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Disambig Tek Trough is referred to as "TEK Trough" in ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile

Tek Trough
Tek Trough
Put food for your nearby pets in this, and they'll automatically eat it when hungry! Can refridgerate items, so long as it's powered by a Tek Generator!
Item slots
Decay time
Stack size
Unlocked upon defeating
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Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi TekTrough 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough.PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough'" 1 0 0
Unlock Tekgram
cheat unlockengram "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough.PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough'"
Crafting XP
464 XP
Crafted in
Required stations
ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile Ingredients (Mobile)
Resources breakdown [Expand]
900 × Metal Ingot Metal Ingot
1800 × Metal Metal
100 × Crystal Crystal
Total Base Ingredients

The Tek Trough in ARK: Survival Evolved is an advanced version of the Feeding Trough.


Much like Feeding Trough Feeding Trough, the Tek trough can hold almost any type of food for any tames. While it too allows strange items as stone or sulfur for Rock Elementals, it does not allow feces for Dung Beetles. Tames within its range eat from the trough before consuming food in their inventory. Any and all foods can be placed in the trough at once, so Berries Berries, Raw Meat Meat, and so on can all be mixed together to feed all types of tames.

Tames belonging to allied tribes can also feed from a trough. The Tek Trough must be powered by the Tek Generator Tek Generator, otherwise food inside will spoil as if a survivor was carrying it.

It can also be used to craft Iced Canteen Iced Canteens and Iced Water Jar Iced Water Jars.


When powered, Food placed in the trough has its spoil time multiplied by 100 (same as the Refrigerator Refrigerator). Furthermore, the total amount of food that can be stored inside is 100 stacks, while the refrigerator holds only 80.


The Tek Trough allows tames to feed within a cubic range of 11 foundations horizontally and 17 walls vertically from the point of placement. The tames do not have to move as long as they are within this cube. Tames that wander through the range area are also able to feed from it. You can confirm which tames are within range by observing the feeding trough icon above each tame's name. Tames display the icon regardless of whether the trough(s) they are in range of actually have suitable food for them.


The Engram is unlocked by defeating Beta Megapithecus Megapithecus, Gamma Manticore Manticore, Gamma Rockwell Rockwell, Desert Titan Desert Titan, Gamma Moeder, Master of the Ocean Moeder and Gamma Crystal Wyvern Queen Crystal Wyvern Queen and must be unlocked in order to craft this item, but not to use it or equip it. Defeating the more difficult versions will also give the player the engram.


  • Other players can steal from a feeding trough if it is left unlocked.
  • Much like Feeding Trough Feeding Trough, Baby dinosaurs can't eat from the trough until they reach the Juvenile stage. (10.1%)
  • Unconscious dinosaurs will not feed off trough such as those thrown from cryopods during the cryocooldown process.
  • Creatures only eat food from the tek trough if they would eat it from their inventory - herbivores will not eat meat, carnivores will not eat berries, and so on.
  • An icon appears above the name on tames that indicates if they are within range of a feeding trough.
  • Requires a Tek Generator (see underwater Bases)
  • Prior to 281.107 when playing on the DLC Scorched Earth the Tek Generator would shut off during thunderstorms, resulting in having unpowered Tek Troughs. An unpowered Tek Trough has the spoil time of a player inventory (not the spoil time of a normal trough).


Patch Changes
307.56 Added an optional visual indicator for the TEK trough radius