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- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Taming
- 3 Rage Mode
- 4 Utility
- 5 Achievement
- 6 Spotlight
- 7 Notes/Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
Giganotosaurs will 'casually' stroll about the Island, slaughtering anything in their path, this can lead them to wander to just about anywhere on the Island. Their lack of natural predator, or, really, any form of threat to them, allows for their safe voyages across the Island. Beware.
The Giganotosaurus is an aggressive creature. Due to its rage mechanic, it will get angrier when being attacked, which makes its attacks deal more damage. Also, it regains stamina faster when enraged. If it builds up too much rage, it may even kick off its own rider and attack them.
Its rage mechanic is not a health-percentage based trigger, it only occurs if enough damage occurs quickly enough. It will also trigger even if the server is set to the friendliest possible PvE and no friendly-fire settings, in which normally it is not possible to hurt anything not wild.
While its dossier implies that it is sluggish and slow, it is anything but that. Due to its large stride, allowing it to walk over most obstacles, and naturally high movement speed, the Giganotosaurus can outrun just about anything on the island. Combined with its very large aggro range this means it is a fast and dangerous predator.
Giganotosaurus is an enormous and ill-tempered predatory dinosaur. Akin to a Tyrannosaurus but larger, spikier, and with more powerful grasping arms, this creature feeds mainly on Brontosaurs (to which it is nearly equal in height) but will kill and eat virtually anything it can catch. Its short temper means that (thankfully) it is a solitary hunter and is thus very rare. When enraged, the eyes glow flame yellow.
Giganotosaurus is currently the largest non-boss land carnivore in the game.
Color Scheme and Regions
This section displays the Giganotosaurus's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Giganotosaurus. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Giganotosaurus 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 Giganotosaurus's "body" magenta.
Region 1 is not used
Region 2 is not used
Region 3 is not used
Back, Hands and Feet
Breeding and Incubation
Base Stats and Growth
Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest
|Attribute||Amount at Level 1||Increase per point||Taming Bonus|
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 Type||Base Speed||Sprinting|
- These are the base speeds of the creature at 100% Movement Speed
- For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds
|Main Attack||Gnashed|| The target loses 1% of their maximum health|
per second for 5 seconds.
|Base||Minimum||Activation||Using the (PC), (PS4), (Xbox One), the Giganotosaurus unleashes a menacing roar to frighten opposing survivors.|
|Attack Type||Projectile Values||Torpor Values|
|Impulse||Radius||Base||Mult||Duration||Damage Mult||Amount||Duration||Damage Mult||Amount|
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.
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.
|Kibble (Quetzal Egg)||7||468||172||86||0:25:12|
|Cooked Lamb Chop||13||547||202||101||0:29:16|
|Raw Prime Meat||18||768||283||142||0:40:31|
|Cooked Prime Meat||35||1516||557||279||1:18:40|
|Raw Prime Fish Meat||43||922||339||170||0:48:23|
|Cooked Prime Fish Meat||86||1923||707||354||1:39:28|
|Raw Fish Meat||129||2818||1036||518||2:25:08|
|Cooked Fish Meat||258||2818||1036||518||2:25:08|
|× 1000; × 409; × 112; × 64; × 46; × 23:|
|Torpor-depletion: , Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:01:21|
|Kibble (Quetzal Egg)||13||875||324||162||0:46:47|
|Cooked Lamb Chop||25||1062||393||197||0:56:16|
|Raw Prime Meat||33||1417||525||263||1:14:16|
|Cooked Prime Meat||66||2879||1066||533||2:28:21|
|Raw Prime Fish Meat||82||1773||656||328||1:32:16|
|Cooked Prime Fish Meat||164||3695||1368||684||3:09:40|
|Raw Fish Meat||245||5391||1996||998||4:35:38|
|Cooked Fish Meat||490||5391||1996||998||4:35:38|
|× 2740; × 1119; × 305; × 174; × 124; × 62:|
|Torpor-depletion: , Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:02:27|
|Kibble (Quetzal Egg)||19||1295||481||241||1:08:22|
|Cooked Lamb Chop||37||1590||591||296||1:23:16|
|Raw Prime Meat||49||2124||789||395||1:50:16|
|Cooked Prime Meat||98||4303||1598||799||3:40:16|
|Raw Prime Fish Meat||122||2659||988||494||2:17:16|
|Cooked Prime Fish Meat||244||5529||2053||1027||4:42:12|
|Raw Fish Meat||365||8072||2998||1499||6:50:38|
|Cooked Fish Meat||730||8072||2998||1499||6:50:38|
|× 4540; × 1854; × 505; × 289; × 206; × 103:|
|Torpor-depletion: , Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:03:00|
|Kibble (Quetzal Egg)||25||1719||640||320||1:29:57|
|Cooked Lamb Chop||49||2122||790||395||1:50:16|
|Raw Prime Meat||65||2837||1056||528||2:26:16|
|Cooked Prime Meat||130||5732||2133||1067||4:52:11|
|Raw Prime Fish Meat||162||3551||1322||661||3:02:16|
|Cooked Prime Fish Meat||324||7370||2743||1372||6:14:43|
|Raw Fish Meat||485||10761||4004||2002||9:05:38|
|Cooked Fish Meat||970||10761||4004||2002||9:05:38|
|× 6340; × 2588; × 705; × 403; × 287; × 144:|
|Torpor-depletion: , Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:03:20|
|Kibble (Quetzal Egg)||31||2146||800||400||1:51:32|
|Cooked Lamb Chop||61||2657||990||495||2:17:16|
|Raw Prime Meat||81||3552||1324||662||3:02:16|
|Cooked Prime Meat||162||7165||2670||1335||6:04:06|
|Raw Prime Fish Meat||202||4446||1657||829||3:47:16|
|Cooked Prime Fish Meat||404||9214||3433||1717||7:47:14|
|Raw Fish Meat||605||13454||5013||2507||11:20:38|
|Cooked Fish Meat||1210||13454||5013||2507||11:20:38|
|× 8140; × 3323; × 905; × 517; × 369; × 185:|
|Torpor-depletion: , Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:03:33|
|Kibble (Quetzal Egg)||37||2575||961||481||2:13:08|
|Cooked Lamb Chop||73||3194||1191||596||2:44:16|
|Raw Prime Meat||97||4268||1592||796||3:38:16|
|Cooked Prime Meat||194||8599||3207||1604||7:16:02|
|Raw Prime Fish Meat||242||5342||1992||996||4:32:16|
|Cooked Prime Fish Meat||484||11060||4125||2063||9:19:45|
|Raw Fish Meat||725||16149||6023||3012||13:35:38|
|Cooked Fish Meat||1450||16149||6023||3012||13:35:38|
|× 9940; × 4058; × 1105; × 632; × 450; × 225:|
|Torpor-depletion: , Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:03:42|
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.
First, lets talk gear. You may think that a rifle and darts is the best option, right? Wrong. Tranq arrows are absolutely the best option for knocking a Giga down. Due to the huge health pool (80k base health) of wild gigas, you have no reason to worry about accidentally killing it. Also, crossbows being able to fire at roughly double the rate of the longneck rifle proves invaluable when trying to knock out a creature who is capable of shaking off 10k torpor in a matter of seconds. Factor in the cost difference between making tranq darts/shock darts compared to tranq arrows and there is just no contest. Leave the rifle at home and bring a high quality crossbow (or a few).
By far the simplest way to tame Giganotosaurus is to build a room out of Metal Dinosaur Gateways (no gates needed), leaving one side open, and put a Large Bear Trap in the middle. You then lure the Giganotosaurus in so that it'll get stuck in the bear trap, then fill in the remaining wall with another Metal Dinosaur Gateway. The Giga will be unable to escape the enclosure and you can shoot at it until it's down. Settle in, it may take a while.
Another strategy (which is much harder) is to use a Quetzal with a platform saddle and a shooting platform built on it and to simply follow the giga around and shoot it with tranq arrows until it falls down. This method is very time consuming and difficult due to the tendency of wild dinos to pick a direction and sprint flat out away from you when they realize they are being tranquilized. Couple this with the surprising speed of a wild giga and you're in for a long chase.
Once knocked out, it's rather simple to keep the beast down for the duration of the tame. Simply let its torpor get low (not too low) and then spam a few hundred narcotics into it. It is highly recommended to learn how narcotic works before taming a giga. Due to the incredibly high amount of torpor gigas have though, you will usually be able to feed it enough or almost enough narcotic to last the entire tame in one shot. This allows for the player(s) to simply set a timer to come back when it's ready to feed or when it will need more narcotic since no land animal or dinosaur will attack a wild giga.
This section describes how to fight against the Giganotosaurus.
A Giganotosaurus in the Wild, or tamed, is extremely dangerous, simply because of its massive damage and health.
A wild Giganotosaurus is one of the most dangerous creatures on the island, even a low level tamed Giganotosaurus can be a threatening power.
A wild giga is best avoided at all costs. If it absolutely must be dealt with, it's best to lure them into either water or lava and then fly straight up to lose aggro and let it burn/drown to death. Outright killing a wild giga will take a LOT of firepower. DO NOT attack a wild giga with any tamed dinosaurs. You will lose. Period. Even a very high level tamed Giga will lose 99% of the time against a very low level wild giga. The only dinos that would ever have a chance would be pteranadons built for battle or wyverns, both of which are very squishy and will be killed very, very quickly if you make a single mistake. Even then, the Gigantosaurus hitbox makes it easy to clip inside and get stuck.
If fighting against tamed gigas in PvP, they are not near as much of a threat. While still a terrifying foe, gigas lose 63k health and 80% melee when tamed, dropping them to a much more manageable 17k base health and making low level gigas do less damage than a high melee rex. This means that a group of solid rexes can take on an enemy tamed giga (bonus if the rexes are Mate boosted). Auto turrets can also shred a tamed giga fairly quickly if you have enough of them. If attacking tamed gigas, using 2-3 rpgs to enrage it and cause it to attack any other enemy dinos near it is a good strategy.
A large amount of Auto Turrets can pose a major threat to the Giganotosaurus, as they can deal a lot of damage quickly. The Mini-gun and Rocket turrets can be very effective against a Giga, especially when mounted on the Quetzal.
4-6 Plant Species X can effectively push back a Giganotosaurus, but they do not do very much damage. They are ideal for keeping it at bay while another source of damage is applied or even Torpor to begin the taming process. Be careful as to not let one come from the side. It makes it take a little longer for all the plants to target and could potentially stop a plant from shooting due to line-of-sight.
The Giganotosaurus can, and will, instantly kill all but the hardiest of dinos. This, coupled with its health reserves and its rage mechanic make it the most dangerous dino in the game. The Giganotosaurus's torpor will drain faster than it will rise, this makes it hard to solo tame. A Crossbow is recommended due to the higher fire rate than a longneck rifle.
The Giganotosaurus can attack according to this discussion up to 8-12 foundations high and 8-10 foundations beyond a wall.
The Giganotosaurus is very vulnerable in the water. Its low stamina and slow swim speed can cause it to drown very quickly. However, its massive size will keep it out of most water. A wild Giga can easily be lured into deep water and drowned.
Another effective way of killing a Giganotosaurus is to use Lightning and Poison Wyverns, it will make quick work of any Giga you will encounter if you hover above it and pound it with breath attacks for a while.
When the Giganotosaurus enters rage mode, its eyes glow bright yellow — an ominous sign to warn enemies and allies alike of its boosted damage and resistance modifiers. In this state it is a force to be reckoned with, even rivaling the power of other menacing giants like the Dragon and even the DodoRex. If it is tamed, it will throw its rider off and attack everything around it, excluding allied tamed Giganotosaurs. All nearby allied Giganotosaurs will also then enter rage mode, causing a domino effect that can be devastating. This effect will last for 20 seconds, which is more than enough time for a catastrophic amount of destruction to occur.
Taking too much damage too quickly will cause a Giganotosaurus to enter rage mode. This includes, but is not limited to, C4, rockets, and especially fall damage. Flame damage, however, will not make a Giganotosaurus enter rage mode, which means creatures that can breathe fire, such as the Dragon, can kill it much more effectively.
- When riding a tamed giga, be very careful about any cliffs or steep terrain as taking hardly any fall damage will cause it to become enraged after which it will kick you off and try to eat you. If you must get it across rough terrain where it is likely to suffer fall damage, it may be a better option to have it follow you through the area instead since unridden dinos do not take fall damage. If you are ever riding a giga and find youself falling, dismount before you hit the ground to avoid making it angry. If you time it right, you can dismount just before it hits the ground and both you and your giga will avoid any fall damage.This method is risking though since if you are a bit late it will take the fall damage, become enraged, and kill you and any of your other dinosaurs that are unlucky enough to be nearby.
- Tank: With inherently high HP and base damage, Giganotosaurus is long lasting. Just as long as you watch its Rage, you will last with it. (Increases in Damage, Health, and Stamina when/if needed)
- Siege Engine: As one of the few tameable land-based Dino capable of destroying Stone structures, it is logical to employ this beast upon your enemies. So long as it is kept calm, The Giganotosaurus can level months of work in mere minutes (Level Health and Damage).
- Guardian: As risky as it is to get around the island due to the chance of fall damage, the Giga is fairly safe standing around by your base as long as the main threat is wild dinos, and it deals with them quickly. If you're likely to come under heavy attack by rival Survivors, however, it may be best to have your Giga guard one of the approaches to your base, some distance from the actual structures; that way, if the enemy induces a rage mode, only they are punished (Level Health and Damage).
- Taming Support Hunter: Nothing gathers Raw Prime Meat and gets it where it's needed faster. Just remember not to step on your tame, and consider putting your Giga on passive so it doesn't step on or accidentally eat the tame while trying to kill something else (Level Health and Damage).
|Raw Prime Meat||★★★★★|
Ride a Giganotosaurus.
- Riding a Giganotosaurus will award the "Giga Rider" achievement.
For information pertaining specifically to the real-world Giganotosaurus, see the relevant Wikipedia article
- Its scientific name comes from modern Latin, from Greek gigas ‘giant’ + nótios ‘southern’ + sauros ‘lizard.’.
- The size of the Giganotosaurus furiosa is perhaps inspired by the giant Giganotosaurus mutant from Dino Crisis 2, the latter measures 21 meter long and 7 meter high.
- The dossier was revealed on 08/08/15
- It was set for release on Nov. 3rd, 2015, it was then delayed until Nov. 5th, 2015
- Besides Alpha Predators and the DodoRex, it is one of the only two land-based dino able to destroy stone structures.
- Until the Dunkleosteus' release in Patch 238.0, it was the only tameable dino that could demolish stone structures.
- The Giganotosaurus is capable of a roar ability. This makes it the third creature with the ability to roar, behind the Tyrannosaurus and the Direwolf.
- The Giganotosaurus swims extremely slowly. This combined with its low stamina means it can drown very quickly if attempting to cross a large and deep body of water, its large HP will not save it. Fortunately it is tall enough that most of the time it can simply wade through.
- Note that on level 1, a Giganotosaurus is actually a lot more powerful than even an Alpha Rex or Dragon. As all three creatures progress through levels, the Giganotosaurus gains very little to each stat while the other 2 gain a lot more to their stats.
- Gigas can have trouble with rocks, making areas like snow a pain to travel with them on following. It is much easier to have a friend trail behind and break rocks for you or just simply ride it.
- Taking a Giga egg is an extremely bad idea if you're not prepared. It's best to have an extremely fast flying mount or there will be major consequences.
- The Giga eats constantly while sprinting, and in fact its Food stat will decrease more quickly than it can eat even with its inventory full. The rider needs to ensure that it keeps meat in its inventory when on the move, and in addition to recharging stamina, sometimes make longer stops to eat and recover the Food stat.
- It is confirmed that the Giga will have a tek tier helmet that would allow it to shoot lasers.
Relative Size to a Rex
- Dododex on Twitter
- ARK Smart Breeding
- Introducing the Giganotosaurus!
- DevKit Preview: Tek tier armor, Giga Laser and Tek Grenade