Troodon

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Troodon
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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
Troodon
Group
Species
Troodon magnanimus
Time Period
Late Cretaceous
Diet
Temperament
Nocturnally Aggressive
Logo Steam.png 253.0
December 23, 2016
Logo Xbox One.svg 749.0
January 17, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 503.0
January 18, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Troodon_Character_BP_C
or
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Troodon/Troodon_Character_BP.Troodon_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Data
XP For Kill
2 XP
Special Loot Chance
1%
Feces Size
28 - 32 °C / 82 - 90 °F
Incubation Time
1h 8m 10s
Baby Time
2h 6m 15s
Juvenile Time
8h 25m 3s
Adolescent Time
10h 31m 18s
Total Maturation Time
21h 2m 37s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat

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

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 Common
 
 Very Uncommon
 
 Unknown
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 Rare
 
 Unknown
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 Rare
 
 Unknown
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The Troodon (TRO-uh-don) 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.

NoteHelena.png
Wild

Quite possibly the most intelligent non-human creature on the Island, Troodon magnanimus is an incredibly fast learner. It understands meaningful experiences much faster than other creatures (including humans), and its social nature means it also teaches its packmates, making them smarter too!

If Troodon's cleverness didn't make it formidable, then its tactics and biology would. It specifically pack-hunts at night when we are most vulnerable, and sees humans as its primary prey. This audacity is made especially dangerous due to its serrated fangs' poison, which drains stamina from any creature, but outright paralyses humans.

Thankfully, Troodon is fairly small. Were it larger, it might well have become the dominant creature of its ecosystem.

Domesticated

I thought Troodon simply could not be tamed, until I finally saw a lone survivor with one. She told me that she let "Troody" hunt a few of her tribe's smaller creatures for sport, and it eventually started following her everywhere. It seems that while Troodon is too intelligent to fall for the rote conditioning of "tranq-and-feed," it can instead gradually gain loyalty from a social approach that provides it with the opportunity to hunt. Ever since, I have wondered at the benefits which a pack of ultra-smart, bred-for-battle Troodon may bring to a tribe brave enough to earn the favor of these clever carnivores.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Troodon are aggressive dinosaurs which have very small aggro ranges, almost like that of a Dilophosaur, but when alerted to your presence, all other Troodon in the pack will become aggressive. It is best to avoid these animals when starting out as they can easily outrun a survivor without any points added to speed and their venomous bite will slow you down. Their eyes glow at night, they also have a higher aggro range. A pack of these can take down a Carno pretty easily, so if you are planning on taking one down, take numerous speedy dinos and a ranged weapon.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

A smaller relative of the island's Raptors, Troodon is no less dangerous. It has large eyes which glow at night, perfect for spying prey in the dead of night, and serrated teeth made for grievously wounding unlucky victims. Worse still, it is venomous (a trait unseen in their fossil ancestors). Troodon also has a coat of feathers, in contrast to the relative "nakedness" of the island's other small carnivorous dinosaurs.




Color Scheme and Regions

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

Troodon PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Troodon PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Body Highlights and Feathers
Troodon PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Belly


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 200 +40 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 150 +15 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 200 +20 +10%
Weight.png Weight 140 +2.8 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 102 +0.5 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +2.5% 20%
Torpor.png Torpor 180 +10.8 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
4Torpor 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 480 816 960  ?
Swimming 300 N/A N/A N/A


Attack Values
Bite Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Troodon bites the target. The target's Stamina.png Stamina will lower by 2x the damage dealt over 4 seconds. This effect stacks with each hit.
0 100 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 7 4 -2 -14
Leap Attack Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The Troodon leaps at the target. The target's Stamina.png Stamina will lower by 2x the damage dealt over 4 seconds. This effect stacks with each hit.
0 900 350 7000
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 7 4 -2 -14


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]

Troodon
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]

Troodons use a unique flavour of Passive Taming. Instead of putting a Food item in your last Inventory Slot, you have to instead allow the Troodon to kill your tames. Troodons gain Taming Affinity by earning Combat Experience, with the amount required reduced by 40% at night. Taming Affinity will only be credited to a player if the creature killed belonged to you or your tribe. A singular tame is capable of providing experience to multiple troodons. Tests have shown this is unreliable, but can be reproduced.

Requirements
  • Experience required: 343 + (32 x Troodon's level)
  • Experience required at night: 137 + (13 x Troodon's level)
  • Creatures must not be set as Passive and must be unmounted by a player.
  • Creatures can be unconscious or pre-damaged (i.e. at 1 Health remaining).
  • Babies and adults provide the same amount of experience.
  • Pherimone darts may be utilized to make the troodon attack a chosen dino, but be careful that other wild dinos do not enter the fight.
Taming Notes
  • There is a "Feeding Interval" of sorts, wherein no Taming Affinity will be gained for subsequent kills. It is not yet known how this is calculated, but 90 seconds was sufficient for a level 1 Troodon.
  • Taming Affinity will not reset nor is Taming Effectiveness reduced when a wild Troodon takes damage.
    • In fact, Troodons will always tame with 100% Taming Effectiveness (i.e. 50% bonus levels).
  • Taming and Experience Multipliers do not seem to affect the Troodon. That said, the table below utilises the v253.0 hard-coded 2x experience values (although even if the actual amount of experience required and earned is still on the previous 1x values, the taming requirements are the same.
  • Troodons will not readily aggro onto most creatures that provide a substantial amount of experience. To circumvent this, have the Troodon aggro to the player while standing on top of the creature.

Preferred Food[edit | edit source]

Minimum Sacrifices Needed (Night)
Sacrifice Troodon.png Level 5 Troodon.png Level 25 Troodon.png Level 50 Troodon.png Level 75 Troodon.png Level 100 Troodon.png Level 150
Giganotosaurus Icon.png Giganotosaurus Lvl 1 Lvl 3 Lvl 11 Lvl 19 Lvl 27 Lvl 43
Wyvern.png Wyvern Lvl 1 Lvl 11 Lvl 24 Lvl 38 Lvl 51 Lvl 78
Spinosaur.png Spinosaur Lvl 8 Lvl 30 Lvl 57 Lvl 84 Lvl 110 Lvl 164
Rock Elemental.png Rock Elemental Lvl 12 Lvl 37 Lvl 70 Lvl 102 Lvl 134 Lvl 199
Rex.png Rex Lvl 25 Lvl 68 Lvl 122 Lvl 176 2× Lvl 110 2× Lvl 164
Megalosaurus.png Megalosaurus Lvl 32 Lvl 83 Lvl 148 2× Lvl 102 2× Lvl 134 2× Lvl 199
Brontosaurus.png Brontosaurus Lvl 37 Lvl 96 Lvl 169 2× Lvl 117 2× Lvl 154 3× Lvl 148
Gigantopithecus Icon.png Gigantopithecus Lvl 42 Lvl 106 Lvl 187 2× Lvl 130 2× Lvl 170 3× Lvl 164
Allosaurus.png / Carnotaurus.png / Quetzal.png / Therizinosaur.png Lvl 48 Lvl 119 2× Lvl 100 2× Lvl 145 2× Lvl 190
Paraceratherium.png Paracer Lvl 76 Lvl 183 2× Lvl 154 3× Lvl 145 3× Lvl 190
Mammoth.png Mammoth Lvl 118 2× Lvl 135 3× Lvl 154
Argentavis.png Argentavis / Doedicurus Icon.png Doedicurus Lvl 136 2× Lvl 156 3× Lvl 178
Ankylosaurus.png / Chalicotherium.png / Direwolf Icon.png / Moschops.png / Scorpion.png / Thorny Dragon.png Lvl 160 2× Lvl 183 4× Lvl 154
Kaprosuchus.png / Sabertooth.png / Sarco.png / Stegosaurus.png Lvl 193 3× Lvl 145 4× Lvl 187
Arthropluera.png / Giant Beaver.png / Dimetrodon.png / Direbear.png / Megaloceros Icon.png / Morellatops.png 2× Lvl 118 3× Lvl 183 5× Lvl 187
Lymantria.png / Onyc.png / Pelagornis.png / Pteranodon.png / Raptor.png / Tapejara.png / Vulture.png 2× Lvl 160 4× Lvl 183
Achatina.png / Spider.png / Beelzebufo.png / Carbonemys.png / Dimorphodon Icon.png / Diplocaulus.png 3× Lvl 159
Dilophosaur.png / Dung Beetle.png / Gallimimus.png / Parasaur.png / Phiomia.png / Troodon.png
Archaeopteryx.png / Compy.png / Dodo.png / Kairuku.png / Jerboa.png / Lystrosaurus.png / Pegomastax.png
Experience Needed (Night): 202 460 782 1,105 1,427 2,072
Notes
  • Full list of experience.
  • A level 5 Titanosaur.png Titanosaur is sufficient to tame any levelled Troodon, and has been omitted from below tables.
  • Aquatic creatures have been omitted.
  • Dododex has a calculator complete with an experience bar for the prospective troodon as well as the ability to simulate feeding it any number and level of tamed creatures.
  • Baby Wyverns are the most recommended taming method as Wyvern Eggs are readily available and the babies do not starve at an accelerated rate.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Troodon.

General[edit | edit source]

It is not advised to engage in combat with a Troodon, even with riot armor.They inflict more torpor than a Titanoboa. Fight them mounted, or keep stimberries on your hotbar and constantly eat them while fighting.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Their venom only drains stamina on other creatures but it can knock-out a player instantly. Any mount will do, since Troodons have low HP, but high stamina is advised.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

To combat a Troodon, use either a tamed & mounted dino or ranged weapon so it can't knock you out. You can also try to throw a bola at it. Then you can just use a range weapon or melee weapon to kill it but don't get too close.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Troodons are considerably stronger at night. Their aggro range and speed increase by a large amount. A huge danger to early game Survivors. They also gain pack bonus similar to compies, max of +4 only works at night.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

Long ranged weapons such as the Crossbow can nullify the Troodon's torpor effect if used properly. Troodon are scared of most light sources and will run away from campfires and torches, carry one on you to deter attacks,.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Roles[edit | edit source]

Night Hunter / Pack Animal
  • The Troodon's eyes gain a glow effect at night, similar to the Megalosaurus. This grants the Troodon an increased aggression radius and movement speed, as well as a Pack buff similar to the Compy that is limited to +4. It is currently unknown what benefits the pack bonus grants (Level Health and Melee Damage).
Upgradeable Scout
  • The Troodon has a Menu Wheel ability, Scout: Reveals the current location of the nearest valid unit within 3000 range. 60 second cooldown.
    • Selection: Players & Tames; Players; Traps; and Wild Creatures.
    • Range seems to refer to something approaching centimeters, rather than meters or foundations. At approximately 1m2 per foundation, the base range is about 30 Foundations.
  • Rather than investing in bonus stats, you can instead consume skill points to "Improve Scouting".
    • The two options for improvement are: Scouting Range and Scouting Cooldown. Each point is worth either 120 bonus range or -0.8 cooldown.
    • This is in contrast to Moschops and Therizinosaurus, whose improvements are in addition to bonus stats.
    • The cooldown reduction maxes out at 2 seconds, which would take 73 level-ups in cooldown reduction to achieve. Points put into cooldown reduction after this point are consumed, but have no effect. Note that this is not currently possible on official servers but may become so in the future.
  • The Troodon cannot be carried like the similarly sized Archa or Compy, limiting its usefulness.

(Level Health, Speed, and Stamina).

Guard Dog/Attack Dog
  • The Troodon's movement speed, stamina draining toxins, and ability to give high amounts of topor against players makes it very useful for PvP. Allowing it to protect bases or homes from invaders with ease, especially if left in tight spaces or rooms. They are also good for laying a fast sneak attack on players that are not yet mounted on tames, the scout ability will allow you to use these dinos to more success in an fast sneak attack.
  • Pump points evenly into Health, Movement Speed, and Melee damage for best setup.

Collectible[edit | edit source]

Resource Efficiency
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat ★★★☆☆

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

  • The dossier was revealed on November 9, 2015.[2]
  • In ARK Digest 25, it is revealed that Troodons will work on an Affinity system, where any knocked out creature killed by the Troodon will add to the taming bar of whomever knocked out the prey. This was later changed so the prey has to belong to the player's tribe.[3]
  • Troodon had one of the largest brain to body ratio of any non-avian dinosaur.
  • The dossier mentions that Troodon possesses a venomous bite that paralyzes its human prey. This is possibly a reference to the Troodons of the Jurassic Park series (primarily in the novel and games), which was also nocturnal, and also possessed a venomous bite. Interestingly enough the bite of Jurassic Park's Troodon also had a paralytic effect, but this was in later stages. At first, the bite caused hallucinations which slowly drove the victim berserk, followed by convulsions and seizures, until finally paralysis and brain death.[4]
  • The skull seen in Troodon's dossier is nearly identical in appearance to that of the dinosaur Dromaeosaurus.
  • In real life Troodon is thought to be an omnivore, due to its serrated plant-cutting teeth.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]