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Spawn Command
cheat summon Lystro_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Lystrosaurus/Lystro_Character_BP.Lystro_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Aberrant Lystrosaurus
cheat summon Lystro_Character_BP_Aberrant_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Lystrosaurus/Lystro_Character_BP_Aberrant.Lystro_Character_BP_Aberrant'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Lystrosaurus (Gauntlet2)
cheat summon Lystro_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/Lystro_Character_BP_STA.Lystro_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
24 - 28 °C / 75 - 82 °F
 Egg Incubator: 26 °C / 79 °F
Incubation Time
49m 59.76s
Baby Time
1h 32m 35.555s
Juvenile Time
6h 10m 22.222s
Adolescent Time
7h 42m 57.777s
Total Maturation Time
15h 25m 55.555s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
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Spawning Lystrosaurus The Island.svg
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Spawning Lystrosaurus The Center.svg
Scorched Earth Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lystrosaurus Scorched Earth.svg
Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lystrosaurus Ragnarok.svg
Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lystrosaurus Extinction.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lystrosaurus Valguero.svg
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Spawning Lystrosaurus Genesis Part 1.svg
Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Lystrosaurus Crystal Isles.svg
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Spawning Lystrosaurus Genesis Part 2.svg
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Spawning Lystrosaurus Lost Island.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Lystrosaurus Fjordur Midgard.svg
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Spawning Aberrant Lystrosaurus Aberration.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Lystrosaurus Valguero.svg
Fjordur Vanaheim Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Aberrant Lystrosaurus Fjordur Vanaheim.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave
Jen Twitter.jpg They are like little puppies!
~ Jen[1]

The Lystrosaurus (Liss-tro-sore-us) is one of the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info


This section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena Walker, the author of the dossiers, has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creature.


Lystrosaurus amicifidelis


Late Permian - Early Triassic






Lystrosaurus amicifidelis is a small herbivore, common to much of the Island. Only about two feet long, it is not high on the food chain, and eats small plant life. The Island's poisonous insects seem to have little effect on Lystrosaurus. Despite being among the Island's tinier herbivores, Lystrosaurus is an incredibly resilient survivor. It recovers its torpor and health much faster than most creatures, which makes rendering a Lystrosaurus unconscious a rather difficult affair.


Not surprisingly, Lystrosaurus is an extremely loyal pet once tamed. It's a very fast learner, so it gains experience much more quickly than most other creatures. Additionally, its presence nearby appears to inspire allies, making them learn more rapidly as well. Thusly, Lystrosaurus is an excellent addition to any tribe's hunting party.


The Lystrosaurus is passive. It will walk around aimlessly until attacked, at which point it will flee, albeit very slowly. A Lystrosaurus will attack if the player steals its egg.


The Lystrosaurus is a stout mammal-like reptile often described as resembling a reptilian pig. Like wild pigs, they are usually seen snuffling the jungle floor for food using two small canine teeth and a small but strong beak. The Lystrosaurus's only true defense is their stealth, being small and quiet makes them incredibly difficult to find.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

This information can be used to alter the Lystrosaurus's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Lystrosaurus's "body" magenta.

Lystrosaurus PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
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.

Lystrosaurus PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Lystrosaurus PaintRegion5.png
Region 5:
Spine and Feet


Aberrant Lystrosaurus

 Aberrant Lystrosaurus is the Aberrant variant of Lystrosaurus found in Aberration. It is identical to the normal specie except for its glowing robe. It is tameable and is not  Radiation immune.


Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 90 +18 +5.4% 0.07
 Stamina 100 +10 +10%
 Oxygen 215 +21.5 +10%
 Food 500 +50 +10% 15%
 Weight 90 +1.8 +4%
 Melee Damage 6 +0.3 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 200%
 Torpidity 100 +6 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 60 42 126 126 88.2 264.6 4
Swimming 120 84 252 N/A N/A N/A 3

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.[2]


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.


Note: Although the DevKit has data for taming with Vegetables, the Lystro doesn't accept these as food.

Lystrosaurus.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower 2 00:31 0:00:31
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 8 00:20 0:02:21
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 8 00:20 0:02:21
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 8 00:20 0:02:21
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 8 00:40 0:04:42
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 11 00:14 0:02:26
Berries.png Berries 16 00:09 0:02:21
Lystrosaurus.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower 3 00:23 0:00:47
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 11 00:19 0:03:14
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 11 00:19 0:03:14
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 11 00:19 0:03:14
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 11 00:38 0:06:28
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 14 00:14 0:03:05
Berries.png Berries 21 00:09 0:03:05
Lystrosaurus.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower 3 00:23 0:00:47
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 14 00:19 0:04:07
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 14 00:19 0:04:07
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 14 00:19 0:04:07
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 14 00:37 0:08:13
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 18 00:14 0:03:58
Berries.png Berries 27 00:09 0:03:58
Lystrosaurus.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower 4 00:20 0:01:02
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 16 00:18 0:04:42
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 16 00:18 0:04:42
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 16 00:18 0:04:42
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 16 00:37 0:09:24
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 21 00:13 0:04:38
Berries.png Berries 32 00:09 0:04:42
Lystrosaurus.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower 4 00:20 0:01:02
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 19 00:18 0:05:35
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 19 00:18 0:05:35
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 19 00:18 0:05:35
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 19 00:37 0:11:09
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 25 00:13 0:05:31
Berries.png Berries 37 00:09 0:05:26
Lystrosaurus.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Rare Flower.png Rare Flower 5 00:19 0:01:17
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 21 00:18 0:06:10
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 21 00:18 0:06:10
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 21 00:18 0:06:10
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 21 00:37 0:12:20
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 28 00:13 0:06:10
Berries.png Berries 42 00:09 0:06:10

Note that the values are for optimal cases, always bring extra supplies!
For a level-dependent count of resources needed, try an external taming calculator.

Taming Strategy

Lystrosaurus is tamed by hand-feeding rather than through the use of tranquilizers. To feed one you will need to place an appropriate food in the far-right slot of your hotbar and get close enough to the creature for the button prompt to appear. Lystrosaurus will take one piece of the food from your inventory and will play an eating animation. You must wait for the creature's hunger to go back down before it can be fed again, a process which takes some time, depending on the level and the food.

Preferred Food

  1.  Rare Flower
  2.  Mejoberry
  3.  Berries


This section describes how to fight against the Lystrosaurus.


Killing a Lystrosaurus should be relatively easy and straight forward, comparable to fighting a dodo. Even a level 1 survivor can kill one with ease. Although keep in mind, it will attack if you steal it's egg


Keep attacking it until it dies. The Lystrosaurus will attempt to run away, but it is relatively slow, and is easily caught up to.


Any kind of weaponry will do, even your bare hands will do the trick.


The Lystrosaurus has low HP and is slow, even when running. It will also not attack you when harmed, it will flee instead.


While not a threat themselves, Lystrosaurus will typically share its environment with other carnivores like Dilophosaurs. Lower level players should keep an eye out for potential threats in the area before attacking.


Nearby dinos receiving the Lystrosaurus' buff after being pet.

XP Boost

The Lystrosaurus' unique ability allows it to give tamed dinos an experience boost that lasts about 5 minutes. Simply walk up to and pet the Lystrosaurus to enable this buff. It will need to be pet again after the buff fades. For this reason, it's advised to have a Lystrosaurus follow you while you level up your pets. The buff multiplies all XP gains by 1.35.

If you want to use the experience boost with a larger dinosaur, it's recommended to use more than one Lystrosaurus because the buff range will increase with each one. To boost a Bronto put the Lystrosaurus as near as possible to the Bronto's front legs.

Another tactic is to use a Pteranodon to carry the Lystrosaurus.

Perhaps the best way to keep one with your party, however, would be to hit it with a Grappling Hook and reel it in real close.


  • XP Booster: When pet, a Lystrosaurus will boost XP gains from all nearby allied dinos, including other Lystros.
  • Egg Layer: Lystros lay eggs fairly quickly, which can be eaten, but the eggs can also be made into kibble for taming or for Imprinting.
  • Companion: Lystrosaurus is also just an all around cute companion to have in your base. (Level up Health so it's harder to kill)




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

  • The dossier was revealed on 08/19/15 [3]
  • The Lystrosaurus' name translates to "Shovel Lizard".
  • This creature is small enough to pass  Thatch Doorframe,  Wooden Doorframe,  Stone Doorframe, and  Metal Doorframe (each including their doors).
  • A Lystrosaurus can be knocked out however it can not be tamed if they are knocked out.
  • The Lystrosaurus family survived the most severe extinction event known, the Permian–Triassic extinction event,


Patch Changes
240.0  Lystrosaurus is added to the game
240.2 You can no longer pet a dead, unconscious, or baby Lystrosaurus
252.7 Herbivores buffed to have a 55% explosion resistance and a 65% fire resistance
252.8 Herbivore explosion resistance reduced from 55% to 40%
262.0 Is now tameable with  Rare Flowers in Primitive Plus
275.0 Aberration Expansion Release Added  Aberrant Lystrosaurus