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Jen Twitter The Hyaenodon laugh is pretty contagious. You guys will love these puppers, they're so cute.
~ Jen[1]

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May 30, 2017
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Spawn Command
cheat summon Hyaenodon_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Hyaenodon/Hyaenodon_Character_BP.Hyaenodon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Hyaenodon (Gauntlet2)
cheat summon Hyaenodon_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/Hyaenodon_Character_BP_STA.Hyaenodon_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
Taming Method
Hyaenodon Meatpack Hyaenodon Meatpack (Level ?)
Gestation Time
3h 58m 5.714s
Baby Time
4h 37m 46.666s
Juvenile Time
18h 31m 6.662s
Adolescent Time
23h 8m 53.328s
Total Maturation Time
1d 22h 17m 46.656s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

The Hyaenodon is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info[]


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.


Hyaenodon dirus


Late Eocene - Early Miocene






Among the Island's most tenacious pack is Hyaenodon dirus, a carnivore most often found across the mountains and tundras in packs of 3 to 6. The Hyaenodon is a very intelligent predator. Before engaging, it determines if the payoff for a fight is worth the risk of injury. Hyaenodon often prefers not to fight unless there is already weakened prey or a fresh carcass nearby. This temperament changes quickly, though, near the presence of injured creatures. Hyaenodon quickly becomes very aggressive... ...and the pack attacks with ruthless abandon. With each vicious chomp of scavenged meat, the Hyaenodon rapidly recovers health and stamina.


Despite being too small to ride, Hyaenodon are still popular pets. Their intelligence means they train well, and their natural pack mentality makes them excellent hunting dogs. Their ability to quickly recover health by consuming raw flesh off the bone ensures they can take punishment yet continue to fight, and they can efficiently preserve meat in specially-crafted saddle-bags. A common (and terrifying) sight on the tundra is a rider on a Canis with a pack of Hyaenodon at its side, howls and jeers echoing through the night.


Hyaenodons are normally skittish if alone, running away when you get too close, unless you are injured. Once in a pack, their behavior massively changes, turning from skittish, to aggressive, and have a fairly big aggravation range.

Their Aggression is mainly dependent on Drag Weight [citation needed] and the type of prey they detect, for example a Lone Survivor will be subject to attacks from the pack. As such a Direwolf Direwolf will normally not be attacked by three Hyaenodons and they will flee, however if another one comes along and thus the grouped drag weight is amounted to a higher number than the Direwolf they will start attacking.

A group of two will never attack even if the Drag Weight of the enemy is lower.


The Hyaenodon is a vicious, carnivorous pack hunter found in mountains and cold regions. They resemble modern hyenas.

Color Scheme and Regions[]

This section displays the Hyaenodon's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Hyaenodon. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Hyaenodon 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 Hyaenodon's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Hyaenodon's "main body" magenta.

Hyaenodon PaintRegion0
Region 0:
Main Body
X mark

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Hyaenodon PaintRegion4
Region 4:
Highlights and Spots
Hyaenodon PaintRegion5
Region 5:


Base Stats and Growth[]

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health Health 175 +35 +5.4% 0.0924
Stamina Stamina 260 +26 +10%
Oxygen Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
Weight Weight 170 +3.4 +4%
Melee Damage Melee Damage 15 +0.75 +1.7% 5.6% 15.4%
Movement Speed Movement Speed 100% N/A +2.5% 30%
Torpidity Torpidity 450 +27 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 140 ? ? 924.0001 924.0001 1201.20013 10
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • 1These are the base speeds of the creature at 100% Movement Speed.
  • 2These are the speeds of the creature tamed and non-imprinted.
  • For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds.
Attack Values
Bite (Additive) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
10 300 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 15
Pounce Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
10 900 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 15
Cackle Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
10 250 0 0
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 1000000 0

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.[2]


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.


Video on how to trap and tame the Hyaenodon.

The Hyaenodon is unable to be tamed through the standard tranquilize-and-feed methods, and must be tamed non-violently.

You do not use any type of food to tame the Hyaenodon. The game will prompt you to pet it every 30 seconds while crouching. However, it must be far enough from the leader in order to receive this prompt. Be sure to stay on top of this, the taming percentage will drop very quickly if you fail to pet within the following seconds.

You can create a taming cage using foundations and ceilings. You use the foundations to anchor the ceilings and make a hollow box in the center. Next add some walls and a ramp to make a more conventional taming trap. Lure the Hyaenodon into the trap and then you can crawl under the ceiling and pet it from there, making it far less likely to detect you. These wild pack Dino’s will spot you if you are not in ghillie armour.

Scaring it will cause it to lose all taming progress due to this both Ghillie Armor Ghillie Armor and Cactus Broth Cactus Broth are highly recommended in addition if not using a pen or cage of some sorts a Glow Stick Glow Stick can assist in relocating it should this occur.


They have low health and can be killed with a sword, a pike, or a tamed Dino; they pose no threat besides when they are in their packs. Usually they run away, though it depends on their pack size.


What a Hyaenodon lacks in singular strength, it makes up for in numbers and pack bonuses. Finding a single Hyaenodon in the wild is not likely, but will be easily frightened and begin running away. A small pack of 3 will wait to find easy, already injured prey. A pack of 6+ Hyaenodons will be more willing to attack on sight.


Using big AoE attacks from a larger dino is perhaps the easiest way to deal with a pack. On foot, you'll want to find some kind of terrain advantage, a rock or cliff of some sort, to deal with them from safe range.


Ranged combat is advised from a safe location if you need to kill all of them. Accuracy will be critical, as their fast movement makes them hard targets. If all else fails, a pike will be your best friend. Its range, knockback, and rate of attack will benefit compared to the sword, unless a shield is used effectively.


Hyaenodons like to swarm opponents with brute force to end a battle quickly. A large pack will still give higher level players something to fear. Be careful, every pack has an Alpha that hits harder than the others.

Hyaenodons will attack unconscious dinos.


Hyaenodons have low health and will flee if they're opposed by multiple players with big creatures, or if some of them (especially the pack leader) are killed. They also have a huge turning radius.

A smaller pack will try to flee from Sabertooths of a higher level so you can easily reap them.


According to the dossier, the Hyaenodon will be capable of healing itself quickly via collecting meat from dead bodies. Additionally it has "saddle bags" craft-able for it, even though you cannot ride it. The bags allow the Hyaenodon to act as a living fridge, increasing the spoil timers of food placed in its inventory. With the saddle bag equipped, most items with a spoil timer last twice as long as they normally would in a creature inventory, 8x longer than the default spoil timer. Placing preserving salt inside a Hyaenodon's inventory which also has a saddle bag, has the potential to increase the spoil timer of applicable items to 16x longer than in a player inventory. Notably wyvern milk and organic polymer are not affected by the saddle bag's special ability.


  • Guard Dogs: Since Hyaenodons are small, quick, and deal a lot of damage in packs, they make excellent guard animals. You can set them on aggressive to guard a base or use them as a supplement while hunting for great results. (Level up health and damage in packs, and some speed for solo Hyaenodons). A pack of 6-8 level 200+ Hyaenodons can quickly kill a 130+ bronto. (Level Melee Damage and Health)
  • Cave Explorer: Hyaenodons excel at killing creatures found in caves. A pack of mate-boosted, self-healing Hyaenodons can help you fully retrieve an artifact, provided that they don't fall into lava. Additionally, extra food can be stored on them for long expeditions. (Level up health and melee damage)
  • Warpack: Combined with a few other small creatures, a pack of properly trained and higher-level Hyaenodons can take down creatures as big as Paraceratherium and Brontosaurus. (Level Health and Damage)
  • Traveling Pack: Because of their unique Hyaenodon Meatpack, they are almost a necessity for long voyages (especially across large maps like Ragnarok) and can improve your chance of survival, eliminating entirely the possibility of having to make a food stop. Also, other creatures will now have space freed up to carry other things. (Level Weight)
  • Damage: Hyaenodons deal large amounts of damage in small amounts of time and usually even more reliable of a killing machine than the Raptor Raptor or the Sabertooth Sabertooth.
  • Pet: Due to the Hyaenodon's similar look and sound of a dog, and is basic damn cuteness, it functions well as a pet.
  • Base Defense: Having a pack of Hyaenodons would be the one of the best early game Defences, due to their Movement Speed Speed, Melee Damage Damage Pack bonus, and agility they are a more reliable base defence dinos than other early game creatures such as the Kentrosaurus Kentrosaurus or the Thorny Dragon Thorny Dragon.
  • Mutton Transport: The Hyaenodons harvest tons of Meat Meat and Raw Mutton Mutton, and their Hyaenodon Meatpack Meatpack acts like a portable fridge,the Hyaenodon can also be picked up by small flyers such as the Pteranodon Pteranodon or the Tapejara Tapejara making it one of the best ways to transport Mutton for your dinos.



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

  • The dossier was revealed on December 1, 2015.[3]
  • In the Radial Menu a Hyaenodon can told to sit down and stand up
  • They can be pet as well seeming to give them an unknown buff/effect of some sorts sporting a orange glow.
  • The size of the Hyaenodons are very varied. It goes from the size close to the Direwolves of the game (Hyaenodon Gigas) to that of a weasel (Hyaenodon microdon). The size of the Ark Survival Evolved Hyaenodon is close to that of the Hyaenodon horridus.
  • In the game, the Hyaenodons look almost the same as hyenas as of now, even if they are not related.
  • The Northernmost sandy beach of The Western Coast (see the spawn map) is the best location to find Hyaenodon. They spawn frequently and in large packs there. The search zone is small and visibility is good.
  • It may be difficult taming a Hyaenodon because of their small size and constant movement. Avoid taming from behind as the tail wagging on the ground counts as a hitbox and will set them off.


Patch Changes
258.0 Hyaenodon Hyaenodon is added to the game
  • Fixed Hyaenodon losing all taming affinity when if flees
  • Reduced Hyaenodon detection range on crouched players
259.0 Hyaenodon taming values now scale properly with taming server settings