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How to Tame a Dinosaur

Creatures on the island can be tamed and used for various purposes. Uses for tamed animals include riding, item transportation, storage, hunting, harvesting, resource production, and defending property while you are offline. Items placed in a tamed creature's inventory usually take much longer to spoil than they would otherwise.

Taming Basics[]

Knock-out Taming (KO)[]

  1. First, render the creature unconscious. This can be achieved through the following methods:
  2. Once the creature is unconscious, open its inventory and feed it an appropriate food item by dragging food into its inventory and waiting for the creature to eat it. The food needed to tame it will vary based on the creature you are trying to tame. Keep plenty of food in the animal's inventory while taming; if the creature runs out of food, the taming bar will begin to go down until it gets more food. Force feeding them anything other than Narcoberry Narcoberries or Narcotic Narcotic will fill their hunger but will not affect the taming bar, effectively making the tame take longer.
  3. Keep the creature unconscious throughout the process. The Unconscious bar decreases with the creature's Torpor Torpor, and can be refilled with Narcoberry Narcoberries or Narcotic Narcotic. Narcoberries will raise torpor by 8 points over 3 seconds, and Narcotic will raise it by 40 points over 16 seconds. It also stops the creature's fight against the torpor in this time, so torpor will not fall in addition to the raising. The creature will not voluntarily eat these items, and so they must be force fed by hitting the use-key (E, Y, Triangle) in the creatures inventory when hovering over the item.

Non-Violent Taming (NV)[]

Most of the creatures below can be tamed non-violently. Diplodocus can be tamed with both methods.

  1. Put the food you plan to feed to the creature in the far-right slot of your hotbar.
  2. Approach the creature and press the use key (default: E, Y, Triangle) to feed it when prompted.
  1. Wait for the creature to become hungry enough up to roughly 90% of its hunger ex:36000-40000 to eat again. This can take varying amounts of time depending on the creature in question and the food you are feeding it.
  2. Repeat this process until the taming bar is filled.

Note that the first instance of food you feed to the creature is akin to knocking it unconscious with a violent tame - it binds the tame to the Survivor (or their tribe) and the creature's hunger will begin decreasing. At this point - the taming effectiveness and taming progress will not begin to diminish unless the creature starts taking damage (i.e. enters combat or starts dying of starvation). The initial delay between the first and second feedings compared to all subsequent feedings is also greater. Once fed a second time, progress will begin to reset if you take too long to feed. Moving too far away before a second feeding will also un-bind the tame - resetting everything (although its food may take a few moments to update). As with violent tames, you can bulk-feed a starved creature with an approximately 5-10 second delay between feedings. Due to the complete reset if you move too far away and the fact most long-duration non-violent tames don't have sufficient food to be substantially starved: this trick is only really helpful for taming skittish Ichthys or monkeys .

Unique Non-Violent Taming[]

Some dinos must be tamed with unique methods.

  • Basilisk Basilisk eats fertilized Rock Drake Egg Rock Drake Egg, Wyvern Egg Wyvern Egg, Voidwyrm Egg (Genesis: Part 2) or Magmasaur Egg Magmasaur Egg from the ground.
  • Equus Equus takes Rockarrot Rockarrot and ridden on, calming with the said food when it starts its attempt to kick the survivor off.
  • Gacha Gacha takes just about anything that is dropped by the survivor, but prefers Structure items in stack of 10 over anything else.
  • Hyaenodon Hyaenodon needs to be pet without being spooked or aggravated.
  • Liopleurodon Liopleurodon swims towards the nearest dropped Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey from the player. *
  • Pegomastax Pegomastax steals Berries Berries from survivor placed in the far-right slot of hotbar.
  • Phoenix Phoenix needs to be constantly burned during a Heat wave, either through Fire Wyvern Fire Wyvern or Flamethrower Flamethrower
  • Roll Rat Roll Rat automatically eats thrown Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey whilst its buried underground.
  • Titanoboa Titanoboa eats fertilized Eggs Egg from the ground.
  • Troodon Troodon kills tamed dino for thrills and sports.
  • Hesperornis Hesperornis and Otter Otter eats Dead Fish Dead Fish that the player drags to the creature.
  • Ferox Ferox eats Element. However, it becomes aggressive for a while after feeding and is best kept away from it until it returns to its small size.
  • Bloodstalker Bloodstalker eats Blood Pack Blood Pack from the latched victim's inventory if one is present.
  • Lure a Parakeet Fish School Parakeet Fish School towards a Megachelon Megachelon while both are submerged in the ocean to start taming, ensuring the latter does not take any form of damage during the process.
  • Tropeognathus Tropeognathus must be pinned down with a Chain Bola Chain Bola to be fed with its preferred food.
  • Noglin Noglin control tamed creatures for taming.
  • Tek Stryder Tek Stryder must be hacked with Mutagel Mutagel Genesis Part 2 Icon. The amount needed varies on its level.
  • Astrodelphis Astrodelphis must be fed and pet with Element Element. It will flee for a short while after the interaction.
  • Shadowmane Shadowmane can only be fed with filled Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket (Aberration) while its resting at afternoon. It will teleport a few distance after the interaction and requires constant tracking via the HUD as the location it warps to are random.
  • Voidwyrm Voidwyrm needs to weakened before it needs to be force ridden on, calming with Mutagen (Genesis Part 2) Mutagen (Genesis: Part 2) when it is about to do a barrel roll.
  • Amargasaurus Amargasaurus wants to prove the survivor that synchronized its temperature that its worthy to be tamed by killing off any aggressive creature (and taking foods in between).
  • Dinopithecus Dinopithecus's alpha in a pack can only be passively tamed as normal after every others on its pack are dead and its trying to flee.

With the exception of Hyaenodon Hyaenodon, Liopleurodon Liopleurodon, Phoenix Phoenix, and Troodon Troodon, they too follow the same process in waiting to become hungry enough to eat again.

* = Liopleurodon Liopleurodon automatically disappears without a trace after 30 minutes. Tame only if you need its buff for the said duration period.

Fish Basket Non-Violent Taming[]

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For more details, visit Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket

With introduction to Aberration, it is possible to tame certain aquatic creatures using Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket (which must be learned in Aberration map to utilize in other maps). While it requires time for the basket to set up, it can be utilized to capture and tame smaller creatures. Bear in mind it has a certain lifespan while being trapped; letting it "spoil" to zero will kill them. Creatures that have been tamed using the Fish Basket (Aberration) Fish Basket are considered force-tamed and don't behave normally.

Temporary Taming[]

Some creatures can be considered "temporarily tamed/commandable" (but not fully temporary tame like Liopleurodon or Titan), but either does not show up as part of the tribe (still rendered as wild), or are only interact-able as survivor.

  • Carnotaurus Carnotaurus - Can be temporarily commanded after being "recruited" by, and with a Yutyrannus Yutyrannus for 60 seconds.
  • Giant Bee Giant Bee - Periodically spawned by Giant Queen Bee Giant Queen Bee. Acts as temporary guardian for the queen who spawned it.
  • Forest Wyvern Forest Wyvern - Periodically spawned by wild Forest Titan Forest Titan. Can be ridden long as it still has its flame.
  • Amargasaurus Amargasaurus - Temporarily follows the survivor until its no longer synchronized with him/her, its fully tamed or its dead.

Turret Taming[]

For certain creatures, such as the Titanosaur Titanosaur, Rock Elemental Rock Elemental, Karkinos Karkinos and Astrocetus Astrocetus, tranquilizers are ineffective. In order to inflict torpor on them, you will need to do damage to their head using a turret weapon. Because turrets themselves are immobile, one may have to mount said turret upon a platform saddle, usually the Bronto Platform Saddle Bronto Platform Saddle, Paracer Platform Saddle Paracer Platform Saddle, or Quetz Platform Saddle Quetz Platform Saddle, or utilizing Unassembled TEK Hover Skiff (Genesis Part 1) Unassembled TEK Hover Skiff (Genesis: Part 1). The most efficient weapon is the Cannon Cannon, as it's torpor-to-damage ratio will be the highest. Although you can also use the Rocket Launcher Rocket Launcher on Rock Elemental Rock Elemental, and the Catapult Turret Catapult Turret on the Karkinos Karkinos. Although related, Rubble Golem Rubble Golem can't be tamed.

* = Tamed Titanosaur Titanosaur will refuse to eat anything, and will not regain hunger through any methods and will eventually starve to death. But if the private server or single player runs with AllowRaidDinoFeeding setting it can be force-fed.

Raise-only Taming[]

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Due to the nature of these creatures, they cannot be tamed as adults unlike most other creatures. In order to 'tame' the said creatures, they have to be raised from birth. Following creatures can only be tamed from birth.

Craft-only Taming[]

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Three Creatures can only be "crafted" rather than through regular taming, through acquisition of its Blueprint, or crafted as level 1 (or 51 for the Mek Mek) at either a City Terminal (Extinction) City Terminal or Tek Replicator Tek Replicator within Extinction.

In the case of both Enforcer Enforcer and Scout Scout, these can both be found roaming around the Sanctuary. Destroying them will drop Blueprints related to their level, possibly ranging from Primitive to Ascendant based on their level, with random percentage of stats.

In the case of the Mek Mek, these can be crafted with a Level 51 Engram. They only come out as Level 51 and unlike the Enforcer Enforcer, these cannot level up. Better grade, higher level Mek Mek Blueprints can occasionally be obtained either from Hard or Legendary Orbital Supply Drop (Extinction) Orbital Supply Drops.

Mega Mek Taming[]

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The Mega Mek Mega Mek is assembled by using a M.O.M.I. M.O.M.I. to combine four Mek Meks. However, it can only be properly used during the Alpha King Titan Alpha King Titan boss fight, so you need to assemble the Mega Mek Mega Mek only in the presence of the Alpha King Titan Alpha King Titan.

Titan Taming[]

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3 of the Titans can be temporarily tamed by attacking corruption nodes on their bodies in a designated sequence. Each Titan is different at where the corruption exist, and thus requires different strategy to eliminate the corruption.

All Corrupt tumors found at its body always take one damage per hit, which makes high damage ranged pointless. Rather, utilizing rapid-firing ranged like Assault Rifle Assault Rifle or creatures like Velonasaur Velonasaur will help.

Based on how much damage it takes, the titan type when tamed will change, each with higher stat. These are denoted as its prefix when it is first tamed.

  • Alpha = Taken less than ?? HP loss
  • Beta = Taken between ?? and ?? HP loss
  • Gamma = Taken between ?? and ?? HP loss
  • None = Kill it

Eerie Taming[]

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Eerie Creatures Eerie Creatures cannot be tamed by default at where its originated from. To be able to obtain such creatures, its Creature Implant (Mobile) Creature Implant (Mobile) must be removed from its inventory after killing it and revived at Obelisk Obelisk or Revival Platform (Mobile) Revival Platform before it can be tamed as per normal like every other creature, assuming they can be tamed.

Taming Effectiveness[]

The taming effectiveness indicates the amount of bonus the creature gets once it is successfully tamed. It does not have any effect on the taming speed of the dinosaur. The initial taming effectiveness is 100%, and decreases whenever the creature eats the food left in its inventory or takes damage while unconscious. Taming effectiveness decay is reciprocal, meaning that the lower it is, the less it drops. Basically the formula is TE = 1 / ( 1 + [number of food eaten] + [damage taken]), with some additional weighting multipliers, depending on the species and kind of food.[1] Feeding a creature their preferred food will not only tame them faster, but also reward you with a higher taming effectiveness percentage. Most creatures also have a preferred Kibble, which will be the fastest taming food while only slightly decreasing the taming effectiveness. (Side note: Efficiency is not a synonym for effectiveness. The efficiency (how economical a method is) is not taken into account for the taming effectiveness.)

  • In the case of Reaper King, Taming effectiveness also applies, but through a different method. While it is still not born, killing dinosaur will absorb experience like effectiveness, affecting its bonus stat when it is born. No other method of earning experience will increase it however.
  • In the case of Bloodstalker Bloodstalker, Taming effectiveness always starts at 30% regardless. Instead of decreasing, letting it feast on tamed creatures and killing it actually increases its effectiveness, and will never drop once it is raised.

Effect of the Taming Effectiveness[]

Taming Effectiveness (TE) determines the number of bonus levels that a creature will gain upon completion of the taming. Each level is another point in a particular skill. These bonus levels are considered "wild levels" for the purposes of post-tame level-ups (e.g. +4% per level refers to 4% of the post-tame value) and breeding, and so maximizing Taming Effectiveness is vital for procuring the best creatures.

At 100% Taming Effectiveness, a creature will get 50% of its wild level as bonus levels. The amount of bonus levels gained is proportional to the Taming Effectiveness (so 50% TE is 25% bonus levels). Where L is the creature Wild Level, the amount of bonus levels is L × TE / 2 (rounded down). For example: a level 90 Rex with a taming effectiveness of 85% will get 90 × 85% / 2 = 38.25 → 38 bonus levels.

With a maximum wild level of 150 and a maximum taming effectiveness of 99.9% for all creatures that have to eat at least once (creature such as the Troodon Troodon and Pegomastax Pegomastax retain 100% due to not technically "eating") - the maximum amount of bonus levels you can achieve is 150 × 99.9% / 2 → 74 (rounded), for a total level of 224.

In addition to bonus levels, most creatures have at least one stat that has a Taming Multiplier that is based on Taming Effectiveness - e.g. the Rex has 17.6% multiplier on its Melee Damage Melee Damage. The multiplier is applied after bonus levels and any additive bonuses (e.g. the Rex also has a +7% additive bonus). As an aside, the additive bonuses are unaffected by Taming Effectiveness. Similarly to bonus levels, the multiplier scales proportionately to the Taming Effectiveness. Using the rex as an example again, the full 17.6% multiplier is only achieved with 100% Taming Effectiveness. At only 50% TE, you will only get 8.8% bonus melee damage. Use the external taming calculators to know which method is more cost/effective for your situation.

When breeding, newborns are considered to have 100% Taming Effectiveness regardless of the Taming Effectiveness of the parents. While this will not cause them to gain bonus levels, this will cause them to gain the maximum stat multipliers. This is why bred creatures will often have higher melee or food stats than either of their parents.

{ | class="wikitable sortable" ! Food ! Food-Value[2] ! data-sort-type="number" | Taming Speed[3] ! Taming Effectiveness[4] ! Used To Tame |- | Broth of Enlightenment Broth of Enlightenment | 20 | data-sort-value="50" |50x Speed [5] | ★★★★★ | Arthropluera Arthropluera |- |Rare Flower Rare Flower | 60 | 25.1x Speed | ★★★★★ |Microraptor Microraptor |- | Raw Mutton Raw Mutton | 50 | 7.5x Speed | ★★★★☆ | Carnivores |- | 50 Black Pearls 50 Black Pearls | 1500 | 6.6x Speed | ★★★★★ | Tusoteuthis Tusoteuthis [6] |- | Kibble Preferred Kibble | 80 | 5x Speed | ★★★★★ | All kibble tames, except those listed below. This does not apply after the Homestead update on PC and Console. |- | Kibble (Archaeopteryx Egg) Kibble (Archaeopteryx Egg) | 120 | 3.33x Speed | ★★★★★ | Diplocaulus Diplocaulus |- | Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) Kibble (Carbonemys Egg) | 53 | 7.55x Speed | ★★★★★ | Brontosaurus Brontosaurus |- | Kibble (Lystrosaurus Egg) Kibble (Lystrosaurus Egg) | 53 | 5.2x Speed | ★★★★★ | Diplodocus Diplodocus |- | Kibble (Mantis Egg) Kibble (Mantis Egg) | 20 | 20x Speed | ★★★★★ | Rock Elemental Rock Elemental |- | Kibble (Megalosaurus Egg) Kibble (Megalosaurus Egg) | 120 | 3.33x Speed | ★★★★★ | Therizinosaur Therizinosaur |- | Kibble (Moschops Egg) Kibble (Moschops Egg) | 53 | 7.55x Speed | ★★★★★ | Purlovia Purlovia |- | Kibble (Oviraptor Egg) Kibble (Oviraptor Egg) | 135 | 2.96x Speed | ★★★★★ | Megalosaurus Megalosaurus |- | Kibble (Pelagornis Egg) Kibble (Pelagornis Egg) | 25 | 16x Speed | ★★★★★ | Archaeopteryx Archaeopteryx |- | Kibble (Quetzal Egg) Kibble (Quetzal Egg) | 80 | 6.875x Speed | ★★★★★ | Mosasaurus Mosasaurus, Giganotosaurus Giganotosaurus (5x Speed) |- | Kibble (Tapejara Egg) Kibble (Tapejara Egg) | 120 | 3.3x Speed | ★★★★★ | Kaprosuchus Kaprosuchus |- | Kibble (Terror Bird Egg) Kibble (Terror Bird Egg) | 53 | 7.5x Speed | ★★★★★ | Woolly Rhinoceros Woolly Rhinoceros |- | Kibble (Titanoboa Egg) Kibble (Titanoboa Egg) | 80 | 3.75x Speed | ★★★★★ | Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus, Dunkleosteus Dunkleosteus, Thylacoleo Thylacoleo (5x Speed) |- | Kibble (Therizinosaurus Egg) Kibble (Therizinosaurus Egg) | 320 | 1.56x Speed | ★★★★★ | Basilosaurus Basilosaurus |- |Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey |80 |4.9x Speed |★★★★☆ |Dire Bear Dire Bear |- | Rare Flower Rare Flower | 35 | 4.55x Speed [5] | ★★★★★ | Lystrosaurus Lystrosaurus |- |Bio Toxin Bio Toxin |45 |4.46x Speed |★★★★★ |Electrophorus Electrophorus |- | Large Animal Feces Large Animal Feces | 37.5 | 4.27x Speed [5] | ★★★★★ | Dung Beetle Dung Beetle |- | Cooked Lamb Chop Cooked Lamb Chop | 50 | 4x Speed | ★★★★★ | Carnivores |- |Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey |80 |3.72x Speed |★★★☆☆ |Megatherium Megatherium |- | Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat | 50 | data-sort-value="3" | 3x Speed | ★★★☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Raw Prime Fish Meat Raw Prime Fish Meat | 25 | 2.4x Speed[5] | ★★★☆☆ | Carnivores |- |Rare Flower Rare Flower | 75 | 2x Speed | ★★★☆☆ |Giant Queen Bee Giant Queen Bee |- | Spoiled Meat Spoiled Meat | 50 | 2x Speed | ★★★☆☆ | Araneo Araneo, Arthropluera Arthropluera, Dung Beetle Dung Beetle, Pulmonoscorpius Pulmonoscorpius and Vulture Vulture |- | Cooked Prime Meat Cooked Prime Meat / Prime Meat Jerky Prime Meat Jerky | 50 | 1.5x Speed | ★★☆☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Rare Mushroom Rare Mushroom | 75 | 1.3x Speed | ★★☆☆☆ | Procoptodon Procoptodon |- | Beer Jar Beer Jar | 45 | 1x Speed | ★★★★★ | Chalicotherium Chalicotherium |- | Stimberry Stimberry | -15 | ? | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Chalicotherium Chalicotherium |- | Raw Meat Raw Meat | 50 | 1x Speed | ★☆☆☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Cooked Meat Cooked Meat / Cooked Meat Jerky Cooked Meat Jerky | 25 | 1x Speed | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Crops Crops | 40 | 1x Speed | ★★☆☆☆ | Herbivores |- | Chitin Chitin | 50 | 1x Speed | ★☆☆☆☆ | Archaeopteryx Archaeopteryx |- | Mejoberry Mejoberry | 30 | 1x Speed | ★☆☆☆☆ | Herbivores |- | Sulfur Sulfur | 25 | 1x Speed | ★☆☆☆☆ | Rock Elemental Rock Elemental |- | Berries Other Berries | 20 | 1x Speed | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Herbivores |- | Plant Species X Seed Plant Species X Seed | 50 | 1x Speed | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Procoptodon Procoptodon |- | AnglerGel AnglerGel | 24 | 1x Speed | data-sort-value="1" | N/A[7] | Manta Manta |- |Sweet Vegetable Cake Sweet Vegetable Cake | 20 | 1x Speed | N/A[7] |Ovis Ovis |- |Sweet Vegetable Cake Sweet Vegetable Cake | 500 | 1x Speed | N/A[7] |Achatina Achatina |- |Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey |300 |1x Speed |N/A[7] |Roll Rat Roll Rat |- |Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey |200 |1x Speed |N/A[7] |Liopleurodon Liopleurodon |- |Deathworm Horn Deathworm Horn |300 |1x Speed |N/A[7] |Mantis Mantis |- |Woolly Rhino Horn Woolly Rhino Horn |200 |1x Speed |N/A[7] |Mantis Mantis |- | Raw Fish Meat Raw Fish Meat | 25 | 0.8x Speed[5] | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Cooked Fish Meat Cooked Fish Meat | 12 | 0.8x Speed | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Cooked Prime Fish Meat Cooked Prime Fish Meat | 25 | 0.8x Speed | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Carnivores |- | Kibble Other Kibble | 80 | 0.66x Speed | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Anything other than the creature that prefers the type of Kibble. |- | Stone Stone | 50 | 0.14x Speed | ★☆☆☆☆ | Rock Elemental Rock Elemental |- | Giganotosaurus Egg Giganotosaurus Egg | 300 | ? | ★★★★★ | Oviraptor Oviraptor |- |Fertilized Giganotosaurus Egg Fertilized Giganotosaurus Egg |900 |? |★★★★★ |Titanoboa Titanoboa |- | Rock Drake Egg Rock Drake Egg | 262.5 | ? | ★★★★★ | Basilisk Basilisk |- | Magmasaur Egg Magmasaur Egg | 262.5 | ? | ★★★★★ | Basilisk Basilisk |- |Plant Species Z Seed Plant Species Z Seed |75 |? |★★★★★ |Bulbdog Bulbdog, Glowtail Glowtail, Featherlight Featherlight, and Shinehorn Shinehorn |- |Dead Fish Dead Fish |N/A |? |☆☆☆☆☆ |Otter Otter and Hesperornis Hesperornis |- |}

  1. Calculation of the taming effectiveness
  2. Note that the food values depend on the combination of food and creature, but most creatures share the same value for a specific food. Exceptions apply especially to the preferred food of a creature.
  3. Taming Speed is derived from Taming Affinity Per Consumption / Food Value Per Consumption of a particular food versus the baseline (usually Raw Meat or Other Berries).
  4. Taming Effectiveness is derived from Number of Consumptions, where the fewest consumptions is the most effective. The most effective may not always be the fastest.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Estimated.
  6. Note that this is compared to 20 Raw Meat, rather than 1 Raw Meat.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 This is the only valid food item for this tame.

Dino Level and Stats[]

Spawn level 1-150 (official servers)
Taming effectiveness bonus levels +0-50% of spawn level (+74 max)
Max level increase after taming +88
  • Dinos/Creatures spawn with a level of 5 to 150 in official, or different depending on the difficulty level of the server. The following dino/creatures are an exception: (Other levels applies like every other dino based on difficulty setting however.)
  • For every level above 1, the animal has an improvement made at random to one of its base stats. Usually one stat in particular will have been upgraded naturally.
  • Any animal, once tamed, can be leveled up manually up to 88 times (Except for Titans and Mek Mek). This means if you tame a level 1 animal, it will cap at level 89 and not level up anymore, but an animal tamed at level 30 may reach level 118.
  • Lower level animals are generally easier and less dangerous to render unconscious, and it is faster (and requires less food and drugs) to tame them.
  • Beginning players may want to target lower level animals to save time and resources, especially for early game mounts and pack animals such as Phiomia Phiomias.
  • Established players may want to target higher level animals, as their beginning stats (and thus max-level stats) will be higher. It is common for 'end game' hunters to stalk specific dinos (sometimes with specific colors) within a few levels of a server's cap, knock them out, and then inspect their stats. If their random improvements have gone to less useful stats (such as Food), the hunter may kill or abandon the unconscious dino and search for another.
  • Which improvements are desirable will depend on the animal's species and intended use. For instance, it is usually pointless to level up melee damage on a Parasaur Parasaur intended as a pack animal, while this may be the most important stat for a hunting Raptor Raptor or a siege Rex Rex.
  • The amount of XP an animal needs to earn to level up is the same, regardless of the level it was at when tamed. E.g., the same amount of XP will take an animal tamed at level 1 to level 2, or tamed at level 26 to level 27, etc.
  • Tamed animals will earn XP slowly even while doing nothing, just like the player. The player gets additional XP equal to half the XP earned by an animal they are riding, so it's a good idea to sit on a dino while AFK.
    • Tamed creatures in a Cryopod Cryopod receive more passive XP.
  • The max dino level (without breeding) after taming and leveling is 312 on an official or non-modded server (i.e. 150 wild level + 74 level taming bonus + 88 domesticated level ups). There are a few exceptions to this rule:
    • Tek creatures - As stated above, they can naturally spawn up to 180 with a maximum taming efficiency of +89 levels and up to 88 levels after taming, making their max possible level 349 outside of breeding.
    • Reaper Kings - Queens spawn at a maximum level of 150, but their offspring can receive up to 75 additional levels during pregnancy and another 88 once matured, making their max level 313.
    • Enforcers and Scouts - Spawn naturally up to level 150 and can receive an addition 88 levels after being assembled, making their max level 238.
    • Deinonychus - Eggs naturally spawn up to 150 and can receive an additional 88 levels after maturation, making their max level 238 outside of breeding.
    • Wyverns and Rock Drakes - Eggs can spawn naturally up to 190 and can receive an additional 88 levels after maturation, making their max level 278.

Taming Hints[]

  • One Narcoberry Narcoberry will increase an animal's Torpor Torpor by 7.5. One Narcotic Narcotic increases Torpor Torpor by 40. A Tranquilizer Arrow Tranquilizer Arrow fired by an ordinary bow will increase Torpor Torpor by about 100 (dependent on the body region), but deals damage and decreases Taming Effectiveness.
  • To feed Narcotic Narcotics or Narcoberry Narcoberries, use the E, Y, Triangle. -> R2/RT not triangle/Y
  • In an emergency, if you run out of Narcotic Narcotics and Narcoberry Narcoberries, you can punch or Slingshot Slingshot the animal in the head to keep it unconscious, or shoot it with a Tranquilizer Arrow Tranquilizer Arrow. However, this will damage the creature, thereby reducing taming effectiveness and the amount bonus levels gained. It could also kill the creature if you aren't careful.
  • Be sure they have food at all times. If they run out of food, their taming meter will fall rapidly until it reaches zero.
  • An unconscious animal will remain unconscious until the Torpor Torpor reaches 0. If it wakes up, you will lose all taming progress, plus any items that were in the animal's inventory(If an unconscious tame is killed however it will drop an Item Cache with all the items you had on it when it died).
  • Different animals lose Torpor Torpor at different rates (for example, a Spino Spino loses Torpor Torpor very quickly) and because taming takes longer for higher levels, more Narcotic Narcotics are needed.
  • Taming can take up to several hours. Keep an eye out for other players or predators, as they may try to harm your unconscious creature.
    • An unconscious creature proves an appetising meal for smaller carnivores that may not even attack when said creature is conscious; be vigilant defending your tame as even a small group of Dilophosaur can quickly ruin a Quetzal tame.
  • Your tamed animals can die from starvation even while you are offline, so be sure there is enough food in their inventory. However, like players, inactive animals will use food very slowly.
  • If your tame has low health you can force feed it so that it will regain some HP. This will not decrease taming effectiveness if the creature's food is maxed out. This only works on carnivores.
  • If your tame gets hit you can let it wake up to reset the taming effectiveness.
  • During Valentines Day event, Box o' Chocolates Box o' Chocolates can be used to quickly knock 40% off taming progress of any knockout tames. However, these can only be used once per wild unconscious creature.
  • If you are taming a lot of creature, utilize the taming list to keep track of unconscious tameable dino to check how long before their torpidity runs out, or how long to taming it.
  • In ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, the ARK Unity or Dododex app can be accessed when hovering over a Creature. It will automatically go to the respective Creature to provide taming values for that Creature.

For Carnivores[]

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For Herbivores[]

  • Unlike carnivores, there are no foods you can feed a herbivore to increase its taming speed except for Kibble (with exception to Primitive Plus, which certain crops on certain dinos will very quickly tame), and herbivores also often require significantly more Kibble than a similarly levelled and sized carnivore. Thus - you should set aside a lot of time for taming herbivores, particularly if you've got your eye on a high leveled one.
  • Herbivores will eat Crops Crops, while this will not speed up the overall time to tame, it will result in a higher taming effectiveness.
  • Herbivores will not voluntarily eat Narcoberry Narcoberries.
  • Unlike with tamed dinos where Stimberry Stimberries will cause them to become hungry, force feeding an unconscious dino will only have their torpidity decreased - causing them to wake up sooner. However, herbivores will eat a Stimberry Stimberry if there is no other food in their inventory. Although Stimberry Stimberries drastically reduce tame effectiveness, they add a very small amount of taming affinity with no food gain. Therefore, they will eat the Stimberry Stimberries at a constant rate. This can be a way to increase taming affinity while starve taming a herbivore at cost of a 0% taming effectiveness.

For Most Creatures[]

  • Most creatures have a preferred Kibble Kibble that will raise the taming meter much faster than their favorite foods while almost halting the Taming Effectiveness decay. Each quality of kibble requires different ingredients, and you can find how to make each type Kibble Kibble here
  • Kibbles make taming 5 times faster for every creature that prefers one except for Bronto Brontos, which are tamed 8 times faster using kibbles.
  • New players will notice that some taming times will be very high without the use of kibble, and be rightly discouraged. Generally, if a tame takes longer than 3 hours without kibble, it should probably not be attempted. Taming high level creatures without kibble greatly decreases taming effectiveness, negating the advantages of taming a high level creature.
    • This is especially true for herbivores; while there are many types of meat in the game, allowing for most carnivores to be tamed quickly without kibble while still retaining decent taming affinity, herbivores do not get this luxury. Outside of berries, the only other foods most herbivores will accept are Crops Crops and their preferred kibbles, both of which are generally not utilized by players until the more mid-to-late-game. Because of this, taming high level herbivores will almost always require their preferred kibble, and even then, may still take a considerable amount of time and Narcotic Narcotics to keep asleep. For example, taming a level 150 Doedicurus Doedicurus on official settings would take 34 kibble and 130 Narcotic Narcotics, and would still take 1 hour and 42 minutes. If one were to try and tame and same Doedicurus Doedicurus using normal berries, it would require nearly 700 berries and almost 900 Narcotic Narcotics, with the entire process taking nearly 6 hours and 38 minutes, only for the creature to receive 17 bonus levels due to the subtantial loss of taming effectiveness.
  • A Cryopod Cryopod allows the ease of moving dinosaur from one point to another, especially freshly tamed. Just be mindful not to die as anyone can steal the filled Cryopod Cryopod for their tribe from a dead body (If a plan is made to breed, it might be advised to find another way of moving, unless the player is fine with waiting at most 2 days for cooldown).
  • If the player has access to Snow Owl Snow Owl, they can use it to heal up wounded unconscious dino to ensure that they continue to live in case it somehow lost too much taming effectiveness.
  • Due to the amount of food some creatures need to eat in order to be tamed, there are some animals that, even with kibble, can never reach 100% TE. A way to tame these creatures at higher efficiency is to wait for an event that boosts taming speeds, such as the ARK: Evolution Event. During these events, less kibble is needed, and therefore it is possible to tame creatures at higher levels of efficiency that otherwise would be impossible on standard official settings. A good example of this is the Woolly Rhino Woolly Rhino, which can only reach a maximum TE level of 95.8% on standard official settings, but can reach 98.9% during such events.
    • There are some creatures, however, that cannot hit maximum TE even on x2 rates, such as the Basilisk Basilisk. These creatures can only hit maximum TE during events where rates are booster even further, such as during ARK: Eggcellent Adventure.

Speeding up starve taming with Battle Tartare

This method is no longer effective.

There are ways to speed up taming using Battle Tartare. However its not an easy technique, and you need to be aware of several things:

  • It should only be done during starve taming. Force feeding anything other than Narcotic Narcotics or Stimulant Stimulant to a tamed creature during normal taming will cause a massive drop in taming effectiveness. This doesn't apply to starve taming though. Force feeding anything during starve taming will not cause a drop in taming effectiveness.
  • Battle Tartare Battle Tartare inflicts damage. Even though it actually doesn't cause any taming effectiveness drop (even during normal taming, although force feeding it still does), it still increases the risk of killing the creature. One battle tartare does a low amount of damage. To be precise 90 damage over 200 seconds. But you will likely need to feed multiple sometimes around ten and sometimes even over a hundred Battle Tartare Battle Tartares to really make it matter.
  • As each Battle Tartare Battle Tartare works only for 200 seconds, and it cause the food meter drop 50% faster, the amount of Battle Tartare Battle Tartares you need can be calculated by this formula: normal total taming time(in seconds)/3*2/200, which simplifies to normal total taming time/300. For example: Taming a 150 Castoroides Castoroides with kibble will normally take one hour, 19 minutes and 10 seconds, or 4750 seconds in total. Thus total amount of Battle Tartare Battle Tartares you need is 4750/300=16(rounded up), and it will take 16*200=3200 seconds (53 minutes) of force feeding Battle Tartare Battle Tartares. At that time Castoroides Castoroides should get hungry enough to eat the required 22 Gallimimus kibble, thus saving you a 23 minutes of taming. During that starve taming, the Castoroides Castoroides will take 16*90=1440 damage.
  • If tamed creature is on very low health already, and thus Battle tartare can potentially kill it, you can instead force feed it Enduro Stew Enduro Stew. It will not speed up taming on its own, but will restore 1080 health over 15 minutes during the duration of the Enduro Stew Enduro Stew. But just as the Battle Tartare Battle Tartare, only force feed Enduro Stew Enduro Stew during stave taming. Force feeding it during normal taming will cause a massive drop in taming effectiveness. Although force feeding Battle Tartare Battle Tartare will instantly cancel the effect of Enduro Stew Enduro Stew, and vice versa. Thus you can't have both active at the same time.
  • Be aware that even though Battle Tartare Battle Tartare can potentially speed up taming by 50%, Its not the same as having a 1.5x taming multiplier. It will simply cause a creature to get hungry 50% faster, but it will still need to eat the same amount of food to be tamed.
  • Cooking Battle Tartare Battle Tartare is quite tricky, as it requires three portions of Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat for each portion of tartare. Its recommended to do it only with the Industrial Cooker Industrial Cooker, with everything (besides Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat) already put in it. Thus you only have to bring a large amount of Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat to be able to cook some of the Battle Tartare Battle Tartare. Killing Alpha Creatures provides very high amounts of Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat. Another way to get high amounts of it, is by killing Paracer Paracers, Diplodocus Diplodocus, or Bronto Brontos.

Taming Table[]

These tables give an overview of the needed resources to tame the Dinosaurs and Creatures of ARK. The numbers in these tables are meant to give a first impression on the needed resources and to compare to other creatures and so are only for a level 30 creature, fed with the standard food (i.e. Mejoberry Mejoberry for Herbivores and Raw Meat Raw Meat for Carnivores). For the Tranq Arrow Tranq Arrow number it is assumed they hit the body, if there are no other annotations, using a Crossbow Crossbow. Targeting the head is more effective for most creatures.

For additional info on the food and time needed for each creature, visit their individual pages, as the needed resources vary largely depend on the level and used food.

Note that the values are for optimal cases, always bring extra supplies!
For a level-dependent count of resources needed, try an external taming calculator.

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Herbivore Taming Table (Level 30)[]

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Creature Rideable Narcoberry Narcoberries Needed Narcotic Narcotics Needed Mejoberry Mejoberries Needed Tranquilizer Arrow Tranq Arrows Needed**
Preferred Food Time Needed
Level for
Achatina Achatina No (Sweet Vegetable Cake) Sweet Vegetable Cake Sweet Vegetable Cake N/A
Ankylosaurus Ankylosaurus Yes 640 132 250 8 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 03:45 40
Brontosaurus Brontosaurus Yes 650 89 834 34 Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 05:00 63
Turtle Icon Carbonemys Yes 340 62 250 5 (body); 10 (tail); 25 (shell) Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 01:52 25
Castoroides Castoroides Yes 547 167 7 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 03:45 55
Chalicotherium Chalicotherium Yes N/A N/A N/A Beer Jar Beer Jar 42
Diplodocus Diplodocus Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 32
Dodo Dodo No 22 4 38 1;1 Basic Kibble Basic Kibble 00:08 N/A
Doedicurus Doedicurus Yes 1600 390 284 14 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 04:15 30
Equus Equus Yes N/A N/A N/A Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 20 / Not Needed
Gallimimus Gallimimus Yes 1461 550 169 8 Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 01:41 30
Gasbag Gasbag Yes Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 43
Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus Yes N/A N/A 139 N/A Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 03:10 Not Needed
Iguanodon Iguanodon Yes Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 30
Jerboa Jerboa No* N/A
Lymantria Lymantria Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 36
Lystrosaurus Lystrosaurus No N/A N/A N/A Rare Flower Rare Flower N/A
Mammoth Mammoth Yes 786 150 417 10 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 04:23 40
Megaloceros Megaloceros Yes 221 41 100 4;2 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 01:15 30
Megatherium Megatherium Yes Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 52
Mesopithecus Mesopithecus No* N/A N/A 84 N/A Basic Kibble Basic Kibble 00:33 N/A
Morellatops Morellatops Yes Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 11
Ovis Ovis Yes N/A N/A (Sweet Vegetable Cake) N/A Sweet Vegetable Cake Sweet Vegetable Cake Not Needed
Pachy Pachy Yes 121 22 100 3;23 (especially resistant head) Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 00:50 15
Pachyrhinosaurus Pachyrhinosaurus Yes 50 18 163 8 Bug Repellant Bug Repellant 01:13 25
Paracer Paracer Yes 1506 373 542 23 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 03:56 30
Parasaur Parasaur Yes 102 17 125 3;2 Basic Kibble Basic Kibble 00:38 10
Pegomastax Pegomastax No N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phiomia Phiomia Yes 45 3 250 5;2 Basic Kibble Basic Kibble 00:25 5
Procoptodon Procoptodon Yes 653 151 167 (Plant Species X Seed) 5 Rare Mushroom Rare Mushrooms 01:51 50
Roll Rat Roll Rat Yes N/A N/A (Giant Bee Honey) N/A Giant Bee Honey Giant Bee Honey 58
Stegosaurus Stegosaurus Yes 646 127 500 9;6 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 03:45 30
Therizinosaurus Therizinosaurus Yes Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 69
Triceratops Triceratops Yes 306 64 250 5 Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 01:53 16
Woolly Rhino Woolly Rhino Yes 11 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 45

* These tames ride on the player's shoulder.</small

** Number of tranq arrows shot by a 100% crossbow.

Carnivore Taming Table (Level 30)[]

Creature Rideable Narcoberry Narcoberries Needed Narcotic Narcotics Needed Raw Meat Raw Meat Needed Tranquilizer Arrow Tranq Arrows Needed***
Preferred Food Time Needed
Level for
Allosaurus Allosaurus Yes Superior Kibble Superior Kibble
Archaeopteryx Archaeopteryx No (Chitin) Simple Kibble Simple Kibble N/A
Angler Angler Yes 3513 1153 90 16 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 04:30 Not needed
Araneo Araneo Yes N/A N/A 38 (Spoiled Meat) N/A Spoiled Meat Spoiled Meat 0:21 40
Argentavis Argentavis Yes 648 120 100 7;3 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 03:45 55
Arthropluera Arthropluera Yes N/A N/A ? (Spoiled Meat) N/A Broth of Enlightenment Broth of Enlightenment 50
Baryonyx Baryonyx Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble
Basilisk Basilisk Yes (Rock Drake Egg), (Magmasaur Egg) Rock Drake Egg Rock Drake Egg and Magmasaur Egg Magmasaur Egg
Basilosaurus Basilosaurus Yes Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble
Beelzebufo Beelzebufo Yes 349 70 81 4 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 00:54 25
Carnotaurus Carnotaurus Yes 663 133 100 7 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 03:45 50
Compy Compy No* 11 2 5 (Raw Prime Meat) 1 Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat 00:01 N/A
Daeodon Daeodon Yes Superior Kibble Superior Kibble
Dilophosaur Dilophosaur No 33 4 23 2;1 Basic Kibble Basic Kibble 00:13 N/A
Diplocaulus Diplocaulus Yes Simple Kibble Simple Kibble
Dimetrodon Dimetrodon No 4755 2528 84 14 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 04:12 N/A
Dimorphodon Dimorphodon No* 76 16 45 2;1 Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat 00:11 N/A
Dire Bear Dire Bear Yes 18 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 06:54 35
Direwolf Direwolf Yes 498 100 60 8;4 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 01:52 Not needed
Dung Beetle Dung Beetle No N/A N/A 16 (Medium Animal Feces) N/A Large Animal Feces Large Animal Feces 00:13 N/A
Dunkleosteus Dunkleosteus Yes 21 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 40
Electrophorus Electrophorus No N/A N/A N/A N/A
Giganotosaurus Giganotosaurus Yes 8716 5071 196 174 Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 07:21 85
Griffin Griffin Yes Extraordinary Kibble Extraordinary Kibble
Hesperornis Hesperornis No* N/A N/A (Dead Fish) N/A Dead Fish Dead Fish N/A
Ichthyornis Ichthyornis No* Regular Kibble Regular Kibble N/A
Ichthyosaurus Ichthyosaurus Yes N/A N/A 32 N/A Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 01:22 10
Kairuku Kairuku No 200 35 45 6;2 Basic Kibble Basic Kibble 00:25 N/A
Kaprosuchus Kaprosuchus Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble
Karkinos Karkinos Yes Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble
Managarmr Managarmr Yes Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble
Manta Manta Yes N/A N/A ? (AnglerGel) N/A AnglerGel AnglerGel 25
Mantis Mantis Yes N/A N/A (Deathworm Horn) N/A Deathworm Horn Deathworm Horn
Megalania Megalania Yes Extraordinary Kibble Extraordinary Kibble
Megalodon Megalodon Yes 509 102 100 14 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 03:45 45
Megalosaurus Megalosaurus Yes Superior Kibble Superior Kibble
Microraptor Microraptor No* N/A
Mosasaurus Mosasaurus Yes 9611 4627 580 53 Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 08:57 75
Otter Otter No* N/A N/A (Dead Fish) N/A Dead Fish Dead Fish N/A
Onyc Onyc No N/A N/A 57 N/A Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat 00:28 N/A
Oviraptor Oviraptor No 180 35 247 (Eggs) 3;2 Giganotosaurus Egg Giganotosaurus Egg 01:22 N/A
Pelagornis Pelagornis Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble
Plesiosaur Plesiosaur Yes 3377 1030 250 28 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 05:00 60
Pteranodon Pteranodon Yes 481 97 60 2;1 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 02:30 35
Scorpion Pulmonoscorpius Yes 81 17 38 (Spoiled Meat) 3 Spoiled Meat Spoiled Meat 00:38 25
Purlovia Purlovia No Regular Kibble Regular Kibble N/A
Quetzal Quetzal Yes 7475 2603 317 22;8 Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 08:59 60
Raptor Raptor Yes 133 23 60 4;2 Simple Kibble Simple Kibble 00:50 15
Ravager Ravager Yes Raw Prime Meat Raw Prime Meat
Rex Rex Yes 1891 408 159 27 Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 05:18 60
Sabertooth Sabertooth Yes 221 45 60 9;3 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 01:53 45
Sarco Sarcosuchus Yes 627 124 85 7 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 03:32 35
Snow Owl Snow Owl Yes Superior Kibble Superior Kibble
Spino Spino Yes 4787 1486 154 15 Exceptional Kibble Exceptional Kibble 06:54 60
Terror Bird Terror Bird Yes 1449 462 83 6 Regular Kibble Regular Kibble 02:04 25
Tapejara Tapejara Yes 8 Superior Kibble Superior Kibble 50
Titanoboa Titanoboa No N/A N/A (Eggs) Fertilized Giganotosaurus Egg Fertilized Giganotosaurus Egg N/A
Thorny Dragon Thorny Dragon Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble
Thylacoleo Thylacoleo Yes Extraordinary Kibble Extraordinary Kibble
Tusoteuthis Tusoteuthis Yes N/A N/A N/A
Velonasaur Velonasaur Yes Regular Kibble Regular Kibble
Vulture Vulture No* (Spoiled Meat) Spoiled Meat Spoiled Meat
Yutyrannus Yutyrannus Yes Extraordinary Kibble Extraordinary Kibble

* These tames ride on the player's shoulder.

** The Dung Beetle Dung Beetle is not a Carnivore but prefers Spoiled Meat Spoiled Meat after it is tamed.

*** Number of Tranquilizer Arrow Tranquilizer Arrows shot by a 100% Crossbow Crossbow waiting 5 seconds in between shots to apply all the "over time Torpor Torpor".


Not all creatures can be tamed. Most creatures that are tamable through certain ways have the prefix "Wild" next to their name. Untamable wild creatures do not have such prefix.

Tamed Pteranodon

The following creatures are currently not tamable except by use of the forcetame command.

  • 1 = Some bosses can spawn in tamed during the Survive the Ark mission.
  • 2 = Whilst a Ferox (Large) is spawned in tamed by feeding a Ferox Ferox some Element Element, Taming technically isn't possible due to it being considered a different creature.
  • 3 = Force-taming a Nameless Nameless will cause it to burrow underground, de-registering its existence, making it the only creature to be untamable by even command means without system abnormalities (e.g: Crashing).

Taming Calculators[]

See Apps for a list of taming-calculators.