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Deinonychus magna pede
Steam.svg 297.14
June 18, 2019
Xbox One.svg 789.9
July 19, 2019
PS.svg 537.01
July 19, 2019
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Deinonychus_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Raptor/Uberraptor/Deinonychus_Character_BP.Deinonychus_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

1 Adults cannot be tamed, but Wild Eggs can be hatched.

XP For Kill
12 XP
Special Loot Chance
80 - 90 °C / 176 - 194 °F
Incubation Time
4h 59m 58.561s
Baby Time
3h 42m 13.333s
Juvenile Time
14h 48m 53.331s
Adolescent Time
18h 31m 6.664s
Total Maturation Time
1d 13h 2m 13.328s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Deinonychus Valguero.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Deinonychus (Di-NON-ih-kus) is a Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved's Valguero DLC.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.


By the time you hear the scurrying claws of the Deinonychus, it's often too late. Superior hunters, they leap from a hiding place and pounce on their prey. The Deinonychus is an agile climber as well, jumping from wall ledge to wall ledge as it seeks high vantage points to lie in wait.

A hungry Deinonychus tends to be fearless and will hunt prey much larger than itself, latching onto a dinosaur's back with its sickle-shaped claws, then starting to feed before its victim is even dead. While it likes its meat fresh, a Deinonychus isn't above scavenging a carcass if no other food is available.


Raising a Deinonychus in captivity requires an ample food supply, as they have a fast metabolism to match their high activity level. The Deinonychus is also fiercely territorial near nests with eggs, even if the eggs aren't its own. This makes breeding successive generations a hazardous process.

Unless raised from eggs, they cannot be tamed; the hunter instinct of a wild Deinonychus is so strong that it reflexively pounces on a would-be master.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Deinonychus is fiercely territorial in the wild. They will protect their nests against any who dare to trespass.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Deinonychus has a similar appearance to the Raptor, but has plumage similar to that of the Rock Drake. The Deinonychus has razor sharp claws useful for climbing and attacking.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

The fifth region is barely visible in the game from most angles, and its photo has been adjusted for better visibility.


This section displays the Deinonychus's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Deinonychus. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Deinonychus will randomly spawn with to provide an overall range of its natural color scheme. Hover your cursor over a color to display its name and ID.

This information can be used to alter the Deinonychus's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Deinonychus's "base color" magenta.

Deinonychus PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
Base Color
Deinonychus PaintRegion1.png
Region 1:
Feathers Accents
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

Deinonychus PaintRegion3.png
Region 3:
Feathers Main
Deinonychus PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Deinonychus PaintRegion5.png
Region 5:

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 200 +40 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 150 +15 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 1200 +120 +10%
Weight 140 +2.8 +4%
Melee Damage 30 / 30 +1.5 / +1.5 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1.5% 20%
Torpidity 180 +10.8 N/A 0.5
Movement Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed Wild Tamed
Walking 480 ? 1296 1440 6
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ?
Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus bites and claws at the target.
0 350 0 0
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 30
Pounce Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus pounces on its target.
5 300 0 0
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 30
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using C (PC), R3 Button (PS4), R Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus bites and claws at the target. This attack type is not usable.
0 0 0 0
Melee_Pounce Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus bites the target when it has pinned creature with the pounce attack.
0 1200 0 0
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 30

Wild Stats Level-up

Type in values of a wild creature to see on which stats it's emphasized. Green values on a high-level creature are very good for breeding. If you have already tamed your creature you can try to recover the breeding-stats with an external tool.[1]


The stat-calculator does not work in the mobile-view, see here for alternatives: Apps

Note that after the creature is tamed it gets bonuses on some stats depending on the taming effectiveness. This makes it hard to retrieve the levels on a tamed creature, so this tool is only for wild ones, but gives a first impression, how well the stats are distributed.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Deinonychus.

General[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The best way to take down a Deinonychus is to use a long ranged weapon such as a Crossbow or Rifle . Bring powerful attackers like Wyverns or Spinos, or lure Deinonychus off cliffs with a flier. If you don’t have a ranged weapon and they latch on to your mount, just smack it away as they have relatively low health.

If you are stealing eggs, then you definitely need to be prepared with a good mount because there is most likely going to be a pack of Deinonychus. It’s suggested to use a flyer so you’ll be safe. Make sure to steal the egg and then QUICKLY escape because the Deinonychus can pounce riders, which can pose a great threat as it gives time for the rest of the pack to arrive.

Deinonychus can deal a percentage damage bleed effect that scales with how big a pack is, thus high health tames may lose thousands of health instantaneously. They also have the ability to climb, but its not nearly as good as the Thylacoleo or the Rock Drake.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Dangers[edit | edit source]

It is able to latch onto large creatures such as a Rex or Brontosaurus, making them hard to hit via conventional means. To make it even more dangerous, they are able to glide upwards to latch onto a nearby ledge similar to the Rock Drake, and pounce and attack much like the Raptor (It can't dismount you though). They also cause a bleed effect that stacks and makes them even more dangerous. They tend to be found in groups of at least 2 or more which can make killing/getting away much harder.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

While latched onto a large Creature, it can mostly only attack the said creature until it releases itself out, making it extremely vulnerable to any attacks from other Creatures or ranged weapons.

The Deinonychus is weak on knockbacks like Raptors. Using a Trike with a decent amount of Health can easilly kill a pack or two at once. While latched they can still get hit by attacks from the one they are riding

Taming[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Wyvern, Rock Drake, and Magmasaur, wild Deinonychus cannot be tamed, but a fertilized Deinonychus Egg can be stolen from a nest and hatched to obtain a tamed Deinonychus. Likewise similar to the Wyvern, Rock Drake, and Magmasaur, a typical player would need to be cautious, as these theropods react very aggressively to anything stealing their eggs. Unlike the Wyvern, Rock Drake, and Magmasaur however, Deinonychus are not initially aggressive to large-class predators such as Rexes or Spinos, and these tames may be walked directly up to the nests without conflict until an egg is stolen, making them excellent options for egg theft. Deinonychus nests can be found almost everywhere the dinosaurs spawn, but perhaps the most reliable place to find and farm eggs is the small canyon region in the White Cliffs called The Paradise, which is located in the flat plains area of the cliffs, near to The Lake region. Once an egg has been acquired, the incubation temperature is between 176 and 194 degrees Fahrenheit, or 80 to 90 degrees Celsius, which can be reached through the use of various fires (14 Campfires for example), Air Conditioners, or a Dimetrodon. Once you've hatched your first Deinonychus, unlike the Wyvern, Rock Drake, and Magmasaur, the hatchlings do not require any special food source, and can be fed a standard carnivore diet straight out of the egg. Finally, similarly to the Wyverns and Magmasaurs, successive generations can be bred from tamed individuals, and mutations for higher stats may be acquired.

Stealing an Egg[edit | edit source]

The nests spawn all around The Paradise in The White Cliffs, and stealing an egg won't be very hard with some these tames:

  • A Lymantria is very recommended, with its ability to fly and poison you can run away easily. They are easy to tame and spawn all around The Paradise near the nests. Their saddle also has a low level requirement (35).
  • A high level Pteranodon is recommended because of its ability to fly: you can take the egg and fly away easily, or lure the pack off of a cliff.
  • A saddled Roll Rat can easily outrun the Deinonychus, making it highly recommended for the quest as well.
  • A fast Sabertooth can be a good choice either, since they can be tamed easily and their spawn area isn't very far from the Chalk Hills.
  • You, a Human, can also do the job. Place a Sleeping Bag or a Bed near the nesting area, steal the egg and run away. If you happen to die, respawn at the bed and get your stuff back along with the egg. Watch out for the Allosaurus and the Raptors.

Utility[edit | edit source]

The following creatures can be latched on to by the Deinonychus:

They can be seen with the Gnashed icon near them.

The following creatures can get pinned down by Deinonychus:

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Combat Specialist: The Deinonychus may be small compared to the giant combatants of the ARKs like Rexes and Spinos, but appearances can be deceiving. Despite its size, the Deinonychus can be one of the most lethal fighters available, enough to rival, and even one-up, their larger competitors in some situations. On its own or in a group, what gives Deinonychus its edge is not its meager health pool or average amount of base damage, but in fact, its access to a unique variant of Gnashed; a bleeding status effect that drains up to 5% of a victim's health over a few seconds (duration varies depending on the version, the Deinonychus' Gnashed lasts 6 seconds but only deals 1% each effect application, which also scales with melee to an extent), which cannot be negated by armor. Unlike other versions of Gnashed, of which only one of each version can be active on a single target, the Deinonychus' version stacks on top of itself up to 5 times, allowing for increased bleed damage. A single Deinonychus, provided it attacks relentlessly, can apply all 5 stacks of Gnashed on its own, but pack mates should be brought along for maximum effectiveness. For this role, level Melee Damage and Health to all Deinonychus, and add Stamina and Weight to any you intend to ride.
    • Pack Fighter: Whether it involves simple hunting, traveling, or intensive combat, a pack of three to five Deinonychus comes with benefits. The highest level Deinonychus will be designated the alpha, which provides a constant bonus to damage, along with access to a vocalization ability that grants a 45-second pack buff to other allied Deinonychus in its vicinity (up to 4); which boosts movement speed, damage, and resistance to all pack members. One thing to note for this role is that non-ridden Deinonychus will not climb, even if they follow their pack leader; they require a rider to command those precise movements. This means if you intend to travel over difficult terrain, it may be best to leave non-riding pack mates at home.
    • Slayer: Similar to the Allosaurus and Thylacoleo, having access to the Gnashed status effect allows the Deinonychus a specialty role in combat; the ability to shred high-health and heavily armored opponents, the likes of which even a group of Rexes would find difficult to bring down. Likewise, the fact that the Deinonychus' version of Gnashed stacks on top of itself makes its bleeding damage even more punishing to those types of opponents. However, this extra damage does come at a cost. Unlike the Allosaurus and Thylacoleo, the Deinonychus is far more delicate, having a far smaller health pool than its larger bleed-inflicting competitors, essentially making the Deinonychus a glass cannon. Due to their more fragile constitution, Deinonychus is best used tactically in this role, either as flankers who strike from the safety at the sides of or behind their opponent or as the hit-and-runners duck in and out of combat depending on the situation. If they are forced to fight on the front lines, where the battle is guaranteed to be long, they cannot flee if things go wrong and are without the coordination of a rider, then support tames such as the Yutyrannus is essential to prevent casualties.
      • Alpha-Slayer: Whether it's for getting rid of them as mere pests, killing them for the massive amount of Raw Prime Meat they're worth, collecting their relevant Trophies, or leveling your Chibi-Pets; Deinonychus makes slaughtering Alpha Creatures a walk in the park... avoid alpha t-rexes and above.
      • Deathworm-Slayer: While not a role that Deinonychus are specifically required for, they do indeed make the task of felling the dangerous Deathworms much easier, particularly the Alpha worms. The worms themselves are not as dangerous as Gigas or Titanosaurs and certainly don't have the same armor as Elementals, but they have a high health pool and deal a good amount of damage. A small pack of saddled and armored Deinonychus will do just fine for normal worms, though for alpha worms, a larger pack, or a small pack used alongside other large-class predators, would be a good idea. Yutyrannus and support is optional for this role; unrequired for single Deathworm battles, but they are invaluable if you intend to hunt multiple worms. Keep in mind, however, that this is a role that, although the Deinonychus are capable of performing, they are still not the best choice for doing so. The average Deinonychus' lower levels in health and weight can make the fights costly and hauling the heavy loot the worms drop problematic. A far better choice for this role, if you have one at your disposal, would be the native Lightning Wyvern (the higher the level, the better), which can push the worms back out of melee range with their wing attack and pelt them with highly damaging lightning bolts, as well has haul off the loot.
      • Boss-Slayer: Among all the tames that inflict bleeding effects on their targets, the Deinonychus is unique among them in the fact that its bleed is the only bleed that works on Bosses. A single pack of five Deinonychus, used alongside dinosaurs in a boss' "Large Creature" priority like the convenient Yutyrannus, will allow a cheese that requires minimal resource nor effort. Without a doubt, Deinonychus is a must-have for this role, and make farming Element and collecting Tek Engrams a breeze.
    • Abberation PvP Specialist: With its various abilities; stacking bleed damage, latching on to larger targets, and pinning smaller targets: the Deinonychus was born for harassment. Coupled with its speed, sharp turning radius, rider weaponry and climbing abilities, the Deinonychus makes an ideal choice for the Abberation map, as fliers are (mostly) disabled and climbing is well-preferred.
  • Travel Mount: Possessing speed, stamina, jumping prowess, climbing capabilities, and a unique immunity to fall damage; the Deinonychus makes for a useful and entertaining means of travel. Compared to the other climbing mounts; the leaping Thylacoleo, the crawling Megalania, and the gliding Rock Drake, the Deinonychus has its own unique method for navigating steep terrains. Best described as a 'jumper,' the Deinonychus cannot climb stably and smoothly in one direction once latched onto a surface. Rather, the Deinonychus shimmies using the jump button, in whichever direction the camera is facing; be it up, down, left, or right. As it climbs, the jump button can be pressed slowly or rapidly, allowing the rider to control the speed at which their mount moves across the climbable surface. In terms of travel versatility, the Deinonychus can be categorized as something of a cross between the Thylacoleo and the Megalania; able to move with speed and jump like the Thylacoleo, and move in any direction while climbing like the Megalania; functioning, perhaps, more akin to a tamed and mounted version of Climbing Picks. Unlike the Drake, Megalania, and Climbing Picks, however, the Deinonychus cannot go 'upside down' and climb across ceilings; limited in that regard to a similar manner as the Thylacoleo. As impressive as the Deinonychus is, in terms of traversal, the Rock Drake remains the undisputed king; as the Deinonychus, while it can jump an impressive distance, is not capable of sustained glides, nor can it launch itself across large gaps to latch onto opposing, unconnected surfaces once it is climbing. Furthermore, once more falling short of the Rock Drake, the Deinonychus handles water very poorly, with a considerably slow swim speed. However, unlike any other climber in the game, the Deinonychus can climb on harvestable nodes, such as trees chopped down for wood. This, in turn, increases the hiding and ambush potential of the Deinonychus compared to the other climbers.
  • Cave Delver: With both its combat and traveling skills taken into consideration, the Deinonychus makes a prime candidate for tackling most artifact caves. However, caverns that require traversal through water are best left to stronger swimmers than the Deinonychus, unless the swimmable section can be skipped by climbing. Caves that have magma, on the other hand, can end up causing some very unfortunate deaths if you make a wrong move with the Deinonychus' jumping and climbing and are best left to delvers that have less room for error with their jumping abilities.
  • Extraordinary Kibble: While tamed female Deinonychus do not lay unfertilized eggs like other tames, their wild counterparts produce vast amounts of them in their nesting grounds. Classified as a Special Egg, wild Deinonychus Eggs can be collected by the bushel and serve as a means to mass-produce Extraordinary Kibble with ease, the finest generalized taming food in the game. This does not mean that tamed deinonychus are not useful for egg production- their eggs will take days to spoil, and are easy to stock up on!

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★☆

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Deinonychus, see the relevant Wikipedia article.

  • During the first introduction of the creature's dossier, it was hinted that Deinonychus would be breedable by this sentence: "This makes breeding successive generations a hazardous process."
  • Deinonychus magna pede roughly translates to "great footed terrible claw".
  • Deinos do not take fall damage, see Fall Damage for more info.
  • If you hold jump while on the ground, the Deinonychus will start to crouch. The longer you hold the more powerful the jump will be. Unlike other creatures with a chargeable jump such as the Reaper, Karkinos, or Procoptodon, the jump can not be aimed, and holding jump does not stop the Deinonychus from running.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Deinonychus is an original Creature and does not come from the Mod ARK Additions, as confirmed by Zen Rowe.[3]
  • Both the Jerboa and Deinonychus are the only creatures with more than one idle animation.
  • Unlike the Rock Drake and Wyvern, the Deinonychus will never spawn above a Level increment of 30 (150 is their max Level on official).
  • Baby Deinonychus may sometimes hatch from within the nest, and they can then be claimed by anyone, but be wary of nearby wild Deinonychus, for they will treat claimed babies as targets. It may be wise to carry a Cryopod in case this happens. Although this got fixed within a couple of patches after the Valguero release, hatching temperatures need to be so high, hatching-in-the-wild will no longer occur.
  • Sometimes when aggroed, Baby Deinonychus may pin down survivors and then run off.
  • Rock Drake, Deinonychus and Ice Titan are the only creature that possess an icon different from their dossier/hologram.
  • Deinonychus, Griffin and Tropeognathus are the only creatures whose dossiers couldn't be obtained.
  • The Deinonychus is the very first Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved to be classified as a subspecies.
  • Bleed damage caps at 600% melee and does get reduced by saddles.
  • Unlike Allosaurus, its bleed cannot slow down target.
  • The Deinonychus is one of the five species that cannot be tamed, but still can be acquired by the survivor through other means, with the others being Wyvern, Rock Drake, Reaper and Magmasaur.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Rarely afflicted with a bug in which it is unable to latch onto latch-able dinosaurs, climb, call, leap onto smaller dinos, or is unable to jump completely. There is no current fix to this.
  • Has occasional spawn issues on Primitive Plus.
  • For some reason It can drop Raptor Eggs.
  • It can actually latch onto resources, trees, stones etc, if it destroy the resource that it latched on, it will remain latched, but on nothing.
  • Yutyrannus's courage roar can affect Deinonychus, however the effect doesn't show up so its impossible to know whether it is encouraged or not unless you ride it.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Patch Changes
297.14 Valguero Expansion Release Deinonychus is added to the game
  • Increased temperature at which a Deinonychus Egg will incubate
  • Fixed case where the Deinonychus AI would land upside down when dismounting while latched on a wall
  • Fixed several cases of the Deinonychus rotating backwards when jumping while latched onto a wall
  • Fixed an exploit with Deinonychus
  • Improved ledge detection when leaping up walls
  • Deinonychus bleed now works on Bosses
  • Improved First Person View on Deinonychus
  • Improved leaping up walls in laggy scenarios
  • Deinonychus bleed now scales with its Melee Damage
  • Fixed issue with its bleed damage not always scaling every time
  • Can no longer attach to babies
307.2 Added Deinonychus Saddle to engram list
313.10 Fixed an exploit with the Deinonychus
324.24 Deinonychus riders can no longer use weapons when they're latched onto a creature

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]