In addition to taming wild animals in ARK: Survival Evolved, players can also incubate eggs to hatch many creatures. This can be a long process that requires a lot of investment, but this article will help anyone become an incubator expert.
In this guide, players will be provided with all the information about the egg collection and incubation process in ARK: Survival Evolved to enrich the animal collection.
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How to collect eggs in ARK: Survival Evolved
Before trying to get 1 egg, it is important to know where the egg came from. Not all creatures lay eggs, they only come from non-mammalian organisms. The list of non-mammalian creatures in the game will be mentioned later in the article. In addition, only fertilized eggs can be incubated.
Get eggs from tamed creatures
To get a fertilized egg, the player will need to breed 2 creatures. The mating requires 2 organisms of the same species of the opposite sex with the following requirements:
- Two creatures need to be close to each other.
- Enable feature: Wandering and Mating: Make sure that the organism in question has not recently mated as this will require a timeout.
- Creatures can’t currently follow anything (including players).
- The storage space should not be too full.
- Creatures cannot be mounted.
- Creatures cannot be destroyed or neutralized.
When all these conditions are met, organisms can mate. This will make red hearts appear on top of both and they will start the process. When the process is complete, the female will drop an egg for the player to pick up. The process will immediately end if the couple is separated.
Is it possible to get eggs from wild creatures?
Note that wild creatures also drop 1 egg on the ground but will not be able to hatch it because the egg is not fertilized.
How to hatch eggs in ARK: Survival Evolved
To incubate the egg, gamers need to keep it in an area with a stable temperature. Maintaining a constant temperature can be done in a number of ways as follows:
Campfires and torches
This is a very simple way to maintain the temperature, but it is also quite difficult. Campfires give off a fair amount of heat, however, there are external factors that can alter the overall temperature. When dealing with “difficult” eggs, players should use a campfire to hatch them. If using this method for incubation, be sure to monitor the eggs closely.
With eggs that hatch at low temperatures, people can use air conditioners to lower the temperature in the room. An air conditioner will be available with 21 engrams when the player becomes level 61. In addition, it will require the following materials to craft this item:
- 80 Metal Ingot
- 15 Electronics
- 5 Polymer
- 15 Crystals
The incubator is available in the Genesis: Part 2 DLC. With the incubator, the player can place up to 10 eggs inside and choose the desired temperature. This device will be available for 55 engrams once the player reaches level 89. Here are the materials needed to make the incubator.
- 500 Metal ingot
- 350 Polymer
- 200 Crustal
- 100 Cementing Paste (or Achatina Paste)
- 250 Electronics
This is the best way to hatch eggs, but if you don’t have the Genesis: Part 2 DLC, you can still incubate eggs using the air conditioning method.
Egg incubation conditions
Each egg will require a different time and temperature when incubating. The table below will provide complete information on the ideal incubation time and temperature of all eggs in ARK: Survival Evolved.
|Egg type||Incubation time||Lowest incubation temperature||Highest incubation temperature|
|Allosaurus||1 hour 39 minutes||79||90|
|anglerfish||4 hours 59 minutes||-103||167|
|Ankylosaurus||2 hours 37 minutes||sixty one||68|
|Araneo||1 hour 25 minutes||39||54|
|Archeopteryx||2 hours 37 minutes||sixty one||68|
|Argentavis||2 hours 56 minutes||54||56|
|Arthropluera||2 hours 29 minutes||sixty four||72|
|Baryonyx||1 hour 59 minutes||84||95|
|Beelzebufo||4 hours 59 minutes||32||122|
|Bloodstalker||2 hours 56 minutes||81||eighty six|
|Carbonemys||1 hour 14 minutes||eighty six||93|
|Carnotaurus||1 hour 39 minutes||79||90|
|Crystal Wyvern||4 hours 59 minutes||167||185|
|Deinonychus||4 hours 59 minutes||176||194|
|Dilophosaur||1 hour 8 minutes||82||90|
|Dimetrodon||2 hours 29 minutes||eighty six||93|
|Dimorphodon||1 hour 21 minutes||95||100|
|Diplocaulus||4 hours 59 minutes||32||122|
|Diplodocus||4 hours 59 minutes||79||84|
|Dodo||49 minutes||72||eighty six|
|Electrophorus||4 hours 59 minutes||32||122|
|Featherlight||1 hour 39 minutes||84||90|
|Gallimimus||1 hour 25 minutes||75||82|
|Giganotosaurus||2 hours 56 minutes||109||111|
|Glowtail||2 hours 29 minutes||eighty six||93|
|Hesperornis||1 hour 30 minutes||72||eighty six|
|Ichthyornis||1 hour 39 minutes||84||90|
|Iguanodon||1 hour 25 minutes||75||82|
|Kairuku||1 hour 30 minutes||72||eighty six|
|Kaprosuchus||1 hour 59 minutes||84||95|
|Kentrosuarus||2 hours 46 minutes||75||eighty six|
|Lymantria||1 hour 30 minutes||95||100|
|Maewing||1 hour 25 minutes||72||79|
|Magmasaur||4 hours 59 minutes||194||230|
|Mantis||2 hours 46 minutes||95||100|
|Megachelon||4 hours 59 minutes||-103||167|
|Megalosaurus||2 hours 39 minutes||79||90|
|Microraptor||1 hour 25 minutes||75||82|
|Morellatops||2 hours 29 minutes||72||82|
|Moschops||2 hours 37 minutes||sixty one||68|
|Oviraptor||1 hour 8 minutes||79||eighty six|
|Pachy||1 hour 25 minutes||75||82|
|Pachyrhinosaurus||2 hours 29 minutes||72||82|
|Parasaur||1 hour 25 minutes||75||82|
|Pegomastax||1 hour 8 minutes||82||90|
|Pelagornis||1 hour 39 minutes||84||90|
|Pteranodon||1 hour 39 minutes||84||90|
|Pulmonoscorpius||1 hour 59 minutes||54||sixty one|
|Quetzal||16 hours 39 minutes||41||43|
|Raptor||1 hour 59 minutes||68||82|
|T-Rex||4 hours 59 minutes||90||93|
|Rock Drake||6 hours 14 minutes||-130||-112|
|Sarco||2 hours 29 minutes||eighty six||93|
|Snow Owl||2 hours 56 minutes||54||56|
|Spino||2 hours 50 minutes||eighty six||90|
|Stegosaurus||2 hours 46 minutes||72||82|
|Tapejara||1 hour 39 minutes||84||90|
|Terror Bird||1 hour 59 minutes||68||82|
|Therizinosaur||1 hour 39 minutes||79||90|
|Thorny Dragon||2 hours 29 minutes||72||82|
|Triceratops||2 hours 29 minutes||72||82|
|Troodon||1 hour 8 minutes||82||90|
|Tropeognathus||1 hour 39 minutes||84||90|
|Tusoteuthis||4 hours 59 minutes||32||122|
|Velonasaur||1 hour 8 minutes||82||90|
|Voidwyrm||4 hours 59 minutes||176||194|
|Vulture||1 hour 21 minutes||95||100|
|Wyvern||4 hours 59 minutes||176||194|
|Yutryannus||4 hours 59 minutes||90||93|
Things to keep in mind when incubating eggs
Pay close attention to the temperature ranges
Hatching eggs in ARK: Survival Evolved requires a near-frozen to super-hot thermometer. In addition, many types of eggs have very narrow temperature ranges that need to be considered.
For example, a Yutryannus egg allows a difference of 3 degrees. This means that using a campfire to hatch this egg is not the best idea; If it gets cold outside, the egg temperature may drop and the eggs won’t hatch.
Check current temperature
Players can check the current air temperature from their inventory, which displays character stats. On the right side of this panel, people will see the current temperature, displayed in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit (the unit of temperature measurement can be changed from the settings menu).
Temperature variation on an island
Temperatures can vary between areas on the map, but for the most part, temperatures will remain average. For example, the southern end of the island will be hotter than any other area. Keep this in mind if you choose to incubate your eggs outdoors.
Prioritize use of air conditioning
In general, gamers should prioritize equipping incubators or air conditioners for eggs that require accurate temperature. Without access to these items, the player can create an enclosed area with torches to place the egg inside. This will only incubate the eggs that need a higher temperature.