Dire Wolf

Dire Wolf

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Dire Wolf
Dire Wolf
Common Name Dire Wolf
Group Mammals
Species Canis maxdirus
Time Period Pleistocene
Diet Carnivore
Temperament Aggressive
PC Release Date September 28, 2015
Xbox Release Date December 16, 2015
PS4 Release Date December 6, 2016
Spawn Command [Expand]
Tameable Yes
Rideable Yes
Breedable Yes
Taming Method Knockout
Preferred Kibble Kibble (Carno Egg)
Preferred Food Raw Prime Meat
Saddle(s) No Saddle Needed
Rider Weaponry Yes
Humans Can Carry No
XP For Kill Level : 6.00 XP


Raw Meat

Special Loot Chance 30%
Feces Size Small
Drag Weight 120
Carryable By





Immobilized By

Bear Trap

Large Bear Trap

Plant Species Y Trap

Can Damage Thatch


Gestation Time 4h 10m
Baby Time 4h 52m
Juvenile Time 19h 29m
Adolescent Time 1d 21m
Total Maturation Time 2d 0h 43m 57s
Breeding Interval 18h – 2d
 Dire Wolf
 Very Common

Are you scared of a wolf? Now you will get a chance to find out a creature called Dire Wolf that wanders around in the Snow Biome in ARK Survival Evolved. It’s mammal creature which is very carnivorous and aggressive. It’s also extremely scary when hunting down prey and other creatures. Explore this kind of animal in ARK game now!

Basic Info


Wild: The species name of this creature is Canis Maxdirus and it’s known as a scary one. It lives in a big pack and always goes hunting or chasing down the prey of any size. It is a dangerous hunter that you should stay watchful for when you’re close to it. It has a small size just like a horse, and it can even pose a threat to the biggest predators if it’s with other members in the packs.

Domesticated: Canis can be viewed as a perfect mount for combat because of its quickness, strength and intelligent. Just similar to the combat cats, this creature is also good at jumping.

Known Information: Canis can work with other teammates, and together, they are powerful packs! Different from other creatures, Dire Wolf can be considered as a devoted pack hunter because it seldom goes hunting alone. It will normally team up with others in the packs to go hunting. The one who is most experienced will be known as the Alpha which has a powerful improvement.


Canis always lives in big packs! When you catch sight of only one dire wolf, you should survey the whole location to be aware of the rest of its group. Doing so will prevent you from becoming their prey and protect yourself too. As aggressive pack hunters, these dire wolves will willingly assault anything when they see. So you must stay alert to them all the time. But once you have tamed them, they will become your faithful mounts.


The predecessor of the modern wolf is Dire Wolf. It can fit risky environments and deadly surroundings in the game. It has a very big size, with two basic colors, including gray and black on its body. It’s a muscular creature too.

Color Scheme and Regions

You will find out the natural colors and regions of Direwolf in this part. There are some areas below are painted in red on a white Direwolf. The painted squares displayed below every illustration of the region are the colors that this creature will generate at random in order to offer a general scope of its natural color scheme. Just move your mouse on a color to find out the name and ID.

This section displays the Direwolf’s natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Direwolf. The colored squares shown underneath each region’s description

0.7% is the possibility of having a wolf painted with DinoLightOrange for every single color region.

The region info can be used by the server admins in the console command “cheat SetTargetDinoColor ”

For instance, utilizing “cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6” would help paint the body magenta of the Direwolf.


Region 0:


Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.


Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.


Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Tail, Back and Face

Region 4:
Tail, Back and Face


Region 5:


  • Raw Meat
  • Hide
  • Pelt

Base Stats and Growth

In Survival of the Fittest, the stats of creatures will be discrepant

Basic Stats

Attribute Amount at Level 1 Increase per point Taming Bonus
Wild Domesticated1 Add Mult
5Health 330 +66 +5.4% 0.0924
1Stamina 260 +26 +10%
2Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
3Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
6Weight 170 +3.4 +4%
7Melee Damage 332 +1.65 +1.7% 5.6% 15.4%
4Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3% 30%
8Torpor 450 +27 N/A4 0.5


  1. Percentages are depended on the value of the stat at the moment when the creature was domesticated (after the effectiveness of taming)
  2. The absolute Base Damage is displayed here rather than the percentage.
  3. The movement speed of untamed creatures won’t be developed and leveled up.
  4. Torpor develops every single level on the untamed creatures, but it can’t be developed after they are domesticated.
  • Check out Base Creature Statistics to find out a comparison of the creatures’ stats.
  • If you want to research on the way that levelup calculation operates, you should check out Creature Stats Calculation

Movement Speed

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 287.5 1048.800049 1048.800049 10
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


  • The table shown above is the base speeds of the creature, and they are at 100% Movement Speed.
  • Check out Base Creature Speeds to find out a comparison of the creatures’ speeds

Attack Values


Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Utilizing the left mouse button will make the Direwolf bite the prey


5 365 0 0
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 33
Bite (AI) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The prey is bitten. The values of the assault will be utilized by an untamed creature or the one that hasn’t been ridden yet.
0 365 0 0
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 33


Wild Stats Level-up

Enter any values of an untamed creature so that you can find out the stressed stats. The ones that have green values will be great for breeding. You can take back the breeding stats of a tamed creature by using the tool called ARK Stats Extractor.

Dire Wolf

Keep in mind that the tamed creatures will receive some bonuses on their stats after being domesticated, which counts on the success of taming. You will find it difficult to take back the levels on a domesticated creature. Therefore, this tool is only good for untamed ones.


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Remember that the values are just for optimum instances, and they always carry additional supplies.

You can try checking out external taming calculator.

Ingredients for Kibble (Carno Egg): 1 × Carno Egg , 1 × Savoroot , 1 × Cooked Meat , 2 × Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber , 1 × Water

KO Strategy

Argentavis can carry Dire Wolf, which sets it apart from the whole group, then you can place it in a box that has windows. After that, you can knock it out by firing arrows through the box. Normally, you only have to use 4-12 tranq arrows for the low levels. But, you should stay alert to the wolf because sometimes, it is able to attack the bird and destroy the rider. If the angle and distance are not safe for the bird yet, you should release the wolf for a bit, then carry it again. You can make it unable to assault Argentavis by striking it once while the bird is carrying it.

You can try using Bola to keep it unconscious, then try to use tranquilizer arrows to knock it out.

Alpha Boost

The Alpha boost is not available in the game, for now, however, you can still wait for the organized function in the forthcoming time.

Some believed that the Alpha would usually strengthen the rest ones in the whole pack. If the Alpha is knocked out, the pack will become weaker.


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You will find out some tips and ways to battle against the Direwolf in this section.


Dire Wolf will never go alone around, so you won’t get a chance to find it. If you’re ready for a fight against them, you need to try to kill the entire pack prior to turning back. It’s kind of usual to catch sight of some packs of 5-6 members in the snow-covered plains.


You should try to stay away from the pack once you see it. Also, you must prepare a longneck rifle to shoot some Dire Wolves that have a lower level. You can use a pike in case you have no ammo left. The ranged weapons will help you kill the whole pack easily. Or if you have an Argentavis, you can use it to pick off one wolf and try to destroy it while you’re flying above to dodge the pack.


You can totally take down the whole pack by just using the ranged weapons because they are so useful in helping you fight against the dire wolves. Due to the characteristic of snow biome, which is very barren, you should try to attack the pack from a distance as long as you have some nice tools.


The Dire Wolf always comes with its pack, or with one another Dire Wolf. It’s never alone! These creatures are extremely fast when running on land. If they catch you off guard, try to run or stay away from them, especially don’t let them overrun you.


While in water, Dire Wolves have the same moving pattern as molasses. The way it moves can give you a chance to shoot it from a distance because the snow biome is filled with sheets of floating ice. You can take down the wolves by utilizing a rifle before they are closer to you. Dire Wolves don’t have enough power to knockback some strong and heavy tamed dinosaurs, like Spinosaur for instance. If you assault them in a proper way, you can defeat them easily.


Battle Mount: Dire Wolf can be used as a battle mount and you no need to put a saddle on it. They can deal high damage, you should try to let a male and female go with together for their survival (Level up in health and damage)

Travel Mount: They have fair speed and some stamina. A Dire Wolf can be utilized for searching, which is very secure. (Level up in Speed, Stamina, and Weight)

Companion: Dire Wolf can be your companion and travel with you. A wolf will become your pet, and willing follow you ever where. You can let them sleep with you too at night when you’re far away from your tribe. (Level up in Health and Weight).


Dire Wolf


According to the dossier, the pack always has an Alpha Wolf, but it doesn’t appear in the game yet.

The dossier was launched on 08/4/2015

Seemingly Dire Wolves don’t take much fall damage as they are able to fall from a higher point prior to undergoing the fall damage.

You can’t put any armor on Dire Wolves

The wolf can howl if you use right mouse button (the Alt-Fire). If it howls like that, you can find your home easily if you get lost.

The Dire Wolf launches it assault very quickly, and their attacks can become very destructive to lots of other targets and foes. Due to its powerful attacks, the Dire Wolf can become a strong mount.

The game developers stated that they probably were thinking about attaching a saddle or several armor types to the Dire Wolf in an interview.

Real Dire Wolves were truly giant variants of gray wolves in current time.

Dire Wolves are the risk that you may encounter when wandering around the Snow Cave, and they mostly generate at high levels.

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