Plesiosaur

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Common Name
Plesiosaur
Group
Species
Elasmosaurus remuspissa
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
Diet
Temperament
Docile
Logo Steam.png 181.0
June 30, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Plesiosaur_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Plesiosaur/Plesiosaur_Character_BP.Plesiosaur_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
30 XP
Special Loot Chance
100%
Feces Size
Habitat

 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Very Uncommon

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 Common
 
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 Unknown

The Elasmosaurus (el-lazz-mo-sore-us), more commonly known as the Plesiosaur (PLEE-see-uh-sore), is one of the marine reptiles 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
Elasmosaurus remuspissa has a strange role in the oceanic food chain. It almost exclusively hunts the smaller creatures in the waters, leaving most even moderately large creatures (such as humans) alone. The sheer size of the Elasmosaurus means that the quantity of creatures it must eat to sustain itself is nothing short of enormous.
Domesticated
Much like the Brontosaurus on land, Elasmosaurus is an excellent way to transport large quantities of goods over water. These powerful creatures are in fact so large that they can be used as mobile water bases. Ambitious tribes sometimes build bunkers right onto the backs of Elasmosaurus instead of building cargo ships.
Known Information
Despite its imposing size, Elasmosaurus still has natural predators. Well, a natural predator: the Megalodon. Apart from that monstrous creature, I myself have only ever seen two creatures bring down an Elasmosaurus: a Spinosaurus that found its way into the deeps (not common), and humans. Though I will admit, I have yet to fully explore the staggering deep underwater caverns surrounding the island.
~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Plesiosaurs swim around in groups of two or three in the depths of the ocean, never surfacing. When players get too close, they start to attack and will follow them for a short distance; they seem to lose interest quickly, especially when swimming vertically.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Plesiosaur has an almost teardrop-shaped body. Its size, long neck, and four whale-like flippers make it unmistakable for any other creature. The neck itself makes up half of the creature's length, and the mouth is lined with many sharp teeth. Commonly found in pairs, this large marine reptile hunts in the island's deeper waters for fish and squid, working as a team to corral their prey. Despite their size and often camouflaged coloration, plesiosaurs are sometimes preyed upon by other large marine predators and, occasionally, adventurous Spinosaurus heading out from the coast.




Color Scheme and Regions

This section displays the Plesiosaur's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Plesiosaur. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Plesiosaur 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 Plesiosaur's "body" magenta.

Plesio PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
Plesio PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Facial Fins
Plesio PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Underside Highlights
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Plesio PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Back
Plesio PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Belly


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 2400 +288 +3.2% 0.021
Stamina.png Stamina 200 +20 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A N/A
Food.png Food 5000 +500 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 800 +16 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 752 +3.75 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3%
Torpor.png Torpor 1600 +96 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 Plesiosaur is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 800  ?  ? 20
Swimming 800 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 Plesiosaur bites the target.
0 2000 0 2300
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 75


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]

Plesiosaur
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.

Note: Plesiosaurs always spawn at least at level 35. The Column "Amount at level 1" has to be read as "Amount at level 35" here, except for torpor.

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.[2]

Plesiosaur
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.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Plesiosaur.

General[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to fight in a group against a Plesiosaur. If alone, a powerful water mount or SCUBA Flippers can be invaluable. Remember that there will be two and possibly more(so far, the highest recorded amount around a single sea cave has been six individuals) attacking, so keep this in mind.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

As the Plesiosaur will only reach up to a certain height, you may be able to swim above where it won't reach and shoot down. Make sure during a battle that other creatures in the water do not attack as well. Megalodon and Dunkleosteus in the area will prove deadly and a Mosasaur can ruin the adventure if it is gone unnoticed.

With SCUBA Flippers it is easy to keep swimming above it and it will only rarely take a hit on you.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

The crossbow is most recommended for ranged attacks, as it can fire underwater. Melee weapons can be used, but are not recommended, due to the Plesiosaur's attack range and AOE (Area Of Effect). A melee battle will almost always end in the Plesiosaur's favor.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

As a larger creature, the Plesiosaur has a bigger attack range, giving it a melee advantage. Try using crossbows when attacking it. Beware of other creatures in the area. Staying too close to the sea floor can expose the player to the poisonous sting of a Eurypterid, which neutralizes the player completely. Such a hindering leads to certain death.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Although very large, the Plesiosaur can be weak if trapped inside cave mouths. This can be useful for both killing it or taming it.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Plesiosaur.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg) 7 11 3 2 0:13:26
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 7 0 0 0 0:08:25
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 14 43 11 6 0:16:49
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 18 87 22 11 0:21:37
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 35 277 68 34 0:41:58
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 44 132 33 17 0:26:25
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 53 478 117 59 1:03:37
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 88 391 96 48 0:54:17
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 105 472 116 58 1:03:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 132 623 153 77 1:19:13
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 263 620 152 76 1:18:55
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 160; Slingshot Hits × 66; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 18; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 11; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpor-depletion: 2.18 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:12:16
Plesiosaur.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg) 16 98 26 13 0:30:43
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 17 0 0 0 0:20:25
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 32 185 49 25 0:38:25
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 42 322 85 43 0:50:25
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 84 894 235 118 1:40:42
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 105 465 122 61 1:03:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 125 1455 382 191 2:30:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 209 1215 319 160 2:08:55
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 250 1455 382 191 2:30:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 313 1885 494 247 3:07:49
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 625 1882 493 247 3:07:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 439; Slingshot Hits × 179; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 49; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 28; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 20; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10
Torpor-depletion: 3.3 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:22:09
Plesiosaur.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg) 25 268 74 37 0:47:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 27 68 19 10 0:32:25
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 50 422 117 59 1:00:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 67 683 189 95 1:20:25
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 134 1712 473 237 2:40:38
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 167 937 259 130 1:40:13
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 200 2729 753 377 4:00:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 334 2293 633 317 3:26:01
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 400 2729 753 377 4:00:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 500 3498 966 483 5:00:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1000 3498 966 483 5:00:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 727; Slingshot Hits × 297; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 81; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 47; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 33; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17
Torpor-depletion: 4.47 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:27:08
Plesiosaur.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg) 35 514 148 74 1:07:10
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 37 199 58 29 0:44:25
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 69 731 210 105 1:22:49
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 92 1113 320 160 1:50:25
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 184 2639 757 379 3:40:34
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 230 1495 429 215 2:18:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 275 4154 1192 596 5:30:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 459 3505 1005 503 4:43:07
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 550 4154 1192 596 5:30:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 688 5301 1520 760 6:52:49
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1375 5296 1519 760 6:52:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 1015; Slingshot Hits × 415; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 113; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 65; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 46; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 23
Torpor-depletion: 5.63 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:30:03
Plesiosaur.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg) 44 767 227 114 1:24:26
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 47 358 106 53 0:56:25
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 88 1077 319 160 1:45:37
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 117 1586 469 235 2:20:25
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 234 3634 1074 537 4:40:30
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 292 2094 619 310 2:55:13
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 350 5673 1677 839 7:00:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 584 4799 1418 709 6:00:13
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 700 5673 1677 839 7:00:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 875 7208 2130 1065 8:45:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1750 7208 2130 1065 8:45:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 1303; Slingshot Hits × 532; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 145; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 83; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 59; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 30
Torpor-depletion: 6.79 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:31:58
Plesiosaur.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg) 54 1070 324 162 1:43:37
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 57 535 162 81 1:08:25
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 107 1448 438 219 2:08:25
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 142 2087 632 316 2:50:25
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 284 4674 1415 708 5:40:26
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 355 2735 828 414 3:33:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 425 7254 2196 1098 8:30:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 709 6148 1861 931 7:17:19
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 850 7254 2196 1098 8:30:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 1063 9199 2784 1392 10:37:49
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 2125 9195 2783 1392 10:37:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 1591; Slingshot Hits × 650; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 177; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 101; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 72; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 36
Torpor-depletion: 7.96 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:33:19

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 (Rex Egg).png Kibble (Rex Egg): 1 × Rex Egg.png Rex Egg , 1 × Longrass.png Longrass , 1 × Prime Meat Jerky.png Prime Meat Jerky , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

The taming of the Plesiosaur is by far one of the most difficult in the game. Generally, the Plesiosaur's level seems to create an extreme difference in the resources required to tame. Due to their very fast torpor decrease, you need a large amount of narcotics to maintain a Plesiosaur unconscious.

Bows and guns will not work underwater and wild Plesiosaurs will not swim to the surface of the ocean, so you will need to either use a crossbow or lure the Plesiosaur into a cave where they can surface.

Another technique is to use the crossbow and attack the Plesiosaur from above. They seem to lose interest in you when you're near the surface, this allows you to take shots at them while still moving far enough away to make them lose interest. Repeat this process and you should be able to knock it out without much issue. This still leaves the risk of Megalodons and other Plesiosaurs attacking you and your tame, though, so be cautious.

It is also recommended to have a Wooden Raft.png Raft with some storage boxes and beds floating above the spot where you are planning to tame a Plesio in case you need to respawn after dying, or you want to store your narcotics and other valuables you don't want to lose. Dinos will not attack the raft, so your things will remain safe.

If you lure one to an underwater cave, you can stand inside the cave where you can breathe air and tranq it safely. Then use your Megalodon to hunt for prime meat, and you can tame it very quickly.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Mobile Base Platform: The platform saddle can be used to build a mobile aquatic base. Structures do not affect Dinosaur weight capacity, but storage does; increase weight if used for transport (Level up Weight, Speed, and Stamina).
  • Warship: The Plesiosaur has high health and damage, which makes it useful in battle. The platform saddle also allows for cannons and siege weapons, allowing for naval warfare (Level up Health and Damage).
  • Aquatic Tank: Having a high base health, the Plesiosaur can take massive damage (Level Health and Melee Damage).
  • Oil Rig: Due to the fact the Plesiosaur can carry a large amount of weight, you can make it built for collecting enormous amounts of oil and converting it to gasoline. While not an ideal or recommended use, you could also use it for collecting crystal as well (Level up Weight, Damage and Health).

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

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Plesiosaurs near underwatercave: 83° Lat, 9.9° Lon
  • The dossier for Elasmosaurus actually mentions the underwater caves found in the game. This also seems to indicate that there are even more fearsome creatures in the depths of the caverns.
  • Due to its enormous size the taming time is extremely long in which it is susceptible to enemies like Megalodons. They might also lower the effectiveness due to possible inflicted damage.
  • Plesiosaurs are pretty rare to find but there are usually two of them next to the underwater cave entrance located at 83.0/09.9 (see map on the right).
  • Plesiosaurs always drop Firework Flare Gun Skin when killed.
  • Plesiosaurs are found near the entrance to underwater caves, in numbers varying from about 1 - 4.
  • Despite the dossier stating it leaves most creatures the size of humans and larger alone, it is common for them to attack megaladons and other creatures on sight.
  • Before the introduction of the crossbow, plesiosaurs were usually kited into an underwater cave so that they could be tranqed.
  • The name 'Plesiosaur' refers to a large group of animals that ruled the seas from the Jurassic up to the end of the Age of Reptiles. Genus Elasmosaurus thrived in the shallow seas that covered the central United States during the Late Cretaceous period.
  • The Dossier says that the Megalodon is the only predator of the Plesiosaur, though the latter is mostly stronger.
  • Quite disturbingly the Dossier states that "Have yet to explore ... The underwater caves" directly after talking about predators of the Plesiosaur. This could hint at a new underwater boss or monster of the deep. A similar hint is dropped on the Ichthy's dossier in the form of a giant underwater monster behind it in a size comparison.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. ARK Smart Breeding