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Common Name
Triceratops styrax
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
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June 2, 2015
Logo Xbox One.svg 729.0
December 16, 2015
Logo PS4.svg 501.0
December 6, 2016
Logo Mobile.svg 1.0
May 24, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Trike_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Trike/Trike_Character_BP.Trike_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Triceratops
admincheat summon Trike_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Trike/Trike_Character_BP_Aberrant.Trike_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
8 XP
22 - 28 °C / 72 - 82 °F
Incubation Time
2h 29m
Baby Time
4h 37m
Juvenile Time
18h 31m
Adolescent Time
23h 8m
Total Maturation Time
1d 22h 17m 45s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d

The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Triceratops The Island.svg

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Triceratops Aberration.svg

The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Triceratops The Center.svg

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Triceratops Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Triceratops (try-SAIR-uh-tops), or simply Trike, 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.


Apparently a crossbreed of a Triceratops and Styracosaurus, Triceratops styrax has both the characteristic three-horned face of Triceratops and the prominent horned-ridge of Styracosaurus.

Normally a very docile grazing animal, Triceratops becomes aggressive once angered. Triceratops will chase down would-be predators (and egg-stealers) with incredible prejudice. Running away from triceratops is harder than it seems due to its ability to charge and ram its target.

I've seen Triceratops have an especially hostile reaction to the Tyrannosaurus, with herds attacking en masse. While not very fast, they are deadly in a group.


A common mount for those that ride dinosaurs, Triceratops doubles as pack animal and combat dinosaur. Triceratops' bony ridge works excellently as cover from frontal attack, and the dinosaur's charge is incredibly dangerous. It is largely protective of its kinds if its sense danger. In the presence of larger carnivores that appears as a threat, Triceratops becomes stronger and rallies the effort of its nearby species.

It is also capable of harvesting a sizable amount of resources with its horns by shredding fruit from the leaves, making it a very useful work companion for smaller tribes.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Trike is not aggressive until attacked. When attacked, it charges at the enemy and bucks it with its head. Their bucking attack knocks the enemy back, which can make Trikes much more dangerous near cliffs or steep hills. The amount of knockback is significantly influenced by the enemy's weight. However, This attack can be easily dodged, but if it decides to ram and charge forwards, it is better to quickly dodge sideways as its speed when charging is much faster than simply running forwards. The Triceratops is also a herding animal, coming to the aid of others when attacked.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Trike is a relatively small stout quadrupedal herbivore, which sports a large bony head equipped with an equally bony frill, which is adorned with multiple horns or spikes. Three larger horns also appear on the animal's head, one over each eye, and one on the nose.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Trike PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Trike PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Face and Feet
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

Trike PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Trike PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Trike PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Body Accent

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 375 +75 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 150 +15 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 3000 +300 +10%
Weight.png Weight 365 +7.3 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 322 +1.6 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +1.5% 120%
Torpidity.png Torpidity 250 +15 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 150 607.5 283.5 14
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 Trike headbutts the target.
0 490 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 32
Ram Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation Holding the Right  Mousebutton (PC), L2 Button (PS4), LT Button (Xbox One), the Trike prepares a charge attack.
0 4000 100 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 32

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]

Triceratops are rather slow, you can kite one easily. Keep firing Tranq Arrow.png Tranquilizer Arrow with several seconds in between each arrow to allow the Torpidity.png Torpor level to increase over time while backing away very quickly. You can also look for a stuck Trike, which will be incredibly easy to knock out, as it can't attack you. Another strategy is to look for 2 or 3 small trees on a beach and then aggro the trike from a distance or from a safe place like ontop of a rock, directing him between the trees, it will likely get stuck. Many users have reported that a change has recently been made adding extra head armor to the Triceratops making head shots less effective than body shots to KO a trike. Knock out numbers above no longer work using head shots as the actual number is much higher now.

Taming Food[edit | edit source]

Trike.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 4 0 0 0 0:04:48
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 40 22 5 3 0:24:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 53 22 5 3 0:23:52
Berries.png Berries 79 22 5 3 0:23:43
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 25; Slingshot Hits × 11; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 3; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 2; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpidity-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:13:53
Trike.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 10 0 0 0 0:12:00
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 94 112 23 12 0:56:25
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 125 111 23 12 0:56:16
Berries.png Berries 188 112 23 12 0:56:25
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 69; Slingshot Hits × 28; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 8; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 5; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.5 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:22:54
Trike.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 15 0 0 0 0:18:00
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 150 252 53 27 1:30:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 200 252 53 27 1:30:01
Berries.png Berries 300 252 53 27 1:30:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 114; Slingshot Hits × 47; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 13; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpidity-depletion: 0.66 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:29:05
Trike.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 21 0 0 0 0:25:12
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 207 434 93 47 2:04:13
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 275 432 92 46 2:03:46
Berries.png Berries 413 433 93 47 2:03:55
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 159; Slingshot Hits × 65; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 18; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 11; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpidity-depletion: 0.79 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:33:34
Trike.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 27 0 0 0 0:32:23
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 263 647 140 70 2:37:49
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 350 645 140 70 2:37:31
Berries.png Berries 525 645 140 70 2:37:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 204; 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: 0.92 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:37:06
Trike.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Kibble.png Kibble (Carno Egg) 32 0 0 0 0:38:23
Advanced Crops.png Vegetables 319 887 195 98 3:11:25
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 425 886 195 98 3:11:16
Berries.png Berries 638 887 195 98 3:11:25
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 249; Slingshot Hits × 102; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 28; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 16; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6
Torpidity-depletion: 1.04 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:40:00

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 (Carno Egg): 1 × Carno Egg.png Carno Egg , 1 × Savoroot.png Savoroot , 1 × Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Triceratops.

General[edit | edit source]

While it is not difficult to dodge the attack of a Trike, they deal significant damage, and the knock-back can deal additional fall damage if the player is knocked off of a hill. Oftentimes, beginning players attack out of familiarization with such an iconic dinosaur. This can lead to an early and embarrassing death.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

When attacked, a Trike will try to ram you with its horned head. Side stepping is your best friend here, especially if you are attacking with a spear. Quickly circle around the Trike, avoiding it’s head, while exposing its body. If you can circle fast enough it’s possible to avoid getting hit at all. (Doesn't work consistently enough to be listed. Highly impossible for a beginner.)

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

It is entirely possible to bring down a Trike using only a melee weapon if the player is careful to avoid the head and stays near the Trike's side or behind. However, it is recommended to use a ranged weapon such as a bow. It is a good strategy to enrage the Trike from afar, using a ranged weapon. Finish it with powerful melee attacks. A powerful mount can also be used.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Their headbash will knock you back, so try to avoid getting in front of them. Other Trikes nearby will also attack a player if a member of their species is hit nearby. If a player steals a wild Trike egg, the Trikes nearby will attack. Their attacks have a large AOE(Area Of Effect) and can send big groups of players or attacking dinosaurs flying back. This includes animals as big as, and possibly bigger than the parasaur, so always expect to be knocked back.

Running in a straight line either to escape or keeping a distance is a bad idea as well as it can charge and ram directly in front.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Trikes have a large, slow turning radius, so outfoxing the Trike can be a viable strategy. They also have relatively low health and a tendency to get stuck in trees. Because a Trike will try to face its attacker it is easy to position some low level dinos behind it and make them attack it. When it tries to turn towards them, punch the trike and it will change targets again and again without ever actually attacking.

Utility[edit | edit source]

When near the presence of a threatening large carnivore, Triceratops receives a rivalry buff, affecting nearby tamed/wild Trikes and boosting their damage and health.

The following wild/enemy dinosaur triggers the buff

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Transport: While slow, has a very good base carrying capacity. Good for local transport, but will get stuck often when travelling through woods. Note that if you are riding the triceratops, you can simply attack the trees, knocking them down; also, a ridden trike's attack does no friendly fire damage, so you can also clear trees out of the way of other non-mounted pack beasts that are following you (Level up Speed, Stamina, and Weight).
  • Gatherer: Excellent for gathering berries, second only to a Therizinosaur.png Therizinosaurus, Brontosaurus.png Bronto, Stegosaurus.png Stegosaurus or Mammoth.png Mammoth (Level up Melee Damage).
  • Battle mount: Decent battle mount for starters, as it can do some damage and knocks smaller opponents back (Increase Damage and Health). Do not underestimate its knockback, if you can master it you will be able to kill way stronger dinos and suffer little to no damage, but it requires perfect timing between your attack and if needed to walk forwards or backwards, best to practice with raptors. You can kill an Alpha Raptor in this way.
  • Guardian: While most people think first and foremost of the swift, deadly carnivores in terms of protecting their property, the Triceratops is much easier to tame earlier in the game than even midsized carnivores. A pair or trio of Trikes can act as the core of a guard force that will keep your home and herds safe from common predators such as Raptor.png Raptor, Sarco.png Sarco and Carnotaurus.png Carnotaurus. Unlike most dinos, Trikes tend not to die when pursuing Sarco into the water—their AoE lets them fend off multiple Piranha.png Megapiranha (Level up Health and Melee Damage).
  • PvP Turret Soaker: The head of the Trike reduces damage by a significant amount. This can allow you to charge against a group of opposing Auto Turrets and absorb their bullets with extreme efficiency. Since Trikes are relatively easy to tame, have more speed compared to the Carbonemys, and are much smaller than larger turret soakers such as Brontosaurus and Diplodocus, they are effective substitutes for a growing tribe that is willing to raid.

Collectibles[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Cactus Sap (Scorched Earth).png Cactus Sap ★★★★★
Berries.png Berries ★★★★☆
Thatch.png Thatch ★★★☆☆
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower ★☆☆☆☆
Rare Mushroom.png Rare Mushroom ★☆☆☆☆
Wood.png Wood ★☆☆☆☆

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • Can collect berries, thatch, and smaller amounts of wood; collecting berries in this manner will yield extremely high amounts of berries compared to collecting them by hand. This makes it incredibly useful for feeding and taming other herbivores.
  • Its full name means "Spiky three-horned Face".
  • When dismounting, you will stand on the back of the trike. If you crouch, you can hide behind its large face plate for cover from attacks. It is also possible to shoot from the top of the trike while it fights. (Don't move or you may fall off.
  • The Trike was planned to have a skewer attack in the future, likely similar to the Woolly Rhinoceros.png Woolly Rhino's.[2] This was introduced in the TLC Pass #2 in 21st March.
  • The Player can use weapons while mounted on the back of the Trike.
  • When TLC 2 was first released, Aberrant Variant do not have a color region nor its mutated light region. This was fixed within two weeks after its release.
    • They do not appear to carry a "Rivalry" buff appearance either, even when in the presence of a large carnivore.
  • Oddly enough, while Rock Drake.png Rock Drake appears larger than Trikes and are also carnivores, they do not appear as a threat to them, hence the absence of the buff.

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