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ARK: Survival Evolved - How to Tame or Kill Megachelon (Genesis DLC)

Mar 4, 2020    


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If you wondering how to tame Megachelon in Ark: Genesis, it's simple, but isn't easy and can take quite a while. The giant sea turtle added in Ark's Genesis expansion is a useful pet because you can build on the back of its huge shell and use it to dive underwater while it provides you with oxygen via a breathing bubble.

How to Tame Megachelon



Passive Tame



The Megachelon must be tamed passively with a unique mechanic; locate a Parakeet Fish School (also called Microbe Swarm when they target you) which can commonly be found in the deeper depths and let it target you. Slowly bring the school to the Megachelon and they should start to follow it, initiating the taming process. Megalodons commonly attack the Megachelon so make sure you kill any of them in the vicinity. If they attack the Megachelon the taming progress resets. Also, Sabertooth Salmon and Coelacanth will constantly spawn and attack the Parakeet Fish School and eventually kill it; you may need someone else actively killing these that spawn or acquiring more Parakeet Fish Schools to continue the taming. In general, taming a Megachelon is at least a 2-person job in most circumstances.

if you are playing solo or on a server where you do not anticipate others in the ocean biome, you can initiate the taming process and immediately leave render distance. This puts the creatures in stasis but the taming continues with no risk of either the Megachelon or Parakeet Fish School from dying. Just check your tribe log after an hour or two (based on the level of the Megachelon) and you should see that the tame completed. After that you can go back where the creatures were put into stasis and collect your tame.

Utility



The Megachelon is tamed for its utility purposes. First and foremost, it can support a base on its back to ferry survivors safely and provide them with constant oxygen while they are around it. The Megachelon itself can shoot a stream of bubbles that captures creatures and survivors in a bubble and make them float upwards to the surface; this is useful if Megalodons or other hostiles are in your way and you want them to be moved. While the Megachelon doesn't appear to have any special reductions on weight for resources (further testing required), its high weight capacity allows it to ferry materials with ease. While it has a very powerful bite, the Megachelon is very slow and has a wide turning radius which makes it a poor battle creature against anything partially mobile. It's advised to have some guardian creatures to fend off the dangers of the ocean though a high-level Megachelon can take a lot of punishment.

Megachelons also passively produce rare mushrooms and rare flowers.

Roles



  • Mobile Base: The Megachelon offers the ability to create a base on its back with oxygen vents allowing you to breathe underwater.
  • Tank: The Megachelon has a large health pool and resistance to projectiles on its shell, allowing it to tank bullets from auto turrets if positioned properly against them.

How to Kill Megachelon



This section describes how to fight against the Megachelon.

General



The Megachelon is very slow and you should be able to outswim it. Structures can be placed on its back without having a saddle. Use caution when removing/equiping saddle for it will destroy structures currently on its back.

Strategy



Lure the Megachelon above water and shoot at it with an Assault Rifle or a high power Rocket Launcher. When fighting underwater use a Crossbow or an underwater tame.

Weaponry



any weapon that can fire underwater or a high Dps weapon.

Dangers



None. However, due to its high health pool, other dangers such as Electrophus, Manta and Megalodon are to be expected from as it will take a long while to kill it.

Weakness



The Megachelon is extremely slow. Meaning a player can keep their distance while attacking easily. Its turning radius is also atrocious, making it very easy to get killed by something like Sarco once you get behind it.

Where to Find Megachelon



You'll find Megachelon in the new ocean biome in Ark: Genesis, which you can teleport to using HLNA, your AI companion. You may have to search the waters for a bit, but when one spawns they're easy to spot due to their size. They swim very slowly and occasionally breach the surface with their massive shells.