taming a Doedicurus

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Here, dino, dino!

As you’d expect on an island teeming with dinos, there are a plethora of different creatures roaming ARK: Survival Ascended’s The Island map. But not are all so ferocious, and even those that are can actually be tamed. There are dozens that can, in fact, but here we’ll be singling out Doedicurus. This creature makes for a super useful ally in the wild, particularly for collecting stone. Finding and taming a Doedicurus is a bit of a daunting task, but you won’t go wrong with our handy guide.

Where to Find a Doedicurus

The green highlighted regions on the map are the best for finding and taming a spotting a Doedicurus. These regions are abundant with this creature, particularly around the central volcano, which is otherwise known as the redwood area. The Doedicurus also spawns in the territory directly surrounding the central volcano, but not as frequently.

The Doedicurus also sometimes spawns along the river to the north of the central volcano. Single entity spawns of the Doedicurus are also possible in the easier-to-reach areas, predominantly in the beginner sections of the map. These spawns are not guaranteed and are relatively uncommon. For the best results, players are advised to explore the orange, yellow, and green zones.

How to Tame a Doedicurus in ARK Survival Ascended

Taming a Doedicurus in ARK Survival Ascended involves a series of steps that need to be followed precisely for a successful capture.

Doedicurus is a docile herbivore, posing no threat unless aggravated. However, the terrain it roams is home to other predators and players who might pose a challenge. Therefore, it’s essential to equip yourself appropriately before approaching a Doedicurus.

The Doedicurus needs to be rendered unconscious before the taming process begins. This can be achieved using tranquilizers, a crossbow, a longneck rifle, or a compound bow. Aim for areas other than its shell to maximize the torpor effect.

It’s worth noting that a bola can be used to immobilize the Doedicurus before shooting it with tranquilizers.

Once the Doedicurus is unconscious, place food in its inventory. The creature will consume the food, gradually increasing its taming bar. You can use regular kibble, crops, or berries for this process. The Doedicurus is tamed once the taming bar is full.

After the Doedicurus is tamed, you can fit a saddle on it and ride it.

Taming Time and Food Requirement

The time required to tame a Doedicurus and the food required depends on the effectiveness of the food used. Here’s a breakdown:

Food Type

Taming Time


Regular Kibble

43 mins 29 secs



3 hours 19 mins 13 secs



3 hours 18 mins 55 secs


Other Berries

3 hours 19 mins 13 secs


Note: The effectiveness percentage represents the extra levels gained post-taming.

Taming Aids

To keep the Doedicurus unconscious until it’s tamed, you may need the following:

  • Ascerbic Mushroom: 2
  • Narcotic: 1
  • Narcoberry: 3
  • Bio Toxin: 1

Once tamed, the Doedicurus proves to be a formidable ally. It gathers stone efficiently and can protect itself from damage and predators by curling into a ball. It can also damage thatch and wood structures, making it an excellent choice for farming and defense.

Carrying the Doedicurus

The Doedicurus can be carried by the following creatures:

  • Gigantopithecus
  • Karkinos
  • Procoptodon
  • Quetzal
  • Tusoteuthis

Drops from Doedicurus

Upon death, the Doedicurus drops the following resources:

  • Hide
  • Raw Meat
  • Keratin

So there you have it. by following these steps, you should have no issue taming a Doedicurus in ARK: Survival Ascended. This creature, with its unique abilities, makes a worthy companion for your adventures in the wild.