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Increases your health, but puts you to sleep.

Consumable (values pertain to Humans)
Stack size
Decomposes in
Found in Supply Crate
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 122 1 0 0
cheat gfi Narcotic 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Narcotic.PrimalItemConsumable_Narcotic'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
6 EP
Crafting XP
8 XP
Crafting time
Used to craft
Crafting yields
6 pieces
Resources breakdown [Expand]
Total Base Ingredients
Ingredients (Chemistry Bench)
Resources breakdown [Expand]
Total Base Ingredients

The Narcotic is an item in ARK: Survival Evolved. It can be used to keep dinosaurs unconscious during Taming.

Upon consumption, Narcotics increase the  Torpor of a survivor or creature by 40, which is a bit more than the amount of torpor given by the 5 narcoberries required to make it (5 × 7.5 = 37.5). In addition, unlike the berries themselves, the narcotic doesn't spoil.

Instead of Narcoberries the same amount of  Ascerbic Mushroom can be used.


Narcotics are primarily used in the Taming process to keep dinosaurs unconscious. This is done by putting the Narcotic in the creatures inventory, selecting it, and pressing the Use key (E, Y, Triangle, X). The creature's torpidity will then rise by a total of 40 over the next 8 seconds. 5  Narcoberries will produce a bit less of Torpor and unlike the berries, Narcotics do not spoil. This process can be used against an unconscious player for the same effect. Especially for creatures with a fast decreasing torpor (specifically greater than 0.357 per second when crafted with a mortar and pestle, or greater than 7.5 per second when crafted with a chemistry bench[1]), narcoberries are the better choice because the 5 berries will increase the torpor for 5 × 3s = 15 seconds as opposed to one narcotic that increases the torpor only for 8 seconds. During the increase of the torpor it will not decrease, giving berries an advantage when taming creatures like  Giganotosaurus and  Dimetrodon. Narcotics and Narcoberries do not affect the Taming Effectiveness.

Narcotics can also be used to give the player increased  Health regeneration for a short time, although this will cause you to fall asleep due to the rapid increase in torpor it causes. Players with a higher  Fortitude will be more resistant to this effect, and will be able to take more Narcotics before they are knocked out.


Narcotics are used to craft the following items:

Also, Narcotics are needed for following cooking Recipes:


  • The description of the Narcotic says that it "increases your health" when used, which is rather vague. It does not increase your max health, or instantly restore health, instead providing increased health regeneration for a short time.
  • Due to the fact that Narcotics provide 4.0 XP per craft, are vital to taming most creatures, and are commonly made in bulk due to the easy resource requirements, they are a fantastic item to create in order to grind experience and to level up. Even high-level survivors can gain considerable experience through the creation of hundreds of narcotics. However, the Industrial Grinder may be more time efficient beginning at level 64 depending on access to the necessary resources.


  • In early versions of the game, Narcotics and Narcoberries had a negative effect on Taming Effectiveness.


  1. Let n be the number of torpor items used, s be the duration of the torpor increase effect in seconds, L be the rate of torpor loss in torpor per second, and T be the total torpor gain per item used. The effective torpor gain is then given by the equation n(sL+T). When the narcotic is crafted with a mortar and pestle, n is 5 for the narcoberries and 1 for the narcotic. A chemistry bench gives 50% more narcotic, making n=1.5. Thus the break even point can be found by providing the stats of narcoberries and narcotics and solving the appropriate equation for L. With a mortar and pestle we have 5*(3L + 7.5) = 8L + 40, which gives L=0.357. With a chemistry bench we have 5*(3L + 7.5) = 1.5*(8L + 40), which gives L=7.5.