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Eggs are dropped by certain creatures and can be found anywhere they decide to drop one. Currently, they can be used as a food source (players can consume them for large amounts of nourishment), for creating Kibble (a useful item for fast and effective taming), and for hatching (to raise baby creatures; fertilized eggs only).

The ability to hatch fertilized eggs was added in v219.0 through breeding. To mate creatures, you must have a tamed male and female of the same species. They have to be near each and both have to be set on wander or set to mating, not overloaded, not following and not mounted (for mountable dino). A mating bar will appear, and once finished, the female will lay a fertilized egg (differentiated by a red cloud surrounding the egg). Not all creatures can be bred. It is also notable that the creatures have to stay close and the wandering mechanic might drive them apart.

The only exception to fertilized eggs would be the  Wyvern,  Rock Drake,  Deinonychus, and  Magmasaur, none of which can be tamed in the wild and their fertile eggs must be obtained from the wild nest.

Said eggs spawned in with commands will disappear as soon as they are dropped, and thus can not be hatched. This is due to the egg having little to no health on the command-spawned egg; if it is dropped in an area where it can incubate and the health does not deplete, it can hatch. Any creatures hatched in this manner will always be level 1 due to absence of Maternal and Paternal details.

Eggs all have different colors and sizes while out of the players inventory, and each have a different weight, too. While they are great for kibble production and human consumption, they offer no nutrition to tamed dinos, (except for the Oviraptor, Titanoboa and Basilisk).


Some dinosaurs will seek you out if you have an egg of their species in your inventory. Any species of herbivore will become aggressive if players pickup an egg from the ground nearby them (except for Dodos, Moschops, and Parasaurs) but simply carrying an egg won't. The Oviraptor has the ability to take eggs without creatures noticing.

  • Raptors, being an aggressive carnivore already, will most assuredly hunt you down.
  • Brontosaurus will also become aggressive if you take an egg near one. But also look out for T-Rex, as they are attracted by Bronto Eggs as well.
  • Giganotosaurus will immediately hunt you down at rapid speed if you take their egg, and being the most dangerous carnivore already known, is a fatal mistake if unprepared.
  • Nearby Wyvern and Rock Drake, usually aggressive at a few distance, will immediately hunt down would-be thieves for taking, or transferring, any of their egg.

Egg Farming

Farming eggs efficiently can be very useful to obtain more eggs in a shorter amount of time. Both wild creatures and tamed creatures can be used to build creature farms for eggs.

Frequency and Probability

Jen Twitter.jpg Dodos don't lay eggs like other dinos, every time dodos poop they have a chance to lay an egg.
~ Jen[1]

Only female dinosaurs can lay eggs. Every creature which is capable of laying an egg has exactly the same laying rate (except for Dodos). Currently female dinos will drop eggs continuously if they're mate boosted, no matter if the player is around or not, as long as they are not in stasis - in which there is a 1% chance for an egg to be laid when the creature comes out of the state.

One male can mate boost multiple females of the same species around him, and vice versa.

  • A mate-boosted female creature will have a chance to lay an egg every 17 minutes.
  • An Oviraptor set to wandering provides a buff that reduces the egg laying timer from 17 minutes to 11 minutes 20 seconds.
  • Dodos have different egg laying mechanic: They have a chance of 13% to lay an egg instead of a feces when defecating, which happens randomly after 100 to 300 seconds.
  • There is a limit on how many eggs can be present within a certain range: for most creatures this limit is 6. An exception is Titanoboa which has a limit of 8.

Eggs can also be obtained from wild creatures. Oviraptors can be used to steal eggs from wild or enemy dinos. Whistling "attack my target" on an egg will cause the Oviraptor to pick it up and bring it back to you.

Obtaining Wild Eggs

Jen Twitter.jpg They're pretty rare to find in the wild, it's best to just collect them from your own tames. :)
~ Jen[2]

Mate-Boosted females in the wild that are capable of laying eggs in the wild may drop them, where the egg sits on the ground nearby. These eggs are not fertilized, and cannot be used to hatch a creature. They can, however, be used for kibble and thus are extremely valuable.

If a player approaches and takes the egg into their inventory, the animals the egg belongs to (for example: all Trikes if Trike Egg, all Raptors if Raptor Egg) nearby will anger and attack. An Oviraptor can be used to rob the eggs for the player, but then the creature is exposed to the danger of marauding parents. Make sure you can handle the power of the parents if you plan on stealing their eggs!

Egg Types

Egg Used For Kibble Favored By
 Extra Small Eggs
 Dilo Egg  Basic Kibble
 Dodo Egg
 Featherlight Egg
 Kairuku Egg
 Lystro Egg
 Basic Maewing Egg
 Parasaur Egg
 Tek Parasaur Egg
 Vulture Egg
 Small Eggs
 Archaeopteryx Egg  Simple Kibble
 Camelsaurus Egg
 Compy Egg
 Dimorph Egg
 Gallimimus Egg
 Glowtail Egg
 Hesperornis Egg
 Microraptor Egg
 Oviraptor Egg
 Pachycephalosaurus Egg
 Pegomastax Egg
 Pteranodon Egg
 Raptor Egg
 Simple Maewing Egg
 Tek Raptor Egg
 Tek Trike Egg
 Trike Egg
 Medium Eggs
 Ankylo Egg  Regular Kibble
 Baryonyx Egg
 Carno Egg
 Dimetrodon Egg
 Diplo Egg
 Ichthyornis Egg
 Iguanodon Egg
 Kaprosuchus Egg
 Kentro Egg
 Pachyrhino Egg
 Pelagornis Egg
 Regular Maewing Egg
 Sarco Egg
 Stego Egg
 Tek Stego Egg
 Terror Bird Egg
 Thorny Dragon Egg
 Troodon Egg
 Turtle Egg
 Velonasaur Egg
 Large Eggs
 Allosaurus Egg  Superior Kibble
 Argentavis Egg
 Megalania Egg
 Megalosaurus Egg
 Moschops Egg
 Snow Owl Egg
 Spino Egg
 Superior Maewing Egg
 Tapejara Egg
 Titanoboa Egg
 Tropeognathus Egg
 Extra Large Eggs
 Basilisk Egg  Exceptional Kibble
 Bronto Egg
 Carcharodontosaurus Egg
 Exceptional Maewing Egg
 Giganotosaurus Egg
 Megachelon Egg
 Quetzal Egg
 Rex Egg
 Tek Quetzal Egg
 Tek Rex Egg
 Therizino Egg
 Special Eggs
 Crystal Wyvern Egg  Extraordinary Kibble
 Deinonychus Egg
 Extraordinary Maewing Egg
 Golden Hesperornis Egg
 Magmasaur Egg
 Rock Drake Egg
 Wyvern Egg
 Yutyrannus Egg
Egg.png Other Eggs
 Angler Egg None None
 Araneo Egg
 Arthropluera Egg
 Beelzebufo Egg
 Bloodstalker Egg
 Diplocaulus Egg
 Eel Egg
 Mantis Egg
 Moth Egg
 Pulmonoscorpius Egg
 Tusoteuthis Egg


  • When a fertilized egg dies (Egg Health reaches 0), it disappears regardless of the decomposition settings, not becoming a non-fertilized egg either.
  • Certain real-life creatures cannot lay eggs in the game.
  • Fertilized eggs cannot be found in the wild by player. The only exception to fertilized eggs would be the Crystal Wyvern (wild crystal wyverns can be tamed with crystal or primal crystal) and the Wyvern, Rock Drake, Deinonychus and Magmasaur none of which can be tamed in the wild and their fertile eggs must be obtained from the wild nest.


Video Tutorial

A quick video tutorial on hatching eggs.


Patch Changes
  • Gendered Tamed Dinos will only drop Eggs if Mate-Boosted now, and only female Dinos lay eggs now.
  • Picking up your own Tamed Dinos' eggs no longer aggros Wild Dinos of that species.
  • Tamed Dinos now lay Eggs over time without having to leave them alone.
  • Dimorphodons don't lay Pteranodon eggs anymore.
  • Mate-boosted tamed Dinos now have a 2x chance of producing eggs.
  • Eggs are about 50% more common to find.
  • Eggs now last for 30 minutes on ground (they previously lasted for only 20 minutes).
  • Made eggs about 200% more likely to be found.
  • Eggs now last for 8 days in the regular inventory, rather than only 2.
  • Eggs for all animals.
  • Introduction of Dino-Egg Kibbles.
  • Spinos no longer lay Bronto eggs.
Genesis: Part 2 Release
  • Insect and Aquatic Eggs can now be picked up and put into a  Egg Incubator