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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
Macrodryadis crystallinus
Time Period
Logo Steam.png 285.104
November 6, 2018
Logo Xbox One.svg 779.29
November 6, 2018
Logo PS4.svg 528.23
November 6, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Gacha_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/Dinos/Gacha/Gacha_Character_BP.Gacha_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
4 XP
Gestation Time
7h 56m 11.428s
Baby Time
11h 34m 26.668s
Juvenile Time
1d 22h 17m 46.672s
Adolescent Time
2d 9h 52m 13.328s
Total Maturation Time
4d 19h 44m 26.656s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Gacha Extinction.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Gacha is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved's Extinction expansion.

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.


A gentle giant, Macrodryadis crystallinus spends its days foraging for food in the dense forest it calls home, though it rarely has to look very far. Thanks to its extraordinary digestive system, not only can Macrodryadis eat just about anything, but it can also turn a diet of scraps into a mountain of precious resources.

Instead of producing excrement, Macrodryadis grows glittering crystals upon its back, which fall off when they reach their full size. Shattering these crystals can yield precious resources, as Macrodryadis is somehow able to transmute the materials it eats into something entirely different.

One of our pilots likened the process to the gachapon machines from his memories of growing up in Japan, and I guess the name stuck.


Though its crystals prevent Macrodryadis from wearing a traditional saddle, if its rider is willing to sit in a basket that hangs from Macrodryadis' neck, then they'll find its long claws are well suited for mining resources. Personally though, I'd keep one around just for the crystals. The free presents, the way they glow at night...totally worth the potential nausea from the basket saddle.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Gacha wanders around in The UnderForest, the deepest area of the Crater Forest, swiping occasionally at rocks, trees and bushes; afterwards they sit back and eat, looking around as they do so. They're big and bulky, with what seems to be great stamina, but they are fairly slow both walking, or "running."

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Gacha appears to be a large sloth with crystals and rocks on its back.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Gacha PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Gacha PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Light Stripe
Gacha PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Dark Stripe
X mark.svg

Region 4 is not used
for this Creature.

Gacha PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Fur Main

Drops[edit | edit source]

In the wild, the Gacha will occasionally drop Gacha Crystals which contain various items when consumed in the Inventory. These items include many basic resources such as Thatch, Stone, and Wood to more advanced materials such as Silica Pearls, Silk and Congealed Gas Balls. In addition to the basic crafting materials that can be obtained from the Crystals, occasionally the Gacha will produce a different colored, glowing crystal of a certain quality that when opened, produces fully crafted items such as Wooden Tree Platforms or even something with quality such as an Assault Rifle.

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 750 +150 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina 325 +32.5 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 3000 +300 +10%
Weight 550 +22 +4%
Melee Damage 322 +1.6 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1%
Torpidity 600 +36 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 300 750 750 10
Swimming 200 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 600 200 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 32 16 0.5
MeleeSmash Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 500 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 15 0.5
Gather Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 0 0

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 Gacha.

General[edit | edit source]

The Gacha are neutral creatures and will only attack if attacked first.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

As the Gacha is usually a passive animal, they really do not become hostile. If you must kill one, they are extremely slow and do low damage. It would be simple to keep out of its range and take one down with a myriad of weapons. The resources they drop when killed are generally very inferior to the contents of the crystals they produce while wild or tamed, so there is very little reason to kill them.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Really any weapon will do so long as you can stay out of their range.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

They are slow, passive creatures that pose little threat to your player, thus making them not dangerous.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

They are slow, have a short attack range and deal minimal damage.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

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.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Gachas prefer Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png , crafted item like walls and foundations (with metal having higher taming effectiveness than stone), metal ore, Stone, Berries, then Meat. You will have to time the drop of the item to get it into the path of the gacha and you can drop a stack as the gacha will pick up the whole stack and eat them continuously until tamed or out of the item. watch their food meter when traveling long distances and supply it manually.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Gacha is not tamed by traditional means, but rather food and items must be dropped in front of it, he eats everything you drop! When tamed, Resource Harvesting is set to disabled by default, though Gacha babies have resource harvesting enabled from birth.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

When a male and female Gacha mate (they can be set to Wandering inside the minimum range of a Dino Leash Extinction Icon.png), the mother produces a Gacha baby after gestation. When the baby reaches juvenile stage, it starts collecting Feces. The food meter of Gacha babies goes down faster than Berries feed them, so it is recommended to use Meat or Cooked Meat. Stone also feeds them, but at a much slower rate than Meat.

The Production wheel of the new Gacha is visible from birth.

The baby Gacha is able to feed from the an adult Gacha that is eating from a trough nearby. Testing with four adult gachas allowed up to the tested (71) [possibly more] gacha babies to be fed without starving to death. Further research is needed to determine how many babies a single adult can support and other mechanisms.

Note: It appears the Gacha does not receive an imprint bonus to its Crafting Skill.

Utility[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Gachas are solitary creatures, except when they have one (and only one) mate with them. If there is a same gender gacha within 12+ foundation range, they will become 'sad'; other than their facial expression, they will refuse to look directly at the survivor if "Ally-Looking" is on, they will not pick up resources dropped near them (they will make an expression with their head turned away in front rather than grabbing it), and they will very rarely produce crystal (with severe resource rate drop) or eat anything in their inventory even if Stone or other resource/item are placed inside. Moreover, if they had eaten Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png, dreary flecks of light will appear behind where the lights would be.

Also, even if the Gacha of the same gender leaves the sadness range, the previous Gacha with the said gender will remain sad for a time unless reintroduced to the opposite gender Gacha.

Note that baby/juvenile/adolescent Gacha ignores these effect until they are adult, and adults ignores this state towards babies, even if they came from different parents.

Roles[edit | edit source]

An example of the production choices for a Gacha.
Resource Spawner

The Gacha retains its ability to create resources by consuming items and transmuting them into crystals. Each Gacha, tamed or bred, will only be able to produce 6 random resources from a large pool of potential resources, including many DLC-exclusive ones, making it a renewable source of materials that would otherwise be impossible to acquire naturally in some maps. Their production is always structured so that it can produce 3 'common' resources, 2 'uncommon' resources and 1 'rare' or 'very rare' resource as shown below, with each tier producing different quantities per crystal. Bred Gachas are not influenced by the possible resources of the parents. Via the selection wheel, survivors can select which of the available resources that their Gacha will produce (or to produce them randomly like wild Gachas). Cloning a Gacha will make an exact copy of the resources from the original. In addition, Gachas will sometimes produce 'loot' of varying qualities, which will be denoted by quality-colored crystals (white, green, deep blue, purple, etc).

  • Place resources within the Gacha's inventory and the Gacha will slowly consume them to produce Gacha Crystal Extinction Icon.png on their back.
  • Gachas have a 'Crafting Skill' stat that can be improved to increase the crafting speed and quality of loot.
  • Wander Enabled is NOT required for this feature.
  • After a time, these crystals will fall off and can be collected. A crystal sound effect can be heard over a fair distance when this happens.
  • Feeding the Gacha a Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.pngwill provide a temporary buff that increases crafting speed, increases the quality of loot produced, and increases the quantity of resources gained by double on average. A Snow Owl can be landed or walked to face a Gacha and the gacha will pick up the Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png when the Snow Owl spits it out. This will save you from having to manually collect and distribute them. NOTE: a Gacha will not produce resources while feed Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png.
  • Production is disabled when 'Sad', which occurs when they are nearby to another Gacha unless it is only nearby one other Gacha of the opposite gender. The multi-colored 'disco lights' that are usually present are, instead, dreary flecks of light and the Gacha's face is unhappy.
  • Sometimes the Gacha Crystals keep floating in mid-air. A Megatherium is ideal to still reach it; they are common in the Sanctuary, have a similar height to the Gacha, and the survivor can stand on its back to pick up the crystal.
  • Occasionally the Gacha Crystal contains a structure, armor piece or a weapon. For a complete list of possible items see Gacha Crystal Extinction Icon.png.
Possible Resources
Common Uncommon Rare Very Rare
Resource Farmer

Gachas can gather:

Despite being able to interact with their nodes, Gachas will not harvest the following:


While slow, the Gacha has a high stamina and a high carry weight to move items from place to place. As they can be carried by Quetzal, they can also be used for long distance transport as an alternative for Delivery Crate Extinction Icon.png. Note: Gachas will eat anything, (save poop excluding snow owl pellets and several other items listed) and as such, should not be used as a transport creature lest it eat the items in transport.

Poop Collector

The Gacha will automatically pick-up parcels that are dropped nearby, which can be enhanced with Enable Wandering to make them a roaming vacuum cleaner. This can be used to collect poop, which is one of the few resources that the Gacha will not eat. Be aware that Gachas can eat virtually everything, including weapons, blueprints and filled cryopods.

A Snow Owl can be landed or walked to face a Gacha and the gacha will pick up the Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png when the Snow Owl spits it out. This will save you from having to manually collect and distribute them.

Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]

The Gacha reduces the weight of the following resources by the listed amount while they are in its inventory:

Resource Reduction by
Metal 50%
Stone 50%
Wood 50%
Fungal Wood Aberration Icon.png 50%

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Stone.png Stone ★★★★★
Flint.png Flint ★★★★★
Corrupted Nodule (Extinction).png Corrupted Nodule Extinction Icon.png ★★★★★
Thatch.png Thatch ★★★★★
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★★
Red Crystalized Sap (Extinction).png Red Crystalized Sap Extinction Icon.png ★★★★★
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★★★★★
Fungal Wood.png Fungal Wood Aberration Icon.png ★★★★★
Fiber.png Fiber ★★★★★
Blue Crystalized Sap (Extinction).png Blue Crystalized Sap Extinction Icon.png ★★★★★
Wood.png Wood N/A

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This mechanic and the name Gacha are a reference to "gachapon", the Japanese toy machine in which after putting in money, a plastic egg pops out with a random collectible toy. The name is onomatopoeia of the sounds the machine makes ("Gacha " from turning the knob, "pon" from the capsule dropping down).
  • The Gacha's species name, "Macrodryadis crystallinus", means "Great dryad which crystallizes" in Latin.
  • The Gacha's diet is so varied, that it would probably be faster to compose a list of things they don't eat.
    • One of the most common misconception of keeping their hunger up was they eat Snow Owl Pellet Extinction Icon.png when their food is low. That is not the case regardless of their mood. They will only eat it when they are eating other items and that they are not under the buff effect.
  • Prior to Patch 288.113, Gacha can also potentially spew out Journeyman, Mastercraft and Ascendant Crystals.
  • The Gacha has a happiness level that can be influenced by being near a mate. The Gacha experiences sadness when exposed to another of its kind that is of the same gender. Happiness level can be determined by the Gacha's facial expression.
    • At low graphic setting, the facial expression is difficult to determine.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]