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Raw Meat
Raw Meat
Eating raw food will sate hunger, but is unhealthy for humans. Most wild carnivores prefer raw meat to Cooked Meat.
Consumable (values pertain to Humans)
Spoils in
Spoils to
Stack size
Decomposes in
Found in Supply Crate
White, Green, Blue
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 12 1 0 0
cheat gfi rawmeat 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_RawMeat.PrimalItemConsumable_RawMeat'" 1 0 0
Used to craft
Exchange yields
20 pieces
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Raw Meat is a food item in ARK: Survival Evolved. It can be obtained by harvesting the corpses of creatures with, in order of efficiency, a Carnivore, a Metal Pick, A Sword/a Stone Pick, a Hatchet, or your fists. It can be found in white, green and blue supply drops.

With the introduction of Genesis: Part 2 the Plant Species R (Genesis Part 2) Plant Species R (Genesis: Part 2) can be grown and harvested for Raw Meat.


Raw Meat can be used to tame Carnivores when they are unconscious. Open the inventory of the creature you want to tame and put the Raw Meat inside of it.

If eaten by the survivor, it replenishes food by 10 points, but decreases health by 5 points.

If eaten by a tamed or untamed carnivore, 1 raw meat restores 50 points of food and 5 points of health.

Raw Meat can also be cooked at a Campfire or Industrial Grill to create Cooked Meat Cooked Meat. Cooked Meat replenishes more food and spoils slower than Raw Meat. It takes 20 seconds to cook Raw Meat in a Campfire.


Raw Meat Raw Meat
Creature / ToolGain per action
Allosaurus Allosaurus★★★★★
Carnotaurus Carnotaurus★★★★★
Gacha Gacha★★★★★
Mosasaurus Mosasaurus★★★★★
Rex Rex★★★★★
Spino Spino★★★★★
Tusoteuthis Tusoteuthis★★★★★
Argentavis Argentavis★★★★☆
Chainsaw (Scorched Earth) Chainsaw (Scorched Earth)★★★★☆
Deinonychus Deinonychus★★★★☆

Spoil times[]

ContainerSpoiling TimeSpoiling Time in Scorched Earth
Human Player Inventory 10m 9m
Human Player Inventory (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 20m 18m
Triceratops Tamed Dino 40m 36m
Triceratops Tamed Dino (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 1h 20m 1h 12m
Preserving Bin Preserving Bin 1h 40m 1h 30m
Preserving Bin Preserving Bin (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 3h 20m 3h
Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) 2h 30m 2h 15m
Refrigerator Refrigerator 16h 40m 15h

*Keep in mind that a full stack of preserving salts will spoil in 2 hours for all of these containers and must be restocked periodically in order to maximize the spoil time.

For more information, see Spoilage.


Like other perishables, Raw Meat will spoil after a set amount of time (10 minutes in a player's inventory), creating Spoiled Meat Spoiled Meat. When stacked together, the Raw Meat will only spoil one from the stack at a time, and then reset the timer. If meat stacked together has two different timers, the timer from the stack that is stacked on will be used. This can be used to easily reset the spoil time. Especially useful in feeding troughs.

Splitting a stack of Raw Meat will leave the player with two stacks that each have the same timer. Players that require lots of Spoiled Meat may consider splitting a stack into several individual items in their inventory; this will cause all the Raw Meat pieces to spoil at the same time.


As of version 303.1 stack size increased to 40.