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A firm, flexible material. Can be found in some animal horns, plates, shells, and ridges.
Tool Stone Hatchet.png Stone Hatchet
Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet
Creature Sabertooth.png Sabertooth
Direwolf Icon.png Direwolf
Weight 0.01
Stack size 100
Steam Item ID 217
PS4/Xbox Item ID 216
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 217 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Keratin.PrimalItemResource_Keratin'" 1 0 0
Used to craft 1 item

Keratin is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is the main constituent of mammalian hair, finger and toe nails, claws, paws, hooves, horns, nose horns of rhinos, spines of hedgehogs, baleen whales, beaks and feathers of birds, scales and the outer armor of reptiles.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

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

The most efficient way to harvest Keratin is by using a tamed Sabertooth.png Sabertooth or Direwolf Icon.png Direwolf with high melee damage. Another highly efficient tool for harvesting is the Metal Pick.png Metal Pick, but it 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 Keratin.

Keratin.png Keratin
Creature / ToolGain per action
Therizinosaurus.png Therizinosaurus★★★★★
Sabertooth.png Sabertooth★★★★★
Metal Pick.png Metal Pick★★★★☆
Giganotosaurus Icon.png Giganotosaurus★★★☆☆
Raptor.png Raptor★★★☆☆
Rex.png Rex★★★☆☆
Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus★★★☆☆
Argentavis.png Argentavis★★★☆☆
Spinosaur.png Spinosaur★★☆☆☆
Mantis.png Mantis★★☆☆☆
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Keratin drops from the following creatures:

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Keratin can be used to craft the following items: