Saddles

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Disambig.png See also:  Tek Saddles and  Platform Saddles

Saddles allow you to ride various creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. Riding a creature requires crafting the correct saddle and equipping it from the creature's inventory. Some saddles have 'special abilities'.

Saddle Stats

Most Saddles made with Engrams have 25 Armor.  Carbonemys,  Trike,  Pachyrhinosaurus,  Diplodocus,  Paracer,  Paracer Platform and  Bronto(not platform) have 20 Armor. The  Titanosaur Platform Saddle has 1.0 Armor. All Tek Saddles made from Tekgrams have 45 Armor. Saddles made with Blueprints can have better stats.

In  ARK: Survival Evolved, with the exception of the  Roll Rat Saddle, saddles don't lose Durability, and it is not visible on tooltips.

In  ARK: Survival Ascended, saddles have a Durability stat and thus must be repaired after having taken damages.

Crafting Information

Name Level EP Ingredients Work Area PrerequisiteXP Gain
 Astrocetus Tek Saddle 0 0 Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 750
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 3250
Crystal or Primal Crystal.png × 606
Element.png × 82
Black Pearl.png × 210
 Tek Replicator
 Exo-Mek
None 344
 Dodo Cultivator Bit (ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile) 64 52 Metal.png × 30
Mobile Dodo Feather.png × 10
Mobile Potent Dust.png × 20
 Inventory None 0
 Dodo Decimation Bit (ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile) 86 130 Metal Ingot.png × 50
Mobile Dodo Feather.png × 20
Mobile Ancient Amber.png × 10
 Inventory None 0
 Phiomia Saddle 5 6 Hide.png × 20
Fiber.png × 15
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 5
 Inventory None 14.4
 Parasaur Saddle 9 9 Hide.png × 80
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 15
 Inventory None 48
 Carbonemys Saddle 10 12 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 95
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 10
 Inventory None 99.2
 Morellatops Saddle 11 11 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
 Inventory None 80
 Ichthyosaurus Saddle 13 8 Hide.png × 55
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Metal.png × 10
Flint.png × 8
 Inventory None 52.4
 Pachy Saddle 14 9 Hide.png × 110
Fiber.png × 65
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
 Inventory None 70.4
 Trike Saddle 16 12 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 25
 Inventory None 88.8
 Raptor Saddle 18 9 Hide.png × 110
Fiber.png × 65
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
 Inventory None 70.4
 Hyaenodon Meatpack 19 14 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
 Inventory None 251.2
 Maewing Saddle 19 24 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
 Smithy
 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Equus Saddle 20 22 Hide.png × 240
Fiber.png × 160
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 85
Stone.png × 80
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Pulmonoscorpius Saddle 22 12 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 95
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
 Inventory None 107.2
 Procoptodon Saddle 23 35 Hide.png × 500
Pelt, Hair, or Wool.png × 150
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 70
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 344
 Stego Saddle 26 15 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 35
 Inventory None 125.6
 Pachyrhinosaurus Saddle 27 18 Hide.png × 140
Fiber.png × 80
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 25
 Inventory None 88.8
 Velonasaur Saddle 27 8 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Manta Saddle 28 16 Hide.png × 100
Fiber.png × 70
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 25
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Flint.png × 12
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 52.4
 Gallimimus Saddle 29 20 Hide.png × 240
Fiber.png × 160
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 25
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Iguanodon Saddle 30 12 Hide.png × 80
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 15
 Inventory None 52
 Megaloceros Saddle 30 20 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 5
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 113.6
 Mammoth Saddle 31 18 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 140
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 10
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 188.8
 Deinonychus Saddle 32 30 Fiber.png × 65
Hide.png × 110
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
 Inventory None 70.4
 Diplodocus Saddle 32 30 Hide.png × 850
Fiber.png × 600
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 250
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 200
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Terror Bird Saddle 33 15 Hide.png × 110
Fiber.png × 65
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
 Inventory None 66.4
 Doedicurus Saddle 34 20 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Stone.png × 15
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 5
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 125.6
 Sarco Saddle 35 15 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 75
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 20
 Inventory None 144
 Ankylo Saddle 36 18 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 140
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 10
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 158.4
 Lymantria Saddle 36 12 Hide.png × 130
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 95
 Inventory None 240
 Sabertooth Saddle 37 18 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 251.2
 Gacha Saddle 38 6 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
 Inventory None 289.6
 Pteranodon Saddle 38 15 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 75
 Inventory None 172
 Kaprosuchus Saddle 39 28 Hide.png × 165
Fiber.png × 120
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 65
 Inventory None 70.4
 Araneo Saddle 40 18 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 140
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 100
 Inventory None 206.4
 Beelzebufo Saddle 40 16 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 95
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 30
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 5
 Inventory None 115.2
 Thorny Dragon Saddle 40 18 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
Clay.png × 85
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 125
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 280
 Paracer Saddle 41 18 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 110
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 10
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 297.6
 Chalicotherium Saddle 42 30 Hide.png × 265
Fiber.png × 180
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Gasbags Saddle 43 6 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
 Inventory None 289.6
 Pelagornis Saddle 43 30 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 125
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 75
 Inventory None 172
 Dunkleosteus Saddle 44 20 Hide.png × 300
Fiber.png × 180
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 80
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 204.8
 Dire Bear Saddle 45 24 Hide.png × 300
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 100
 Inventory None 88.8
 Mantis Saddle 45 18 Hide.png × 120
Fiber.png × 75
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 280
 Megachelon Platform Saddle 45 35 Hide.png × 312
Fiber.png × 260
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 76
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 42
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 28
Shell Fragment.png × 22
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 535.2
 Carno Saddle 46 21 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Megalodon Saddle 47 18 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 30
 Inventory None 204.8
 Ravager Saddle 47 20 Hide.png × 285
Fiber.png × 125
Fungal Wood.png × 110
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 0
 Baryonyx Saddle 49 24 Hide.png × 225
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 25
Fiber.png × 350
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 70.4
 Thylacoleo Saddle 51 18 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 251.2
 Megatherium Saddle 52 24 Hide.png × 325
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Woolly Rhino Saddle 53 24 Hide.png × 250
Fiber.png × 130
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 60
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Arthropluera Saddle 54 30 Hide.png × 80
Fiber.png × 50
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 20
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Flint.png × 8
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 15
Obsidian.png × 35
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 52.4
 Amargasaurus Saddle 55 18 Hide.png × 225
Fiber.png × 140
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
Amargasaurus Spike.png × 6
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle

 Tek Replicator
None 160
 Tapejara Saddle 55 21 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 180
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Megalosaurus Saddle 57 50 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Roll Rat Saddle 58 26 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 425
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 85
Green Gem or Fragmented Green Gem.png × 45
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 220
 Daeodon Saddle 59 24 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 20
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 251.2
 Basilosaurus Saddle 60 30 Hide.png × 200
Fiber.png × 250
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 70.4
 Castoroides Saddle 61 50 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 100
Thatch.png × 180
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 140
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
 Smithy 206
 Snow Owl Saddle 61 6 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Argentavis Saddle 62 21 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
 Inventory None 289.6
 Bronto Saddle 63 21 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 185
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 40
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 444
 Plesiosaur Saddle 64 40 Hide.png × 400
Fiber.png × 250
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 65
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 40
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 464
 Karkinos Saddle 65 28 Hide.png × 170
Fiber.png × 225
Fungal Wood.png × 200
Blue Gem or Blue Crystalized Sap.png × 80
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 107.2
 Tropeognathus Saddle 65 21 Crystal or Primal Crystal.png × 120
Fiber.png × 450
Hide.png × 325
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 600
Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 250
 Fabricator

 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Managarmr Saddle 66 8 Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 150
Fiber.png × 185
Hide.png × 350
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Allosaurus Saddle 67 35 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 170
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 289.6
 Gigantoraptor Saddle 69 40 Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot.png × 55
Fiber.png × 160
Hide.png × 285
 Smithy None 0
 Therizinosaurus Saddle 69 40 Hide.png × 285
Fiber.png × 160
Wood or Fungal Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 55
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 88.8
 Fasolasuchus Saddle 70 40 Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot.png × 30
Hide.png × 150
Wood.png × 100
 Smithy None 0
 Rock Golem Saddle 70 40 Hide.png × 270
Fiber.png × 150
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 35
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 280
 Spino Saddle 71 40 Hide.png × 380
Fiber.png × 200
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 45
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 25
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 356
 Megalania Saddle 73 65 Hide.png × 315
Fiber.png × 215
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 45
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 251.2
 Andrewsarchus Saddle 74 45 Hide.png × 290
Fiber.png × 155
Metal Ingot.png × 20
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle

 Tek Replicator
None 251.2
 Desmodus Saddle 74 45 Hide.png × 260
Fiber.png × 180
Wood.png × 120
Metal Ingot.png × 45
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle

 Tek Replicator
None 88.8
 Rex Saddle 74 40 Hide.png × 380
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 50
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 344
 Rock Drake Saddle 75 26 Hide.png × 350
Fiber.png × 225
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 125
Red Gem or Red Crystalized Sap.png × 85
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 280
 Quetz Saddle 76 44 Hide.png × 750
Fiber.png × 500
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 100
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 85
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 464
 Mosasaur Saddle 78 60 Hide.png × 800
Fiber.png × 600
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 140
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 100
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 400
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 464
 Yutyrannus Saddle 80 50 Hide.png × 425
Fiber.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 135
Silica Pearls or Silicate.png × 125
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 344
 Basilisk Saddle 85 28 Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 85
Fiber.png × 150
Green Gem or Fragmented Green Gem.png × 45
Hide.png × 270
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 425
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 220
 Rhyniognatha Saddle 90 65 Crystal.png × 30
Fiber.png × 200
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 150
Hide.png × 150
Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 60
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle

 Tek Replicator
None 0
 Tusoteuthis Saddle 91 40 Hide.png × 320
Fiber.png × 795
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 45
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 30
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 204.8
 Magmasaur Saddle 95 35 Hide.png × 230
Fiber.png × 150
Cementing Paste or Achatina Paste.png × 125
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 400
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 600
 Carcharo Saddle 96 75 Hide.png × 500
Fiber.png × 350
Metal Ingot.png × 180
Chitin, Keratin, or Shell Fragment.png × 20
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle

 Tek Replicator
None 1200
 Giganotosaurus Saddle 96 75 Hide.png × 680
Fiber.png × 350
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 120
 Smithy

 Argentavis Saddle
 Castoroides Saddle
 Thorny Dragon Saddle
 Tek Replicator

 Exo-Mek
None 1212
 Astrodelphis Starwing Saddle 120 60 Black Pearl.png × 140
Crystal or Primal Crystal.png × 370
Element.png × 55
Metal Ingot or Scrap Metal Ingot.png × 2500
Polymer, Organic Polymer, or Corrupted Nodule.png × 500
 Tek Replicator
 Exo-Mek
None 344

Saddle Armor

By gathered in-game data, the following formulas were derived for calculating damage reduction to dinos from armor.

The general formulas are as follows:

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + Armor Coefficient * Armor)
TotalDamage = Damage * DamageMultiplier
DamageReduction = 1 - DamageMultiplier


Armor Coefficient is the unique value that each source of damage has, representing how much each attack affected by an armor. There are two different type of Armor Coefficient value in each damage source, the first one is a value against survivor's armor and the second one is a value against saddles on creatures.

For example, bite attack of the Rex has the Armor coefficient value 4 against creature's saddle and Armor coefficient value 1 against survivor's armor.

The value of the Armor Coefficient varies based on the source of the damage and are shown in the following sections. In most cases, Armor Coefficient value 4 is applied against saddle and 1 is applied against survivor's armor.

This graph demonstrates the diminishing returns of damage reduction from saddle armor. (request verification of vs Turret calculation)


Explosives

For explosive damage against saddles, the Armor Coefficient has a value of 1.

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + 1 * Armor)


Example using 750 explosive damage (Grenades and rockets from a primitive Rocket Launcher) against a creature:

Armor Damage Multiplier Total Damage Damage Reduction
0 1 750 0%
25 0.8 600 20%
30 0.769230 (repeating) 576.92 23.08%
40 0.714285 (repeating) 535.71 28.57%
50 0.666666 (repeating) 500 33.33%

Firearms and Melee Weapons

For bullet damage and player melee weapon against saddles, the Armor Coefficient has a value of 4.

DamageMultiplier = 100 / (100 + 4 * Armor)


Example using 60 bullet damage (bullet from a Simple Pistol) against a creature:

Armor Damage Multiplier Total Damage Damage Reduction
0 1 60 0%
25 0.5 30 50%
30 0.454545 (repeating) 27.27 55%
40 0.384615 (repeating) 23.08 61.54%
50 0.333333 (repeating) 20 66.66%
  • As of patch 231.4 turrets do 2.2x damage vs. all dinos.

Dino Attacks

For dino damage, the Armor Coefficient against saddle varies on the attacker. It is usually 4, but there are some exception. It can vary widely with some examples are shown below:

  • Melee attacks from most of regular dinos (Rexes, Giga, Trike, Brontos and etc): 4 (50% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Alpha Raptors: 1 (20% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Mantas and Therizinosaur: 0.4 (9.09% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from Lighting Wyvern's breath: 0.1 (2.5% damage reduction from a 25 armor saddle)
  • Attacks from the poison breath of Poison Wyvern and Basilisk: 0 (Completely ignore saddle armor)

Ranged Attack

Some saddles have the ability to shoot bullets out due to the way its designed. Most of them requires Engram/Tekgram learnt in order to be utilized (activated with Ctrl and presssed with right click.)

Notes

Tek Saddles have the ability to shoot bullets with Element when activated with Ctrl and pressed with right click. However, to utilize such ability, the saddle has to be learnt from beating  Bosses containing such tekgram. Riding on creatures with Tek Saddle does not require the Tekgram, however.

Changelog

Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
177.0 Dino Saddle's have had their armor reduced by 50%.
180.4 You can't mount dinos thru walls anymore.
215.0 Saddled Dinos can now accept SCUBA gear, equipments etc into their Inventories.
241.1 Fixed critical issue with Flyer Saddles Disappearing.
242.0 Multi-Seat Saddles (Galli, Diplodocus, etc) Dinos now have an option to Enable Public Seating.
259.0 Fixed issue where player appeared to be floating above the saddle when boarding a dino while crouching.
264.5 Slight decrease to saddle armor value for tank dinos (i.e. Turtle, Bronto, Paracer, Trike, Diplo).
287.103 Fix for saddle dupe method.
312.47 Fixed Saddles not respecting the armor clamp when releasing them from cryopods.
332.11 Fixed a bug where some saddle engrams were missing from their respective crafting stations.