Megalodon

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Common Name
Megalodon
Group
Species
Carcharodon ultramegalodon
Time Period
Miocene-Pliocene
Diet
Temperament
Aggressive
Logo Steam.png
June 2, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Variants
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Megalodon_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Megalodon/Megalodon_Character_BP.Megalodon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
24 XP
Special Loot Chance
100%
Feces Size
Gestation Time
7h 56m 11s
Baby Time
9h 15m 33s
Juvenile Time
1d 13h 2m 11s
Adolescent Time
1d 22h 17m 45s
Total Maturation Time
3d 20h 35m 32s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

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

Disambig.png This article is about Megalodon.png Megalodon, not to be confused with Megalosaurus.png Megalosaurus, Megaloceros Icon.png Megaloceros, Megalania.png Megalania, or Megatherium.png Megatherium

The Megalodon (meg-ah-low-don) is one of the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is a large, prehistoric shark.

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

Were it not restricted to the waters, Carcharodon ultramegalodon would be one of the most dangerous creatures on the island.

As powerful and dangerous as the Tyrannosaurus is on land, Megalodon is near its equal in the water. In addition, it has a speed advantage over any non-aquatic creature when submerged.

Megalodons need large quantities of food to sustain themselves, so they attack most creatures immediately on sight. Smaller fish are the sole exception I've seen; I believe this is because they cost more energy for Megalodons to catch than the predator would gain.

Domesticated

Having access to the resources and treasures hidden deep within the ocean is near impossible without a domesticated sea creature. The Megalodon, though difficult to domesticate, proves to be very useful when exploring the deep sea. It's not the most efficient swimmer but it should be able to protect your cargo should you find yourself in a hostile encounter.

~ Helena

Lore[edit | edit source]

After visiting Sir Edmund Rockwell, Helena went to The Island's ocean to study marine life with the help of the Painted Shark tribe, she wanted to find a pattern between the mainland and ocean ecosystems to understand the scientific abnormalities on this island. One of the creatures she studied was megalodon, this creature is extremely different from what she knows about sharks back home. Their aggressiveness stood in contrast to most sharks, which are territorial, and their gestation period only lasts for one week. Their intelligence was also confusing. Sharks are neither mammalian nor avian; they're fish that rely on instinct, but what she saw didn't make sense - megalodon can be easily trained by survivors to make them obedient and can be ridden.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Megalodons will stay in the deeper waters unless attacking prey, but even then they rarely enter shallow areas. They are aggressive and can swim faster than most creatures, including the player. They also aggro on a player from a very long distance, therefore it is not uncommon that the player suddenly has to deal with multiple Megalodons at once.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Resembling nothing less than an oversized great white shark, Megalodon is the most common of the large, dangerous predators in the oceans of ARK. The ones in ARK appear to be based on the minimum estimates for the monster shark's size.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Megalodon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
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.

Megalodon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Stripes
Megalodon PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Belly


Drops[edit | edit source]

Harvest
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 600 +120 +5.4% 0.042
Stamina.png Stamina 320 +32 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A N/A
Food.png Food 2000 +200 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 250 +5 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 402 +2 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3%
Torpor.png Torpor 800 +48 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.
5The Megalodon is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 400  ?  ? 20
Swimming 400 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Megalodon bites the target.
0 525 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


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]

Megalodon
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]

Megalodon.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg) 3 0 0 0 0:10:48
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 6 0 0 0 0:13:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 11 0 0 0 0:24:44
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 7 0 0 0 0:15:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 14 0 0 0 0:31:28
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 18 0 0 0 0:20:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 21 7 2 1 0:47:16
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 35 0 0 0 0:40:28
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 42 7 2 1 0:47:16
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 53 33 7 4 0:59:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 105 32 7 4 0:59:04
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 80; Slingshot Hits × 33; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 9; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 6; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpor-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 00:44:26
Megalodon.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg) 7 0 0 0 0:25:12
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 14 0 0 0 0:31:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 25 0 0 0 0:56:12
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 17 0 0 0 0:38:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 34 11 3 2 1:16:25
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 42 0 0 0 0:47:16
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 50 131 27 14 1:52:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 84 80 17 9 1:37:06
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 100 131 27 14 1:52:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 125 224 46 23 2:20:38
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 250 224 46 23 2:20:38
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 220; Slingshot Hits × 90; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 25; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 14; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpor-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:13:18
Megalodon.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg) 10 0 0 0 0:35:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 22 0 0 0 0:49:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 40 0 0 0 1:29:55
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 27 0 0 0 1:00:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 54 117 25 13 2:01:22
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 67 0 0 0 1:15:23
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 80 359 76 38 3:00:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 134 256 54 27 2:34:54
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 160 359 76 38 3:00:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 200 545 114 57 3:45:01
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 400 545 114 57 3:45:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 364; Slingshot Hits × 149; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 41; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 24; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9
Torpor-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:33:05
Megalodon.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg) 14 0 0 0 0:50:23
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 30 0 0 0 1:07:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 55 78 17 9 2:03:37
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 37 0 0 0 1:23:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 74 282 61 31 2:46:20
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 92 0 0 0 1:43:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 110 671 143 72 4:07:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 184 504 108 54 3:32:41
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 220 671 143 72 4:07:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 275 967 206 103 5:09:23
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 550 967 206 103 5:09:23
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 508; Slingshot Hits × 208; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 57; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 33; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 23; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12
Torpor-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:47:27
Megalodon.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg) 18 0 0 0 1:04:46
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 38 0 0 0 1:25:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 70 207 45 23 2:37:20
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 47 0 0 0 1:45:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 94 496 108 54 3:31:17
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 117 70 15 8 2:11:38
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 140 1052 228 114 5:15:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 234 813 176 88 4:30:29
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 280 1052 228 114 5:15:01
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 350 1473 319 160 6:33:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 700 1473 319 160 6:33:46
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 652; Slingshot Hits × 266; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 73; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 42; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 30; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 15
Torpor-depletion: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 01:58:44
Megalodon.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg) 22 0 0 0 1:19:10
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 46 0 0 0 1:43:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 84 356 79 40 3:08:48
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 57 2 1 1 2:08:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 114 751 165 83 4:16:14
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 142 186 41 21 2:39:46
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 170 1491 328 164 6:22:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 284 1173 258 129 5:28:17
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 340 1491 328 164 6:22:31
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 425 2051 451 226 7:58:08
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 850 2051 451 226 7:58:08
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 796; Slingshot Hits × 325; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 89; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 51; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 36; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 18
Torpor-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpor is depleted: 02:08:02

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 (Spino Egg).png Kibble (Spino Egg): 1 × Spino Egg.png Spino Egg , 1 × Savoroot.png Savoroot , 1 × Prime Meat Jerky.png Prime Meat Jerky , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

Taming Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • For taming, the best method is to tranquilize one or a few Megalodons which are enticed into shallow waters by swimming. Since the bow cannot be fired underwater, but can be fired into water for at least a short distance, an effective way to tame Megalodons is to tranquilize them in shallow waters with 10-30 Tranq arrows. One method of doing this is to build an elevated platform from which to fire arrows into the water. Keep in mind, this method will draw numerous Megalodons, which will occasionally swarm and target your tamed Megalodon, so bring plenty of arrows and be prepared to defend your new companion.
  • Chumming, which is killing a smaller fish and holding it in your hand while on the beach, or even just setting it on the beach, will attract any Megalodons in the area to it. They will swarm the beach trying to get to the fish. Sometimes they will beach themselves and die. (This will not cause Megalodons to spawn if they are not in the area; so try to do it in places where you see them swimming off in the distance.)
  • Find a Megalodon in somewhat shallow waters, and then have another player aggro the Megalodon by stepping in and out of the water in their aggro range. While the other player does this, shoot it with Tranquilizer Arrow.png Tranquilizer Arrows. Repeat until it is knocked unconscious. The rocks that are just under the water in the sea are a good taming spot for this. Stand on a shallow spot and the sharks will stick their heads out to attack you, allowing you to easily shoot them with a bow.
  • You can also tame one or several ichthyosaurus (which requires only meat) and swim them up into a river too shallow for the megalodon. The megalodons will group at the head of the river, usually partway out of the water.
  • A crossbow is useful in taming the Megalodon as it can be fired underwater, unlike the bow.
  • As you can fire a crossbow from the back of an ichthyosaurus, a bit of fancy riding can let you run circles around the Megalodon while shooting it. This also allows you to 'herd' it to where you want it to be knocked out, as it will start swimming away from you as its torpor nears max.
  • Using the Scorpion is another good tactic to knock out the Megalodon, since the scorpion can swim. Ride it and sting the shark, then back up out of range. Repeat this every ten seconds until the shark falls asleep.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Megalodon.

General[edit | edit source]

It is not recommended to full on engage a Megalodon in the water, but rather attack it from an advantageous position such as a raft, rock, the shore, or perhaps even a platform above or partially in the water.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Make sure you see it coming! Escape if you cannot fight, or instigate the battle if ready. If you plan to engage a Megalodon via the shoreline, make sure you have either a Sword, Pike, or an adequate supply of Spears. Megalodons appear to lose interest in the player when the player is swimming in shallow water around the beaches. Thus, a very easy way to deal with even large groups of Megalodons is to lure them into the water around the beaches and repeatedly stab them until they die, as they will not attack the player. Just make sure that you keep an eye on your Stamina!

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons such as the bow or Longneck Rifle can't be fired while swimming. Only the crossbow or harpoon gun can be used underwater, otherwise the player is left to a frantic stabbing battle with a pike or sword so make sure you bring a crossbow or harpoon gun if you plan to go underwater. Use a Longneck rifle or bow if you plan to fire at it from land, which is the safer option. Alternatively, if the player wishes to deal with Megalodons via the beaches, melee weapons such as Spears or a Pike are essential.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The Megalodon has incredible range in terms of becoming aggressive(aggro range), so they will appear out of nowhere to chew upon the oblivious player when they enter the water. Do not become distracted when underwater, as such choices lead to death at the hands of an otherwise preventable killer.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Megalodon can't go out of the water, so you could shoot it from above ground or from your raft.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★★☆
Angler Gel.png Angler Gel ★★★☆☆
Chitin.png Chitin ★★★☆☆
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat ★★☆☆☆
Black Pearl.png Black Pearl ★★☆☆☆

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles

  • Trilobite Farmer: The Megalodon is able to easily kill trilobites and farm them for their chitin, oil and silica pearls.
  • Water transport: While not nearly as fast as the Ichty, the Megalodon can be used as a good way to travel the seas of the map. A perk of using a Megalodon over an Ichty is that a Megalodon can easily fend off mantas, whereas an Ichty is very fragile. (Level up Speed and Stamina)
  • WaterKiller: While not being as strong as a Mosasaurus or a plesiosaur, the Megalodon is a good water creature for gathering fish meat. The Megalodon is also good at killing mantas and icthys, and is even able to kill a Plesiosaur if it has high health and damage, making it safe for transport and great for gathering meat. (Level up health, damage and if needed stamina)

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Megalodons spawn in all waters of the outer sea. They do not spawn in rivers, but can be brought there while chasing prey (be it a player, tamed or wild creature). One unusual location where Megalodons can be found are waters around the red Obelisk.png Obelisk, mostly because of two wide connections with the sea.
  • Strangely, the dossier for this creature states; "Were it not restricted to the waters, Carcharodon ultramegalodon might be the most dangerous creature on the island." This is likely an exaggeration, as it has only half the health of a Rex.png Rex. It also has less health and damage than Spinosaur.png Spinosaur. The most capable waterborne predator is Mosasaurus.png Mosasaurus.
  • Megalodons do not fit through the normal Dinosaur Gateway.png Dinosaur Gateway.
  • An Ichthy can easily outrun a Megalodon.
  • Megalodon cannot be tracked by Transponder Node.png Transponder Nodes.

Patch Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Before Patch 183.2, tamed Megalodons could be beached and killed if the player riding them was not careful.
  • Before Patch 175.0, wild Megalodons could beach themselves and die.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]