.


Unlike the overwhelming majority of creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved, the Roll Rat's saddle has a durability component that is damaged by combat, or by collisions with clippable resources (except foliage) while rolling. This reduces its usefulness in combat.


  • Transport: Roll Rats can transport several people safely and quickly by rolling. When riding the rat and holding Rmb, LT, or L2, it rolls forward at a fast pace. On its way, it breaks rocks and trees that are in its path; however, this reduces the durability of the  Saddle.
  • Harvester: The Roll Rat is a good  Wood harvester and a decent Mushroom and Berry harvester and will even harvest berries and mushrooms by itself.
  • Fertilizer: As with most creatures, feed Roll Rats  Stimberries and they will produce a very high amount of feces.
  • Bulldozer: Rolling into trees, large mushrooms and rocks will destroy them. This can be used to clear out areas of land quickly to be used for construction, although the resources from the trees and rocks are not harvested. In the same vein, Roll Rats can bulldoze their way through wood and stone structures with relative ease, making them primitive base breakers or turret removers. They do more damage the faster they're going and leveling up melee damage amplifies the damage they deal.
  • Travel: the Roll Rat is one of the best land travel mounts, they are faster than a  Raptor,  Ravager or even a  Deinonychus. and more fun to travel with unlike flyers like the  Pteranodon.
  • Raider: on PVP the roll rat can be one of the best Raiders, with their roll they Can quickly break  Stone Structures and  Metal Doors, also they can't be immobilized by  Bola and it gives you nearly protection from  Tranquilizer Darts.

Weight Reduction

The Roll Rat reduces the weight of the following resources by the listed amount while they are in its inventory:

Resource Reduction
 Fungal Wood 80%
 Wood 80%


Resource Efficiency
Wood.png Wood ★★★★★
Thatch.png Thatch ★★☆☆☆
Berries.png Berries ★☆☆☆☆



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

  • The torn dossier for this creature was first revealed on October 28, 2017.[2]
  • In the dossier for the Roll Rat it is shown to be a bareback ride tame however in game you need a saddle in order to ride it, this is presumably a mistake.
  • The Roll Rat's ability to roll resembles that of  Doedicurus, however the RMB must be held down for the Roll Rat to continue rolling, and the Doedicurus's saddle does not take damage when rolling.
  • The dossier states that the Roll Rat's roll can dent even metal. However this is currently not the case as the roll does no damage to metal structures (but is devastating against stone structures.) Whether or not this is a bug or intentional is currently unknown at this time but as it stands, however it may be talking about its metal saddle and how it breaks over time.
  • Roll Rats gain more movement speed while rolling if levels into movement speed are invested and/or if they're imprinted. This can make Roll Rats the fastest creature for land travel by far but controlling them at such speeds is nigh impossible. Movespeed-invested Roll Rats would not be advised for travel on Aberration or Extinction due to the nature of the maps (Aberration has several steep cliffs and Extinction doesn't have a barrier at the map edges to stop your momentum which can lead to the death of you and your Roll Rat should you cross the edge.)
  • Oddly enough, Roll Rats take full damage from bullets, unlike nearly every other creature in the game.
  • In the Seeker dossier, it shows a group of Seekers attacking a Roll Rat.
  • Real Naked Mole Rats eat plants but they mostly eat the roots and bulbs of the plant. Ark's Roll Rat have adapted to eating the Giant Bee Honey.
  • Roll Rats are a type of Mole Rat that have some how adapted to grow a unusual size. It has also adapted to curl up into a ball and roll around giving it the name Roll Rat.
    • However, Helena's claim that Roll Rats exibit this behavior is contradicted by the fact that wild Roll Rats in-game have never been seen to roll up in a ball and can only do so when tamed and eqipped with a saddle. On the contrary, Wild Roll Rats can dig but as soon as they are tamed, they lose this ability.
  • Helena mentions in her notes about wild Roll Rat's eating plants and fungi. While they do when tamed, they can only be tamed by giving it Giant Bee Honey first.
  • Mole Rats in real life have a eusocial structure similar to, bees, ants, termites and wasps. The Naked Mole Rats are lead by a queen and are the only mammals with this behavior, however Ark's Roll Rat does not have this behavior or is at least never shown similarly to the  Titanomyrma . The  Giant Bee and  Reaper species however do show it.
  • While taming it is also possible to throw the Giant Bee Honey while being riding on a tame e.g. Argentavis. It is not necessary to stand next to the hole. This makes taming easier and safer.
  • They are future relative of the Mole Rat that had to adapt to the changes of the environment in Aberration after the Ark became damaged.
  • Like many passive tames the Roll Rat can be knocked out in game, they cannot be tamed once they are knocked out.


Patch Changes
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release  Roll Rat is added to the game
275.32 Roll Rats can now be properly downloaded to ARKs other than Aberration
275.4 Reduced  Roll Rat Saddle overall durability loss while rolling by 50%, and it no longer loses any durability when hitting foliage
275.52 Roll Rat no longer receives an 80%  Weight reduction on  Stone, and instead now has a 80%  Weight reduction on  Wood and  Fungal Wood as intended
312.35 Fixed an issue with Roll Rat passengers getting killed when the Roll Rat rolls
329.5 Genesis: Part 2 Expansion Release  Roll Rat is added to Genesis: Part 2