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Life restoration of a group of giant azhdarchids, Quetzalcoatlus northropi, foraging on a Cretaceous fern prairie

Common Name Quetzal
Group Reptiles
Species Quetzalcoatlus conchapicem
Time Late Cretaceous
Diet Carnivore
Temperament Skittish
Egg Quetzal Egg
Feces Size Large
XP For Kill 18 XP
PC Release Date October 6, 2015 (v218.0)
Favorite Kibble Kibble (Rex Egg)
Tameable Yes
Rideable Yes
Saddle Quetz Saddle
Platform Saddle Quetz Platform Saddle
Incubation Range 5 - 6 °C / 41 - 43 °F
Incubation Time 16h 39m 55s
Baby Stage Time 18h 31m 6s

From afar, it's hard to believe that Quetzalcoatlus is one of the largest avians on the island. It shares a similar silhouette with the Pteranodon, and nests near the absolute highest peaks. Upon closer inspection, though, Quetzalcoatlus is an enormous creature of tremendous power.

I find it strange that such a large, imposing beast would be so skittish. Unlike other creatures of its size, it is more likely to flee than fight. I suppose the decision to flee from any trouble keeps the species alive on an island with so many dangerous predators. But then how does it eat enough to sustain its massive size?


Tamed Quetzalcoatlus have a very specific role on the island. Too slow to be an efficient local transport, and too weak to be an effective warbird, the tribes I've encountered tend to employ it as a mass carrier. Quetzalcoatlus is primarily used by these masters of the skies to safely carry vast quantities of supplies, creatures, and human cargo from one base to another without tiring.

— The Dossier

The Quetzalcoatlus or Quetzal is a large carnivorous pterosaur found on the Ark.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Quetzalcoatlus


Quetzalcoatlus is the largest flying animal yet found on the island. A gigantic, long-necked pterosaur, it dwarfs the much more common Pteranodon. These creatures are solitary and far-ranging, moving all across the island to roost and feed. They are carnivorous, feeding mainly on fish and small game taken from the ground. In addition, they scavenge.


The Quetzalcoatlus is constantly flying and flees if attacked. In casual flight, Quetzal tends to fly somewhat slowly. However, if startled, they can move at surprisingly fast speeds—comparable to that of a pteranodon's sprint—in an attempt to escape. After a few seconds it will stop and go to normal speed.


  • Long distance transport: high stamina and load capacity, flyable
  • Mobile base with platform saddle: attacking platform, crafting resources


Tamable by knockout (torpor) Food: Kibble (Rex Egg), Raw Mutton, Cooked Lamb Chop, Raw Prime Fish Meat

Useful Traps

Chain Bola, Bear Trap, Large Bear Trap, Plant Species Y Trap

Flight Control


Carry-able Creatures

Human, Dodo, Dilophosaurus, Kairuku, Oviraptor, Lystrosaurus, Compsognathus, Mesopithecus, Jerboa, Dung Beetle, Araneomorphus, Titanoboa, Phiomia, Pachycephalosaurus, Raptor, Terror Bird, Castoroides, Pulmonoscorpius, Mantis, Beelzebufo, Megaloceros, Direwolf, Sabertooth, Arthropluera, Parasaurolophus, Procoptodon, Diplocaulus, Kaprosuchus, Thorny Dragon, Gallimimus, Gigantopithecus, Dimetrodon, Triceratops, Carbonemys, Doedicurus, Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus, Direbear, Sarcosuchus, Carnotaurus, Morellatops, Woolly Rhino, Mammoth, Chalicotherium


  • The dossier was revealed on June 17, 2015.
  • Quetzalcoatlus conchapicem roughly translates to "Feathered lizard god that carries fish". This is a reference both to its name's origin as a Aztec god and to its in-game usage as a carrier as well as its diet of fish.
  • It can carry up to 40 structures on its Platform Saddle (including windows, doors etc.).
  • Unlike the Argentavis or Pteranodon, the Quetzal cannot angle upwards or downwards.
  • Often attempts to travel to 50 latitude - 50 longitude (on both Center and Island maps) when you attempt to knock it out. This should have been fixed in 236.6 but it still seems the case.

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • The game notes the Quetzalcoatlus as "carnivorous." While it was thought for quite some time that it was piscivorous, recent research findings have strongly suggested that the Quetzalcoatlus did indeed feed mostly on land animals.
  • In the real world, Quetzalcoatlus is the largest known flying animal of all time, and more recent estimates place its wingspan at 10–11 meters (33–36 ft).


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