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Common Name
Giganotosaurus furiosa
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
Logo Steam.png 222.0
November 5, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Logo Mobile.svg 1.0
May 24, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Gigant_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Giganotosaurus/Gigant_Character_BP.Gigant_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
400 XP
Special Loot Chance
43 - 44 °C / 109 - 111 °F
Incubation Time
2d 1h 59m
Baby Time
1d 4h 3m
Juvenile Time
4d 16h 14m
Adolescent Time
5d 20h 17m
Total Maturation Time
11d 16h 34m 59s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Giganotosaurus The Island.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Giganotosaurus The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Giganotosaurus Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

Disambig.png This article is about Giganotosaurus.png Giganotosaurus, not to be confused with Gigantopithecus.png Gigantopithecus
If you encounter this creature in the wild while with a tribe member, just bola the tribe member and run.
~ Dododex's most upvoted Player Tip[1]

The Giganotosaurus (Gih-guh-not-oh-sor-us) meaning "Giant Lizard of the South", is one of the Dinosaurs 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.


Giganotosaurus furiosa is an enormous predator, larger even than the Tyrannosaurus or Spinosaurus. Getting cornered or run down by a Giganotosaurus can mean certain death for nearly any creature!

Fighting a Giganotosaurus directly is never a good idea, as its rage rapidly grows with every hit it takes. With this rage, it builds increasing reserves of energy to use, making its iron-jawed bites progressively more deadly and enhancing its stamina.

Add to this the fact that its huge body also enables it to take a tremendous amount of punishment, and you have a creature that is generally better avoided or outsmarted than attacked head-on.


Taming Giganotosaurus is a dangerous prospect. Its rage reaction, even when tamed, can sometimes cause it to briefly turn on members of its own tribe. Indeed it may even throw off its rider if it has been sufficiently angered!

And yet, the sheer size and immense power that the Giganotosaurus possesses means that some factions endeavor to tame it as a fear-inducing “Capital” beast of war, even at great risk!

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Giganotosaurs will 'casually' stroll about the Island, slaughtering anything in their path, this can lead them to wander to just about anywhere on the Island. Their lack of natural predator, or really any form of threat to them, allows for their safe voyages across the Island. Beware.

The Giganotosaurus is an aggressive creature. Due to its rage mechanic, it will get angrier when being attacked, which makes its attacks deal more damage. Also, it regains stamina faster when enraged. If it builds up too much rage, it may even eat its own rider, right off the saddle!

Its rage mechanic is not a health-percentage based trigger, it only occurs if enough damage occurs quickly enough. It will also trigger even if the server is set to the friendliest possible PvE and no friendly-fire settings, in which normally it is not possible to hurt anything not wild.

Due to its large stride, allowing it to walk over most obstacles, and naturally high movement speed, the Giganotosaurus can outrun just about anything on the island. Combined with its very large aggro range this means it is a fast and dangerous predator.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Giganotosaurus is an enormous and ill-tempered predatory dinosaur. Akin to a Tyrannosaurus but three times as large, more teeth, spikier, less armor, and with larger and more powerful grasping arms, and an otherwise more aggressive appearance. This creature feeds mainly on Brontosaurs (to which it is nearly equal in height) but will kill and eat virtually anything it can catch. Its short temper means that (thankfully) it is a solitary hunter and is thus very rare. When enraged, the eyes glow flame yellow.

The Giganotosaurus is currently the third largest land animal in the game, with the largest being the Titanosaur. It is the largest carnivorous land animal.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Giga PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Giga PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Back, Hands and Feet
Giga PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:

Drops[edit | edit source]

Guaranteed Special Loot

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 80000 +40 +0.04% -63000
Stamina.png Stamina 400 +0.2 +1%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +0.375 +2.5%
Food.png Food 4000 +10 +2.5%
Weight.png Weight 700 +7 +1%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 10002 +50 +0.85% -80%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +0.31%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 10000 +600 N/A4

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 1500 1681.6799 1681.6799 29
Swimming 625 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Effects
Attack Type Effect Description
Main Attack Gnashed.png Gnashed The target loses 1% of their maximum health
per second for 5 seconds.
Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Giganotosaurus bites the target.
0 2400 0 2700
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 1200
Roar Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Giganotosaurus unleashes a menacing roar to frighten opposing survivors.
0 0 0 0
Gnash Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 2400 0 2700
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 1200

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.[2]

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]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Tranq arrows are absolutely the best option for knocking a Giga down. Due to the huge health pool (80k base health) of wild Gigas, you have no reason to worry about accidentally killing it. Also, crossbows being able to fire at roughly double the rate of the longneck rifle proves invaluable when trying to knock out a creature who is capable of shaking off 10k torpor in a matter of seconds. Factor in the cost difference between making tranq darts/shock darts compared to tranq arrows and there is just no contest. Leave the rifle at home and bring a high quality crossbow (or a few).

By far the simplest way to tame Giganotosaurus is to build a room out of Metal Dinosaur Gateway.png Metal Dinosaur Gateway (no gates needed), leaving one side open, and put a Large Bear Trap.png Large Bear Trap in the middle. Do not use the snap points, as this will make the room too small to place the fourth wall, and allow the Giganotosaurus to escape. Instead, leave a foot or two gap in between each gateway. You then lure the Giganotosaurus in so that it'll get stuck in the bear trap, then fill in the remaining wall with another Metal Dinosaur Gateway. The Giga will be unable to escape the enclosure and you can shoot at it until it's down. Settle in, it may take a while.

Another strategy (which is much harder) is to use a Quetzal.png Quetzal with a platform saddle and a shooting platform built on it and to simply follow the Giga around and shoot it with tranq arrows until it falls down. This method is very time consuming and difficult due to the tendency of wild dinos to pick a direction and sprint flat out away from you when they realize they are being tranquilized. Couple this with the surprising speed of a wild Giga and you're in for a long chase. The addition of Griffin.png Griffins gives you another option—no need to dismount, but remember they don't have as much stamina. Don't over-focus and wind up coming to a forced landing right in front of your Giga.

Once knocked out, it's rather simple to keep the beast down for the duration of the tame. Simply let its torpor get low (not too low) and then spam a few hundred narcotics into it. It is highly recommended to learn how narcotic works before taming a Giga. Due to the incredibly high amount of torpor Gigas have though, you will usually be able to feed it enough or almost enough narcotic to last the entire tame in one shot. This allows for the player(s) to simply set a timer to come back when it's ready to feed or when it will need more narcotic since no land animal or dinosaur will attack a wild Giga.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Giganotosaurus.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 7 467 172 86 0:25:12
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 14 591 217 109 0:31:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 26 1118 411 206 0:58:27
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 18 767 282 141 0:40:31
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 35 1515 557 279 1:18:40
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 43 921 339 170 0:48:23
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 52 2266 833 417 1:57:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 86 1921 706 353 1:39:25
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 104 2266 833 417 1:57:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 129 2817 1035 518 2:25:08
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 258 2817 1035 518 2:25:08
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 1000; Slingshot Hits × 409; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 112; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 64; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 46; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 23
Torpidity-depletion: 120.01 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:01:23
Giganotosaurus.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 13 879 326 163 0:46:47
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 27 1156 428 214 1:00:46
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 49 2131 790 395 1:50:08
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 33 1422 527 264 1:14:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 66 2886 1069 535 2:28:21
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 82 1778 659 330 1:32:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 98 4311 1597 799 3:40:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 164 3700 1371 686 3:09:34
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 196 4311 1597 799 3:40:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 245 5400 2000 1000 4:35:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 490 5400 2000 1000 4:35:38
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 2740; Slingshot Hits × 1119; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 305; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 174; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 124; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 62
Torpidity-depletion: 199.35 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:02:17
Giganotosaurus.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 19 1297 482 241 1:08:22
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 39 1681 625 313 1:27:46
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 73 3193 1187 594 2:44:05
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 49 2127 790 395 1:50:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 98 4306 1600 800 3:40:16
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 122 2662 989 495 2:17:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 146 6451 2396 1198 5:28:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 244 5530 2054 1027 4:42:02
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 292 6451 2396 1198 5:28:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 365 8077 3001 1501 6:50:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 730 8077 3001 1501 6:50:38
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 4540; Slingshot Hits × 1854; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 505; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 289; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 206; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 103
Torpidity-depletion: 260.09 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:02:54
Giganotosaurus.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 25 1719 640 320 1:29:57
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 52 2256 840 420 1:57:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 96 4215 1569 785 3:35:46
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 65 2836 1056 528 2:26:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 130 5731 2133 1067 4:52:11
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 162 3550 1321 661 3:02:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 194 8595 3198 1599 7:16:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 324 7365 2741 1371 6:14:31
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 388 8595 3198 1599 7:16:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 485 10761 4004 2002 9:05:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 970 10761 4004 2002 9:05:38
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 6340; Slingshot Hits × 2588; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 705; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 403; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 287; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 144
Torpidity-depletion: 314.67 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:03:21
Giganotosaurus.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 31 2142 798 399 1:51:32
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 65 2832 1055 528 2:26:16
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 120 5284 1969 985 4:29:43
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 81 3547 1322 661 3:02:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 162 7159 2667 1334 6:04:06
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 202 4441 1655 828 3:47:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 242 10743 4002 2001 9:04:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 404 9203 3428 1714 7:46:59
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 484 10743 4002 2001 9:04:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 605 13447 5009 2505 11:20:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1210 13447 5009 2505 11:20:38
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 8140; Slingshot Hits × 3323; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 905; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 517; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 369; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 185
Torpidity-depletion: 365.63 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:03:42
Giganotosaurus.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg) 37 2568 957 479 2:13:08
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 78 3410 1272 636 2:55:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 144 6355 2369 1185 5:23:39
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 97 4260 1588 794 3:38:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 194 8589 3202 1601 7:16:02
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 242 5334 1988 994 4:32:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 290 12893 4806 2403 10:52:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 484 11043 4117 2059 9:19:27
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 580 12893 4806 2403 10:52:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 725 16136 6015 3008 13:35:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1450 16136 6015 3008 13:35:38
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 9940; Slingshot Hits × 4058; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 1105; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 632; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 450; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 225
Torpidity-depletion: 414.06 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:04:00

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.

Ingredients for Kibble (Quetzal Egg).png Kibble (Quetzal Egg): 1 × Blank.png Quetzal Egg or Tek Quetzal Egg , 3 × Prime Meat Jerky.png Prime Meat Jerky , 3 × Rockarrot.png Rockarrot , 100 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 120 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Giganotosaurus.

General[edit | edit source]

A Giganotosaurus in the Wild, or tamed, is extremely dangerous, simply because of its massive damage and health. This makes it one of the most deadly creatures on the island (if not the most deadly); even a low level wild Giganotosaurus can be a very serious threat.

Avoid it if you don't want to get devoured in one or two bites.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A wild Giga is best avoided at all costs. If it absolutely must be dealt with, it's best to lure them into either water or lava and then fly straight up to lose aggro and let it burn/drown to death. Outright killing a wild Giga will take a LOT of firepower. DO NOT attack a wild Giga with any tamed dinosaurs. Even a very high level tamed Giga will lose 99% of the time against a very low level wild Giga (due to the fact that tamed Gigas have significantly less health and power when tamed, and barely increase per level up). The only dinos that would ever have a chance would be Wyverns, which in comparison is very squishy and will be killed very, very quickly if you make a single mistake. Lightning Wyverns are the best choice if you wish to rid of a Giga through dino power since their lightning breath can hit them from a safe distance in the air. Simply hover over them and keep using the breath attack, but be mindful of stamina! If you are low on stamina just fly to a distant area and land, then repeat. As a forewarning, the Wyvern and Giga hitboxes can get stuck on each other and put you in extreme danger. Just be very careful.

Griffin.png Griffins may make it possible to kill a Giga, as a rider can use weapons while flying. Make certain to have multiple spare assault rifles, fabricated sniper rifles, and rocket launchers; with the Giga's massive health pool, some may break during your hunt. You will also need a huge stockpile of ammo. You will probably need to level the Griffin for weight, unless the Giga is far enough away from anything important that you have enough time to run back to base and rearm. Remember that although you control steering with the A and D keys while using weapons on a Griffin, your pitch still follows where you're looking; if you're looking sideways and down at the Giga and suddenly decide to sprint forward, you won't go straight to the Giga, but you will go down where it can get you if it's faster than you are. Stay high. Remember to stop, gain some distance and replenish your Griffin's stamina periodically; a forced landing right in front of the Giga is not ideal.

The Phoenix has a fireball attack (right click) that can allow you to attack a Giga from overhead without it getting angry in response, unless you get too close. The DoT deals up to 100 damage per second for 10 seconds. This means it would take at least 80 fireballs and 800 seconds to kill it. While it's a slow process, it's fairly reliable and safe since the Phoenix does not have to land to regain stamina. Keep in mind that the Phoenix will not get kill credit unless a different source of damage from the Phoenix kills it.

Another possibility is to build a raft with a massive broadside of Minigun Turret.png Minigun Turrets, fully stocked with ammo, and a generator; lure the Giga into the water and let the turrets shred it. If the turrets fail to kill the Giga before running out of ammunition you should at least be able to get clear, as Gigas are slow swimmers; try to lure it further into the water and hope that either it drowns, or aquatic predators can finish it off.

If fighting against tamed Gigas in PvP, they are not near as much of a threat. While still a terrifying foe, Gigas lose 63k health and 80% melee when tamed, dropping them to a much more manageable 17k base health and making low level Gigas do less damage than a high melee rex. This means that a group of solid rexes can take on an enemy tamed Giga (bonus if the rexes are Mate boosted). Auto turrets can also shred a tamed Giga fairly quickly if you have enough of them. If attacking tamed Gigas, using 2-3 rpgs to enrage it and cause it to attack any other enemy dinos near it is a good strategy. If you do not have access to explosives, dinos that reflect damage such as the Kentrosaurus are very effective at fending off a ridden giga; due to changes in the rage mechanics, raw damage is factored as opposed to mitigated damage. This can cause a Giga to enrage by biting a herd of Kentros, no matter how good of a saddle it has. Even if the Giga is unridden, the sheer amount of reflected damage from Kentros can kill an attacking tamed Giga.

The only dino that can kill a wild Giganotosaurus head-on is the Titanosaur. Wild Gigas avoid attacking them, with good reason. A few stomp attacks made by a Titan is enough to kill the strongest Giga. However, the odds of anyone just so happening to have a Titanosaur on hand to spare for this battle of behemoths are slim, so it is generally best to avoid the dangerous predator at all costs.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

A large amount of Auto Turrets can pose a major threat to the Giganotosaurus, as they can deal a lot of damage quickly. The Mini-gun and Rocket turrets can be very effective against a Giga. At one point they could be mounted on the Quetzal, but they are no longer able to be, leaving a raft as the only mobile option for bringing turrets to a Giga. Fortunately, Gigas are slow swimmers.

4-6 Plant Species X can effectively push back a Giganotosaurus, but they do not do very much damage. They are ideal for keeping it at bay while another source of damage is applied or even Torpor to begin the taming process. Be careful as to not let one come from the side. It makes it take a little longer for all the plants to target and could potentially stop a plant from shooting due to line-of-sight.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Giganotosaurus can, and will, instantly kill all but the hardiest of dinos. This, coupled with its health reserves, heavy bleeding, and its rage mechanic make it the most dangerous dino in the game. The Giganotosaurus's torpor will drain faster than it will rise, this makes it hard to solo tame. A Crossbow is recommended due to the higher fire rate than a longneck rifle.

The Giganotosaurus can attack according to this discussion up to 8-12 foundations high and 8-10 foundations beyond a wall.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The Giganotosaurus is very vulnerable in the water. Its low stamina and slow swim speed can cause it to drown very quickly. However, its massive size will keep it out of most water. A wild Giga can easily be lured into deep water and drowned.

Another effective way of killing a Giganotosaurus is to use Lightning and Poison Wyverns, it will make easy work of any Giga you will encounter if you hover above it and pound it with breath attacks for a while.

As mentioned in the General section, Gigas are vulnerable to flying units with ranged attacks, such as Wyverns and the Phoenix. Poison Wyverns double as an extra threat to the rider of a tamed Giga while Lighting Wyverns deal some of the highest possible DPS in a relatively safe fashion to wild Gigas.

Rage Mode[edit | edit source]

Basic Information[edit | edit source]

When the Giganotosaurus enters rage mode, its eyes glow bright yellow — an ominous sign to warn enemies and allies alike of its boosted damage and resistance modifiers. In this state it is a force to be reckoned with, even rivaling the power of other menacing giants like the Dragon and even the DodoRex. If it is tamed, it will throw its rider off and attack everything around it, excluding allied tamed Giganotosaurs. All nearby allied Giganotosaurs will also then enter rage mode, causing a domino effect that can be devastating. This effect will last for 20 seconds, which is more than enough time for a catastrophic amount of destruction to occur.

Wild Gigas also build up rage and gain massively increased damage (estimated up to an extra 100%) if they are taking heavy consistent damage. Be mindful of this when trifling with them in the wild (which you shouldn't be doing unless you really have to get rid of it.)

Cause[edit | edit source]

Taking too much damage too quickly will cause a Giganotosaurus to enter rage mode. This includes, but is not limited to, C4, rockets, and reflected damage from the likes of Kentrosaurus. Flame damage, however, will not make a Giganotosaurus enter rage mode, which means creatures that can breathe fire, such as the Dragon, can kill it much more effectively.

In the past, Gigas used to gain rage from fall damage. However this mechanic has been removed. At the same time, changes were made to make rage buildup factor in raw damage as opposed to mitigated damage. This is to prevent high saddle quality from causing a Giga to not enrage since damage was minimal enough to prevent the mechanic from coming into effect.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Tank: With inherently high HP and base damage, Giganotosaurus is long lasting. Just as long as you watch its Rage, you will last with it. (Increases in Damage, Health, and Stamina when/if needed)
  • Siege Engine: As one of the few tameable land-based Dino capable of destroying Stone structures, it is logical to employ this beast upon your enemies. So long as it is kept calm, The Giganotosaurus can level months of work in mere minutes (Level Health and Damage).
  • Guardian: The Giga is a fantastic guardian against natural threats since it easily handles nearly everything that gets in its proximity. If you're likely to come under heavy attack by rival Survivors, however, it may be best to have your Giga guard one of the approaches to your base, some distance from the actual structures; that way, if the enemy induces a rage mode (assuming it's being ridden,) only they are punished if the rider can escape fast enough or even charge into the opposition to bring the Giga their way. (Level Health and Damage).
  • Taming Support Hunter: Very few creatures gather Raw Prime Meat and get it where it's needed faster. Just remember not to step on your tame, and consider putting your Giga on passive so it doesn't step on or accidentally eat the tame while trying to kill something else (Level Health and Damage).
  • Transport: While even a specialty bred one cannot carry a whole lot, there's no denying that using a Giganotosaurus to transport items/materials from here to there is a safe choice. Even if it means multiple trips, a Giganotosaurus carrier will guarantee an almost complete immunity from attacks and theft as very, very few are brave enough to take it on (Level Health, Weight, Stamina, and maybe a little Speed. Keep in mind that the gains are very little so it may just be best to level melee instead.)
  • Alpha Hunting: Considering the strength of a Giganotosaurus, it is no surprise that it can quite easily handle alpha Raptors and alpha Carnos in most cases regardless of the level of your Giganotosaurus and the alpha. However, a common question is whether the Giganotosaurus will fare well against an alpha Rex. In most all cases, a Giganotosaurus will defeat an alpha Rex so long as the alpha Rex level does not greatly exceed that of the Giganotosaurus. If in a fight with a high level alpha Rex, regardless of your Giganotosaurus level, there is a chance of the Giganotosaurus raging. Should the Giganotosaurus rage, it is best to run as quickly as possible, but even if rage is enduced the Giganotosaurus will most likely proceed to win the fight. A Giganotosaurus with good melee and even just base health of 17,000 can win against most alpha Rexs.

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Resource Efficiency
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★★★★★
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★★
Hide.png Hide ★★★★☆
Chitin.png Chitin ★★★☆☆
Keratin.png Keratin ★★★☆☆

Achievement[edit | edit source]

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Giga Rider

Ride a Giganotosaurus.

  • Riding a Giganotosaurus will award the "Giga Rider" achievement.

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Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The size of the "Giganotosaurus furiosa" is perhaps inspired by a mutant Giganotosaurus from Dino Crisis 2, the latter measures 21 meter long and 7 meter high (even though ARK's Giga's size is more than 2 Rexes), whereas real-world Giganotosaurus is believed to have been similar in size to real-world Tyrannosaurus Rex; in fact, it's not yet certain whether they were actually larger or not, and if they were, the difference was slight.
  • The dossier was revealed on 08/08/15[3]
  • It was set for release on Nov. 3rd, 2015, it was then delayed until Nov. 5th, 2015
  • Besides Alpha Predators and the DodoRex, it is one of the only six land-based creatures able to destroy stone structures. The other creatures are the Titanosaur, Rock Elemental, Therizinosaur, Arthropleura and Chalicotherium.
  • Until the Dunkleosteus' release in Patch 238.0, it was the only tameable dino that could demolish stone structures.
  • The Giganotosaurus is capable of a roar ability. This makes it the third creature with the ability to roar, behind the Tyrannosaurus and the Direwolf. Unlike the others, its roar has no purpose.
  • The Giganotosaurus swims extremely slowly. This combined with its low stamina means it can drown very quickly if attempting to cross a large and deep body of water, its large HP will not save it. Fortunately it is tall enough that most of the time it can simply wade through.
  • Note that on level 1, a Giganotosaurus is actually a lot more powerful than even an Alpha Rex or Dragon. As all three creatures progress through levels, the Giganotosaurus gains very little to each stat while the other 2 gain a lot more to their stats.
  • Gigas can have trouble with rocks, making areas like snow a pain to travel with them on following. It is much easier to have a friend trail behind and break rocks for you or just simply ride it.
  • Taking a Giga egg is an extremely bad idea if you're not prepared. It's best to have an extremely fast flying mount or there will be major consequences.
  • The Giga eats constantly while sprinting, and in fact its Food stat will decrease more quickly than it can eat even with its inventory full. The rider needs to ensure that it keeps meat in its inventory when on the move, and in addition to recharging stamina, sometimes make longer stops to eat and recover the Food stat.
  • It is confirmed that the Giga will have a tek tier helmet that would allow it to shoot lasers.[4]
  • Its scientific name comes from modern Latin, from Greek gigas ‘giant’ + nótios ‘southern’ + sauros ‘lizard.’.
  • In real life, Giganotosaurus was only slightly larger than T. rex, and that was only on average; individual variations were greater than the differences between species. Spinosaurus was, in fact, the largest of the three.
  • Despite its similar shape and size to T. rex, Giganotosaurus was not closely related, being closer to the Allosaurus than to the coelurosaurian Tyrannosaurus.
  • The Giganotosaurus is too heavy to be teleported to Boss Arenas, despite what Mei Yin's Explorer Note #26 says; detailing how she brought a Giganotosaurus ("Demon King") with her to fight against the Megapithecus.png Megapithecus.
  • The real life Giganotosaurus is thought by some to have been a pack hunter, as it would have helped when hunting large sauropods
  • The Giganotosaurus is one of the three creatures with the Gnashed effect, with the others being the Allosaurus and the Ravager. This could tie in to how the real life Giga was related to the Allosaurus.

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