ARK Survival Evolved: Quetzalcoatlus

ARK Survival Evolved: Quetzalcoatlus

- in Dino Dossiers
Common Name Quetzal
Group Reptiles
Species Quetzalcoatlus conchapicem
Time Late Cretaceous Period
Diet Carnivore
Temperament Skittish
Egg Quetzal Egg
Feces Size Large
XP For Kill 18 XP
PC Release Date October 6, 2015 (v218.0)
Spawn Command [Expand]
Favorite Kibble Kibble (Diplo Egg)
Tameable Yes
Rideable Yes
Saddle Quetz Saddle (lvl 60)
Platform-Saddle Quetz Platform Saddle (lvl 80)
Incubation Range 5 – 6 °C / 41 – 43 °F
Incubation Time 16h 39m 55s
Baby Stage Time 18h 31m 6s
 Very Rare

The Quetzalcoatlus (the common name is Quetzal) is one of the most outstanding flying creatures in ARK Survival Evolved.  It is a carnivorous creature and very useful after being tamed by the survivors. Check it out!

Basic Info


Wild: Quetzalcoatlus is one of the biggest flying creatures living on the island of ARK Survival Evolved. Its silhouette is similar to Pteranodon and its nests are usually nearby the high tops. From the closer investigation, Quetzal is considered as a giant creature of huge power.

Domesticated: The domesticated Quetzal plays a special role on the whole island. It is very slow and won’t be an ideal local transport, also, it’s not strong enough to become an efficient warbird. Normally, most of the tribes use this creature as their giant carrier. They are able to bear a huge amount of supplies, creatures, and other cargos from this base to another one without being exhausted.

Known Information: Different from other creatures that have the same size as Quetzal, it seems to escape away and dodge the fight. Probably, escaping will help it survive on this island full of deadly predators.


The Quetzal will keep flying and escaping away from the enemies even if it’s under attack. In the normal flight, apparently, Quetzal doesn’t fly fast, but it will start to fly at a faster speed if it gets startled. Then, after that, it will stop flying fast and return to the normal speed.


Quetzal is considered as the biggest flying creature in the game. Its size is very huge with a long neck, and the dwarfs are kind of like a usual Pteranodon. Quetzals are very lonely and they can travel across the whole island rest and hunt for food. They are extremely carnivorous, normally absorb the fish and they scavenge as well.

Color Scheme and Regions

This part will show all the natural colors and regions of Quetzal. To get indicative purposes, the regions right below are all painted in red on an extremely white Quetzal. The painted squares displayed below every description of the region are the colors that this creature will create at random for giving out a general scope of its natural color scheme. Move your mouse cursor over a color for showing the name and ID.

The color scheme info is extracted straightly from the ARK DevKit and it should be seen as accurate.

The server admins are able to utilize this region info in the console command like this “cheat SetTargetDinoColor ”

For instance, using “cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6” will help paint the wing membrane magenta of Quetzal.


Region 0:
Wing Membrane


Region 1:


Region 2:


Region 3:


Region 4:


Region 5:
Body Feathers


Base Stats and Growth

In Survival of the Fittest, the creature will have various stats

Basic Stats

Attribute Amount at Level 1 Increase per point Taming Bonus
Wild Domesticated1 Add Mult
5Health 1200 +240 +5.4% 0.07
1Stamina 750 +75 +10%
2Oxygen 150 15 +10%
3Food 3000 +300 +10% 0.15%
6Weight 780 +15.6 +4%
7Melee Damage 322 +1.28 +1.7% 5.6% 17.6%
4Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +3% 36%
8Torpor 1850 +111 N/A4 0.5
  1. Percentages are depended on the value of the stat at the moment when the creature was domesticated (after the effectiveness of taming)
  2. The absolute Base Damage is displayed here rather than the percentage.
  3. The movement speed of untamed creatures won’t be developed and leveled up.
  4. Torpor develops every single level on the untamed creatures, but it can’t be developed after they are domesticated.
  • Check out Base Creature Statistics to find out a comparison of the creatures’ stats.
  • If you want to research on the way that levelup calculation operates, you should check out Creature Stats Calculation

Movement Speed

  • The table shown above is the base speeds of the creature, and they are at 100% Movement Speed.
  • Check out Base Creature Speeds to find out a comparison of the creatures’ speeds

Wild Stats Level-up

To check out which stats an untamed creature is stressed, just input the values of it. Green values on a creature at a high level will be very great for breeding. If you did domesticate your creature, you would be able to take back the breeding stats using the offline tool called: ARK Stats Extractor.

Remember, after being domesticated, the creature receives more bonuses on several stats counting on the taming successfulness. This will cause it to be very arduous to take back the levels on a domesticated creature, hence, this tool is only applied for the untamed ones. However, it still impresses because of how excellently the stats are given out.


Keep in mind that these values are only applied for the optimum instances, they always bear additional supplies.

Explore an external taming calculator for a required level-dependent count of resources.

Ingredients for   Kibble (Rex Egg): 1 ×   Rex Egg , 1 ×   Longrass , 1 ×   Prime Meat Jerky , 2 ×   Mejoberry , 3 ×   Fiber , 1 ×   Water

Preferred Food

  1. Kibble (Rex Egg)
  2. Raw Prime Meat
  3. Raw Prime Fish Meat

KO Strategy

An untamed Quetzal will not put an end to flying, which causes it to be unfeasible to knock out, especially if you don’t have one. But, if you do possess one Quetzal, it will be much easier for you to defeat another one, like directly! You will be able to stay on its back when you dismount a ridden Quetzal. This will help you fire another Quetzal easily by utilizing your tamed Quetzal as a platform in the air. You just need to pinpoint one, dismount and use the Tranquilizer Arrows or Darts to shoot at it. After that, you mount your Quetzal and go behind another one and try to follow these steps over and over again till your target is completely defeated.

But if you didn’t tame one yet, activating as 2-man team or utilizing a scorpion, then commanding it to assault this target would be a great tactic for you. The one that is being carried will fire the Quetzal using tranquilizer arrows. The players won’t stay on an untamed Quetzal anymore.

Using a Longneck Rifle, and Tranquilizer Darts or a quick flying mount can give you a chance to beat a Quetzal by yourself. You should be patient and wait for a Quetzal to get closer to a mountain or when it flies down to the ground or the land, and then, you must use the darts to quickly shoot at it. When it gets startled and flies again, you must get back on your mount, go behind it and try to fulfill this way over and over again until it is totally defeated and unconscious. Although this method can be trustworthy, it still takes a long period to do. Also, it’s kind of costly because you have to use simple rifle ammo for your tranquilizer Darts to operate. Just make sure that the Quetzal will not doze off in a river, it will get drowned and die.


Prepare Parachutes, a longneck rifle that has tranquilizer darts, a flying mount and start your taming! When you bump into a Quetzal, you must try to fly above it, dismount and trigger your parachute to fly down. Use your arrows and try to shoot a the Quetzal until it’s out of scope. After that, you need to return to your mount and go behind it. Triggering the parachute right after taking a leap will cause you to fall down gently enough for remounting in the air. Fulfill this progress over and over again until your target is defeated.

This process can be done more effortlessly by carrying a big group of Dimorphodons. You can put the materials on the mount for designing additional parachutes, and then put the narcotics on Dimorphodons. Command the mount to go behind you, command the Dimorphodons to go behind the mount, and make all the pets passive. After the Quetzal is senseless, you can begin to utilize the Dimorphodons to defend it from the hostile predators and search for meat for domesticating it.

Argentavis & Scorpion/Pachy Tactic

Remember, the movement speed of an Argentavis needs to be at least 148% and below 50% hindered for adapting the speed of an escaping untamed Quetzal.

Utilizing a Scorpion (the possibility of a Quetzal’s death is extremely high):

Here comes another solo strategy! You can utilize an Argentavis and a Scorpion that deals out high damage. Just be sure that you command your Scorpion to assault the target, utilizing it, take it up and start searching for a Quetzal. Utilizing a spyglass, horn the assault command on the Quetzal, approach it, just be sure that you approach its neck. It must assault the Quetzal, just stop for around 10 seconds so that the toxic can get an effect and do it again. Quetzals are much quicker than Argentavises, therefore, it’s much easier to stop and give it time to cool off.  Using this way takes a lot of time, particularly with Quetzals that are at higher level, and also due to the stamina restrictions.

Utilizing a Pachy

The principal assault of Pachy is not strong, and it has only 10 base damage, but its torpor is kind of great, scaling 1:1, causing Pachy to be able to give out more than 20 damage and more than 20 torpor. A Quetzal at level 16 has approximately 3400 torpor, hence, you must attack it around 170 to 200 times, meaning 3400 to 4000 damage.

Although the HP of Quetzals is really high, it still has other deadly ways for domestication because of various HP.

Quetzal Cage Tactic

You can utilize a Quetzal to catch and domesticate another Quetzal effortlessly. Use utilize doorways to construct a 3x3x3 crate and a ceiling on a Quetzal platform. You won’t have to make the doorways and ceilings on the bases. Get to the untamed Quetzal and locate it right inside the crate. Dismounting and your domesticated Quetzal will stop going. The wild one can’t get through the walls anymore, and it will get stuck. Now, try to locate yourself to shoot through the slots or the doorways. Aim for the headshots to make the untamed ones insane try to flee away in hopelessness.

After being defeated, the untamed Quetzal goes down onto the platform saddle. You shouldn’t transfer the domesticated one, or else the untamed one will get through the platform and go down to the ground.

Using this tactic will help you tame the new Quetzals using the tamed one easily.

Grappling Hook Tactic

Using this way, you must prepare an Argentavis and a Grappling Hook. It will bring the better result if the movement speed of Argentavis is at least 120%. Take your Grappling Hook out and fire your Argentavis in the chest. Set the attack command on the Quetzal and then use your parachute while in the air. While the Argentavis is going behind the Quetzal, you must shoot it faster. Make sure that you utilize the whistle passively when the Argentavish gets closers to the Quetzal, and horn to give attack command. After the Quetzal has fallen down, trigger the Grappling Hook and reach the Argentavis for flying down safe and sound. You shouldn’t fire your Argentavis much. If you make it doze off, your tame will be failed and possibly you will be killed.

Working as a team, one survivor is able to control an Argentavis or Quetzal with various players hanging by grappling hooks, which will permit them to fire simultaneously. But, you need to learn that this will make the server laggy, so it shouldn’t be more than 7 players.

Bola Strategy

Utilizing the chain bola from the Ballista turret can be another strategy for your domestication. You will disable the Quetzal and knock it out to the ground.

While getting stuck, a survivor is able to fire tranquilizer darts or arrows to attack the Quetzal. Keep doing that until the starts to move once again or becomes senseless.

If you put the Ballista on a platform saddle, one is enough to go behind a Quetzal, and try to do this strategy over and over again until your target is defeated.


Let’s find out how to battle against the Quetzal in this part.


In general, this is a rare obtainable creature which most of the tribes never think about annihilating one. Actually, taming will require fights, since Quetzal is considered as an adaptable mount that can cause a tribe to become more powerful. It’s not easy to battle against them because they are rare creatures that are able to fly high. They even never come down to the ground.


There are various ways for taming this creature. You can check them out by looking at the KO strategy again as mentioned above.


If you want to defeat these creatures, you can try utilizing strong Tranquilizer Darts with a Longneck Rifle. When you join a PvP battle, you should utilize a strong weapon like turrets in order to take out an opponent Quetzal.


Be sure that you shouldn’t fall when trying to domesticate or destroy the Quetzal, or else, it won’t assault.


The weakest part of this creature is its head, however, it’s not easy to hit its head. Occasionally, they get stuck in the trees or the mountains.


Like Brontosaurus, Paracer and Plesiosaur, you can put a platform saddle on the Quetzal too. Then, you can utilize as a moving airborne base.


Air Base: When flying in the sky, Quetzal doesn’t use much stamina. If you dismount right in the air, its stamina will be regained from the long flight. The Quetzal is such an excellent creature for departing the taming journeys. You can get on the Quetzal to be safe and craft new stuff on it or keep any materials that you need. (Level up Stamina and Health)

Combat Bird: Quetzal is a great combat bird in many fights and attacks. Having high health and stamina, along with some turrets that are equipped with its platform, it will be able to launch aerial attacks. But, you need to be aware of opponent tribes, they are able to use tranquilizer arrows to fire your Battle Bird. (Health should be more than 10,000, and stamina should be more than 3000)

Caravan Quetzal: The Quetzal becomes a trustworthy pack-mule creature because of its high health, carry weight, and stamina. If it has more than 1500 stamina, it is able to traverse the map, and also, it can totally undertake predatory roadblocks if it has a high health. Quetzal can be a possible choice to carry materials across rough terrains. However, the opponent tribes can easily notice it with the airborne abilities (Level up Health, Stamina, Speed)

Wood Gatherer: Quetzal can’t collect wood alone, but it’s able to carry a Mammoth and a member of the tribe can even ride it. One person will ride the bird, and the other one will cut down trees using the Mammoth. Fulfilling this way will help you get more than 100 wood within 5 minutes. Remember that the weight of Mammoth is kind of alright in this strategy. The Quetzal only needs to be sure that it’s strong enough to bear the wood (Level up Stamina and Weight).

Metal Gatherer: Similarly, Quetzal is not collect metal alone, but it is able to bring an Ankylosaurus, and a tribe member will ride the bird. Then, the bird will utilize the Ankylosaurus to break down the metal rocks. This will bring you a bunch of metal in just a few minutes. You should remember that Ankylosaurus’s weight is totally fine, you just only pay attention to the carry weight of the Quetzal because it needs to bring a lot of metal (Level up Stamina and Weight)

Thatch Gatherer: Quetzal can become a thatch gatherer with the assistance of Gigantopithecus. The Quetzal can carry that creature, with a tribe member flies on it. Giagantopithecus will help this bird cut down trees and bring you a bunch of thatch. You shouldn’t worry about the weight of Gigantopithecus in this method, just keep an eye on the carry weight of the Quetzal. The thatch is so light, so the base weight on a Quetzal at level 1 can get you more than enough.

You can’t follow this method to mine the stones using a Doedicurus because this creature won’t be able to assault if a Quetzal picks it up.

Fishing Mount: With the long beak on its body, it’s able to get down into the water, which helps it collect large amounts of fish. It is able to annihilate untamed Sarcos as well, provided that they won’t be able to get out of the water, they are incapable of assaulting it.

Hunting Platform: You can stay on the back of the Quetzal when dismounting. Standing there will help you shoot ranged weapons. The firearms can bring you good results since you no need to mind the projectile drop at the long scopes involved.  It’s kind of risky and deadly to utilize this strategy for countering aggressive survivors. You should let them fire the Quetzal instead of you firing them by yourself. They no need to destroy it, just simply hit it, then it’s more likely to get you on its back while jumping in shock and make an effort to escape away. If you want to fire the aggressive tribes, you need to ask your friend to fly and control the Quetzal for you. In addition, you must also be aware of Titanomyrma soldiers, Meganeura, and aggressive Dimorphodons prior to getting up because they are able to do the similar thing. You can take a parachute with you. The Quetzal can be very helpful in a straight battle against untamed creatures, regardless of what the dossier claims. Its long beak helps it fly above the assaults of lots of enemies, and it will attack downward at them. Its slower speed also allows it to hit the opponents.

Taming Mount: You are able to snatch most of the Dinosaurs, even the ones that you are incapable of bringing. Also, you will be able to construct a tame box with the platform saddle. Your Dinos can be fired if an opponent enemy is bringing it with a certain mount.

Titanosaur Taming Mount: Try to put some turrets on the platform saddle of Quetzal so that you can tame and defeat Titanosaurs. While the Paracers and Brontos are able to mount turrets, they are just fast enough to catch up with the Titanosaur, and they don’t have a faster speed to shoot the head using turret weapons. Plus, a mount is more likely to be destroyed if it’s unable to overtake the Titanosaur.




The Quetzal only go forward if you set a command on it. If there is no command for them, they will just stand still and move in the air. Its stamina will be depleted a little bit even if it doesn’t move.

If you feed your Quetzal with Stimberry, your bird is able to fly for a longer time, but the stamina doesn’t regain too much. But, if you get a dinosaur that is great at gathering berry, you can have a bunch of Stimberries and give them to your bird a lot.

Whether you have a platform saddle equipped on a Quetzal or not, you will be able to dismount and be patient to let the Quetzal take back its stamina without going down.

If you want to land, you just simply press key A or spacebar, then you can get to the ground and land safely. The wings of your Quetzal will be folded. Pressing key E will help you dismount. And pressing key A or spacebar will help you begin again. Occasionally, pressing spacebar can cause the Quetzal to fall. So, you try to approach the ground prior to landing.

Remember, the stamina of a domesticated Quetzal without any rider won’t be depleted while running in order to catch up with the player trying to sprint or ride another creature. You can set a follow command on the Quetzal and make it carry much stuff you put on it.


Quetzal can only carry private creatures or the ones that are already possessed by a tribe.

Creatures that Quetzal can carry

Here come creatures that Quetzal is able to carry:

  • Ankylosaurus
  • Araneo
  • Arthropluera
  • Beelzebufo
  • Carbonemys
  • Carno
  • Castoroides
  • Compy
  • Dilo
  • Dimetrodon
  • Direbear
  • Direwolf
  • Dodo
  • Doedicurus
  • Dung Beetle
  • Gallimimus
  • Gigantopithecus
  • Human
  • Kairuku
  • Mammoth
  • Megaloceros
  • Mesopithecus
  • Oviraptor
  • Pachy
  • Parasaur
  • Phiomia
  • Procoptodon
  • Pulmonoscorpius
  • Raptor
  • Sabertooth
  • Sarco
  • Stegosaurus
  • Terror Bird
  • Titanoboa
  • Thorny Dragon
  • Trike
  • Turkey
  • Woolly Rhino
  • ZomDodo

Quetzal can release any of these creatures above if dismounting while it’s carrying.

The Creatures that Quetzal can’t carry

  • Allosaurus
  • Alpha Carno
  • Alpha Raptor
  • Alpha Rex
  • Angler
  • Argentavis
  • Bronto
  • Broodmother Lysrix
  • Coelacanth
  • Dimorphodon
  • Diplodocus
  • Dunkleosteus
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Ichthy
  • Manta
  • Megalodon
  • Mosasaurus
  • Onyc
  • Paracer
  • Pelagornis
  • Piranha
  • Plesiosaur
  • Pteranodon
  • Quetzal
  • Rex
  • Sabertooth Salmon
  • Spinosaur
  • Titanosaur




Patch Changes
218.0 Added Quetzalcoatlus and the platform saddle of Quetzal
218.3 The platforms of Quetzal contain the weight of pawns on them at the moment.
With the configurable server option, the players are now able to allow or reject the non-associated dinosaurs to stay on the platform saddle of the Quetzal.
Damage and damage scaling are decreased by 33% and 20% respectively
Damage and warpaint coverings on the Quetzal are repaired.
218.5 The structures constructed around the Quetzal\’s head along with a platform saddle that will stop the Auto Turrets from aiming at them are all repaired.
219.0 The normal Quetzal Saddle is attached.
231.3 The health of domesticated flyers are developed by 33%
231.4 The health of domesticated flyers are reduced by 30%
236.6 The escaping action making the creatures go towards the origin is already repaired.
238.2 Quetzals are able to pick up Woolly Rhinos currently.



The Dossier was launched on 06/17/15 on Steam

“Quetzalcoatlus conchapicem” means “Feathered Lizard God that carries fish”.

Similar to Pteranodon, Quetzalcoatlus is known as a carnivorous, but in the real life, it is believed to be piscvorous.

In real life, Quetzal is the biggest flying creature of all time.

Quetzal is able to bring up to 40 structures on the platform saddle, even windows, doors and so on.

Different from the Argentavis or Pteranodon, the Quetzal is not able to direct upwards or downwards

It normally tries to traverse up to 50 latitude – 50 longitude when you make an effort to defeat it.

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