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Raw Prime Meat
Raw Prime Meat
Eating raw food will sate hunger, but is unhealthy for humans. This excellent cut spoils very quickly. Most wild carnivores love this meat.
Consumable (values pertain to Humans)
Spoils in
4m 40s
Spoils to
Stack size
1 / 2
Decomposes in
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 248 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_RawPrimeMeat.PrimalItemConsumable_RawPrimeMeat'" 1 0 0
Used to craft

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 also the only taming food for the Compy Compy beside Raw Mutton Mutton.

When cooked into Cooked Prime Meat Cooked Prime Meat it is one of the best foods for Human Humans.


Raw Prime Meat is very useful for taming. It is the fourth best thing to feed any Carnivore you want to tame (with Kibble Kibble being the first, Raw Mutton Raw Mutton being the second, and Cooked Lamb Chop Cooked Lamb Chop being the third). Raw Prime Meat replenishes the same 50 food as regular Raw Meat 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.

If eaten by the survivor, it slightly replenishes food, but decreases health by 5.0 points.

It can also be cooked at a Campfire Campfire or Industrial Grill 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 Cooked Prime Meat can be eaten for ~40-45 food. Cooked Prime Meat 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 Meat.

Raw Prime Meat is also used to cook the Battle Tartare Battle Tartare dish.

Cooked Prime Meat is used to cook a Mindwipe Tonic 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 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 DodoRex and Dragon Dragon also drop prime meat. One notable thing is that Wyvern 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 Raw Prime Meat
Creature / ToolGain per action
Allosaurus Allosaurus★★★★★
Carnotaurus Carnotaurus★★★★★
Gacha Gacha★★★★★
Ichthyornis Ichthyornis★★★★★
Mosasaurus Mosasaurus★★★★★
Rex Rex★★★★★
Spino Spino★★★★★
Argentavis Argentavis★★★★☆
Chainsaw (Scorched Earth) Chainsaw (Scorched Earth)★★★★☆
Dire Bear Dire Bear★★★★☆

Spoil times[]

ContainerSpoiling TimeSpoiling Time in Scorched Earth
Human Player Inventory 4m 40s 4m 12s
Human Player Inventory (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 9m 20s 8m 24s
Triceratops Tamed Dino 18m 40s 16m 48s
Triceratops Tamed Dino (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 37m 20s 33m 36s
Hyaenodon Meatpack Hyaenodon Meatpack 37m 20s 33m 36s
Hyaenodon Meatpack Hyaenodon Meatpack (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 1h 14m 40s 1h 7m 12s
Preserving Bin Preserving Bin 46m 40s 42m
Preserving Bin Preserving Bin (with Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) Preserving Salt (Scorched Earth) *) 1h 33m 20s 1h 24m
Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) 1h 10m 1h 3m
Refrigerator 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.


Patch Changes
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 Hyaenodon Meatpack as it doubles the Spoilage timer compared to transport in a regular dino's inventory.