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A firm, flexible material. Can be found in some animal horns, plates, shells, and ridges.
Tool Stone Hatchet.png Stone Hatchet
Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet
Creature Sabertooth.png Sabertooth
Direwolf.png Direwolf
Weight 0.01
Stack size 100
Item ID 217
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 217 1 0 0
cheat GFI Keratin 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Resources/PrimalItemResource_Keratin.PrimalItemResource_Keratin'" 1 0 0
Used to craft 19 items

Keratin is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is the main material of claws, hooves, horns, scales and the outer armor of reptiles.

Gathering[edit | edit source]

Keratin can be acquired by harvesting corpses with most tools and dinosaurs.

The most efficient way to harvest Keratin is by using a tamed Sabertooth.png Sabertooth or Direwolf.png Direwolf with high melee damage. Another highly efficient tool for harvesting is the Metal Hatchet.png Metal Hatchet, but it can be harvested with a Stone Hatchet.png Stone Hatchet and Stone Pick.png Picks as well. Other low level items will only occasionally harvest Keratin.

Keratin.png Keratin
Creature / ToolGain per action
Sabertooth.png Sabertooth★★★★★
Therizinosaur.png Therizinosaur★★★★★
Direwolf.png Direwolf★★★★☆
Metal Pick.png Metal Pick★★★★☆
Thylacoleo.png Thylacoleo★★★★☆
Argentavis.png Argentavis★★★☆☆
Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus★★★☆☆
Giganotosaurus.png Giganotosaurus★★★☆☆
Raptor.png Raptor★★★☆☆
Ravager.png Ravager★★★☆☆

Weight Reduction[edit | edit source]

The following creatures reduce the weight of Keratin by the listed amount while it is in their inventory:

Creature Reduced by
Equus.png Equus 50%

Keratin drops from the following creatures:

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Keratin can be used to craft the following items:

Keratin can also be used as an alternative to Chitin.png Chitin to craft the following items: