Top 5 dinos for new players - ARK: Survival Evolved Wiki Guide - IGN (2023)

There are a number of dinos within ARK: Survival Evolved that have unique abilities to help any survivor if used in the right way. Not only is it important to understand the basics of crafting, building and surviving, but also understanding the importance of some dinosaurs and creatures early on.

Whether you are looking for something to help you farm, travel across the map or simply act as a defensive or aggressive creature this list will help any player to start out.

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1) Trike

For many this is the number one dino to help players get started. Not only are they one of the best early level dinos for farming but they stand up well as a defensive dino whilst mounted.

It is recommended to aim for a low level Trike in order to speed up the time and initial resources needed to tame. Being a herbivore all that is needed are narco berries to keep knowcked out and mejo berries to feed and tame. An efficient method is to let the dino starve about 30% if its total hunger and then pile berries on him to. This will ensure taming effectiveness is higher when tamed thus resulting in more levels added. This technique is explained in more detail here "Starving technique" (will be added soon)

The main reason for a Trike as an initial tame is to be a farmer/berry gatherer. Not only the amount they can harvest per bush but also the amount they can carry is a vast imcrease than if you were to gether by hand. A useful thing to note is that the higher the melee attach of this dino the more resources it can gether per attack/swipe.

Upon taming a Trike you will find it far easier to harvest narco berries, which of course are used with spoilt meat in the mortor and pestle to make narcotic pastes. The result of this is you will have an unlimited supply to be used when taming all other (non passive) creatures and can also be crafted into tranq arrows.

Being one of the best beginning "farmer" dinos is not the only strength of the Trike, as they have good base HP (health points) and if increased a good attack. Due to them taking less damage directly to the head, when mounted they can be used to kill most dinos, provided the level is not significantly higher.

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The only negatives are the low stamina and movement speed. This too can be increased per level, however not only sprinting but also attacking/gathering significantly reduces the stamina, so that is something to be mindful of.

2) Pteranodon

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Being able to freely travel the map and farm resources is one of the major advantages that will set your survivor/tribe apart early on. Taming any form of flyer early on is what most players will aim to do. The reason for a Pteranadon being the flyer of choice, at this stage, is due to their abundance in most regions of the game (great for safe start zones) and also the fact that they are passive dinos and so will typically flee when attacked rather than turn on the attacker, therefore greatly reducing the threat level when attempting to tame. With the simple use of a Bola and a few tranq arrows, most players can easily knock out a Pterandon of a relatively decent level (1-50 recommended for new players).

Once tamed and a saddle has been crafted you will be able to travel with adequate speed to most areas of the map in order to explore, farm and you can even pick up other players and smaller dinos with it's grab feature (subject to weight carry capacity).

3) Dodos or Dilos

These dinos act as one of the best starting dinos simply due to the fact that they spawn almos everywhere. Regardless of the level they are also easy to knock out and tame. Of course, the Dilo will attack you on site (with a certain proximity) so be wary of this (a bola is recommened), but both dinos/creatures should not provide you with much trouble.

The benfit of both the Dodo and the Dilo is that they have multiple useful functions. Not only can they act as guard dogs or an alert system by strategically placing these in your base, of which you will be notified if they kill or are killed, but also an often overlooked use is that they are considered small throwaway dinos. This means that if someone was to kill on of these at your base, players would not consider to loot it or access its inventory, which then makes them a clever place to store certain items. (DISCLAIMER: Always keep your high end items locked away, but for simple items this is a great use).

In addition to this, the eggs which the produce are a base ingredient for many kibble recepies that you may need later on, so far the eggs as often as you can.

But the final and arguably most important benefit of Dodos and Dilos is... they make great companions. The whole survival experience is a little less terrifying when you have a frilled or feathered friend by your side.

4) Carbonemys

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Having early on access to most areas of the map really does set players and tribes apart. This is the primary reason why a Carbonemys is recommended as a starter tame. Once tamed they, although slow in movement speed, can move both on the land and in water without the player being kicked. This multi-use feature makes them great regardless of the terrain (within reason).

Typically this dino is tamed or bred with the intention of acting as a "tank" or "sponge" which means most players choose to pump stats into its Health Points (HP). This acts as a really useful tame when going into a raid due to their ability to soak up damage and bullets and plant species X.

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5) Raptor or Carno

Every starting player/tribe needs a meat eater! Not only will they allow you to harvest meat form other similar level, or lower, dinos but can be both offensive and defensive, depending on the situation. Most other new players will think twice about attacking you if they see a pack of raptors or a larger carno sitting outside your front door.

Also having these in your army when you are trying to raid or attack another player/tribe will prove a great addition. The sheers strength and health of a decent level Carno combined with the speed of raptors mean that any low level starter player/tribe will surely flee.

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FAQs

What is the best starter dinosaur in Ark? ›

Top 16 Creatures To Tame First In Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Fancy Dodo Pen. Dodos are about the easiest creatures to deal with on The Island. ...
  • Tamed lystrosaurus. ...
  • Chasing down dilos. ...
  • Carbonemys close up. ...
  • Dodo riding a parasaur. ...
  • Raptor attack. ...
  • galloping iguanadon. ...
  • dimorphodon and bolas.
25 Dec 2020

What are the 3 new Ark Dinos? ›

Lost Island is an enormous 150 square kilometer land mass that plays host to new biomes, challenges, ruins, and three new wild creatures for players to fight and tame: Amargasaurus, Sinomacrops, and Dinopithecus.

What are the 4 new Ark Dinos? ›

The four new creatures voted for by the fans are Andrewsarchus, Fjordhawk, Desmodus, and Fenrir. It goes without saying that these new creatures will be essential tames for completing the game, just like Dinopithecus, Amargasaurus, and Sinomacrops in ARK Lost Island.

What is the rarest pet in Ark? ›

The Phoenix is by far the rarest creature in all of ARK: Survival Evolved. Not only does just one spawn per map, but it will also need to be a heatwave for the mythical beast to appear. It will only ever appear on the Scorched Earth map, however it will re-spawn if the heatwave continues.

Are Carbonemys worth taming? ›

When it comes to being docile but useful, the Carbonemys is the best decision. It's particularly useful around water and will bring a fair amount of aid to any player choosing to tame them. However, taming them is far from an easy task, it requires understanding, skill, and the right tools.

Is Fjordur coming to Ark? ›

DLC for ARK with a new map and new creatures. Fjordur is a free, official, non-canonical DLC expansion map for ARK: Survival Evolved. Fjordur was released on June 12, 2022 for the PC, Mac, Linux and consoles.

Does Fjordur have Wyverns? ›

There are four different types of wyverns in Fjordur: Fire, Lightning, Ice, and Poison. All four of these wyverns are located in different parts of the map, so you'll need to travel far and wide in order to acquire all four of the eggs.

Is the dragon Tameable in Ark? ›

The Dragon can only be tamed in Survival of the Fittest - in which, after 20 – 40 minutes, it'll disappear.

What dinosaur has 5000 teeth? ›

Nigersaurus
Nigersaurus Temporal range: Aptian – Albian
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Clade:Dinosauria
Clade:Saurischia
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What was the cutest dino? ›

The Mei dinosaur (which is Chinese for “sound asleep”) has only one known fossil specimen that was found in China. The reason for its name is that it was found curled up in a ball with its tail tucked around its body and its head resting on its arm. So basically the cutest dinosaur fossil in the history of ever.

What is the biggest monster in Ark? ›

The Titanosaur is a humongous beast but there is a downside to it: once tamed it doesn't eat, so it will live until it starves to death.

What should I do first in ARK? ›

Ark: Survival Evolved - Tips For Beginners
  1. Stay away from the water. Once you begin your journey in Ark, you will likely be spawned near some water or on the beach itself. ...
  2. Build a bed or two. ...
  3. Spawn in the right spot. ...
  4. Craft a Pickaxe. ...
  5. Stay near the beach. ...
  6. Avoid glowing dinos at all costs. ...
  7. Tame a Dodo. ...
  8. Build a modest base.
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What is the best taming food in ARK? ›

There's one foodstuff, however, that trumps all others during taming: Kibble. Kibble is made by mixing eggs and other ingredients in a Cooking Pot - and every creature in ARK has a favourite Kibble type, made from a specific egg.

How do you tame a Carbo? ›

It usually takes just under 1 hour to tame. Its preferred food is Mejoberries. Downing a Carbonemys to tame can be difficult, because they usually have high health. You can down one using a slingshot (though you will use many stones) or by tranquilizer arrows.

Does Fjordur Reaper? ›

Btw there are reapers in Fjordur to let dododex know | Reaper Tips | Dododex.

How big is Ark Fjordur GB? ›

Storage: 20 GB available space.

Is the DodoRex still in Ark? ›

The DodoRex is a fictional creature that has been implemented as part of the ARK: Fear Evolved event. It also appears during various other events, and as a summoned creature in missions within Genesis: Part 2.
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Changelog.
PatchChanges
237.1Summoned DodoRex is now auto-tamed and doesn't run forward forever.
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Can you tame a Maewing? ›

To tame a Maewing, knock it out - preferably with Tranq Arrows before feeding it berries or meat (though meat is more effective). Other knock-out methods are also effective, but may not be as viable. Even high-level Maewings will not take long to knock out as they have a meager torpor value.

Can you train a hawk? ›

The general philosophy is to condition the hawk to accept the falconer as a partner in the hunting process while maintaining its natural physical condition and hunting instincts. Training is accomplished through careful weight management, positive reinforcement, and repetition.

Is a Wyvern a dragon? ›

A wyvern (/ˈwaɪvərn/ WY-vərn, sometimes spelled wivern) is a legendary winged dragon that has two legs.

Is a Wyvern a true dragon? ›

Wyverns are a specific type of draconic monster, usually depicted as creatures similar to typical western dragons without forelegs, leaving their wings and legs as their only limbs. Depending on the work, they may either be a specific type of dragon or creatures related to but distinct from true dragons.

Is the carcharodontosaurus in Ark Fjordur? ›

The Carcharodontosaurus was in both the Lost Island and Fjordur creature votes and came in second both times. Both the Carcharodontosaurus and Giganotosaurus are related with both being in the Carcharodontosauridae family.

Are Maewings on Fjordur? ›

Maewing is typically found in the grassland areas of the Fjordur map, such as southwestern part of Vannaland, the island of Bolbjord, and the northern part of the Vardiland island.

What is the max level tame in Ark? ›

How many levels can a creature gain AFTER taming? Creatures can gain 73 levels after taming, but ARK: Genesis-exclusive creatures and X-creatures can gain 88 levels. In single player, all creatures gain 88 levels after taming.

What is the best weapon to tame in Ark? ›

1/13 Longneck Rifle

This is one of the first modern weapons players craft in the game, but it doesn't mean it's dispensable in the future. It can also be used with tranq darts, making it a great asset for dino taming. Most fans love this because although it's cheap, it's very effective.

Can Titans be tamed in Ark? ›

All of the Titans except the King Titan can be permanently tamed in Single Player. Another thing to note is that Titans cannot be leveled or earn XP through any ways; they will remain at the level they are tamed at.

Are snakes Tameable in Ark? ›

Taming. To tame the Titanoboa you have to drop a fertile egg near it, while it is not distracted in any way (it doesn't work if the Titanoboa is aggroed to attacking something, including your character). The Titanoboa will "attack" the egg and eat it, gaining taming progress.

Are death Worms Tameable? ›

A wild death worm cannot be tamed, and a tame death worm can only be acquired through throwing an egg. Upon hatching, the death worm will start out at a tiny size, and will patrol the area it spawned in within a 50 block radius.

Can you bola a Alpha? ›

Unlike normal Raptors, it's not immobilized by bolas, so the strategy low-level players usually rely on to escape/kill these creatures is useless against Alphas.

Are there Pegasus in Ark? ›

Aberrant Equus spawn and tamed by knock-out. The Legendary Pegasus is a flying creature with the characteristics of the Equus.

How long does an ark bola last? ›

The Bola roots humans in place for 25 seconds and wild dinos for 30 seconds. You have to wait another 10 seconds before you can apply a new bola to your target.

What should a beginner do in Ark? ›

Ark: Survival Evolved - Tips For Beginners
  1. Stay away from the water. Once you begin your journey in Ark, you will likely be spawned near some water or on the beach itself. ...
  2. Build a bed or two. ...
  3. Spawn in the right spot. ...
  4. Craft a Pickaxe. ...
  5. Stay near the beach. ...
  6. Avoid glowing dinos at all costs. ...
  7. Tame a Dodo. ...
  8. Build a modest base.
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What is the best starter map on ark? ›

1) The Island

The Island is hands-down the best map in ARK: Survival Evolved. It was the first map that came with the ARK: Survival Evolved base game. There are five large mountains in the north, and plain land in the south. And like Lost Island, there are three Obelisks that form a triangle on the map.

Is Gen 1 or 2 better ark? ›

The map in Gen1 is a lot more interesting, with more varied biomes and secret, hidden places to explore, so if you want exploration that may be your best bet. But Gen2's map is much larger and has a lot of building spaces, so if you're looking to build big bases that may suit better.

What should I craft first in Ark? ›

Your priority should be to immediately create some tools to accelerate the gathering process. To this end, you'll need to create a Stone Pick first, which you can do by combining 1 Stone, 1 Wood, and 10 Thatch in your crafting menu. You can find stone by picking up any rocks that you find lying around on the beach.

How long is 1 hour in Ark? ›

Base time when value is 1 appears to be 1 minute real time equals approx. 28 minutes game time. Thus, for an approximate 24 hour day/night cycle in game, use . 035 for the value.

What is the ultimate goal of Ark? ›

In the game, players must survive being stranded on one of several maps filled with roaming dinosaurs, fictional fantasy monsters and other prehistoric animals, natural hazards, and potentially hostile human players.

What is the most useful thing in Ark? ›

The Best Items In Ark: Survival Evolved
  • 8/10 Best: Rocket Launcher.
  • 7/10 Best: Pike.
  • 6/10 Best: Flak Armor.
  • 5/10 Best: Simple Pistol.
  • 4/10 Best: Bola.
  • 3/10 Best: Vault.
  • 2/10 Best: Mortar and Pestle.
  • 1/10 Best: Tek Replicator.
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What Dinos will be on Fjordur? ›

New species of dinos, including the Blood hungry Desmodus; the almighty Andrewsarchus; the keen eyed Fjordhawk, the fearsome Fenrir and the odd-filed Aberrant Megalania.

Which Ark map has the most unique Dinos? ›

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of these islands is the brand new unique creatures that players can encounter. These new unique creatures are exclusive to the Fjordur DLC map, so players won't have encountered any of them before while playing ARK: Survival Evolved.

Can u fly in Genesis 2? ›

When you spawn in Genesis 2, you will have a special federation tek suit. It has all the functions of a normal tek suit, super speed, superman punching, predator vision modes, and of course, flight.

Are pistols good in ARK? ›

Fabricated pistol is a good weapon while taming or farming due to its weight of only 2.5 units, making it the the lightest weapon in the game. Also, its good fire rate and decent damage help in most situations.

Is ARK better then rust? ›

Both games can be played in a single-player mode, but Rust requires more preparation and is more limited. Due to Rust being more PvP-oriented, it's safe to say that Ark delivers a better single-player experience.

Which Dino should you tame first? ›

Triceratops. Also known as a trike, this is probably the best choice for your very first tamed dinosaur. The triceratops has good defense against other predators, but it's also an efficient harvester, meaning that it can gather more resources in one go than other tamable dinos.

What should I do first at 50 Lost Ark? ›

Here's what you should prioritize shortly after hitting level 50 in Lost Ark.
  1. Continue The Main Quest. Continue the main story quest through Shushire for a full endgame gear set. ...
  2. Do Your Dailies (Chaos Dungeons, Guardian Raids, Una's Tasks) ...
  3. Explore Islands.
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What does the most damage in Ark? ›

Easily the best weapon in the game, the longneck rifle has amazing range, causes extreme damage, and is easy to obtain. Both the weapon and its ammo are inexpensive, and no player regrets making it. Adding a scope to it is the best strategy and will allow players to kill any unsuspecting prey.

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