Raw Prime Meat is a food item in ARK: Survival Evolved. It can be obtained by harvesting the corpses of larger creatures.
Raw Prime Meat spoils very fast. After harvesting, a useful tactic is to store the meat immediately in a tamed creature's inventory for transport, as it spoils in 4 minutes and 40 seconds in a Player's inventory, but lasts around 18 Minutes and 40 seconds in a creature's inventory. However, if the Player wants to save Raw Prime Meat this way for later use, it should not be given to a tamed carnivore, as they may eat it if they don't have any normal Raw Meat to eat.
Raw Prime Meat is very useful for taming. It is the fourth best thing to feed any Carnivore you want to tame (with Kibble being the first, Raw Mutton being the second, and Cooked Lamb Chop being the third). Raw Prime Meat replenishes the same 50 food as regular Raw Meat to a dino being tamed, but it tames the Dino at 3 times the speed. It also decreases the taming effectiveness by around .5% each bite, which is more effective than regular Raw Meat.
It can also be cooked at a Campfire or Industrial Grill, which boosts the amount of time before expiration by 45 minutes in the player's inventory, and 3 hours in a creature's inventory. Cooked Prime Meat can be eaten for ~40-45 food. Cooked Prime Meat can also be fed to carnivores to tame at about 1.5 times the speed when compared to taming with Raw Meat.
Raw Prime Meat is also used to cook the Battle Tartare dish.
Cooked Prime Meat is used to cook a Mindwipe Tonic.
Raw Prime Meat can be harvested from the following creatures so far:
Raw Prime Meat Can also be harvested from the following creatures ( only if your Ichthyornis has hunted them)
- Non-adult versions of any creature will also yield Raw Prime Meat. However, Kairuku are currently the only creatures that have wild babies. Other creatures must be bred by players.
Raw Prime Meat can also be obtained by harvesting Alpha Creatures as they give prime meat instead of Raw Meat. The boss creatures DodoRex and Dragon also drop prime meat. One notable thing is that Wyvern have fertilized eggs in the wild,so butchering a young wyvern could yield prime meat, although most players just raise the baby.
|Raw Prime Meat|
|Creature / Tool||Gain per action|
|Container||Spoiling Time||Spoiling Time in Scorched Earth|
|Player Inventory||4m 40s||4m 12s|
|Player Inventory (with Preserving Salt *)||9m 20s||8m 24s|
|Tamed Dino||18m 40s||16m 48s|
|Tamed Dino (with Preserving Salt *)||37m 20s||33m 36s|
|Hyaenodon Meatpack||37m 20s||33m 36s|
|Hyaenodon Meatpack (with Preserving Salt *)||1h 14m 40s||1h 7m 12s|
|Preserving Bin||46m 40s||42m|
|Preserving Bin (with Preserving Salt *)||1h 33m 20s||1h 24m|
|Smokehouse||1h 10m||1h 3m|
|Refrigerator||7h 46m 40s||7h|
*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.
|312.65||Spoil time on Prime Meat and Prime Fish have doubled.|
- If you are having trouble transporting, you may consider using the Hyaenodon Meatpack as it doubles the Spoilage timer compared to transport in a regular dino's inventory.