ARK: Survival Evolved – Dino Dossier: Parasaur – Taming & Breeding


Parasaurolophus, meaning “near crested lizard”, is part of the hadrosaurid family and lived in the Late Cretaceous Period around 75 million years ago. This remarkable herbivore was famous for its large cranial crest and its ability to walk both as a biped and quadruped, allowing it to feed from bushes on the ground and low lying tree branches. In ARK: Survival Evolved a Parasaurolophus, or Parasaur, is a great dinosaur tame for beginners.

Dino Dossier: Parasaurolophus Amphibio

Parasaurolophus Amphibio, known as Parasaur on the island, are docile plant eating dinosaurs. They are a passive creature and can be quite skittish when startled. A Parasaur will only attack when their eggs are in danger. When threatened, a Parasaur will flee at an impressive speed making them tricky to catch even for the fastest sprinters in ARK.

A domesticated Parasaur is a common mount for the islanders, they are easy to tame, with an average carrying capacity and decent long distance journey potential. Although they are not able to defend themselves against predators, these duck-billed dinos may be able to out run them with their notable speed on land and in the water.

Attribute Amount at Level 1
Health: 200
Stamina: 200
Oxygen: 150
Food: 1,500
Weight: 280
Melee Damage: 12²
Movement Speed: 100%
Torpor: 150


The Parasaur is well known for its large, arching head crest and duck-like bill. They are a fairly common site on the island and often appear in colour variations of red, green, white and yellow with a small ridge of distinct spines running down their back. It is also possible to find black Parasaurs on rare occasions.

Taming a Parasaur

Knocking out a Parasaur for taming is no easy feat. Their superior speed and stamina make them almost impossible to catch. We recommend you craft and use bolas to take out its legs long enough for you to beat it unconscious with a club. If you’re under level 10, or haven’t unlocked bolas, then your best bet is to herd the Parasaur into a heavily wooded area and hope it gets caught between the rocks and trees.

The lower the Parasaur’s level, the easier the tame. A level 1 Parasaur takes approximately 8 minutes and 6 seconds while feeding it 27 Mejoberries to tame. The higher its level the more likely you’ll have to use Narcoberries to keep the creature sedated. Higher level Parasaurs will take longer to tame and consume more berries in the process. Mejoberries are the most effective and it will take less of them for the tame, however any berries or vegetables will do.

Unconscious Parasaur.
Taming a new best friend. My other one got eaten…

Your New Mount

As stated earlier, Parasaurs are a good early-game mount for new players. They are rather speedy and reliant with an quick tame time that isn’t too berry intensive. To ride your newly tamed Hadrosaur you will need to craft a Parasaur Saddle. This particular saddle is unlockable at level 10 and requires you to spend 9 Engram Points. To craft it you will need 80 hide, 50 fiber and 15 wood.

Once you’re saddled and set to go, your new Parasaur has a number of utilities at your disposal:


Although they cannot carry too much, Parasaurs make great beginner pack animals. For a pack mule Parasaur, level up Weight, Speed and Stamina.


A Parasaur has good riding capability for a low level  player. Their ability to travel fast on land and in the water makes them good for escaping threats and getting you from A to B swiftly. They are even able to dive down underwater and could be useful for minor cave exploration. Try levelling up their Oxygen, Speed and Stamina for this route.


Because of the Parasaurolophus’ small footprint and large hit box, they are able to clip into the hit box of another dino and lock them in place. For an easy kill or tame on another herbivore this can be extremely handy. To perform the move, simply pull up parallel to the target and turn 90° till you’re heavily clipping into them; this should lock the creature in place. The more health your Parasaur has for this manoeuvre, the better.


If you haven’t grown too fond of your Parasaur, you can always use them as dino fodder. Use your mount to aggro enemy dinos and players in an attempt to lead them away from whatever you’re protecting, whether it be your base or a new tame in process. Parasaurs are a pretty easy tame and sometimes a sacrifice must be made.

Tamed Parasaur with a rider.
Saddled up for the long journey ahead.

Parasaur Babies!

To start your herd you’re going to need a tamed male and female Parasaur. Place the two “lovebirds” in a small enclosure and set them to wander mode. Once the mating process is over the female will lay an egg for you to pick up. Take the egg without damaging it and carefully keep it incubating in the correct temperatures. We recommend having standing torches, campfires and air conditioners nearby ready to heat up or cool down the fickle egg. A fertilised Parasaur egg needs temperatures between 24°C and 28°C (75°F 82°F). The egg will take 1 hour and 25 minutes to hatch and the baby won’t become an adult for around 13 hours.

We recommend breeding dinosaurs when you’re a little further into the game as babies take up a lot of time and resources. There’s no point having an egg until you’re ready for the commitment.

Baby Parasaur.
Such a cute little duck-billed baby.

Extra Tips & Info

  • When killed, Parasaurs drop raw meat and hide.
  • They are good at foraging for berries and seeds and can knock down trees for wood and thatch.
  • This particular species of Parasaurolophus got the name amphibio from its proficiency at swimming and affinity with the water.
  • Their strong stamina makes them great for a inventory rescue if you died far from home.




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James Holdsworth
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