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Disambig.png This article is about Archelon, not to be confused with Megachelon

Mod ARK Additions Archelon.png
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Archelon physicorum
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Archelon_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/Archelon/Dinos/Archelon_Character_BP.Archelon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/Additions_Pack/Archelon/Dinos/Archelon_Character_BP.Archelon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Legacy Archelon
admincheat summon LegacyArchelon_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/Archelon/Dinos/LegacyArchelon_Character_BP.LegacyArchelon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
4 XP
26 - 29 °C / 79 - 84 °F
Incubation Time
4h 59m 58.56s
Baby Time
18h 31m 6.667s
Juvenile Time
3d 2h 4m 26.667s
Adolescent Time
3d 20h 35m 33.333s
Total Maturation Time
7d 17h 11m 6.667s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Mod ARK Additions Spawning Archelon The Island.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Mod ARK Additions Spawning Archelon The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Mod ARK Additions Spawning Archelon Ragnarok.svg

Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Mod ARK Additions Spawning Archelon Valguero.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave


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This content is only available if this Mod is installed on a server or on Single Player.

The Archelon is one of the Creatures in ARK Additions.

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.


Archelon Physicorum is a kinder denizen of the deep. With a massive and thick carapace, Archelon survives exclusively on a diet of Cnidaria. These giants are often found in a group with at least one additional specimen, deep in the Islands waters.

Most likely due to their diet, Archelon are immune to the effects of torpor and tranquilization. Luckily, taming an Archelon can be done by hand, and only requires a hefty amount of time, and biotoxin...

...lots and lots of biotoxin.

Archelon appear to possess the ability to gain unprecedented amounts of strength when they consume their favorite prey. Once they devour the corpse of a Cnidaria, Archelon have shown an increased resistance to damage, and a tremendous increase in their own attacks.


Once they've had their fill of biotoxin, Archelon show great promise as undersea mounts. While they maintain their additional perks consuming Cnidaria, they also gather an incredible amount of biotoxin themselves, making them vital for creating huge quantities of shocking tranquilizer darts. On top of all this, Archelon can seat an additional 4 survivors atop their saddle! I would consider it foolish for a tribe to not have at least one Archelon available to them.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Archelon passively swims around the ocean until it is attacked, at which point it will defend itself. This often leads to its demise.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Archelon is similar in appearance to modern day sea turtles. However, they are noticeably larger.

Legacy Archelon (Variant)[edit | edit source]

The Legacy Archelon is a variant of the Archelon. The Legacy Archelon uses the old model of the Archelon and was brought back due to popular request.

Color Scheme and Regions[edit | edit source]

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

Mod ARK Additions Archelon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Fin Highlights and Head
Mod ARK Additions Archelon PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

Mod ARK Additions Archelon PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Carapace Stripes and Shell Rim
Mod ARK Additions Archelon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Carapace Rim
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Region 5:
Fins and Top Head

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 2070 +414 +2.508% 0.07 (TBHM: 90%6)
Stamina 775 +77.5 +10%
Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food 10000 +1000 +10%
Weight 1600 +32 +4%
Melee Damage 252 +1.25 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +2%
Torpidity 2000 +120 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.
6The TamedBaseHealthMultiplier (TBHM) is applied right after taming, before the additive bonus is applied).

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 200 300 300 ?
Swimming 200 N/A N/A N/A

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Archelon.

General[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Dangers[edit | edit source]

They have an enormous Health pool, so if the survivor is not prepared, Archelons can be somewhat dangerous. Archelons don't have high Melee Damage, even with the Jellyfish Killer buff. They are also immune to stuns and Torpor due to their immunity to Cnidaria.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The Archelon is incredibly slow on land, so luring them to the shores will put them at a serious disadvantage.

Taming[edit | edit source]

The Archelon is unable to be tamed through the standard tranquilize-and-feed methods, and must be tamed non-violently. To feed it, place Bio Toxin or Superior Kibble on the last slot of the hotbar, then use the E key.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Ingredients for Superior Kibble: 2 ×  Citronal, 1 ×  Prime Meat Jerky, 1 ×  Large Egg, 5 ×  Fiber, 2 ×  Rare Mushroom, 1 ×  Sap, Water

Passive Tame Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Archelon is decently fast in the water, but on land it is incredibly slow. Archelons can spawn near the shores or deep in the depths. In the water, Archelons are susceptible to attacks from Megalodons and Mantas, so clearing out any threats before taming is a good idea.

A semi-aquatic mount such as a Baryonyx or ranged weaponry can prove useful for luring Archelons onto land for safer taming. The shell of an Archelon is able to be walked on, so it is a good spot to stand on and tame them from.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Controls[edit | edit source]

  • Left - This key triggers a simple bite.
  • Space - This key can be used to travel upwards while submerged.
  • C - This key can be used to travel downwards while submerged.

Roles[edit | edit source]

Jellyfish Killer - As well as being immune to Cnidaria stings, the Archelon harvests additional Bio Toxin from Cnidaria and when an Archelon has killed a Cnidaria, it receives a buff that allows it to deal more damage and harvest even more Bio Toxin

Aquatic Tank - Even at low levels, the Archelon has an impressive Health pool, and coupled with the damage reduction from both its Jellyfish Killer buff from killing Cnidaria and a full imprint, it can resist quite a large amount of damage. However, it has a slow Health recovery and it struggles to attack enemies behind it (level Health, Melee Damage and a bit of Movement Speed and Stamina).

Aquatic Cargo Hold - The Archelon has a large amount of Weight, allowing it to act as an oceanic cargo hold (level a bit of Health and Stamina, then put the rest into Movement Speed and Weight).

Aquatic Transport - The Archelon possesses a four person Saddle, allowing it to ferry riders around the ocean. Coupled with its abilities to ascend and descend straight up and down and its immunity to Cnidaria stings, it makes for a helpful, if somewhat slow, transport unit (level a bit of Health and Stamina, then put the rest into Movement Speed).

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Bio Toxin.png Bio Toxin ★★★★★

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Archelon physicorum roughly translates to "physical ruling turtle."
  • Once tamed, the Archelon still exclusively eats Bio Toxin, which can make it somewhat expensive to upkeep. However it can eat Kibble, so Basic Kibble can be used instead.
  • Despite being a Reptile, much like any other Aquatic Creatures, it does not possess an Oxygen stat.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]