For someone who doesn't already have a Quetz, the best way to tame it is to have a buddy pick you up on either a high stamina Ptera or fast Argent and wait to line up the tranq shot against it's head. Ideally the more of these the better but don't be waiting too long for a good shot otherwise the torpor will quickly go down. When you think you're close to finishing make sure the last few are shot when it's not above water so it doesn't drown, then finish with either a circle of spike walls or some kind of box for protection.

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