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This firm, flexible material makes up exoskeletons. Hacked primarily from dead insects.
Tool Stone Hatchet.png Stone Hatchet
Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet
Creature Sabertooth
Dropped by Spider.png Araneo
Dung Beetle.png Dung Beetle
Dunkleosteus.png Dunkleosteus
Dragonfly Icon.png Meganeura
Scorpion.png Pulmonoscorpius
Titanomyrma.png Titanomyrma
Trilobite Icon.png Trilobite
Achatina.png Achatina
Weight 0.01
Stack size 100
Steam Item ID 11
PS4/Xbox Item ID 11
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 11 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Chitin.PrimalItemResource_Chitin'" 1 0 0
Used to craft 8 items

Chitin (Ky-tin) is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It's a polymer and characteristic component of exoskeletons, radulae, beaks, shells and various other physical structures in organisms throughout history.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

Chitin can be acquired by harvesting corpses with most tools and dinosaurs.

The most efficient way to harvest Chitin is by using a tamed Direwolf Icon.png Direwolf or Sabertooth.png Sabertooth with high melee damage. A tamed Diplocaulus can also be used to gather Chitin by killing Trilobites. Another highly efficient tool for harvesting it is the Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet, nearly the same as efficient is the Pike.png Pike, that also tends to allow more precise hits against small chitin-droppers like meganeura. Chitin can be harvested with a Stone Hatchet.png Stone Hatchet and Stone Pick.png Picks as well. Other low level items will only occasionally harvest Chitin.

Chitin.png Chitin
Creature / ToolGain per action
Therizinosaurus.png Therizinosaurus★★★★★
Direwolf Icon.png Direwolf★★★★★
Sabertooth.png Sabertooth★★★★★
Spinosaur.png Spinosaur★★★★☆
Beelzebufo.png Beelzebufo★★★★☆
Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet★★★★☆
Megalodon.png Megalodon★★★☆☆
Mantis.png Mantis★★★☆☆
Giganotosaurus Icon.png Giganotosaurus★★★☆☆
Raptor.png Raptor★★★☆☆
... further results

The best way to farm Chitin seems to be killing scorpions and spiders in caves with a Direwolf Icon.png Direwolf skilled on melee damage, a Sabertooth.png Sabertooth will gather just as efficiently but has lower base damage. This method can grant up to 500 Chitin in 10 minutes. Another good way to farm Chitin is to kill Trilobites, Dragonflies or Titanomyrma at the beach and surrounding areas, harvesting them with a Hatchet or a Sabertooth. If you are in a forest, or swamp, you can also kill a random dinosaur, and leave the corpse. Often a swarm of Dragonflies will come to the corpse, and you can kill them all at once, to gather chitin.

Dropped by[edit | edit source]

Chitin drops from the following creatures:

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Chitin can be used to craft the following items:

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Chitin is a polysaccharide of N-acetylglucosamine, a derivative of glucose (a common sugar).
  • Normally Chitin is colorless. The known browning (as well as the strength) of the shells of insects is caused by sclerotin, a structural protein.