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800px-Dossier Mantis
Common Name Mantis
Group Invertebrates
Species Empusa discipulus
Time Holocene
Diet Carnivore
Temperament Aggressive
PC Release Date September 1, 2016 (v246.0)
Tameable Yes
Rideable Yes
Saddle Mantis Saddle

The existence of a creature such as Empusa discipulus is both fascinating and frightening. Not only does Empusa the only recorded insect to have developed an opposable digit, allowing it to grip objects and use tools, but it possesses a level of intelligence that is unrivaled among non-human species. I have even found clear patterns in the sounds Empusa makes when communicating with its own kind, as though it is actually some kind of dialect.

I would love to study these interactions in depth, but observing Empusa up close is extremely dangerous. Its size, intelligence and ability to pounce on its prey from a great distance mean that one could be quickly swarmed and killed upon detection. Caution is recommended.


Though a dangerous take, successfully taming Empusa can prove highly beneficial. Its unique claws allow it to wield melee weapons like spears or pikes in battle, and use tools while harvesting resources. This makes it deadly as a mount or footsoldier and highly efficient as a gatherer.

— The Dossier

The Empusa or Mantis is one of the creatures in the ARK: Scorched Earth expansion pack.




  • According to the Mysterious Mystery Dossier, it is very intelligent, with four tick-marks for intelligence. The only other creature with four ticks is Troodon.
    • Also similar to Troodon, the taming icon has a tick and an x, implying that it must be tamed in a unique way, as Troodon and Titanosaurus are.
  • It is confirmed that it's alternate attack has increased harvesting capabilities.
  • It also has a picture of the Crafting icon with two ticks, meaning that it can hold tools in its hands.

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • The dossier states that the mantis may have their own language. Although this may seem far-fetched, many animals seem to have their own system of "language". Prairie Dogs have distinctly different warning calls for different predators; and Orcas from different parts of the world seem to have different "dialects", even "accents" in their calls and songs.
  • There is a giant praying mantis Triassic of order "Titanoptera" (the most well-known member being the Gigatitan). However, this insect is much smaller than the mantis in ARK.