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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Dimetrodon calorector
Time Period
Early Permian
Logo Steam.png 232.0
January 15, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 731.0
February 12, 2016
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Logo Mobile.svg 1.0
May 24, 2018
Logo Nintendo Switch.png 599.0
November 30, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Dimetro_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Dimetrodon/Dimetro_Character_BP.Dimetro_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Dimetrodon
admincheat summon Dimetro_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Dimetrodon/Dimetro_Character_BP_Aberrant.Dimetro_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
8 XP
Special Loot Chance
30 - 34 °C / 86 - 93 °F
Incubation Time
2h 29m
Baby Time
4h 37m
Juvenile Time
18h 31m
Adolescent Time
23h 8m
Total Maturation Time
1d 22h 17m 45s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dimetrodon The Island.svg

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dimetrodon Aberration.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dimetrodon Extinction.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dimetrodon The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dimetrodon Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

Disambig.png This article is about Dimetrodon.png Dimetrodon, not to be confused with Dimorphodon.png Dimorphodon

The Dimetrodon (di-met-ro-don) is one of the creatures 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.


Dimetrodon calorector is a much calmer predator than most on the Island.

Because it lives off smaller prey than humans, it generally ignores anything much larger than a Coelacanth.

Dimetrodon is one of the few carnivores on the Island that could be classified as reasonably friendly in the wild.

The sail on Dimetrodon's back is an especially fascinating thing. It can be angled to provide shade from the sun and allows Dimetrodon to disperse heat more quickly.

The inner workings of the sail can also restrict blood flow in the creature to hold in excessive heat. Together, these two traits allow Dimetrodon to comfortably survive in any climate, though they are most commonly found in the swamplands which are rich in prey.


If Dimetrodon was a bit larger, or didn't have that massive sail, it would make a decent mount.

However, its main use to survivors is to utilize the sail's insulating capabilities. Just being near Dimetrodon gives excellent protection from both heat and cold, which has saved my life through more than one ice blizzard in the frozen northlands.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Usually attacking Coel or a Megapiranha, the Dimetrodon is not too much of a worry for anything, unless it's provoked by attacks. However, the Dimetrodon is extremely slow and provoking it does not pose much of a threat, as it is easy to out run or kill them.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A sail-backed quadruped found exclusively in the island's central swamps, Dimetrodon is reptilian in appearance but in truth is more closely related to mammals. The large sail on its back serves a thermoregulatory function, as it cools the animal on hot days and helps keep it warm on cold ones. They are fairly timid and sluggish, specializing in hunting prey that is smaller than themselves.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Dimetrodon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Dimetrodon PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Side Fin
Dimetrodon PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Dimetrodon PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Sail Spines
Dimetrodon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Legs and Belly
X mark.svg

Region 5 is not used
for this Creature.

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 350 +70 +5.4% 0.091
Stamina.png Stamina 300 +30 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 500 +50 N/A
Food.png Food 1500 +150 +10%
Weight.png Weight 250 +5 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 202 +0.4 +0.68% 11.2% 22%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 750 +45 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
4Torpidity 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 110 253 253 20
Swimming 250 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Dimetrodon bites the target.
0 265 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 20

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]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Slow movement speed on land makes it easy to knock out while walking backward.
  • Hold the Dimetrodon with a Quetzal while somebody else knocks it out.
  • Using low damage weapons to tranquilize it, and continuous shots is the quickest way to knock it out.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Dimetrodon.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 2 166 57 29 0:09:36
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 5 264 91 46 0:15:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 8 427 147 74 0:23:59
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 6 319 110 55 0:18:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 11 591 203 102 0:32:58
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 14 374 129 65 0:21:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 16 864 297 149 0:48:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 27 748 257 129 0:41:37
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 32 864 297 149 0:48:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 40 1083 372 186 1:00:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 80 1083 372 186 1:00:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 75; Slingshot Hits × 31; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 9; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 5; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 25 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:00:30
Dimetrodon.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 6 528 188 94 0:28:47
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 12 664 236 118 0:36:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 21 1172 416 208 1:02:56
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 14 778 276 138 0:42:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 28 1568 557 279 1:23:55
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 35 976 347 174 0:52:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 42 2362 839 420 2:06:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 70 2020 717 359 1:47:53
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 84 2362 839 420 2:06:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 105 2956 1049 525 2:37:31
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 210 2956 1049 525 2:37:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 206; Slingshot Hits × 84; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 14; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpidity-depletion: 41.53 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:00:49
Dimetrodon.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 9 806 290 145 0:43:11
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 19 1071 385 193 0:57:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 35 1986 714 357 1:44:54
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 23 1300 467 234 1:09:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 46 2616 940 470 2:17:51
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 58 1644 591 296 1:27:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 69 3938 1415 708 3:27:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 115 3369 1210 605 2:57:15
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 138 3938 1415 708 3:27:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 173 4942 1775 888 4:19:31
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 345 4928 1770 885 4:18:46
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 341; Slingshot Hits × 139; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 38; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 22; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 16; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpidity-depletion: 54.19 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:02
Dimetrodon.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 12 1086 393 197 0:57:34
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 26 1480 536 268 1:18:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 48 2749 994 497 2:23:51
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 32 1827 661 331 1:36:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 64 3672 1329 665 3:11:48
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 80 2289 828 414 2:00:01
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 96 5526 1999 1000 4:48:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 160 4728 1711 856 4:06:36
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 192 5526 1999 1000 4:48:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 240 6913 2501 1251 6:00:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 480 6913 2501 1251 6:00:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 476; Slingshot Hits × 195; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 53; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 31; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 22; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11
Torpidity-depletion: 65.56 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:12
Dimetrodon.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 16 1461 531 266 1:16:46
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 33 1892 688 344 1:39:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 61 3514 1278 639 3:02:48
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 41 2357 857 429 2:03:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 82 4733 1721 861 4:05:44
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 103 2967 1079 540 2:34:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 123 7120 2588 1294 6:09:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 205 6093 2215 1108 5:15:57
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 246 7120 2588 1294 6:09:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 308 8921 3243 1622 7:42:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 615 8907 3238 1619 7:41:16
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 611; Slingshot Hits × 250; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 68; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 39; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 28; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 14
Torpidity-depletion: 76.18 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:20
Dimetrodon.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 19 1744 636 318 1:31:09
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 40 2305 841 421 2:00:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 75 4341 1584 792 3:44:46
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 50 2888 1054 527 2:30:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 100 5797 2115 1058 4:59:41
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 125 3617 1320 660 3:07:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 150 8719 3180 1590 7:30:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 250 7461 2722 1361 6:25:18
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 300 8719 3180 1590 7:30:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 375 10906 3978 1989 9:22:31
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 750 10906 3978 1989 9:22:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 746; Slingshot Hits × 305; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 83; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 48; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 34; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17
Torpidity-depletion: 86.27 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:26

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.

  • Dimetrodons are violently tamed, and so require knock-out and narcotics.
  • Its torpor drops extremely fast (approximately 50 per second) - so a large quantity of narcotics are required.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Dimetrodon.

General[edit | edit source]

The Dimetrodon is very slow and easily killed. It takes time to knock one out due to their quickly dropping Torpor, but their slow speed makes this process easy. Keeping a volley of tranq arrows or tranq darts flying its way can knock it out. Using a club is not recommended.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Dimetrodon doesn't require much strategy to kill or take down in order to tame. A KO or kill is easily achieved by slowly backing away and either stabbing it with a Pike or Spear or by shooting it whilst either backing up or, due to its wide turning radius, circling the creature. Employ the same strategy for taming, albeit with tranquilizing weaponry. Be ready to jump on it with lots of narcotics!

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons excel in killing and knocking a dimetrodon on land because of their slow movement speed. Use ranged tools in taming as well.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Dimetrodon is not dangerous when left alone and can be easily avoided or killed if necessary. However, if one is hit during a frenzied battle with other animals in the swamp, the player could potentially rile them up, causing unnecessary damage and possibly loss of life. Keep an eye out for their sails, as they often lay below the surface with just their sails sticking out.

One of the larger dangers when fighting the creature, oddly enough, is the creatures' surroundings. The swamp is filled with hostile animals and riling up a Dimetrodon can take the focus of a player away from other animals like the Kaprosuchus, which can end the battle quickly with unprepared explorers.

One thing to keep in mind is that, while most water is shallow where Dimetrodon can be found, the creatures are surprisingly more dangerous during a confrontation underwater. Without SCUBA Flippers to boost the player's swim speed, a Dimetrodon finds it much easier to close the distance and pursue, whereas it would be easily left in the dust on dry land. They also lack an Oxygen stat, meaning they can stay underwater indefinitely, so trying to escape them via the water is ill-advised.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The Dimetrodon's slow speed proves to be its one major weakness, and combined with a wide turn radius makes it almost harmless. Just make sure they do not get the jump on the player, especially in deeper water, or the player could be in for a surprise!

Utility[edit | edit source]

  • Temperature Regulation/Egg Incubator: It has been long and widely assumed that a single Dimetrodon can only grant roughly 90 Hypothermal and Hyperthermal Insulation, which decays over distance from the animal with a comparable range to that of an Air Conditioner. However, it was discovered that higher leveled Dimetrodons provided better and better insulation. Following this, it did not take long to find out that Dimetrodons share the very same mechanic as the Otter does for increasing the given insulation: higher damage stats. The higher the damage percentage a Dimetrodon has, the more insulation it gives. While many players have long overlooked the Dimetrodon in favor of air conditioners, in truth, a single Dimetrodon, who has leveled in damage exclusively, can give insulation far beyond the limit of any single air conditioner. While taming a Dimetrodon can be difficult due to their fast loss of torpor, they can be taken anywhere and only require meat to sustain them, unlike air conditioners which are stationary and require electricity to run. With all these things considered, a Dimetrodon can be the best egg incubator a survivor could wish for. At roughly 1,100 damage, one Dimetrodon can even begin incubating Wyvern Eggs, which require unnaturally high temperatures to hatch. To incubate eggs with Dimetrodons, simply drop an egg closely near a Dimetrodon, and it will take care of the rest, just be sure the egg stays close enough to the Dimetrodon, as the insulation it gives lessens with distance. Usually just one Dimetrodon is all that is needed for incubating, provided that damage is the only thing which has been leveled, but if for some reason you find a lack in the first, a second one is often enough to get the job done, as their insulation stacks with other Dimetrodons.
    • A useful way to utilize the Dimetrodon as an incubator is to build a small 2x2 platform, which can optionally be rimmed with railing on three sides and a ramp going down the fourth. Before the railing is placed, the Dimetrodon can be walked up onto the back two foundations, leaving a visual guide of two other foundations on its side to help you judge where to place an egg for incubating, given that the insulation the animal gives decays with distance. Once the Dimetrodon is placed where you want it, it can be set to passive and weighed down with materials like stone, to ensure it will never leave its position. Afterwards, if your Dimetrodon is still lower-leveled and not providing quite the amount of heat needed for some eggs to hatch, torches can be placed along the railing on this platform to help warm the eggs. If an egg must be cooled, then more Dimetrodons or air conditioners are required.
    • Wild Dimetrodon provide insulation as well, making them a viable option if you do not have the resources to tame them, so long as you keep them in an enclosed space where they cannot wander off. There are a few things to consider while doing this though. Wild Dimetrodon cannot be leveled or bred, meaning you cannot increase their damage stats, and thus you will have to acquire many more than the number of tamed ones required for incubation purposes. Placing an egg within a group of wild Dimetrodon comes with other difficulties, as the wild ones will wander around, and if you have built a pen to contain them; removing the newly hatched offspring can sometimes be a challenge. There is also the danger that if the wild Dimetrodon are somehow provoked by accident, your newly hatched baby could quickly be killed. There is also the matter of having to transport wild Dimetrodon to your holding pen; requiring either a Quetzal, Wyvern, Argentavis, or Karkinos to transport them, or a lengthy time kiting them on foot.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Dossier revealed on 07/03/2015.[2]
  • Even though this creature is often mistaken for a dinosaur, it's actually a Synapsid, which includes mammals and other relatives of Dimetrodon.
  • In many dinosaur-related media, this creature is seen living alongside the dinosaurs. This is a mistake, as Dimetrodon was extinct long before the dinosaurs ruled the earth. In fact, the timeline between Dimetrodon and many of the more popular dinosaurs, like Triceratops and T. Rex, is much bigger than the gap between humans and the aforementioned dinosaurs.
  • The dossier mentioning that the massive sail prevents the Dimetrodon from being a decent mount could be a humorous reference to the fact that for Spinos the saddle rests on the creature's neck.
  • When checking for eggs, try to move it around; as the body covers it up and hides it.
  • Dimetrodons have been shown to lay eggs more frequently while submerged. Their lack of an oxygen stat makes this very simple to do.

References[edit | edit source]