Dunkleosteus

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Common Name
Dunkleosteus
Group
Species
Dunkleosteus loricaruptor
Time Period
Late Devonian
Diet
Temperament
Aggressive
Logo Steam.png 238.0
April 2, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 733.0
April 7, 2016
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Dunkle_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Dunkleosteus/Dunkle_Character_BP.Dunkle_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
24 XP
Feces Size
Habitat

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 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Rare
 
 Untameable
 
 Unknown

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The Dunkleosteus (Dun-klee-os-tee-us,) is one of the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This dossier section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena, the author of the dossiers has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creatures.

NoteHelena.png
Wild
Dunkleosteus Loricaruptor is a very strange creature. It is a fairly large fish, covered head to tail in armored plates, with incredibly powerful jaws. It tends to eat the islands' water-dwelling crustaceans, as it is not fast enough to catch most of the smaller fish.
Domesticated
Dunkleosteus is an incredibly useful fish for coastal communities. Its powerful jaws make short work of the stone and oil formations found throughout the oceanic depths. While harvesting, Dunkleosteus can handily defend its rider from all but the largest threats in the waters. And once past its prime, the Dunkleosteus can be harvested for a fair amount of Chitin.
Known Information
Dunkleosteus is surprisingly combat-oriented for a fish. Its well-armored body protects it from many creatures, while its bite is strong enough to easily crush through chitinous shells.
~ Helena

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

The Dunkleosteus is a slow, cumbersome fish that slowly wanders the depths of the ocean. It will not deter from its path to attack players, but if it is hurt by any creature (players included) or a player gets too close, it will attack without mercy. If the attacker can hold its position, the Dunkleosteus will flee.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Dunkleosteus is a large fish found in the ARK's oceans. While its body's physique is similar to that of a standard fish with an eel-like tail, its head makes the beast very distinct. The Dunkleosteus's head is totally armoured, except for the eyes. Where most animals have teeth, massive jagged plates of bone exist in its mouth to crush the shells and bones of its prey. These teeth are used by the creature to crush rocks and oil nodes. The Dunkleosteus is slightly larger than a Megalodon, another predator that cruises the same waters.




Color Scheme and Regions

This section displays the Dunkleosteus's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Dunkleosteus. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Dunkleosteus will randomly spawn with to provide an overall range of its natural color scheme. Hover your cursor over a color to display its name and ID.

Server admins can use this region information in the Console Command "cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID>".
For example, "cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6" would color the Dunkleosteus's "body" magenta.

Dunkleosteus PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Dunkleosteus PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Spots
Dunkleosteus PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Head


Drops[edit | edit source]


Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Basic Stats
Attribute Amount at Level 1 Increase per point Taming Bonus
Wild Domesticated1 Add Mult
Health.png Health 710 +142 +5.4% 0.042
Stamina.png Stamina 200 +20 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A N/A
Food.png Food 2000 +200 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 910 +18.2 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 602 +3 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3%
Torpor.png Torpor 1150 +69 N/A4 0.5

1Percentages are based on the value of the stat the moment the creature was tamed (after taming effectiveness)
2The absolute Base Damage is shown here instead of the percentage.
3Wild creatures do not level up movement speed
4Torpor increases every level on wild creatures, but can not be increased once they are tamed.
5The Dunkleosteus is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 650  ?  ? 20
Swimming 650 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Dunkleosteus bites the target.
0 900 0 1200
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 60


Wild Stats Level-up

Type in values of a wild creature to see on which stats it's emphasized. Green values on a high-level creature are very good for breeding. If you have already tamed your creature you can try to recover the breeding-stats with an external tool.[1]

Dunkleosteus
The stat-calculator does not work in the mobile-view, see here for alternatives: Apps

Note that after the creature is tamed it gets bonuses on some stats depending on the taming effectiveness. This makes it hard to retrieve the levels on a tamed creature, so this tool is only for wild ones, but gives a first impression, how well the stats are distributed.


Taming[edit | edit source]

Dunkleosteus.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanboa Egg) 2 0 0 0 0:07:11
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 2 0 0 0 0:04:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 4 0 0 0 0:09:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 5 0 0 0 0:11:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 10 22 5 3 0:22:29
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 12 0 0 0 0:13:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 14 74 17 9 0:31:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 23 46 10 5 0:26:36
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 28 74 17 9 0:31:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 34 113 25 13 0:38:16
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 68 113 25 13 0:38:16
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 115; Slingshot Hits × 47; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 13; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 1.02 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:18:49
Dunkleosteus.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanboa Egg) 4 0 0 0 0:14:22
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 5 0 0 0 0:11:16
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 8 0 0 0 0:18:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 11 0 0 0 0:24:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 21 102 24 12 0:47:12
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 26 0 0 0 0:29:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 31 274 64 32 1:09:46
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 52 201 47 24 1:00:09
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 62 274 64 32 1:09:46
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 78 412 96 48 1:27:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 155 407 95 48 1:27:12
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 316; Slingshot Hits × 129; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 36; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 21; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 15; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpor-depletion: 1.55 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:33:58
Dunkleosteus.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanboa Egg) 7 0 0 0 0:25:09
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 7 0 0 0 0:15:46
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 13 0 0 0 0:29:16
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 17 0 0 0 0:38:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 33 297 73 37 1:14:11
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 41 42 11 6 0:46:08
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 49 626 152 76 1:50:16
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 82 485 118 59 1:34:50
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 98 626 152 76 1:50:16
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 123 882 215 108 2:18:23
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 245 877 213 107 2:17:49
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 523; Slingshot Hits × 214; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 59; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 34; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 24; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12
Torpor-depletion: 2.1 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:41:36
Dunkleosteus.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanboa Egg) 9 0 0 0 0:32:20
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 9 0 0 0 0:20:16
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 17 0 0 0 0:38:16
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 23 59 15 8 0:51:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 45 566 143 72 1:41:09
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 56 174 44 22 1:03:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 67 1075 272 136 2:30:46
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 112 857 217 109 2:09:32
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 134 1075 272 136 2:30:46
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 168 1468 371 186 3:09:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 335 1462 369 185 3:08:27
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 730; Slingshot Hits × 298; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 82; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 47; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 33; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17
Torpor-depletion: 2.64 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:46:04
Dunkleosteus.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanboa Egg) 11 0 0 0 0:39:31
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 12 0 0 0 0:27:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 22 6 2 1 0:49:31
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 29 183 48 24 1:05:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 57 887 231 116 2:08:07
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 71 346 91 46 1:19:53
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 85 1594 415 208 3:11:16
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 142 1291 337 169 2:44:14
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 170 1594 415 208 3:11:16
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 213 2136 557 279 3:59:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 425 2129 555 278 3:59:04
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 937; Slingshot Hits × 383; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 105; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 60; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 43; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 22
Torpor-depletion: 3.19 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:49:01
Dunkleosteus.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanboa Egg) 13 0 0 0 0:46:41
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 14 0 0 0 0:31:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 26 89 24 12 0:58:31
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 35 332 89 45 1:18:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 69 1245 334 167 2:35:05
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 86 547 147 74 1:36:46
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 103 2164 579 290 3:51:46
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 172 1770 474 237 3:18:56
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 206 2164 579 290 3:51:46
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 258 2864 767 384 4:50:16
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 515 2857 765 383 4:49:42
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 1144; Slingshot Hits × 467; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 128; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 73; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 52; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 26
Torpor-depletion: 3.73 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:51:05

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.

Ingredients for Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanoboa Egg): 1 × Titanoboa Egg.png Titanoboa Egg , 1 × Longrass.png Longrass , 1 × Cooked Meat Jerky.png Cooked Meat Jerky , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

  1. Kibble (Titanoboa Egg).png Kibble (Titanoboa Egg)
  2. Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat
  3. Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat
  4. Raw Meat.png Raw Meat

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Lure into a cave where you can use a rifle to tranq the Dunkleosteus, requires a creature that can go on land, frogs work well with this method. Kiting the Dunkleosteus in a circle will prevent it from hitting you, allowing a simple solo tame as it has a slow turn and is fairly slow moving. This is made much easier with some points in Oxygen.

Contrary to popular belief it does not matter where you shoot the Dunkleosteus; it will take vastly reduced damage (and consequently much less torpor) than expected whether it's shot in the body or head. If you plan to tranq a very high level Dunkleosteus it is advised to bring at least 250 arrows if you're using a primitive crossbow. As such higher-quality crossbows are recommended to reduce the endurance test that knocking out a Dunkleosteus can be.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Dunkleosteus.

General[edit | edit source]

The Dunkleosteus is a large, tank-like aquatic fish that dwells in the deeper parts of the ocean. It is slightly larger than a Megalodon, which ends up hindering it in certain situations. A poor turning radius allows any player to easily kite it around in a circle, giving time for the player to attack.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

By utilizing the large turning radius of the Dunkleosteus, the player can stay in a safe area while launching arrows via a crossbow, either to tranquilize or kill it. A large sea mount (Megalodon, Plesiosaur, Mosasaur) can be used to kill one quickly, as they have a relatively slow attack rate. It is not recommended to fight the Dunkleosteus with melee weapons, as it does great damage in a single hit.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Use powerful sea mounts or crossbow weaponry to kill one, or tranquilizer arrows from a crossbow to knock one out for taming. Do not attempt to punch one or whack at one, as a silly act of innocence can elevate into unfortunate loss of the player's inventory, which may or may not be obtainable after death.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Dunkleosteus has a lot of health and powerful bites. They sometimes emerge from nowhere, so surprising ambushes can lead to a quick death for players whose minds are occupied on other topics.The Giganotosaurus is not the only one that can break stone, the Dunkleosteus can be used to besiege an under water base.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

They can be easily dodged due to their horrible turning radius. Take the battle to them and out-maneuver the Dunkleosteus so that it cannot harm you.

Utility[edit | edit source]

  • Damage/War: Being the only tamable water animal that can break stone structures, the Dunkleosteus gains a niche in water raids. Use them as a cheap method to get into stone bases underwater. (Level up Melee Damage.png Melee Damage, Health.png Health, Movement Speed.png Movement Speed(130%+) and Stamina.png Stamina)
  • Gatherer: Excellent at collecting large amounts of oil and stone from underwater nodes. They will also harvest Black Pearls from dead Eurypterids. (Level up Melee Damage.png Melee Damage, Weight.png Weight and Movement Speed.png Movement Speed(130%+))
  • Tank: While less health than a Mosasaurus, the Dunkleosteus has armor (reducing damage taken) and high level of Torpor. This combination can be used to tame other sea animals like the Tusoteuthis if a Mosa is not available. (Level up Health.png Health, Movement Speed.png Movement Speed(130%+) and Stamina.png Stamina)
  • Transport: With a base weight of 920, the Dunkelosteus makes for a decent pack animal in the water, as they are a lot easier to tame than the Mosasaurus, though they don't have a platform saddle nor the Mosa's damage/health. (Level up Movement Speed.png Movement Speed(130%+), Weight.png Weight and Stamina.png Stamina)


Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Oil.png Oil ★★★★★
Stone.png Stone ★★★★☆

Spotlights[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Dunkleosteus, see the relevant Wikipedia article

  • Dino Dossier revealed on 10. July 2015.[2]
  • The idea that they give lots of chitin, as stated in the dossier, is quite strange; given that chitin is a material primarily used by invertebrates and fungi for structural support- but can easily be explained by the animal's natural diet of shellfish, like trilobites.

Trivia not relevant for the game[edit | edit source]

  • Dunkleosteus had one of the strongest bite forces of any living creature. Its bite was stronger than a crocodile or a modern great white shark.
  • Despite appearances, Dunkleosteus has no true 'teeth' to speak of. The blades seen within its mouth are actually extensions of the jawbone that are sharpened by grinding against one another.
  • Its name means, approximately: "Dunkle's Boned armor breaker" (in honor of David Dunkle; osteus, Greek for bone;[3] lorica, Latin for (chest-)armor, ruptor, Latin for breaker).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. Introducing the Dunkleosteus
  3. Dunkleosteus on wikipedia