Megaloceros

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Disambig.png This article is about Megaloceros, not to be confused with  Megalosaurus,  Meganeura,  Megalania,  Megatherium, or  Megalodon




























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Spawn Command
cheat summon Stag_Character_BP_C
or
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Stag/Stag_Character_BP.Stag_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Megaloceros (Life's Labyrinth)
cheat summon Stag_LL_Character_BP_C
or
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Mods/Ragnarok/Custom_Assets/Bosses/LifeLabyrinth/Elk/Stag_LL_Character_BP.Stag_LL_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Megaloceros (Gauntlet2)
cheat summon Stag_Character_BP_STA_C
or
cheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/Genesis2/Missions/ModularMission/Gauntlet2/STA/Dinos/Stag_Character_BP_STA.Stag_Character_BP_STA'" 500 0 0 35
Taming Method
Preferred Kibble
Preferred Food
Preferred Food Primitive Plus
Equipment
 Megaloceros Saddle (Level 30)
Gestation Time
6h 6m 18.021s
Baby Time
7h 7m 21.025s
Juvenile Time
1d 4h 29m 24.1s
Adolescent Time
1d 11h 36m 45.125s
Total Maturation Time
2d 23h 13m 30.25s
Breeding Interval
18h - 2d
Habitat
The Island Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros The Island.svg
The Center Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros The Center.svg
Ragnarok Ocean Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Ragnarok.svg
Extinction Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Extinction.svg
Valguero Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Valguero.svg
Genesis Part 1 Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Genesis Part 1.svg
Crystal Isles Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Crystal Isles.svg
Genesis Part 2 Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Genesis Part 2.svg
Lost Island map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Lost Island.svg
Fjordur Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Fjordur Midgard.svg
Fjordur Asgard Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Fjordur Asgard.svg
Fjordur Jotunheim Topographic Map.jpg
Spawning Megaloceros Fjordur Jotunheim.svg
Common        Rare
  Untameable   Cave

The Megaloceros (meg-ah-loe-seh-ross) 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

Megaloceros latuscoronam

Time

Pliocene

Diet

Herbivore

Temperament

Skittish

Wild

Megaloceros latuscoronam is a very skittish herbivore, found mostly in the forests and mountains of the Island. Because of its large size, its fraught demeanor would be strange in any other place. But Megaloceros knows how fierce the predators of the island are, and that it is safer to flee from them than to risk its life in a fight. The antlers of Megaloceros are very large, and make for an excellent source of keratin. This, of course, makes it a valuable resource. Unfortunately, hunting Megaloceros is not easy because of their quick speed and ability to bound over most obstacles.

Domesticated

Megaloceros is jack-of-all-trades creature, and many who ride it value its versatility. It is decently powerful, and its resilience, speed, and ability to jump often come in handy. Finally, the male Megaloceros' charging horn attack tends to cause targets to “bleed,” decreasing their Health, Stamina, and Speed until healed!

Behavior

The Megaloceros is a passive creature. When attacked, it runs away with high speed. Females are 25% faster than males and both can jump over obstacles that are one wall tall. However, once tamed and mounted, only males can attack.

Appearance

Also known as the Irish Elk or the Giant Deer, the Megaloceros simply resembles a standard deer, except as big as a horse. Megaloceros stags are recognizable by their impressive antlers, used for tussling with each other for the antlerless does. It is only found in the ARK's coldest regions where it is the most common herbivore and thus, regular prey for dire wolves and sabertooth cats, and the redwoods, where it sees the same fate as the tundra dwellers.

Color Scheme and Regions

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

Megaloceros PaintRegion0.png
Region 0:
Body
8
13
14
21
22
32
33
34
35
37
38
39
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Megaloceros PaintRegion2.png
Region 2:
Antlers
8
13
14
21
22
32
33
34
35
37
38
39
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

Megaloceros PaintRegion4.png
Region 4:
Patterning
8
13
14
21
22
32
33
34
35
37
38
39
X mark.svg

Region 5 is not used
for this Creature.

Drops

Base Stats and Growth

Attribute Base Value Level Increase Taming Bonus
Wild Tamed Additive Multiplicative
 Health 300 +60 +5.4% 0.07
 Stamina 280 +28 +10%
 Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
 Food 1200 +120 +10%
 Weight 220 +4.4 +4%
 Melee Damage 30 +1.5 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
 Movement Speed 100% N/A +1% 20%
 Torpidity 175 +10.5 N/A 0.5
Movement
[u/s]
Base Speed Sprinting Speed Stamina
Wild Tamed1 Tamed2 Wild Tamed1 Tamed2
Walking 200 ? ? 900 1020 1224 4
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]

Megaloceros

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

They can be picked up by an Argentavis (needs PvP or option "Allow Flyer Carry (PvE)"), making it easy to put it in a small box with windows to shoot arrows through, so they can't escape. They are also susceptible to bolas, so you can bola a lower level one and club it into unconsciousness.

Taming Food

Megaloceros.png Level 1 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Simple Kibble.png Simple Kibble 1 0 0 0 0:01:20
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 8 0 0 0 0:08:01
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 8 0 0 0 0:08:01
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 8 0 0 0 0:08:01
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 8 13 3 2 0:16:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 11 0 0 0 0:08:16
Berries.png Berries 16 0 0 0 0:08:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 18; Slingshot Hits × 8; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 2; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 2; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 1
Torpidity-depletion: 0.3 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:10:00
Megaloceros.png Level 30 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Simple Kibble.png Simple Kibble 2 0 0 0 0:02:40
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 19 9 2 1 0:19:01
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 19 9 2 1 0:19:01
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 19 9 2 1 0:19:01
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 19 70 15 8 0:38:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 25 8 2 1 0:18:46
Berries.png Berries 38 9 2 1 0:19:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 48; Slingshot Hits × 20; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 6; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 4; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.49 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:16:30
Megaloceros.png Level 60 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Simple Kibble.png Simple Kibble 3 0 0 0 0:04:00
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 30 37 8 4 0:30:01
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 30 37 8 4 0:30:01
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 30 37 8 4 0:30:01
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 30 158 33 17 1:00:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 40 37 8 4 0:30:01
Berries.png Berries 60 37 8 4 0:30:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 80; Slingshot Hits × 33; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 9; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 6; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 2
Torpidity-depletion: 0.64 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:20:57
Megaloceros.png Level 90 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Simple Kibble.png Simple Kibble 5 0 0 0 0:06:40
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 42 84 18 9 0:42:01
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 42 84 18 9 0:42:01
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 42 84 18 9 0:42:01
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 42 281 60 30 1:24:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 55 81 18 9 0:41:16
Berries.png Berries 83 82 18 9 0:41:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 111; Slingshot Hits × 46; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 13; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 8; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 6; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 3
Torpidity-depletion: 0.77 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:24:11
Megaloceros.png Level 120 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Simple Kibble.png Simple Kibble 6 0 0 0 0:08:00
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 53 138 30 15 0:53:01
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 53 138 30 15 0:53:01
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 53 138 30 15 0:53:01
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 53 416 90 45 1:46:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 70 136 30 15 0:52:31
Berries.png Berries 105 136 30 15 0:52:31
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 143; Slingshot Hits × 59; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 16; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 10; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 7; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpidity-depletion: 0.89 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:26:43
Megaloceros.png Level 150 Narcoberry Narcotic Bio Toxin Time
Simple Kibble.png Simple Kibble 7 0 0 0 0:09:20
Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Barley (Primitive Plus) 64 202 45 23 1:04:01
Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Fresh Wheat (Primitive Plus) 64 202 45 23 1:04:01
Soybean (Primitive Plus).png Soybean (Primitive Plus) 64 202 45 23 1:04:01
Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus).png Dried Wheat (Primitive Plus) 64 570 125 63 2:08:01
Mejoberry.png Mejoberry 85 201 44 22 1:03:46
Berries.png Berries 128 202 45 23 1:04:01
KO: Wooden Club Hits × 174; Slingshot Hits × 71; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Bow × 20; Tranquilizer Arrows with a Crossbow × 12; Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 8; Shocking Tranquilizer Dart Shots × 4
Torpidity-depletion: 1.01 / s, Time until all torpidity is depleted: 00:28:49

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  Simple Kibble: 1 ×  Cooked Fish Meat, 1 ×  Small Egg, 5 ×  Fiber, 5 ×  Mejoberry, 2 ×  Rockarrot, 1 ×  Water

Combat

This section describes how to fight against the Megaloceros.

General

The Megaloceros will flee from a fight when attacked, rather than fighting. This trait makes them difficult to kill, as it may be hard to shoot them while they are running. If you have one tamed then they have good damage and is stronger than the  Parasaur.

Strategy

Try to chase the Megaloceros against a steep cliff. If you walk up directly behind it, it will try to run up the cliff instead of fleeing to either side leaving it open to your attacks. Try to angle yourself in relation to the cliff so that you drive the Megaloceros up the steepest area which should limit its movement options. This is most easily accomplished near the beach. Megaloceros are also relatively slow swimmers so chasing them into the water is viable. Bolas are also extremely effective.

Weaponry

They don’t exactly have the highest health on the island so using guns is a viable option. You could also attempt to chase it down with a high speed Raptor or simply use a bola and use whatever you want.

Dangers

In the wild the Megaloceros is not a danger on its own. However they are fast and can grab the attention of more aggressive carnivores such as Terror Birds and Dire Wolves.

The bleed attack mentioned in the dossier is not of any risk, since it can be only induced by tamed Megaloceros, as wild ones run when attacked.

Weakness

Both male and female Megaloceros are skittish and will run when provoked.

Once you tame a Megaloceros, if it is a female and has a saddle, it can not attack.

Utility

Roles

  • Gatherer: The Male Megaloceros is good for farming thatch while running through the woods, as it gathers very little wood. You should have no weight issues and should be able to easily farm 1000 thatch in a single run. It's also good for farming Rare Mushrooms in the Swamp (Level Weight and Melee Damage).
  • Scout/Transport: The female Megaloceros has a very respectable speed, carry weight, and is extremely agile with its great leaping ability. However, the female does not have an attack, so there is no sense leveling up attack damage (Level Speed, Stamina, and Weight).
  • Cave Mount: Megaloceros are one of the strongest mountable creatures being able to pass a cave entrance. Having a mount in caves has several advantages: Your food and water count drop slower, the mount can carry useful stuff, and they deal and take damage. Additionally, Megaloceros take reduced damage from airborne creatures, which is a very unique feature. You can wear armor protecting you from heat or cold and Onycs won't shred it, since they deal no damage to you but to your Megaloceros instead. Note that only male Megaloceros deal damage. Beware of lava though (Level Health, Melee Damage, and Stamina).
  • Travel: The Megaloceros has amazing speed and jump speed and is easy to get so it can get through most terrains. It’s probably the best travel mount other than the Bloodstalker or Rex. (Level Weight, Stamina and Speed)
  • Jumping: The Megaloceros can jump over obstacles that are one wall tall.
  • Escape Vehicle: Because of their fast and high speed Megaloceros are a great way to quickly escape from danger.

Collectibles

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

Notes/Trivia

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

  • Dossier released on 9/4/2015[2]
  • The binomial name means "broad-crowned great horn", but the specific epithet is constructed incorrectly; it should be either laticoronarius or laticoronatus.
  • In real life, Megaloceros is referred to by the common name 'Irish Elk', although they were distributed all across Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is also referred to by another common name, the 'Giant Elk'. It is also important to know that the Irish Elk was just one of many species of deer inside the Megaloceros genus.
  • It is important to note that while the female Megaloceros is 25% faster than the male it can not attack as it lacks the antlers of the male to do so with. Keep this in mind if you intend on taming a pair to Mate Boost.
    • In real life, male deer may use their antlers as weapons against other animals. However, both male and female deer more commonly use their front hooves to kick and bludgeon an offender. In fact, deer of various species have been documented to wound or even kill predators and people, whether for self-preservation or for defending a baby. This attack mechanism is not present in either of the sexes of Megaloceros in game.
  • The female Megaloceros has invisible antlers, something to be aware of when taming.
  • During the Winter Wonderland Event, Megaloceros wander the whole island freely because of the lower temperatures and snowy weather. It can be given a special event costume made in the Smithy that can make it look like a Christmas reindeer.
  • Female Megaloceros was the fastest thing in the game while jumping. She can even outrun an  Alpha Basilisk. (Fastest thing no jump)
  • The brute megaloceros females can attack even though they lack antlers.
  • The bleed mentioned in the dossier wasn't implemented until patch 300.0, and only affects survivors.

Changelog

Patch Changes
216.0 Megaloceros is added to the game
216.1 Improved Male Megaloceros jumping animation
217.0 Removed the antlers and thus the ability to attack on the Female Megaloceros, but gave the female 25% increased  Movement Speed
217.2 Female Megaloceros no longer grows antlers any more in singleplayer
220.4 Fixed Megaloceros gestation times
223.0 Added the creature "fur" pass to make hair and feathers look better
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%
261.0 Female Megaloceros not retain their color properly in singleplayer

Gallery

References