Saddles

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Saddles allow you to ride various creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. Riding a creature requires crafting the correct saddle and equipping it from the creature's inventory. some saddles have 'special abilities'.

Saddle Stats[edit | edit source]

Most Saddles made with Engrams have 25 Armor. Carbonemys, Trike, Pachyrhinosaurus, Diplodocus, Paracer, Paracer Platform and Bronto (not platform) have 20 Armor. The Titanosaur Platoform Saddle has 1.0 Armor. Saddles made with Blueprints can have better stats. With the exception of the Roll Rat Saddle Aberration Icon.png, saddles don't lose durability, and it is not visible on tooltips.

Crafting Information[edit | edit source]

Name Level EP Ingredients Work Area PrerequisiteXP Gain
Mosasaur Tek Saddle 0 500 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 500
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 2500
Crystal.png × 370
Element.png × 55
Black Pearl.png × 140
Tek Replicator None 172
Rex Tek Saddle 0 350 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 1800
Crystal.png × 250
Element.png × 40
Black Pearl.png × 100
Tek Replicator None 172
Hyaenodon Meatpack 19 290 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Inventory None 125.6
Pelagornis Saddle 43 230 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin or Keratin.png × 75
Inventory None 86
Thylacoleo Saddle 51 290 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Megatherium Saddle 52 325 Hide.png × 325
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Woolly Rhino Saddle 53 250 Hide.png × 250
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 60
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 44.4
Daeodon Saddle 59 290 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Allosaurus Saddle 67 320 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 144.8
Megalania Saddle 73 315 Hide.png × 315
Fiber.png × 215
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 125.6
Yutyrannus Saddle 80 425 Hide.png × 425
Fiber.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 135
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 125
Smithy
Argentavis Saddle
None 172

Titan Platform Saddles are not included here as they are not crafted, but automatically equipped on tamed Titans.

Saddle Armor[edit | edit source]

By gathered in-game data, the following formulas were derived for calculating damage reduction to dinos from armor.

The general formulas are as follows:

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + Armor Coefficient * Armor)
TotalDamage = Damage * DamageMultiplier
DamageReduction = 1 - DamageMultiplier

The value of the Armor Coefficient varies based on the source of the damage and are shown in the following sections.

Explosives[edit | edit source]

For explosive damage against saddles, the Armor Coefficient has a value of 1.

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + 1 * Armor)


Example using 750 explosive damage (Grenades and rockets from a primitive Rocket Launcher) against a creature:

Armor Damage Multiplier Total Damage Damage Reduction
0 1 750 0%
25 0.8 600 20%
30 0.769230 (repeating) 576.92 23.08%
40 0.714285 (repeating) 535.71 28.57%
50 0.666666 (repeating) 500 33.33%

Firearms and Melee Weapons[edit | edit source]

For bullet damage and player melee weapon against saddles, the Armor Coefficient has a value of 4.

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + 4 * Armor)


Example using 60 bullet damage (bullet from a Simple Pistol) against a creature:

Armor Damage Multiplier Total Damage Damage Reduction
0 1 60 0%
25 0.5 30 50%
30 0.454545 (repeating) 27.27 55%
40 0.384615 (repeating) 23.08 61.54%
50 0.333333 (repeating) 20 66.66%
  • As of patch 231.4 turrets do 2.2x damage vs. all dinos.

Dino Attacks[edit | edit source]

For dino damage, the Armor Coefficient varies on the attacker. It can vary widely with some examples are shown below:

  • Attacks from Rexes and Brontos: 4 (50% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Alpha Raptors: 1 (20% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Mantas: 0.4 (9.09% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)