Seen many a tip on how to tame a low level kapro, so here's a definitive, in-depth guide on taming your very own high level bayou death-machine. Plus some other useful tidbits.
Process below should work for all the maps they spawn in. Saddle engram unlocked at player lvl 39
- You will need a spyglass for scouting out higher levels. You could go without it, but flying up to groups of kapros to check their levels is just needlessly risky and terrifying. Sarcos may jump but they don't even come close to jumping like these do. Spare yourself the heart attack. Make the spyglass.
- Longneck rifle and tranq darts or a crossbow and tranq arrows. Primitive/engram grade will work but higher qualities obtained from supply crates, caves, and killing alphas work way better for knockouts. Quicker KO, and less ammo spent. But, as always bring extra supplies just to be safe.
- Sidearm like a sword, pike, shotgun, etc. to clean up or fend off the immediate area's other aggressive nasties once your kapro is down so you can tame in peace.
- Five or more spike walls for a quick safety barrier to wait out the taming process in.
When wild they don't seem to have any natural predators. If so they have very, very few. So the barrier is for player peace of mind more than anything else.
- And lastly, taming food. Regular kibble, and/or raw mutton works best. Or Tapejara kibble, and/or raw prime meat if you're on mobile.
Scout out your beefy kapro of choice and (important) *aggro them from a distance while standing on a tall rock or steep terrain. The steeper the better.
||**I do not recommend going hand to hand with high level leaping-swamp-dogs. Surefire way to lose your hard earned gear and weaker tames coming to your aid or just by-standing the crime scene too closely.
They shred even good armor and dish out disrespectful amounts of damage with their lunge attacks. Especially they're grouped up. Stay up high, park dinos responsibly, and stay safe.||
Pepper 'em as they snap at you in frustration below your perch with tranqs until they fall into torpor. With higher grade weapons this should only take a few shots. Especially if the shots hit their noggin. Their torpor drain is quite slow so no need to worry about them waking up before being tamed. Both wild and tamed Kapros don't have an Oxygen bar so no worries about them drowning either.
Assemble your spike wall barrier around them, pop your taming food into their inventory, and you're set.
Kapros make for amazing mounts and companions.
Especially on higher game difficulties.
And can be leveled into particularly vicious, loyal swamp terrors that easily rival dire wolves, fling themselves through the air at mach 6, and inflict stamina-sapping poison on whatever they hit with their lunge. Put levels into hp, a little stam 'n weight, and most importantly, melee. Spamming lunge effectively obliterates almost everything.
I highly recommend getting a breeding pair and breeding yourself an army. Their quick growth rates, ease of husbandry, and compact size make them perfect for those just getting into breeding lines or for the seasoned expert.
These chaotic little buggers only get better with mutations and imprint bonuses. Overall a fast, fun, and very rewarding creature to work with. Swamp dog is a 10/10. -Bog
I’m sure we all know the Kapro’s famously annoying pounce, that makes the swamp almost impossible to navigate early on. They will yoink you off your flyer, inject stamina-reducing venom, and carry you around until you die. And sometimes they will kill you another way- once I was in the swamp and a Kapro pounced me, as expected. But this was a rare breed, the deadly sky Kapro. It launched the both of us straight up, so high I had a clear view of the whole island. Instinctively I stabbed it in the face, and killed it. But I was still hundreds of feet in the air, so then fell to my death. So if anyone wants an ark horror game, just go to the swamp at night.
Trust me, you’ll get the scare of a lifetime.
All this aside, I always loved Kapros, as soon as I saw my first one. They were cool-looking, and I always wanted one. One day, I was around level 10 in a multiplayer server. I was in the swamp, and had a clever idea. I waited till a snake picked the wrong fight, then swooped in to get some loot. I got 1 tranq arrow, but that was enough. Crafting a bow and a club, I sought out a nice green low-level. I got it to chase me to a small cliff side, where I fired off my arrow. Then I allowed it to grab me, and started pummelling it. Soon it was knocked out. I fed it some meat, tamed it up, and went dodo hunting. Sadly, it was killed within ten minutes.
That was my first Kapro tame, but after that I became a fanatic. I tamed 3 Kapros in single player, and bred and imprinted a third. I would have tamed many, many more if it wasn’t for the ark mobile tame limit. These I tamed with a few simple crossbow shots and raw meat. At the time of taming these, I was level 30-40. Their health stat is not very good, but better than a raptor. Their stamina is not the best, but speed is ok. Weight is crappy. They have three attacks: your basic bite, a snatch attack to pick up small prey, and the pounce, which launches straight forward and grabs small creatures (and humans). It’s base attack does good damage, but the launch ability has amazing damage. My lvl 35 imprinted Kapro does around 400 damage on impact (I play on easy, so that’s pretty good) All in all, they are underrated, fun, and deadly.