So, even after 4100+ hours in Ark, I still can screw a tame up so bad.
I saw a rare yellow daedon (pig) wandering near the blue obelisk on Scorched Earth. It was only lvl 155, low for a rare, but better than anything else. I setup my temp taming pen, use my argent to carry and drop the pig into the pen and tranq it. Life’s good. Check the taming calculator and see that I need 71 primes to tame. Ok, that’s a lot, but doable.
I take my rexes out for a quick tour to gather up some primes. By the time I had gotten back to my base with the primes, the pig had woken up. I pretty much expected that. So I tranq the pig again (twice now) and this is where things start to go sideways.
As I went to check on the KO’ed pig, my jerboa decided that he needed to protect me so it attacks and hits the pig (yes, shoulder mounted pets will attack and damage stuff you are fighting while they are on your shoulder). Great, there goes the taming effectiveness. I harvest up a bunch of stimberries and force feed the pig to get it to wake up sooner.
Once it was up, I start to tranq it again, but just as it KO’s (for the third time) I fire an extra tranq arrow, which ruins the taming effectiveness even more than the jerboa did. Daedon’s have that healing arua, but it uses a lot of food, even on a wild one. With all the healing/KO’ed time, the pig’s food was now at zero and it was starving to death. I harvested up more stimberries and force feed it the berries and meat so that it didn’t die on me.
When it was up (for the 4th time), I tranqed it again, taking extra care that my jerboa was on passive, no other dinos were nearby, and that I didn’t hit it with any extra tranq arrows, I KO’ed it. At this point I was actually getting concerned that the 90+ primes I had gathered were going to spoil. But there was just enough time left on them that the pig tamed up.
In honor of my worst successful tame, I named the daedon “Comedy of Errors”