Mortar and Pestle

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Mortar and Pestle
Mortar And Pestle.png

This simple stone contraption can be used to grind resources into new substances.

Item slots
Decay time
Stack size
Found in Supply Crate
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 106 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_MortarAndPestle.PrimalItemStructure_MortarAndPestle'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
6 EP
Crafting XP
28.8 XP
Crafting time
Used to craft
Crafted in
65 × Stone
15 × Hide

The Mortar and Pestle is a crafting tool used to break down certain resources into different useful items.


The Mortar and Pestle can only be placed on a player made surface, including but not limited to: Foundations, Ceilings, or Wooden Tables. The Mortar and Pestle is used to grind resources into new substances (e.g. Narcoberry and Spoiled Meat = Narcotic.)


Mortar and Pestle recipes can be made using the Mortar and Pestle or in the more advanced Chemistry Bench. However, the player does not need to remain at the Mortar and Pestle once crafting has begun and XP will still be gained as long as the crafting continues.

Name Required Level EP Ingredients Prerequisite Crafting XP
 Sparkpowder 5 3 1 ×  Stone
2 ×  Flint
None 0.05
 Narcotic 5 6 5 ×  Narcoberry or Ascerbic Mushroom
1 ×  Spoiled Meat
None 2.0
 Gunpowder 10 2 1 ×  Sparkpowder
1 ×  Charcoal
 Sparkpowder 0.5
 Stimulant 10 6 5 ×  Stimberry
2 ×  Sparkpowder
None 0.05
 Cementing Paste 10 3 4 ×  Chitin or Keratin
8 ×  Stone
None 1.2
 Bug Repellant 15 12 6 ×  Pelt
2 ×  Narcotic
4 ×  Citronal
4 ×  Rockarrot
None 1.0
 Lesser Antidote 20 16 10 ×  Rare Flower
10 ×  Rare Mushroom
3 ×  Leech Blood or Horns
1 ×  Narcotic
None 2
 Clay 5 3 2 ×  Sand
1 ×  Cactus Sap
None 0.12
 Preserving Salt 5 3 2 ×  Raw Salt
1 ×  Sulfur
None 0.12
 Propellant 20 12 1 ×  Sulfur
1 ×  Cactus Sap
1 ×  Oil
 Mortar and Pestle 2


  • It is possible to completely hide a Mortar and Pestle inside of a Stone Pillar where the pillar sticks out of a ceiling tile. An enemy player would then have to stumble upon the mortar by accident or demolish the structure to know it is even there.
  • Despite appearing to be made of stone, it is most likely either a hardened clay or a rough ceramic. As such, the Mortar and Pestle takes damage extremely easily.
  • The Mortar and Pestle is treated as a thatch structure and can be damaged by anything except non-explosive ranged attacks.
  • It seems as if blueprints for Cement Paste, Gun Powder, Narcotic and Sparkpowder have been cut from the game. Cheat commands used to spawn blueprints of them will spawn just the items, NOT their blueprint.
  • In Primitive Plus, the  Handmill is an upgraded alternative to the mortar and pestle, boasting 6 extra inventory slots and being able to craft primitive plus recepies that the mortar and pestle can't.

Painting and Color Regions

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The Mortar and Pestle is not currently paint-able, however this object may be re-mapped to include paint regions in a future update.

For more information on Paint Regions and how to use them, please view the Blue Coloring.png Dye,  Paintbrush, or  Spray Painter pages.



Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
180.1 Removed weight restriction from Mortar and Pestle.