Ichthyornis

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Common Name
Ichthyornis
Group
Species
Ichthyornis piscoquus
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
Diet
Temperament
Skittish
Logo Steam.png 256.0
March 31, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 753.0
April 26, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 506.0
April 26, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Ichthyornis_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Ichthyornis/Ichthyornis_Character_BP.Ichthyornis_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
6 XP
Drops
Feces Size
29 - 32 °C / 84 - 90 °F
Incubation Time
1h 39m 59s
Baby Time
3h 42m 13s
Juvenile Time
14h 48m 53s
Adolescent Time
18h 31m 6s
Total Maturation Time
1d 13h 2m 11s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

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 Very Common
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Unknown
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Island)

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Unknown
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Center)

Disambig.png This article is about Ichthyornis.png Ichthyornis, not to be confused with Ichthy.png Ichthy

The Ichthyornis 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.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

Among the most vocal creatures on the Island, Ichthyornis piscoquus actually appears to be a relatively normal seagull. It primarily eats fish, and its distinctive cries can be heard echoing over across the Island's many beaches. As you might expect from a seagull, Ichthyornis will flee at the slightest provocation.

Ichthyornis is a versatile and opportunistic hunter. Its primary form of attack is to dive into the top layers of water and impale its prey. However, since its food source can be unpredictable, Ichthyornis has developed a keen ability to steal food from unsuspecting travelers.

Their affinity for shiny objects leads them to sometimes knock tools and weapons out of the hands of unsuspecting Survivors, but Ichthyornis is too small to actually fly off with them.

Domesticated

Ichthyornis surprised me by being a very loyal and very social creature, once tamed. It likes to ride on its owner's shoulder, and bring that person treats (in the form of fish, of course) which its beak-grip enhances with extra healing vitamins. The personality of Ichthyornis reminds me of a housecat hauling a trophy prey back home, except it brings extra-healthy fish instead.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Ichthyornis will act like a Pegomastax, where it steals the items of the player unprovoked. The difference is they do not steal the player's tools, they disarm them and throw it on the ground which they can pick back up. The Ichthyornis do however steal the player's food and eat it.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Ichthyornis are a common sight on the coasts of the ARK, and players will often hear their squawking over the pounding surf. They resemble standard modern herons in all aspects, but one. They bear rows of serrated teeth within their beaks - the perfect tools for gripping on to slippery fish.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Ichthyornis PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
Ichthyornis PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Feet
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 4 is not used
for this Creature.

Ichthyornis PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Face


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 50 +10 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 150 +15 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 1000 +100 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 55 +1.1 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 12 +0.05 +1.7% 9.1% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 36.5%
Torpor.png Torpor 120 +7.2 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
4Torpor 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 75 97.5 97.5 N/A
Swimming 330 N/A N/A N/A
Flying 600 780 780  ?


Attack Values
Grab Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 250 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 1
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 250 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 5
Steal Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 250 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 10
Chew Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 0 0 0
Attack Dive Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 1500 500 0
Wild Dive Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
0 1500 600 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]

Ichthyornis
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]

Ichthyornis.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Pegomastax Egg) 3 12 3 2 0:12:00
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 16 29 6 3 0:20:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 31 72 15 8 0:39:49
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 46 110 22 11 0:57:31
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 92 110 22 11 0:57:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 12; Slingshot Hits × 5; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 2; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 1; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpor-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:06:40
Ichthyornis.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Pegomastax Egg) 6 44 9 5 0:24:00
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 36 114 24 12 0:45:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 72 271 56 28 1:32:29
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 108 413 85 43 2:15:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 215 411 84 42 2:14:23
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 33; Slingshot Hits × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 4; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 3; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpor-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:10:59
Ichthyornis.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Pegomastax Egg) 9 91 20 10 0:35:59
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 58 242 51 26 1:12:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 115 553 116 58 2:27:42
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 172 830 174 87 3:35:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 343 828 173 87 3:34:23
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 55; Slingshot Hits × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 7; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 4; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:13:57
Ichthyornis.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Pegomastax Egg) 12 153 33 17 0:47:59
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 79 396 85 43 1:38:46
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 157 889 190 95 3:21:39
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 235 1330 284 142 4:53:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 470 1330 284 142 4:53:46
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 77; Slingshot Hits × 32; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 9; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 5; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:16:07
Ichthyornis.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Pegomastax Egg) 15 226 49 25 0:59:58
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 100 575 125 63 2:05:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 200 1281 278 139 4:16:52
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 299 1907 413 207 6:13:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 598 1907 413 207 6:13:46
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 98; Slingshot Hits × 40; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 11; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 7; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:17:48
Ichthyornis.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Pegomastax Egg) 19 333 74 37 1:15:58
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 121 774 170 85 2:31:16
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 242 1708 376 188 5:10:49
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 363 2545 560 280 7:33:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 725 2542 559 280 7:33:08
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 120; Slingshot Hits × 49; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpor-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:19:12

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]


KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

The best way to knock them out is using a bola and 1-4 tranqs depending on the level. Keep in mind they are weak and might die, it is not recommended to hit them on the head.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Ichthyornis.

General[edit | edit source]

As this bird will be one of the first that players encounter, it is important to not attack it unless you are prepared, as they will act as a Pegomastax and steal items from the player, although they won't stop there. Perhaps the easiest way to defend against one is to Bola it when it is sweeping down to steal. From there the player can either tame it or kill it for Hide and Raw Meat. Should the player not have a Bola, then it is best to leave them alone.

If the player has a Pteranodon, then one could spin-attack (C, Xbox: Right Stick, PS4: Right Stick) to easily get rid of the attacking Ichthyornis.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Use a Bola to bring them to the ground and then you may kill them using the method of your choice.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Bola and Spear are great for an easy kill. If you want to tame it, though, a low level only needs a couple of hits with tranquilizer arrows.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Like a Pegomastax, the Ichthyornis will steal items from the player. it will knock what is currently in your hand out of your hands, so you'll have to pick it back up.This includes your Bolas, Bow, etc. it wont take items from your hot bar.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The Ichthyornis typically has very low health, even at higher levels. A simple crossbow with a couple stone arrows will get the job done, low levels can be killed with only one headshot.

Utility[edit | edit source]

When told to attack or thrown at a fish, the Ichthyornis will catch, kill, and return carrying its target. Its prey's corpse will have an aura indicating that collecting from the corpse will provide Prime Fish Meat, even if it is not normally dropped by the target creature. Additionally, there are several land creatures from which it can enable collection of Prime Meat from including Dodo, Pegomastax, Lystrosaurus, Trilobite, and Compy.

Its ability to make Prime Meat available from very common and easily killed creatures makes the Ichthyornis a valuable asset for collecting food to efficiently tame carnivores.

Wild Ichthyornis can also be used to get rid of excess items like raw meat. Simply get its attention and it'll start circling the player and begin to steal the items straight from their inventory, tamed dinos that aren't set to passive may begin to attack the Ichthyornis once it begins to steal items, this can be very useful in low levels while farming for fiber as the Ichthyornis will steal the berries removing the need to store or drop them. This is especially useful for players that have increased their harvesting modifiers.

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Collector: Set the Ichthyornis to "hunt and retrieve" and tell it to attack a fish, it will return with a dead fish that can be harvested for Raw Fish Meat or Raw Prime Fish Meat. Larger fish means more meat. Similarly the Ichthyornis can target Dodos and Compys with "hunt and retrieve", which can then be harvested for Raw Meat and Raw Prime Meat.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Dossier revealed on October 19, 2015[2]
  • The dossier contains a sentence structure error. Right page, second line; " ...by being very a very loyal..."\
  • The line in the dossier: "...and bring that person treats (in the form of fish, of course) which its beak-grip enhances with extra healing vitamins." might be a reference to Prime Fish.
  • Ichthyornis was originally scheduled for December 2015, but was cut for unknown reasons. It was finally released for PC on March 31, 2017
  • Despite the dossier saying its Temperament is Skittish, it is actually quite Aggressive. If there are no fish around or if you get too close, it will steal and eat your food. If you have no food items, it will disarm you and simply attack.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]