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Quite possibly the most intelligent non-human creature on the island, Troodon Magnanimus is an incredibly fast learner. It understands meaningful experiences much more quickly than other creatures (including humans), and its social nature means it also teaches its packmates, making them more clever too.
If Troodon's cleverness didn't make it formidable, then its tactics and biology do. It specifically pack-hunts at night when we are most vulnerable, and sees humans as its primary prey. This audacity is made especially dangerous due to its serrated fangs' poison, which drains stamina from any creature, but outright paralyzes humans. Thankfully Troodon is fairly small. Were it larger, it might well have become the dominant creature of its ecosystem.
I thought Troodon simply could not be tamed, until I finally saw a lone survivor with one. She told me that she let "Troody" hunt a few of her tribe's smaller creatures for sport, and it eventually started following her everywhere. It seems that while Troodon is too intelligent to fall for the rote conditioning of tranq-and-feed, it can instead gradually gain loyalty from a social approach that provides it the opportunity to hunt. Ever since, I have wondered at the benefits that a pack of ultra-smart, bred-for-battle Troodon may bring to a tribe brave enough to earn the favor of these clever carnivores.
— Quote The Dossier
The Troodon (Tro-o-don) is a small carnivorous dinosaur found on the Ark.
- The dossier was revealed on November 9, 2015.
- According to the Dossier in "Domesticated" section, the Troodon will have its own unique taming mechanics, probably by feeding it live prey.
- In an ARK Digest, it is revealed that Troodons will work on an Affinity system, where any knocked out creature killed by the Troodon will add to the taming bar of whomever knocked out the prey. The higher-tier of prey will supposedly grant more affinity per kill.
- The dossier mentions that Troodon possesses a venomous bite that paralyzes it's human prey. This is possibly a reference to the Troodons of the Jurassic Park series (primarily in the novel and games), which was also nocturnal, and also possessed a venomous bite. Interestingly enough the bite of Jurassic Park's Troodon also had a paralytic effect, but this was in later stages. At first, the bite caused hallucinations which slowly drove the victim berserk, followed by convulsions and seizures, until finally paralysis and brain death.
Trivia not relevant for the game
- While Troodon was one of the smartest species of non-avian dinosaurs, it was far less intelligent than the dossier implies, being only about as smart as a modern day Opossum.
- The skull seen in Troodon's dossier is nearly identical in appearance to that of the dinosaur Dromaeosaurus.
- In real life Troodon was probably an omnivore.