Tek Trough

From ARK Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tek Trough
Tek Trough.png

Put food for your nearby pets in this, and they'll automatically eat it when hungry! Can refridgerate items, so long as it's powered by a Tek Generator!

Item slots
1L × 0.5W × 0.5H
Decay time
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi TekTrough 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough.PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough'" 1 0 0
Unlock Tekgram
cheat unlockengram "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough.PrimalItemStructure_TekTrough'"
Crafting XP
464 XP
Crafted in
Required stations

The Tek Trough in ARK: Survival Evolved is an advanced version of the Feeding Trough.


Much like  Feeding Trough, the Tek Trough can hold almost any type of food for any tames. While it too allows strange items as  Stone or  Sulfur for creatures such as the  Rock Elemental, it does not allow  Feces for  Dung Beetles. Tames within its range eat from the trough before consuming food in their inventory. Any and all foods can be placed in the trough at once, so  Berries,  Meat, and so on can all be mixed together to feed all types of tames.

Tames belonging to allied tribes can also feed from a trough.

It can also be used to craft  Iced Canteens and  Iced Water Jars, however be careful if you have  Gachas, as they will eat them quickly since they have a very low nourishment value and will thus be prioritized by it. Including  Waterskins and  Tek Canteen, even thought they don't function with it.


Food placed in the trough while powered has its spoil time multiplied by 100 (same as the  Refrigerator). The Tek Trough must be powered by the  Tek Generator, otherwise food inside will spoil as if a survivor was carrying it and not as a normal Feeding Trough would. Furthermore, the total amount of food that can be stored inside is 100 stacks, while the refrigerator holds only 80.


The Tek Trough allows tames to feed within a cubic range of 11 foundations horizontally and 17 walls vertically from the point of placement. The tames do not have to move as long as they are within this cube. Tames that wander through the range area are also able to feed from it. You can confirm which tames are within range by observing the feeding trough icon above each tame's name. Tames display the icon regardless of whether the trough(s) they are in range of actually have suitable food for them. It has an option to show the range with a green circle. Given it is a cube, you can think of this circle matching the borders of a square intersecting with the four borders (◙), where the square borders are parallel to the map borders.


The Engram is unlocked by defeating Beta  Megapithecus, Gamma  Manticore, Gamma  Rockwell,  Desert Titan, Gamma  Moeder and Gamma  Crystal Wyvern Queen and must be unlocked in order to craft this item, but not to use it or equip it. Defeating the more difficult versions will also give the player the engram.

Painting and Color Regions

The Tek Trough features 2 color regions however changing the colors actually does nothing.


  • Other players can steal from a feeding trough as you cannot lock it.
  • Baby dinosaurs can't eat from Troughs until they reach the Juvenile stage (over 10%).
  • Unconscious dinosaurs will not feed off troughs such as the  Cryo Cooldown from throwing a  Cryopod while the timer is still running.
  • Creatures only eat food from the Tek Trough if they would eat it from their inventory - herbivores will not eat meat, carnivores will not eat berries, and so on.


Patch Changes
307.56 Added an optional visual indicator for the TEK trough radius
281.107 Tek Generator no longer shuts off during thunderstorms on Scorched Earth, allowing the Tek Through to refrigerate the contents even during the storm.