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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
Deinonychus magna pede
Time Period
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Deinonychus_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Raptor/Uberraptor/Deinonychus_Character_BP.Deinonychus_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35

1 Adults cannot be tamed, but Wild Eggs can be hatched.

XP For Kill
6 XP
Special Loot Chance
80 - 90 °C / 176 - 194 °F
Incubation Time
4h 59m 58.561s
Baby Time
3h 42m 13.333s
Juvenile Time
14h 48m 53.332s
Adolescent Time
18h 31m 6.664s
Total Maturation Time
1d 13h 2m 13.328s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Deinonychus Valguero.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Deinonychus is a Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved's Valguero DLC.

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.


By the time you hear the scurrying claws of the Deinonychus, it's often too late. Superior hunters, they leap from a hiding place and pounce on their prey. The Deinonychus is an agile climber as well, jumping from wall ledge to wall ledge as it seeks high vantage points to lie in wait.

A hungry Deinonychus tends to be fearless and will hunt prey much larger than itself, latching onto a dinosaur's back with its sickle-shaped claws, then starting to feed before its victim is even dead. While it likes its meat fresh, a Deinonychus isn't above scavenging a carcass if no other food is available.


Raising a Deinonychus in captivity requires an ample food supply, as they have a fast metabolism to match their high activity level. The Deinonychus is also fiercely territorial near nests with eggs, even if the eggs aren't its own. This makes breeding successive generations a hazardous process.

Unless raised from eggs, they cannot be tamed; the hunter instinct of a wild Deinonychus is so strong that it reflexively pounces on a would-be master.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Deinonychus is fiercely territorial in the wild. They will protect their nests against any who dare to trespass.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Deinonychus has a similar appearance to the Raptor, but has the feathers of a Rock Drake. The Deinonychus has razor sharp claws useful for climbing and attack.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Deinonychus PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Base Color
Deinonychus PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Feathers Accents
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

Deinonychus PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Feathers Main
Deinonychus PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
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 200 +40 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 150 +15 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 1200 +120 +10%
Weight 140 +2.8 +4%
Melee Damage 30 / 302 +1.5 / +1.5 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1.5% 20%
Torpidity 180 +10.8 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 480 1296 1440 6
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus bites and claws at the target.
0 350 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
Pounce Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus pounces on its target.
5 300 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 30
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using C (PC), R3 Button (PS4), R Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus bites and claws at the target. This attack type is not usable.
0 0 0 0
Melee_Pounce Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Deinonychus bites the target when it has pinned creature with the pounce attack.
0 1200 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

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.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Deinonychus.

General[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The best way to take down a Deinonychus is to use a long ranged weapon such as a crossbow or rifle. If you bring a large mount, beware that they can latch onto it, therefore using large creatures such as Brontosaurus, Rex, Spino, or Mammoth, is a weakness. If you don’t have a ranged weapon and they latch on to your mount, you’ll need to either use a melee weapon in which case, you need to be careful because you can hurt your tame, or you can wait for the Deinonychus to run out of stamina which is not the best idea. If you are stealing eggs, then you definitely need to be prepared with a good mount because there is most likely going to be a pack of Deinonychus. It’s suggested to use a flyer so you’ll be safe. Make sure to steal the egg and then QUICKLY escape because the Deinonychus can pounce on you which can pose a great threat as it gives time for the rest of the pack to arrive. Also, do remember they have a bleed effect on whatever they leap onto because they can cause you to lose up to 1.6-1.7% of your health every second, but that is not very accurate because the damage margin depends on the amount of bites it hits you with, and how long it stays on you. So if it has high stamina, chances are it will hit you a lot of times causing the bleeding effect to be extremely effective and brutal. They also have the ability to climb, but its not nearly as good as the Thylacoleo or the Rock Drake so if you have a decent climber like those two then you shouldn't worry about it. But a decent flyer is your best bet when it comes to escaping.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Dangers[edit | edit source]

It is able to latch onto large creatures such as a Rex or Brontosaurus, making them hard to hit via conventional means. To make it even more dangerous, they are able to glide upwards to latch onto a nearby ledge similar to the Rock Drake, and pounce and attack much like the Raptor (It can't dismount you though). They also cause a bleed effect that stacks and makes them even more dangerous. They tend to be found in groups of at least 2 or more which can make killing/getting away much harder.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

While latched onto a large Creature, it can mostly only attack the said creature until it releases itself out, making it extremely vulnerable to any attacks from other Creatures or ranged weapons.

The Deinonychus is weak on knockbacks like raptors. Using a Trike with a decent amount of HP can easilly kill a pack or two at once. While latched they can still get hit by attacks from the one they are riding

Taming[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Wyvern and Rock Drake, wild Deinonychus cannot be tamed, but a fertilized Deinonychus Egg can be stolen from a nest and hatched to obtain a tamed Deinonychus. Likewise similar to the Wyvern and Rock Drake, a typical player would need to be cautious, as these theropods react very aggressively to anything stealing their eggs. Unlike the Wyvern and Rock Drake however, Deinonychus are not initially aggressive to large-class predators such as Rexes or Spinos, and these tames may be walked directly up to the nests without conflict until an egg is stolen, making them excellent options for egg theft. Deinonychus nests can be found almost everywhere the dinosaurs spawn, but perhaps the most reliable place to find and farm eggs is the small canyon region in the White Cliffs called The Paradise, which is located in the flat plains area of the cliffs, near to The Lake region. Once an egg has been acquired, the incubation temperature is between 176 and 194 degrees Fahrenheit, or 80 to 90 degrees Celsius, which can be reached through the use of various fires (14 Campfires for example), Air Conditioners, or a Dimetrodon. Once you've hatched your first Deinonychus, unlike the Wyvern and Rock Drake, the hatchlings do not require any special food source, and can be fed a standard carnivore diet straight out of the egg. Finally, once more unlike its other hatch-only predecessors, successive generations can be bred from tamed individuals, and mutations for higher stats may be acquired.

Utility[edit | edit source]

The following creatures can be latched on to by the Deinonychus:

They can be seen with the Gnashed icon near them.

The following creatures can get pinned down by Deinonychus:

Roles[edit | edit source]

Climber - Using its sickle-shaped claws, the Deinonychus can climb most surfaces, making it a versatile mount. Although not as great as the Rock Drake, it can easily fall off whatever it is climbing, however the Deinonychus does not take fall damage.

Giant Dino Harasser (Pack) - Not counting Titans, a group of Deinonychus can easily latch onto a giant creature, dealing damage while hindering their movement.

Hunting/Battle Pack - In a pack of 3 or more, the pack leader will receive a pack bonus. Moreover, the pack leader can temporarily vocalize to trigger a 45 second pack buff for all other Deinonychus (level Melee Damage and Health to all Deinonychus, and Stamina, Weight, Melee Damage, and Health to the one ridden).

Travel -

Damage -

Guardian -

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat N/A

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • During the first introduction of the creature's dossier, it was hinted that Deinonychus would be breedable by this sentence: "This makes breeding successive generations a hazardous process."
    • This was eventually proven true in the recent community crunch, making Deinonychus the first raise-only tame to be breedable, unlike the Rock Drake, Wyvern, and Reaper.[2]
  • Deinonychus magna pede roughly translates to "great footed terrible claw".
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Deinonychus is an original Creature and does not come from the Sponsored Mod ARK Additions, as confirmed by Zen Rowe.[3]
  • Both the Jerboa and Deinonychus are the only creatures with more than one idle animation.
  • Unlike the Rock Drake and Wyvern, the Deinonychus will never spawn above a Level increment of 30 (150 is their max Level on official).
  • Baby Deinonychus may sometimes hatch from within the nest, and they can then be claimed by anyone, but be wary of nearby wild Deinonychus, for they will treat claimed babies as targets. It may be wise to carry a Cryopod in case this happens. Although this got fixed within a couple of patches after the Valguero release, hatching temperatures need to be so high, hatching-in-the-wild will no longer occur.
  • Sometimes when aggro'd, Baby Deinonychus may pin down survivors and then run off.
  • Rock Drake, Deinonychus and Ice Titan are the only creature that possess an icon different from their dossier/hologram.
  • Both Deinonychus and Griffin are the only creatures whose dossiers couldn't be obtained.
  • The Deinonychus is the very first Creature in ARK: Survival Evolved to be classified as a subspecies
  • Bugged and does not spawn on primitive plus
  • Bleed damage caps at 600% melee and does get reduced by saddles
  • the Deinonychus is the first true dinosaur creature to come into the game post launch.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]