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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
Stegosaurus regium
Time Period
Late Jurassic
Logo Steam.png
June 2, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Stego_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Stego/Stego_Character_BP.Stego_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
10 XP
22 - 28 °C / 72 - 82 °F
Incubation Time
2h 46m
Baby Time
5h 8m
Juvenile Time
20h 34m
Adolescent Time
1d 1h 43m
Total Maturation Time
2d 3h 26m 23s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

 Very Common
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (The Island)

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

Aberration Map.jpg
Aberration regions are still in-progress.
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (Aberration)

The Stegosaurus (STEG-uh-SAWR-us) or Stego is one of the dinosaurs 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.


Stegosaurus regium has approximately 16 paired rows of plates along its back, flanked by another, smaller pair of 6 plates. This is contrary to the alternating rows of Stegosaurus fossils I've seen in museums. I've encountered Stegosaurus, in varying amounts, almost everywhere on the Island.

Not surprisingly, Stegosaurus uses the spines on its tail to defend itself. While not aggressive, Stegosaurus will come to the aid of another nearby Stegosaurus. This implies it to be a herd animal.


Stegosaurus is commonly used as a safe way to transport large quantities of goods. The plates on its back double as a cover against the arrows of attackers. It is capable of knocking back enemies with its large swinging tail, keeping the predator at a distance long enough for the rest of the tribe to provide backup. Its spiked appendage also helps it gather wild berries in large quantities.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

While not aggressive by default, Stegosaurus will attack by swinging their spiked tails when provoked. Caution is advised when hunting them.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Stegosaurus appears as a large quadrupedal herbivore with distinctive plates on its back, which are often vibrantly colored. The dinosaur also possesses 3 pairs of spikes on the end of its long tail, and has a small head tipped with a beak as well as a few grinding teeth.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Stego PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Stego PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Stego PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Plate/Spike Base
Stego PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Stego PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Plate Edge and Spike Tips
Stego 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 650 +130 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 300 +30 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 6000 +600 +10%
Weight.png Weight 500 +10 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 422 +2.1 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +2% 96.4%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 500 +30 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 170 607.75 210.375 20
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A

Attack Values
Melee Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Stego swings its spiked tail at the target.
0 570 0 660
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 42

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]

For general infos about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

Stegosaurus are slow but powerful, kite them from a considerable distance. A slingshot's limited range and low damage may be insufficient for low level players to succeed unless the beast is trapped. Tranq arrows or darts will allow you to stay further away from the beast and achieve a faster KO with much less risk Although, slingshots still pack a punch.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Stegosaurus.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Sarco Egg) 8 0 0 0 0:09:36
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 79 43 9 5 0:47:24
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 105 42 9 5 0:47:15
Berries.png Berries 158 43 9 5 0:47:24
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 50; Slingshot Hits × 21; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 6; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 4; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:27:46
Stegosaurus.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Sarco Egg) 19 0 0 0 0:22:48
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 188 223 46 23 1:52:48
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 250 222 46 23 1:52:30
Berries.png Berries 375 222 46 23 1:52:30
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 137; Slingshot Hits × 56; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 16; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 9; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpidity-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:45:49
Stegosaurus.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Sarco Egg) 30 0 0 0 0:35:59
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 300 503 106 53 3:00:00
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 400 503 106 53 3:00:00
Berries.png Berries 600 503 106 53 3:00:00
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 227; Slingshot Hits × 93; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 26; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 15; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6
Torpidity-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:58:11
Stegosaurus.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Sarco Egg) 42 0 0 0 0:50:23
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 413 865 185 93 4:07:48
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 550 864 184 92 4:07:30
Berries.png Berries 825 864 184 92 4:07:30
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 317; Slingshot Hits × 130; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 36; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 21; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 15; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpidity-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:07:09
Stegosaurus.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Sarco Egg) 53 0 0 0 1:03:34
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 525 1290 280 140 5:15:00
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 700 1290 280 140 5:15:00
Berries.png Berries 1050 1290 280 140 5:15:00
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 407; Slingshot Hits × 167; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 46; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 26; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 19; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10
Torpidity-depletion: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:14:12
Stegosaurus.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Sarco Egg) 64 0 0 0 1:16:46
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 638 1774 390 195 6:22:48
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 850 1772 390 195 6:22:30
Berries.png Berries 1275 1772 390 195 6:22:30
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 497; Slingshot Hits × 203; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 56; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 32; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 23; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12
Torpidity-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 01:20:01

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

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Stegosaurus.

General[edit | edit source]

Stegos are herd animals that are incredibly slow but hit quite hard and have hefty knock-back. Watch yourself around cliffs or just near slopes as a single hit can send you flying to your grave.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Stegos are very slow and can be peppered with most ranged weapons to death with little issue. Keep your distance and hammer away but watch your position and don't get cornered or surrounded as that can quickly lead to an early grave. If your movement speed is high enough you should be able to dart forward with a pike or spear and dart back before the stego can react properly however this is very risky and should only really be used on low level or lone dinos.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons are greatly preferred, a bow should prove sufficient. Keep away and only engage in melee to finish it if the dino is very low on health and can be finished off swiftly.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

The most dangerous aspect of the Stegosaurus is its knockback. Their damage is nothing to sneeze at but their knock-back can quickly turn an easy fight into a foolish death. It should be noted non-mounted dinos are immune to fall damage and thusly have little to fear other than getting mobbed by a herd.Play carefully and the Stego will fall easily. Also take care not to engage in fights you cannot win, either through lack of ammo or sheer number of enemies.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The slow movement speed of the Stego is its ultimate weakness. Engage from range or with a meat-shield in the form of a Dilo, Raptor, or other dino. If slowed by any means, the Stego's movement speed is laughable.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Gatherer: Stegosaurs are very good at gathering berries, decent with thatch, and not recommended for wood (Level up Melee Damage).
  • Transport: Able to carry a great deal of weight and with high health, Stegosaurs make for great pack animals (Level up Weight, Speed, and Stamina).
  • Travel: Stegosaurus makes for a strong, albeit slow, mount (Level up Speed and Stamina).
  • Tank: Stegosaurus has a pretty high base damage and knockback which makes it good for fighting multiple enemies smaller than itself (Level up Health, Melee Damage, and some Speed).
  • PvP Turret Soaker: Stegos received a recent buff where the armor plates that protect the rider reduce the damage of projectiles such as arrows and bullets by a significant amount. If angled correctly against opposing Auto Turrets the Stego can soak more bullets than even a Bronto. This tactic will require a lot of practice and can't be used in every situation but the rewards are plentiful to any tribe that can utilize this niche to its maximum effectiveness. (Level up Health.)

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Berries.png Berries ★★★★☆
Thatch.png Thatch ★★★☆☆
Wood.png Wood ★★☆☆☆

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Can be very effective at harvesting berries from Plants by swiping its tail across the ground.
  • Can also harvest small amounts of Wood and Thatch.
  • Cannot harvest Fiber.
  • Although stegosaurus and rex appear together often fighting or living, there is a larger time gap between their genus than there is between the rex and humans, thus making it more accurate to show humans and rex living together than Stegosaurus and rex.
  • The spiked arrangement on the end of Stegosaurus' tail is called a thagomizer. The term, unlike many scientific terms, was coined in 1982 by cartoonist Gary Larson, in his comic, "The Far Side", and was said to be named after the late Thag Simmons. The term was then picked up and used 11 years after by Ken Carpenter, and has gradually been adopted as an informal anatomical term, even used by the Smithsonian Institution.[2]
  • If judged by its Brain-to-body mass ratio Stegosaurus might possibly be the dumbest dinosaur in terms of intelligence.
  • In gameplay, Stegosaurus is effectively a larger Triceratops, as it shares many of Triceratops' traits and abilities, albeit on a larger scale.
  • Can be picked up by a Quetzal.png Quetzal or a Wyvern.png Wyvern.
  • Don't be fooled into expecting it to be faster than the Brontosaurus.png Bronto; it may seem that way, being smaller, but its sprint is actually barely half as fast as the larger dino.
  • The name "Stegosaurus Regium" roughly translates into "Reflective Roof Lizard".

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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