Tek Turret

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This article is about Tek Turret, not to be confused with  Auto Turret,  Heavy Auto Turret,  Ballista Turret,  Catapult Turret,  Minigun Turret, or  Rocket Turret

Tek Turret
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Requires Tek Generator power. Consumes Element Shards while firing. Has a variety of smart-targeting configuration options.

Ammo used
Ranged damage
Explosive damage
Item slots
Decay time
Stack size
Unlocked upon defeating
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi TurretTek 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_TurretTek.PrimalItemStructure_TurretTek'" 1 0 0
Unlock Tekgram
cheat unlockengram "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_TurretTek.PrimalItemStructure_TurretTek'"
Crafting XP
464 XP
Crafting time
Crafted in
Required stations

The Tek Turret is a fully automatic turret which can automatically target and fire on enemy dinos, players, both, or all (which includes wild dinos) within its range, but does not target explosives such as  Rocket Propelled Grenades,  Grenades and  Tek Grenades. The fact that the turret does not need any guidance makes it an invaluable resource to defend against raiding, whilst your tribe is offline.

This turret uses  Element Shard as ammo. The Tek Turret requires electricity from a  Tek Generator to run. It is an upgraded version of the  Auto Turret.


Turrets can be customized to attack players, tamed creatures, and/or wild creatures. Turrets can also be set to a custom range. Turrets can also shoot above and below — assuming they have a line of sight of the target — making them a good defense against flyers. The Tek Turret can also be set to exclude which dinosaurs you do not want it to shoot at.



The Tek Turret has multiple range settings, which correspond to the following distances:

  • Low: 20 meters (approx. 6 foundations)
  • Medium: 53 meters (approx. 14 foundations)
  • High: 81 meters (approx. 20 foundations)


There are six targeting settings. (All of these settings ignore survivors and tamed creatures belonging to your tribe and alliances.)

  • All Targets: Attacks players, tamed creatures, and wild creatures.
  • Players & Mounted Creatures: Attacks players and creatures mounted by a player.
  • Players & Tamed Creatures: Attacks players and tamed creatures.
  • Only Players: Attacks only players.
  • Only Wild: Attacks wild creatures.
  • Only Tamed Creatures: Attacks tamed creatures.


The alarm setting will give intruding players time to leave the area before they are shot at. Alarms take some time to reset, so if the intruding player hides within the turret's range, they will be shot at immediately without another alarm.

  • 4 Second Warning
  • 2 Second Warning
  • No Warning (default)

Note: The warning doesn't delay the projectiles shot.

Exclusion/Inclusion Targeting Settings

Tek turrets are special compared to any other turret, they have the option to select which dinosaurs/animals the turret will shoot at. If the turret is set to exclusion mode, whatever creature(s) you put in the exclusion list will NOT be shot at by the tek turret. If the turret is set to inclusion mode, whatever creature(s) you put in the list will be the ONLY creature(s) the tek turret will shoot at.

Level Targeting Settings

Similar to the exclusion/inclusion targeting settings, the tek turret can also be set to shoot at a specific level category (ex: it can be set to shoot at only creatures between levels 50 and 100).

Damage Multipliers

  • As of patch 231.4, turrets do 2.2x damage vs. all dinos.

There is no longer any separate multiplier for flying dinos.


The Tek Engram is unlocked by killing the Broodmother on alpha difficulty.

Placement Restrictions

As of 242.0, the Tek Turret can no longer be built on Quetzal, Brontosaurus, Mosasaurus, Plesiosaur, or Paracer platform saddles. Any existing turrets on such platforms will no longer fire. This is a server option of "OverrideStructurePlatformPrevention=true". Otherwise they're now only allowed on Rafts and non-moving Bases.

There is also a limit of 100 turrets that can be placed within a 10000 UE-unit (~33.3 foundations) radius. This applies to the combined total of all  Auto Turrets,  Heavy Auto Turrets,  Tek Turrets, and  Plant Species X. This number can be raised in server settings. This check is done on a turret by turret basis, so different numbers will show up depending on how far away turrets are from each other.If a limit is exceded,turrets will still shot but wont be able to be replaced if removed or destroyed.Start your turret defense from the middle,then go on each side and expand. The turrets in the middle will be at 160/100 and the outer ones around 100/100-110/100.


  • The Tek Saddles were patched to have a lower range to damage structures. Previously all Tek Saddles could destroy Tek Turrets from a safe distance.
  • As of 312.65 Tek Turrets consume two Element Shards per shot.
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Cannon and Upper-Half

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Region 3:

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Region 5:
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Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
257.0 Tek Turret is added to the game.
274.0 Doubled Tek Turret Damage.
  • TEK Turret projectile speed improved by 50%.
  • TEK Turret explosive damage increased by 25%.
  • TEK Turret direct damage increased by 50%.
  • TEK Turret range increased by 30%.
  • TEK Turret interp speed increased by 40%.
298.40 Buffed Tek Turret health by 50%.
298.41 Buffed Tek Turret health by 50%.
312.65 TEK Turrets now require double the amount of shards per bullet.
321.1 Fixed a bug where the TEK Turret did not respect Tribe Ranks.
330.8 Tek Turret engram is added to the Genesis Part 2 boss fight.
338.23 Increased Tek Turret  HP by 100%