TL;DR: I have a reaper king now.
I present Ripley the lvl225 Reaper King!
Kinda of a pain to get. There is a spot on the edge of the swamp and central spire where reaper queens spawn. I setup a reaper queen pen in the swamp, then would go looking for a queen to drag out of the radiation. The first one I found was down on a ledge and had no way to get back up (lvl 85). Then on my way out, I noticed the “rumbling dirt” sign that indicates something is moving underground. I whip out the spyglass to see it is a 150 reaper queen! woohoo! Jackpot!
It took a couple tries, but I was able to lure her into the pen. My megalosaurus chewed on her until the red cloud appeared (means she is ready to impregnate you). Pull out my shield and started tanking her, all the while hoping the nameless hold off spawning, because you have turn off your charge light for the final phase.
Finally she grabs me and does the impregnation and disappears. But no reaper baby buff. Not very happy with that.
I’ll preface the next part here by saying that I am not above using admin commands to fix game bugs. Stuff that should have worked, but didn’t.
Since I did all the hard work the right way and everything happened the way it was supposed to, but still didn’t work, I did use admin commands. I respawned a 150 reaper queen, turned on infinitestats on my character (because nameless were swarming at this point every time I turned off my charge light and all my nearly all my gear was trashed from the first attempt) and did the whole process over again, and again, and again.
I had to go through 4 reaper queens doing the impregnation animation 4 times before I finally got the reaper baby implanted in me. After that, I turned all the admin stuff off and went and leveled up the baby (when implanted, all xp you gain goes to the baby up to 52,500xp for 75 levels). With our 10X hatching rate, I had about 1hr 15 minutes before the baby ripped my chest out, but I maxxed the xp out in around 40 minutes (using my super megalasuarus and killing everything in sight, the rivers up in the green zone are great xp). Side note, when you log off, the birthing timer stops. So it won’t “hatch” while you are logged off, which would be really bad as it eats you and then probably attacks any nearby dinos.
I had already made a birthing room, because when the baby reaper hatches, it is basically wild and will run all over the place and sometimes will try and attack you, unless you manage to get a reaper pheromone gland from killing a reaper queen. I didn’t go that route because by the I remembered, I was already implanted and didn’t want to risk my haz suit getting broken because a single tick of radiation will kill the reaper baby.
You can use a S+ hitching post to hitch the reaper baby to, which stops it from running all over (it’s fast) and allows you to access it’s inventory to put food in. When it reaches juvie stage, it behaves like a normal baby dino.
At this point, it was just a waiting game, with the exception of imprinting. The S+ nanny doesn’t seem to imprint on reaper kings, so again, game not working the way it should, admin command to give it full imprinting bonus.
I took him out for a quick spin this morning before starting work and seems really nice. Melee started at 410% and with the imprinting bonus is doing 400 damage a bite. The right click attack is like a tail spit that slows dinos, ‘C’ key is a tail whip/spin aoe attack that does about 250 damage with a huge knockback. Spacebar is jump. Not an impressive jump, but a dino that can jump is very handy when getting unstuck from the terrain. They are affected by the charge light, even if it is your own. So when fighting with the charge light debuff on them, they take full damage, turn it off, they take way less. Probably around 66% to 75% less.