ARK: Survival Evolved - How to Tame Your First Dinosaur

A simple how-to for taming your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved.

2 months ago by Felicia Miranda in Guides

If you recently picked up ARK: Survival Evolved, you may be wondering how to go about taming your very first dinosaur. One of the most appealing aspects in ARK: Survival Evolved is the ability to tame the wide selection of wildlife.

For survivors who are new to the ARK world, dinosaur taming can be difficult if you don’t take certain steps to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

To help make things a bit easier, we put together a guide that will help you tame your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved.

How to Tame Your First Dinosaur - The Parasaur

Below, you'll find all the steps needed to tame your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved.

The first dinosaur I recommend taming in ARK: Survival Evolved is the Parasaur since they’re considered one of the easier dinosaurs to tame. The items you’ll need to begin taming are a club, and an abundance of Narcoberries and Mejoberries.

The club will allow you to knock the Parasaur unconscious while the Narcoberries will be used to keep the Parasaur unconscious. Mejoberries are the Parasaur’s preferred food, although other berries may be used.

50 of each berry should be more than enough to begin the process.

In order to tame a Parasaur in ARK: Survival Evolved, you'll want to ensure you have the necessary supplies on hand.

Preparing for the Taming Process

When searching for a Parasaur to tame, keep in mind that the lower its level is, the easier it will be to tame. The taming process in ARK: Survival Evolved can take about 30 minutes, so be prepared to stay in one place for that amount of time.

If you’re in a dangerous area, it’s wise to steer the Parasaur into a safer area. This can be done while attacking the dinosaur with the club as it'll start to run once you’ve attacked it. Note that this is one of the more difficult aspects of taming as a beginner.

There are engrams that you can unlock later on in ARK: Survival Evolved which will make knocking dinosaurs unconscious much easier, but since this is a how-to for new survivors, we will focus on using the items that are easily obtained from the beginning.

Use your club to knock the dinosaur unconscious in ARK: Survival Evolved.

How to Start the Taming Process 

Now, it's time to start the taming process. One way to knock a dinosaur out with minimal chasing is to steer it into a corner where escaping will be difficult. Attack the dinosaur with a club until it passes out. Do not continue to attack it or the chances of taming start to go down.

Once the Parasaur is unconscious, access its inventory and place the Narcoberries and Mejoberries. Now you’ll have to keep the dinosaur’s unconscious bar up, occasionally clicking on the Narcoberries and using them remotely. Try to keep the bar above 50%. The dinosaur will automatically munch on the Mejoberries.

After the dinosaur has been knocked unconscious, be sure to place its favorite food in its inventory in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Your First Tamed Dinosaur

After 30 minutes or so of keeping the Parasaur’s unconscious levels up and feeding it, the tame bar should be filled and you have now tamed your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved. Don’t forget to access your dinosaur’s inventory and keep it well fed.

Eventually, you’ll be able to equip your Parasaur with a saddle allowing you to traverse through the world of Ark with ease. Hopefully this guide for taming your first dinosaur was helpful to new survivors. 

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to tame your first dinosaur in ARK: Survival Evolved.