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A Stegosaurus egg in a refrigerator. This "Spoils in ..." text is the largest possible value, due to the fractions of a second required (even on the lowest cheat timescale) to place into the container.

Many items in-game spoil over time, that is decay while in an inventory or container. Spoil times can vary based on where the item is located. The map Scorched Earth has a global spoilage multiplier of 0.9.

Modifying Inventories/Containers[]

Each item that spoils has a base spoil time, which is the amount of time it takes for one of the items to decay while in the player's inventory. However, certain containers apply a multiplier to this value, making them last longer.

Location Spoil Multiplier Scorched Earth1
Player's Inventory 0.9×
Hyaenodon Meatpack 1.8×
Tamed Dinos 3.6×
Feeding Trough 3.6×
Preserving Bin 10×
Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) 15× 13.5×
Refrigerator 100× 90×
Tek Trough 100× 90×
Crop Plot2 200× 180×
Compost Bin 200× 180×

1 Scorched Earth experiences a global 0.9× spoiler multiplier.

2 Only applies to Produce while Fertilised. 1x if not.

Preserving Salt[]

In the DLC: Scorched Earth, Preserving Salt was introduced. When placed into any inventory or container, Preserving Salt will double the spoil timers of all perishables in that container.

Spoiling Times[]

Keep in mind that full stacks of the same good (20, 30 or 100) will take proportionally longer to spoil. For example, stacking up to 100 makes berry stacks last way longer than the per unit spoil time indicates.

Note: One stack of 20 raw meat in a feeding trough takes 13.33 hours to spoil. Bear this in mind when raising juvenile or adolescent dinosaurs.

Foods[]

Item Player Inventory Tamed Dino or
Feeding Trough
Preserving Bin Refrigerator Crop Plot Bee Hive
Berries 10m 40m 1h 40m 16h 40m 1d 9h 20m ---
Crops 5m 20m 50m 8h 20m 16h 40m ---
Berry and Crop Seeds 15m 1h 2h 30m 1d 1h 2d 2h ---
Raw Meat1 10m 40m 1h 40m 16h 40m --- ---
Cooked Meat 20m 1h 20m 3h 20m 1d 9h 20m --- ---
Raw Fish Meat 20m 1h 20m 3h 20m 1d 9h 20m --- ---
Cooked Fish Meat 30m 2h 5h 2d 2h --- ---
Raw Prime Meat 4m 40s 18m 40s 46m 40s 7h 46m 40s --- ---
Cooked Prime Meat 46m 3h 4m 7h 40m 3d 4h 40m --- ---
Raw Mutton 10m 40m 1h 40m 16h 40m --- ---
Cooked Lamb Chop 1h 7m 30s 4h 30m 11h 15m 4d 16h 30m --- ---
Cooked Meat Jerky
or Prime Meat Jerky
2d 8d 20d 200d --- ---
Spoiled Meat 1h 4h 10h 4d 4h --- ---
Dishes2 5h 20h 2d 2h 20d 20h --- ---
Custom Consumable 2d 8d 20d 200d --- ---
Sweet Vegetable Cake 1h 20m 5h 20m 13h 20m 5d 13h 20m --- ---
Eggs 8d 32d 80d 800d --- ---
Kibble 3d 12d 30d 300d --- ---
Giant Bee Honey 20m 1h 20m 3h 20m 1d 9h 20m --- 15d 6h 40m

1 All forms of Meat spoil and become Spoiled Meat. All others spoil and vanish.
2 This includes Battle Tartare, Broth of Enlightenment, Calien Soup, Enduro Stew, Focal Chili, Fria Curry, Lazarus Chowder, Mindwipe Tonic and Shadow Steak Saute

Medical[]

Item Player Inventory Tamed Dino or
Feeding Trough
Preserving Bin Refrigerator
Blood Pack 30m 2h 5h 2d 2h
Medical Brew 2h 8h 20h 8d 8h
Energy Brew 2h 8h 20h 8d 8h

Utility[]

Item Player Inventory Tamed Dino or
Feeding Trough
Preserving Bin Refrigerator
Bug Repellant 5h 20h 2d 2h 20d 20h
Bio Toxin 45m 3h 6h 40m 2d 18h 40m
Item Everywhere Achatina
Organic Polymer 30m 1h 30m
Lesser Antidote 3h 20m ---

Feces have different spoiling times.

Item Player Inventory or
Tamed Dino
Dung Beetle Crop Plot or
Compost Bin
Human Feces 41m 40s 2d 21h 26m 40s 5d 18h 53m 20s
Small Animal Feces 50m 3d 11h 20m 6d 22h 40m
Medium Animal Feces 1h 23m 20s 5d 18h 53m 20s 11d 13h 46m 40s
Large Animal Feces 2h 46m 40s 11d 13h 46m 40s 23d 3h 33m 20s
Massive Animal Feces 2h 46m 40s 11d 13h 46m 40s 23d 3h 33m 20s

Scorched Earth[]

Item Player Inventory Tamed Dino or
Feeding Trough
Preserving Bin Refrigerator
Cactus Sap 10m 40m 1h 40m 16h 40m
Preserving Salt 20m 20m 20m3 ---4
Cactus Broth 1h 30m 6h 15h 6d 6h
Wyvern Milk 27m 1h 48m 4h 30m ---5

3 Preserving Salt isn't affected by Spoilage Time Multipliers.
4 Preserving Salt cannot be stored in a Refrigerator.
5 Wyvern Milk can not be stored in a Refrigerator.

Aberration[]

Item Player Inventory Tamed Dino or
Feeding Trough
Preserving Bin Refrigerator
Mushrooms 10m 40m 1h 40m 16h 40m
Mushroom Brew 5h 20h 2d 2h 20d 20h
Nameless Venom 30m 2h 5h ---6

6 Nameless Venom can not be stored in a Refrigerator.

Extinction[]

Item Player Inventory
Crafted Element Dust 0.05s
Corrupted Nodule 30m
Unstable Element 2m
Unstable Element Shard 30s

Genesis: Part 1[]

Item Player Inventory Tamed Dino or
Feeding Trough
Preserving Bin Refrigerator
Ambergris 20m 1h 20m 3h 20m 1d 9h 20m

Notes[]

  • Making custom consumables will save on spoilage for each ingredient due to their long timer, especially when refrigerated.
  • Before 280.130 the multiplier for the map Scorched Earth was 0.3
  • Spoil timers can be adjusted by adding the following line to Game.ini -
GlobalSpoilingTimeMultiplier=
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