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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
Ankylosaurus crassacutis
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
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 Ankylo_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Ankylo/Ankylo_Character_BP.Ankylo_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
12 XP
Feces Size
16 - 20 °C / 61 - 68 °F
Incubation Time
2h 37m
Baby Time
4h 52m
Juvenile Time
19h 29m
Adolescent Time
1d 21m
Total Maturation Time
2d 0h 43m 57s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

 Very Common
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Island)

 Very Common
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Center)

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (Scorched Earth)

The Ankylosaurus (an-KYE-low-SAWR-us) is a species of Dinosaur 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.


Unlike many of the herd animals on the Island, Ankylosaurus crassacutis tends to live in small family units.

I believe they can afford to stick with smaller groups because of their incredibly thick skin, for which they're named.

Despite not being among the largest of the Island's herbivores, Ankylosaurus is one of the more difficult creatures to take down. Its thick, armored skin seems to make it more than a match for several of the mid-sized predators that would otherwise hunt it.

Reckless carnivores are just as likely to hurt themselves on Ankylosaurus' spikes, as they are to get hit by its tail.


Without a doubt, the best trait of a trained Ankylosaurus is its enormously dense tail.

This tail is powerful enough to quickly shatter the resource-laden rocks of the Island.

One of the wealthier human tribes on the island utilizes a squad of Ankylosaurs in its mines and quarries. The creature's affinity for metal enables it to carry raw ore at an effectively reduced weight.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Ankylosaurus can be found peacefully wandering around the Island. They will not attack unless provoked, and since they can deal a devastating blow with their tail club if angered it is best for survivors to leave this beast alone. They have a very low movement speed on land- but, strangely enough, can move much faster in water.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Ankylosaurus is a species of large, quadrupedal herbivore, adorned with a thick coating of spikes and bony plates. They are relatively low to the ground and protect themselves with an enormous bone club on the end of their tails.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

  • For some reason, the Ankylo will always spawn with the same color covering the majority of its back (Region 0). The Ankylo is the only creature with this unique color which can be described as almost a "Butterscotch" or "Barley Corn" hue. This color cannot be replicated in the game, as it does not have an in-game 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 Ankylosaurus's "back" magenta.

Ankylo PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Ankylo PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Ankylo PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Leg Plates
Ankylo PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Spike Tips
Ankylo PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Head and Back
Ankylo PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:

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 700 +140 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 175 +17.5 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 3000 +300 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 250 +5 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 502 +2.5 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3% 35%
Torpor.png Torpor 420 +25.2 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 120 264 264 3
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Ankylosaurus swings its clubbed tail at the target.
0 250 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 30
NotWalkingNotSwimmingTailAttack Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 300 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]

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]

Ankylosaurus.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dilo Egg) 4 0 0 0 0:09:36
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 40 53 11 6 0:48:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 53 53 11 6 0:47:43
Berries.png Berries 79 52 11 6 0:47:25
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 42; Slingshot Hits × 18; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 5; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 3; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpor-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:23:20
Ankylosaurus.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dilo Egg) 10 0 0 0 0:24:00
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 94 248 51 26 1:52:49
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 125 247 51 26 1:52:31
Berries.png Berries 188 248 51 26 1:52:49
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 116; Slingshot Hits × 47; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 13; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:38:29
Ankylosaurus.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dilo Egg) 15 0 0 0 0:35:59
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 150 542 114 57 3:00:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 200 542 114 57 3:00:01
Berries.png Berries 300 542 114 57 3:00:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 191; Slingshot Hits × 78; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 22; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 13; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpor-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:48:52
Ankylosaurus.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dilo Egg) 21 0 0 0 0:50:23
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 207 920 196 98 4:08:25
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 275 915 195 98 4:07:31
Berries.png Berries 413 917 196 98 4:07:49
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 267; Slingshot Hits × 109; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 30; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 17; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7
Torpor-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:56:24
Ankylosaurus.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dilo Egg) 27 14 3 2 1:04:46
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 263 1357 294 147 5:15:37
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 350 1354 293 147 5:15:01
Berries.png Berries 525 1354 293 147 5:15:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 342; Slingshot Hits × 140; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 38; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 22; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 16; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpor-depletion: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:02:20
Ankylosaurus.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dilo Egg) 32 56 13 7 1:16:46
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 319 1849 406 203 6:22:49
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 425 1847 406 203 6:22:31
Berries.png Berries 638 1849 406 203 6:22:49
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 418; Slingshot Hits × 171; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 47; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 27; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 19; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10
Torpor-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:07:13

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.png Kibble (Dilo Egg): 1 × Dilo Egg.png Dilo Egg , 1 × Citronal.png Citronal , 1 × Cooked Meat Jerky.png Cooked Meat Jerky , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Ankylosaurus is relatively easy to knock out due to its slow movement speed. Even when attacked, the Ankylosaurus is easy to outrun, making nearly any ranged attack effective. The best method to knock it out would be using Tranquilizer Darts or Tranquilizer Arrows, but if neither are available then a simple Slingshot will do the trick. Since the head of Ankylosaurus is covered in heavy armor, much like the rest of its body, it does not have a damage multiplier there- this means that it will take an equal amount of damage regardless of where on the body it is shot.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Ankylosaurus.

General[edit | edit source]

The Ankylosaurus uses its huge, literally 'bone-crushing' tail to attack its enemies. Its attack can be quite devastating if a survivor is wearing anything weaker than Chitin Armor. It is recommended then to either shoot it with a Ranged Weapon or use a Pike or Spear while circling it.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The most successful strategy for killing an Ankylosaurus is to circle it while shooting it with a ranged weapon like a Bow, Crossbow, or any variety of gun. Be prepared for a moderately lengthy battle if you are using low-level weapons.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons are recommended when fighting an Ankylosaurus. These weapons include Bow, Crossbow, Longneck Rifle, and others, though with some persistence a Slingshot will also work. Melee weapons are generally discouraged, though more nimble survivors might have success using Pikes and Swords if they are able to quickly move in and out of its attack range.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Ankylosaurus uses its huge tail club as a defensive weapon: this attack has a fairly large range and can deal a respectable amount of damage, so keeping your distance is a must.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The trade-off for its heavy coat of armor is a relatively slow movement and turning speed. Ankylosaurus can thus be easily outmaneuvered and overpowered.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Tank: Excellent tank due to its high HP. (Level up Health.png Health and Melee Damage.png Melee Damage)
  • Transport: While slow, it has a very good base carrying capacity. Good for local transport. (Level up Movement Speed.png Movement Speed, Stamina.png Stamina, and Weight.png Weight)
  • Gatherer: Excellent for collecting essential materials such as Metal, Crystal, and Flint. As of patch 256.3 (PC) Ankylos have a 75% weight reduction to raw metal in their inventories, allowing them to carry much more before becoming encumbered. (Level up Weight.png Weight and Melee Damage.png Melee Damage)
  • Underwater miner: Despite being such a heavily built creature, Ankylosaurus is a surprisingly good swimmer and also capable of easily fending off sea predators with its tail club attack. Therefore, it can be used to gather Oil from the bottom of the sea, especially when fed Lazarus Chowder. Leveling up Oxygen also makes it swim much faster. (Level up Oxygen.png Oxygen and Stamina.png Stamina.)

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Metal.png Metal ★★★★★
Crystal.png Crystal ★★★★★
Flint.png Flint ★★★★★
Rare Mushroom.png Rare Mushroom ★★★★★
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower ★★★★★
Cactus Sap (Scorched Earth).png Cactus Sap Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★★★☆
Oil.png Oil ★★★★☆
Sulfur (Scorched Earth).png Sulfur Scorched Earth Icon.png ★★★★☆
Berries.png Berries ★★★★☆
Obsidian.png Obsidian ★★★★☆
Thatch.png Thatch ★★★☆☆
Stone.png Stone ★★★☆☆
Wood.png Wood ★★☆☆☆
  • Note: Increasing Melee Damage on Ankylosaurus yields more resources per swing; however, it does not increase area of effect as rumored.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Until v246.0 it was possible to harvest resources with the bite attack when looking straight to a resource, which was significantly faster than the tail whip attack.
  • The Ankylosaurus can be picked up by a Quetzal and can harvest while picked up.
  • The real world Ankylosaurus magniventris had much more smoothed armor than that of the Ankylosaurus depicted in the game, with the only prominent spikes being located around the head. The Ankylosaurus shown in ARK seems to more closely resemble Euoplocephalus tutus, a closely related dinosaur with a much more spiky appearance.
  • The skull in Ankylo's dossier actually resembles Ankylosaurus' relative Tarchia rather than the actual animal.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]