Find out everything you need to know about the shy chitin eater in our ARK: Survival Evolved Archaeopteryx guide. But also how to catch him, tame him, feed him, and breed offspring too.
You can often find Archaeopteryx in forests in all ARK maps, where it often jumps from tree to tree.
This is Archaeopteryx in ARK: Survival Evolved
Appearance: The Archaeopteryx is a small bird-like carnivore that closely resembles the Microraptor.
Wild: Although Archaeopteryx is officially a carnivore, it is a prey animal. He will immediately try to disappear if you get too close to him.
Tamed: Once you have tamed an Archaeopteryx, you can pick it up and use it to glide through the air, like a paraglider.
How to tame Archaeopteryx in ARK
How to hunt an Archaeopteryx: The Archaeopteryx will try to flee if you get too close, so you’ll need to shoot it from afar to stun it. Depending on the specimen’s level, this may require multiple stun arrows and patience.
How to tame him: As soon as he is unconscious, it is best to put the kibble or chitin in his inventory and feed him with it. To keep the Archaeopteryx down and the stun value up, it’s best to use the anesthetic or Narcoberries.
How to feed an Archaeopteryx in ARK
Once you have tamed your Archaeopteryx, it is important to know what it likes to eat. Archaeopteryx are carnivores, which of course makes the choice of food easier.
- Ingredients: 1x Small Egg, 1x Cooked Fish Meat, 5x Fiber, 5x Mejoberries, 2x Rockarrot, 1x Water
- Kibble (Pelagornis Egg)
- Ingredients: 1x Pelagornis Egg, 1x Citronal, 10x chitin, 2x Mejoberries, 3x Fiber, 1x Water
How to breed the Archaeopteryx in ARK
This is how you prepare the breeding: If you have a male and female specimen, you build an enclosure that is large enough at best. Put both dinos in the pen and set them to “wander” via the command menu. Alternatively, you can also switch directly to “Pair”, but then there must always be a player nearby, otherwise the pairing will stop due to the rendering.
The mating interval of an Archaeopteryx is between 18 and 48 hours.
How to hatch eggs: If you have obtained a fertilized Archaeopteryx egg from a successful mating, hatching begins. For this, the ambient temperature of the egg should be between 16 °C and 20 °C and in the egg incubator at 18 °C. According to standard settings, the little Archaeopteryx baby hatches after about 2.5 hours. After that, it takes about 1.5 hours of your attention, during which you keep putting food in its inventory.
Once it gains juvenile status, it can feed on its own. The entire maturing time takes about 15.5 hours.
Beginner tips on breeding in ARK can be found here:
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