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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 Platform Saddle has 1.0 Armor. All Tek Saddle made from Tekgrams have 45 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
Astrocetus Tek Saddle Genesis Icon.png 0 0 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 750
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 3250
Crystal.png × 606
Element.png × 82
Black Pearl.png × 210
Tek Replicator None 172
Mammoth Side Saddle Logo Mobile.png 0 0 Hide.png × 780
Fiber.png × 400
Metal Ingot.png × 350
Silica Pearls.png × 100
Cementing Paste.png × 50
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 0
Megalodon Tek Saddle 0 0 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
Mosasaur Tek Saddle 0 0 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 0 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 0 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
Tapejara Tek Saddle 0 0 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
Dodo Cultivator Bit Logo Mobile.png 64 52 Metal.png × 30
Dodo Feather (Mobile).png × 10
Potent Dust (Mobile).png × 20
Inventory None 0
Dodo Decimation Bit Logo Mobile.png 86 130 Metal Ingot.png × 50
Dodo Feather (Mobile).png × 20
Ancient Amber (Mobile).png × 10
Inventory None 0
Phiomia Saddle 5 6 Hide.png × 20
Fiber.png × 15
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 5
Inventory None 7.2
Parasaur Saddle 9 9 Hide.png × 80
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 15
Inventory None 24
Carbonemys Saddle 10 12 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 95
Cementing Paste.png × 10
Inventory None 49.6
Morellatops Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 11 11 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
Inventory None 40
Ichthyosaurus Saddle 13 8 Hide.png × 55
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Metal.png × 10
Flint.png × 8
Inventory None 26.2
Pachy Saddle 14 9 Hide.png × 110
Fiber.png × 65
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Inventory None 35.2
Trike Saddle 16 12 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 25
Inventory None 44.4
Raptor Saddle 18 9 Hide.png × 110
Fiber.png × 65
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Inventory None 35.2
Hyaenodon Meatpack 19 14 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Inventory None 125.6
Equus Saddle 20 22 Hide.png × 240
Fiber.png × 160
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 85
Stone.png × 80
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Pulmonoscorpius Saddle 22 12 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 95
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
Inventory None 53.6
Procoptodon Saddle 23 35 Hide.png × 500
Pelt, Hair, or Wool.png × 150
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 70
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 172
Stego Saddle 26 15 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 35
Inventory None 62.8
Velonasaur Saddle Extinction Icon.png 27 8 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Pachyrhinosaurus Saddle 27 18 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 25
Inventory None 44.4
Manta Saddle 28 16 Hide.png × 100
Fiber.png × 70
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 25
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Flint.png × 12
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 26.2
Gallimimus Saddle 29 20 Hide.png × 240
Fiber.png × 160
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 25
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Iguanodon Saddle 30 12 Hide.png × 80
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 15
Inventory None 26
Megaloceros Saddle 30 20 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 5
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 56.8
Mammoth Saddle 31 18 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 140
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 10
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 94.4
Deinonychus Saddle 32 30 Fiber.png × 65
Hide.png × 110
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Inventory None 35.2
Terror Bird Saddle 33 15 Hide.png × 110
Fiber.png × 65
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Inventory None 33.2
Doedicurus Saddle 34 20 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Stone.png × 15
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 5
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 62.8
Sarco Saddle 35 15 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 75
Cementing Paste.png × 20
Inventory None 72
Lymantria Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 36 12 Hide.png × 130
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 95
Inventory None 120
Ankylo Saddle 36 18 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 140
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 10
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 79.2
Sabertooth Saddle 37 18 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Gacha Saddle Extinction Icon.png 38 6 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Inventory None 144.8
Pteranodon Saddle 38 15 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 75
Inventory None 86
Kaprosuchus Saddle 39 28 Hide.png × 165
Fiber.png × 120
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 65
Inventory None 35.2
Thorny Dragon Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 40 18 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
Araneo Saddle 40 18 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 140
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 100
Inventory None 103.2
Beelzebufo Saddle 40 16 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 95
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
Cementing Paste.png × 5
Inventory None 57.6
Paracer Saddle 41 18 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 10
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 148.8
Chalicotherium Saddle 42 30 Hide.png × 265
Fiber.png × 180
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Gasbags Saddle Extinction Icon.png 43 6 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Inventory None 144.8
Pelagornis Saddle 43 30 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 75
Inventory None 86
Dunkleosteus Saddle 44 20 Hide.png × 300
Fiber.png × 180
Cementing Paste.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 80
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 102.4
Mantis Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 45 18 Hide.png × 120
Fiber.png × 75
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 140
Megachelon Platform Saddle Genesis Icon.png 45 35 Hide.png × 312
Fiber.png × 260
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 76
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 42
Cementing Paste.png × 28
Shell Fragment (Genesis Part 1).png × 22
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 267.6
Dire Bear Saddle 45 24 Hide.png × 300
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Inventory None 44.4
Carno Saddle 46 21 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Ravager Saddle Aberration Icon.png 47 20 Hide.png × 285
Fiber.png × 125
Fungal Wood.png × 110
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 0
Megalodon Saddle 47 18 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Cementing Paste.png × 30
Inventory None 102.4
Baryonyx Saddle 49 24 Hide.png × 225
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 25
Fiber.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 35.2
Paracer Platform Saddle 50 24 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 70
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 45
Cementing Paste.png × 25
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
Paracer Saddle 267.6
Thylacoleo Saddle 51 18 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Megatherium Saddle 52 24 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 24 Hide.png × 250
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 60
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Arthropluera Saddle 54 30 Hide.png × 80
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Flint.png × 8
Cementing Paste.png × 15
Obsidian.png × 35
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 26.2
Megalosaurus Saddle 57 50 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Roll Rat Saddle Aberration Icon.png 58 26 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 24 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Basilosaurus Saddle 60 30 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 250
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 35.2
Snow Owl Saddle Extinction Icon.png 61 6 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Castoroides Saddle 61 50 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 100
Thatch.png × 180
Cementing Paste.png × 140
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
Smithy 103
Argentavis Saddle 62 21 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Inventory None 144.8
Bronto Saddle 63 21 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 40
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 222
Plesiosaur Saddle 64 40 Hide.png × 400
Fiber.png × 250
Cementing Paste.png × 65
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 40
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 232
Karkinos Saddle Aberration Icon.png 65 28 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 225
Fungal Wood.png × 200
Blue Gem or Blue Crystalized Sap.png × 80
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 53.6
Managarmr Saddle Extinction Icon.png 66 8 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Allosaurus Saddle 67 35 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Therizinosaurus Saddle 69 40 Hide.png × 285
Fiber.png × 160
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Rock Golem Saddle Scorched Earth Icon.png 70 40 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 140
Spino Saddle 71 40 Hide.png × 380
Fiber.png × 200
Cementing Paste.png × 45
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 25
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 178
Megalania Saddle 73 65 Hide.png × 315
Fiber.png × 215
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Rex Saddle 74 40 Hide.png × 380
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 50
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 172
Rock Drake Saddle Aberration Icon.png 75 26 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
Quetz Saddle 76 44 Hide.png × 750
Fiber.png × 500
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 85
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 232
Mosasaur Saddle 78 60 Hide.png × 800
Fiber.png × 600
Cementing Paste.png × 140
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 400
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 232
Yutyrannus Saddle 80 50 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
Bronto Platform Saddle 82 35 Hide.png × 550
Fiber.png × 325
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 90
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 125
Cementing Paste.png × 45
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
Bronto Saddle 924
Plesiosaur Platform Saddle 84 50 Hide.png × 680
Fiber.png × 405
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 112
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 155
Cementing Paste.png × 55
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
Plesiosaur Saddle 924
Basilisk Saddle Aberration Icon.png 85 28 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
Tusoteuthis Saddle 91 40 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 795
Cementing Paste.png × 45
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 102.4
Mosasaur Platform Saddle 93 80 Hide.png × 960
Fiber.png × 720
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 1200
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 320
Cementing Paste.png × 180
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
Mosasaur Saddle 924
Magmasaur Saddle Genesis Icon.png 95 35 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 150
Cementing Paste.png × 125
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 400
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 300
Giganotosaurus Saddle 96 75 Hide.png × 680
Fiber.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 120
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 606
Quetz Platform Saddle 97 80 Hide.png × 620
Fiber.png × 400
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 180
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 220
Cementing Paste.png × 120
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
Quetz Saddle 924
Titanosaur Platform Saddle 100 120 Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 4000
Hide.png × 4000
Cementing Paste.png × 1600
Fiber.png × 2000
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 924

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.

This graph demonstrates the diminishing returns of damage reduction from saddle armor. (request verification of vs Turret calculation)


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)

Element Cannon[edit | edit source]

Tek Saddles have the ability to shoot bullets with Element when activated with Ctrl and pressed with right click. However, to utilize such ability, the saddle has to be learnt from beating Bosses containing such tekgram. Riding on creatures with Tek Saddle does not require the Tekgram, however.

Astrocetus Tek Saddle Genesis Icon.png requires Tekgram to utilize its other turret seat, but not when riding in the rider seat.