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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
Thorny Dragon
Group
Species
Moloch sagittarius
Time Period
Holocene
Diet
Carnivore (although the dossier says herbivore)
Temperament
Aggressive
Logo Steam.png 246.0
September 1, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 739.3
September 1, 2016
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Spawn Command
admincheat summon SpineyLizard_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/ScorchedEarth/Dinos/SpineyLizard/SpineyLizard_Character_BP.SpineyLizard_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
12 XP
Special Loot Chance
30%
Feces Size
22 - 28 °C / 72 - 82 °F
Incubation Time
2h 29m
Baby Time
4h 52m
Juvenile Time
19h 29m
Adolescent Time
1d 21m
Total Maturation Time
2d 0h 43m 57s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Rare
 
 Common
 
 Uncommon
 
 Rare
For a more exact spawn map, see Spawn Map (Scorched Earth)

The Thorny Dragon is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. This creature can be found in Scorched Earth and in the southern parts of Ragnarok.

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.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

Though survivors have come to call these gargantuan reptiles Spiny Lizards, I believe that Moloch sagittarius' closest known relative is the Australian Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus). Besides the obvious gap in size, most of the differences between Moloch sagittarius and its smaller relative lie in its thorns.

Instead of being permanent parts of its skin, Moloch sagittarius' thorns are more like spines or quills that can be removed and regrown. In fact, it is even capable of shooting these spines from its tail as a method of self defense, and examination of these projectiles has revealed that they are coated in a lethal poison.

Domesticated

Despite its dangerous spines, Moloch sagittarius has proven to be an excellent mount for indirect combat. Its ranged attacks can wreak havoc in a pitched battle, particularly if other creatures are taking the enemy's attention. Additionally, Moloch sagittarius is able to gather wood rather effectively, making it more than just an option for combat. Once saddled it can be used as a workbench, allowing for a mobile crafting station.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Aggressive when approached. Attacks smaller creatures that venture too close, but will ignore other carnivores. It has a standard bite attack, and a secondary ranged attack where it launches several tail quills at its prey. These quills have a small amount of Torpor effect to them as well as dealing damage. The ranged attack drains a good amount of Stamina when used.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A lot like the modern day horned lizard, although much larger and bulkier. Also seems to have quills like a porcupine alongside its scales.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Thorny Dragon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Mid-section and Legs
Thorny Dragon PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Quills
Thorny Dragon PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Belly
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Thorny Dragon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Top
Thorny Dragon PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Underside


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 260 +52 +5.4% 0.0924
Stamina.png Stamina 350 +35 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 1200 +120 +10% 15%
Weight.png Weight 300 +6 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 40 / 102 +2 / +0.5 +1.7% 5.6% 15.4%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3% 30%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 450 +27 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 245 693.840027 588 10
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Claws Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Using the Left Mousebutton (PC), R2 Button (PS4), RT Button (Xbox One), the Thorny Dragon swipes at the target.
5 470 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 40
Tail Needles Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation
120 4000 0 4500
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 10
Projectile Impact 1 2.6 100 4 4 5 1.5 1.5


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]

Thorny Dragon
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.

Combat[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Generally passive unless you get quite close, or are attacked. Generally starts attacking by shooting thorns if there is enough distance, before charging towards you.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Seek cover from its ranged attacks and shoot back while keeping your distance

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Use any kind of ranged tranquilizing weaponry to be able to keep your distance while fighting

Dangers[edit | edit source]

It is faster and stronger than it looks and is able to shoot thorns at you that inflict a tranquilizing effect. You may not be able to back out of a fight at the last second, since it's ranged attack can hit you from quite a distance and will significantly decrease your stamina.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The tail spike ranged attack can easily be dodged. Despite high level individuals having 1,500-2,000 health, they seem to go down fairly easily.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Thorny Dragon.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 4 0 0 0 0:12:00
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 10 13 3 2 0:18:45
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 13 32 7 4 0:24:23
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 20 75 16 8 0:37:28
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 27 119 25 13 0:50:35
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 31 47 10 5 0:29:04
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 40 200 41 21 1:15:00
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 66 162 34 17 1:03:35
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 79 197 41 21 1:14:04
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 99 260 54 27 1:32:49
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 197 258 53 27 1:32:21
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 45; Slingshot Hits × 19; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 5; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 3; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:15:00
Thorny Dragon.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 10 27 6 3 0:29:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 24 102 22 11 0:45:00
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 29 148 32 16 0:54:23
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 47 316 68 34 1:28:02
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 63 466 100 50 1:58:00
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 73 219 47 24 1:08:27
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 94 756 162 81 2:56:15
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 157 631 136 68 2:31:14
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 188 756 162 81 2:56:15
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 235 976 209 105 3:40:19
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 469 974 209 105 3:39:51
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 124; Slingshot Hits × 51; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 14; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpidity-depletion: 0.84 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:24:44
Thorny Dragon.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 15 83 19 10 0:44:59
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 37 230 51 26 1:09:23
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 47 344 76 38 1:28:08
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 75 660 146 73 2:20:29
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 100 943 209 105 3:07:18
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 116 468 104 52 1:48:45
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 150 1512 334 167 4:41:15
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 250 1267 280 140 4:00:49
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 300 1512 334 167 4:41:15
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 375 1937 428 214 5:51:34
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 750 1937 428 214 5:51:34
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 205; Slingshot Hits × 84; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 23; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 13; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 10; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 5
Torpidity-depletion: 1.09 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:31:25
Thorny Dragon.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 21 184 42 21 1:02:58
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 51 409 93 47 1:35:38
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 64 577 131 66 2:00:00
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 102 1066 242 121 3:11:03
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 138 1529 347 174 4:18:28
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 159 777 176 88 2:29:04
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 207 2422 549 275 6:28:08
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 344 2031 460 230 5:31:21
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 413 2415 547 274 6:27:12
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 516 3079 698 349 8:03:45
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1032 3079 698 349 8:03:45
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 286; Slingshot Hits × 117; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 32; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 19; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 13; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7
Torpidity-depletion: 1.32 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:36:16
Thorny Dragon.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 27 310 72 36 1:20:57
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 65 620 144 72 2:01:53
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 81 847 196 98 2:31:53
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 130 1541 357 179 4:03:29
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 175 2179 504 252 5:27:46
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 202 1131 262 131 3:09:23
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 263 3431 794 397 8:13:08
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 438 2892 669 335 7:01:54
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 525 3424 792 396 8:12:12
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 657 4362 1009 505 10:15:57
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1313 4358 1008 504 10:15:29
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 367; Slingshot Hits × 150; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 41; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 24; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 9
Torpidity-depletion: 1.53 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:40:04
Thorny Dragon.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Camelsaurus Egg) 32 431 102 51 1:35:57
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 79 857 202 101 2:28:08
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 99 1164 275 138 3:05:38
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 158 2064 487 244 4:55:56
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 213 2906 685 343 6:38:57
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 246 1531 361 181 3:50:38
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 319 4532 1068 534 9:58:08
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 532 3832 903 452 8:32:27
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 638 4532 1068 534 9:58:08
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 797 5749 1355 678 12:27:12
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 1594 5749 1355 678 12:27:12
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 448; Slingshot Hits × 183; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 50; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 29; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 21; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 11
Torpidity-depletion: 1.73 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:43:12

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.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]


KO Strategy[edit | edit source]

An effective method to tame anything that fights back is to stand on a rock and shoot from there. Ducking when you see the ranged attack coming works when you can't move to dodge. It is a bad idea to walk backwards while firing, unless you have plenty movement speed and health, as thorny dragons are faster than most low level players. When the thorny dragon gets low on health it begins running away. Though if you can't keep up you can easily fall off of a cliff, you might want to chase one on a raptor or flying mount

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Gatherer: Thorny Dragons gather wood extremely efficiently. (Level up Weight)
  • Transport: Wood, Thatch, Fiber and Stone weigh less while being carried by the Thorny Dragon. Thatch and Fiber weigh only 20% of their usual value (10 kg per, 0.4 kg per, and 0.4 kg per 100 respectively), while Wood and Stone weighs 50% of its usual value (25 kg per 100). (Level up Weight, Stamina)
  • Organic Craftsman: Once saddled the Thorny Dragon can be used as a Smithy, allowing for a mobile crafting wagon. It's also possible to increase the crafting speed of the Thorny Dragon by force feeding it Focal Chili.png Focal Chili.
  • Combat Mount: with the right training and breeding, Thorny Dragons can become dangerous mounts in close quarters desert combat. A nice mid-level alternative for traversing the desert and combatting the vicious wildlife, a properly trained or high-level Thorny Dragon can hold its own against packs of wolves, so long as you make sure that nothing gets behind you. Its ranged attacks also allow it to become a jack-of-all-trades.
  • Mobile "Ballista": Although it's still capable on the battlefield as close-quarters combat, the main battlefield use of the Thorny Dragon is to be used as a mobile "ballista", providing irritating cover fire for its allies using its quils. Upping Stamina and Melee, the creature quickly becomes an irritant to the enemy in conflict.
  • Taming Mount: It's quite easy through breeding and leveling to get a higher-level Thorny Dragon's attack to about 400%, and the stamina 2000+. This not also makes it a nuisance in the above role, but it also allows the Thorny Dragon to become a viable taming assist. With enough patience and provided cover, Paracers and even Rex can be knocked unconscious with its low-damaging, torpor-inducing spines alone.[2] Despite this, it's best use as a taming assist, rather than the sole driving force of torpor.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Wood.png Wood ★★★★★
Thatch.png Thatch ★★☆☆☆
Wood can only be collected from trees but not cactus trees.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The dossier mistakenly lists the Thorny Dragon as an herbivore, when it is actually a carnivore.
  • This creature was first revealed as a "Mystery Creature" on March 1, 2016. It was the first creature revealed in that way and the first hint to the Scorched Earth expansion.[3]
  • The tail spikes inflict torpor damage when fired.
  • It could be the thought of as the Scorched Earth equivalent to a beaver, as it is the only primarily wood gathering creature on the desert, certain materials weigh less on it, and it's saddle acts as a mobile smithy.
  • The species name, Moloch sagittarius, roughly means "Devil Archer". This is likely due to the fact the Thorny Dragon's real-life counterpart is known as Thorny Devil, and the ability that it can shoot arrow-like spines from its tail.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. Tested using God Mode on a private server. Using a bred Thorny Dragon with 400% melee, was able to render Paracers and even a 120 rex unconscious using spines. In practicality, recommended to use it as a taming assist.
  3. Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????