Pteranodon

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Common Name
Pteranodon
Group
Species
Pteranodon wyvernus
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
Diet
Temperament
Skittish
Logo Steam.png
June 2, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Ptero_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Ptero/Ptero_Character_BP.Ptero_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
3 XP
Drops
Feces Size
29 - 32 °C / 84 - 90 °F
Incubation Time
1h 39m
Baby Time
3h 42m
Juvenile Time
14h 48m
Adolescent Time
18h 31m
Total Maturation Time
1d 13h 2m 11s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

 
 Very Common
 
 Common
 
 Very Rare

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
 
 Very Common
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Unknown

The Pteranodon (tuh-ran-uh-don) is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved and the first rideable flying creature available to players.

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
Pteranodon wyvernus is a large pterosaur, capable of flying for incredibly long periods. While others I've seen on the island still call it a Pterodactyl, this is inaccurate.
Domesticated
I don't know how they did it, but I once saw a trio of Pteranodons with riders on them. This must be the fastest way to get around the island, but it can't provide any measure of safety or secrecy.
Known Information
The Pteranodon seems to be one of the least aberrant Reptile on the island. Pteranodon wyvernus mostly feeds itself by eating the small fish around the island, but they can also be found scavenging any number of dead animals. Because of this they are one of the most common Creatures on the island.
~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Pteranodon is not aggressive, and will fly away when attacked. However, if the Pteranodon has a mate or if you steal one of its eggs, it will become aggressive with an average aggravation range.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Pteranodon is a common sight on both the beaches and the interior regions of the ARK. It has a long crest and beak (filled with needle-like teeth, oddly enough), as well as impressive wings, which strangely bear more resemblance those of a bat than those of other pterosaurs species in the ARK.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Ptera PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Patterning
Ptera PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Wing Base
Ptera PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Face, Crest and Hands
Ptera PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Inner Crest
Ptera PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Wing Membrane
Ptera PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Body


Drops[edit | edit source]


Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

The second value of the Melee Damage displays the value for the aileron roll attack.


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 210 +42 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 300 +30 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 150 +3 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 18 / 502 +0.9 / +2.5 +1.7% 9.1% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +2% 35%
Torpor.png Torpor 120 +7.2 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.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 260 N/A N/A 6
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A
Flying 600 1649.999634 1897.5 0.275


Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Pteranodon bites the target.
0 500 0 0
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 18
Grab Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One) while in the air, the Pteranodon can pick up another creature. Despite a coded melee damage value, this attack does no damage.
40 500 0 0
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 18
Barrel Roll Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using C (PC), R3 Button (PS4), R Button (Xbox One), the Pteranodon spirals forward dealing considerable damage to all enemies it hits
85 500 0 0
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 50


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]

Pteranodon
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]

Pteranodon.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 2 2 1 0:08:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 2 0 0 0:05:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 4 4 1 0:10:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 5 7 2 0:12:31
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 9 18 4 0:22:29
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 11 8 2 0:13:46
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 13 29 6 0:32:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 21 23 5 0:27:00
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 26 29 6 0:32:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 32 37 8 0:40:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 63 36 8 0:39:23
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 12; Slingshot Hits × 5; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 2; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 1; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpor-depletion: 0.31 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:06:32
Pteranodon.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 4 7 2 0:16:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 4 0 0 0:10:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 8 13 3 0:20:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 10 21 5 0:25:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 20 60 13 0:49:57
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 25 31 7 0:31:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 30 99 21 1:15:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 50 83 18 1:04:16
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 60 99 21 1:15:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 75 129 27 1:33:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 150 129 27 1:33:46
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 33; Slingshot Hits × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 4; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 3; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpor-depletion: 0.47 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:11:49
Pteranodon.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 6 20 5 0:24:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 7 7 2 0:17:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 12 32 7 0:30:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 16 52 12 0:40:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 32 132 29 1:19:55
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 40 72 16 0:50:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 48 212 47 2:00:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 80 178 39 1:42:49
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 96 212 47 2:00:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 120 272 60 2:30:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 240 272 60 2:30:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 55; Slingshot Hits × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 7; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 4; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.63 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:14:28
Pteranodon.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 9 49 11 0:35:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 9 16 4 0:22:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 17 64 15 0:42:31
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 22 94 22 0:55:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 44 226 51 1:49:53
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 55 127 29 1:08:46
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 66 359 81 2:45:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 110 302 68 2:21:22
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 132 359 81 2:45:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 165 458 103 3:26:16
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 330 458 103 3:26:16
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 77; Slingshot Hits × 32; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 9; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 5; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.8 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:16:01
Pteranodon.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 11 75 18 0:43:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 12 36 9 0:30:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 21 99 23 0:52:31
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 28 147 34 1:10:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 56 340 79 2:19:51
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 70 195 46 1:27:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 84 534 124 3:30:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 140 451 105 2:59:55
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 168 534 124 3:30:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 210 679 158 4:22:31
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 420 679 158 4:22:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 98; Slingshot Hits × 40; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 11; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 7; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 0.96 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:17:02
Pteranodon.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 13 106 26 0:51:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 14 54 13 0:35:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 26 147 35 1:05:01
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 34 208 50 1:25:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 68 471 112 2:49:49
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 85 274 66 1:46:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 102 734 175 4:15:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 170 621 148 3:38:28
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 204 734 175 4:15:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 255 931 222 5:18:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 510 931 222 5:18:46
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 120; Slingshot Hits × 49; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 1.12 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:17:46

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 (Dodo Egg).png Kibble (Dodo Egg): 1 × Dodo Egg.png Dodo Egg , 1 × Rockarrot.png Rockarrot , 1 × Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Pteranodon will flee as soon as it is hit, which makes it difficult to knock it out from the ground. But thankfully it can be immobilized with Bolas beforehand, which makes it easy to capture any Pteranodon while it is on the ground resting. If you spot a good target wait for it to fly down, then use the Bolas and knock it out before the effect wears off.

A standard Electric Prod will instantly knock-out a Level 120 Pteranodon if hit directly in the head. This is arguably the easiest method to take one out, however the Prod is expensive to recharge.

The Pteranodon will easily fall unconscious, but be cautious with your knockout method, as Pteranodons, especially lower levels, have low health and take extra damage from ranged attacks, making it very easy to accidentally kill one with a tranquilizer arrow or even a stone. Even high-level Pteranodons can often be knocked out with just one arrow. Also the Pteranodon can accidentally fall into deep water and drown, so make sure that you do not knock him out over bodies of water.

Flight[edit | edit source]

Flying a Pteranodon uses similar controls to movement on ground level with a few exceptions. Quirks :

  1. Will only move forward upon command. With no forward command issued they will eventually stall to a halt and hover in mid-air. Even while not moving Pteranodons lose a small bit of stamina just to stay aloft.
  2. Feeding Stimberry or Stimulant to a Pteranodon in-flight can allow you to fly for longer periods, but the stamina gain is minor at best and very inefficient.
  3. Landing is accomplished by pressing the jump-key (default space), causing the mount to move to the ground and land, where your Pteranodon folds its wings. Now you can unmount by pressing use (default E) as with any other mount or walk on the ground. To start off again, press the jump-key (default space).
  4. To perform a roll, press the crouch-key (default C) while flying. This causes the mount to do more damage but also depletes more stamina.
  5. To stop in flight press and hold X.

Note: Tamed and unridden Pteranodons do not lose stamina while sprinting to keep up with a player running or riding another dino. - You can use this quirk to carry large amounts of weight quickly with a Pteranodon set to follow.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Pteranodon. A Pteranodon will not fight back, their strategy is just to fly away.

General[edit | edit source]

Wild Pteranodons will only become hostile if a player steals their eggs, so they are generally not much of a threat. If hoping to kill, the player should start with critical head damage, as the Pteranodon will not get spooked even if the player is pointing point-blank with a shotgun. The same goes for taming. Get your first tranq in the head so it takes a quicker effect. Follow with a quick volley to spike the torpor before it goes out of range.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Wait until they land to get a clear shot while they are trying to get their stamina up. They are extremely vulnerable at this time. If they are flying, wait for them to come down. If one has a sniper, they may try to get a powerful headshot while it is in the air.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Any Ranged weapon will do the job. Quick pike and sword attacks can dispatch lower levels.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

There are no real dangers with a Pteranodon besides watching out for other aggressive dinosaurs while chasing or killing one.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Non-bullet ranged weapons deal more damage against them so it is best to use a Bow or Crossbow. They also run out of stamina, forcing them to come down into firing range once more.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Scouting: The high speed of the Pteranodon makes it a perfect mount to scout the environment, or to farm Beacons. Level up in Speed and Stamina.
  • Mining Transport The Pteranodon cannot carry much, but its speed and ability to fly over dangerous lands and hills still makes it a decent mount for bringing back valuables. However the Argentavis - while slower - is able to carry significantly more weight. Level up Weight and Speed, add Stamina as needed.
  • War/Damage: Despite the Pteranodon being a speed mount, skilled riders can roll through enemies to deplete health and destroy Flak armor. Its ability to grab people mid-combat can also shift a fight to your favor, but keep in mind that a player, while grabbed by the Pteranodon, can still hit it and possibly kill it. Level up Health, Damage, Speed, Stamina and a little Weight (for carrying higher level gear).

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★☆☆
Hide.png Hide ★★☆☆☆
Organic Polymer.png Organic Polymer ★★☆☆☆
Chitin.png Chitin ★★☆☆☆
Keratin.png Keratin ★☆☆☆☆
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★☆☆☆☆

Carrying[edit | edit source]

A Pteranodon is capable of carrying smaller creatures. This is done by using the alt-fire button (default Right Mousebutton) while flying or hovering over the creature. The Pteranodon will swing its legs forward and you will hear a click noise. If the grab was successful, you will be able to see the creature being pulled behind the Pteranodon, as well as its name and level. This is very useful for separating a small, high-level animal such as a Dilo from a pack so that you can tame it elsewhere. To release the creature, press the alt-fire button again.

Unlike the Argentavis, the Pteranodon can not attack the creature it is holding.

Creatures being carried cannot attack the Pteranodon while carried, but can land a hit when picked up or dropped. Players are the exception to this, and can attack the Pteranodon while being carried, potentially killing it and causing both the victim and the rider to fall.

Ultimately, tranquilizing the Pteranodon from the top back of the head with a crossbow or long rifle dart will almost always knock the bird out in one hit.

Carry-able Creatures[edit | edit source]

The Pteranodon is capable of carrying the following creatures:


Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Tamed Pteranodons will not take off while set to Wander, allowing you to breed them safely without a roof.
  • Having a Pteranodon follow you or a mount at high speeds may be annoying and impractical, as the Pteranodon will easily overtake any other creature. This often causes them to do a circle around you, and get stuck in the walking creature's legs, rendering both creatures immobile.
  • Putting too many points into Speed can make the Pteranodon fly too fast compared to its turning speed. This will cause the Pteranodon to endlessly circle around the player at high speed, which makes it difficult or even impossible to mount it. If that happens, tell it to stop following and wait for it to sit down to mount again.
  • It is recommended to have a close look at your Pteranodon's Stamina when flying on its back, as it will force-land if it runs out of Stamina.
  • They can also be used to pick up other survivors, regardless of affiliation -except in PvE, where only Allies may be picked up- from the ground or out of their saddles However, keep in mind that the Pteranodon will stop advancing if the combined weight of all inventories exceeds the Pteranodon's Weight stat. The carrying action is done by using the alt-fire key, and this can be used to help to transport allies to various locations, or to kill your enemies by dropping them from a high altitude. If your Pteranodon runs out of Stamina and force-lands while dragging someone, they will be released.
  • Compared with the Argentavis they fly quicker, but run out of Stamina much faster.
  • Shooting while being carried can hit (and most likely kill) the Pteranodon.
  • Tamed Pteranodons can die because of drowning on low stamina if set on following players to water areas, even in shallow ponds.
  • When force-landing due to stamina, tamed Pteranodons can sometimes stall in mid-air and drop their rider after about a minute, often leading to the rider's death.
  • A Pteranodon can fit through a regular door frame whilst being flown.
  • While flying on a Pterandon in multiplayer mode, beware of auto turret wielding bases, as they can easily shoot down your Pterandon very quickly.
  • Pteranodons are great fighters due to their aileron roll and relatively fast melee attack. It can be used to chase fast prey over long distances. However, their low health and stamina make them easy targets for land and air dinosaurs.
  • Pteranodon's speed lets them easily outrun an Argentavis or Quetzal over short distances.
  • You can force feed a tamed pteranodon while riding it.

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

  • despite being classed as a carnivore in-game, it is far more likely that the real Pteranodon was piscvorous
  • Despite the fact Pteranodon means "Toothless Wing", the ones in the game are portrayed with small sharp teeth.
  • The females have long crests like the males when they should have short crests like in real life.
  • While they are portrayed with a bat like bony rod supporting the wing, real Pteranodon had no such structures.
  • The skull of the animal shown in the dossier is not of Pteranodon but Caulkicephalus. This indicates there may have been a misnomer.
  • Although Pteranodon was one of the biggest flying animals ever, it could only carry a burden the size and weight of a small child.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding