|This firm, flexible material makes up exoskeletons. Hacked primarily from dead insects.|
|Stack size (Mobile)||5000|
cheat giveitemnum 11 1 0 0
cheat GFI Chitin 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Chitin.PrimalItemResource_Chitin'" 1 0 0
|Used to craft||26 items|
Chitin (Ky-tin) is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It's a polymer and characteristic component of exoskeletons, radulae, beaks, shells and various other physical structures in organisms throughout history.
Gathering[edit | edit source]
Chitin can be acquired by harvesting corpses with most tools and dinosaurs.
The most efficient way to harvest Chitin is by using a tamed Megatherium, Direwolf, Sabertooth or Therizinosaur (headbutt with delicate collection leveled up) with high melee damage. A tamed Diplocaulus can also be used to gather Chitin by killing Trilobites. Another highly efficient tool for harvesting it is the Metal Hatchet with the metal pike yielding similar efficiency. The pike holds the advantage of more precise hits against small chitin-droppers like Meganeuras. Chitin can be harvested with a Stone Hatchet and Picks as well; other low level items will only occasionally harvest Chitin.
|Creature / Tool||Gain per action|
The best way to farm Chitin seems to be killing scorpions and spiders in caves with a Direwolf skilled on melee damage. A Sabertooth will gather just as efficiently but has lower base damage. This method can grant up to 500 Chitin in 10 minutes. Another good way to farm Chitin is to kill Trilobites, Meganeuras or Titanomyrmas at the beach and surrounding areas, harvesting them with a Hatchet or a Sabertooth. If you are in a forest or swamp, you can also kill a random dinosaur and leave the corpse. Often a swarm of Dragonflies will come to the corpse, and you can kill them all at once to gather chitin.
Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]
The following creatures reduce the weight of Chitin by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:
Dropped by[edit | edit source]
Chitin drops from the following creatures:
- Dung Beetle
- Oil Jug Bug
- Water Jug Bug
Crafting[edit | edit source]
Chitin can be used to craft the following items:
Chitin can also be used as an alternative to Keratin to craft the following items:
- Araneo Saddle
- Argentavis Saddle
- Blood Extraction Syringe
- Cementing Paste
- Gacha Saddle
- Gasbags Saddle
- Kaprosuchus Saddle
- Lymantria Saddle
- Managarmr Saddle
- Pelagornis Saddle
- Pteranodon Saddle
- SCUBA Flippers
- Silencer Attachment
- Snow Owl Saddle
- Stolen Headstone
Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Chitin is a polysaccharide of N-acetylglucosamine, a derivative of glucose (a common sugar).
- Normally Chitin is colorless. The known browning (as well as the strength) of the shells of insects is caused by sclerotin, a structural protein.
- The shells of crustaceans and mollusks are formed of a composite of chitin and calcium carbonate.