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Disambig.png See also:  Megatherium

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Spawn Command
cheat summon Chalico_Character_BP_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Chalicotherium/Chalico_Character_BP.Chalico_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Corrupted Chalicotherium
cheat summon Chalico_Character_BP_Corrupt_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/Dinos/Corrupt/Chalicotherium/Chalico_Character_BP_Corrupt.Chalico_Character_BP_Corrupt'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Chalicotherium (Gauntlet)
cheat summon Chalico_Character_BP_Gauntlet_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Gauntlet/Arctic/Chalico_Character_BP_Gauntlet.Chalico_Character_BP_Gauntlet'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Chalicotherium (Gauntlet2)
cheat summon Chalico_Character_BP_STA_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/Chalico_Character_BP_STA.Chalico_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
Variant VR Chalicotherium (Mashup)
cheat summon Chalico_Character_BP_ExpG_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Mashup/ExperimentG/DinosAndStructures/Chalico_Character_BP_ExpG.Chalico_Character_BP_ExpG'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Chalicotherium (Mashup)
cheat summon Chalico_Character_BP_ExpG_Pod_C
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Mashup/ExperimentG/DinosAndStructures/Chalico_Character_BP_ExpG_Pod.Chalico_Character_BP_ExpG_Pod'" 500 0 0 35
Taming Method
Preferred Food
Preferred Food Primitive Plus
 Chalicotherium Saddle (Level 42)
 Hats (Mobile only)
Gestation Time
7h 56m 11.428s
Baby Time
8h 13m 49.628s
Juvenile Time
1d 8h 55m 18.512s
Adolescent Time
1d 17h 9m 8.141s
Total Maturation Time
3d 10h 18m 16.281s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium The Island.svg
The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium The Center.svg
Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Ragnarok.svg
Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Extinction.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Valguero.svg
Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Genesis Part 1.svg
Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Crystal Isles.svg
Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Genesis Part 2.svg
Lost Island map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Lost Island.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Fjordur Midgard.svg
Fjordur Asgard Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Fjordur Asgard.svg
Fjordur Jotunheim Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Chalicotherium Fjordur Jotunheim.svg
Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Corrupted Chalicotherium Extinction.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Chalicotherium (CHA-lih-co-THE-ree-um), sometimes referred to as Chalico or Chali, 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.


Chalicotherium obsidioequus


Late Oligocene - Early Pliocene






Found in small numbers within the Island's colder regions, Chalicotherium obsidioequus is normally a peaceful herbivore that prefers to spend its days lazing about or playing with its family. It is very territorial, however, and the entire family, young and old, will turn against an encroaching creature at just the slightest provocation. A memorable scene to stumble upon is a group of Chalicotherium playing. One odd playtime activity for Chalicotherium is hurling large balls of snow or.. mud-rocks(?).. at each other. Smaller creatures in the area shy away from Chalicotherium during this exertion, for fear of being buried in snow or "gravel."


While many creatures are useful while attacking a fortress, Chalicotherium can be trained as mobile artillery. Its unique playtime habit becomes a rather devastating long-range assault tactic when it is given boulders to throw, rather than snowballs!


Like the  Dire Bear and  Gigantopithecus, the Chalicotherium becomes hostile when approached. It throws balls of rocks, mud, and (presumably) feces that can poison the player, slow movement speed, and apply a brown effect around the edges of the screen. You can still dodge the balls, but they are pretty rapid fire. The creature seems to bear some rudimentary intelligence, not unlike an otter, as troops of them can be seen hurling snowballs at each other like some sort of war game - something that also proves handy against local predators like  Hyaenodon,  Direwolves and even  Daeodons. While most commonly found in cold, snowy regions, they are by far the most adaptable of the Arks’ large mammals, and can also handle warmer conditions; occasionally being found in jungles, grasslands, even on beaches and wastelands across all maps except for Scorched Earth and Aberration.


Perhaps the oddest mammal on the island, the Chalicotherium is best described as a hybrid between a horse, a gorilla, a bear, as well as a zebra but does look akin to Ground Sloths too. Like a gorilla it walks on its knuckles, but whereas apes have hands, the Chalicotherium wields wicked claws. These claws are used for pulling leafy branches towards its mouth, but are deadly in combat. The skull form, tail and pattering lean more towards that of an equine species, while the body is nearly identical in shape to giant ground sloths such as Megatherium.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Chalicotherium PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
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.

Chalicotherium PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Fur Highlights
Chalicotherium PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Stripes and Belly
Corrupted Chalicotherium PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
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.

Corrupted Chalicotherium PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Fur Highlights
Corrupted Chalicotherium PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Stripes and Belly


Corrupted Chalicotherium

 Corrupted Chalicotherium is the Corrupted variant of Chalicotherium found in Extinction. It is identical to the normal specie except for its corrupted robe. It is not tameable and is guided by hive spirit.

VR Chalicotherium

 VR Chalicotherium is the VR variant of Chalicotherium found during some Missions in Genesis: Part 2. It is identical to the normal specie except for its digitized robe. It is not tameable.


Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 600 +120 +5.4% 0.07
 Stamina 300 +30 +10%
 Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
 Food 4000 +400 +10%
 Weight 400 +8 +4%
 Melee Damage 36 / 32 +1.8 / +1.6 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +1%
 Torpidity 500 +30 N/A 0.5
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 210 ? ? 850.5001 850.5001 850.5001 14
Swimming 300 ? ? ? ? ? ?

Attribute Base Value Level Increase
 Health 600 +120
 Stamina 300 +30
 Oxygen 150 +15
 Food 4000 +400
 Weight 400 +8
 Melee Damage 36 +1.8
 Movement Speed 100% N/A
 Torpidity 500 +30
Base Speed Sprinting Speed
Wild Wild
Walking 210

Swimming 300


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.[1]


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.


The Chalicotherium is unable to be tamed through the standard tranquilize-and-feed methods, and must be tamed non-violently.

To feed it, place  Beer Jar on the last slot of your hotbar, then when approached press use (default E) to feed it. You cannot feed them all the food required for taming at one time, you must wait every couple of minutes until it is hungry again to feed it more until its taming meter is filled. For the least amount of difficulty, wear  Ghillie Armor and sneak up carefully behind it. Also, if you have it in a safe area, you can feed the first beer and then do something else for a while to give it time to accrue some hunger.

The Chalicotherium also accepts  Stimberries but the taming progress is incredibly slow and therefore this is not advised.

Chalicotherium.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Beer Jar.png Beer Jar 3 02:02 0:04:04
Chalicotherium.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Beer Jar.png Beer Jar 6 01:37 0:08:07
Chalicotherium.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Beer Jar.png Beer Jar 9 01:31 0:12:10
Chalicotherium.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Beer Jar.png Beer Jar 12 01:28 0:16:13
Chalicotherium.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Beer Jar.png Beer Jar 15 01:26 0:20:16
Chalicotherium.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time
Beer Jar.png Beer Jar 19 01:25 0:25:40

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.

Once tamed the Chalicotherium's diet is  Berries, like other herbivores.


This section describes how to fight against the Chalicotherium.



The Chalicotherium is a powerful creature, but by hammering it quickly with a  Woolly Rhino or  Dimorphodon, it can be taken down before it has a chance to attack.


Because of its hard-hitting swipe attacks, melee weapons are not advised. Long range weapons are most effective here, though caution of player placement is recommended. Its rock/dirt throw can knock a player off most rocks, so a tall ledge and use of a Scope Attachment is a more effective strategy here. Tanking or fast-flying mounts are even more effective with the Chalicotherium.


It will charge at the player, throwing dirt, rocks or even fecal matter if it is unable to catch up. This projectile slightly impairs your vision, slows you down, and poisons you, regardless of the direction of impact.


Once tamed, the Chalicotherium’s range attack is a rock throw, this attack can’t cover its right side efficiently. A fast mount with a close turning circle is a good choice to attack him from his right flank.


  • The Chalicotherium can be used as a mobile  Catapult Turret and can throw rocks at enemies. You do not need to have ammunition, because it grabs them from the ground.


  • Siege Weapon: Chalicotherium is the only tamable creature aside from the  Rock Elemental and Ferox that can lob boulders that deal heavy damage to structures and animals. Unlike the elemental however, the Chalicotherium has the advantage of being able to climb onto platform saddle mounts to use them as a siege tower; and its smaller size with higher speed allows it to maneuver or re-position quicker. While its accurate range is shorter than that of the  Catapult Turret, it doesn't need ammunition to reload. Level up stamina for more continuous rock throws and melee damage for more powerful boulder tosses. Health is also recommended to survive return fire from turrets or defender firearms.
  • Base Defense: Place in turret mode around your base but be sure to feed them as most tames don't eat from feeding troughs while in turret mode.
  • Gatherer: The Chalicotherium's left click swing goes in a wide arc and has a rapid attack speed, allowing it to gather berries and thatch rapidly. It can also gather wood, but far less effectively. Also the Chalicotherium has a C attack, which can be used while sprinting to collect berries while still on the run. Level up carry weight, stamina, and speed.
  • All-Purpose Mount: The Chalicotherium is a very versatile mount. It can sprint relatively fast for a herbivore. With its high health, damage, and massive knockback on its attacks it can go toe to toe with most predators, even large ones like  T-Rex. It can easily amass large amounts of  Berries for yourself and for taming others. Level Speed, Health, and Melee Damage.
  • Note! You can also use weapons while riding the Chalicotherium. When Chalicotherium is too slow to pursue other players, pull out your assault rifle and shoot em down!
  • Damage:
  • Transport:
  • Travel:
  • Guardian:
  • Battle Mount:
  • Combatant:
  • Defender:


Resource Efficiency
Berries.png Berries ★★★★★
Thatch.png Thatch ★★★☆☆
Wood.png Wood ★☆☆☆☆


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

  • The Chalicotherium was first revealed by Drake on July 23, 2015 [2]
  • On Dododex, the phrase “hold my beer” originated from this creature due to its unusual taming mechanic.
  • The dossier was revealed by Jat on January 25, 2016 [3]
  • Despite looking like a cross between a horse and a gorilla, Chalicotherium is a close relative of horses and rhinoceroses.
  • Chalicotherium means "Pebble Beast" in Greek, referring to its oddly shaped teeth, which fall out when they reach adulthood.
  • Obsidioequus means "Siege Horse" in Latin, referring to its relation to horses and its catapult-like capabilities.
  • Chalicotherium can be knocked out in the game, but like other non-violent and passive tames the Chalicotherium can not be tamed when it is knocked out.
  • Chalicotheriums were probably social animals that lived in herds, Ark's Chalicotherium can usually be seen in singles, pairs and very ocasionally, in groups of 3.
  • Oddly, even though they are tamed with Beer, once tamed they will not consume it, even when force fed.


Patch Changes
248.0 Added the  Chalicotherium
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%
258.0 Chalicotherium now supports a new AI Turret Mode with its boulders
285.104 Extinction Expansion Release  Corrupted Chalicotherium added