Spoiled Meat is a food item in Ark: Survival Evolved. It can be created by letting Raw Meat, Cooked Meat, Raw Prime Meat, Cooked Prime Meat, Raw Fish Meat, Cooked Fish Meat, Raw Prime Fish Meat, Cooked Prime Fish Meat, Raw Mutton, Cooked Lamb Chop, or any Jerky spoil. Spoiled meat can also spoil, at which point the item will disappear from the player's inventory.
As a food item, Spoiled Meat is the very last resort; eating it will restore 3.5 points of Food, but decrease Health by 12.5 points. Because of this, Spoiled Meat is not initially worth much to the player.
However, it is a good idea to keep some lying around in a Storage Box, because it has several important uses later on. For example, one Spoiled Meat can be combined with 5 × Narcoberries in the Mortar and Pestle to craft Narcotic, which is an essential tool for taming.
Spoiled Meat also is the preferred food of the Scorpion, Spider, Arthropluera, Vulture, and Karkinos. Feeding Spoiled Meat to them will tame it more quickly than feeding it with Raw Meat would while refilling the same 50 food points.
For more information, see Spoilage.
- The spoil timer for each variant of meat (Raw Meat, Cooked Meat, and so on) will only apply to one piece of meat at a time in a stack. This means that a full stack of 40 meat in an inventory will decay at a much slower rate than 40 individual meat items would.
- Use "Split Stack - Split All" to spoil a large amount of meat. Useful when crafting Narcotic in bulk.
- You can separate your meat stack by holding down ⇧ Shift or Ctrl (PC), (Xbox) and dragging it into another slot. This will create a new slot for your meat, and will increase the amount of spoiled meat received per time. You can continue splitting the stacks until your inventory is full.
- On the Crystal Isles, there are sunken dinosaur carcasses in the southeastern swamp region. Bring a Cryopodded Dunkleosteus to harvest the carcasses to get massive amounts of spoiled meat is seconds, one of the fastest ways to acquire thousands in minutes instead of having to wait for meat to spoil.