ARK: Survival Evolved: Dinopithecus - How to Tame, Feed and Breed!

Published: Jun. 26, 2022
Updated: Sep. 12, 2022

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The Dinopithecus is a prehistoric primate introduced to ARK: Survival Evolved with the Lost Island DLC. If you tame a lot of Dinopitheci, you can create your own small army led by the strongest tamed one.

Find out everything you need to know about the aggressive herbivore in our Dinopithecus guide. But also how to catch him, tame him, feed him, and breed offspring too.

This is the Dinopithecus in ARK: Survival Evolved

Appearance: The Dinopithecus, an oversized baboon, is a primeval primate. It has a distinctive face and very sharp teeth, with four notably long fangs. No fur grows on his bottom. All primate ages spawn in the Redwood biome.

Wild: Dinopitheci are pack animals led by an Alpha. So you will never find her alone. If you come across a pack of Dinopitheci, and you provoke them, they'll bar their sharp teeth and throw handfuls of their own excrement at you, as is common with primates.

Good to know: Only the adult specimens will attack you, young animals will only make threatening gestures in your direction. Once you defeat an adult Dinopithecus, the hatchlings will flee.

Domesticated: Once you've managed to tame a few Dinopitheci, they will organize themselves into a small pack around the strongest tamed specimen, who will take on the role of Alpha. The new Alpha can rush this pack towards a target with a shrieking battle cry.

You can also ride the Dinopithecus, you don't even need a saddle for that. On its back, you can climb walls and trees and even use zip lines.

In battle, the Dinopithecus can throw dung missiles, grenades, or a combination of both.


How to tame the Dinopithecus in ARK

In order to tame the Dinopithecus, you must first locate the Alpha. You can recognize this by the glowing aura that surrounds it. Running towards him will show you what you need to do to tame him, such as defeating two Betas in the pack.

After you've done this, you need to get the Alpha Dinopithecus's health below 85%. It should then tell you that you can tame it with mutton.

Since all adult Dinopitheci in the pack are attacking you, you can consider building a trap like here in the "Shady's Adventures" tutorial.


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How To Feed a Dinopithecus in ARK

Once you have tamed your Dinopithecus, it is important to know what it likes to eat. Dinopitheci are omnivores, which of course makes the choice of food easier, which means you can offer it meat, berries, vegetables, etc. and it will eat it. But he prefers fruit and a little meat.

How to breed the Dinopithecus 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 breeding interval of a Dinopithecus is 18 to 48 hours.


After a successful mating, if you play on default settings, the female Dinopithecus will be pregnant for about 10 hours. After the 10 hours, you can welcome the little Dinopithecus baby into the world. As a baby, it takes up another 9 hours of your attention, during which you have to keep putting food in its inventory. Pay attention to the embossing intervals every 8 hours to tickle the greatest potential out of the baby.

Once it gains juvenile status, it can feed on its own. The entire maturing time takes about 4 days and 6.5 hours.

Beginner tips on breeding in ARK can be found here:


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Looking for more helpful guides on ARK: Survival Evolved? Then take a look at our ARK guide overview, where you will find more of our dinosaur, crafting, resource, and technology guides. You can also chat with us and other players on our Discord server. We're looking forward to see you!


Sascha Asendorf is the co-founder of and has been running online magazines in the gaming sector since 2013. Starting with a strong focus on survival games, Sascha now deals a lot with role-playing games and is an expert on survival and RPG titles like Conan Exiles, Baldurs Gate 3 & Cyberpunk 2077.
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