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Incubation in ARK: Survival Evolved is the process of hatching Fertilized Eggs into babies as part of breeding.

Incubation requires time and a steady temperature, e.g. by isolation in a room, fire,   Otter/  Dimetrodon (level melee), or   Air Conditioners can be used to increase or decrease the temperature respectively. The amount of time an incubated egg requires before it hatches into a baby dinosaur depends on the species of the parents. To incubate, the egg must be placed directly on the floor/ground; if the temperature is not correct, the egg will lose health until it dies.

The incubation can be "paused" by picking up the egg. Place the egg in a refrigerator to preserve it longer, the incubation progress will be saved.

If   Egg Incubator (Genesis: Part 2) is used to incubate the egg, pay close attention to the health of the eggs from display. Temperature must still be maintained by adjusting the Incubator's temperature.

When the egg hatches, the baby will require intensive care.

Species Incubation Temperature Maturation Time [(d) h:m] Mating
Interval
[h:m]
Celsius (°C) Fahrenheit (°F) Visual Time
[h:m]
Baby Juvenile Adolescent Total
Min Max Min Max
  Allosaurus 26 32 79 90
1:39 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Anglerfish -75 75 -103 167
4:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Ankylosaurus 16 20 61 68
2:37 4:52 19:29 1d 00:21 2d 00:43 18:00–48:00
  Araneo 4 12 39 54
1:25 2:30 10:00 12:30 1d 01:01 18:00–48:00
  Archaeopteryx 16 20 61 68
2:37 1:32 6:10 7:42 15:25 18:00–48:00
  Argentavis 12 13.5 54 56
2:56 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Arthropluera 18 22 64 72
2:29 5:08 20:34 1d 01:43 2d 03:26 18:00–48:00
  Baryonyx 29 35 84 95
1:59 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Beelzebufo 0 50 32 122
4:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Bloodstalker 27 30 81 86
2:56 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Brontosaurus 28 31 82 88
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Carbonemys 30 34 86 93
1:14 2:18 9:15 11:34 23:08 18:00–48:00
  Carnotaurus 26 32 79 90
1:39 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Compy 24 32 75 90
0:49 2:06 8:25 10:31 21:02 18:00–48:00
  Crystal Wyvern 75 85 167 185
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Deinonychus 80 90 176 194
4:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Dilophosaur 28 32 82 90
1:08 2:06 8:25 10:31 21:02 18:00–48:00
  Dimetrodon 30 34 86 93
2:29 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Dimorphodon 35 38 95 100
1:21 2:30 10:00 12:30 1d 01:01 18:00–48:00
  Diplocaulus 0 50 32 122
4:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Diplodocus 26 29 79 84
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Dodo 22 30 72 86
0:49 1:32 6:10 7:42 15:25 18:00–48:00
  Electrophorus 0 50 32 122
4:59 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Featherlight 29 32 84 90
1:39 4:52 19:29 1d 00:21 2d 00:43 18:00–48:00
  Gallimimus 24 28 75 82
1:25 2:38 10:34 13:13 1d 02:27 18:00–48:00
  Giganotosaurus 43 44 109 111
2d 01:59 1d 00:23 4d 01:35 5d 01:59 10d 03:59 18:00–48:00
  Glowtail 30 34 86 93
2:29 4:52 19:29 1d 00:21 2d 00:43 18:00–48:00
  Hesperornis 22 30 72 86
1:30 2:48 11:13 14:01 1d 04:03 18:00–48:00
  Ichthyornis 29 32 84 90
1:39 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Iguanodon 24 28 75 82
1:25 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Kairuku 22 30 72 86
1:30 2:48 11:13 14:01 1d 04:03 18:00–48:00
  Kaprosuchus 29 35 84 95
1:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Kentrosaurus 24 30 75 86
2:46 5:08 20:34 1d 01:43 2d 03:26 18:00–48:00
  Lymantria 35 38 95 100
1:30 3:05 12:20 15:25 1d 06:51 18:00–48:00
  Lystrosaurus 24 28 75 82
0:49 1:32 6:10 7:42 15:25 18:00–48:00
  Maewing 22 26 72 79
1:25 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 36:00–96:00
  Magmasaur 90 110 194 230
4:59 18:31 3d 02:04 3d 20:35 7d 17:11 18:00–48:00
  Mantis 35 38 95 100
2:46 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Megachelon -75 75 -103 167
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Megalania 29 35 84 95
1:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Megalosaurus 26 32 79 90
1:39 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Microraptor 24 28 75 82
1:25 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Morellatops 22 28 72 82
2:29 3:05 12:20 15:25 1d 06:51 18:00–48:00
  Moschops 16 20 61 68
2:37 4:52 19:29 1d 00:21 2d 00:43 18:00–48:00
  Oviraptor 26 30 79 86
1:08 2:06 8:25 10:31 21:02 18:00–48:00
  Pachy 24 28 75 82
1:25 2:38 10:34 13:13 1d 02:27 18:00–48:00
  Pachyrhinosaurus 22 28 72 82
2:29 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Parasaur 24 28 75 82
1:25 2:38 10:34 13:13 1d 02:27 18:00–48:00
  Pegomastax 28 32 82 90
1:08 3:05 12:20 15:25 1d 06:51 18:00–48:00
  Pelagornis 29 32 84 90
1:39 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Pteranodon 29 32 84 90
1:39 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Pulmonoscorpius 12 16 54 61
1:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Quetzal 5 6 41 43
16:39 13:13 2d 04:54 2d 18:08 5d 12:16 18:00–48:00
  Raptor 20 28 68 82
1:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Rex 32 34 90 93
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Rock Drake -90 -80 -130 -112
6:14 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Sarco 30 34 86 93
2:29 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Snow Owl 12 13.5 54 56
2:56 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Spino 30 32 86 90
3:50 7:07 1d 04:29 1d 11:36 2d 23:13 18:00–48:00
  Stegosaurus 22 28 72 82
2:46 5:08 20:34 1d 01:43 2d 03:26 18:00–48:00
  Tapejara 29 32 84 90
1:39 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Tek Parasaur 24 28 75 82
1:25 2:38 10:34 13:13 1d 02:27 18:00–48:00
  Tek Quetzal 5 6 41 43
16:39 13:13 2d 04:54 2d 18:08 5d 12:16 18:00–48:00
  Tek Raptor 20 28 68 82
1:59 3:42 14:48 18:31 1d 13:02 18:00–48:00
  Tek Rex 32 34 90 93
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Tek Stegosaurus 22 28 72 82
2:46 5:08 20:34 1d 01:43 2d 03:26 18:00–48:00
  Tek Triceratops 22 28 72 82
2:29 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Terror Bird 20 28 68 82
1:59 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Therizinosaur 26 32 79 90
1:39 11:34 1d 22:17 2d 09:52 4d 19:44 18:00–48:00
  Thorny Dragon 22 28 72 82
2:29 4:52 19:29 1d 00:21 2d 00:43 18:00–48:00
  Triceratops 22 28 72 82
2:29 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Troodon 28 32 82 90
1:08 2:06 8:25 10:31 21:02 18:00–48:00
  Tropeognathus 29 32 84 90
1:39 5:26 21:47 1d 03:13 2d 06:27 18:00–48:00
  Tusoteuthis 0 50 32 122
4:59 18:31 3d 02:04 3d 20:35 7d 17:11 18:00–48:00
  Velonasaur 28 32 82 90
1:08 4:37 18:31 23:08 1d 22:17 18:00–48:00
  Voidwyrm 80 90 176 194
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Vulture 35 38 95 100
1:21 2:30 10:00 12:30 1d 01:01 18:00–48:00
  Wyvern 80 90 176 194
4:59 9:15 1d 13:02 1d 22:17 3d 20:35 18:00–48:00
  Yutyrannus 32 34 90 93
4:59 18:31 3d 02:04 3d 20:35 7d 17:11 18:00–48:00

Notes[]

  • Fertilized Eggs can be kept anywhere until you are ready to hatch them. They won't lose health as long as they are not on the ground.
  • The recommended amount of Air Conditioner is 5-10 because it will incubate most eggs in their ideal temperature.
  • Some colder / hotter areas require more air conditioners.
  • If the Egg Incubator is utilized, be careful when placing eggs with different temperature requirement, as it can affect the duration of incubation timing.
  • The material of the incubation room also determines the insulation quality with thatch being the lowest and metal being the best.
    • Wyvern eggs need to have at least 15 Air Conditioner on Scorched Earth and 12-13 on Ragnarok to be relatively safe from the environment due to its highest temperature requirement.
    • Rock Drake eggs needs to have at least 19 Air Conditioner on Aberration and depending on location, 20-40 on other maps due to its lowest temperature requirement.
    • Megachelon eggs must be incubated at the deep ends of the ocean either at Ragnarok or Genesis Simulation. No amount of air conditioner will work for incubating it on land.
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