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A fertilizer high in nitrogen. Use this to help your crops grow.
Stack size
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 50 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Fertilizer_Compost.PrimalItemConsumable_Fertilizer_Compost'" 1 0 0
Used to craft
Crafted in
50 × Thatch Thatch
3 × Feces Feces

Fertilizer is a Farming material that is created in a Compost Bin Compost Bin or by a Dung Beetle Dung Beetle. It is designed to be the most efficient means of fertilizing your crops; an unused batch of fertilizer provides 54,000 units of 'fertilizer' to any Crop Plot.

Fertilizer is made in a Compost Bin with any kind of Feces Feces and Thatch Thatch. It takes 50 thatch and 3 of any kind of feces to produce one Fertilizer after roughly 50 minutes.

Fertilizer can also be produced by Dung Beetles sent on 'wander'. After putting Feces in a beetle's inventory, it will convert it into 1-16 units of Fertilizer and 2-14 units of Oil Oil, depending on the size of the feces. This process takes 15 minutes, and the beetle can convert feces of different sizes simultaneously.



An efficient way to get feces is to feed stim berries to a Phiomia Phiomia and Wyvern

Another more active method of getting fertilizer but more efficient is to place a single toilet and to poop in it. Pooping for the first time in a row in a toilet grants the "refreshed" buff, which gives +33% exp for 2 minutes and allows pooping again. So if you flush after every "first poop" of your time when you sit down, you can get infinite fertilizer very fast. This strategy however is easy to mess up, but can be tried again pretty quick.


To use, open the Crop Plot's Inventory screen by pressing the 'Use' key ("E" by default), or holding the 'Use' key and selecting Inventory from the radial menu. Place the Fertilizer inside the Crop Plot's inventory, and if provided that Seeds/Plants and Water are available, it will continue the growth process. Or for Console Users go to the crops inventory screen and move it over by first double tapping them into the crops/plants inventory.


Storing Fertilizer can be difficult since it does not stack at all. However, with their low weight, storing lots of Fertilizer in a dino can prove to be the most efficient way of storing them. Every creature can hold a maximum of 300 stacks of items. This means something as simple as a Dodo or a Kairuku will be able to hold 300 Fertilizer and still have plenty of carry weight left over.

Fertilizer Comparison[]

Fertilizer type Fertilizer units Fertilizes for Fertilizes full* plant for
Human Feces Human Feces 1,000 10m 3h 5m
Small Animal Feces Small Animal Feces 3,500 35m 10h 48m
Medium Animal Feces Medium Animal Feces 7,500 1h 15m 23h 8m
Unicorn Residue (Mobile) Unicorn Residue (ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile) 7,500 1h 15m 23h 8m
Large Animal Feces Large Animal Feces 15,000 2h 30m 1d 22h 15m
Massive Animal Feces Massive Animal Feces 35,000 5h 50m 4d 11h 55m
Snow Owl Pellet (Extinction) Snow Owl Pellet (Extinction) 50,000 8h 20m 6d 10h 10m
Fertilizer Fertilizer 54,000 9h 6d 22h 30m
Bonemeal Fertilizer (Primitive Plus) Bonemeal Fertilizer (Primitive Plus) 90,000 15h 11d 13h 30m

* When a plant has its maximum of fruits, it needs less fertilizer. As the fruits spoil after some time, leaving the plant in a non-full state for some time, these numbers are rather theoretical maximums.


  • Strangely, fertilizer has an option for the player to consume it, but even when eaten, it appears to do nothing.
  • The tooltip states "Can Be Repaired At: Compost Bin" but actually it can't. You can only take Fertilizer from the Compost Bin but not place it back there.
  • Help crops grow faster and produce much more than using feces directly

Video Tutorial[]