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This firm, flexible material makes up exoskeletons. Hacked primarily from dead insects.
Type Resource
Creature Sabertooth.png Sabertooth
Dropped by
Weight 0.01
Stack Size 100
Stack Size (Mobile) 5000
Spawn Command
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 25 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.png Megatherium, Direwolf.png Direwolf, Sabertooth.png Sabertooth or Therizinosaur.png 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.png 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.png Stone Hatchet and Stone Pick.png Picks as well; other low level items will only occasionally harvest Chitin.

Chitin.png Chitin
Creature / ToolGain per action
Megatherium.png Megatherium★★★★★
Sabertooth.png Sabertooth★★★★★
Therizinosaur.png Therizinosaur★★★★★
Beelzebufo.png Beelzebufo★★★★☆
Direwolf.png Direwolf★★★★☆
Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet★★★★☆
Spinosaur.png Spinosaur★★★★☆
Thylacoleo.png Thylacoleo★★★★☆
Argentavis.png Argentavis★★★☆☆
Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus★★★☆☆

The best way to farm Chitin seems to be killing scorpions and spiders in caves with a Direwolf.png Direwolf skilled on melee damage. A Sabertooth.png 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:

Creature Reduced by
Equus.png Equus 50%

Dropped by[edit | edit source]

Chitin drops from the following creatures:

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Chitin can be used to craft the following items:

Chitin can also be used as an alternative to Keratin.png Keratin to craft the following items:

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.