Thorny Dragon

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Common Name
Thorny Dragon
Group
Species
Moloch sagittarius
Time Period
Holocene
Diet
Carnivore (although the dossier says herbivore)
Temperament
Aggressive
Logo Steam.png 246.0
September 1, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 739.3
September 1, 2016
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon SpineyLizard_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/ScorchedEarth/Dinos/SpineyLizard/SpineyLizard_Character_BP.SpineyLizard_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
6 XP
Special Loot Chance
30%
Feces Size
22 - 28 °C / 72 - 82 °F
Incubation Time
2h 29m
Baby Time
4h 52m
Juvenile Time
19h 29m
Adolescent Time
1d 21m
Total Maturation Time
2d 0h 43m 57s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Rare

The Thorny Dragon is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. This creature can only be found in Scorched Earth.

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
Tough survivors have come to call these Gargantuan reptiles Spiny Lizards, I believe that Moloch sagittarius' closest known relative is the Australian Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus). Besides the obvious gap in size, most of the differences between Moloch sagittarius and its smaller relative lie in its thorns.
Domesticated
Despite its dangerous spines, Moloch sagittarius has proven an excellent mount for indirect combat. Its ranged attacks can wreak havoc in a pitched battle, particularly if other creatures are taking the enemy's attention. Just be sure to use a proper saddle, strap yourself in securely, and use extreme caution while mounting or dismounting.
Known Information
Instead of being permanent parts of its skin, Moloch sagittarius' thorns are more like spines or quills that can be removed and regrown. In fact, it is even capable of shooting these spines from its tail as a method of self defense, and examination of these projectiles has revealed that they are coated in a lethal poison.
~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Aggressive when approached. Attacks smaller creatures that venture too close, but will ignore other carnivores. It has a standard bite attack, and a secondary ranged attack where it launches several tail quills at its prey. These quills have a small amount of Torpor effect to them as well as dealing damage. The ranged attack drains a good amount of Stamina when used.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A lot like the modern day horned lizard, although much larger and bulkier. Also seems to have quills like a porcupine alongside its scales.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Thorny Dragon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Mid-section and Legs
Thorny Dragon PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Quills
Thorny Dragon PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Belly
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Thorny Dragon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Top
Thorny Dragon PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Underside


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 260 +52 +5.4% 0.0924
Stamina.png Stamina 350 +35 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 300 +6 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 40 / 102 +2 / +0.5 +1.7% 5.6% 15.4%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3% 30%
Torpor.png Torpor 450 +27 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 245 693.840027 588 10
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Claws Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Thorny Dragon swipes at the target.
5 470 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 40
Tail Needles Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
120 4000 0 4500
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 10
Projectile Impact 1 2.6 100 4 4 5 1.5 1.5


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]

Thorny Dragon
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]

General[edit | edit source]

Generally passive unless you get quite close, or are attacked. Generally starts attacking by shooting thorns if there is enough distance, before charging towards you.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Seek cover from its ranged attacks and shoot back while keeping your distance

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Use any kind of ranged tranquilizing weaponry to be able to keep your distance while fighting

Dangers[edit | edit source]

It is faster and stronger than it looks and is able to shoot tranquilizing thorns at you

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The tail spike ranged attack can easily be dodged. Despite high level individuals having 1,500-2,000 health, they seem to go down fairly easily.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Thorny Dragon.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 4 0 0 0:12:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 5 0 0 0:09:23
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 10 7 2 0:18:44
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 13 17 4 0:24:23
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 27 61 13 0:50:35
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 31 25 6 0:29:04
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 40 102 22 1:15:00
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 66 83 18 1:03:35
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 79 101 22 1:14:04
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 99 133 29 1:32:49
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 197 132 28 1:32:21
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 45; Slingshot Hits × 19; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 5; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 3; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.51 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:14:43
Thorny Dragon.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 10 9 2 0:29:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 12 0 0 0:22:30
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 23 39 9 0:43:05
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 29 66 15 0:54:23
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 63 216 49 1:58:00
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 73 99 23 1:08:27
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 94 354 80 2:56:15
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 157 295 66 2:31:14
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 188 354 80 2:56:15
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 235 458 103 3:40:19
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 469 457 103 3:39:51
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 124; Slingshot Hits × 51; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 0.78 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:26:35
Thorny Dragon.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 15 37 9 0:44:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 19 10 3 0:35:38
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 37 109 26 1:09:18
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 47 164 39 1:28:08
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 100 457 108 3:07:18
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 116 225 53 1:48:45
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 150 734 173 4:41:15
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 250 615 145 4:00:49
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 300 734 173 4:41:15
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 375 941 222 5:51:34
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 750 941 222 5:51:34
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 205; Slingshot Hits × 84; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 13; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpor-depletion: 1.05 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:32:33
Thorny Dragon.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 21 93 23 1:02:58
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 26 44 11 0:48:45
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 50 199 49 1:33:39
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 64 290 72 2:00:00
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 138 769 189 4:18:28
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 159 391 96 2:29:04
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 207 1216 299 6:28:08
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 344 1020 251 5:31:21
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 413 1213 299 6:27:12
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 516 1546 381 8:03:45
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1032 1546 381 8:03:45
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 286; Slingshot Hits × 117; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 32; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 19; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7
Torpor-depletion: 1.32 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:36:03
Thorny Dragon.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 27 166 43 1:20:57
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 33 92 24 1:01:53
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 64 318 82 1:59:53
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 81 442 114 2:31:53
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 175 1126 289 5:27:46
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 202 588 151 3:09:23
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 263 1769 453 8:13:08
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 438 1492 382 7:01:54
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 525 1766 452 8:12:12
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 657 2247 576 10:15:57
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1313 2245 575 10:15:29
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 367; Slingshot Hits × 150; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 41; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 24; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9
Torpor-depletion: 1.6 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:38:21
Thorny Dragon.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 32 240 64 1:35:57
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 40 150 40 1:15:00
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 78 454 121 2:26:06
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 99 623 166 3:05:38
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 213 1534 408 6:38:57
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 246 815 217 3:50:38
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 319 2385 633 9:58:08
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 532 2019 536 8:32:27
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 638 2385 633 9:58:08
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 797 3021 802 12:27:12
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1594 3021 802 12:27:12
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 448; Slingshot Hits × 183; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 50; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 29; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 21; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11
Torpor-depletion: 1.87 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:39:59

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.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]


KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

An effective method to tame anything that fights back is to stand on a rock and shoot from there. Ducking when you see the ranged attack coming works when you can't move to dodge. It is a bad idea to walk backwards while firing, unless you have plenty movement speed and health, as thorny dragons are faster than most low level players. When the thorny dragon gets low on health it begins running away. Though if you can't keep up you can easily fall off of a cliff, you might want to chase one on a raptor or flying mount

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Gatherer: Thorny Dragons gather wood extremely efficiently. (Level up Weight)
  • Transport: Wood, Thatch, Fiber and Stone weigh less while being carried by the Thorny Dragon. Wood, Thatch and Fiber weigh only 20% of their usual value (10 kg per, 0.4 kg per, and 0.4 kg per 100 respectively), while Stone weighs 50% of its usual value (25 kg per 100). (Level up Weight, Stamina)
  • Organic Craftsman: Once saddled the Thorny Dragon can be used as a Smithy, allowing for a mobile crafting wagon. It's also possible to increase the crafting speed of the Thorny Dragon by force feeding it Focal Chili.png Focal Chili.
  • Combat Mount: with the right training and breeding, Thorny Dragons can become dangerous mounts in close quarters desert combat. A nice mid-level alternative for traversing the desert and combatting the vicious wildlife, a properly trained or high-level Thorny Dragon can hold its own against packs of wolves, so long as you make sure that nothing gets behind you. Its ranged attacks also allow it to become a jack-of-all-trades.
  • Mobile "Ballista": Although it's still capable on the battlefield as close-quarters combat, the main battlefield use of the Thorny Dragon is to be used as a mobile "ballista", providing irritating cover fire for its allies using it's quils. Upping Stamina and Melee, the creature quickly becomes an irritant to the enemy in conflict.
  • Taming Mount: It's quite easy through breeding and leveling to get a higher-level Thorny Dragon's attack to about 400%, and the stamina 2000+. This not also makes it a nuisance in the above role, but it also allows the Thorny Dragon to become a viable taming assist. With enough patience and provided cover, Paracers and even Rex can be knocked unconscious with its low-damaging, torpor-inducing spines alone.[2] Despite this, it's best use as a taming assist, rather than the sole driving force of torpor.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The dossier mistakenly lists the Thorny Dragon as an herbivore, when it is actually a carnivore.
  • This creature was first revealed as a "Mystery Creature" on March 1, 2016. It was the first creature revealed in that way and the first hint to the Scorched Earth expansion.[3]
  • The tail spikes inflict torpor damage when fired.
  • It could be the thought of as the Scorched Earth equivalent to a beaver, as it is the only primarily wood gathering creature on the desert, certain materials weigh less on it, and it's saddle acts as a mobile smithy.
  • The species name, Moloch sagittarius, roughly means "Devil Archer". This is likely due to the fact the Thorny Dragon's real-life counterpart is known as Thorny Devil, and the ability that it can shoot arrow-like spines from its tail.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. Tested using God Mode on a private server. Using a bred Thorny Dragon with 400% melee, was able to render Paracers and even a 120 rex unconscious using spines. In practicality, recommended to use it as a taming assist.
  3. Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????