TLC patch coming March 2018 adding a pack bonus wherein the leader roars and the pack gains damage resistance, movement speed, and attack speed buff for 15 seconds with a 45 second cooldown, will also gain a pounce and pin move similar to Thylocoleo which can be used on small creatures or players. Kill it to escape. Like so people can see!
The raptor is a good beginning mount.It is good at gathering meat and is fast. The raptor however has low stamina and health so fight smaller dinosaur to level up and then move on to fight larger dino. The raptor is a pack animal and in a group can easily kill players. It is also good at base defense if you put your raptors on aggressive and wander IN YOUR BASE WALLS. They are a good first mount and even helpful later on when you tame multiple and make a pack
Generally, you're going to want to invest in stamina and carrying weight for a while if you tame a low-level raptor. They're naturally fast,so you don't truly need many points in movement speed, and you can outrun almost all other predators, so health isn't needed either.
Speedy, deadly and agile the raptir is the perfect mount for getting around the island if you have just started playing ark. The saddle for the raptor is unlocked at lvl18. Raptors efficiently kill small dinosaurs, and can even kill a trike. Once upgraded they can take on low level Carnotauruses.
It's their availability that makes them good tames. They're found all over the place, have poor torpor tolerance, and are quick tames. You can quickly and easily build a huge legion of these guys to take on virtually anything. My pack of around 10-12 once shred a wild rex in seconds. Its corpse didn't even get to hit the ground. They're expendable but fast and strong, a perfect footsoldier.
Very good early game tame. Good for taken out small dinos and getting around. They also are good as a defense for you while gathering resources early game. Saved me multiple times from random carnavoris
A pack of 3-4 mid level raptors and a couple of dimorphs make for a great PvP pack when running solo. The speed of these creatures combined with their ease of tame and utility makes for a force to be reckoned with. Ghille armor, a few raps and dimorphs, and maybe a tank and you're set to solo any players without huge tames.
These are very fast mounts to use in the beginning of the game. They don't have much weight, so you won't be able to use it as a farming dino. They're mainly used for quick, lightweight travel and protection at the beginning of the game.