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This instrument, while primitive, is quite effective at long-range reconnaissance.

Found in Supply Crate
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 279 1 0 0
cheat gfi SpyGlass 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Test/PrimalItem_WeaponSpyglass.PrimalItem_WeaponSpyglass'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
2 EP
Crafting XP
8 XP
Crafting time
Crafted in

The Spyglass is a tool in ARK: Survival Evolved that allows the player to see faraway players, creatures, and landscapes.


The Spyglass is often used in-game while taming to see possible tameable beasts far away, and to check the level of a creature in order to decide whether it is approachable. This is particularly valuable in hunting dangerous creatures such as Carnos and Rexes, as well as flying creatures like Argents, Pteranodons, and Quetzals.

It can also be used to see the owner of structures from an increased distance.

While looking at a player or a creature through the spyglass, you can use the "Attack This Target" whistle (default: .) to command a creature to attack a distant target.

The spyglass can be used to show the gender of the creature you wish to tame, allowing you to hunt for mates to your dinosaurs for breeding.

The Spyglass is also useful to call tamed flyers down, when a rider disconnects from the game or is knocked off or killed while in flight. The rider will have to look at the tame through the spyglass and then either whistle it to follow or land.


  • Can be used while mounted. Selecting the Spyglass will equip it on zoom mode and unequipping it will zoom out again.
  • While riding a mount, its body will often obstruct your sight (head in front or wings to the sides), so it will be easier to use looking backwards.
  • The recipe uses 2 ×  Crystal, which can only be reliably harvested with a  Metal Pick (you are able to harvest Crystal with a  Stone Pick, however, the dropchance for any Crystal is very low. It often takes harvesting several crystal nodes to loot one Crystal from them), making it a difficult item for low-level players to acquire despite its low unlock level.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
170.0 Added missing Spyglass engram (like binoculars), which also enables you to craft the later glasswares.
180.4 Hitting stuff with the Spyglass (which have no durability) is now akin to punching with your Fists (8 damage per hit and hurts you slightly).
181.0 Using spyglass now shows Floating HUD of Dinos, Players, or Structures that you are directly pointing at, for long range reconnaissance.
186.0 You can now equip the Spyglass while riding on a dino.
247.1 Fixed ability to use Spyglass while Riding Dinos.
259.0 Fixed the Spyglass not functioning properly while flying on the  Griffin.
264.5 Spyglass now usable on all underwater dinos.
278.0 Spyglass now functions correctly on Tamed  Reapers.
287.100 Spyglass use disabled while in  Mek.
287.110 Prevented the Q button from allowing spyglass use while riding the  Mek.
289.100 Can now press N to turn on crosshair while equipped.
324.17 Fixed a bug where the Spyglass was not displaying wild or enemy creature names.