Yi Ling

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  • The developers renamed the 'Yi Qi to 'Yi Ling' in 'Aberration' because they believed the original name wasn't a good fit. This update can be confirmed on the game's official website, survivetheark.com.



This feathered fella is so much bigger than the Yi species I knew in my day! Despite its aberrant size, Yi ling is still somehow light enough to cling to walls and it can even glide short distances. It’s light on its feet as well, able to dodge attacks on the run. I’m glad Yi seems to prefer prey smaller than itself, because it can eject a spray of barbed feathers at an unhappy target before darting in to rip them back out. Its unique firepower may expose Yi in the short term, but its protective plumage regrows fast.


A tamed Yi makes for an excellent -- if precarious -- hunting mount. Some tribes use them as caravan scouts, others to torment enemy forces. I’ve seen Yi scarf up the weird mushrooms, congealed gas balls, and nameless creatures scurrying around down here. Who knows what effect a diet like that would have on its feathery weaponry? Watch what your Yi eats, and you just might learn to sharpen its fighting skills!

Real World Creature Description

Yi Qi: The Feathered Dinosaur with Bat-like Wings

Note: Yi Ling was originally based off Yi Qi, but has deviated from it in many ways. This article is about the dinosaur Yi Qi.

When most people think of flying dinosaurs, the iconic image that springs to mind is that of the pterosaurs with their broad wings and elongated fingers. However, in 2015, scientists made a groundbreaking discovery that added a new, surprising member to the list of dinosaurs known to have taken to the skies: Yi Qi.

The Discovery

Yi Qi (pronounced as "Yee Chee") is a Chinese name that translates to "strange wing." This unusual dinosaur was unearthed in Hebei Province, China, and its discovery was published in the journal Nature in 2015. The fossil that was found dated back to the Late Jurassic period, approximately 160 million years ago.

Distinct Features

What made Yi Qi stand out amongst its Mesozoic brethren?

  1. Bat-like Wings: The most distinctive feature of Yi Qi was its membranous wings, which were more akin to the wings of modern bats than to birds or pterosaurs. This is unique because no other non-pterodactyloid dinosaur is known to have had this type of wing.

  2. Feathers: Like many dinosaurs discovered in China, Yi Qi was feathered. These feathers would have covered most parts of its body.

  3. Styliform Elements: A key feature of Yi Qi was the long, rod-like bones extending from each wrist, termed "styliform elements." These were believed to support its membranous wings, a skeletal structure that is unparalleled in the dinosaur world.

Flight or Gliding?

The exact manner in which Yi Qi took to the skies remains a topic of debate among scientists. Its wings, combined with its small size (roughly that of a crow), suggest that it could either fly or glide. However, given the unique structure of its wings and the lack of large flight muscles, some researchers posit that it was more likely adapted for gliding or powered flight with limited capacity.

Evolutionary Significance

The discovery of Yi Qi offers an exciting insight into the diversity of adaptations and the evolutionary pathways that dinosaurs may have taken to achieve flight. It suggests that multiple forms of aerial locomotion evolved independently among dinosaurs. Furthermore, it raises questions about how many other types of flight or gliding mechanisms existed in the Mesozoic era that we are yet to discover.


Yi Qi serves as a potent reminder that the world of dinosaurs was far more diverse and intricate than previously imagined. As technology advances and more discoveries are made, our understanding of these ancient creatures continues to expand.

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Yi Ling
NameYi Ling
CategoryFantasy CreaturesBirds