The Rock Drake is a crazy new creature in the Aberration expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved. It can climb, it can glide, and it can camouflage itself and its rider. With the craggy landscape of Aberration, this is the perfect all-around mount for getting around and staying safe.
However, this bad boy is not easy to tame. In fact, you can’t even tame wild ones; you must instead steal a Rock Drake egg and hatch it, much like Wyverns in Scorched Earth, but with their own twist.
In this guide, we’ll go over everything from finding a suitable Rock Drake egg to incubating and hatching it to raising and feeding the baby until it’s ready to be saddled and ridden. It’s a lengthy process, but it’s well worth it. Let’s dive in!
Rock Drake Egg Locations in ARK Aberration
Rock Drake eggs are found in a rather dangerous location on the map, so before you even attempt to snag one, you need to make sure you’re prepared. Radiation is the main concern, which means you’ll need a Hazard Suit in order to deal with the environment. That engram won’t even unlock until you are around level 60, so be patient and bide your time rather than risking your life trying to snag an egg.
Once you’re equipped with a Hazard Suit, head to around 56/57 on the map, and you’ll find a ravine with glowing pink eggs scattered along the cliff walls. These are the Rock Drake eggs you’re looking for. Simply grab an egg that’s around the level you want and jet out of there before the angry momma Rock Drake finds out what you’ve done.
How to Incubate and Hatch a Rock Drake Egg in ARK Aberration
Once you and your Rock Drake egg are safely back at base, it’s time to incubate it so it can hatch. Rather than requiring a warm environment to incubate in, however, Rock Drakes need a cooler environment. The best way to achieve this is to create a square of Air Conditioners all blasting cold air into a 2×2 space.
The egg will need some time to incubate between all those air conditioners, but the baby needs food when it hatches, so be sure to spend this time collecting it. Since babies can’t eat solid meat, you’ll need to hunt down something a little more special.
How to Raise a Baby Rock Drake in ARK Aberration
Baby Rock Drakes need a good helping of Nameless Venom in order to grow into adulthood. This is a rare drop found by killing the Nameless creatures that pop out of the ground and attack you. The amount you’ll need varies depending on your server settings, but pick up about a dozen to be on the safe side. You can always go out and get more if you think you’ll run out before the baby matures. Remember that it can be stored in the Preserving Bin but not in the Refridgerator.
Once the Rock Drake hatches, place some Nameless Venom in its inventory. If it refuses to eat initially, you can force feed it similarly to how you can force feed a baby Wyvern. Then, simply give it time, make sure it has plenty of room to grow, and keep it safe from harm as it slowly matures into adulthood.
Once it finally becomes an adult, you can slap a saddle on it and ride around the map on your new, terrifying Rock Drake. It can scale walls simply by walking up them, glide by leaping from cliff faces and high places, and cloak itself and its rider by pressing the crouch button.
What do you think of Aberration‘s Rock Drake? Is it going to become your go-to mount for the expansion? Let us know in the comments below!
For more tips on surviving among prehistoric and fantastic creatures, be sure to check out the rest of our ARK: Survival Evolved guides.
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