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These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Mesopithecus amicufur
Time Period
Late Miocene - Late Pliocene
Logo Steam.png 204.0
August 28, 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
Logo Nintendo Switch.png 599.0
November 30, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Monkey_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Monkey/Monkey_Character_BP.Monkey_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
4 XP
Gestation Time
2h 38m
Baby Time
3h 5m
Juvenile Time
12h 20m
Adolescent Time
15h 25m
Total Maturation Time
1d 6h 51m 49s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

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

Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Mesopithecus Extinction.svg

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

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Mesopithecus Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

Disambig.png This article is about Mesopithecus.png Mesopithecus, not to be confused with Megapithecus.png Megapithecus
Disambig.png See also: Gigantopithecus.png Gigantopithecus
This little buddy can ride on your shoulder and help you out of all sorts of scraps... ;)
~ Drake on Mesopithecus

The Mesopithecus (mee-so-pith-eh-cus) 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.


Mesopithecus amicufur is an omnivorous monkey species, primarily inhabiting the Island's jungles. It is smaller than a human, but can scurry about the same speed.

It does not appear to be aggressive unlike its relative the Gigantopithecus, but is rather very shy towards humans likely due to their much larger size and lack of hairy exterior.

Due to their skittish nature they can be difficult to tame. They can be hand-fed if you are patient, but stick too close to them for too long and they'll get spooked and run away.


A common pet, Mesopithecus is very easy to keep fed. It will eat nearly any fruit harvested on the island. Mesopithecus is most often used as a social companion, as it cannot carry enough to be a beast of burden, is not large enough to be ridden and is not particularly good for combat. It is, however, quite effective at vocally warning of incoming intruders and pelting them with copious amounts of tossed fecal matter. Nomadic tribes have also managed to teach Mesopithecus to open locked doors when pillaging.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Mesopithecus is able to travel perched on your shoulder, and able to screech to warn of incoming danger, just like the dossier image implies. When fighting, it throws feces at its enemy. These feces appear to apply a slow and damage over time effect to other animals. Mesopithecus will still throw feces at animals even if it is perched on your shoulder, especially if set to 'attack your target.' It is also possible to have them throw feces at an enemy from your shoulder while you are riding another mount.
Wild Mesopithecus can usually be found wandering the forests, beaches, and plains of the island. Their small size and distinctive call makes them easier to hear than see.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A small, mischievous monkey commonly found in the island's forests, the Mesopithecus is a macaque-like primate that survives by being quick, clever, and difficult to catch. Social and omnivorous, they eat almost anything, but prefer a similar diet to that of humans, which makes them fairly easy to care for as pets and companions.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Mesopithecus PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Mesopithecus PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Eye Markings
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Mesopithecus PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Back, Lower Limbs and Tail Tip
Mesopithecus PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:

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 115 +23 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 100 +10 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 450 +45 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 70 +1.4 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 12 / 12 +0.6 / +0.05 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1% 130%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 60 +3.6 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
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 60 504 240 4
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Mesopithecus attacks the target.
0 55 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 12
Throw Poop Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Mesopithecus will defecate and lob its feces at the target.
0 700 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
Projectile Impact 1 10

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]

Mesopithecus is tamed non-violently, rather than through the usual methods. Put the food you wish to feed it with in the far-right slot of your hotbar. Then, approach Mesopithecus and press the use key (default:E) to feed it when the button prompt appears. Do not get any closer than necessary for the prompt to appear, or Mesopithecus will get scared and run away. (It helps to crouch, and to a lesser extent wear a Ghillie Suit.) If it runs, try to keep it in sight - they can get fairly far away and their small size makes them easy to lose—but avoid chasing after it or it will continue to run. If your soon to be new best friend becomes spooked, it is recommended to get on a flying mount and take off. The monkey will no longer become startled by you (as once it has become spooked it will continue to be if the survivor is within a rather large range of said monkey). Be mindful of its health bar whilst taming, every time the Mesopithecus becomes startled it will lose a small fraction of its health, scare it too many times and it will die.Also be aware of any water near by, as Mesopithecus tend to drown if they run into the water.

Crouching and following the monkey will making taming much easier. With berries one must try to follow the Mesopithecus as far away as possible while still seeing the "wait till it is hungry again text" as Mesopithecus will starve to death/lose taming effectiveness very quickly with Mejoberries. It is HIGHLY recommended to use kibble.

An Argentavis or a Pteranodon can be used to pick it up and put it in a box, but this can sometimes cause the Mesopithecus to become permanently startled and therefore untameable. Rendering it unconscious resets this.

If too much time is spent between feedings then the taming bar will decrease slowly, so Kibble is more effective and allows you to make up for progress lost while defending against predators or trying to find the creature after it has run away.

Mesopithecus.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 2 02:08 0:02:08
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 18 00:33 0:09:37
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 23 00:25 0:09:13
Berries.png Berries 35 00:16 0:09:20
Mesopithecus.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 4 01:25 0:04:16
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 32 00:33 0:17:05
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 42 00:24 0:16:49
Berries.png Berries 63 00:16 0:16:48
Mesopithecus.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 5 01:20 0:05:20
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 47 00:32 0:25:05
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 62 00:24 0:24:49
Berries.png Berries 93 00:16 0:24:48
Mesopithecus.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 7 01:14 0:07:28
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 61 00:32 0:32:33
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 82 00:24 0:32:49
Berries.png Berries 122 00:16 0:32:32
Mesopithecus.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 8 01:13 0:08:32
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 76 00:32 0:40:33
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 102 00:24 0:40:49
Berries.png Berries 152 00:16 0:40:32
Mesopithecus.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Dodo Egg) 10 01:11 0:10:40
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 91 00:32 0:48:33
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 121 00:24 0:48:25
Berries.png Berries 182 00:16 0:48:32

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.png Kibble (Dodo Egg): 1 × Dodo Egg.png Dodo Egg , 1 × Rockarrot.png Rockarrot , 1 × Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

Utility[edit | edit source]

Can be mounted on the player's shoulder by picking it up when prompted ("Use" key, default e), and thrown off by double tapping "mount's inventory" key (default f).

Roles[edit | edit source]

Companion: While not the strongest fighter, this little fella has more of a role of a companion: You will never feel alone with this creature. Mesopithecus can be carried everywhere on a shoulder. It can warn owner about danger and throw feces at enemies and hostile creatures, that poisons them and slows them down a fair bit (Level Health and Weight).

Door Opener: If thrown into a base, the Mesopithecus can open doors (only thatch and wooden doors) from the inside, by using the "Whistle Attack THIS Target" command (default: .) on the door. It is thrown in the direction the player is facing, so by pointing upward it can get across wall more than 2 floors high. (Level Health and Speed)

Backpack: Only half their weight is put on your shoulder, meaning you can carry extra weight (Level Health and Weight).

Wingman: When on shoulder, the Mesopithecus can give you a helping hand by throwing feces while you ride another dino as if he's a gunner. Its thrown feces can stun your enemy, giving you the upper hand. However your dino or the enemy may move too fast for the feces to hit accurately. Most helpful when trying to retreat Setting targeting distance to highest will help when on large mounts.(Level Health and maybe Melee).

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Berries.png Berries ★★☆☆☆
Gathers autonomously
Berries can be gathered when Mesopithecus is wandering (with the release of extinction this is no longer the case)

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Mesopithecus.

General[edit | edit source]

There are only a few reasons to kill them: Their small amount of hide and meat. Killing low level/drab individuals to encourage high level and/or event colored Mesopithecus to spawn. Their constant noises, can become annoying.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

As there is no reason to kill them, and they cannot harm the player, no strategy exists to fight one. To kill one, any method known to the player will suffice.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Any weapon can kill a Mesopithecus, even the player's own two hands.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

They will always flee if faced with a threat. The only danger this little monkey presents is the frustration and lack of awareness of one's surroundings when focused on finding it. The monkey is very small, and tend to avoid open ground. You will hear the unique monkey call, or his tell tale chomping of berry noise way before you will ever see them(As of the release of Extinction, Mesopithecus no longer collect berries, tamed or wild, and therefore do not make the chomping noise anymore).

Weakness[edit | edit source]

With little health, Mesopithecus are often killed accidentally. Even land mounts that deal crush damage can send an unwary Mesopithecus flying into oblivion and collecting berries en masse with a Bronto can result in slaughter of whole groups of them.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Dossier was revealed on 06/09/15 on Steam.[2]
  • There is a bug at the moment where being punched, while it is on your shoulder, will cause it to disappear.
  • Logging out with the mesophithecus on your shoulder can cause it to despawn.
  • Whilst the Dossier says it is commonly found in jungles, it tends to be more commonly found on the outskirts, where the jungle meets a beach or open grassland.
  • 50% of the inventory weight of a Monkey on your shoulder is put on you.
  • The Mesopithecus can pick a small amount of berries, if it's left near bushes and is not following the player. They will also pick berries if set to wander(As of the release of Extinction, Mesopithecus no longer collect berries).
  • Throwing a monkey on your shoulder may be sent off course by a couple of feet in either direction. Crouching greatly increases accuracy of thrown monkeys.
  • They can be equipped with a helmet (same as players) on the slot usually reserved for saddles.
  • Strangely enough, the Mesopithecus actually drops Human Feces. This is likely because the creature is so small and the Small Animal Feces would look too large in comparison to the size of the Mesopithecus.
  • Pressing r whilst sitting on a flyer, will throw any shoulder-pet away. Be careful!
  • Contrary to the Dossier, the Mesopithecus will run from humans that get too close.
  • Despite the Dossier stating that Mesopithecus is omnivorous, it is actually herbivorous in-game.
  • Mesopithecus ignore items dropped on the ground, despite what the Dossier states.
  • The Mesopithecus can be knocked out like other passive tames, but it is impossible to tame when knocked out.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]