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Liopleurodon magicus
Time Period
Mid - Late Jurassic
Steam.svg 257.0
May 5, 2017
Xbox One.svg 754.0
May 17, 2017
PS.svg 507.0
May 17, 2017
Logo Mobile.svg 1.0
May 24, 2018
Nintendo Switch.svg 599.0
November 30, 2018
Epic Games.svg 311.74
June 11, 2020
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Liopleurodon_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Liopleurodon/Liopleurodon_Character_BP.Liopleurodon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Liopleurodon (Escort)
admincheat summon Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Escort_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Escort/Ocean/Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Escort.Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Escort'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Liopleurodon (Hunt)
admincheat summon Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Hunt_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Hunt/Ocean/Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Hunt.Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Hunt'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Liopleurodon (Retrieve)
admincheat summon Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Retrieve_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Retrieve/Ocean/Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Retrieve.Liopleurodon_Character_BP_Retrieve'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
48 XP
Special Loot Chance
Feces Size

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

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

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Liopleurodon Ragnarok.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Liopleurodon Valguero.svg

Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Liopleurodon Crystal Isles.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Liopleurodon (Lie-oh-ploor-oh-don) is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.


Liopleurodon magicus is a mid-sized ocean creature, typically between 20 and 25 feet long. I've yet to directly encounter one myself, but from the tales other tribes have shared, it compares to no other on the Island.

The rumors indicate that this beautiful creature has magical properties; however, the sightings are so rare it's hard to decipher old tribe's tales from the underlying truth.

They say that Liopleurodon is an elusive creature that can harness its magical powers to retreat from predators or aggressors of any kind, but the Beekeeping tribes claim that their honey is so sweet, not even the Liopleurodon could resist!


Liopleurodon is rumored to bring good fortune to those adventurous enough to tame it. With the Liopleurodon by their side, tribes have apparently managed to obtain treasure beyond their wildest dreams. Supposedly, even after you've gained its favor, it remains incredibly aloof and will eventually use its abilities to escape even the strictest of captivity.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

As it says in the dossier "it mostly hides within the reefs, waiting to ambush prey that swims by." The Liopleurodon swims around until attacked by a player or creature, at which point it will spin around and vanish, never to be seen again.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Liopleurodon appears as a crocodile-like reptile, with two sets of fins and a short tail. It is a pliosaur, a short-necked, large-headed type of Plesiosaur, making it closely related to the deep water Plesiosaurs. It also possesses a single long barbel on its chin to detect the presence of prey swimming past its ambush lair.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

This information can be used to alter the Liopleurodon's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Liopleurodon's "face, sides, and flipper highlights" magenta.

Liopleurodon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Face, Sides, and Flipper Highlights
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.

Liopleurodon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Spots and Flipper Edges
Liopleurodon PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Main Body

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

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
Health 3200 +640 +5.4% 0.042
Stamina 800 +80 +10%
Oxygen N/A N/A N/A
Food 2000 +200 +10% 15%
Weight 1000 +20 +4%
Melee Damage 40 +2 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A +1%
Torpidity 800 +48 N/A 0.5


  • These are the base speeds of the creature at 100% Movement Speed.
  • For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds.
  • Attack Values
    Lunge Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
    Base Minimum Activation
    15 525 0 680
    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 40
    Spin 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.

    Taming[edit | edit source]

    The Liopleurodon is a passive tame. It only eats Giant Bee Honey. It is a temporary tame lasting 30 minutes before the Liopleurodon disappears, but the Mystical Skin Oil buff lasts 6 hours. The Liopleurodon can't be cryopodded and the Mystic Skin Oil ends if your character dies or transfers.

    On The Center the Liopleurodon has been found in the deepest parts of the trench.

    Liopleurodon.png Level 5 Feeding Interval Time
    Giant Bee Honey.png Giant Bee Honey 2 36:01 0:36:01

    Soothing Balm Liopleurodon.png Level 5 Feeding Interval Time
    Values without Soothing Balm Giant Bee Honey.png Giant Bee Honey 3 27:00 0:54:01
    Minor Soothing Balm (Mobile).png Giant Bee Honey.png Giant Bee Honey 1 00:00 0:18:01
    Soothing Balm (Mobile).png Giant Bee Honey.png Giant Bee Honey 1 00:00 0:18:01
    Major Soothing Balm (Mobile).png Giant Bee Honey.png Giant Bee Honey 1 00:00 0:18:01

    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.

    Combat[edit | edit source]

    This section describes how to fight against the Liopleurodon.

    General[edit | edit source]

    The Liopleurodon is a passive creature and will not attack you, but will attack you when mounted.

    Strategy[edit | edit source]

    As this creature is known for its rarity, it is more than likely the player will only fight a Liopleurodon if startled by a sudden attack when mounted, if not attempting a tame.

    As this creature can essentially vanish into thin air (or water in this case), no clear strategy can be recommended.

    Weaponry[edit | edit source]

    You can use anything but as soon as it receives damage the Liopleurodon will teleport away.

    Dangers[edit | edit source]

    The Liopleurodon itself doesn't impose any danger if you are not riding a creature; if riding on a creature the Liopleurodon seems to be hostile if you get close but overall its threat level isn't much since it will teleport away when you fight back. However the surrounding water could be inhabited by predators.

    Weakness[edit | edit source]

    Low speed and turning radius. It is not meant for battle.

    Utility[edit | edit source]

    • Loot Booster: The Liopleurodon gives a "Mystic Skin Oil" buff that increases the rarity and value of any lootbox you open (Deep Sea Loot Crates and Supply Crates). Crates will briefly sparkle when you approach them to signify their contents have been changed. When you move far away from the Liopleurodon, the buff will persist for 6 hours, allowing you to reroll land crates as well. The Liopleurodon will remain tamed for 30 minutes before it disappears.
      • Testing shows that the items will still come from the crate's usual chart.
      • Mystic Skin Oil also grants the player decreased Oxygen consumption (about 75% the effectiveness of Lazarus Chowder.)

    Spotlight[edit | edit source]

    Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

    • The Liopleurodon is currently the least tamed creature in the game. Players have been unhappy with its rarity combined with the fact it is only a temporary tame. Its random luck boosting nature combined with its consumable use makes it comparable to a free to play mechanic in a MMO. If planning to tame one, it is pointless to get attached to them. That said, its hard to deny the call of better loot for any player wishing to find it!
    • The Dossier was revealed on 17. July 2015 [2]
    • The name and elements of the Dossier, such as 'The species on the island almost seem to be magical', Liopleurodon' will show you the way' and 'those who don't believe in the Liopleurodons qualities are shunned' are most likely references to the popular viral video 'Charlie the Unicorn', which features a magical Liopleurodon that guides the way.[3]
    • Liopleurodon means "smooth sided tooth".
    • Like Basilosaurus, Liopleurodon is immune to being stunned by Cnidaria, Electrophorus or being caught by Tusoteuthis' tentacles.
    • Can only spawn at level 5 on official servers.
    • Real Liopleurodons are carnivores. Ark's Liopleurodon most likely eats meat to survive in the wild. However Ark's Liopleurodon has somehow also developed a taste for Giant Bee Honey.
    • In ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, a Liopleurodon's lifespan can be extended through Tame Chronicling.
    • In order to make fossil discoveries more interesting, the original specimens of Liopleurodon were exaggerated to be nearly 80-100 feet long which is over twice their actual size. This is close to the game's Tusoteuthis and Mosasaurus size. However the version in ARK is more accurately scaled, even though it's still larger than real life counterpart.
    • This dino is unable to be stored in a cryopod, and is also unable to be uploaded to a transmitter

    Changelog[edit | edit source]

    Patch Changes
    257.0 Liopleurodon is added to the game
    258.42 Fixed issue where Mystic Skin Oil buff wasn't giving items on various Supply Crates
    259.0 Increased loot quality given by skin oil buff by 20%
    264.52 Spyglass and GPS are now usable on all water creatures
    312.65 Increased Mystic Skin Oil timer from 30 minutes to 6 hours

    Gallery[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]