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Attach this Dermis to a Taxidermy Base to display it!

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Spawn Command
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/Extinction/CoreBlueprints/Items/PrimalItem_TaxidermyDermis.PrimalItem_TaxidermyDermis'" 1 0 0

The Dermis is an item introduced in Extinction and also available on Genesis: Part 1, Genesis: Part 2 and Lost Island.


A Dermis can be collected by using a  Taxidermy Tool on a tamed Creature belonging to the tribe that the survivor is harvesting from or harvestable corpse. The Dermis can then be displayed in a  Taxidermy Base.

A dermis will retain the following from the struck Creature since the last change:

  • Color (Dermis does not retain colors affected by any Dino Candy effect)
  • Name
  • Level

Note that dermis can only be collected once by a player.(On console, wait awhile and you can harvest again from a creature no cryopods needed)

If your tamed creature has died, you can collect its dermis a second time (if you had already collected the dermis while is was alive)

Noncollectable Dermis

While majority of the creature can be harvested for dermis, specific creature/boss like  King Titan and  Overseer (Along with its transformed state) cannot be harvested for its dermis as either their corpse vanishes immediately on death, or their corpse are unreachable (unless they are force tamed).

There is a way to obtain an Overseer Dermis but it requires precise timing as you'll have to dismount as the boss is about to die. While it starts it's death animation you can strike where it died at to collect a Dermis however only people who have been in the Tek Cave during that login will be able to see it. This also goes for the Defense Units and Attack Drone (Do note that these three mentioned Dermis do not retain their coloring and appear the same regardless of the difficulty it was harvested from and the attack drone is the hardest of the three to harvest Dermis from)


  • While a Dermis may only be collected once per living/deceased creature, a newborn's Dermis can be collected up to four times (Baby, Juvenile, Adolescent, Adult) as long as the  Tool is struck on them on that growing phase. Be mindful that the  Tools may potentially kill very low health babies with a single strike, so use it with caution. They can also be harvested multiple times when using a  Cryopod.
  •  Wyvern Dermis only do T-pose when placed on  Taxidermy Base, however,  Ice and  Forest Wyvern don't seem to have this issues, as well as  Crystal Wyvern.
  • The Dermis of non-tameable creatures only display on their native maps. Therefore, creatures like the  Broodmother cannot be displayed on maps like Aberration or Ragnarok. Transferring Boss Dermis to another map will erase the contents so that bringing the Dermis back to the original map will not restore its functionality. Transferring a Dermis to any map, even if the new map also has that boss fight, will destroy that Dermis.
  • Dermises of Large Creatures such as  Rock Elemental will be shrunken down in order to fit the Base
    • Most Variants of Rock Elementals are Bugged with it only functioning on Rubble Golems and Rock Elemental any variants such as Ice and Chalk will be much smaller and lack any poses.
  • ATM there is a bug/feature where when you put a Giga dermis with a Tek Giga Costume in a Large?  Taxidermy Base a hugely oversized Tek Giga will be displayed.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
285.104 Dermis is added to the game.
295.102 Adjusted  Desert Titan's dermis offset.
312.35  Megachelon dermis now works on the Large Taxidermy Base.
334.3 Fixed a bug which could cause items to be lost in the  Loadout Mannequin when using a non-survivor dermis.
341.30 Fixed a bug which the  Loadout Mannequin,  Taxidermy, and  Training Dummy where the dermis was being destroyed, which in turn also destroyed anything that was equipped to the dermis.
342.2 Can no longer place dermis of creatures in taxidermy/training dummy if that creature is not transferrable to a given map.