Dunkleosteus

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Spawn Command
cheat summon Dunkle_Character_BP_C
or
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Dunkleosteus/Dunkle_Character_BP.Dunkle_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant X-Dunkleosteus
cheat summon Ocean_Dunkle_Character_BP_C
or
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/BiomeVariants/Ocean_Dunkleosteus/Ocean_Dunkle_Character_BP.Ocean_Dunkle_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant X-Dunkleosteus (Escort)
cheat summon Ocean_Dunkle_Character_BP_Escort_C
or
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis/Dinos/MissionVariants/Escort/Ocean/Ocean_Dunkle_Character_BP_Escort.Ocean_Dunkle_Character_BP_Escort'" 500 0 0 35
Taming Method
Preferred Kibble
Preferred Food
Preferred Food ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile
Equipment
 Dunkleosteus Saddle (Level 44)
Gestation Time
7h 56m 11.428s
Baby Time
8h 13m 49.63s
Juvenile Time
1d 8h 55m 18.518s
Adolescent Time
1d 17h 9m 8.148s
Total Maturation Time
3d 10h 18m 16.296s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat
The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus The Island.svg
The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus The Center.svg
Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus Ragnarok.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus Valguero.svg
Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus Crystal Isles.svg
Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus Genesis Part 2.svg
Lost Island map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus Lost Island.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Dunkleosteus Fjordur Midgard.svg
Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning X-Dunkleosteus Genesis Part 1.svg
Lost Island map.jpg
Spawning X-Dunkleosteus Lost Island.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning X-Dunkleosteus Fjordur Midgard.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Dunkleosteus (dun-kul-Os-tee-us,)[1] also referred to as the Dunkly, or simply the Dunk, is one of the creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info

Dossier

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.

NoteHelena.png
Species

Dunkleosteus loricaruptor

Time

Late Devonian

Diet

Carnivore

Temperament

Docile

Wild

Dunkleosteus loricaruptor is a very strange creature. It is a fairly large fish, covered head to tail in armored plates, with incredibly powerful jaws. It tends to eat the Island's water-dwelling crustaceans trawling the seabed, as it is not fast enough to catch most of the smaller fish. Dunkleosteus is surprisingly combat-oriented for a fish. Its well-armored body protects it from many creatures, while its bite is strong enough to easily crush through chitinous shells.

Domesticated

Dunkleosteus is an incredibly useful fish for coastal communities. Its powerful jaws make short work of the stone and oil formations found throughout the oceanic depths. While harvesting, Dunkleosteus can defend its rider from all but the largest threats in the waters. And once it is past its prime, the Dunkleosteus itself can be harvested for a fair amount of chitin.

Behaviour

The Dunkleosteus is a slow, cumbersome fish that slowly wanders the depths of the ocean. It will not deter from its path to attack players, but if it is hurt by any creature (players included) or a player gets too close, it will attack without mercy. If the attacker can hold its position, the Dunkleosteus will flee.

Appearance

The Dunkleosteus is a large fish found in the ARK's oceans. While its body's physique is similar to that of a standard fish with an eel-like tail, its head makes the beast very distinct. The Dunkleosteus's head is totally armoured, except for the eyes. Where most animals have teeth, massive jagged plates of bone exist in its mouth to crush the shells and bones of its prey. These teeth are used by the creature to crush rocks and oil nodes. The Dunkleosteus is slightly larger than a Megalodon, another predator that cruises the same waters.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Dunkleosteus PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Body
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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.

Dunkleosteus PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Spots
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Dunkleosteus PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Head
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X-Dunkleosteus PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Main Body
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X-Dunkleosteus PaintRegion1.jpg
Region 1:
Glowing spots
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Region 2:
Lines on head
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X-Dunkleosteus PaintRegion3.jpg
Region 3:
Fins
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X-Dunkleosteus PaintRegion4.jpg
Region 4:
Glowing stripes
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Region 5:
Head
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Drops

Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 710 +142 +5.4% 0.042
 Stamina 200 +20 +10%
 Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
 Food 2000 +200 +10% 15%
 Weight 910 +18.2 +4%
 Melee Damage 60 +3 +1.7% 14% 17.6%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +1%
 Torpidity 1150 +69 N/A 0.5
Movement
[u/s]
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Swimming 546 713.7 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]

Dunkleosteus

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.


Taming

For general info about domesticating a wild creature see Taming.

KO Strategy

Lure into a cave where you can use a rifle to tranq the Dunkleosteus, requires a creature that can go on land, frogs work well with this method. Kiting the Dunkleosteus in a circle will prevent it from hitting you, allowing a simple solo tame as it has a slow turn and is fairly slow moving. This is made much easier with some points in Oxygen.

Contrary to popular belief it does not matter where you shoot the Dunkleosteus; it will take vastly reduced damage (and consequently much less torpor) than expected whether it's shot in the body or head. If you plan to tranq a very high level Dunkleosteus it is advised to bring at least 250 arrows if you're using a primitive crossbow. As such higher-quality crossbows are recommended to reduce the endurance test that knocking out a Dunkleosteus can be.

A more efficient and less expensive way to knock one down is to just grab them with a Tusoteuthis as the Tuso will inflict torpor over time and arrows won’t need to be expended. Note: This is more time consuming method, so prepare to sit for a bit.

In the Ocean biome on Genesis: Part 1, It is possible to build a trap up against the holographic barrier of the Terrariums and use the open room inside to either tranq the Dunkleosteus with a Longneck Rifle, Electric Prods, or even a Mantis wielding a high damage Wooden Club, the latter of which may be the most effective method of applying torpor.

Taming Food

Dunkleosteus.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 1 0 0 0 0:03:36
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 2 0 0 0 0:04:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 4 0 0 0 0:09:00
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 3 0 0 0 0:06:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 5 0 0 0 0:11:15
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 6 0 0 0 0:06:46
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 7 0 0 0 0:15:46
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 12 0 0 0 0:13:53
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 14 0 0 0 0:15:46
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 17 0 0 0 0:19:08
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 34 0 0 0 0:19:08
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 115; Slingshot Hits × 47; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 13; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpidity-depletion: 1 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:19:10
Dunkleosteus.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 2 0 0 0 0:07:11
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 5 0 0 0 0:11:16
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 8 0 0 0 0:17:59
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 6 0 0 0 0:13:31
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 11 0 0 0 0:24:44
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 13 0 0 0 0:14:38
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 16 36 9 5 0:36:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 26 0 0 0 0:30:04
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 31 27 7 4 0:34:53
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 39 98 23 12 0:43:53
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 78 98 23 12 0:43:53
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 316; Slingshot Hits × 129; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 36; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 21; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 15; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8
Torpidity-depletion: 1.67 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:31:36
Dunkleosteus.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 4 0 0 0 0:14:22
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 7 0 0 0 0:15:46
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 13 0 0 0 0:29:14
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 9 0 0 0 0:20:16
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 17 0 0 0 0:38:13
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 21 0 0 0 0:23:38
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 25 150 37 19 0:56:16
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 41 68 17 9 0:47:24
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 49 140 34 17 0:55:08
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 62 276 68 34 1:09:46
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 123 270 66 33 1:09:12
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 523; Slingshot Hits × 214; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 59; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 34; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 24; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 12
Torpidity-depletion: 2.17 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:40:08
Dunkleosteus.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 5 0 0 0 0:17:58
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 9 0 0 0 0:20:16
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 17 0 0 0 0:38:13
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 12 0 0 0 0:27:01
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 23 55 14 7 0:51:42
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 28 0 0 0 0:31:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 34 309 78 39 1:16:31
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 56 189 48 24 1:04:44
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 67 298 75 38 1:15:23
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 84 494 125 63 1:34:31
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 168 494 125 63 1:34:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 730; Slingshot Hits × 298; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 82; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 47; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 33; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 17
Torpidity-depletion: 2.63 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:46:20
Dunkleosteus.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 6 0 0 0 0:21:33
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 12 0 0 0 0:27:01
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 21 0 0 0 0:47:12
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 15 0 0 0 0:33:46
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 29 154 40 20 1:05:11
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 36 0 0 0 0:40:31
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 43 501 130 65 1:36:46
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 71 340 88 44 1:22:05
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 85 489 127 64 1:35:38
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 107 761 197 99 2:00:23
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 213 754 195 98 1:59:49
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 937; Slingshot Hits × 383; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 105; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 60; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 43; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 22
Torpidity-depletion: 3.05 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:51:12
Dunkleosteus.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Superior Kibble.png Superior Kibble 7 0 0 0 0:25:09
Raw Mutton.png Raw Mutton 14 0 0 0 0:31:31
Cooked Lamb Chop.png Cooked Lamb Chop 26 38 10 5 0:58:27
Raw Prime Meat.png Raw Prime Meat 18 0 0 0 0:40:31
Cooked Prime Meat.png Cooked Prime Meat 35 272 72 36 1:18:40
Raw Prime Fish Meat.png Raw Prime Fish Meat 43 0 0 0 0:48:23
Raw Meat.png Raw Meat 52 717 190 95 1:57:01
Cooked Prime Fish Meat.png Cooked Prime Fish Meat 86 513 136 68 1:39:25
Cooked Meat.png Cooked Meat 103 704 186 93 1:55:53
Raw Fish Meat.png Raw Fish Meat 129 1043 276 138 2:25:08
Cooked Fish Meat.png Cooked Fish Meat 258 1043 276 138 2:25:08
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 1144; Slingshot Hits × 467; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 128; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 73; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 52; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 26
Torpidity-depletion: 3.46 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:55:12

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.

Ingredients for  Superior Kibble: 2 ×  Citronal, 1 ×  Prime Meat Jerky, 1 ×  Large Egg, 5 ×  Fiber, 2 ×  Rare Mushroom, 1 ×  Sap, 1 ×  Water

Preferred Food

  1.  Superior Kibble
  2.  Raw Prime Meat
  3.  Cooked Prime Meat
  4.  Raw Meat

Combat

This section describes how to fight against the Dunkleosteus.

General

The Dunkleosteus is a large, tank-like fish that dwells in the deeper parts of the ocean. It is slightly larger than a Megalodon, which ends up hindering it in certain situations. A poor turning radius allows any player to easily kite it around in a circle, giving time for the player to attack.

Strategy

By utilizing the large turning radius of the Dunkleosteus, the player can stay in a safe area while launching arrows with a crossbow, either to tranquilize or kill it. A large sea mount (Megalodon, Plesiosaur, Mosasaur) can be used to kill one quickly, as they have a relatively slow attack rate. It is not recommended to fight the Dunkleosteus with melee weapons, as it does great damage in a single hit.

Weaponry

Use powerful sea mounts or crossbow weaponry to kill one, or tranquilizer arrows from a crossbow to knock one out for taming. Do not attempt to punch one or whack at one, as a silly act of innocence can elevate into unfortunate loss of the player's inventory, which may or may not be obtainable after death.

Dangers

The Dunkleosteus has a lot of health and powerful bites. They sometimes emerge from nowhere, so surprising ambushes can lead to a quick death for players whose minds are focused on other topics.The Giganotosaurus is not the only one that can break stone, the Dunkleosteus can be used to besiege an under water base.

Weakness

They can be easily dodged due to their horrible turning radius and slow speed. Take the battle to them and out-maneuver the Dunkleosteus so that it cannot harm you.

Utility

Roles

  • Damage/War: Being the only tameable water animal that can break stone structures, the Dunkleosteus gains a valuable place in water raids. Use them as a cheap method to get into stone bases underwater. (Level up  Melee Damage,  Health,  Movement Speed (130%+) and  Stamina)
  • Gatherer: Excellent at collecting large amounts of oil and stone from underwater nodes. They will also harvest Black Pearls from dead Eurypterids. As of 264.3, they can now harvest metal. (Level up  Melee Damage,  Weight and  Movement Speed (130%+))
  • Tank: While less health than a Mosasaurus, the Dunkleosteus has armor (reducing damage taken) and high level of Torpor. This combination can be used to tame other sea animals like the Tusoteuthis if a Mosa is not available. (Level up  Health,  Movement Speed (130%+) and  Stamina)
  • Transport: With a base weight of 920, the Dunkelosteus makes for a decent pack animal in the water, as they are a lot easier to tame than the Mosasaurus, though they don't have a platform saddle nor the Mosa's damage/health. (Level up  Movement Speed (130%+),  Weight and  Stamina)

Weight Reduction

The Dunkleosteus reduces the weight of the following resources by the listed amount while they are in its inventory:

Resource Reduction
 Black Pearl 50%
 Crystal 50%
 Metal 50%
 Obsidian 75%
 Oil 50%
 Stone 50%

Collectibles

Resource Efficiency
Oil.png Oil ★★★★★
Crystal.png Crystal ★★★★★
Wood.png Wood ★★★★★
Stone.png Stone ★★★★☆
Metal.png Metal ★★★★☆
Black Pearl.png Black Pearl ★★★☆☆

Spotlights

Notes/Trivia

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

  • Dino Dossier revealed on 10. July 2015.[3]
  • Dunkleosteus had one of the strongest bite forces of any living creature. Its bite was stronger than a crocodile or a modern great white shark.
  • Despite appearances, Dunkleosteus has no true 'teeth' to speak of. The blades seen within its mouth are actually extensions of the jawbone that are sharpened by grinding against one another.
  • Its name means, approximately: "Dunkle's Bone armor breaker" (in honor of David Dunkle; osteus, Greek for bone;[4] lorica, Latin for (chest-)armor, ruptor, Latin for breaker).
  • Since 264.3, the Dunkleosteus now harvest Metal
  • Dunkleosteus don't produce  Feces, much like other sea creatures.
  • Dunkleosteus is the only water creature that can break stone.
  • Unlike the bottom shark in game version of Dunkleosteus, the real life counterpart was an apex predator that hunted most other under water creatures during it's time in the late Devonian period, around 358–382 million years ago.

Changelog

Patch Changes
238.0  Dunkleosteus is added to the game
238.2 Reduced Dunkleosteus maximum  Torpor
240.0 Dunkleosteus now drops  Fish Meat instead of regular  Meat
264.3 Can now harvest  Metal
264.52  Spyglass and  GPS are now usable on all water creatures
278.0
  • Reduced resistance to bullets to 40%
  • Reduced other resistances to 60%
306.41 Genesis: Part 1 Expansion Release Added  X-Dunkleosteus
312.65

Gallery

References