Dino-Taming-Times Cheatsheet

Thanks to the work of reddit’s /u/Syreniac, we can now make statements about the precise times for perfect taming! See our cheatsheet (click to enlarge!). Please note that this assumes perfect taming, in practice you’ll need more time in order to hunt the animal, knock it out, ….


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Linking etiquette

Due to the rapid changes that come with Early Access, I expect taming times to change over time as well. This infographic will be updated to reflect that, but I can’t guarantee it will have the same filename. So please link to this post instead of hotlinking the image file if you want the person clicking the link to see the most current version.

Update log

#1: Added additional items needed per level & corrected Pterodon data. Note that the additional items per level are rounded up, and therefore will be slightly inaccurate for large levels.

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 177.1 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Patch 177.1, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.

  • Fixed the (likely) performance draining issue with dedicated server!

(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (177.0)

Linux Server Tutorial

ARK has released its linux dedicated server. This is a short tutorial on “how do i install ark dedicated server on a linux machine”.

You need console access for this tutorial. So fire up your server and enter a shell of your choice.

First you’ll have to download SteamCMD from Valve (Download and Installation Tutorial).

After installation of SteamCMD you’ll have to trigger the following commands for installation of ARK:

mkdir /home/arkdedicated
./steamcmd.sh +login USERNAME PASSWORD +force_install_dir /home/arkdedicated +app_update 376030 validate +quit

You can also use +login anonymous (after June,20 2015).

Remember this command. You need to trigger it each time you want to update the server.

ARK requires to open a hell lot of files. So you may need to increase the maximum file open limit on your host machine if the server doesn’t start as it should. Tutorial

To start the server you’ll have to enter the following commands:

cd /home/arkdedicated/ShooterGame/Binaries/Linux
./ShooterGameServer TheIsland?listen?SessionName=ServerName?ServerAdminPassword=whateveradminpass -server -log

We suggest using the Linux Tool “screen” to keep the server alive. Install screen and open it up, then enter the command and press  “CTRL+A” then “D” to deattach it

Of course you can use other commandline options and modify the configuration file like described here. The configfile is located at \ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsServer\GameUserSettings.ini 

If you want to migrate from windows to linux, just copy the folder \ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\SavedArks\ from your windows installation to you linux machine.

Tribe Management: Online Collaborative Mapping Tool

The most difficult thing about coordinating a tribe in ARK is that it’s incredibly hard to keep track of all the locations of outposts, good resources, enemy bases, or other interesting things. How great would it be if each Tribe had a map, on which everyone could mark points of interests? You can do exactly that with our new Map Tool for Tribes.


After clicking on the link you’ll see the map. Clicking on “Create new private Map” will create a new private map for you. Everyone who has the link to that map will be able to see what’s on it, and will be able to edit it. So be careful as to who you share the information with.

To place a marker, click on the spot where it’s supposed to be. A little bubble will pop up asking you for a name, a description, and a choice of icon. After you’ve entered it, click on okay to save the marker.

To remove a marker, click on its icon and then click “Remove”.

Click here, choose “Create a new private map” and place markers to get started.

Item Spotlight: Bookshelf


The trusty bookshelf is by far the most convenient way to store your research results. With 100 slots it offers a lot of room, but that comes at a price: You can only store Blueprints, Specimen Implants and Notes there. Unlike the Reinforced Steel Vault, it is affordable before the endgame. The Engram is available at Level 20, and there is no required Foundation tile.


To craft the Bookshelf, you need

  • 100x Wood
  • 45x Thatch
  • 35x Fiber

Item Spotlight: Reinforced Steel Vault

reinforced steel vault


The Reinforced Steel Vault arrived with Patch 177.0, and is a great way to store large amounts of items. However, it comes with a hefty pricetag. As you can see below it requires an impressive amount of resources, which puts it at the end-game stage.


You need the following items to craft a Reinforced Steel Vault:

  • 300x Metal Ingot
  • 60x Cementing Paste
  • 30x Oil
  • 60x Polymer

Additionally you will need the relevant Engram (Lv. 65, 30 points).

The Reinforced Steel Vault must be placed on a Foundation! Due to its impressive size, and its significant weight it can’t be placed elsewhere. Careful though, if someone is able to destroy the foundation beneath it, it will be destroyed.


Dino Dossier: Quetzalcoatlus aka Quetzal

Flying, tameable, can lift a lot of weight. Prepare yourself for the boeing of the dinosaurs.

Common Name: Quetzal
Species: Quetzalcoatlus conchapicem
Time: Late Cretaceous Period
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Skittish
Tameable: Yes
Rideable: Unknown
  • Wild: Quetzalcoatlus is one of the largest avians on the island. It shares a similar silhouette with the Pteranodon, and nests near the absolute highest peaks. Upon closer inspection, though, Quetzalcoatlus is an enormous creature of tremendous power.
  • Domesticated: Tamed Quetzalcoatlus have a very specific role on the island. Too slow to be an efficient local transport, and too weak to be an effective warbird, the tribes I have encountered tend to employ it as a mass carrier. Quetzalcoatlus is primarily used by these masters of the skies to safely carry vast quantities of supplies, creatures and human cargo from one base to another without tiring.
  • Known Information: I find it strange that such a large, imposing beast would be so skittish. Unlike other creatures of its size, it is more likely to flee than fight. I suppose the decision to flee from any trouble keeps the species alive on an island with so many dangerous predators. But then how does it eat enough to sustain its massive size?


  • Raw Meat


Base Stats and Calculator

Level Base + Lvl =

Check Quetzal in Taming Calculator

Update 177.0 – Patchnotes

These are the changes of ARK: Survival Evolved’s Update 177.0, grouped into categories for clarity. If not otherwise indicated, they’re quoted from the relevant Steam Thread.


  • You can now make the T-Rex ROAR!!! with alt fire. The first of many 😉
  • A new Dinosaur will be added???
  • Custom Skinned Mammoth Saddle & Sabertooth Saddles
  • Flyers do 60% less damage to structures
  • Can now adjust a setting for whether you want your dino to auto-collect inventory from things it kills
  • Guns/explosives are 20% more effective against dinos

New Structures

  • Reinforced Steel Vault, for when you gotta store a crapton of items with maximum security [Our Item Spotlight is here, -Ed]
  • Wood Spike Barricade, for when you just gotta build a quick defense on the cheap.
  • “Bookshelf” to store mass quantities of blueprints and notes and implants


  • Linux Dedicated Server


  • Major improvement to asynchronous background streaming, resulting in smoother overall performance when moving through the environment


  • fixed water jar blueprint
  • fixed fall damage to never get a super high instantaneous velocity, is now time-based.


  • Tribe governance can now be reset
  • Locked Doors now always accessible by Tribemates (PIN-coded doors follow the governance setting)


  • Storage Boxes now only use slots, not weight
  • Doubled number of item slots on “Smity”, “Fabricator”, etc


  • Supply Drops now give crafted items again, albeit at adjusted rates


(Original Announcement on Steam)

Here are the patchnotes of the previous patch (176.0).

Item Spotlight: Silica Pearls

Silica Pearls are an essential item for anyone who wants to build electronics in ARK: Survival Evolved. Unfortunately, their acquisition often poses significant problems. This post gives you an overview of how to find them.

How to find themSilica Perls

The key to harvesting the pearls is to recognize them. The image to the left shows a typical underwater clam populated with the pearls. You’ll be able to find these on the ocean-floor and in underwater caves. Simply pick the white pearls from the stone using your hand.

As with any underwater farming mission, certain precautions should be undertaken. For starters, before you attempt to dive deep you should make sure to kill any sharks or other hostile creatures in the area. Also be sure to take advantage of Lazarus Chowder. That’s a stew you can brew, and it reduces your Oxygen consumption underwater, which is quite handy. You can create it in the Cooking Pot using this recipe:

  • 5x Savoroot
  • 5x Longrass
  • 2x Narcotic
  • 10x Mejoberry
  • 9x Cooked Meat


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