Dung Beetle

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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
Dung Beetle
Scarabidae gigas
Time Period
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 DungBeetle_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/DungBeetle/DungBeetle_Character_BP.DungBeetle_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Dung Beetle
admincheat summon DungBeetle_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/DungBeetle/DungBeetle_Character_BP_Aberrant.DungBeetle_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
4 XP
Feces Size

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dung Beetle The Island.svg

Scorched Earth Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dung Beetle Scorched Earth.svg

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dung Beetle Aberration.svg

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dung Beetle Extinction.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dung Beetle The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dung Beetle Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Dung Beetle 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.


What magic created the Scarabidae gigas, I cannot say. What I can say is that this creature is a perfect symbiont for advanced human tribes.

Coprophagic, it eats mostly useless waste (feces). It metabolizes this waste into a more refined waste product, along with an oily byproduct. The oily byproduct is chemically the same as the oil found in the oceans around the island. Somehow, Scarabidae converts feces into oil. If that wasn't reason enough to worship the Scarabidae, the refined waste product is almost identical to fertilizer from a compost bin.


Scarabidae makes me think humans have been on the island for a long time. Why else would a creature evolve to be such a perfect pet? Most tribes jealously protect their Scarabidae, whom are handily tamed with the skilled use of some well-handled feces. These wondrous little organic biofactories are truly a sustainable, green, eco-friendly source of resources for living off the land. Oil becomes gas, which is generator fuel. Fertilizer means crops, which is human fuel. The scarabidae can power all aspects of island life!

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Scarabidae gigas is a passive creature. It will spend its days happily roaming the island's many caves or the volcano area of Ragnarok.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A dung beetle of enormous size, Scarabidae gigas is a vital component of the island's strange ecology. They are most often found in the deep caves, feeding on massive quantities of bat guano and, in turn, being hunted by other giant invertebrates that prowl the dark passages and walls. What dung they don't eat is buried in the soil, fertilizing it and ensuring the regrowth of plants. By means not fully understood, their digestive tracts can convert animal waste into both an oil-like substance and a type of fertilizer.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Dung Beetle PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Dung Beetle PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

Dung Beetle PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Palps and Leg Patterning
Dung Beetle PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Shell Patterning
Dung Beetle 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 200 +40 +2.7% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 100 +10 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 900 +90 +10%
Weight.png Weight 5 +0.1 +8%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 52 +0.25 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 200 +12 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 52 260 260 5
Swimming 200 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Dung Beetle attacks the target.
0 170 0 250
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 5

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]

Dung Beetle

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]

Dung Beetle.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Feces.png Large Animal Feces 3 03:45 0:07:30
Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 4 02:13 0:06:40
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 5 04:10 0:16:40
Feces.png Small Animal Feces 7 00:58 0:05:50
Human Feces.png Human Feces 8 00:45 0:05:20
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 32 01:01 0:32:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 80 00:30 0:40:00
Dung Beetle.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Feces.png Large Animal Feces 6 03:00 0:15:00
Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 8 01:54 0:13:20
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 12 03:38 0:40:00
Feces.png Small Animal Feces 16 00:53 0:13:20
Human Feces.png Human Feces 20 00:42 0:13:20
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 80 01:00 1:20:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 200 00:30 1:40:00
Dung Beetle.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Feces.png Large Animal Feces 9 02:48 0:22:30
Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 13 01:48 0:21:40
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 20 03:30 1:06:40
Feces.png Small Animal Feces 26 00:52 0:21:40
Human Feces.png Human Feces 33 00:41 0:22:00
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 130 01:00 2:10:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 325 00:30 2:42:30
Dung Beetle.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Feces.png Large Animal Feces 12 02:43 0:30:00
Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 18 01:45 0:30:00
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 27 03:27 1:30:00
Feces.png Small Animal Feces 36 00:51 0:30:00
Human Feces.png Human Feces 45 00:40 0:30:00
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 180 01:00 3:00:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 450 00:30 3:45:00
Dung Beetle.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Feces.png Large Animal Feces 16 02:40 0:40:00
Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 23 01:44 0:38:20
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 35 03:25 1:56:40
Feces.png Small Animal Feces 46 00:51 0:38:20
Human Feces.png Human Feces 58 00:40 0:38:40
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 230 01:00 3:50:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 575 00:30 4:47:30
Dung Beetle.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Feces.png Large Animal Feces 19 02:38 0:47:30
Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 28 01:43 0:46:40
Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat 42 03:24 2:20:00
Feces.png Small Animal Feces 56 00:50 0:46:40
Human Feces.png Human Feces 70 00:40 0:46:40
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 280 01:00 4:40:00
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 700 00:30 5:50:00

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.

Taming Strategy[edit | edit source]

Dung Beetles are found in caves and tamed non-violently. They also can be lifted by an Argentavis or Quetzal.

When choosing a target keep in mind that the level of the Dung Beetle is almost irrelevant as a level 1 Dung Beetle will produce entirely the same results as a level 200 Dung Beetle. The only difference is the weight they can carry, which translates to the amount of Feces you can load on it.

While it is possible to tame anywhere, these beetles appear most frequently near water sources (past the first cluster of snakes in Central cave for example) it is advised to draw them closer to the cave entrance for safety. Positioning your Sabertooth at a choke point to prevent other players from interfering with your tame is advised on PvP. When not aggravated, the beetle will remain stationary making it easy to tame. Time lost by aggravating the beetle varies up to 3 to 5 minutes, which is added to the feeding interval time. As of Sept 20 2016 the Beetle's pathing is still a bit buggy: Luring a tamed Beetle from a cave can be done by lowering its follow distance to the player and by punching the Beetle around awkward obstacles. Keep in mind, this strategy might knock the Beetle unconscious, or even kill the Beetle if the player is too reckless; as such, getting them out of caves can be tedious. There is also a bug which can occur once aggravated where the beetle will no longer reliably accept feeding and will eventually die of hunger. But you no longer have to do that as of patch 241.0, Dung Beetles can be carried out by the player after taming, leaving it quite easy to retrieve them.

Bug Repellant appears to have no effect.

Alternatively, you can lure it outside of the cave and pick it up with an Argentavis or Quetzal and relocate it to a taming pen near or at your base for easy taming. That way, you'll know where it is and it will be protected from (most) other creatures during the taming process.

You can safely drag one out of the water area in the North East Cave with the use of a Grappling Hook.

On The Center, Dung Beetles can occasionally be found at the bottom of the entry pit of the East Lava Cave, meaning a player can fly down with a suitable mount and be out with the beetle in seconds. It can then easily be dropped anywhere the player likes to tame.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

  1. Feces.png Large Animal Feces
  2. Feces.png Medium Animal Feces
  3. Feces.png Small Animal Feces
  4. Human Feces.png Human Feces
  5. Spoiled Meat.png Spoiled Meat
  • They will eat Meat and Kibbles, but the taming rate is lower than Human Feces so it is not recommended.
  • Spoiled meat works but is very inefficient
  • Massive Animal Feces cannot be used for taming, it does not recognize it as a food.
  • When on wander, they will eat a person's body.
  • After taming, keeping feces in the beetle will not be enough to keep its food up. Provide the beetle with meat through a feeding trough or directly in its inventory to keep it fed.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Dung Beetle.

General[edit | edit source]

The Dung Beetle is not a dangerous animal, but one should always consider that it is not defenseless! Just be attentive to your surroundings as there are other creatures far more dangerous where the dung beetle resides.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

To tame, slowly approach the dung beetle from behind and stand right next to it and start feeding it feces. Once fed, just go into your inventory and keep getting feces. It should not get aggressive. A Phiomia poop farm is recommended or have some large feces ready when you plan on going for one. If taming in a cave, be sure the area is clear of other more dangerous creatures that might disturb your tame before starting. After taming, you can pick it up and carry it. You can fly or ride other dinosaurs while carrying it, but cannot carry the Dung Beetle while a tamed creature is on your shoulder.

For killing, any weapon will do, as they are relatively weak and fragile. Ranged weapons are not practical, as even a stone pick can kill one quickly.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Any weapon will do, but ranged weapons are not practical. But to be more efficient time-wise and not to be surprised by an Onyc or Pulmonoscorpius that could potentially sneak up on you it is recommended to use a pike or sword.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Beware other animals in the cave. A big fight can usually rile up all of the cave's inhabitants, including the beetle. While the player may be swinging away with a pike at nearby Onyc, a beetle can attack, possibly leading to death on either hand. Beware, as the beetle does a surprising amount of knock-back. Stay away from the lava or spike pits in caves that contain them, as to avoid an embarrassing and untimely death via a disgruntled Dung Beetle.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The dung beetles weakness lies in its frailty and is not a practical fighter because of its speed, attack damage, and health; this creature is not really meant for battling, it is prized more for its fertilizer and good looks. On PVP servers, make sure to keep them well protected, as they can be killed in a raid quickly.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

The Dung Beetle can convert feces placed in its inventory into Fertilizer and Oil. 'Wandering' must be enabled for conversion to occur so be sure to place the beetle within a pen where it can wander freely without fear of it escaping. It will not collect feces; these have to be placed manually in the bug. Due to the low starting Weight, it is recommended to level up this stat in order to place more feces in its inventory, and due to low health, it is advisable to house these in an enclosed or otherwise protected area. 2 high wooden railings is sufficient to prevent escape.

It is also possible to keep your Beetle on wander in a Wooden Cage and feed it through the closed door. Just aim for the head and access the inventory.

Weight Converts From Fertilizer.png Fertilizer Oil.png Oil
0.1 Human Feces.png Human Feces 1 1
0.3 Feces.png Small Animal Feces x 2 1 1
1.5 Feces.png Medium Animal Feces 2 2
4.0 Feces.png Large Animal Feces 3 3
35.0 Massive Animal Feces.png Massive Animal Feces 16 7

Conversion of feces into fertilizer takes 15 minutes per conversion. However, it can convert one batch of each type of feces concurrently. For example, if you place 1 Human Feces, 2 Small Animal Feces, 1 Medium and 1 Large, you will have 7 fertilizer and 7 oil after 15 minutes (not 60 minutes). Production of same size feces is otherwise queued. For example, if you place 4 Small Feces, 1 Medium, and 1 Large, you will have 6 Fertilizer and 6 oil after 15 minutes, and an additional 1 Fertilizer and 1 oil after a further 15 minutes (30 minutes total). As of patch 243.0, with the introduction of the Titanosaur, if you have a Dung Beetle with a Weight stat greater than 35.0 it can convert a single Massive Animal Feces into 16 bags of Fertilizer and 7 Oil.

Snow Owl Pellet (Extinction).png Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png does not get converted into Fertilizer and oil.

Level weight exclusively, no other stat has any effect on the Fertilizer production.

Make sure they are not overburdened, as if they can not move while on wander then they will not produce. In some cases, they might refuse to wander when on ceilings and certain other structures. This can be fixed by bringing them down to ground level. Dung Beetles do not seem to stop producing Fertilizer.png Fertilizer when kept in a Wooden Cage.png Wooden Cage, even if they are encumbered with Feces.png Feces.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Additional Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Since v241.0, the best way to move them is to pick them up in your hands and toss them, but you can't hold a tool or weapons while doing so.
  • Survivors can still ride tamed creatures while also carrying the Dung Beetle in their hands. Beware, when crossing water, the Dung Beetle will fall from the player’s hands.
  • Before v261.0 the Dung Beetle was an aggressive creature.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • This dossier was revealed on 08/05/2015 [2]
  • The dung beetle's genus Scarabidae actually refers to the group that dung beetles belong in, the scarab beetles.
  • At one point in the dung beetle dossier, the author refers them as worthy of being worshiped. Presumably this is a reference to how the Ancient Egyptians considered them to be sacred.

References[edit | edit source]