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This firm, flexible material makes up exoskeletons. Hacked primarily from dead insects.
Type Resource
Rarity Common
Renewable Yes
Refineable No
Combustible No
Weight 0.01
Stack Size 100 / 5000
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 11 1 0 0
cheat GFI Chitin 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Chitin.PrimalItemResource_Chitin'" 1 0 0
Crafting XP 16 XP
Crafting Time 0.2s
Used to craft 21 items
Crafted in Industrial Grinder
Hexagon Exchange
Exchange Yields 25 Pieces
Hexagons Hexagon Icon.png 60

Chitin (Ky-tin) is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It's a polymer and characteristic component of exoskeletons, radulae, beaks, shells and various other physical structures in organisms throughout history.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

Chitin can be acquired by harvesting corpses with most tools and dinosaurs.

Creature / ToolGain per action
Metal Hatchet★★★★☆

The most efficient way to harvest Chitin is by using a tamed Megatherium, Direwolf, Sabertooth or Therizinosaur (headbutt with delicate collection leveled up) with high melee damage. A tamed Diplocaulus can also be used to gather Chitin by killing Trilobites. Another highly efficient tool for harvesting it is the Metal Hatchet with the metal pike yielding similar efficiency. The pike holds the advantage of more precise hits against small chitin-droppers like Meganeuras. Chitin can be harvested with a Stone Hatchet and Picks as well; other low level items will only occasionally harvest Chitin.

Another efficient way to farm Chitin seems to be killing scorpions and spiders in caves with a Direwolf skilled on melee damage. A Sabertooth will gather just as efficiently but has lower base damage. This method can grant up to 500 Chitin in 10 minutes. Another good way to farm Chitin is to kill Trilobites, Meganeuras or Titanomyrmas at the beach and surrounding areas, harvesting them with a Hatchet or a Sabertooth. If you are in a forest or swamp, you can also kill a random dinosaur and leave the corpse. Often a swarm of Meganeura will come to the corpse, and you can kill them all at once to gather chitin. Farming Karkinos on Valguero or Aberration can be an effective way of gathering large amounts of Chitin, so long as you have a strong enough tame.

Another way to farm Chitin is to kill a creature, and let the corpse rot without harvesting it. In some regions, this will attract insects. Using a Beelzebufo to kill/harvest the insects will not only result in a much more Chitin, but your frog will also directly produce a sizable amount of cementing paste as well.

Additionally, in Crystal Isles, Chitin can be harvested from Anthills in large quantities, as well as from the Titanomyrma and Dung Beetles that spawn around them.

Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]

The following creatures reduce the weight of Chitin by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:

Creature Reduced by
Equus 50%

Dropped by[edit | edit source]

Chitin drops from the following creatures:

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Chitin can be used to craft the following items:

Chitin can also be used as an alternative to Keratin to craft the following items:

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Chitin is a polysaccharide of N-acetylglucosamine, a derivative of glucose (a common sugar).
  • Normally Chitin is colorless. The known browning (as well as the strength) of the shells of insects is caused by sclerotin, a structural protein.
  • The shells of crustaceans and mollusks are formed of a composite of chitin and calcium carbonate.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
309.4 Insect swarms now give chitin instead of hide