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Dossier Empty.pngDossier Trilobite.png
Dossier Empty.pngDossier Trilobite.png
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Trilobite conchadurus
Time Period
Early Cambrian-Late Permian
Logo Steam.png 191.0
July 30, 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
Logo Nintendo Switch.png 1.0
November 30, 2018
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Trilobite_Character_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Trilobite/Trilobite_Character.Trilobite_Character'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Trilobite
admincheat summon Trilobite_Character_Aberrant_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Trilobite/Trilobite_Character_Aberrant.Trilobite_Character_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35

1 Tameable using a Fish Basket (Aberration).png Fish Basket Aberration Icon.png. Untameable on ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile.

XP For Kill
2 XP
Feces Size

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

Aberration Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Trilobite Aberration.svg

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

Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Trilobite Ragnarok.svg

Common             Rare
  Untameable   Cave

Your new favorite renewable source of Chitin, Silica, and Oil
~ Drake on Trilobite

The Trilobite (Try-lo-byt) is one of the creatures 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.


Like most Trilobites, Trilobite conchadurus is an opportunistic carnivore that feeds on anything smaller than itself which it can get a hold of. A sluggish creature, the Trilobite's best defense is its incredibly hard shell. This seems to be a common adaptation for the slower creatures of the Island.

Trilobite is not a very good source of food. The creature seems to be made mostly out of internal organs and its protective carapace. This is good for the trilobite, as both river and ocean predators are less likely to prey on it if there are better options around.


The Trilobite does not seem to have enough intelligence to be tamed. This doesn't mean it has no use among resourceful survivors, however. Found along beaches and in the ocean's shallows, Trilobites are easily one of the best sources of oil, pearl and chitin on the Island, presuming one doesn't wish to venture into the dangerous caves.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Trilobites can be found in shallow water in small groups, and occasionally on beaches. Trilobites do not fight back when hit, which makes them an easy source of chitin (oil and silica are no longer an easy resource to obtain through this method due to the nerf given to the trilobite in Patch 193.0). When a Trilobite is attacked, nearby Trilobites will attempt to flee.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A Trilobite is a strange arthropod closely related to horseshoe crabs. It has a small, flattened body divided into three segments from front to tail; head, thorax and pygidium. It crawls about on many tiny legs, snuffling the sand for tasty treats. Capable of breathing both air and water, its chitinous exoskeleton protects it from predators.

Color Scheme and Regions

The Trilobite always spawns with the same color scheme and has no color regions.

This means it is currently impossible to make alterations to the Trilobite's natural spawn colors.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Using a Pick will yield more Raw Meat and Silica Pearls, while a Hatchet will yield more Chitin and Oil. Pearls and Oil are dropped in much smaller quantities than meat and chitin.

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
Health.png Health 160 +32
Stamina.png Stamina 100 +10
Oxygen.png Oxygen N/A5 N/A
Food.png Food 450 +45
Weight.png Weight 150 +3
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 02 +0
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3
Torpidity.png Torpidity 50 +3

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.
5The Trilobite is incapable of drowning.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Walking 70 210 ?
Swimming 200 N/A

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Trilobite.

General[edit | edit source]

Trilobites have a slow movement pace, and strangely enough, they can climb any type of mountain, no matter how steep it is! They also do not fight back, so killing them is relatively easy.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Be sure to remember to run after first hitting a Trilobite as they will run quite slowly in another direction! Use melee weapons because they are much more effective on this slow enemy. They will most likely go to the closest water source, so be ready. Standing on them with a Saber and killing/harvesting them seems to work very well as they are pinned in place.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Melee is preferred, as ranged is not practical. Also the Diplocaulus has a x5 damage boost on trilobites and it usually kills trilobites in one hit.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Since trilobites cannot do damage, they cannot pose any threat to players. Be sure you do not follow one into dangerous areas or off cliffs. One fleeing Trilobite may lead the player to a much less-tolerating angry Spino, which frequent the waterways with the Trilobites. Do not get carried away!

Weakness[edit | edit source]

They have low health and cannot fight. On occasion, mounts that have crushing abilities will kill them by trotting over them! Most weapons are capable of causing knockback to a Trilobite. If near a water source, use this to your advantage, keeping it from the water where it might escape with its increased swim speed.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Trilobites can be tamed using Fish Basket (Aberration).png Fish Basket Aberration Icon.png. However, despite the dossier mentioning them as "opportunistic carnivore", tamed trilobites do not eat meat, instead eating berries.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The Trilobite has a lot of similarities to the Horseshoe Crab.
  • The Dossier was revealed on the 26th June 2015 on Steam.[1]
  • The Trilobite is perhaps the easiest way to gather Chitin.png Chitin in the game, besides going into caves.
  • The Trilobite is also a good way to get Oil.png Oil and Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls without getting deeper in the ocean.
  • As of Patch 193.0, the trilobite had its shallow water spawn nerfed as well as its chances of dropping Oil and Silica Pearls nerfed.
  • Trilobite seem to spawn early in the morning along the coast line. If you're not high enough level to go down to the ocean floor, this is a good place to look.
  • Since the trilobite is from the Cambrian period, it is the oldest living species on the island, with the previous holder being Pulmonoscorpius, which is stated to have lived in the Silurian period.
  • Trilobite is not a real genus, but a term given to the whole group known as trilobites. There are thousands of genera of Trilobites known to science, all appearing between 521 - 250 MYA.
  • The Trilobite depicted in the game is very similar to Paradoxides. If this is the true identity of the Trilobite seen in ARK, its true scientific name would be Paradoxides conchadurus.
  • The trilobite is only tameable through the use of the "Fish Basket" which was released with Aberration.
  • Although the dossier states that the Trilobite is Carnivorous, once tamed it will only consume berries.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jat (26 June 2015). "Introducing the Trilobite!". Announcements. ARK: Survival Evolved Steam Community. Retrieved August 1, 2015.