Ark: Survival Evolved is a fascinating game that has players survive a hostile world populated with dinosaurs by banding together with other survivors and taming the dinosaurs to their personal use. But as players expand their power through the creation of tribes and bases it’s quickly revealed that there are greater threats on the island than the common dinosaurs they’ve been fighting and taming.
In Ark, there are bosses that rule the world: powerful dinosaurs and other beings that have carved out a territory for themselves and become absolutely monstrous when threatened. Here are the 10 most powerful bosses found in Ark and how to beat them.
10 Desert Titan
The Desert Titan is easy to kill, but only if the player has tamed a Managarmr which is difficult to do. If the player has a Managarmr then it’s a matter of dispatching the minions with a powerful rifle then attacking the Desert Titan directly by dashing forward, attacking, and then backing off before getting hit by lightning.
It’s one of the few bosses that can be easily soloed, but it takes skill and as mentioned the ownership of a Managarmr, without it this can be a tough fight.
9 Forest Titan
If you had a Managarmr for the Desert Titan then you’ll want to use it for the other Titans and the Forest Titan is no exception. The only reason the Forest Titan is considered more difficult than the Desert is that you will need a group of Rexes with you to join the fray.
Once the Forest Titan has been summoned it can spawn poisonous trees that make it tough to fly, which is where you want to be. So you’ll need the Rexes on the ground to prevent those trees from spawning. Then it’s simply a matter of dashing your way to victory with the Managarmr.
8 Ice Titan
The Ice Titan is the toughest of the three elemental Titans. It has the highest HP and its breath attack and aura of mist will freeze opponents. It’s a tricky fight, but having a swift mount, like that Managarmr, can make avoiding those pesky freezing attacks much easier.
It’s also incredibly helpful to have Rexes on the ground to keep the Ice Titan distracted. They won’t be able to do much damage as they’ll be frozen most of the time, but it’ll keep the Titan off your back while you deal with its minions and dish out damage.
The Megapithecus is a fairly easy fight given its low health compared to the other bosses on the list. The Megapithecus is a giant ape living in a temple on the snow-covered mountains, it’s capable of summoning monkeys called Mesopithecus and large apes called Gigantopithecus.
To beat the largest of the apes, players simply stay put on the starting pad and wait for the giant ape to get close then whistle their tamed dinosaurs into battle. Assuming the player has taken precautions against hypothermia and doesn’t let their dinosaurs fall in the large hole in the level, it’s an easy enough fight, although it does take longer than facing a Titans.
6 Broodmother Lysrix
This massive spider can be a serious threat to those who don’t properly prepare, but for those who are prepared this fight is a cakewalk, which is why the Broodmother Lysrix isn’t higher on the list. Her main threat is the ability to cast webs that significantly slow down enemies. This is especially lethal for players not riding dinosaurs, so the obvious way to minimize the threat is to always be riding one.
Having a dozen or so Rex’s or other similarly strong dinosaurs with a Yutyrannus to provide the attack boost is usually enough to take the Broodmother down, just be careful of the webs when she starts slinging them.
Like the Broodmother, the Manticore is dangerous for those who don’t know what they’re doing and a breeze for the prepared. The Manticore’s lair is infested with Deathworms so it's best to stay on the main platform and kill them and the Rock Elementals that show up first before tackling the Manticore.
As for the Manticore, it’s best to use either a friend with a bunch of Rexs or to bring a lot of Wyverns to keep it distracted while you handle its minions. Then simply let the Wyverns keep it distracted while you pummel away with homing rockets or wait till the Manticore lands and rush in with Rexs.
While the other bosses are relatively easy with the right strategy, these next four are difficult even for those who’ve properly prepared. Rockwell is a mutated creature that is surrounded by a pool of molten element and one singular path to access him. He is completely invulnerable to damage with his tentacles up, so taking those tentacles down is priority number one.
The tentacles deal incredible area of attack damage and towards the end of the battle Rockwell will summon a never-ending horde of Nameless and Reapers. A Rock Drake is useful for hiding from his minions, but the name of the game is tanking, handling the waves, and attacking hard once the tentacles are brought down.
The Dragon used to be the toughest boss in the game before being replaced by expansions but that doesn’t mean it’s a pushover. The Dragon can soar to heights unreachable by the player and spit massive fireballs from above. Every so often it will land and breath fire or bite at opponents. This is the best time to attack, but also the most dangerous as a single bite will instakill the player.
It’s highly recommended to have a tribe of players at your side, a horde of Rexes and the most powerful guns you can gather to take this monster down.
The Overseer is a nightmare because each time it loses 25% of its health it will transform into a replica of one of three other bosses, the Megapithecus, the Dragon, and the Broodmother Lysrix. It’s true form, the Specimen Implant, has an invulnerable energy shield it can use, a massive area of effect laser attack and the ability to knock players off their mounts.
The Overseer is also surrounded by a never-ending stream of Defense Units and Attack Drones. The best tactic against this boss is to have a group of friends with Reaper Kings to handle the Defense Units, a group with Managarmr for Attack Drones, and a sizable group with Rexes and Yutyrannus to tackle the various forms of the boss.
1 King Titan
The King Titan easily takes the number one spot as the hardest boss in the game. When on the offensive this Godzilla-like monster will lob fireballs that do impressive levels of damage and has an army of corrupted dinosaurs that can easily swarm the player.
When it’s suffered enough damage it will kneel in the center of the arena, obtain a major reduction in damage it receives, and pepper the area with meteors in an attempt to destroy the element node that spawned. If the King Titan or its corrupted minions successfully destroy the node it will heal a portion of its health. It’s a brutal fight that will leave many dinosaurs and likely fellow players dead once the battle is over.