Alpha Carnotaurus

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Alpha Carnotaurus
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Spawn Command
cheat summon MegaCarno_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Carno/MegaCarno_Character_BP.MegaCarno_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus The Island.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus The Center.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Ragnarok.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Extinction.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Valguero.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Crystal Isles.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Genesis Part 2.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Lost Island.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Fjordur Midgard.svg
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Spawning Alpha Carnotaurus Fjordur Asgard.svg
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Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Alpha Carnotaurus is one of the Alpha Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info

The Alpha Carnotaurus is a bigger, stronger version of the  Carnotaurus. In addition to their own strength, they also buff the damage and resistance of any nearby wild carnivores. They pose a significant threat to any players who aren't fully prepared to encounter one.  Alpha Creatures cannot be knocked out.
Defeating an Alpha Carnotaurus grants a large amount of XP and gives all nearby players a  Rex Bone Helmet. They also frequently drop recipes, high-quality weapons and armor, and various other items.
Alpha Carnos do not drop normal raw meat when harvested. Instead, they give very large quantities of  Raw Prime Meat.


Alpha Carnotaurus are extremely aggressive and attack players and dinos on sight. Their headbutt attack has a high knockback and can potentially push players and dinos off cliffs.


Relative size in comparison to a regular Carnotaurus and a Rex.

The Alpha Carno is about 1.5x the size of a normal Carno and share the same color palette, but with a slightly darker shade. They also have a glowing red aura surrounding them, making them easier to differentiate from the normal counterparts.

Color Scheme and Regions

This section displays the Alpha Carnotaurus's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Alpha Carnotaurus. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Alpha Carnotaurus 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 Alpha Carnotaurus's regions by entering cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID> in the cheat console. For instance, cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6 would color the Alpha Carnotaurus's "body" magenta.

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Region 0:
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Region 1:
X mark.svg

Region 2 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

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Region 4:
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Region 5:


Guaranteed Special Loot

Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
 Health 6400 +1280
 Stamina 300 +30
 Oxygen N/A N/A
 Food 2000 +200
 Weight 300 +6
 Melee Damage 80 +4
 Movement Speed 100% N/A
 Torpidity 350 +21
Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Wild Wild
Walking 550

Swimming 400

  • For a comparison of the stats of all creatures, see Base Creature Statistics.
  • For an explanation of exactly how the levelup calculation works, see Creature Stats Calculation.
  • 1These are the base speeds of the tamed creature at 100% Movement Speed, i.e. without a possible taming bonus.
  • 2These are the speeds of the creature once tamed including a possible taming bonus and no imprinting bonus.
  • For a comparison of the speeds of all creatures, see Base Creature Speeds.


This section describes how to fight against the Alpha Carno.


The Alpha Carnotaurus is an extremely deadly predator, but taking it down is worth the XP. Use all of your resources available, including tribe members, powerful mounts and your strongest weapons. Avoid as much physical confrontation as possible. It also gives the best loot of the land alphas, so it is possible to kill it for high quality gear.


Avoid the extreme damage by waging a ranged battle. If that is not an option, guerrilla tactics with a speedy mount is acceptable. Using powerful dinosaurs such as  Rex,  Therizinosaurus or  Spino can quickly finish the Alpha Carnotaurus. Bringing mate boosted dinosaurs is also a good idea. In all cases, try to clear any surrounding normal Carnotaurus so they cannot assist the Alpha Carnotaurus in battle.

As with all alphas, distracting the carnotaurus to a corpse which it will be fixated on and can not destroy allows you to snipe it with a wyvern/crossbow/gun/flame arrows. This is the easiest option for beginners, with a bleeder like the Thylacoleo or the Allosaurus being a comparably good strategy.

You can also solo the Alpha Carnotaurus with a  Baryonyx in the water if you stun it and beat it down. Be mindful of when the stun ends however as when it ends you can find yourself with a Carnotaurus that can deal critical damage to you in several seconds.

Another, less conventional strategy is to make a spike box it can be 4-10 walls but leave one open. Lead the alpha Carno to the center of it and either trap it in with another wall or have a tribemate do it. Once it is inside then you can let it hit the spikes till it dies (WARNING: you might not get exp if you arent hitting it and dont get the final hit, but you will get loot no matter what,unless sometimes they dont have loot.)


Ranged weapons work best, as once the Alpha Carnotaurus can harm the player, it is normally already over in the Alpha Carnotaurus' favor. Powerful mounts can turn the battle against it. Swarming it with animals might help as the player can either flee or attack.


The damage, health, and speed all combine to make the Alpha Carnotaurus a notorious killer of small establishments and massive regimes alike. Don't let it get near your livestock! A determined Alpha Carnotaurus can even chew through stone walls eventually, so keep your animals away from any fencing to stop it from refreshing its aggression to get to them.


The Alpha Carno is very slow and vulnerable in the water, so mounts like the Basilosaurus can easily defeat it (Basilos can tank it anyhow.) Like all alphas, it will be distracted by corpses which it can not break. Kill nearby carnivores and use this method alongside effective range weapons.


  • Released in patch 194.0
  • The Baryonyx is capable of stunning the Alpha Carnotaurus in the water and can usually very easily kill one on its own.
  • The damage and resistance buff that it gives to nearby carnivores can be seen as an arrow pointing up, with a "+" sign inside of the arrow.
  • Rarely, Alpha Carnos can spawn with  Yutyrannus and the usual Carnotaurus.
    • Tamed Yutyrannus cannot control it as a minion.
  • Its size is comparable to that of an  Allosaurus.