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Tusoteuthis Dossier.jpeg
Tusoteuthis Dossier.jpeg
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Tusoteuthis vampyrus
Time Period
Logo Steam.png 253.0
December 23, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 749.0
January 17, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 503.0
January 18, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Tusoteuthis_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Tusoteuthis/Tusoteuthis_Character_BP.Tusoteuthis_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
200 XP
Special Loot Chance
Feces Size
0 - 50 °C / 32 - 122 °F
Incubation Time
4h 59m 58s
Baby Time
1d 4h 3m 29s
Juvenile Time
4d 16h 13m 58s
Adolescent Time
5d 20h 17m 29s
Total Maturation Time
11d 16h 34m 59s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

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 Very Common
 Very Rare

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 Very Uncommon
 Very Rare

The Tusoteuthis (too-so-too thiss) is an aquatic creature 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.


Tusoteuthis vampyrus is a very aggressive water predator. Approximately 30 feet long, Tusoteuthis is a terror of the deep. Once it grabs its prey, it slowly crushes it into submission while using the talons on its tentacles to siphon and drink the victim's blood!

Tusoteuthis is a terrifying opponent for several reasons. Firstly, its grab slowly renders its victim unconscious, so death isn't the only concern. Secondly, its vampiric blood drain instantly revitalizes it, even during combat. Finally, if Tusoteuthis is losing the fight, it sprays a cloud of ink into the surrounding water, blinding its attackers to cover a sneaky escape.


One of the major benefits of taming Tusoteuthis is harvesting its ink. Unlike normal ink, Tusoteuthis' ink is very oily, and can even be refined into fuels such as gasoline. Between that and Tusoteuthis' distinctive capability to grab & carry large creatures underwater, it makes for an excellent aquatic tame, despite its slower speed.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Tusoteuthis is found only in very deep water, where it swims about at a slow pace. If it spots the player or a tamed creature, it will begin to move itself towards the player and attack it. Because of the unique body plan of cephalopods, a Tusoteuthis must turn itself around to strike with its tentacles.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A monstrous relative of the vampire squid, Tusoteuthis bares a closer resemblance to giant squids, but is much more terrifying than its timid kin. Tusoteuthis has powerful tentacles with hooked suckers, capable of drawing blood and keeping even a Megalodon from escaping a horrible fate. A parrot-like beak hides in the center of the writhing mass, ripping flesh, shell, and bone into easy-to-swallow bits. Tusoteuthis also possesses the ability to spray an oily ink if it is in danger. Fearing only the Mosasaurus, Tusoteuthis is a true terror of the deep.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Tusoteuthis PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body Highlights
Tusoteuthis PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Tentacle Highlights
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Tusoteuthis PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Tusoteuthis PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Main Body

Drops[edit | edit source]


Guaranteed Special Loot

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 3333 +666.6 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 300 +30 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A N/A
Food.png Food 3200 +320 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 800 +16 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 652 +3.25 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +2.5% 100%
Torpor.png Torpor 1800 +108 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 Tusoteuthis is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 7500  ?  ?  ?
Swimming 1500 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Tentacle Slap Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Tusoteuthis swipes its massive tentacles at the target.
10 3500 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 65
Grab Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Tusoteuthis can pick up another creature with its tentacles. While holding a non-friendly target, the Tusoteuthis will constantly inflict Torpor.png Torpor until the target is unconscious. Note that the Tusoteuthis cannot hold an unconscious target.
25 3500 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 2
Ink Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using C (PC), R3 Button (PS4), R Button (Xbox One), the Tusoteuthis releases a large ink cloud to completely obscure vision for a limited time.
15 0 0 0
Crush Prey Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation While carrying a creature with its tentacles and using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Tusoteuthis will crush the target for considerable damage.
10 4000 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 100

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]

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]

The Tusoteuthis introduced two new mechanics to Passive Taming:

  • It will eat up to 50 of an individual food item in a single consumption. Taming Effectiveness is lost per consumption not per item, and is at a reduced rate compared to other tames in any case.
  • It can eat at 90% of its maximum food, regardless of how much Food what it's being fed will restore (factoring the above).

The Taming Affinity (progress) gained for food types other than Black Pearls is only 10% of the value derived by other tames (e.g. 15 from Prime Meat instead of 150), and so at least 10 should be fed at a time to have a comparable taming time to other creatures. Due to the exceptionally low Affinity from individual items, they have been omitted from the table below, which consequently omits Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat and Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat entirely.

Please ignore the Feeding Interval and Taming Time data (below). Due to being able to eat when at 90% of its maximum Food, the minimum Feeding Interval is 177.5 seconds[2] plus 14 seconds per Food Level.[3]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. Remember that a Passive Tame's first feeding interval is always slightly longer than this value.
  3. This cannot be known until after taming, but adding 14% of the creature's level would produce average results.
Tusoteuthis.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Tusoteuthis.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Tusoteuthis.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Tusoteuthis.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Tusoteuthis.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Tusoteuthis.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time

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.

Note that 50 Black Pearls will still restore up to 1500 Food regardless of the creature's current Food when fed, and so Starve Taming will actually take longer as the full 1500 food will need to deplete per required consumption (compared to allowing 10% to deplete each time).

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • The Passive Tame hitbox is the Tusoteuthis' beak, within its tentacles.
  • Similar to Mosasaurus, the Tusoteuthis dislikes shallow water and will de-aggro.
  • Unlike other Passive Tames, Taming Affinity is not reset when the Tusoteuthis takes damage.
  • The Tusoteuthis "Does Not Want To Be Tamed Right Now" unless it has a creature within its clutches.
  • When possible, try to steer the Tusoteuthis away from terrain - it is currently possible for its grab to release creatures/players under the ground.
  • The least-likely-to-die distraction available is a high level Carbonemys with a high armor saddle, combined with an inventory of Sweet Vegetable Cakes. Stimulants may also be required for taming higher level tusoteuthis, as an unconscious Carbonemys is of no interest to the Tusoteuthis. The lower the durability of the Carbonemys and the higher the dps of the tusoteuthis: the more Carbonemys that may be required or sacrificed. Other high durability tames also work, but anything that requires oxygen is not recommended. A drowned tame is also of no interest to the Tusoteuthis.
    1. Approach the Tusoteuthis while mounted and allow it to grab you.
    2. Dismount then approach the creature's beak with 50 Black Pearls within your last inventory slot. Be aware of the weight of Black Pearls.
    3. Press E to Feed.
    4. Swim directly up and out of the deep-water zone. You are not able to re-mount while the squid has your creature held.
    5. Wait at least 3 minutes, then repeat.

While riderless, the Tusoteuthis will not wait long to let go of your creature - making a team of two the safest option, as the distraction's rider can remain mounted until the creature is fed and then dismount themselves and swim up. If you do attempt to solo tame, flippers are recommended for speedy getaways. Make sure your tame is on passive and set to follow, and if it survives the feeding it will swim up to safety the moment the squid lets go.

Post-Tame[edit | edit source]

After taming, its diet remains the same (Black Pearls, Meat and Fish).

However, Tusoteuthis will now eat Black Pearls individually at 30 Food each.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Tusoteuthis. Generally the squid is a very strong enemy, a confrontation should be avoided if you're not sure you can win.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A low-level Tuso is no match for a mid-to-strong tamed Plesio or Mosa. A high level one will need a very strong mount with a good saddle or a group of powerful sea dinos to be defeated. Remember that a ridden tame cannot retaliate when within Tuso's tentacles. If you're going for a pack attack, let the squid grab the dino you're riding, as you will be able to watch out for the health and the torpor of your mount and you'll have one more source of damage. When it will spray the ink and try to run away get out of the ink cloud, wait for the blinding effect to end and then easily chase your prey.

You can also use another Tusoteuthis to fight it. Focus mainly on melee damage, with a little health. Swim up to the Tusoteuthis and start attacking it. It will try to grab you, but it is not able to. Keep attacking it until it tries to flee. Because the Tusoteuthis has a wide turning radius, you can keep hitting it as it tries to turn. If it is a lower level, you should be able to kill it before it gets away. If it gets away, follow it. Tamed Tusoteuthis have double the movement speed of wild ones, so you should be able to catch it. As long as the wild squid is near the ground, it will probably run into rocks, where you can kill it.

Another method to kill a Tuso is luring it into underwater canyon and shoot it from above using Crossbow.png Crossbow, it will try to attack you but his large hitbox doesn't allow it to turn effectively and it will start to turn around randomly, unable to hit you.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons can work if used while riding a high-level dino. Due to the fast rising of Tuso's health pool, it's advised to use this tactic only on low-level ones.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Its high health, good dps, life-draining attacks and grab mechanics make the Tuso a deadly enemy. Living only in the deepest seas, other animals can join the fight and turn the battle in a carnage. Try to stay away from the bottom of the sea as may happen than the Tuso releases his prey under the world, killing it.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The Tuso is vulnerable to packs of dinos due to its AoE, that resembles a long cylinder. This means that it can't attack many enemies at once.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

Aquatic Carrier

  • Using Right Mousebutton, Xbox: LT, PS4: L2, it is usable as an aquatic carrier (like the Megalosaurus and Kapro) for anything up to the size of a Rex and Mosa, use left click to munch the captured dino or player to death. It cannot grab birds. (It can grab pelagornis, but it can't pull them under the water, not tested with other fliers.)
  • The Tusoteuthis cannot grab creatures on PVE servers.

Aquatic Taming Mount

  • While holding a target, the Tusoteuthis will constantly inflict Torpor.png Torpor until the target is unconscious, making it the most efficient knock-out aquatic taming mount. Note that the Tusoteuthis cannot hold an unconscious target, so the mount will let go of the tame as soon as it's tranquilized.

Passive Oil Creation

Scourge of Penguins (Organic Polymer Farmer)

  • Tusoteuthis attack can reach far onto the shore and decimate penguin populations in seconds. Gathering large amounts of polymer.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★★

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The dossier was revealed on 08/10/15 [1]
  • Tusoteuthis was a Cretaceous relative of the modern Vampire Squid - which is likely the inspiration for its blood-sucking tendencies described in the dossier (although it's worth noting that Vampire Squids don't actually drink blood.)
  • Tusoteuthis was native to the Western Interior Seaway, an ocean that split North America in half during the Late Cretaceous. Despite being comparable in size to modern Giant Squid, it was still far from the top of the local food chain.
  • On The Center, Tusoteuthis can rarely spawn in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall under the land bridge connecting Redwoods to the Snowy Grasslands.
  • Tusoteuthis cannot sprint while holding another creature, keep this in mind when using it to transport other friendly tames.
  • The Tusoteuthis on release was originaly supposed to be much smaller, but on a last minute change was changed to be the size it is today.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dossier