'ARK' Tropeognathus Guide - Spawn Locations, How to Tame, Codes & More

ARK: Survival Evolved finally has a new prehistoric dino called the Tropeognathus. In this guide, we outline a few spots where this creature spawns, tell you how to tame it and illustrate the best reasons to have one in your tribe. It's time for some cool aerial dogfights.

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'Ark: Survival Evolved' has a new dino called the Tropeognathus. Below we tell you hoe to tame and find it. 'ARK: Survival Evolved' is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux. Studio Wildcard

Before starting, it should be noted that players will need to be at at least level 65 if they'd like to take full advantage of everything the Tropeognathus has to offer. If you're below that threshold, this dino is just an average flyer.

Where to find the Tropeognathus in ARK

If you're still searching for a Tropeognathus spawn, you're not alone, as this creature seems to be pretty difficult to find on all the maps it's available. On PC the Tropeognathus is currently exclusive to the new Crystal Isles mod map, but console players can locate one on all maps that support flyers. This includes the Island, the Center, Scorched Earth, Ragnarok and Valguero.

PC spawn locations: As noted in its official dossier, the Tropeognathus is found on the coastal areas of Crystal Isles. With that in mind, here are a couple estimated coordinates that might point you in the right direction.

  • 78, 28
  • 50, 65

As with all dino hunting in ARK, this isn't an exact science. However, if you hover around these two areas, or anywhere near the shore, a Tropeognathus should show up on Crystal Isles.

Console Spawn Locations: Despite appearing on more maps on console, the Tropeognathus can still be hard to find. The coastal tip from the dossier still applies, but it might also help to know that the Tropeognathus appears to spawn in the exact same locations as the Tapejara. So, looking at the Tapejara spawn maps on the ARK wiki may be helpful for those who need a detailed visual. It's also worth noting that you may need to kill nearby Tapejaras to make the Tropeognathus appear.

  • Extinction: In the city area.
  • Ragnarok: Along the longitude 25 line, in the forest somewhat close to the Obelisk.
  • Center: At the Redwood area around 70,70.
  • Scorched Earth: There's a peak around 40, 30 which may have some.
  • Island: In the jungles to the southeast near the Obelisk.
  • Valguero: Between the Green Obelisk and the swamp.

The Tropeognathus is a very rare spawn in general, so don't get frustrated if you don't find one immediately.

How to tame a Tropeognathus

Once you've got a Tropeognathus in your sights, the best way to tame it is to use a Ballista Turret with Chain Bolas to take it down. The Spear Bolt may also be a viable option at level 29, but you'll need more of them to finish the job.

All you've got to do is hit a Tropeognathus with your turret a couple times, and it will go down. Then, walk over to it and start feeding it Raw Prime Meat, Raw Mutton or Exceptional Kibble depending on what's in your inventory. Repeat this process until it's yours. Especially if you're playing during the Anniversary Event, this creature will tame fast.

What does a Tropeognathus do?

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The saddle of the Tropeognathus is what truly makes it special. Studio Wildcard

In simple terms, the Tropeognathus is basically a dino jet. It has a saddle, craftable at level 65 in a Fabricator, that offers fireable grenades and a gas-powered jet engine. That being said, the saddle is not a requirement for riding it without those trappings.

On its own the Tropeognathus is fairly average with decent speed and a basic bite attack. With the saddle, though, the situation changes dramatically. Just pop some gas in the inventory, and your basic propulsion is just a button press away. There's also an option for faster speeds that consume more gas as well. It's able to do quick aerial turns while in standard mode to offer improved maneuvers. To use grenades, just place them in the saddle's inventory and fire away.

If you see the phrase "drafting available" in the corner of your screen, that means the Tropeognathus is in range to get a boost from nearby flyers. So with a single press of a button, spacebar on PC, you get some extra speed that doesn't consume resources.

How to get a Tropeognathus with Admin Spawn Commands

If you'd just like to mess around with the Tropeognathus without the hassle, it's possible to enable admin command cheats to both spawn and tame it.

Press the following buttons to open the admin command menu:

  • PC: Tab
  • PS4: L1 + R1 + Square + Triangle
  • Xbox One: LB + RB + X + Y

To start, you may need to type the "enablecheats" command if not done already. Cheats are always an option offline, but they're not really available online. Once you have cheats turned on, use these commands.

  • Spawn Tropeognathus: admincheat summon Tropeognathus_Character_BP_C
  • Force tame: admincheat ForceTame [put the dino in your crosshairs to tame it].
  • Spawn Tropeognathus Saddle: cheat GFI TropeSaddle 1 0 0
  • Get Gas: cheat giveitemnum 161 1 0 0
  • Get Grenades: cheat giveitemnum 6 1 0 0

That's all you need to know about the Tropeognathus in ARK: Survival Evolved.

ARK: Survival Evolved is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux.

What do you think of the Tropeognathus so far? Have you been able to find one? Tell us in the comments section.