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Saddles allow you to ride various creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. Riding a creature requires crafting the correct saddle and equipping it from the creature's inventory. some saddles have 'special abilities'.

Saddle Stats[edit | edit source]

Most Saddles made with Engrams have 25 Armor. Carbonemys, Trike, Pachyrhinosaurus, Diplodocus, Paracer, Paracer Platform and Bronto (not platform) have 20 Armor. The Titanosaur Platoform Saddle has 1.0 Armor. Saddles made with Blueprints can have better stats. With the exception of the Roll Rat Saddle Aberration Icon.png, saddles don't lose durability, and it is not visible on tooltips.

Crafting Information[edit | edit source]

Name Level EP Ingredients Work Area PrerequisiteXP Gain
Mosasaur Tek Saddle 0 500 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 500
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 2500
Crystal.png × 370
Element.png × 55
Black Pearl.png × 140
Tek Replicator None 172
Rex Tek Saddle 0 350 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 1800
Crystal.png × 250
Element.png × 40
Black Pearl.png × 100
Tek Replicator None 172
Rock Drake Tek Saddle Aberration Icon.png 0 455 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 455
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 2350
Crystal.png × 325
Element.png × 75
Black Pearl.png × 185
Tek Replicator None 172
Morellatops Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 11 140 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
Inventory None 40
Hyaenodon Meatpack 19 290 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Inventory None 125.6
Velonasaur Saddle Extinction Icon.png 27 150 Chitin or Keratin.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Gacha Saddle Extinction Icon.png 38 350 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Chitin or Keratin.png × 150
Inventory None 144.8
Thorny Dragon Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 40 270 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Clay (Scorched Earth).png × 85
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 125
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 140
Gasbags Saddle Extinction Icon.png 43 150 Chitin or Keratin.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Inventory None 144.8
Pelagornis Saddle 43 230 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin or Keratin.png × 75
Inventory None 86
Mantis Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 45 120 Hide.png × 120
Fiber.png × 75
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 140
Thylacoleo Saddle 51 290 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Megatherium Saddle 52 325 Hide.png × 325
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Woolly Rhino Saddle 53 250 Hide.png × 250
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 60
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Roll Rat Saddle Aberration Icon.png 58 270 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 425
Cementing Paste.png × 85
Green Gem (Aberration).png × 45
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 110
Daeodon Saddle 59 290 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Snow Owl Saddle Extinction Icon.png 61 150 Chitin or Keratin.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Managarmr Saddle Extinction Icon.png 66 150 Chitin or Keratin.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Allosaurus Saddle 67 320 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Rock Golem Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 70 270 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 140
Megalania Saddle 73 315 Hide.png × 315
Fiber.png × 215
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Rock Drake Saddle Aberration Icon.png 75 350 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 225
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 125
Red Gem or Red Crystalized Sap.png × 85
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 140
Yutyrannus Saddle 80 425 Hide.png × 425
Fiber.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 135
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 125
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 172
Basilisk Saddle Aberration Icon.png 85 85 Cementing Paste.png × 85
Fiber.png × 150
Green Gem (Aberration).png × 45
Hide.png × 270
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 425
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 110

Titan Platform Saddles are not included here as they are not crafted, but automatically equipped on tamed Titans.

Saddle Armor[edit | edit source]

By gathered in-game data, the following formulas were derived for calculating damage reduction to dinos from armor.

The general formulas are as follows:

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + Armor Coefficient * Armor)
TotalDamage = Damage * DamageMultiplier
DamageReduction = 1 - DamageMultiplier

The value of the Armor Coefficient varies based on the source of the damage and are shown in the following sections.

Explosives[edit | edit source]

For explosive damage against saddles, the Armor Coefficient has a value of 1.

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + 1 * Armor)


Example using 750 explosive damage (Grenades and rockets from a primitive Rocket Launcher) against a creature:

Armor Damage Multiplier Total Damage Damage Reduction
0 1 750 0%
25 0.8 600 20%
30 0.769230 (repeating) 576.92 23.08%
40 0.714285 (repeating) 535.71 28.57%
50 0.666666 (repeating) 500 33.33%

Firearms and Melee Weapons[edit | edit source]

For bullet damage and player melee weapon against saddles, the Armor Coefficient has a value of 4.

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + 4 * Armor)


Example using 60 bullet damage (bullet from a Simple Pistol) against a creature:

Armor Damage Multiplier Total Damage Damage Reduction
0 1 60 0%
25 0.5 30 50%
30 0.454545 (repeating) 27.27 55%
40 0.384615 (repeating) 23.08 61.54%
50 0.333333 (repeating) 20 66.66%
  • As of patch 231.4 turrets do 2.2x damage vs. all dinos.

Dino Attacks[edit | edit source]

For dino damage, the Armor Coefficient varies on the attacker. It can vary widely with some examples are shown below:

  • Attacks from Rexes and Brontos: 4 (50% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Alpha Raptors: 1 (20% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Mantas: 0.4 (9.09% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)